Car Hire from Helsinki Vantaa Airport
Helsinki Vantaa Airport is a great starting point for a Finnish adventure. If you’re choosing to hire a car from the airport, you’ll find it easy to reach the beautiful scenery, cities and coastline for which the country is famous.
Where to hire a car at Helsinki Vantaa Airport
A number of car hire companies operate from Helsinki Vantaa Airport. These include Sixt, Avis, Europcar, Hertz and Budget. All car hire desks are located inside the terminal building, in the corridor between terminals 1 and 2.
Petrol Stations near Helsinki Vantaa Airport
There’s a petrol station located within the airport grounds. It’s a Vantaa Lentosema garage just off route 135 going to and from the terminal building.
Driving around Helsinki Vantaa Airport
Route 135 travels south away from the airport and provides connections to major route gong to and from the city. The E18 goes east along the coast towards Porvoo and Kotka and southwest towards Espoo. This road has connections to various routes into Helsinki city centre. The E18 also connects to route 1, which goes west towards Turku, route 3, which goes northwest towards Hyvinkaa, and the E75 which goes northeast towards Lahti.
Driving around Finland is often a real joy for drivers from the UK. Roads are well-maintained and near enough empty of other traffic. During winter months, snow ploughs clear the roads and the speed limit on motorways and major highways is reduced from 120 km/h or 100 km/h to 80 km/h. It’s compulsory to have your headlights turned on, in summer and in winter, during the day and night. If an oncoming vehicle flashes their headlights at you, it could mean you don’t have your lights switched on or that there is a moose or accident on the road ahead.
Getting to your destination
Hiring a car from Helsinki Vantaa Airport is a great way to get around the area. Here are just a few destinations within easy reach:
Helsinki is Finland’s capital. It’s a seaside city with a laid back atmosphere, a lively nightlife and lots of excellent restaurants. Visitors can enjoy trips out to spectacular islands, walks around Helsinki’s parks or spend a day shopping in the city’s trendy boutiques. There are also lots of museums and art galleries to choose from.
Roads and signs around Helsinki are excellent. Traffic can get a little busy around rush hours in the city centre but is generally free flowing. Parking areas in Helsinki are divided into zones. In the most central, Zone 1, street parking costs €4.00 per hour with free parking available on Saturdays and Sundays. Designated car parks are also scattered around the city centre, with options at both Kampii and Forum.
Porvoo lies to the east of Helsinki Vantaa Airport. It’s Finland’s second oldest town and it sits on the Porvoo River. One of the small town’s most iconic features is its red shore houses, originally painted red in honour of a visit from the king of Sweden. In the old town, there are cobbled streets, a 14th century cathedral, art galleries and lots of cafés and restaurants to explore.
It takes just over half an hour to reach Porvoo from Helsinki Vantaa Airport. Drivers should take route 135 and then head east on the E18. Parking in the town centre is either pay and display or time limited. In paid spaces, it costs around €2 per hour.
Loviisa is a coastal town, east of Helsinki Vantaa Airport. It’s an ancient place with a picturesque old town and a number of attractions for visitors. The Svartholma Sea Fortress, the pretty Stromfors Iron Works Area and the Loviisa Town Museum all give an insight into the area’s history. There are also lots of cafés and shops in which to while away a day or two.
Loviisa is 50 minutes’ drive from Helsinki Vantaa Airport, taking the E18 east past Porvoo. The town is small and easy to navigate with plenty of parking spaces.