Travel

Join us this year for the 2019 EAIE Conference and Exhibition held at Messukeskus Expo and Convention Centre, Finland’s largest venue of its kind. This state-of-the-art centre hosts various international events and association meetings each year and has a green mission to organise sustainable events with low environmental impact. 

Address: Messukeskus Helsinki, Messuaukio 1, 00520 Helsinki, Finland.

Getting around in the city

Helsinki is a compact city with an excellent public transport system that is convenient and efficient. To help keep the conference affordable for participants and sustainable for the environment, the EAIE offers free public transport tickets provided by Helsinki Region Transport (HSL), for all participants, which they will receive upon registration at the conference venue. The ticket is valid from 23−27 September and enables free travel on all public transport within Helsinki, Espoo, Kauniainen and Vantaa (where Helsinki Airport is located). Please note that only one ticket per participant is available and that the EAIE will not be able to issue replacements for lost tickets.

You can use your free public transport ticket during the conference on all trams, buses, metros and trains around Helsinki. Trams are the main mode of public transport in the city centre; if you want to travel by tram before or after the conference, then you can purchase a ticket from a ticket machine (single ticket €2.80, one-day ticket €8). A great way to see the city is to travel around on tram 2 or 3.

Helsinki is also a walkable city. A brochure with four walking routes, in 11 languages, is available for free from the Tourist Information Centre at the Central Railway Station – exploring on foot is a great way to see Helsinki’s sights! You can also stock up on regular printed maps and create your own route. City maps are available at the city information desk at Messukeskus Convention Centre, as well as the Tourist Information Centre and the station.

Other ways to travel around the city are the metro or the city bikes that are used by residents and visitors alike. Please visit this website for more information on public transport options in the Helsinki region.

Lost in translation? Here's our tip: keep an eye out for tram and station stop names as they are listed both in Finnish and Swedish. We have included both languages in our route descriptions below as well.

Helsinki Airport to the city centre

By train

The easiest way to reach the city centre from the airport is by train. Trains I and P on the Ring Rail Line depart every 10-20 minutes from Helsinki Airport (Helsinki Ientoasema /Helsingfors flygplats) to the city centre. The stop is Helsinki/Helsingfors and the journey takes about 30 minutes. A regional ticket is required and can be purchased from a ticket machine at the station at a cost of approximately €5. Please note that trains do not run between 01:00 and 05:00 at night.

By taxi

Taxis can be hailed at taxi stands or ordered by phone. Prices are fixed and shown on the meter, and both cash and credit cards are accepted. A taxi from the airport to the city centre takes around 20–30 minutes and costs around €45. A taxi from the airport to Messukeskus Convention Centre takes around 20 minutes.

Taxi companies operating in the Helsinki area include:

  • Taksi Helsinki +358 (0) 100 07 00
  • Yellow Line Airport Taxi +358 (0) 600 555 555
  • Kovanen Taxi +358 (0) 200 60 60

By shuttle

Some hotels offer shuttle services, please enquire with your hotel for details and availability. 

Helsinki Airport to Messukeskus (conference centre)

By train

The train lines that travel from the airport to the city centre pass Pasila Railway Station, which is a 300-metre walk from the Messukeskus Convention Centre. The journey takes approximately 25 minutes.

City centre to Messukeskus

By train

Almost all local and long-distance trains (except Allegro trains) stop at Pasila Railway Station. You can make use of your free public transport ticket. The journey takes 5–10 minutes.

By tram

You can use your free public transport ticket to take tram 7 or 9 from the city centre to Messukeskus / Mässcentrum, a journey of around 20–30 minutes.