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Basic information

  • Area: 403.2/km² (1,044.3/sq mi)
  • Calling Code: +358
  • Currency: Euro (€) (EUR)
  • Population (EST): 211,691
  • Official language: Finnish, Swedish
  • Time Zone: EET (UTC+2)

Tampere – Getting Around

Airport Transfers

Tampere-Pirkkala Airport is located 13km south-west of Tampere, and it is the second largest international airport in the country. It offers excellent transport links to and from the city centre, including the route 61 bus link, which costs €4.10 and takes 40 minutes. Taxi’s are also available outside of the terminal and cost €25 - 40, while a new shared taxi service allows passengers to split the cost of the fare, with a fixed fee of €12 per person and an approximate journey time of 20 minutes.


Several bike rental companies allow visitors to hire bikes on an hourly basis. Special guided bike tours run in the summer months, which provide tours on different routes that pass around many of Tampere’s major landmarks.


Buses in the city are modern and run on a number of routes in the centre and surrounding suburbs. A system operates whereby if you wish to stop the bus you must stand up and signal the driver with your hand, otherwise the bus may not stop. Single tickets can be purchased that allow unlimited travel for 60 minutes on any of the lines at the cost of €2.50 for adults, and €1 for children. If you plan on using the buses frequently during your stay you can buy a special Tampere tourist card that allows unlimited travel in a 24 hour period for €6, after using the initial tourist card additional day passes can be purchased for €4.


A rental car is the most convenient and economical way to travel around the city. There are several top brand car rental companies that have desks located in the Tampere-Pirkkala Airport arrival hall. It is possible to book your rental car directly at the stand, although it is recommended that you book in advance either online or on the phone, to ensure availability of your chosen vehicle.

On Foot

Exploring the city by foot is a great way to take in the sights, as most major attractions are located within walking distance of each other.


Taxi’s are a safe and easy way to travel around the city, but they do come at a high price, with fares calculated depending on the time of day, number of passengers and the distance travelled. It is acceptable to simply flag a taxi down in the street if the roof light is on, or visit one of the taxi stands that are located in the city centre. A dedicated telephone line allows passengers to pre-order a taxi, the number is 10041 from a mobile or 01004131 from a land-line, or your hotel concierge will be able to assist you in the booking of a cab. All taxi’s accept both cash and credit card payments.


Tampere train station is centrally located towards the eastern end of Hämeenkatu main street, and it offers extensive train services to all major cities and towns in Finland. Express trains run every hour to the capital of Helsinki which cost €33.90 and take 1 hour and 30 minutes. Tickets can be purchased at the station office, or on the machines located inside of the station. Children aged between 6 and 17 years of age receive a 50% discount on all fares.