How to get to Tampere
Tampere constitutes the northernmost point of the triangle formed by Finland’s three major cities: Tampere, Helsinki and Turku. It is within easy reach: less than two hours by train or by car from both coastal cities and even more conveniently accessible by air, thanks to Tampere’s good flight connections.
Tampere is located in southern Finland some 170 km north-west of Helsinki, capital of the country. Both domestic and international travel connections to Tampere are excellent. The city is within easy reach by air, by land and in summer, even by water!
Flights in summer 2018
In summer 2018 you can fly directly to Tampere from Bremen (Germany) and Budapest (Hungary) with Ryanair. Riga (Latvia) with airBaltic, Stockholm (Sweden) with SAS and Helsinki (Finland) with Finnair routes are open all year round. Please note that flight connections vary according to the season.
The address for Tampere-Pirkkala airport is Varikontie 14, Pirkkala.
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Bus connections between Tampere-Pirkkala airport and the city centre
There is a shuttle service between Tampere city centre and the airport. Shuttle service is available to passengers on Finnair, SAS and AirBaltic morning/night flights. Check the timetable and bus stops here.
For Ryanair flights, see the schedule here.
The city bus line number 1A operates between Terminal 1 and the city centre. The route goes past the Railway station, the east end of Hämeenkatu, Koskipuisto and the bus station.
At the airport, there is a taxi rank in front of Terminal 1 and a free phone for calling a taxi in case there are no taxis available. The trip to/from the centre costs approximately 30 euros, somewhat more on weekends and at night.
For the trip back to the airport, you can also book a special Airport Taxi (tel. +358 100 4131), which must be booked in good time before take-off and it should be mentioned that the booking is for Airport Taxi. The taxi collects people from the centre, and the fixed price is 19 euros/person. The Airport Taxi operates only to and from Terminal 1.
Some car rentals have a rental service also at Tampere-Pirkkala Airport (Terminal 1):
Trains to Tampere
Tampere is easily accessible by train from all over Finland. Take a train to Tampere, and there are good connections to all over the city from Tampere railway station. You can catch the local buses right from Hämeenkatu (main street) and Rautatienkatu streets, and there’s also a taxi rank in front of the station building. From the railway station to Tampere-Pirkkala airport you can either take a taxi or for Ryanair flights, there’s a transfer connection from in front of the station building. This transfer is operated by Tokeen Liikenne.
VR Ltd Finnish Railways
The Railway station hall is open Mon-Sun 05.00-01.00.
The travel tunnel is open 24 h.
Buses to Tampere
The long-distance coaches operate from the Tampere bus station, address Hatanpään valtatie 5-7. From Matkahuolto website you can get updated information also in English about how to get to Tampere by bus: the connections, timetables, bus stops and tickets. Also Onnibus operates from Tampere – you can find information about the routes and timetables from here.
For charter buses coming to Tampere with groups, there are some short-term parking places for buses – check out the Tampere City PDF map (in Finnish).
Tampere City Public Transport offers a good route network in Tampere and the surrounding cities. It’s possible to buy a day ticket for 24 hours or more. For more information about the tickets, timetables and routes visit the public transportation customer service at Frenckellinaukio 2 B, right next to Keskustori central square.