Helsinki Central Railway Station

Helsinki Central Railway Station

Helsinki Central Railway Station
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Helsinki railway station, designed by a globally recognized architect Eliel Saarinen, is a monumental landmark in the capital of Finland. With its granite walls, clock tower and statues next to the main entrance, the building has been selected as one of the most beautiful railway stations in the world. The railway station has served as a transportation hub and a meeting spot since 1919. Alongside local public transportation, train departures to lapland and Russia leave from the station daily. Cultural events are held there around the year. 240 000 people visit the building every day making it one of the busiest in Finland.
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Neighbourhood: Vironniemi
How to get there
  • Rautatientori • 1 min walk
  • Helsingin yliopisto • 5 min walk
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  • AngloItalian78
    Aylesbury, United Kingdom435 contributions
    Nothing special, just the main station for Helsinki!
    I mean…it’s a station. It’s where we arrived from the airport on a train. But on the inside it’s not especially grand or fancy or even well designed. So yes, from the outside it seems impressive but inside nothing like many other grand stations round the world.
    Visited February 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 28 February 2023
  • ciscokid23
    Coral Gables, Florida243 contributions
    A Must Not Only For Railroad Buffs!
    A must-see in Helsinki to see Eliel Saarinen's architectural wonder. The soaring interior halls are breathtaking with two side halls now housing eating venues - an Italian restaurant and, of all things, a Burger King. Fanciest Burger King I've ever seen and, if you have to eat at Burger King on your European tour, this is the one for its atmosphere. We chose, however, to have lunch at Cafe Eliel on a side corridor to honor its namesake. We strove in vain to locate the waiting room originally built for the Czar of Russia and now used by the Finnish president to welcome official guests, but nobody we asked had any idea what we were talking about. Will have to do more research for our next visit. The only thing which marred the experience is the practice by Finnish railroads to periodically drape the Goliath figures at the front of the station with advertising. A cute revenue-enhancing ploy, but one which does no service to the station's imposing beauty.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 30 May 2023
  • freutmich
    787 contributions
    Important Tip for Airport Trains
    I took the train from the airport (which is exceptional, by the way) so this was my first exposure to central Helsinki. Not only is central station a marvelous piece of architecture, but it wasn't filled with chaotic crowds like so many other European train stations I've visited. It's completely manageable and easy to find your way around. One thing I wish I had known, though, is how to access the airport train back on my day of departure. I'd been told trains to the airport start running around 3:30 am, so I arrived at 4:30 to leave on time for my flight. But the station itself doesn't open until 5 am. The doors were locked. So I stood outside and waited until the doors were unlocked. As I rushed to catch the next train that left in 6 minutes, I realized I could have just walked around the west side of the station and gone right up to any of the tracks, which were outside and accessible around back. I felt like an idiot, but now I know. If you have to make an early morning departure to the airport, walk around back. Don't wait for the security guard to let you in.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 10 July 2023
  • Markus
    Helsinki, Finland17 contributions
    The hub of Helsinki
    An architectural masterpiece both outside and inside. The building is the hub of Helsinki, and for a very good reason. You can take trams, busses, trains, metros and taxis here. Every day hundreds of thousands of people go through this building. The building is massive in size, and the building also has its own massive clock tower. The building is clean and really functional.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 21 August 2023
  • Coryy20
    Port of Spain, Trinidad4,837 contributions
    Super beautiful exterior..inside so so
    I used this station to get to the airport, which was a bit confusing. Hardly anyone around to a question or assist. This was my experience. Then to get to the right train I had to ask passengers. I eventually had to walk very far from the building to the last train in the row in snow. Then still unsure I was in the right train I asked other passenger and luckily they were wrong to the airport as well. Other than this the ride was scenic and the service was effecient on the train. However I think for such a lovely building more information booths should be inside to help passengers. I found the interior so so.
    Visited December 2022
    Travelled solo
    Written 31 August 2023
  • hunglow
    Phuket, Thailand1,582 contributions
    serves its purpose.
    serves its purpose of a place to connect to multi modes of transit. not grand like some of them in Europe but grand in its own way. food and drinks available to take on the train and easy to navigate due to its smaller size.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 7 September 2023
  • Werner W
    Zurich, Switzerland845 contributions
    Impressive train station
    We found this place during our first trip to Helsinki. If you like train systems and train stations this is a nice place. The Russian style building is nice from outside and inside. The train system by the way is also very efficient.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 8 September 2023
  • pfefmeister
    San Francisco, California3,021 contributions
    Another Architectural Gem
    Loved the grandeur of this historic train station, though we didn’t have the opportunity to use its services. We found it more convenient to take a taxi from the airport for $35 rather than hopping on a train. Still, central location makes it possible to get off and walk to all the interesting sites Helsinki has to offer.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 15 October 2023
  • MeganMunro
    Toronto, Canada1,319 contributions
    A phenomenal architectural gem.
    A grand building that is both functional and beautiful. It is a gorgeous train station that is so clean, orderly and has the most beautiful Burger King you'll see anywhere...trust me. We were astonished by how quiet and calm it was - even though it is a working central hub.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 29 December 2023
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MeganMunro
Toronto, Canada1,319 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
A grand building that is both functional and beautiful.
It is a gorgeous train station that is so clean, orderly and has the most beautiful Burger King you'll see anywhere...trust me.
We were astonished by how quiet and calm it was - even though it is a working central hub.
Written 29 December 2023
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TAMAN1951
Liberty Lake, WA6,615 contributions
Dec 2023 • Couples
I found the exterior to be very attractive and the station itself has a great central location.

