May to September are the busiest months to visit as the summer offers long days and many hours of daylight. You’ll need to make sure to secure your flight tickets in advance to avoid overpaying for your flights to Finland. If you are hoping to see the Northern Lights then you’ll need to book your flights to Finland either around September and October or March and April, that said you’ll find cheap flights to Finland even more difficult to find as tourists flock to the country for the best views of the spectacle.
The winter is the quietest time of the year as the country is shrouded in darkness for much of it. You’ll definitely find the cheapest flights to Finland then, with the exception of December as Christmas brings many tourists looking for Santa. The winter months also has much better offers on accommodation so it’s worth considering if you want to make a saving. The benefit of the darkness is also that you’ll be able to get a glimpse of the Northern Lights much more easily.
You’ll need to decide what your reasons for visiting are to decide when the best time to book flights to Finland is. If you want to see the Northern lights you’ll want to secure your flight tickets a couple of months in advance to find cheap flights to Finland around September/October or March/April whereas if you aren’t too fussed then you’ll have to plan your flight tickets well in advance to avoid the mad tourism that hits the country in the summer. Being flexible is your best friend when trying to find the cheapest flights to Finland as you have the freedom to pick and choose as you see fit.
Flights from London to Helsinki, Finland: 2 hours 50 minutes.
Flights from Manchester to Turku, Finland: 4 hours 25 minutes.
Flights from Birmingham to Tampere, Finland: 6 hours 40 minutes.
Flights from Glasgow to Helsinki, Finland: 5 hours 15 minutes.
There are many airlines which offer cheap flights to Finland although the major ones are British Airways, Finnair and Norwegian Air. Deciding which airline to choose depends on where in Finland you are flying to and then who offers the best value for money. If you opt for Norwegian for example then you’ll get free WiFi onboard the entirety of your flights to Finland. British Airways on the other hand offer complimentary snacks and drinks so take these things into consideration when you are searching for cheap flights to Finland.
As of July 2015 a train connection was added so you can now easily find your way from the airport to the city. There are also a couple of bus routes available although you’ll want either the 617 or the 615. They do go to different places though, with 615 going to the train station. If your hotel is nearby to the airport then you can jump on a free airport shuttle which goes to the nearby accommodation so once you’ve booked your flights to Finland it’s worth weighing up the pros and cons of where to book your hotel. Lastly, you can grab a taxi from outside of the airport, however you’ll be looking at spending 40 euros or more for the journey.
You are limited to just two options really if you fly into Turku airport. It is, however, only 8km away from the city centre so finding your way isn’t too difficult. The cheapest option would be to jump on the number 1 bus which is reliable and is only a few euros. The other option is a taxi. Whilst you won’t have to wait like you might have to if you choose the bus, you’ll spend a lot more on the journey. If you arrive after and the bus has finished and there are no taxis you can request one on a phone in the airport.
The airport is around 17km away from the city and there are a few different methods you can choose from. If you’re on a budget or if you just want to save a bit of money where you can then opt for bus number 1a. This takes around 35 minutes but will save you a lot of money when compared to a taxi. If you are at Terminal 2 then you can jump on the train which goes directly to the train station from the airport. If you do opt for a taxi then expect to pay around 30 or 40 euros, or more depending on how many people are travelling.
(prices quoted are from London)