There are direct flights to Tampere-Pirkkala airport throughout the year from Stockholm and Riga. There are also connecting flights from Helsinki, the capital of Finland. During summer season, there may be direct flights from elsewhere in Europe to Tampere.
From the airport, it is possible to take a bus or a taxi to the city centre. The local bus 1A leaves from in front of the Terminal 1 and a taxi rank is located in the same area. There are usually taxis waiting when the flights arrive, so there is no need to order a taxi beforehand. A taxi ride to the city centre costs around 40 euros. It is recommended to check the price with the driver before the ride.
By train from Helsinki-Vantaa airport
There is a train connection from Helsinki-Vantaa airport to Tampere city centre. The train station at the airport is between the two terminals. The entrance to the station is on the arrivals’ floor. To arrive in Tampere, take the regional train P to Tikkurila and change to a long distance at Tikkurila railway station. VR ticket machines are located on the railway station platform or the tickets can be bought online. By choosing ‘Helsinki Airport’ as the departure station, the same ticket is valid in both trains. It takes around 1h 30 min – 2h by train to Tampere. Schedules are found on the site www.vr.fi.
By bus from Helsinki-Vantaa airport
There is a direct bus connection from Helsinki-Vantaa airport to Tampere city centre. The bus leaves from in front of the terminal 2. Estimated travel time is 2h – 2h 30 min. Tickets can be bought on the bus. Schedules are presented on the site www.matkahuolto.fi.
By car from Helsinki
Tampere is around 180 kilometres north from Helsinki. The drive takes about two hours and ten minutes. There is a straight motorway from Helsinki to Tampere. There are also car rental places at Helsinki-Vantaa airport.
There are several hotels in Tampere city centre and one nearby Police University College. The university college is located approximately 8 kilometres from the centre.
Some hotels in the city centre
Solo Sokos Hotel Torni Tampere
+358 20 1234 634
Original Sokos Hotel Ilves
Hatanpään Valtatie 1
+358 20 1234 631
Courtyard by Marriott Tampere City
+358 29 35757900
Scandic Tampere City
+358 3 2446 111
Scandic Tampere Station
+358 3 3398000
Holiday Inn Tampere – Central Station
+358 3 2392 2000
Hotel nearby Police University College
+358 3 365 1111
- The third largest city in Finland and the biggest inland city in the Nordic countries
- 240 000 inhabitants
- Area 689 km2, from which water 164 km2
- Built around the Tammerkoski rapids
- Industrial heritage: “Finland’s Manchester”
- The Sauna Capital of the world
- Only Moomin Museum in the world
More information about Tampere is found on the website: www.visittampere.fi/en.
Tampere City Public Transport operates the local buses that form an extensive route network in the city. The buses run from the early morning to the late midnight – some even through the night. It is possible to buy single and day tickets for the bus. For more information, please visit the website: joukkoliikenne.tampere.fi/en.
A tram network is under construction in Tampere. This affects the transportation in the city.
Tap water in Finland is drinkable and high quality.
A list of top 15 foods to taste in Finland. Some of these are usually eaten in breakfast while some of these are main dishes and others are sweet treats.
- Karjalanpiirakka (Karelian pie)
- Runebergin torttu (Runeberg’s pastry)
- Grillimakkara (Sausage made for grilling)
- Ruisleipä (Rye bread)
- Korvapuusti (“Slapped ears” – Cinnamon bun)
- Mustikkapiirakka (Blueberry pie)
- Uudet perunat ja silli (New potatoes with herring)
- Rapu (Crayfish)
- Poronkäristys (Reindeer)
- Leipäjuusto (“Finnish Squeaky Cheese” – Cheese bread)
- Salmiakki (Salty liquorice)
- Fazerin Sininen (Fazer Blue Chocolate)
- Mustamakkara (Black sausage)
- Siivet (Chicken wings)
- Mämmi (Finnish Eastern pudding)
Some restaurants in Tampere
Plevna Brewery Pub & Restaurant
Large selection of beers and nice food
Itäinenkatu 8, Tampere
Masu Asian Bistro
Sushi and other Asian cuisine
Hämeenkatu 3, Tampere
Tapas and other Spanish inspired cuisine
Tuomiokirkonkatu 19, Tampere
Over 100 pizzas on the menu
Aleksanterinkatu 31, Tampere
Highest place to dine seasonal and local food in the Nordic countries
Laiturikatu 1, Tampere
Food for every taste
European Emergency Number 112
Taxi Tampere +358 100 4131
Dialling Code in Finland +358
Smoking is not allowed in indoor public areas. At Police University College, there is one designated outdoor smoking area.
Some typical Finnish souvenirs are Fazer chocolate (especially the one with the blue wrapper), salty liquorice, rye bread, Moomin products and Lumene cosmetics. Well-known Finnish design brands are Iittala, Arabia, Marimekko, Finlayson, Fiskars, Vallila, and Pentik.
There are two shopping centres, Koskikeskus and Ratina, and two department stores, Stockmann and Sokos, in the city centre. In the shopping centres, there are clothing stores, bookstores, supermarkets, restaurants and other services and in the department stores, there are departments for cosmetics, clothes, accessories, shoes, homeware and food. What is more, a liquor store is found in Ratina, Stockmann and Sokos. In Finland, alcohol, mild or strong, can be bought only from 9 o’clock to 21 o’clock.
There is a shopping centre, Duo, near Police University College. There are several supermarkets, restaurants, cafés, pharmacies, a jewellery store, a bookstore, and a liquor store located in the shopping centre.
Smaller shops (e.g. clothing stores) close around 19 and 20 on workdays; the bigger grocery stores outside the centre are open until 21 or 22, and the smaller grocery stores in the centre even up to 23. Shops and stores are usually open also on Sundays.
Major debit/credit cards are widely accepted. Cash payments are also possible. The currency is EURO.
Finland uses Eastern European Time (EET) which is CET+1.
230 V. Plugs and sockets conform to the European norm.
Finland is known for its four seasons. Summers can be hot (around 20-25 Celsius) and winters cold (around -20-25 Celsius). Usually, in winters, there is snow and it is very dark and slick from November to February and in summers, the sun shines and there is light almost throughout the night. Springs and autumns are something between these two seasons: autumns being rainy and chill (0-10 Celsius) and springs bright and warm (5-15 Celsius). However, weather conditions change very quickly: summers can be cool and rainy, and winters mild and snowless.
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