Sleeping in Airports

Helsinki Vantaa Airport Guide

Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or you are just quickly passing through, our Helsinki Vantaa Airport Guide is a great place to start planning your visit.  Here, you’ll find information on services and facilities available inside the airport – including details about airport lounges, WiFi, mobile charging points, lockers, 24-hour food options, nearby hotels, and everything in between.

Some backpackers had spent the night at the 24 hour McDonalds. They had not gotten much sleep and had to buy periodic Big Macs. -a traveller

Airport Overview

To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, we are here to give you the low-down on what travellers have reported back to us about their time at Helsinki Vantaa Airport.

What to Expect

Helsinki Vantaa Airport consists of two terminals linked by a 250-metre long internal pedestrian corridor. While the corridor provides both airside and landside transit, the airside portions of the two terminals are divided by Schengen and non-Schengen areas. Navigating the airport is described as easy, and all passengers have access to numerous shops, restaurants, cafes and services both airside and landside, with some eateries offering 24 hour service. The airport has plenty of mobile charging stations and offers free WiFi. For additional services—including showers—and lounging options, passengers can pay to use one of the airport lounges. See Airport Lounges in the guide below for locations and rates.

Where to Sleep

Helsinki Airport offers numerous options for sleeping, with accommodating staff, clean facilities good security, and comfortable furniture that includes armrest-free benches and reclining chairs. There is an airside quiet room—Kainuu Lounge—with carpeting and two long recliners near Gate 31, and some “work and rest” spots throughout the airport. Sleeping pods are available in Terminal 1 for a fee and there are hotels at the airport for an even more restful slumber. See Airport Hotels below for more info.

Good to Know

T1 mostly serves the Star Alliance (SAS, Lufthansa), and T2 is the main terminal for Finnair. The Non-Schengen flights arrive and depart from the left part of the T2, to which the access is always through the Schengen area. This means you will first check-in and pass through the security check to the Schengen area, and then you will pass through the passport check to the non-Schengen area. Arriving non-Schengen passengers will go through the passport check and then through baggage claim and the customs out (unless connecting to a Schengen flight).

Security checks are supposed to be open 24 hours, but we’ve had some conflicting reports saying it closes before 9:00PM. If you have an early morning flight, check to see what time you can drop-off your bag. You may be able to pass through security at night.

In this guide we may refer to locations as “landside” and “airside”. Landside is the public area of the terminal located in the non-secure zone, before security. Airside is the secure area of the terminal that you must reach by going through security.

Pay-per-use, Single Visit Passes & Lounge Memberships

Regardless of what class of service you are flying, there are lounges that you can enter by paying at the door, purchasing a lounge pass or through a lounge membership program (ie. Priority Pass). Visit the individual lounge page for more details about the lounge itself and to also find out how you can gain lounge access with just an economy class ticket!

Passes  [email protected] – Location: Terminal 2, Airside, near Gate 32. Showers are available. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door • Prepaid lounge passes • Lounge membership programs. [ more lounge info ] [ more lounge info ]

Passes  Aspire Lounge – Location: Terminal 2, Airside, 2nd Floor, Gates 27-28. Showers are available ($). Lounge Access: Pay at the Door • Prepaid lounge passes • Lounge membership programs. [ more lounge info ]

Airline Lounges

Flying on Finnair? You can pay to access these two lounges:

  • Finnair Lounge – Location: Terminal 2, Airside, 3rd Floor, Gate 22. Schengen Zone. Showers are available. Hours: 5:30AM – 12:00AM. Lounge Access: Finnair ticket-holders can pay at the Door (€48,00 – between the hours of 9:00AM – 1:00PM and 6:00PM – 11:00PM only).
  • Finnair Lounge – Location: Terminal 2, Airside, Gate 50 A-M. Non-Schengen Zone. Showers and sleep pods are available. Hours: 5:30AM – 12:00AM. Lounge Access: Finnair ticket-holders can pay at the Door (€48,00 – between the hours of 9:00AM – 1:00PM and 6:00PM – 11:00PM only).

If sleeping in Helsinki Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels inside and connected to the airport:

In Transit GoSleep Pods – Sleeping chair/pod equipped with a cover to block light/noise and storage under the seat to secure personal items. Electronic devices can be recharged inside the unit. Pods can be used for 1 hour or longer. Location: Terminal 1, next to Gate 11, inside the departure area, after Passport and Security control, in the Schengen zone. Hours: open 24 hours. Rates from €4,50 (1 hour) • 18,00€ (3 hours – basic package) • 35,00€ (5 hours – standard package) • 39,90€ (No Limit – all inclusive package).Blankets and pillows are included with the standard and all-inclusive packages. Otherwise the rental rates are Pillow (3,00€), Blanket (3,00€) and Water (2,50€).

