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Getting to Tampere

By air

There are daily scheduled flights to Tampere-Pirkkala [TMP] international airport from Copenhagen [CPH] (Denmark), Stockholm-Arlanda [ARN] (Sweden) by Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) and from Helsinki-Vantaa [HEL] (Finland) by Finnair. Using these services as the connecting flight is by far the fastest and sometimes even most economic method of travel to Tampere.

As a low-cost alternative, Ryanair flies to Tampere from London-Stansted [STN] (UK), Riga [RIX] (Latvia), and Frankfurt-Hahn [HHN] (Germany). Ryanair is reliable and economic no-thrills point-to-point airline. However, if you are using Ryanair for connecting flights, be warned that there will be no refunds or replacement tickets if you miss the connecting flight (even if it is the airline's fault). As is usual with low-cost airlines, the price of the tickets greatly depend on how early you book the flights.

By coach from Helsinki

If you do not fly from Helsinki to Tampere, easiest way to travel from Helsinki-Vantaa Airport to Tampere city centre is by coach. Timetables can be found from Express-Bus website. From Helsinki city-centre, Finnish Railways (VR) offers the most feasible method of travel.

From Tampere-Pirkkala Airport to Tampere city centre

Taxi from Tampere-Pirkkala Airport to Tampere city centre costs about EUR 25. There are usually plenty of taxis at the airport taxi stand, but you can also book one by calling 10041 from a landline or 01004131 from a mobile phone, or by sending an SMS containing the pick-up location, your name and the pick-up time to number 16442.

Ryanair provides EUR 6 bus transportation for its passengers. Tickets can be bought from Airpro information desk inside Terminal 2 building (dedicated terminal only for Ryanair traffic). The bus departs shortly after the Ryanair has landed and terminates at Tampere railway station, which is close to the conference venue and hotels. The journey time is about 30 minutes.

Local bus route #61 takes you to the city centre in about 40 minutes for EUR 3.60. Timetables can be can be found here.

Ferries

Ferries from Germany, Estonia and Sweden can offer surprisingly low cost and comfortable method of travel. Ferries also provide a possibility to drive to Finland from Scandinavia and continental Europe.

Sweden (Stockholm - Helsinki or Turku) :
Silja Line - Viking Line - SeaWind Line

Germany :
Superfast Ferries (Rostock-Hanko) - Finnlines (Travemünde-Helsinki)

Estonia (Tallinn - Helsinki) :
Silja Line - Viking Line - Eckerö Line - Linda Line - Tallink - Nordic Jet Line - SeaWind Line

Accommodation

The following hotels have special rates for FPL-05 delegates. The discount rates are valid on August 23-27. 2005. Make your reservation before July 29 and quote code "FPL 2005" in order to get the discounted rate. Ramada and Ilves are the main conference hotels. All the hotels provide a WLAN access with additional cost.

In e-mail reservations, make sure to mention the "FPL 2005" code, your contact details, arrival and departure dates, and the name of the hotel.

NOTE: You CANNOT use the web registration form when booking a room in the Sokos hotels because all the rooms are already reserved for FPL 2005! As instructed below, use email or phone instead.

Ramada Hotel Tampere (FULLY BOOKED)

Address: Yliopistonkatu 44, 33100 Tampere
Distance: 200 metres
Single: 97 EUR
Double: 130 EUR
Includes: Breakfast and sauna
Reservations: +358-3-245-5111, tampere.ramada@restel.fi
 

Sokos Hotel Ilves

Address: Hatanpään valtatie 1, 33100 Tampere
Distance: 900 metres
Single:
 Superior:
110 EUR
128 EUR (three topmost floors)
Double:
 Superior:
131 EUR
149 EUR (three topmost floors)
Includes: Breakfast and sauna
Reservations: +358-20-123-4631, sokos.hotels@sok.fi
 

Sokos Hotel Villa

Address: Sumeliuksenkatu 14, 33100 Tampere
Distance: 300 metres
Single:
 Superior:
97 EUR
115 EUR
Double:
 Superior:
121 EUR
139 EUR
Includes: Breakfast
Reservations: +358-20-123-4633, sokos.hotels@sok.fi
 

Sokos Hotel Tammer

Address: Satakunnankatu 13, 33100 Tampere
Distance: 1.4 kilometres
Single:
 Superior:
103 EUR
121 EUR (larger room)
Double:
 Superior:
125 EUR
143 EUR (larger room)
Includes: Breakfast and sauna
Reservations: +358-20-123-4632, sokos.hotels@sok.fi

Economy Accommodation

Omena Hotel Tampere

Address: Hämeenkatu 28, 33100 Tampere
Distance: 1.8 kilometres
Room: 55 EUR (up to 4 persons)
Notes: Breakfast 6 EUR. No reception, fully internet-operated.
Reservations: online reservations only
 

Hostel Uimahallin Maja Tampere

Address: Pirkankatu 10-12, 33230 Tampere
Distance: 2.3 kilometres
Single: 38.5 EUR
Double: 54 EUR
Notes: Breakfast 4.5 EUR. Up to 6 person rooms available.
Reservations: +358-3-222-9460, sales@hosteltampere.com
 

Apartment Hotel Iltatähti

Address: Tuomiokirkonkatu 19, 33100 Tampere
Distance: 900 metres
Single: 40/53 EUR
Double: 50/60 EUR
Includes: Sauna (once)
Notes: No breakfast, no cleaning. Discounts for longer stay, up to 5 person rooms available.
Reservations: +358-3-31-5161, hotel@hoteliltatahti.fi

A list of other hotels in Tampere can be found here.

Post-Conference Activities

After the conference, either on friday or saturday, the conference delegates can take part in a finnish forest safari that is organised by
Fun Forest. This custom-designed activity takes place in Mänttä, to and from where there is a bus transport. The safari includes e.g. driving in finnish forest with all-terrain vehicles (ATVs). The organising company provides all needed gear to the attendees. More information can be obtained and tickets to the safari bought at Fun Forest stand on wednesday 11-17, and on thursday 11-14.

Contact

Local Arrangements Chair
Riku Uusikartano
Tampere University of Technology, Finland
fpl-local@cs.tut.fi