Helsinki is located in a central point between St. Petersburg, Tallinn and Stockholm.

By plane:

Helsinki can be reached easily by plane. There are hundreds of flights to and from every part of the world.

Helsinki-Vantaa International airport ( HEL ) is about 20 kilometres northwest from the city center. 

There are three ways to get to the city:

1. Taxi 

Taxis can be found outside the airport. Taxi journey to the city centre costs about 25-35 euros, depending on the time of the day. Finnish taxis are really reliable and they won't fool you, even if you are a tourist. The starting price for a taxi journey is either 5.80€, or 8.80€ in the evening. 

2. Local bus 

Local bus number 615 takes about 35-40 minutes to Helsinki Central Railway Station, which is in the middle of the city centre and is the final stop of bus 615. A single ticket is 4.50 € and can be purchased from the driver. There are also several busses going form the airport to Tikkurila train station, from where there's a direct train connection to Helsinki Central Railway Station. Check out the journey planner for more details: Reittiopas - just write Airport and City in the From and To -fields and it will find you the routes. Journey planner (Reittiopas) obviously works with exact addresses as well, if you happen to know where you're going.

3. Finnair City Bus 

More expensive alternative is the Finnair city bus to city centre (costs 5,90€). Bus Timetable and stops. It takes about 35 minutes to the railway station so it isn´t any faster than the local bus.  

There are also shared taxi services, e.g. Yellow Taxi Co (desk in the arrivals hall), this is a cheaper option than a personal taxi, around €20 to the City Centre.

By boat:

There are several ferrys by several companies coming from Tallinn, Estonia every day. During winter only slow (about 4 hours Tallinn-Helsinki), but when there is no ice, also the faster boats are trafficing.

Some of the boat companies to Tallinn (in 2010): Viking Line, Eckerö Line, Lindaline and Tallink Silja

There are also connections from Germany and two daily ships from Stockholm to Helsinki - one by Tallink Silja and another by Viking Line. The ferries from Stockholm arrive right in the city center, a walking distance from the market place and the presidential castle. Silja Line does not operate the routes from Germany anymore (2013) but check Finnlines.

 By train:

Helsinki is also reachable by train from Russia. VR, Finnish State's Railways, operates to and from Moscow once a day (Tolstoi) and four times a day to and from St. Petersburg (Allegro). Prices for an adult start from 61 euros for St. Petersburg and 106 euros for Moscow. Timetables and more information can be found from the VR website.