Travel to Seinäjoki
Seinäjoki and South Ostrobothnia are located in West Finland, approximitely 350 km’s North-West from our country’s capital city, Helsinki. The closest airport is in Vaasa, that is approximitely 80 km from Seinäjoki. From Vaasa there is also a ferry connection to Umeå, Sweden. The long distance train connections between Seinäjoki and Helsinki are also good. There are several connections per day and the travel time is around 3 hours.
Here we offer you few options on how you can reach Seinäjoki:
1. Flight to Helsinki and train to Seinäjoki
Probably the easiest, most convenient and sustainable way of travelling to Seinäjoki is to fly to Helsinki (Helsinki Airport / Helsinki-Vantaan lentoasema (IATA: HEL)) and then take a train to Seinäjoki. Helsinki Airport is a large international airport, so connections should be quite easy to find.
Train from the airport to Seinäjoki
From Helsinki Airport you will have to take a commuter train to Tikkurila-station, and from there a long-distance train (Intercity or Pendolino) to Seinäjoki. The train connection from Helsinki Airport to Seinäjoki lasts around 3 hours, depending on the connection. There are several connections throughout the day. From 7:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. there are connections for every hour.
Schedules and purchase of train tickets: You can check the connections and purchase the tickets at: https://www.vr.fi/en. The connections are the same every day, and normally you can see and purchase connections 2-3 months prior the travel date. You can check connections and preliminary prices by checking the connections for a similar day. You get both commuter train and long-distance train at the same ticket, from Helsinki Airport (in Fin: Helsinki Lentoasema) to Seinäjoki, and vice versa. The tickets are priced dynamically, so the earlier you book the trains the better price you get. If you book the tickets few days before the trip, it’s possible the prices are quite high.
Upon arrival in Helsinki: After your landing time in Helsinki, you should reserve at least 40 minutes to catch the commuter train from the airport to Tikkurila station. Especially if you have checked-in luggage to claim at baggage drop. From Finavia websites you can see more information about services at the airport and also about the transportation connections: Finavia – Transportation.
Services on the trains: Finnish trains are comfortable and airconditioned, and there is free Wi-Fi on the trains. There is also restaurant on the trains where you can enjoy tasty meals and drinks.
Staying in Helsinki Metropolitan Area
If you are spending a night in the Helsinki Metropolitan Area, timetables for commuter train and other public transport at https://www.hsl.fi/en. For tickets, the bigger stations (like Airport) have ticket machines, but please note that tram and bus stations don’t have these. Otherwise you can buy tickets in the HSL app, download the app for Android or iOS
2. Flight to Vaasa and taxi or train to Seinäjoki
Our closest commercial airport is in Vaasa, 80 km away from Seinäjoki. Vaasa Airport (IATA: VAA) is a small airport with flights to only Helsinki (Finnair) and Stockholm (SAS). From Vaasa Airport to Seinäjoki, you can take a take a taxi either to the Vaasa Train Station (approx. 30€), or straight to Seinäjoki (approx. 150€), and then a train to Seinäjoki, or rent a car (rental companies Hertz, Europcar and Sixt).
- You can buy the train tickets and check timetables from https://www.vr.fi/en.
- Info on car rental from Vaasa Airport: https://www.finavia.fi/en/airports/vaasa/parking-access/car-rentals
- Taxi Vaasa +358 600 300 11 (1,50 € + 1,50 €/min)
3. Flights to Tampere and train, bus or taxi to Seinäjoki
Another small airport is the Tampere Airport, located halfway from Seinäjoki to Helsinki (200 km away). Airlines flying to Tampere Airport (IATA: TMP) are Air Baltic and Ryanair. From Tampere Airport to Seinäjoki, you can take a bus (number 103) or a taxi to Tampere city center (Railway Station) and from there a train to Seinäjoki. Or rent a car (rental companies Hertz, Europcar and Sixt).
- Train tickets and schedules: https://www.vr.fi/en.
- Local Bus timetable at https://www.nysse.fi/en/tickets-and-fares.html, and tickets: Nysse Mobiili App Android and iOS
- Info on car rental from Tampere Airport: https://www.finavia.fi/en/airports/tampere-pirkkala/parking-access/car-rentals