At Airport GLO Hotel Vantaa Airport – Location: Terminal 2, landside, on the ground floor under the Arrivals Hall 2B. There is also direct indoor access to Terminal 1. Day rooms are available between the hours 9:00AM – 5:00PM.  » Check Rates

At Airport Hilton Helsinki-Vantaa Airport – (3 minute walk from the airport) Connected to the main terminal by a covered walkway. Day rooms are available 9:00AM -7:00PM.» Check Rates

To see more options there is a list of hotels near Helsinki-Vantaa Airport on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.

Free WiFi is available at Helsinki Vantaa Airport for an unlimited time period. Connect to the ”HEL FreeWiFi-Open www.finavia.fi” network.

Additionally, there are six desktop computer stations with internet access available at the eService Bar. Location: Airside, Gate 20. Hours: open 24 hours. You can also head to the Suvanto work and rest station which provide a quiet place to work and allow you to charge up your electronics as well. Locations: Gate 16-17, Gate 18-19 and Gate 37.

Business Services

  • Work & Rest Station – Suvanto Work & Rest Stations offer a quiet place to work and relax while you wait for your flight. You’ll find comfortable seating, laptop tables and recharging stations for different electronic devices. Locations: Gate 16-17, Gate 18-19 and Gate 37 Rate: Free to use!

Communications

  • Postal Services – Drop off your last minute postcards at the airport’s mailbox. Location: Terminal 2, Landside, on the Check-in Level.
  • WiFi – see “Airport WiFi/Internet” above.

Family Services

  • Children’s Play Room – Toys, games, changing tables, microwave, seating and private restrooms are available inside the airport’s four brightly colored play rooms. Runway views are available from the playroom at Gate 20! Locations: Gate 16 • 20 • 30 • 38 (non-Schengen) Hours: Open 24 hours.

Food & Drinks

  • Drinking Water – There are 12 washrooms in the main traffic areas that have cold water taps for passengers to refill their empty water bottles with drinking water at no cost. The Non-Schengen gate area (Gates 53, 54, and 55) in the new South Pier extension are furnished with hot and cold water automats.
  • Food & Drinks – Food concessions throughout the airport operate with varying schedules. These options are open 24 hours: Cafe Tori (T2, airside, Gates 26-27) • Tapio Cafe (T2, airside, Gate 24) • Ulappa (T2, Departures Level – kitchen is open 10:00AM – 7:00PM and the restaurant is open 24 hours). A 24-hour grocery store, Alepa, is located landside in T2 Arrivals Hall 2B. Drink vending machines are available throughout the airport.

Information

  • Information Desk – Location: On the arrivals level, in the corridor between Terminals 1 and 2. Hours: open 24 hours.

Luggage

  • Luggage Storage & Lockers – Lockers are available landside, on the ground floor of T1 and T2. Rate: €5 for a small locker (56cm x 56cm x 28cm) or €6 for a large locker (86cm x 78cm x 36cm) per 24-hour period. The maximum storage time is 7 days. Hours: Open 24 hours.

Medical Services

  • Medical Services – Mehiläinen Airport Clinic Location: On the outside of T2.
  • Pharmacy – Buy health and beauty products and get your prescriptions filled at the airport pharmacy. Location: T2, landside, Arrivals Hall 2A Hours: 6:30AM – 9:00PM (Mon-Fri) 9:00AM – 7:00PM (Sat) 10:00AM – 9:00PM (Sun).

Mobile Charging

  • Mobile Charging – Fortum charging stations offers 9 locked charging units for free. Recharging units are located at Gates 17-18, 20, 22, 32 and 34. Fortum also offers outlets at benches and many locations airside. You can also head to one of the Suvanto work and rest stations, which offer a quiet place to work and relax. You’ll find comfortable seating, laptop tables and recharging stations for different electronic devices. Locations: Gate 16-17, Gate 18-19 and Gate 52.

