There are over twenty airports dotted around the country, but you’re most likely to arrive at Helsinki Vantaa, Tampere Pirkkala or Lappeenranta Airport, which are the main hubs for international flights. British Airways (www.ba.com) and Norwegian (www.norwegian.no) fly into Helsinki and Ryanair into Tampere from the UK, but the biggest low-cost airline in Finland is Blue1 (www.blue1.com), which offers routes to and from most major European cities. Finnair (www.finnair.com), the national carrier, is also worth checking out. Ferries arrive from Tallinn in Estonia or Stockholm at Helsinki and Turku; contact either Silja Line (www.tallinksilja.com) or Viking Line (www.vikingline.fi) for tickets and timetables. Another increasingly popular route into the country is overland by train from St Petersburg to Helsinki, which thanks to a new high-speed rail link takes less than three hours.
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