Travel Information for ICER 2018 Attendees

Aalto University Otaniemi campus in Espoo, Finland, is approximately 24 km away from the Helsinki airport.

Airport Codes
IATA-code: HEL
ICAO-code: EFHK

How to get to Otaniemi?

By Taxi

Taxi fare from the airport is around 40 euros (travel time about 30 minutes).

NOTE: Finland decided to deregulate taxi transport. Starting from July 2018 onwards prices can vary per taxi operator. This is a significant change as standard metered pricing is now over. Exact details on how the pricing system will change are still not clear as the change is only a couple of months old at the time the conference takes place in August 2018. What is certain, there will be much more variance in pricing as opposed to the standard base fees and metering by kilometres. A similar deregulation has been in place in Sweden for some years, and there are some bad apples who charge customers too much. Most of the taxis there have a fare table in the window and the meter will run – similar model will likely be adopted in Finland. However, make sure you know the price before stepping into a taxi in Finland July 2018 onwards. For more information, read for example this article.

By public transport

Public transport from the airport takes about an hour (train + Metro). Otaniemi is located 10 km from the Helsinki city centre, and it can be easily reached by metro.

Single train, metro or bus tickets can be bought in advance at the ticket machines or from the bus driver. There is no ticket sales in trains or metro. Please note, that you need a regional ticket (seutulippu in Finnish) in order to travel between Helsinki (airport) and Aalto University (Espoo city). The same ticket (4,20 €) is valid on trains, and Metro.

The train connection between Helsinki Airport and Helsinki city centre takes about 30 minutes (P train). There are two services: train I and train P.  The trains leave different directions, but both end up in Helsinki Central Railway Station. Train P is faster. Schedules, ticket prices and routes are available at HSL website. At the airport you can buy a train ticket from HSL ticket automates (by the entrance of the train station; at baggage claim 2B).

The Metro line’s end station in the west is Tapiola or Matinkylä (Espoo), and in the east Vuosaari or Mellunmäki (Helsinki). The Metro runs every 2.5 minutes during the rush hour, and every 4–5 minutes at other times. The journey from Helsinki Central Railway Station to Aalto University (Aalto-yliopisto, Aalto-universitetet) in Otaniemi takes 11 minutes (take westbound Metro to Tapiola or Matinkylä).

There are two exits from the Metro station, Otaniementie and Tietotie. Via Otaniementie, you can access the Main Building Dipoli, and Radisson Blu Espoo.

By car

Otaniemi customer parking (pdf, aaltocre.fi)

See also