Travel information

Reaching Finland

IDA 2012 is organized in Helsinki, Finland. Finland resides in Northern Europe. Finland belongs to the Shengen area within the European Union.

Helsinki may be easily reached by flight. All directly reachable destinations from Helsinki airport are listed on the Helsinki airport Route maps page.

Helsinki is directly connected to all major airports in Europe, hubs in North America (New York, Chicago) and many hubs in Asia (Tokyo, Nagoya, Osaka, Seoul, Shanghai, Beijing, Chongqing, Hong Kong, Bangkok, Singapore, Delhi). Consult the Helsinki-Vantaa airport home page for more information.

Public transport is reliable and quick. You can take the regular bus number 615 from the airport (cost: 5 EUR), airport bus (cost: 8 EUR), or a taxi. The bus takes approximately 30-40 minutes to the city centre. Taxi from the airport to the Helsinki city center would cost about 40 to 50 EUR. There is no train connection from/to the airport.

Detailed information about how to get to Helsinki city centres and the hotels is available from the Helsinki airport Web pages: Bus and taxi services to Helsinki Airport.

Walking in Helsinki

A list of walking routes around the conference points of interest:


The conference organization has pre-booked hotel rooms at selected hotels in central Helsinki. You can book these hotel rooms with a booking code made available below. The selected pre-booked hotels (reservation with a booking code) are:

Alternatively, you may choose from the list of accommodation in Helsinki, provided by the Helsinki City Official Tourism Website. Inexpensive hostel accommodation in Helsinki is also available.

Symposium venue

IDA 2012 is held at the Finlandia Hall. It is located centrally in downtown Helsinki, with about 5-10 minutes walk to the train station and a 15 minute walk from essentially all centrally located sights.

Finlandia Hall is admired as an outstanding piece of architecture, designed by Alvar Aalto. The name of the Aalto University descends from this widely respected architect.