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Questions On Stopover Options In Helsinki  
User currently offlineVTMAA From India, joined Oct 2006, 108 posts, RR: 0
Posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 5607 times:

Hello all
I am planning to travel JFK-DEL on AY (Coach) in June and am looking at the 17:40 departure from JFK, arriving @ 8:xx AM. This flight gives me a 10 hr transit in HEL and I was planning to head to the city for the day. My onward flight from HEL is at 18:40.
I would like to ask for your suggestions on

1. Are there showers I can use (maybe for a fee) on arrival, before heading to Helsinki?
2. Are there storage lockers to keep my carry on roller for the day?
3. How long before the onward flight should I arrive back at the airport - considering security lines, passport control times etc.

Thank you all for your help

VTMAA

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User currently offlineAndaman From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 5567 times:

Hi,

perhaps you know it already but you don't necessarily need such a long transit at HEL, Finnair have added flights to JFK for the summer season, flying 11x weekly. The new later departure from JFK cuts the transit time to half and on the DEL-JFK the quickest transit at HEL takes only 40min. But of course June is a good time to visit Helsinki.

Your questions:

1. Yes, perhaps the most easy option is the Scandic Gateway Hotel inside the terminal (landside), some friends have taken there a shower for fee, maybe someone can confirm they still have this service? Later this year the non-Schengen terminal will get a spa, but unfortunately not open in summer yet.

Scandic Gateway:

2. Yes there are storage lockers.
Services at HEL: http://www.helsinki-vantaa.fi/home?

3. Usually the security and passport control goes quickly and smoothly at HEL, I would arrive the airport something like 1h before, with the boarding pass.

It takes around 45min from the airport to the city, an other option is to visit the Jumbo shopping mall & Flamingo Spa close to the airport:

In English:
http://www.jumbo.fi/find_your_way_to_jumbo
http://www.flamingospa.fi/en/p2-in_english.html


User currently offlineAndaman From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 5558 times:



Quoting Andaman (Reply 1):
Scandic Gateway:

Sorry the link was missing:
http://www.scandichotels.com/en/Hote.../Scandic-Gateway-Helsinki-Airport/


User currently offlineVTMAA From India, joined Oct 2006, 108 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 5506 times:

Thanks Andaman for your suggestions. I will try out the Scandic.

I actually booked this flight on purpose so as to have a 10 hr stopover. but if we have a long delay or it rains in Helsinki on that day, i will end up looking like a fool!! but you got to take your chance Smile

BTW: what are some must see's in Helsinki during my stopover. I reckon i have about 6 hours after taking travel, customs and immi etc into account.


User currently offlineSandroZRH From Switzerland, joined Feb 2007, 3428 posts, RR: 50
Reply 4, posted (5 years 4 months 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 5468 times:



Quoting VTMAA (Reply 3):
what are some must see's in Helsinki during my stopover

The girls!

Sorry, couldn't help it Big grin


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