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Old Oct 21, 17, 8:36 am
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"I" or "P" Train to/from Airport to Downtown Helsinki?

Have a long enough layover coming up in HEL that I can make it downtown to meet some friends for lunch. Seems like the best option is to take a train (quick enough, frequent enough, good value), but of course they have 2 train options (I or P)..

Is there any difference other than the in between stops to worry about? One closer to departures and security than the other on the return?
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Old Oct 21, 17, 8:44 am
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Originally Posted by teemuflyer View Post
Have a long enough layover coming up in HEL that I can make it downtown to meet some friends for lunch. Seems like the best option is to take a train (quick enough, frequent enough, good value), but of course they have 2 train options (I or P)..

Is there any difference other than the in between stops to worry about? One closer to departures and security than the other on the return?
It is a loop where P runs clockwise and I counter-clockwise. Both terminate in the main railway station. P is perhaps some minutes faster, but when going to the city, I'd take the first train arriving. Same platform, just different side of it at the airport.
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Whichever train comes first, in either direction
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Old Oct 21, 17, 8:56 am
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Originally Posted by Purjelentaja View Post
It is a loop where P runs clockwise and I counter-clockwise. Both terminate in the main railway station. P is perhaps some minutes faster, but when going to the city, I'd take the first train arriving. Same platform, just different side of it at the airport.
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Thanks for the info!
Just make sure you buy your ticket from the machine first no ticket sales onboard anymore
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Originally Posted by kauppias View Post
Just make sure you buy your ticket from the machine first no ticket sales onboard anymore
Yeah, I read that, but thanks never the less!

https://www.finavia.fi/en/helsinki-a...ses-and-taxis/
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I'd take the Finnair City Bus. The bus ride takes maybe a few minutes longer but there is less walking at the airport, especially if leaving from T2.
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I'd take the Finnair City Bus. The bus ride takes maybe a few minutes longer but there is less walking at the airport, especially if leaving from T2.
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+1. And you can pay with Amex to get points.
That settles it then . Btw. how many points? 6?
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If you arrive at the station the timetables are such that even the longer route is quicker than waiting for next, so just take the first one.

But if you plan ahead, and you are familiar with swedish prepositions, this mnemonic can be used to remember which one is shortest route:
If you are "i stan" take I train. If you are "pŚ flygplatsen" take P train.
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And also: Finally HSL app (mobiililippu) works decently for foreigners as you now can attach foreign credit card to app and buy ticket on the go.

But beware if using this app - purchased ticket still requires internet connection throughout your trip. If you don't have internet ticket is not valid and you'll get a fine. HSL have promised to fix this within a year or so...
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And also: Finally HSL app (mobiililippu) works decently for foreigners as you now can attach foreign credit card to app and buy ticket on the go.

But beware if using this app - purchased ticket still requires internet connection throughout your trip. If you don't have internet ticket is not valid and you'll get a fine. HSL have promised to fix this within a year or so...
No Wi-Fi on the train?
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No Wi-Fi on the train?
Oh important detail. Finnair bus has WiFi. Amex points for a local plat card would be 10/one way
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Originally Posted by remymartin View Post
Oh important detail. Finnair bus has WiFi. Amex points for a local plat card would be 10/one way
All good, I agree, though I'm an AA EXP (OWE) from the US, so..
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No Wi-Fi on the train?
No. The experience is pretty similar to taking the BART from SFO, only that the trains in Helsinki are quite new.

If you want to buy your ticket with Amex for the points, you can do it at the Alepa grocery store at the airport (on the arrivals floor in front of baggage claim 2B)
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