Tampere is a transport hub in the middle of the busiest Finland
The Tampere region is located in north of the Helsinki Metropolitan Area, in the middle of the busiest part of Finland. It is a growth centre and industrial cluster, where municipalities actively offer good locations for companies. The central location and good accessibility are assets for the entire city region.
The Tampere region is located on the Finnish growth corridor, at the heart of the country’s economic growth and competitiveness, which accounts for about half of the country’s GDP and about 80 % of its education, research and innovation activities.
Tampere is the 6th largest urban area and the largest inland city in the Nordic countries. The city region is home to 400,000 people, and more than 37,000 businesses operate in the region.
Accessibility is an asset for the whole city region, since all major business areas in the region are also situated in logistically optimal locations.
The development of rail transport and the main rail line are investments for the future
Tampere region has an optimal location at the crossroads of Finland’s logistics routes, the most important highways and railways. It takes only 1,5 hours by car or by rail travel to Helsinki, the capital area. By plane, the travel time is only a half an hour.
Several major mobility and logistics projects are underway in the Tampere city region, such as the construction of the tramway and the development of the main rail line. The most modern mode of public transport in Finland, the Tampere tram, started operating in August 2021.
The importance of rail transport as a sustainable mode of transport will be emphasised, and the main line will serve a large proportion of Finns. Tampere, together with Helsinki and Vantaa, is involved in the Finland Railway project, aimed at developing the main rail line and the one-hour track between Helsinki and Tampere and establishing a fast rail link to Helsinki-Vantaa Airport. In the vision for the Finland Railway, Finland will become a fixed part of the European rail network and global airport network.
The wider Tampere Region was also selected as a pilot destination for regional train traffic in 2018. Despite of the challenges caused by COVID during the piloting, the results show there's a growing need for regular regional train traffic in the region. The Council of the Tampere Region is in lead of the regional train traffic development.
Development of regional air transport in Tampere
Tampere Airport is located in the municipality of Pirkkala, about 17 km from Tampere city centre, with good transport connections from the west and the north. The region is committed to making Tampere-Pirkkala Airport an international airport for the interior of Finland with unique rail and road transport cooperation.
Tampere-Pirkkala is Finland’s second busiest airport
Measured by number of aircraft movements, Tampere-Pirkkala is Finland’s second busiest airport after Helsinki-Vantaa Airport. In 2018 Finavia invested EUR 15 million in the expansion of Tampere-Pirkkala Airport.
Tampere-Pirkkala stands out among the regional airports with its unique offering of scheduled flights. Including transfer connections through Riga, Stockholm and Helsinki, there are flights from Tampere to over 300 destinations. Tampere-Pirkkala Airport is operated by Finnair, SAS, Ryanair, airBaltic and TUI, Matkapojat and Ikaalisten Matkatoimisto travel agency. In addition, tour operators have plenty of their own flights to changing destinations.