Visitor’s Guide

How to get to Aalto University in Otaniemi campus, Espoo

Otaniemi in Espoo, is located around 10 km from Helsinki's city centre, and it can be easily reached by public transport. Please see the Google map of the area or the static campus map.

By metro (Stop: Aalto University)

The extension of the metro line to Aalto University from the centre of Helsinki opened on 18 November 2017. Buy the metro ticket beforehand (€5.50 from the ticket machines, or $5.00 with the Helsinki Region Transport (HSL) mobile app). The metro stops in Helsinki, e.g., at the railway station and the Kamppi bus station. At the Aalto University metro station exit by the Otaniementie/Otnäsvägen entrance when going to Dipoli or Design Factory for the Cluster events.

By bus

Helsinki Region Transport (HSL) has many bus routes between Helsinki and Otaniemi. Please, visit HSL website for detailed timetables. Direct buses between Helsinki and Otaniemi are, e.g.,  numbers 102 and 103. And they leave from Kamppi bus station in Helsinki.

The journey from Helsinki takes some 10–25 minutes depending on the chosen route. Single tickets can be bought beforehand from ticket machines or from the driver (5.50 €, allowing you to travel between the cities i.e. from Helsinki to Otaniemi in Espoo, or €5.00 if you use the HSL app).

Some stops in Otaniemi (see map):

  • Alvar Aalto Park (Alvar Aallon puisto; when going to the symposium venue Dipoli or the Undergraduate Centre)
  • Otakallio (when going to the Design Factory and Hotel Radisson Blu)

From the airport

Otaniemi is approximately 22 km away from the Helsinki-Vantaa airport. (

  • the taxi fare from the airport is around 40 euros
  • public transport from the airport takes around one hour (bus or train with change in Helsinki)

Aalto University

Aalto University is located at several campuses (Otaniemi, Töölö, Arabia, ...), but the main activities are or will be concentrated to Otaniemi campus in Espoo.


The main symposium venue is Dipoli at Otakaari 24, Espoo. Dipoli is the main building of Aalto University, housing among others, the open-plan offices of the management of the university, several restaurants and conference halls. It was designed by architects Reima and Raili Pietilä and completed in 1966. During 2015-17 it underwent a complete renovation restoring it to the original state. It has 500 windows, out of which only four are identical. Rumour also has it that it has 52 outer doors.

Design Factory

Design Factory at Betonimiehenkuja 5C is the venue for the first day's workshops on 27 November (different venues). It was born from a research project focused on creating an ideal physical and mental working environment for product developers and researchers. Today its activities have spread around the globe. Design Factory Global Network members operate based on the same philosophy and principles and provide a familiar DF-environment for their local community in 10 sister factories on five continents. Together with the student-led Startup Sauna and Aalto Entrepreneurship Society as well as the Aalto Ventures Program and A Grid it is a significant part of the Aalto Entrepreneurial Ecosystem.

The Undergraduate Centre and the Harald Herlin Learning Centre

The Undergraduate Centre at Otakaari 1, close to Dipoli, is the centre for the undergraduate teaching at Aalto. It was designed by architect Alvar Aalto and completed in 1965 (and later extended) as the main building of one of Aalto's predecessor universities (the university of technology). The Centre is considered part of the Finnish built heritage, as is, as well, the Aalto-designed Harald Herlin Learning Centre located beside the Undergraduate Centre. Both buildings were renovated in 2011-2013 and are worth visiting.

For more information about the buildings in Otaniemi, please see

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