Car Hire from Tampere Airport
Tampere Airport is located in the south of Finland in a region of lakes, mountains and vibrant cities. Hiring a car from the airport is a great way to get around and discover more of the area’s incredible nature and culture.
Where to hire a car at Tampere Airport
There’s a good selection of car hire companies based at Tampere Airport. Avis, Europcar, Hertz, Scandia Rent and Sixt all have offices based in the arrivals hall of Terminal 1.
Petrol Stations near Tampere Airport
If you need to return your hire car with a full tank of petrol, you’ll find a service station located just seven minutes’ drive from the airport. It’s an ABC Pirkkala garage just off route E12 at the route 308 junction.
Driving around Tampere Airport
Tampere Airport is based on route 308. This road travels north to meet route E12, a major road travelling north to Ylojarvi and southeast towards Tampere and then Lempaala. Northbound, the E12 connects to both route 12, a road which heads east across the northern outskirts of Tampere and west to Sastamala, and to route E63, which travels northeast towards Orivesi.
Roads around Tampere Airport and in Finland generally, are in good condition and well signposted. Congestion is rarely a problem and you’ll often find you have whole thoroughfares to yourself. During summer months the speed limit is 100kph on major highways and 120kph on motorways. During winter months, however, the speed limit on all roads is reduced to 80kph. Roads are generally not gritted so you’ll need to make sure your hire car has winter tyres and take extra care on the roads.
Getting to your destination
With a hire car from Tampere Airport, there are lots of great destinations within easy reach. Here are a few of them:
Tampere is the third largest city in Finland. The city has a long industrial history and there are many museums around Tampere that shed some light on this past including the Amuri Museum of Workers’ Housing and the Tampere Mineral Museum. The city is also home to 200 lakes so there are lots of pretty parks and walks to enjoy too.
It takes around 20 minutes to drive from Tampere Airport to the Tampere city, taking the 308 north, the E12 east and then the 3495 north into the city centre. Roads around the city are in great condition but can become icy in winter months. The downtown area has lots of one way streets so it’s a good idea to park up as soon as you can and do your exploring on foot.
Hameenlinna is a small city south of Tampere Airport. Its main attraction is a medieval castle made from red bricks. The castle now houses a museum where you can learn about local history. There are also pretty churches to admire, a park with an impressive observation tower and a range of outdoor activities to enjoy.
It takes around 50 minutes to drive from Tampere Airport to Hameenlinna, taking route 308 north and then the E12 east and south. The city centre streets are laid out over a rough grid system but there are lots of one way roads so navigation isn’t particularly easy. There are lots of car parks and street parking spaces available.
Helvetinjärvi National Park
Helvetinjärvi National Park is home to rugged gorges, wild scenery and its own beach. Visitors can enjoy hiking, nature trails, climbing and canoeing as well as cross country skiing and snowshoeing in winter months.
Helvetinjärvi National Park is an hour’s drive north of Tampere Airport, taking the E12 north and branching off onto route 65 northbound at Ylojarvi. There are car parks on both the western and eastern entrances to the park, and at many excursion start points.