Local Info

The International Conference on High Performance Computing & Simulation

(HPCS 2013)

July 1 – July 5, 2013

Helsinki, Finland

http://hpcs2013.cisedu.info/ or http://cisedu.us/rp/hpcs13

In Cooperation with ACM, IEEE, and IFIP

The HPCS 2013 conference will be held at the Hilton Strand Hotel in Helsinki.


The Hilton Helsinki Strand is a stylish and comfortable downtown hotel, with a central and easily accessible location on the seafront, close to the city centre. Several tram, bus and metro stops are located nearby.

The Helsinki Airport offers direct flights to 130 destinations worldwide. It is situated 19 kilometres from the centre of Helsinki and can be reached by car in approximately 25 minutes.

Helsinki Airport

While at the Airport you can ask and get from the Tourism help disk all required information, e.g., Map, bus, taxi, information …:

Driving Directions

By Car

From the airport, head for Helsinki Keskusta until you reach Helsinki. Drive along Mäkelänkatu until the end. Turn right onto Hämeentie until you see the Market Square (Kauppatori) on the left. Turn left onto Hakaniemen Ranta and then right onto John Stenbergin Ranta.

By Taxi

A taxi from the airport will bring you directly to the hotel forecourt, normally taking around 30 minutes and costs around 45 to 50 euros. There are also three taxi operators at Helsinki Airport that offer special taxi services and fixed fare shared taxi (airport shuttle).

By Bus

Bus 615 travels between the airport and the central railway station. The central railway station (Rautatientori) is located in the centre of Helsinki with hourly services to Finland's main cities and towns. A bus trip costs 4.50 €.

By Rail

All trains arrive at the Helsinki central railway station. From there you can catch a subway train travelling east. A light at the second stop, Hakaniemi, the journey is just six minutes. Follow the exit signs for Hakaniemen tori and the hotel is a short walk towards the sea.

More information can be found at:

http://www.visithelsinki.fi/en/come/welcome-helsinki/arriving-in-helsinki and http://www.reittiopas.fi/en/


There are also several night clubs and bars in the Helsinki area: http://www.visithelsinki.fi/en/stay-and-enjoy/nightlife

Restaurants in the Helsinki area: http://www.visithelsinki.fi/en/stay-and-enjoy/eat

To get around the Helsinki area, please see the map of Helsinki: http://kartta.hel.fi/opas/indexen.html.



  • Helsinki and the neighbouring cities of Espoo, Vantaa, and Kauniainen form the Helsinki Metropolitan Area with a population of over one million.

  • The Helsinki Region has gained a reputation as an interesting and clean host destination with numerous pleasant hotels in various price categories, a well-organized public transport system and lots of opportunities for leisure activities. There are 80 hotels with a total of 18,000 beds in the metropolitan area and over 1,000 restaurants.

  • Helsinki is surrounded by the sea with a lovely archipelago, with many well-kept parks, museums and art galleries, a colourful Market Place, shops and restaurants to accommodate everyone’s taste.

Ateneum Art Museum

Helsinki Cathedral

Sibelius Monument

Attendees will have the opportunities to do some social and cultural activities, e.g., visit to museums, nature trails and boat trips, enjoy the midnight sun. Furthermore, Helsinki is surrounded by three sea sides (South, East and West) and several islands. More information on how to get to these islands can be found at: http://www.visithelsinki.fi/en/come/getting-around-in-helsinki/getting-islands.

For sightseeing, trips and guidance: http://www.visithelsinki.fi/en/whats-on/sightseeing-trips-and-guidances


Helsinki Region Transport provides public transport services between Helsinki Airport and the metropolitan area. Please visit the following website:


Information about taxis and car rentals in Helsinki can be found at:



There are many shopping centers in Helsinki. See for example: http://www.visithelsinki.fi/en/see-and-experience/shopping-in-helsinki/shopping-centres-in-helsinki.