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Helsinki Airport Lounges and Ways to Access Them

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Helsinki Airport has 6 lounges and Aspire Lounge by Gate 27 is one of them.

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There are six airport lounges in Helsinki Airport. Three of them are in the Schengen zone and the other three are in the non-Schengen side. Read our information package about the Helsinki Airport lounges and learn how to access them.

Helsinki Airport

Helsinki Airport, also known as Helsinki-Vantaa Airport, is the main gateway to Finland. The airport is located just outside the capital and handles millions of passengers annually. Originally built for the 1952 Summer Olympics, the airport has transformed into a major international hub, connecting to over 140 destinations worldwide. The airport acts as an entry point to Finland but is also preferred by passengers who are making connecting flights.

In this article, we introduce Helsinki Airport lounges and the best ways to access them.

Lounge Facilities in Helsinki-Vantaa Airport

Helsinki-Vantaa Airport houses six exclusive airport lounges:

  • Finnair Business Lounge, Schengen (see our review)
  • Finnair Business Lounge, non-Schengen
  • Finnair Platinum Wing, non-Schengen
  • Aspire Lounge by Gate 13, Schengen (see our review)
  • Aspire Lounge by Gate 27, Schengen (see our review)
  • Plaza Premium Lounge, non-Schengen

Access to these lounges is available beyond the security checkpoint, requiring guests to possess a valid boarding pass. Passport control is needed only to access non-Schengen lounges.

Aspire Lounges in the Schengen Zone

Helsinki Airport houses two Aspire Lounges, both under the management of Swissport.

The other of the Aspire Lounges can be found post-security in the Schengen zone, located on the 3rd floor by Gate 27. Directional signage after the security check is clear, guiding you effortlessly to the lounge. Aspire Lounge by Gate 27 is our top choice since it welcomes all guests – whether you opt to pay an entrance fee or have a lounge membership.

Entrance to Aspire Lounge
The stairs to Aspire Lounge by Gate 27 are only a few steps away from the security check at Helsinki Airport.

Balcony of Aspire Lounge by Gate 27
Aspire Lounge by Gate 27 features a peaceful balcony with a nice view of the terminal and tarmac.

Additionally, there’s another Aspire Lounge situated by Gate 13, on the departure gates level. This is the sole lounge at the terminal’s southern end.

Inside Aspire Lounge by Gate 13
Aspire Lounge by Gate 13 is more casual but it offers the same services as the other Aspire lounge and in addition, a serene atmosphere.

Operated by Swissport, both Aspire Lounges grant access to holders of Priority Pass, DragonPass and LoungeKey memberships. Discount is available for Eurocard holders, and entry can also be purchased at the reception. Passengers might receive invitations to the Aspire Lounge if travelling in business or first class. Occasional flyers have the option to pre-purchase Lounge Passes to access the Aspire Lounges.

While the Aspire Lounge by Gate 27 can become quite busy, its counterpart by Gate 13 offers a more tranquil atmosphere. The lounge by Gate 27 boasts an excellent view of the airfield, a decorative fireplace, and chic decor. Conversely, the Aspire Lounge by Gate 13 provides serenity and is conveniently located for those departing from Gates 10 to 20. It does not have a view of the tarmac.

Aspire Lounges serve a modest yet warm buffet for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, complemented by an assortment of bread, salads, and desserts. Warm meal means usually soup or porridge. The beverage selection is commendable, featuring both non-alcoholic and alcoholic choices. Read our Aspire Lounge by Gate 27 and the Aspire Lounge by Gate 13 reviews to know how we have experienced these lounges.

We visit Aspire Lounges multiple times in a year.


Check out the current entrance fees to Aspire Lounges on Lounge Pass.

Finnair Lounges in the non-Schengen Zone

Finnair Business Lounge and its Platinum Wing can easily be located after the passport control near Gates 50(a,b,c…). These gates are in a separate hall accessible through a small corridor. Finnair Lounges are right there from where the corridor to Gates 50 (a,b,c…) leads.

Finnair Business Lounge is designed for business and first-class passengers of Finnair and its oneworld partners. You require an invitation from your airline to access this lounge. If you are flying with Finnair, you can purchase access to Finnair Business Lounge even if you are flying in economy class. Passengers with Finnair Plus Gold or oneworld Sapphire status can access Finnair Business Lounge regardless of their travel class.

Finnair Business Lounge in the non-Schengen zone offers a nice view of the tarmac. The lounge is spacious and offers a warm buffet and a good drink selection. The lounge even has a complimentary sauna.

Finnair Platinum Wing is attached to the Finnair Business Lounge and is meant only for people holding Finnair Plus Platinum, Platinum Lumo or oneworld Emerald status. Compared to the Finnair Business Lounge, it offers an upgraded experience with more spacious seating, tranquil zones for relaxation, and potentially even a la carte dining. Food and beverages are also elevated, featuring a wider variety of high-quality options and potentially premium drinks. You might also enjoy priority services and access to meeting facilities. Overall, the Platinum Wing provides a more personalized and luxurious pre-flight experience.

Finnair Business Lounge in the Schengen Zone

Finnair Business Lounge in the Schengen Zone is conveniently located by Gate 22. It takes only 5 minutes to walk to the lounge after the security check, and any Schengen gate can be reached in 10 minutes after visiting the lounge. The lounge is situated upstairs, 3rd floor. The signage is clear so it is difficult to miss the lounge.

