Connecting flights

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 planes takes just 35 minutes!

  • The gate number of your connecting flight will be displayed 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 31 and 52. If you are transferring at another airport, see Destinations for airport maps and Transfer Service desk locations.
  • If you do not have a boarding pass for your connecting flight, the Transfer Service desk 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 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.

If you feel that you need assistance with your check-in or finding the correct gate for your connecting flight, we are here to help you.

Minimum connecting times

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

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