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Easy transfer at Helsinki Airport

We want you to transfer to your next destination smoothly and conveniently. At Helsinki Airport, all gates are located in one terminal building, along the same short walkway. This means you can be confident that you'll reach your connecting flight fast and hassle-free. At best, changing flights takes just 35 minutes!

  • The gate number of your connecting flight will be displayed in Finnair mobile app or on the airport monitors, but you can also ask at the Transfer Service desk for further assistance.
  • At Helsinki Airport, the Transfer Service desks are located near gates 29 and 52.
  • If you do not have a boarding pass for your connecting flight, the Transfer Service can issue one to you.
  • If you have not checked in your baggage for your entire journey, you must collect your baggage from the baggage carousel in the baggage claim area. You should then check your baggage in for your connecting flight – you may also have to go through customs.
  • If you are arriving from or travelling to a non-Schengen country, you need to go through passport control. Citizens of the EU, Scandinavia and Switzerland holding biometric passports can skip lines by using the airport's fast and convenient automatic border control machines. Nationals of Japan and South Korea may use these gates during afternoon hours when leaving to non-Schengen destinations.

Fly via Helsinki! Designed to be spacious and cosy for all travellers, our home hub Helsinki Airport is a perfect place to recharge before continuing your journey. Read more about Helsinki Airport services on Finavia’s website.

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Checklist for transit via Helsinki during the coronavirus pandemic

Together with Finavia, responsible for airports in Finland, we have adopted extra health and safety measures and put together a checklist below for safe and smooth transfer at Helsinki Airport.

Get to know the transit restrictions 

Use our travel requirements map to get all the necessary information: 

  • Select your destination country to see their travel requirements. In the Connecting Flight Information section, you can check if any specific regulations apply regarding your transfer stations. 
  • If you transfer via Helsinki, select Finland and get the connecting flight information under See more info
    • You can transfer in Helsinki provided your next transfer station or destination country allows you to arrive via Finland.  
    • If you continue from an international flight to a domestic flight within Finland, you need to follow entry requirements for Finland. 
  • If you continue from an international flight to a domestic flight within Finland, select Finland to find out current entry requirements. 

Check where you can stay after arriving at Helsinki Airport 

After you arrive in Helsinki, leaving the transit area or terminal or moving from the non-Schengen area to the Schengen area is possible only if you are eligible for entry to the Schengen area via Finland.​ 

Prepare for border and security controls 

Depending on your origin and destination countries, you may need to go through a border and/or security control at Helsinki Airport when transferring to your connecting flight. Kindly reserve some extra time to proceed to the gate of your connecting flight. Learn more about security checks.

Minimum connecting times

The minimum connecting times apply only when all flights have been issued on the same ticket. If you have flights on separate tickets, you need to reserve a significantly longer time for your transfer.

Transfer times at Helsinki Airport listed below are short compared to other major European airports. Connecting times for other airlines and destinations may vary.

Flights via Helsinki Airport

Estimated minimum connecting time

Flights within Finland

35 minutes

Flights within the Schengen area

35 minutes

Flights within the non-Schengen area

40 minutes

Flights from the non-Schengen area to the Schengen area

40 minutes

Flights from the Schengen area to the non-Schengen area

35 minutes

Charter flights to any other flight

75 minutes

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