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Arriving in Finland

ImageMost international flights to Finland arrive at Helsinki-Vantaa airport from where there are good domestic flight and bus connections to other Finnish towns.
Flight schedules can be found at www.finnair.com.
For more information on airports in Finland and transport connections, please see web pages of Civil Aviation Administration at the address www.ilmailulaitos.fi/home.

With Ryanair (www.ryanair.com), you can also fly to Tampere. For those landing at Helsinki-Vantaa Airport, there is a bus service available from the airport to Pori on a daily basis. Buses leave in front of the terminal. A single ticket costs approximately 30-35 euros. Please check the timetables on the website of the Express Bus Company http://www.matkahuolto.fi/english/index.html.
There are several train connections between Helsinki and Pori every day. First, you can take the Finnair bus to the Railway Station in Helsinki, then the train to Pori. A single ticket costs about 30 euros depending on the train selected.
Please check the timetables at the address www.vr.fi/ (Valtionrautatiet, VR).

It is also possible to arrive in Helsinki by ferry from Estonia, Germany, Poland and  Sweden. The Viking Line (http://www.vikingline.fi/) and Silja Line (http://www.silja.fi) travel between Stockholm and Helsinki / Turku. There are also other ferries from Germany, Poland and Estonia to Helsinki from where you can take a bus or train to your final destination. You can ask from the Information desk for the bus timetable.
If possible, try to arrive on a weekday during the office hours (9.00-16.00). Please inform the International contact person at your host school your arrival date, time and how and where you will be arriving, so they can arrange your student tutor to meet you upon arrival.
If you arrive at some other time, be prepared to arrange your own accommodation until the next weekday.

Getting Around
Once you are in Finland and settled down, you might want to explore your host country and region.

By Train
The railway service is clean and efficient, with sleeping berths and room for cars on many trains. The student card entitles students to a 50 % discount on train fares (except with the ISIC card which is not valid on VR). Buy your tickets in advance at the railway station ticket office. On the train, you have to show your student card to the conductor together with the ticket. Return tickets are valid for one month after purchase. Sleeper reservations are available for an extra fee. Long distance trains usually have a restaurant car attached to the train.
Check out http://www.vr.fi/heo/eng/asemat/asemat.htm for online tickets, time tables and more.

By Bus
The bus service is extensive and efficient, long-distance buses run frequently to most corners of Finland, even to smaller places where the train does not take you to. For long-distance buses, you can get a special student rate if you travel at least 80 kilometres. You will need your student card to get the discount. Tickets can be bought at the ticket office or onboard.
Time tables can be found on the website http://www.expressbus.com/index.html

By Car
To drive a rental car, a valid driver’s license from the driver’s home country is required. The minimum age for renting a car ranges from 19 to 23 years. One year’s driving experience is required. The rental costs vary from € 35 – € 116 per day with a kilometre limit and is even more without the limit.
Naturally, you also have to pay for the petrol, which is not cheap either (around € 1.25 per litre). Usually, students rent a car with group of friends and then share the expenses.

By Air
The Finnish national airline, Finnair, flies between the major cities in Finland and offers special prices, 50 % off the normal price, for the young people (17-24 years of age).
For further information and to book a flight, see www.finnair.fi. or contact the local travel agency.

 
 
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