When arriving in Finland, chances are you’ll be landing in Helsinki. Even if not, you’ll notice all corners of the country are connected. Finland is a large and sparsely populated country, but getting from point A to B is no hassle – everything runs like clockwork. Transport networks by air, rail, road and water are comprehensive and reliable.
You can get around by plane, bus, car, train, steamship, cruise ship, bicycle, skis or sleigh. We recommend you take your time and choose the most environmentally friendly options. Slow travel is the best way to travel.
Relax and enjoy your journey.
There are 27 airports in Finland, five of which have regular international flight services. The main gateway is the Helsinki-Vantaa international airport. The northernmost airport is in Ivalo in Lapland, approximately 250 kilometres above the Arctic Circle. Finnish airline Finnair is one of the most sustainable airlines in the world.
The following airlines operate domestic flights in Finland:
Finland has right-handed traffic with a polite and stress-free driving culture. There’s a good network of petrol stations close to each other. Driving in Finland in the summer is a breeze, but can be tricky in the winter if you don’t have any experience. Roads get slippery and snow tires are legally required from December to February. Headlights must be used at all times. Motorists in Finland should remain alert for elk and reindeer which frequently wander onto roads and are most active at dusk.
Some of the car rentals operating in Finland:
Finnish trains are spacious, comfortable and clean – many have their own play carriage for children. The rail network stretches all over the country from Helsinki to Kolari in Lapland.For longer distances, traveling overnight in a sleeping car is recommended. Car carriers are also available. Finland’s rail system, VR, is an efficient, popular and environmentally- progressive mode of transport and is rated one of the best in Europe.
Wherever you intend to travel in Finland, why not try and explore your local surroundings by bike? All cities and most small towns have bikes for rent – Helsinki’s bike rental system is the most used by citizens in all of Europe! But beware, Finland is a vast country – it would take you a good few weeks to ride a bike from Helsinki to Lapland. So take your time when here.
As Finland is a country of thousands of lakes and surrounded by the sea, you can guess that all kinds of boat services are on offer. Why not try an old-fashioned steam boat on the Grand Lake Saimaa or hop on a sea cruiser and take a trip to the Åland islands? You can also easily reach such nearby countries as Germany, Russia, Sweden and Estonia by great passenger boats. The most environmentally friendly boating option of course would be a rowing boat or a canoe or kayak – all easily available in the Land of a Thousand Lakes.
Finland’s coach route network is one of the most comprehensive in Europe covering more than 90 per cent of public roads. If the rail network doesn’t reach your chosen Finnish destination, coaches will take you there. Riding a coach is a good way to take in the scenery along smaller roads.