Helsinki central station







Helsingin Rautatieasema – Helsinki Railway Station

People might wonder why I am talking about transportation and trains yet again, but I just wanted to quickly introduce you the Helsinki Central Railway station. If you are visiting Helsinki, you will definitely visit this place as it will be your main transfer point for public transportation. So Rautatienasema, as the place is called in Finnish, is the point of origin for all local VR commuter trains as well as many long-distance trains to elsewhere in Finland. You can even catch a train to St. Petersburg, Russia from here. Connection to the Rautatientori Subway station is easily accessible too (just head down the escalator) and bus stations are located outside of the building. If you need to quickly stock up for some goods, head out for Asematunneli underground shopping complex connected to the Railway station.

The indoor station and shopping at Rautatieasema is nothing special, but I would mostly like to encourage you to pay attention to the beautiful outside architecture of the building. The Rautatieasema exterior architecture is one of the important landmarks of Helsinki – the building was designed by a famous Finnish architect Eliel Saarinen in 1909 and opened for public in 1919. The building material of the exterior is mostly stone (Finnish granite). The station is famous for the clock tower and the two pairs of human statues holding ball-shaped lamps. I love these little stone dudes carrying the lamps– they look quite funny and mysterious, especially at night when the station is lit by different colored lights (at the time I took the photos the station was lit by red light – and by coincidence I was able to capture some real live dudes, construction workers, just next to the stone men).

For further information, please see for VR train schedules here, and for Helsinki public transportation (buses, trams, ferries) here:

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