Practical information

University of Helsinki Main Building, City Centre Campus

Fabianinkatu 33, 00140 Helsinki

Fabiansgatan 33, 00140 Helsingfors

How to get there

FORSA/NOUSA 2018 takes place in the heart of the Helsinki city centre. The main conference venue, University of Helsinki Main Building, is located by the Senate Square, walking distance (600 meters) from the Central Railway Station. Trams 2, 4, 5 and 7 stop next to the Main Building.

Registration, lunch and coffee breaks, most of the workshop sessions, as well as keynote lectures on Friday will be held in the University Main Building. Keynote lectures on Thursday will be held in the Porthania Building (Street address: Yliopistonkatu 3, Gatuadress: Universitetsgatan 3). In addition, some of the workshop sessions on Thursday will be held in the Porthania Building and at the House of Science and Letters (Tieteiden talo, Vetenskapernas hus, Street address: Kirkkokatu 6, Gatuadress: Kyrkogatan 6), which is by walking distance from the University Main Building. 

The registration desk is located in the entrance lobby of the Main Building. The paper sessions held in the lecture halls of the Main Building are partly on the “new side” and partly on the “old side” of the Main Building. The main access through the Main Building from side to side is on the second floor. Lecture rooms marked with numbers (Lecture room 1) are on the “new side” (Fabianinkatu side, street address: Fabianinkatu 33). Auditoriums marked with Roman numbers (Aud X) are on the “old side” (on the Senate Square side, street address: Unioninkatu 34).

Download the program leaflet with the whole conference programme, workshop timetables, and other practical information in PDF here:


Hotels with special conference rates

A limited number of rooms with special conference rates has been reserved for the period of November 20th to November 23rd, 2018 (three nights in total). Please note that each participant makes their own reservation and all hotel fees are to be paid directly to the hotel. While making a booking, remember to mention the dates and allotment code given with each hotel.

Centrally located in Helsinki next to Kaisaniemi Metro Station Hotel Scandic Kaisaniemi offers a modern and cosy atmosphere. The hotel is located by walking distance from Helsinki Central Railway Station and 5 min walk to the conference venue.

- 123 € / standard single room / night

- 131 € / standard double room / night

Rates include buffet breakfast, sauna and VAT.

Please use the allotment code FORSA/NOUSA 2018 while making a reservation.

Reservations are to be made 24th of October at latest.

Contact information:

Scandic Kaisaniemi, Kaisaniemenkatu 7, 00100 Helsinki

Tel: +358 9 6899 9026


Hotel Helka offers affordable accommodation in a friendly atmosphere. The hotel is located next to Kamppi, by walking distance from the Central Railway Station and the conference venue (1,5 km).

- 125 € / standard single room / night

- 143 € / standard double room / night

Rates include buffet breakfast and VAT.

Please use the allotment code FONO while making a reservation.

Contact information:

Hotel Helka, Pohjoinen Rautatiekatu 23, FI-00100 Helsinki, Finland

Tel: +358 9 613 580


Original Sokos Hotel Helsinki is located just around the corner of the conference venue, between Ateneum Art Museum and Senate Square in the heart of the city centre. All hotel rooms have a youthful Scandinavian theme.

- 170 € / standard single room / night

- 190 € / standard single room / night

Rates include buffet breakfast during normal opening hours, WiFi, guest sauna and VAT.

Please use the allotment code FORSA/NOUSA 2018 while making a reservation.

Reservations are to be made 1st of November at 8 p.m. at latest (Finnish time).

Contact information:

Original Sokos Hotel Helsinki, Kluuvikatu 8, FIN- 00100 Helsinki

Tel: +358 20 1234 600

Fax: +358 20 1234 640


Eurohostel is next to the Katajanokka Sea Terminal area – just a short walk from the conference venue, sights, shops and restaurants of central Helsinki. Guests at Eurohostel find everything close at hand. Trams number 4 and 5 take you easiest to the city centre and back to the hostel.

- 52 € / standard double room for two persons / night

- 47,10 € / standard double room for one person / night

- 45,10 € / standard single room / night

Rates include bedding, towel, morning sauna, free WiFi and VAT. All rooms have shared showers and washroom facilities for men and women on each floor. Breakfast costs 10,50 € separately.

Please use the allotment code FORSA/NOUSA while making a reservation.

Reservations are to be made 20th of October at latest.

Contact information:

Eurohostel, Linnankatu 9, FIN- 00160 Helsinki
Tel: +358 962 204 70

Other hotels, without special conference rates

Helsinki-Vantaa Airport

If you fly to Helsinki-Vantaa Airport you can travel by train (I and P -trains) or take the bus number 615 from the airport to Helsinki Central Railway Station. The Central Railway Station is located in the heart of the city centre, by walking distance from the conference hotels and the conference venue. Tickets can be purchased from ticket machines at the airport. When using a ticket machine, please select the option "regional ticket" for journeys between the airport and Helsinki. A one-way ticket costs 5 euros. The railway station is the final stop of bus number 615 and both trains. For more information on the train and bus connections, including the timetables, please visit

Olympia Terminal

Is located at the South Harbour and there is a regular passenger ship link to Stockholm, Sweden. The terminal has an ATM, luggage lockers, a trolley rental, a restaurant, kiosk, and the Tallink Silja service point. Trams 2 and 3 stop next to the Olympia Terminal.

West Terminal 1

Is located at the West Harbour and it concentrates on traffic to Tallinn, Estonia. There is also a regular passenger ship link to St. Petersburg, Russia. The terminal has luggage lockers, a restaurant, café, kiosk, an ATM, money exchange office (open when the St. Petersburg ship is there) and the Eckerö Line, St. Peter Line and Tallink Silja Oy service points. Trams 7 and 6T stop next to the West Terminal.

Katajanokka Terminal

Is located at Katajanokka, with a regular ferry connection to Stockholm and Tallinn. The terminal has a restaurant, kiosk, a money exchange, an ATM, luggage lockers, and the Viking Line service point. Trams 4 and 5 stop next to the Katajanokka Terminal.


  • Taksi-Helsinki: +358 (0)100 0700
  • Airport Taxi Yellow Line: +358 (0)600 555 555. From airport to city centre with special price.
  • Lähitaksi: +358 (0)100 7300
  • Kovanen: +358 200 6060

Useful timetable sites

Journey Planner – A journey planner for the Helsinki metropolitan area

Train timetables – Provided by the Finnish railway company VR

Long distance bus timetables – Provided by Matkahuolto

Helsinki, the capital of Finland, is a modern city with over half a million residents and situated on the Baltic Sea. Helsinki’s climate is typical of its northerly situation. Its intermediate climate combines characteristics of both a maritime and a continental climate.

Around 200 international flights a day arrive at Helsinki-Vantaa Airport, which is situated 19 kilometres from the centre of Helsinki and can be reached by car in approximately 25 minutes. You can also take taxi, the Finnair city bus and bus 615, or trains I and P to the Central Railway Station. A taxi to city centre costs approximately 35-40 euros.

Helsinki Tourist Information

The Helsinki Tourist Information offers free information about the city and its sights, events and services. Pick up brochures and maps, and get the tips and advice for making the most of your stay in Helsinki.

Tourist Information can be found inside the ticket hall of the main train station.

Useful links

My Helsinki - your local guide to Helsinki provided by the City of Helsinki

City of Helsinki

University of Helsinki

This is Finland