No, there are no direct flights between Tampere and any airport in the UK. Most British tourists leaving for Tampere use Finnair since it is cheap and some flights are scheduled to allow a longer stay in Helsinki. The Helsinki stopover is 13 to 15 hours long, which will enable you to take an exploration expedition to two Finnish cities in one flight.
Finnair flights from the United Kingdom to Tampere sell out very quickly, which is why it is imperative that you give us a call a few months before you intend to travel. This Finnair flight route would take you from the UK to Helsinki first, and then from there, you would be flown to Tampere. Multiple Finnair flights are leaving for Helsinki every day from London alone. Seven flights like flight-number AY 1342 take passengers to Helsinki every day of the week. AY 1340, however, takes off at 7:30 AM every day of the week except on Sundays. From Manchester, Finnair has at least two scheduled flight services that are AY1362 and AY1366. Both of these services are operated daily. From Helsinki onwards to Tampere, Finnair operates AY263 and AY265. The flight duration of this portion of your travel is just half an hour.
The cheapest time in Tampere is, of course, in the winter months, except for the few weeks before and after Christmas. As mentioned in the previous question, human activity in the city keeps the urban area warmer than the surrounding rural area. The average temperatures fall to a -5°C, grinding the tourist inflow to a halt. Grab a thick jacket and come to Tampere then, in the winter, for a jaw-droppingly cheap trip and have a new icy and exciting Finnish experience. There is another more affordable window for tourists on a budget, but it is brief. Coming to Tampere in April can provide you with a bit lower rates and warmer outdoors to explore the city. Please call our agents at 020 3745 5784 between 07:30 AM and 10:00 PM, UK time, for cheap flights to Tampere.
Tampere-Pirkkala Airport (TMP) is 13 kilometres from the Tampere city centre. Apart from being an international airport that has regional commercial airlines landing on its tarmac, the facility is also a military base for the Finnish Air Force. The airport annually handles about 250,000 passengers, and most British passengers fly from London Heathrow Airport to reach Tampere using airBaltic or Finnair.
June till mid-September is the best time to visit Tampere. Scandinavian countries, including Finland, are always under the cold spell of the Arctic Circle. Tampere, however, is situated in the warmer southern half of the country and exhibits a phenomenon known as a ‘heat island’. Being the third most populous country in Finland, Tampere generates its own heat, due to human activities, and creates its own weather or a heat island. The heat island keeps the temperatures above 15°C at all times during the summers. During mid-day, the temperature hits the mid-twenties, in July. The summer is also the busy season in Tampere, so expect higher ticket and accommodation prices.
Tampere is a picturesque city situated between Pyhäjärvi and Näsijärvi Lakes. Apart from the many museums and parks in the city, there are old cathedrals and temples in the area. Bus networks provide an easy commute between these sites and landmarks.
The snowless days of summer allow the citizens of Tampere to enjoy every bit of life at the Blockfest festival conducted every August. Blockfest is a hip hop extravaganza that invites artists like Wiz Khalifa, Snoop Dog and Ice Cube. Tampere Jazz Happening is another event that has been held in the city since 1982. The month of March welcomes the Tampere Film Festival, where short films from around the world are showcased. Tampere light festival is perhaps the longest of all festivals. Beautiful lights illuminate the streets for the 135 darkest days of the year – March to October.
Tampere has excellent roads and highways. Particularly in the downtown area, tourists can move on foot quickly. The main square of Tampere city is also part of the old city centre and is called Keskustori. The rest of the town is divided into many districts. Tourists can also hire a bike for just € 10, with a deposit of € 40, but some roads do not have a bike lane, and the pavement gets slippery in the winter due to ice, so tread carefully. Tampere has an extensive bus network. Adults using the bus can purchase a ticket for € 3, however, for children, the ticket costs € 1.5. One bus ticket is valid for all transfers within the next 60 minutes. Tampere also has safe and reliable taxis that charge approximately € 10 for a 5-kilometre trip.
Tampere does not have many five star hotels and resorts. There are, however, a wide variety of four-star hotels in the city that provide excellent lodging and dining services. TravelhouseUK hopes that you select one of the hotels in the list below.