32nd IEEE International Conference on Data Engineering

May 16-20, 2016 · Helsinki, Finland

It is with great pleasure that the organizers of the 32nd IEEE International Conference on Data Engineering invite you to take part in ICDE 2016 to be held in Helsinki, Finland, from May 16 to 20, 2016. As the capital of Finland, Helsinki is a vibrant city on the Baltic Sea renowned for its design and friendly atmosphere. The venue is at Aalto University's School of Business, which is located right in the city center.
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Getting to Helsinki

This page shows you some of the ways through which to easily reach Helsinki by air, land or sea. A section on visa requirements is at the bottom of the page.

Traveling to Helsinki by Plane

Despite its northern location, Helsinki is easily accessed from most parts of the world, including Asia and North America. Around 200 international flights, including low-cost airlines, land daily at Helsinki Airport. Several daily flights connect Helsinki with all major hubs in Europe. There are many direct connections to destinations in Asia (Bangkok, Beijing, Chongqing, Hong Kong, Nagoya, New Delhi, Osaka, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Tokyo, Xi'an) as well as a direct flight to New York all-year round.

The airport is situated 19 kilometres from the centre of Helsinki and can be reached by car in about 25 minutes. A new local train route connects the airport with the center of Helsinki. During rush hours (06am -7pm), there are departures every 10min. There are two routes but all trains ultimately have Helsinki Central Railway Station (marked as 'Rautatieasema' in timetables) as their final destination. The travel time is approximately 30 min (recommended!) with the last train departing from the airport at 01.15am.

From the airport, you can get to the city centre also by bus. As you exit the airport terminal (marked as 'Lentoasema' in timetables), you'll find a bus stop for bus 615 (the fare is only EUR 5.00 and the bus operates into the early morning hours, recommended if you're arriving after 1am!) Nearly on the same spot, you'll also find the bus stop for Finnair's City Bus which has departures every 20 minutes, the fare is EUR 6.30 and the travel time is 35 min. Finnair's City Bus allows you to purchase the ticket from the driver using your credit card.

The cost of a taxi ride to/from the airport is approximately EUR 40. More affordable but equally comfortable are the shared taxis operated by Airport Taxi. If you form a group with your colleagues and are going to the same destination, you can save substantially. Car rental is also available at the arrival terminal.

Traveling to Helsinki by Train

There are excellent train connections to Helsinki from all major cities in Finland including from Lapland. There are also daily train services both from St. Petersburg and Moscow. The Helsinki Central Railway Station is a landmark in itself. Long distance trains are managed by the state railway company VR and their timetables are usually right on schedule.

Traveling to Helsinki by Ferry

There are daily ferry services to Helsinki from Estonia and Sweden, please see for instance Tallink Silja Line, Viking Line or Eckerö Line. Finnlines operates ships that will take you from Northern Germany to Helsinki while St. Peter Line travels to Helsinki from St.Petersburg. These ferry companies will also allow you take your car aboard.

Traveling to Helsinki by Bus

All long distances buses (coaches) from all around Finland arrive to the Central Bus Station in Kamppi. Buses from the largest cities Turku and Tampere have departures to Helsinki nearly every hour.

Visa Requirements

Finland is a member of the European Union and is a part of the Schengen area. Citizens of EU countries do not need a visa, but a valid passport is required. Citizens of other countries kindly contact the nearest Finnish Embassy for further information. Please note that the application time for a visa may be over 3 months. Also please check visa formalities if you plan to visit the Russian Federation during your trip.

The conference organizers will send the proof of registration as soon as the full registration fee has been received. The confirmation document will serve as your invitation letter when applying for the visa. If you know you will be needing a visa for your entry to Finland, please start the application process in good time. For more information about visas for Finland, please see the site for Finnish Foreign Affairs, further inquiries can be e-mailed to: visas.passports@formin.fi.