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Transfer at Helsinki Airport

Krystof Hajek updated 22. 10. 2023

Vantaa Airport will offer passengers a single terminal common to all departures. All security checks lead to one common transit area.

The transit area itself is further divided into a Schengen area and a non-Schengen area.

  • Schengen area - open to all passengers, departure gates 1-36
  • Non-Schengen area - accessible only after passport control to passengers of the flights concerned, departure gates 40-55

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Due to the architectural design of the terminal in the shape of the letter "A", the distances from the car parks and public transport stations to the aircraft are very short.

Airport map

An interactive map of the entire airport and each terminal can be found on the airport's official website: hel-map.finavia.fi.

Transfer between flights

Helsinki Airport is an important transfer point for flights between Europe, Asia and North America as well as for travel to Finnish regions.

With only one terminal, the airport makes transfers quick and hassle-free. Orientation is very clear and distances are short.

Schengen <-> Schengen

There are no checks when connecting within the Schengen area and on domestic Finnish flights.

When you get off the plane, you're straight into the departure transit area, where you just have to search for the departure gate of the connecting flight on the screen.

If you have both flights on the same booking, you don't need to collect your luggage.

You'll be able to make your connection in under 35 minutes.

Schengen -> Non-Schengen

If you are connecting from a Schengen country to a flight outside Europe, you always go through passport control. However, there is no security check.

If you have both flights on the same booking, you do not need to collect your baggage.

You can make the connection in under 40 minutes.

Non-Schengen -> Schengen

If you are connecting from a non-European country to a flight in the Schengen area, you always go through passport control and security.

If you have both flights on the same booking, you do not need to collect your baggage.

You can make the connection in 40 minutes.

Krystof Hajek

Krystof is the editor-in-chief of Cestee. He is also an avid traveller with 574 flights and 73 countries visited.

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