As the main hub for flights in the country, Helsinki Airport is a great way to start exploring Finland. With a car hire from Helsinki Airport, you can conveniently explore the capital Helsinki with its vibrant design scene and beautiful archipelago. Or make your holiday a road trip and discover the vast Finnish countryside with all its forests, fields and pristine lakes. Auto Europe offers some of the best deals on the market, so make a search and get a quote today!
Helsinki Airport (HEL)
Official Name: Helsinki Airport or Helsinki-Vantaa Airport
Address: 01531 Vantaa, Finland
Location: The airport is actually inside the borders of the city of Vantaa, though still three miles from its centre. Helsinki is about 10 miles away.
Airlines operating at Helsinki Airport: A hub for the Finnish airline Finnair, the airport also offers flights from the UK with other airlines. Norwegian has flights from London-Gatwick, and British Airways from London-Heathrow.
There are two terminals, Terminal 1 and Terminal 2. Previously, Terminal 1 served only domestic flights. Today, however, both terminals have both domestic and international flights and are rather divided by airline. The two terminals are, however, connected via a pedestrian indoor walkway landside and airside, and are only 250 metres apart. Once you pass through security, you will notice that airside, the departure gates are not so much divided by terminal, but rather according to Schengen and non-Schengen flights. A passenger tracking system, the first in the world, is now in operation and helps prevent bottlenecks caused by congestion.
In Terminal 1 you will find check-in desks and arrivals on the ground floor, while security check and departure gates are on the first floor. Terminal 2 houses arrivals on the ground floor, but both check-in and departure gates are on the first floor. When arriving at Helsinki Airport, you should check monitors for which arrival hall your baggage can be picked up at.
You can find the supplier of your car hire at Helsinki Airport easily, as car rental companies have their desks inside the corridor between the two terminals. Car hire parking facilities are in parking hall P3.
|Addcar||Monday-Friday 5am to 2am
Saturday-Sunday 6am to 2am
|Avis||Monday-Tuesday 7am to 1am
Wednesday-Thursday 7am to 12am
Friday 7am to 11pm
Saturday 9am to 8pm
Sunday 9am to 1am
|Budget||Monday-Friday 7am to 11pm
Saturday 9am to 8pm
Sunday 9am to 11pm
|Europcar||Monday-Friday 6am to 12am
Saturday 8am to 8pm
Sunday 9am to 12am
|Hertz and Thrifty||Monday-Friday 7am to 11pm
Saturday 8.30am to 8pm
Sunday 8.30am to 11pm
Saturday 9am to 7pm
Sunday 12pm to 12am
Helsinki Airport offers numerous restaurants airside, from fast food to cafes and even fine dining. Landside, the selection is limited to cafes in both terminals. Travellers wishing to do their shopping at the airport also have a vast selection awaiting them airside, with a focus on Finnish products and delicacies, including brands such as Marimekko, Alvar Aalto, Iittala, and even a dedicated Moomin shop. Kiosks, duty free shops, and travel accessory shops are also available. Local currency can either be withdrawn from numerous ATMs or exchanged at currency exchange desks. Helsinki Airport offers travellers free Wi-Fi throughout the terminals.
Both Helsinki and Espoo can be reached by car within half an hour, when driving along Route 45 or the E18 respectively. The beautiful coastal city of Turku is a two-hour drive away via the E18 further west. Or if you wish to drive your car hire to Tampere, you can do so via the E12, and reach your destination in approximately two hours. For more information about driving in Finland, click here.
A new public transportation link opened in the summer of 2015, connecting the airport with central Helsinki via train. The train line also has stops in the surrounding metropolitan region. At the moment, however, the airport station can only be reached with a shuttle bus, though a station is due to open at the airport itself later in the year. Local bus route 615, operated by HSL, connects the airport and Helsinki Central Railway Station, as does the Finnair City Bus. Long-distance buses also depart from the airport. All buses have stops in front of both terminals.
Parking in on-street spaces in Helsinki is relatively simple, but can also be expensive, with the very centre of the city having the highest prices. You must pay for on-street parking Monday to Friday 9am-7pm, and sometimes also on Saturdays. Keep a parking disc with you - you are likely to need it. Read all signs carefully, as within the city proper parking is only allowed in designated spaces. Underground car parks are offered in the Forum and Kamppi shopping centres near the Central Railway Station.