Like any central transport station open to the public care must be exercised to avoid vagrants.
Written 27 December 2023
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DovydasLau
3 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
This city is overal bad. I could call it one of the worst capitals in Europe (that I've been to, and I've been in most of them).

People are nice, but what has left?
Terrible weather + Terrible "black winters",
Terrible prices,
Terrible modern software ifrastructure (It just doesn't work seemlessly, I don't know what to say more)
Terrible traffic - it takes alot to get to places (tram is half decent, but crowded, and pickpockets)
Mediocre food quality and selection (more to the terrible side)
Mediocre architecture (you would expect much more out of this style of a city, alot old and dull architecture, almost soviet vibes at times)

and other things. Just got bored of writing, it is also not worth it.

I give it 2/10 or 1/5. NOT WORTH IT.

And yes, there are Helsinki advocates. But almost most of them are nationalists. You can just chat with taxi cab drivers and get the full picture of the problems this city has. Alot.
Written 30 November 2023
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Ray W
Aberdeen, UK197 contributions
Nov 2023 • Family
Without doubt one of the best architectural buildings in Helsinki!
One that lots of locals and the majority of tourists will pass through everyday. So if its the good why do i say it has an ugly side?

We travelled to Helsinki to catch the VR Santa express train to Lapland, so after spending a few hours wandering the streets of Helsinki with our 5 year old granddaughter we decided to head to the train station so we could chill before catching the train, this is when the ugly side became noticeable!

Its only when you sit down you notice the guy sitting next to you is obviously homeless and has urinated himself. Then you start to take notice of others begging, high on drink, drugs or both, others who appear to be casing people maybe to pickpocket or mug!

In the 2 hours we waited for the 7.45pm night train we never saw any police.
Written 27 November 2023
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TheShis
Tel Aviv, Israel39,612 contributions
Sept 2023 • Couples
This is a gorgeous-looking railway station, which is worth a look even if you don't plan to take a train, simply because it's such a beautiful building.
Written 22 October 2023
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pfefmeister
San Francisco, CA3,021 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
Loved the grandeur of this historic train station, though we didn’t have the opportunity to use its services. We found it more convenient to take a taxi from the airport for $35 rather than hopping on a train. Still, central location makes it possible to get off and walk to all the interesting sites Helsinki has to offer.
Written 15 October 2023
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RopentaStones
St Helens, UK2,082 contributions
Sept 2023 • Couples
Great design railway station in the centre of town and one of the only places in Helsinki where you can leave luggage in the many lockers, get there early though as they get taken up really quickly.
Written 12 October 2023
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paulaann2017
Shaker Heights, OH9 contributions
Aug 2023 • Family
We took the train into Helsinki from Lahti, and also from Helsinki to the airport. It was easy to get to and easy to navigate. Signs in English!
Written 28 September 2023
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Werner W
Zurich, Switzerland845 contributions
Sept 2023 • Couples
We found this place during our first trip to Helsinki. If you like train systems and train stations this is a nice place. The Russian style building is nice from outside and inside. The train system by the way is also very efficient.
Written 9 September 2023
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hunglow
Phuket, Thailand1,582 contributions
Sept 2023 • Family
serves its purpose of a place to connect to multi modes of transit. not grand like some of them in Europe but grand in its own way. food and drinks available to take on the train and easy to navigate due to its smaller size.
Written 7 September 2023
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