I suppose this is more of a shoutout than a guide, but I used the train to travel between Helsinki Airport and the city center and it could not have been a smoother journey. Do consider public transport during your next trip to Helsinki.
Helsinki Train Guide: Airport To City Center
The signs point you to the way. Although quite a walk from Terminal 2, you won’t get lost if you follow the signs marked “Railway Station” (English signage is universal).
Eventually, you’ll come to two blue walls, one with a stylized image of a train and the other with a large arrow pointing right.
You’ll proceed down a steep escalator before coming to another hallway. Just follow the arrows and keep right.
Finally, you’ll reach one more escalator to take you down to the train platform.
Word to the wise: there are elevators available as well if you are traveling with large bags or heavy luggage.
On the station platform, you’ll find a ticket machine. You can pay by credit card and the price from the airport to city center is €4.10.
You have two choices on the Ring Rail Line: I trains run counter-clockwise while P trains run clockwise in a loop that resembles a heart:
Both will get you to the city center (Heisingfors stations). The P-train takes 28 minutes while the I-train takes 33 minutes. Trains run every 10-20 minutes, so just hop on the one that arrives first.
Here’s the schedule:
- Every 10 minutes
- Monday-Friday 9:00AM – 7:00PM, Saturday 9:00AM – 4:00PM
- Every 15 minutes
- Monday-Friday 7:00PM – 10:00PM, Saturday 7:00AM – 9:00AM and 7:00PM – 10:00PM, Sunday 10:00AM – 10:00PM
- Every 20 minutes
- Monday-Friday 4:00AM – 6:00AM and 10:00PM – midnight, Saturday 5:00AM – 7:00AM and 10:00PM – midnight, Sunday 5:00AM – 10:00AM and 10PM – midnight.
Note you’ll be traveling on the honor system, but fare inspectors may show up at anytime (as they did on my train). Be sure to validate your ticket onboard.
I wouldn’t call the seats comfortable, but they were clean and everyone seemed to clean up after themselves. No power plugs or wi-fi onboard, but my phone had a full signal for the duration of the journey.
I arrived to a brisk afternoon day in Helsinki.
The following morning I took the train back to the airport and experienced no issues. The airport return departs from track #2.
The airport train in Helsinki was smooth, clean, cheap, and reliable. I would not hesitate to use it again, especially when traveling solo.