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.

Overall, I think the airport is small and seems almost cozy, most of the things go smooth and the staff was very helpful. – a traveller

HEL Airport Overview

To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, here is a quick run-down about what to expect during your time at Helsinki Vantaa Airport (Code: HEL).

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.

Helsinki Airport guide
(Photo courtesy of a Guest Traveller / October 2019)

Sleeping in Helsinki Airport

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 the Airport Hotels section below for more info.  Explore our guide to sleeping in Helsinki Airport or read some traveller airport reviews for more tips.

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.

Covid-19 Update

Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, all services and times listed below are subject to change. Some services and facilities may remain closed or operate with reduced hours.  Airport tips and suggestions in this guide and elsewhere on the site were written before March 2020 and may no longer be valid. If you are planning to sleep in the public area of the terminal overnight, have a back-up plan! We’ve heard from a few travellers at other airports and they were not permitted to stay overnight. We’re not sure if that will apply to this airport, until a reader lets us know the current situation. We will start updating all of our guides in October 2021.  To help us with this massive update, you can add or update information or write a review and submit photos and airport tips.

For more airport information continue scrolling down to explore more in our Helsinki Airport Guide.

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.  For more information on Europe’s Schengen Area, click here.

Helsinki Airport Hotels, Sleep Pods and Day Rooms

Quick Facts
  • Nearest Hotel:  Inside the Airport
  • Sleep Cabins & Pods: Yes
  • Day Rooms: Yes
  • Nearby Hotels with Free Shuttles: Yes

When the prospect of sleeping on the floor or in a chair isn’t really doing it for you, there is good news for those of you who are looking to sleep at Helsinki Airport in comfort.   If you are on a layover, you don’t have to go through security as there are sleep pods in Terminal 2.  On the landside, in the public area of the airport, there are 3 hotels conveniently connected to the airport and several more off-site options.

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. Locations: Terminal 2, Airside, 3rd Floor, near Gate 28 (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 Scandic Helsinki Airport – Located next to Terminal 2 and connected by a covered walkway. » Check Rates

At Airport Hilton Helsinki-Vantaa 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.

Airport Lounges

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. 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!

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

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.

Plaza Premium Lounge – Location: Terminal 2, Airside, Non-Schengen Area, Mezzanine Level, near Gate 34. Showers are available. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door • Lounge membership programs.

Airline Lounges

If you are a First or Business Class traveller you may have access to the lounges listed below. For more information, check the airline’s website.

  • 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).
  • SAS Lounge – Location: Terminal 1, Airside, Gates 13. Hours: opens 1 hour before first SAS flight until 30 minutes before the last flight departure. Lounge Access: Star Alliance and Eurobonus Gold members • all Star Alliance passengers may pay at the door (€30,00).

Related Pages: Helsinki Airport Lounges

Airport WiFi/Internet

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

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.

More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover At The Airport

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!


  • Postal Services – Drop off your last minute postcards at the airport’s mailbox. Location: Terminal 1, Landside, Check-in Hall • Terminal 1, Airside, Near Gate 13 • Terminal 2, Landside, on the Check-in Level • Terminal 2, Landside, Baggage Hall • Terminal 2, Airside, near Gate 26.
  • WiFi – see “Airport WiFi/Internet” above.

Family Services

  • Baby Care Facilities – If you are travelling with an infant, there are designated diaper changing rooms, as well as changing tables located in many of the airport’s washrooms.
  • Children’s Play Area – Toys, games, changing tables and seating are available inside the airport’s brightly colored play areas. Runway views are available from the playroom at Gate 20! Locations: Schengen Area at Gate and Gate 16. Hours: Open 24 hours.
  • Strollers – Strollers – Want to make getting around the airport with your little one easier? Airport strollers are available to use free of charge after baggage check.

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) • Nordic Kitchen (T2, Airside, Gate 34 – only the deli is 24 hours) • Richie’s Gourmet Hot Dogs (T1, Airside, Gate 19) • 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 Desk – Have any questions? Visit one of the airport information desks for assistance! Locations: On the arrivals level, in the corridor between Terminals 1 and 2. Hours: open 24 hours. Additionally, you will find 2 transfer services desks and 2 service guide desks (Airside) providing additional assistance.


  • 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

  • Defibrillators – At Gate 25, Gate 33 and in the corridor between T1 and T2.
  • Medical Services – If you feel unwell or injure yourself, the Mehiläinen Airport Clinic can be found landside, 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: 5:00AM – 9:00PM. There are also 2 Apteekkiplus pharmacies that sell last minute over the counter medication. Locations: T2, 2nd Floor, Schengen, Gate 29 (Hours: 6:30AM – 11:30PM) • T2, 2nd Floor, Non-Schengen, Gates 37-39 (Hours: 5:00AM – 11:00PM, except Saturday only until 9:00PM).

