Have you ever noticed how people who are at the airport to pick up family members or friends are normally cheerful? It’s been days, weeks, maybe even months since they last saw one other and the excitement is palpable. How do you keep busy while waiting for the plane to arrive?
While you can easily pass the time on your phone, there are far more productive ways to do so. Helsinki Airport has a number of establishments that are open to non-passengers, making it possible to get errands done quickly and efficiently. Here are some things you can do while waiting at the
1. Load your HSL travel card.
You can get almost anything at R-kioski (Terminal 2, Departure floor), from
magazines and sandwiches to chewing gum and lottery tickets. You can also
top up your HSL Travel Card here or purchase multi-user cards.
2. Go grocery shopping.
An empty fridge is the worst thing to come home to after a relaxing holiday or a long-haul flight. Open 24/7, Alepa (Terminal 2, arrivals hall 2B) lets you stock up on food and other staples while you wait for your loved one’s flight to arrive.
3. Pick up medications.
In case you need to have your prescription filled or purchase over-the-counter
medicine, the Pharmacy (Terminal 2, arrivals hall 2A) should be able to sort
4. Grab some coffee.
Finland’s first Starbucks (Terminal 2, arrivals hall 2B) offers 100% Fair Trade
espresso-based drinks, fresh coffees, teas and special beverages. Should
hunger strike, there are sandwiches, muffins and bakery products to go with
your choice of caffeine.