Ecological Travel

How to get to Helsinki?

Travel related to art and research is a notable source of carbon dioxide emissions. To lessen the carbon footprint of our movements HIAP encourages travelling by ecological means and avoiding flying and private car usage whenever possible. Here are some tips for travelling ecologically to HIAP (and beyond!).



Here are the common slow travel routes that are used to travel to Helsinki by land/sea:

TIP: The most ecological route may not be the most affordable. The earlier you book your trip, the better your chances are to find affordable tickets.




The bus Warsaw-Vilnius-Tallinn can be booked from Ecolines or Lux Express.

Schedules and tickets for the ferry Tallinn-Helsinki are available from Eckeroline, Tallink-Silja or Viking Line.

The carbon footprint of this trip is 86 kg CO2eq. The air travel between Warsaw and Helsinki results in 300 kg CO2eq.



The train Hamburg-Copenhagen can be booked via DBS or Deutsche Bahn.

The train Copenhagen-Stockholm via SJ.

The ferry Stockholm-Turku booked via Tallink-Silja or Viking Line**.

The train from Turku-Helsinki via VR.

**Tip:The lowest emissions boat that operates between Stockholm and Turku is the Viking Grace.

The carbon footprint of this trip with a standard ferry is 54 kg CO2eq, with the Viking grace it is 33 kg C02eq. The air travel between Hamburg and Helsinki results in 382 kg CO2eq.



The train Stockholm-Luleå via SJ.

The bus Luleå-Tornio/Haaparanta via Kiruna Stadstrafik or Eskelinen.

The bus Tornio/Happaranta-Kemi via North European Bus Tours Ky.

The train from Kemi-Helsinki via VR.

The carbon footprint of this trip 16 kg CO2eq. The air travel between Stockholm and Helsinki results in 226 kg CO2eq.



The Bus Hamburg-Lübeck can be booked from Deutsche Bahn.

Schedules and tickets for the ferry Lübeck-Helsinki can be found at Finnlines.

The carbon footprint of this trip is 194 kg CO2eq. The air travel between Hamburg and Helsinki results in 382 kg CO2eq.




The train Moscow-St.Petersburg-Helsinki via VR (or Russian Railway).

The carbon footprint of this trip is 2 kg CO2eq. The air travel between Moscow and Helsinki results in 292 kg CO2eq.



The recommendation is to travel by train, the journey takes on average 8 hours and prices can range from 34€-80€. For tickets and timetables see the VR Website.

There are also bus connections by OnniBus and Matkahuolto.

The carbon footprint of this trip by train is 1 kg CO2eq, by bus 59 CO2 eq. The air travel between Rovaniemi and Helsinki results in 231 kg CO2eq.


The carbon footprint calculator used can be found here.


There are many possibilities when it comes to routes and modes of transportation! Here are some resources for finding your way:

Rome2Rio is a booking site that shows multiple travel variations including flight, train, bus, ferry, rideshare or rental car and includes estimated prices, journey durations, booking details and carbon footprint.

With EcoPassenger you can compare the energy consumption, the CO2 emissions and other environmental impacts of planes, cars and trains for passenger transport along routes of your choice.

The Helsingin Sanomat has created a counter that shows you how to travel in Europe by train and how much it costs (in Finnish).

The Man in Seat Sixty-One is a comprehensive guide for train and ferry travel world wide complete with photographs of the different travel options and route guides.

Maatapitkin specialises in ecological travel to and from Finland as well as further in Europe (in Finnish).