Travel to Helsinki



Helsinki-Vantaa/Finavia Airport (IATA: HEL, ICAO: EFHK) is situated 19 kilometres (25 minutes) from the city centre and 13 kilometres (15 minutes) from the Congress venue. A regular bus connection between the city and the airport operates from the Central Railway Station.  Tel.: +358 (0)9 82 771

Star Alliance




The Star Alliance member airlines are pleased to be appointed as the Official Airline Network for the IFLA World Library and Information Congress 2012.

To obtain the Star Alliance Conventions Plus discounts please follow the below steps to access the Conventions Plus online booking tool:

  • Visit the Star Alliance website
  • Under “Delegates login” enter conventions code SK05S12
  • The online booking tool opens in a separate window*
    *Should the online booking tool not open, please ensure that your Pop-Up blocker is disabled

Registered participants plus one accompanying person travelling to the event can qualify for a discount of up to 20%, depending on fare and class of travel booked.

Participating airlines

Adria Airways Continental Airlines TAM Airlines
Aegean Airlines Croatia Airlines TAP Portugal
Air Canada EgyptAir THAI
Air China LOT Polish Airlines Turkish Airlines
ANA Lufthansa United
Asiana Airlines Scandinavian Airlines  
Austrian Airlines    Singapore Airlines  
Blue1 South African Airways  
Brussels Airlines SWISS International Airlines

Discounts are offered on most published business and economy class fares, excluding website/internet fares, senior and youth fares, group fares and Round the World fares.

Please note: For travel to/from Japan and New Zealand special fares or discounts may be offered by the participating airlines on their own network. To obtain these special fares or discounts and for booking office information please visit the Star Alliance website and:

  • Click on “Conventions Plus Booking Contacts” and enter the conventions code SK05S12.
  • Choose one of the participating airlines listed
  • Call the respective reservation contact listed and quote the conventions code SK05S12 when requesting the special ticket

When making your travel plans please present confirmation of your registration or proof of attendance for the Event/Convention.

Public Transport

Free Travel Ticket for WLIC 2012 Delegates - One ticket for all modes of transport

Helsinki region has an integrated public transport ticket system. Tickets are valid on public transport services in Helsinki, Espoo, Kauniainen, Vantaa, Kerava and Kirkkonummi. The same ticket can be used for traveling on buses, trams, the metro, commuter trains and the ferry to Suomenlinna. You can also transfer from one vehicle to another with the same ticket.

As a Congress delegate you have been provided with a free 7 day regional ticket in Helsinki region public transport. The 7 day ticket on the single-charge card is valid from 11 August to 17 August, 2012. Your ticket is valid in Helsinki, Espoo, Kauniainen and Vantaa. Tickets can be collected at the Registration Desk onsite at the Congress venue.

Easy to use :
Show the single-charge card to the card reader when boarding a vehicle or entering the metro. You only need to show the card to the reader without pressing any of the buttons.

Rail Traffic

VR Ltd, Finnish Railways from Helsinki has three daily international train connections: The Russian Tolstoi between Helsinki and Moscow with a night service in both directions. The Russian Repin and the Finnish Sibelius trains operate daily between Helsinki and St. Petersburg. The domestic traffic serves all major towns in the country, and reaches even the far north of Lapland.

Sea Traffic

The port of Helsinki is situated in the heart of the city. There are boat traffic services to Estonia, Sweden, Germany and Poland.

Tel.: +358 (0)9 310 1621

Last update: 26 May 2012