Turkish Airlines offers two direct flights in average every day from Istanbul to Helsinki. The point of departure for the flights in this route is Istanbul Airport (IST), whereas Helsinki-Vantaa Airport (HEL) serves as the point of arrival. Flights take nearly three and a half hours and the number of flights remains the same all year round; however there may be slight differences on the hours of departure.
Located in the northwestern Turkey and drawing interest by its cosmopolitan presence, Istanbul gets more crowded each passing day by the migration it constantly receives from all over the world. Extending over Asia and Europe with the beautiful Bosporus flowing through, the city evokes admiration by the utterly charming bridges connecting these two continents. It would be a one of a kind experience to have a pleasant boat tour between the two sides of the city, accompanied by the spectacular view of the historic mansions and seagulls.
Being under the spotlight of the entire world, Istanbul offers a splendid feast to its guests by numerous historical artifacts it harbors. You may see the collections of Ottoman period in the magnificent Topkapı Palace, visit the enthralling Basilica Cistern and enjoy a wonderful concert at Hagia Irene to get to know this enchanting city better.There are two airports managing the busy air traffic in the touristic Turkish metropolis Istanbul: Istanbul Airport (IST) and Sabiha Gökçen Airport (SAW). Flights from Istanbul to Helsinki with Turkish Airlines take off from Istanbul Airport (IST).
Istanbul city center is approximately 35 km from Istanbul and there are plenty of transport options available, such as taxi, rent-a-car and airport shuttles. For more information on public transportation to Istanbul Airport, check our transport information page.
It takes about 30 minutes to reach Istanbul Airport by taxi, and costs around 100-110 TL. You can travel comfortably on the Airport shuttles at all most any hour of the day, and these shuttles reach many places in the city.
The delightful capital of Finland, Helsinki is a destination with breathtaking landscapes situated along the Baltic Sea. This pretty city where nearly 300 islands connect to each other with canals stands out by its enjoyable beaches in the summertime and draws interest by its infrastructure convenient for almost all kind of winter sports in the months of winter.
The remarkable fish market arousing interest by the fresh seafood and the Senate Square with a splendid atmosphere are the top popular spots in the city. The historic fortress Suomenlinna covering six different islands in total, welcomes a large number of guests every year as one of the most noteworthy icons in Helsinki. Esplanadi Park, on the other hand, is a favorite venue especially in the months of summer. Helsinki Museum of Art and Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art also get credit from those fond of art.
Passengers with a flight ticket to Helsinki with Turkish Airlines land at Helsinki-Vantaa Airport (HEL), which is 18 kilometers to the city center.
It is possible to use the municipal buses for getting to the city center from Helsinki-Vantaa Airport (HEL). Buses numbered 615 and 615T operating in every 15 minutes reach the Central Railway Station approximately within 40 minutes. In addition, you may also use the express shuttles named FinnAir for reaching the city center.
Those interested in taking the trains may get on the trains coded as P and I heading towards the Central Railway Station. The journey with these trains takes thirty minutes in average. Apart from all these, it is possible to reach the center also via the cabs available 7/24 or by renting a car, if you are looking for a personal and more comfortable option.