Travel Kit


We are confident you know how to use Google, but we have taken the liberty of putting together this little Bootcamp 2019 Travel Kit in order to help make the planning of your Helsinki trip run smoothly.  It contains a map with the important locations of the week, an overview of different options for transport from the airport, a list of some convenient accommodation alternatives, and a small restaurant guide.

We hope you it comes in handy when planning your trip to Helsinki.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

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In true, Finnish spirit, we will be brutally honest with you; getting from the airport to the Aalto campus can be a bit of a struggle. If you are traveling with luggage, we do recommend taking a taxi. There are several taxi companies located at the airport, usually there is only two-three Euros to save by choosing one over the other. The trip from the airport to Aalto should cost around 65 EUR, and take about 35 minutes.


Public Transport

There is also the option of public transport. HSL provides the public transportation in the greater Helsinki area, and their travel planner app is worth every MB of phone memory, it enables you to plan your trip as well as buy the necessary tickets. The easiest way to get from the airport to the campus area is to go by train to Helsinki city center, then go by metro to the stop called Aalto University. As you cross zones, you will have to purchase a regional ticket to the price of 5,50 EUR. The trip should take about an hour.


Uber is present in Helsinki, but the amount of drivers are limited, and the prices tend to be about the same as with a traditional taxi.

Key locations map


Bellow you can find a Google Map with all the key locations, restaurants and cafes for your week long bootcamp. For best mobile device experience we recommend opening the map via the button bellow. If you care to read more about the restaurants on the campus scroll here. Restaurant recommendations for down town are here.





Aalto Inn

The Aalto Inn is a guest house that offers short term and entry-level accommodation in 52 different apartments, ranging from studio sized- to one bedroom apartments, conveniently located at the Otaniemi campus.

NB! In order to get the special pricing, do not book through the website. Send an e-mail to and make sure to CC so that we can confirm that you are indeed our guest.

Address: Otaranta 4, 02150 Espoo

Distance to Design Factory: Approximately 550 meters

Forenom Hostel

Forenom has several accommodation options in the Helsinki-area, this hostel is the one closest to campus. The hostel has a variety of different rooms, most of them with shared bathroom solutions.

Address: Kivimiehentie 2, 02150 Espoo

Distance to Design Factory: Approximately 350 meters

Radisson Blu, espoo

Radisson Blu Hotel has 209 different rooms and suites, as well as their own restaurant Ranta.

Address: Otaranta 2, 02150 Espoo

Distance to Design Factory: Approximately 500 meters

Dining - Espoo


A bloc

If you are staying close to Aalto University, most of the restaurants nearby are located in A Bloc, a shopping center on the university campus. A Bloc host cafes, and caters from sushi hunger to pizza. Check out each restaurant’s working hours from A Bloc’s web site.

Address: Otaniementie 12, Espoo

Open: Mon–Fri 6–24 / Sun 9–24

Distance to Design Factory: Approximately 500 meters

Fat Lizard

The best pizza in the area is said to be found at the Fat Lizard.

Address: Tietotie 1, Espoo

Opening hours: Sun - Thu 10:30 - 00:00 / Fri - Sat 10:30 - 02:00

Distance to Design Factory: Approximately 750 meters


For a buffet style breakfast or lunch, check out Mau-Kas, which is also located on campus.

Address: Vuorimiehentie 5, Espoo.

Opening hours: Working days 07:45 - 15:00 (Breakfast 07:45 - 09:45, lunch 10:30 - 14:00)

Distance to Design Factory: Approximately 300 meters

Dining - Helsinki


Hakaniemi Market Hall

The Helsinki restaurant scene is blooming and buzzing like never before. Though the Hakaniemi’s Market Hall is currently closed for renovation, you can still find the vendors in the temporary glass building next door.

Address: Hämeentie 1A, Helsinki.

Opening hours Mon - Fri 08:00 - 20:00, Sat 08:00 - 18:00.

Restaurant Wild

Restaurant Wild claims to put “pure Northern Nature on your plate”.

Address: Mikonkatu 6, Helsinki.

Opening hours: Mon - fri 11:00 - 19:00, Sat 11:00 - 18:00, Sun 12:00 - 16:00


In the heart of Helsinki, easily reachable by public transport, you find the shopping center Kamppi. Kamppi has a variety of different restaurants, from burger chains like Burger King and Hesburger to different Asian-themed places.

Address: Urho Kekkosen katu 1, Helsinki.

Restaurant KuuKuu

At the end of the Bootcamp, we will take you out for a traditional Finnish meal. Should you wish to get a sneak peek, we highly recommend KuuKuu, an informal and relaxed restaurant that this year will celebrate its 30 years in business.

Address: Museokatu 17, Helsinki.

Opening hours: Mon - Thu 11:00 - 23:00, Fri 11:00 - 24:00, Sat 12:00 - 24:00, Sun 12:00 - 22:00.