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Arriving in Tampere

Please check if you need a residence permit, mobility notification or visa to enter Finland for your studies. This depends on your citizenship and how long your studies will last.

Even if you do not need a visa to visit Finland, you need a valid passport or some other travel document accepted by Finland. The document must be valid for at least 90 days after your intended date of departure from the Schengen area. In addition, the passport or other travel document must have been issued no later than ten years ago. In case you do not need a visa, you can stay in Finland or in the territory of other Schengen state for 90 days in any 180-day period. Upon arrival in Finland, you must meet the general entry requirements according to which a person must not constitute a danger to public order and security, national health, or Finland’s international relations.

Flights to Helsinki arrive at Helsinki-Vantaa Airport (about 20 km from the city centre of Helsinki) and to Tampere at Tampere-Pirkkala Airport (about 20 km from the city centre of Tampere). For those landing in Helsinki, the most convenient and environmentally-friendly option is to first take the train from the airport to the railway station in Tikkurila and then continue by train to Tampere. Trains run every hour in the daytime and the journey from Helsinki-Vantaa Airport to Tampere takes about two hours. Expressbus runs from Helsinki-Vantaa Airport to Tampere, also during nighttime. From Tampere-Pirkkala Airport there is a bus connection to the city centre. Taxis are on call at the taxi stand in front of the airport in accordance with flight schedules, the ride to the city centre can cost up to 80 euros.

Once in Tampere, Tampere University city centre campus is located within a short walking distance from the railway station, Hervanta campus is located about 8 km south of the city centre and Kauppi campus is located about 3 km east of the city centre. The main campus of Tampere University of Applied Sciences (TAMK) is located about 2 km east of the city centre.

If relevant, information on how COVID-19 is affecting circumstances in Tampere is available here.


If you are an international student and don’t know anyone in Tampere, our Social Counsellor can meet you at the Tampere airport, train station or bus station.

If you have booked a room and will arrive in Tampere outside office hours (Mon-Fri 8:00–16:00), our Social Counsellor can also collect your room key (notify the housing company of the key pick-up) and bring it to the airport / bus station / train station where you will meet.

Just fill in the Arrival Form below and you will be contacted to arrange a smooth arrival. 

Published: 8.3.2019
Updated: 14.8.2023