Money

  • ATMs / Cash Machines – Need cash? ATMs, operated by Otto and ChangeGroup (dispenses foreign currency), are available 24 hours a day. Fees may apply, so be sure to check your bank’s fee schedule and your daily withdrawal limit if you are travelling internationally. You may also want to notify your bank of your travel plans. Locations: Airside, Gate 26 • Gate 14 (Euro, DKK, SEK) • Gate 21 (Euro, GBP, USD) • Gate 22-23 (Euro, SEK) • T2, landside, Arrivals Hall 2A (unknown).
  • Currency Exchange – ChangeGroup foreign exchange kiosks can be found in these locations:
    • Landside: T2, Check-In area 201-232 • T2, Check-In area 240-271 • T2, Arrivals Hall 2A • T2, Arrivals Hall 2B.
    • Airside: Gate 15 • Gate 26 • Gate 32
    • Foreign currency ATMs are listed in “ATMs / Cash Machines” above.

Rest & Relaxation

  • Hotels – see “Airport Hotels” above.
  • Lounges – see “Airport Lounges” above.
  • Relax Lounge – Head to the Relax and Feelgood Lounge where they offer a variety of massage services to get you ready to fly. Location: Airside, Gate 28. Hours: 7:00AM – 7:00PM, every day.
  • Rest Zones – The Kainuu Lounge is a space that is open to all passengers who are looking to a quiet place to rest and relax between flights. They don’t offer much in terms of seating, but apparently laying on the carpeted floor is comfortable. Location: Airside, Gate 31. Hours: open 24 hours.

Security

  • Security Check – Liquids and gels in individual containers (max. 100 ml each) must be packed in a single transparent and resealable plastic bag with a capacity of no more than 1 liter. Complimentary clear zip bags are available in the security check area.

Shopping

  • Duty Free & Shopping – Duty-free shopping is available in T1 (Gates 13-14) and T2 (Gates 23, 32 and 36). A wide variety of retail shops, selling everything from books to local delicacies, are available throughout the airport. If you need a magazine, a souvenir or a quick snack, there is a R-kioski newsstand and an Alepa Shop available landside which are open 24 hours.

Showers, Salon & Spa

  • Beauty Salon and Barber – Salon Fly Hair. Location: WTC, downstairs corridor Hours: 10:00AM – 5:00PM (Mon-Fri) • M Room Men’s Barber. Location: T2, landside, Arrivals Hall 2A Hours: 9:00AM – 7:00PM (Mon-Fri) 9:00AM – 5:00PM (Sat) 12:00PM – 5:00PM (Sun) • SPA Helsinki. Location: Airside, Schengen Area, Gate 28, inside the Relax and Fly Feel Good Lounge. Hours: 10:00AM – 6:00PM (Mon – Fri) 10:00AM – 5:00PM (weekends).

Smoking

  • Smoking Areas – Smoking is permitted in ventilated smoking areas in the airport: Gates 12, 19, 28 (3rd floor), 34, and 52.

The airport is open 24 hours.

As of March 2018, Helsinki airport is served by the following airlines: British Airways • American Airlines • SAS • Finnair • Turkish Airlines • Air China • Lufthansa • Air Canada • Qatar Airways • KLM • Japan Airlines • TAP Portugal • Air France • Icelandair • Aegean Airlines

Finnair City Bus (credit card accepted) is the most convenient way to get to the Helsinki City/Railway station. You can use also the local bus 615 regular service between the Airport and Helsinki City Center railway station. Bus 617 connects Hakaniemi Market Square and the airport during peak hours from Monday to Friday. For more information, visit the HSL HRT web site.

Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz and Sixt are located in the corridor between Terminals 1 and 2. Hours of operation vary between the agencies.

The following hotels provide a free airport shuttle service: Bonus Inn Airport Hotel   •   Best Western Airport Hotel Pilotti   •  Holiday Inn Helsinki-Vantaa Airport   •  Break Sokos Hotel Flamingo.

A free airport bus circulates between the parking areas and terminals every 15 minutes, from 3:30AM – 1:30AM.

Taxi stands are located outside of the Arrivals areas of both terminals. A trip to central Helsinki takes about 30 minute. Fixed fare shared taxis, charter taxis and other special services are available at the airport.

The Ring Rail Line provides a train connection between the airport, central Helsinki and the rest of the country. Trains depart every 10 – 20 minutes, with varying daily hours of operation. For fares, routes and more information on the Ring Rail Line, visit the Helsinki Region Transport website.

Last updated: 2018-10-23

This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning.  All information, including rates and hours, are subject to change at any time without notice.   The information in this airport guide is based on information collected and/or received from the airports, lounges, hotels, transportation providers and their web sites. We are not representatives of any of the above mentioned service providers. To report errors or to add/update any items mentioned in the guide, write a review or send an email to [email protected] and we will update this guide.