Travel Guide

You are very welcome to Finland and Espoo! From these pages you can find answers to frequently asked questions related to traveling in Finland, as well as links to additional information sources.


About Finland

A good way to get to know Finland, the country of thousands of lakes, midnight sun, and technology is to visit Virtual Finland, which provides general information about the country. You can even learn a bit Finnish, while browsing their web pages. In general, the majority of the population speaks fluent English (some also Swedish and German), so you don't need to learn the whole Finnish dictionary. The official language of the conference is English.


How to get to Otaniemi

Probably the easiest way to travel between Helsinki center and Otaniemi is to take a bus. Information about the public transportation and ticket prices in Helsinki area is provided by YTV. The journey planner is a very handy tool when you need to check what bus line you should take. In addition, you may find maps and more detailed instructions on how to get to Otaniemi here.

From Airport (25 km)

  • About 35 min by taxi. Address for taxi driver: Otaniementie 17, Espoo (TUAS building) or Otakaari 5 A, Espoo (Acoustics Laboratory)
  • If you need to get to Helsinki center and don't want to use taxi, then you can take either Finnair city bus or bus line 615 to the central railway station

From Helsinki (10 km)

  • About 15 min by taxi. Address for taxi driver: Otaniementie 17, Espoo (TUAS building) or Otakaari 5 A, Espoo (Acoustics Laboratory)
  • About 20 min by bus, lines 102 and 103 that leave from the bus terminal in Kamppi shopping center which is the next subway station west of the central railway station
  • You need to buy a regional ticket for traveling from Helsinki to Espoo, see here for more information on tickets
  • When travelling by bus lines 102 or 103, you should get out at the main library of TKK as both of the busses stop there, or even better when the bus has passed the main building of the Helsinki University of Technology as illustrated in this map (the main library is building 15 there).

Good to know

Phone numbers

The international phone code for Finland is +358.

  • Taxi (when calling in Helsinki): +358 (0) 100 0700
  • Taxi (when calling in Espoo): +358 (0) 100 7300
  • Ask for an unknown number: +358 118

Weather

The average the temperature in June is around 11-16 degrees Celsius. In practice, at day time the temperature can be even more than 20 degrees, while the temperature can fall below 10 degrees in the night.

Time

The time in Finland is GMT +2. The current time in Finland can be found at World Time Server.

Money

The currency of Finland is Euro (EUR, €). You can use for example Yahoo's Currency Converter to check out the exchange rates. Major credit cards are accepted in most shops, restaurants, and hotels. Cash can be withdrawn with credit cards from Otto ATM machines. You can also change Euros at Forex. Forex officies can be found for example in Tapiola and Helsinki city center.

In Finland, VAT (22 %) is included in all prices. In restaurants, tipping is not expected. You may, however, tip for extraordinarily good service.

Visa

Please check well in advance whether you need a visa to visit Finland. If you would want to visit Russia (St. Petersburg is relatively close) during your trip, arrange your visa already in your home country by contacting the local Russian Embassy.

Vaccinations

There are no vaccination requirements for any international travelers.

Electricity

Electrical socket type: 50 Hz, 230 V (the same as in the continental EU countries). Additional information about electrical and phone plugs and adapters as well as mobile phones can be found at www.kropla.com.
The electric plugs used in Finland
The electric plugs used in Finland

Misc


Sights in Helsinki

Helsinki Area

Helsinki and the surrounding cities Espoo, Vantaa, and Kauniainen form the capital area of Finland with about 1.2 million inhabitants. Helsinki forms the heart of trade, culture, and science in Finland. The head offices of the most prominent Finnish companies are located in Helsinki, as well as eight of the 20 universities in Finland. The most well-known museums and sights in Finland can be found in the Helsinki area. The center of Helsinki offers the best possibilities for shopping: large department stores and small boutiques are within walking distance.

Information about sights in Helsinki is available at helsinki.fi pages. Espoo Travel web pages offer information about what to do and see in Espoo.