Tampere-Pirkkala airport has terminals 1 and 2. The first one is used by SAS and Finnair mainly and the second is for low-cost airlines like Ryanair. Both of the terminals have been renovated and modernized to serve the needs of business and holiday travelers. I experienced terminal 1 for the first time a couple of days ago while flying to Stockholm and Kalmar. I must say that I was positively surprised. As a small local airport, Tampere-Pirkkala looked fresh, modern and cozy.
Getting to and from the airport
There are basically three ways to get to and from the airport to the Tampere center: own car, a taxi or a bus.
Tampere-Pirkkala airport is located in the town of Pirkkala, around 17 kilometers from Tampere. Taking your own car is super easy. There are enough signs and plenty of parking spaces (fee). If you want to rent a car, Scandia Rent, FiRent, Hertz and Auto Europe have their offices in terminal 1.
You can find taxi poll in front of the terminal 1. Using a taxi in Finland in rather expensive and I would estimate a fair from the airport to the city to be around 40 €.
Taking a bus is the cheapest option. A bus line 1A takes you from the airport to the Tampere city in around 30 minutes. The airport is the final destination so you don’t need to worry about taking the right bus. However, the bus is continuing further after reaching Tampere center. The best bus stops to step out are the bus station stop (linja-autoasema), Koskipuisto (a park in the center), or the railway station (Rautatieasema). The fair is 5 € per person and it must be paid in cash only. You will need to tell the driver where you are going and press the “stop” button before the right stop.
Check the timetables here.
Services at the terminal 1
Before the security control, there is a cafe serving also lunch (10 €) until 2 o´clock in the afternoon. There is another cafe-souvenir shop after the security control but it is a lot smaller than this one. Also, the souvenir selection wasn’t anything that great so I would make my souvenir shopping in Tampere. There are a good amount of chairs, tables and places to charge your phone or laptop. There is a free quick wifi everywhere.
Where can you fly from Tampere?
Ryanair is flying to Riga on Mondays and Fridays. On Wednesdays and Sundays, you can get to Budapest.
SAS is flying to Stockholm four times a day, six days a week.
AirBaltic is flying to Riga.
Then Detur is organizing trips to Greece and TUI to the Canary Islands.
Also, now SAS has started direct flights from Tampere to Malaga, Spain. The flight goes once a week every Saturday leaving at 17.30.
It is great that we have a local airport in Tampere. Flying from your hometown is 10 000 times easier than traveling first to Helsinki so at least I will always first check the flight options from Tampere. And if there is anyone thinking of visiting Tampere, you should! Check out Visit Tampere page for inspiration.