Helsinki and venue info

Helsinki is a smart city where modern urban life meets a beautiful and diverse environment. When visiting Helsinki, you will get to enjoy a world-class public transport system, stunning nature as well as the Neoclassical city centre. However, for mobility and transport experts, there’s more: Helsinki is one of the first cities in the world to pilot self-driving robot buses on public roads.

TRA attendees will get to know about Finland’s silo-breaking re-regulation of the entire transport sector that enables trials, pilots and innovation actions. This context facilitates an exciting TRA2020 in Helsinki. See further information on Helsinki.

Helsinki is closer than you think:

  • Direct flights from over 130 destinations
  • 180 international arrivals daily
  • Berlin 2 hours
  • Rome 3.5 hours
  • New York 8 hours
  • Tokyo 9.5 hours

You can also travel to Helsinki by cruise ships from Stockholm, Tallinn, St Petersburg and Travemünde.

City of Helsinki view

Venue information

TRA2020 will take place at Messukeskus Helsinki, Expo and Convention Centre, which is Finland’s largest and most advanced venue for meetings, congresses and trade and consumer shows with 58,000 m² of space. Messukeskus hosts yearly 75 trade and consumer shows as well as 2,000 meetings and congresses. Find out more about Messukeskus here.

At TRA2020 Messukeskus turns into an innovative area, which brings together the companies and public authorities working in the field of transport. It offers the perfect place to network, share ideas and discuss the future of transportation and mobility with other researchers, scientists and engineers.

© Messukeskus
© Messukeskus


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Transport connections

Messukeskus is easy to reach by public transport. The venue is conveniently located in Pasila, only a five-minute train ride away from Helsinki Central Railway Station and a 30-minute ride from the airport.  See the Helsinki Region Transport Journey Planner

Helsinki Region Transport is sponsoring the event and will provide digital public transport tickets to all participants. You will receive a personal code and a link allowing you to obtain a day ticket via the HSL app.

How to get started with the HSL app:

  1. Download the free HSL app from your Android or iPhone app store.
  2. Enter your name, phone number and email address.
  3. You do not have to create an HSL account to buy single and day tickets.

To get your ticket for the duration of TRA2020,

  1. Once you have downloaded the HSL app, click on the link you received by email.
  2. Press ‘Continue’ and activate your ticket (NB!The ticket cannot be activated until x Month 2020).
  3. Show the ticket on your phone to the bus driver. On trains and trams, you do not need to show your ticket.

Street address: Messuaukio 1, 00520 Helsinki.

Trams from the centre of Helsinki:  Trams number 7 and 9.  Single tickets must be bought before boarding the tram, for example via a mobile app or from a ticket machine.

Buses: Several bus routes pass near to Messukeskus. For example, bus 69 from the city centre to Messukeskus. See the Helsinki Region Transport Journey Planner.

Trains:  All commuter (A, D, E, I, K, L, P, R, T, U, Y and Z) and long-distance trains (except international Allegro trains) stop at Pasila railway station, located only 300 metres from Messukeskus. HSL tickets allow you to travel on all commuter trains, A, D, E, I, K, L, P, R, T, U, Y and Z.

Bicycling:  City bikes are available in the vicinity of Messukeskus. You can register as a city bike user here.

Taxi:  A taxi rank can be found in front of Messukeskus. Taxis are allowed to drive right up to the entrance.

Airport:  Commuter trains I and P run from the airport to the nearby Pasila railway station. The journey takes around 30 minutes, and trains leave every 10 minutes in the daytime. By taxi, you can reach Messukeskus in 20–30 minutes.