The meeting of the European Council taking place at Finlandia Hall is expected to cause significant delays and disruptions to bus and tram services in downtown Helsinki on Thursday 16 May and Friday 17 May. In addition, Helsinki City Running Day will cause major diversions to public transport on Saturday 18 May.
Trams as well as buses operating from Elielinaukio and Kamppi, which run along Mannerheimintie past Finlandia Hall, will be affected the most. Delays and disruptions are expected in particular on Thursday 16 May from 3pm through to the evening and on Friday from approximately 11am to the early evening.
Mannerheimintie will be closed to traffic at times in front of Finlandia Hall because of motorcares in both directions. In addition, motorcades will be traveling around the capital region. Delays to traffic are also expected on roads between Helsinki Airport and Helsinki city center, as well as around some hotels. The police estimates that traffic will be stopped for up to 20 minutes at a time in some places.
During the meeting, the Metro, commuter trains and Suomenlinna ferry are expected to run as usual.
Notifications on the traffic arrangements will be made in real time on Twitter of the Helsinki Police.
- Disruption Info Services of Helsinki Region Transport
- Major changes to public transport on Saturday 18 May due to Helsinki City Running Day
- Council of Europe meeting will have a significant impact on traffic in the metropolitan area on Thursday, 16 May and Friday, 17 May
- Aviation restricted in the surroundings of Finlandia Hall from 16 to 17 May