Travel to WCEF2019
The World Circular Economy Forum 2019 will be organised on 3-5 June at Finlandia Hall in the centre of the Finnish capital Helsinki. Finlandia Hall is a multipurpose venue and one of the most iconic buildings designed by world-renowned Finnish architect, Alvar Aalto.
Mannerheimintie 13 e
FI-00100 Helsinki, Finland
Travelling to Helsinki
Helsinki and Finlandia Hall can easily be reached from anywhere in the world. Helsinki-Vantaa international airport is located in Vantaa, thirty minutes from the Helsinki city centre. The airport serves around 350 flights each day and connects Finland to Europe, the Americas, Africa and Asia. See here for more information about required travel documents. Please note that visa applications may in some countries take several weeks to process.
The World Circular Economy Forum 2019 will be compensating the emissions from the flights of all its speakers. We also recommend all participants to compensate the CO2-emissions of your flights. The compensation can be done for example with the non-profit providers Atmosfair, My Climate or any other organisation you wish to donate your compensation to.
Travelling to and from Helsinki Airport
There are many ways to get to and from Helsinki Airport to the city centre: public transportation, Finnair City Bus, train or taxi.
Local trains I and P operate between Helsinki Airport and the city centre on the Ring Rail Line. The journey time between the airport and the city centre (Central Railway Station) is approximately half an hour. A regional ticket costs 5,00 euros when purchased from Helsinki Region Transport (HSL) ticket machines and 4,20 euros via HSL Mobile ticket app.
The Finnair City Bus operates between the airport and city centre (Elielinaukio) every 20 minutes and takes around 30 minutes. A single ticket costs 6.60 € when purchased online in advance or 6.70 € from the driver.
Bus 615 (“Lentoasema-Rautatientori”) is operated by Helsinki Region Transport (HSL). A regional ticket costs 5.50 € when purchased from the driver with cash, 5 € from Helsinki Region Transport (HSL) ticket machines or 4.20 € via HSL Mobile ticket app. At night you can also take the 415N night bus.
You can also travel between the airport and the city centre by taxi, which will cost around 45 €.
Public transport in Helsinki
Helsinki has a well working public transport system (HSL) consisting of bus, tram, metro, local railway and ferry services.
With a single ticket you can hop aboard trams, busses, the metro and even the ferry to Suomenlinna. Single tickets can be purchased from ticket machines, R-kiosks and other HSL sales points or by using HSL mobile application. On buses you can also buy your ticket from the driver.
Daytickets are available for unlimited use on public transportation for 1-7 days. They can be purchased from ticket machines, from the Tourist Information at Helsinki Airport Terminal 2A (1-3 days) or from the Helsinki City Transport service point in the Central Railway Station. One day ticket is also sold by the drivers.
Regional tickets allow the holder to travel freely in Helsinki, Espoo, Kauniainen and Vantaa. Regional tickets and regional tourist tickets can be purchased e.g. from ticket machines.
Helsinki Card holders can travel free of charge on public transportation within the city.
You can either rent a bike or use city bikes, shared-use bicycles that can be borrowed for a fee by anyone in central Helsinki, residents and visitors alike. In summer 2018, there were nearly 3,000 yellow bikes in 150 locations around Helsinki. Prices from 5€/24 hours, 10€/week or 30€/season (from April to October). For more information, please visit the city bikes website.
Useful timetable sites
Journey Planner – A journey planning service provided by YTV Transport to the users of the Helsinki metropolitan area
Train timetables – Provided by the Finnish railway company VR
Long distance bus timetables – Provided by Matkahuolto
More information about travelling in Helsinki can be found below.
Helsinki – Host city of the WCEF 2019
Helsinki is a modern European city known for its design and high technology. Helsinki’s attractive and unique character comes from its proximity to the sea, as well as its location between the East and the West. The capital of Finland is a vibrant seaside city of beautiful islands and great green parks. The city’s rhythm is laid back yet at the same time refreshingly active.
Helsinki is a compact city easily explored on foot. Design, architecture, culture and shopping are all great exploration angles and large park areas, forests, lakes, and the coastline with numerous islands sprinkled off it make certain there’s no shortage of natural presence. Needless to say, there’s something going on in Helsinki every day of the year.
The archipelago of Helsinki consists of around 330 islands, providing beautiful set-ups for days at the beach or weekend camping trips. Many of the islands, such as Suomenlinna and Pihlajasaari, can be reached by a regular ferry from early morning until late at night.
A third of Helsinki is covered in green areas. Along with a score of sports grounds, they offer great possibilities for outdoor activities and relaxation. The large Central Park and its forests spread out just outside the city centre.
More information about Helsinki
Finland – the Land of the Midnight Sun
Finland is the big surprise of the Nordic countries, a natural wonderland with more trees than people and more islands than any other nation in the world. With miles of empty wilderness, the Finns are uniquely in tune with their natural surroundings.
Finland is full of interesting contrasts: four distinct seasons, urban and rural, East and West.
Finland has white summer nights when the sun briefly dips beyond the horizon before rising again. With the midnight sun, anything you can do during the day, you’ll be able to at night. When the autumn comes, the Northern Lights appear and lighten up the sky. The first snow falls at the beginning of December and kaamos (the polar night) arrives.
The things Finland has are plenty of trees and water. Finland has thousands of clean, blue lakes. In fact, there are 188 000 lakes in the country with water good enough to drink. Over 70 % of the country is forest and the archipelago is the biggest in the world. Untouched and beautiful landscapes provide habitat for thousands of wild animals and birds.
Finland has a population of 5.5 million and the total area is 338 424 km2. That makes Finland one of the most sparsely populated countries in Europe.
One of the most famous elements of Finland’s heritage is the sauna. It is estimated that there are over two million saunas in Finland. In addition to the sauna, everyone knows that Santa Claus – the one and only – comes from Finland.