– COVID travel information –
As travel restrictions change quite regularly, we kindly ask you to check your personal requirements to enter Finland before your trip. In many cases, proof of vaccination or recovery can be enough, but it is also possible that you need to present additionally a recent result of a negative Covid-Test. More updated information can be found following on the webpage Finnish border guards (raja.fi).
How to travel to Tampere
Direct flights to Tampere
Tampere is easily accessible. Tampere-Pirkkala International Airport is located only 20 minutes from the centre of Tampere. Since the airport is small and efficient, travellers can be at their hotel 30 minutes after landing. Accordingly, check-in times are short and travellers need to be there only 45-60 minutes prior to the flight.
You can reach Tampere by flying via Helsinki with Finnair (One World), via Stockholm with SAS, the Scandinavian Airlines System (Star Alliance) or via Riga with airBaltic.
Taking a local bus from Tampere-Pirkkala airport to the city centre costs 5 €. Tickets can be bought from the driver. You can also take a taxi from outside the terminal. A taxi fare is likely to be upwards of 30 €.
NOTE: During the pandemic, the airport in Tampere has reduced the number of flights significantly, thus, it might be easier to fly to Helsinki and take the train to Tampere (see info below).
Flights via Helsinki
There are over 150 direct flights daily from all over the world to Helsinki, the capital of Finland. Helsinki Airport is served especially well by Asian and European destinations. Finnair (One World Alliance) has direct flights to Helsinki from all major cities in Europe, as well as from a number of cities in Asia and the United States.
From Helsinki, there are a number of daily connecting flights to Tampere. Flight time is only 25 minutes. Fast Pendolino trains offer a very convenient means of transportation, taking passengers from Tikkurila station to Tampere in just over 1 hour. There is a direct train from Helsinki Airport to Tikkurila train station. Full priced tickets from Helsinki Airport to Tampere cost approximately 20 – 25 €. You can check available train connections here. Besides the train connections, there are very good long-distance bus connections from Helsinki Airport to Tampere.
By Train and Car
Finland is easily accessible by car from Eastern and Central Europe; see car-carrying ferry options below.
Finland is also easily reached by sea from Tallinn, Estonia (2-3 hours), Stockholm, Sweden (overnight) and Travemünde/Lübeck, Germany (27 hours). There are also daily ferries between Turku and Stockholm (10-12 hours); direct trains from Port of Turku to Tampere take around two hours. There are good bus connections to Tampere directly from the ferry terminals.