Mobile Charging

  • Mobile Charging – Fortum charging stations offers 12 locked charging units for free. Recharging units are located at Gates 11, 18-19, 20, 21, 25, 27, 31, 32A, 32, 33, 37 and 38. 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. Locations: Gate 16-17, Gate 18-19 and Gate 52. And head to Gate 21 for the hanging power outlets to charge up.


  • 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, 7 locations • Landside at Check-in, Arrivals and T1/T2 Corridors.
  • 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 27 • Gate 29 • Gate 34 (2 locations)
    • 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: 10:00AM – 6:00PM (Mon – Fri) and 10:00AM – 5:00PM (Sat & Sun).
  • Rest Zones – If you’re looking for a quiet place to rest and relax between flights, check out any of the following areas:
    • Aukio – Equipped with LED screens, alternating projections, natural whitenoisepassengers can be immersed themselves in a Finnish nature oasis without leaving the airport. Additionally, there are flat padded benches with charging outlets. Location: Terminal 2, Airside, 2nd Floor Non-Schengen, near Gate 40. Hours: 24 hours.
    • The Kainuu Lounge – A space that is open to all passengers who are looking for 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: Terminal 2, Airside, 2nd Floor, Schengen, Gate 31. Hours: open 24 hours.
    • The Maja Living Room – This space doubles as yoga room and rest area. In addition to balance beams and stretching bars, this room has many lounge chairs to relax in before your flight. Location: Terminal 2, Airside, 2nd Floor, Non-schengen, Gate 52. Hours: 24 hours.

Take precaution even when sleeping in the rest zones.  In December 2019, a traveller at another airport reported that money and credit cards had been stolen from their bag even though the bag was right beside them.  Protect and lock your bags as you would sleeping elsewhere in public.


  • 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.


  • Duty Free & Shopping – Duty Free & Shopping – Duty-free shopping is available in T1 (Gates 13-14) and T2 (Gates 23, 32, 36, 40, 52). 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 – If you need a last minute trim, visit Salon Fly Hair. Location: WTC, downstairs corridor Hours: 10:00AM – 5:00PM (Mon-Fri).
  • Showers – Showers are available in several lounges. See Airport Lounges above.


  • Smoking Areas – Smoking is only permitted in ventilated smoking areas in the airport: Terminal 1, Airside, 2nd Floor Schengen, Gate 12 • Terminal 2, Airside, 3rd Floor, Schengen, Gate 28 • Terminal 2, Airside, 2nd Floor, Non-Schengen, Gate 34.

Airport Hours

The airport is open 24 hours.


Helsinki airport is served by the following airlines: Aegean AirlinesAeroflot • Air Serbia • airBaltic • Airlink • Alitalia •  Arkia Israel Airlines • Austrian Airways • Belavia • Blue Air • Braathens Regional • British AirwaysBrussels Airlines • Bulgaria Air • Cathay Pacific • China Southern • Corendon • Croatia Airlines • Czech Airlines • Delta Air LinesEasyJetFinnairflydubai • Freebird Airlines • IberiaIcelandair • JAL Japan Airlines • Jet Time • Juneyao Airlines • KLM • LOT • Lufthansa • Malaysia Airlines • Norra • Norwegian • Nouvelair Tunis • Novair • Onur Air • Qatar Airways • Royal Jordanian Airlines • SAS • Sichuan Airlines • Singapore Airlines • SunExpress • Swiss • Tailwind Airlines • TAP • Thai Airways • Tibet Airlines • Transavia • TUI Fly • Turkish Airlines • Ukraine International • United Airlines • Ural Airlines • Vueling.

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport


Finnair City Bus (credit card accepted) is the most convenient way to get to the Helsinki City/Railway station. The local transportation bus routes 415, 561, 615 and 617 connect the airport to surrounding parts of the city, Most notably, bus 615 offers regular service between the Airport and Helsinki City Center railway station, and 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.

Car Rentals

The following car rental agencies are located in the corridor between Terminals 1 and 2: Avis • Budget • Enterprise • Europcar • Hertz • Sixt. Hours of operation vary between the agencies.

Hotel Shuttles

Several hotels near Helsinki Airport provide shuttle service: Bonus Inn Airport Hotel   •   Best Western Airport Hotel Pilotti   •  Holiday Inn Helsinki-Vantaa Airport   •  Break Sokos Hotel Flamingo.

See also Airport Hotels above.

Inter-Terminal Shuttle

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. In order to avoid the sometimes long line-ups and to receive a fixed rate, you can order a taxi online through the Helsinki Airport website.


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. Note a fare zone system has been put in place, so make sure to buy a ticket to the ABC zone.

Last updated: 2020-10-21

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: update the airport guide or  write a review.