The stairs to Finnair Business Lounge
The stairs to Finnair Business Lounge by Gate 22 are easy to spot.

Finnair Business Lounge is designed for business and first-class passengers of Finnair and its oneworld partners. An invitation from your airline is required to access this lounge. If you are flying with Finnair, you can purchase access to Finnair Business Lounge even if you are flying in economy class. Passengers with Finnair Plus Gold or oneworld Sapphire status can access Finnair Business Lounge regardless of their travel class.

Finnair Business Lounge offers an excellent view of the tarmac. Unfortunately, the lounge is small and can get easily crowded. It offers a warm buffet and a good drink selection but the lounge is not as good as Finnair’s Business Lounge in the non-Schengen zone. Check out our Review of Finnair Business Lounge to know more about our Finnair Lounge experiences.

Since Finnair Business Lounge does not accept lounge memberships, we prefer other lounges in Helsinki Airport. However, we have enjoyed Finnair Business Lounge’s services a few times and like the lounge a lot.

Finnair Lounges are exclusively for Finnair and oneworld customers.

Plaza Premium Lounge in the non-Schengen Zone

Plaza Premium Lounge is situated in the non-Schengen zone of Helsinki Airport by Gate 40 upstairs, 3rd floor. Passengers flying on any airline and in any class can enter the lounge by paying a fee or purchasing a lounge pass. The lounge also extends a warm welcome to Priority Pass, DragonPass and LoungeKey members.

Entrance to Plaza Premium Lounge
Near Gate 40, there are stairs to Plaza Premium Lounge.

Inside the lounge, you can enjoy a range of amenities that are designed to elevate the pre-flight experience. These include comfortable seating, complimentary Wi-Fi, and charging stations to keep devices powered up. The lounge also provides food and beverages. Shower facilities are available. For families with young children, there’s a dedicated playroom to keep them entertained. Plaza Premium Lounge aims to offer a serene and convenient space for passengers to await their flights.


Buy a lounge membership from Priority Pass to get access to Plaza Premium and Aspire Lounges.

American Express Lounges in Helsinki-Vantaa

Helsinki Airport does not feature any American Express lounges. Nevertheless, American Express cards often come with a complimentary Priority Pass membership. Priority Pass members can access Aspire Lounges in the Schengen zone and Plaza Premium Lounge in the non-Schengen zone.

Ways Access Helsinki Airport Lounges

Finnair’s lounges are mainly meant for Finnair’s own and its partners’ customers. Third-party lounges can be accessed more easily.

Finnair Platinum Wing is exclusively for passengers travelling to a non-Schengen destination and having Finnair Plus Platinum, Finnair Plus Platinum Lumo, or oneworld Emerald status. The flight must be marketed and operated by any oneworld airline. Other Finnair Lounges are designed for Finnair’s business class customers but can also be accessed by any Finnair passenger for a fee. Luckily, Aspire Lounges and Plaza Premium Lounge can be accessed without any loyalty card or a high-class ticket.

Premium Ticket

The simplest but not the cheapest way to access Helsinki Airport lounges is to buy a business class ticket. Business tickets from Finnair and oneworld airlines give access to Finnair Lounges. Other airlines have usually outsourced lounge services to Aspire or Plaza Premium Lounges.

Credit Card Perk

For frequent travellers, it is not reasonable to buy an expensive business class ticket for the sake of enjoying lounges. Business class tickets are usually really expensive and not easily affordable for all holidaymakers. However, not purchasing business class tickets does not mean locking the doors of every lounge.

The easiest and cheapest way to get in is to have the right credit cards. Some credit card companies offer free or reduced prices for airport lounge visits. For example, American Express gives its premium cardholders a Priority Pass perk that grants free lounge visits.

Lounge Membership

Priority Pass is perhaps the most well-known lounge membership program. As a member regardless of the level, you are entitled to lounge access valid in all major airports. The Priority Pass membership comes often free of charge along with many credit cards, including the American Express Card as mentioned above.

Priority Pass membership can be bought separately too. The cards are multi-level, and usually, the memberships that come with basic credit cards include 4 free lounge visits, with additional visits costing about 30 euros. Better cards come with unlimited visits. You can also purchase a Priority Pass membership with unlimited lounge access and its price is 459 euros. The exact price varies between regions.

At Helsinki Airport, Aspire and Plaza Premium Lounges accept Priority Pass. DragonPass and LoungeKey are similar lounge programs to Priority Pass. LoungeKey membership cannot be bought with pure money but it always comes with a credit card. At Helsinki Airport, Dragon Pass and LoungeKey have the same lounge selection as Priority Pass.

Having a lounge membership does not guarantee that a lounge visit is free of charge. With premium cards, a visit is always free but on lower membership levels you need to pay about 25-30 euros for every visit after you have spent limited complimentary visits.

Travel Class Upgrade

A great and affordable way to increase your journey’s quality is a travel class upgrade by airlines’ miles. In the case of intra-European flights by Finnair, paying for the upgrade with Finnair Avios is a good option. For example, Finnair occasionally offers low-priced bids to get yourself upgraded. In return, the travel class upgrade includes also lounge access, so this is often a cost-effective way to access airport lounges.

Lounge Pass with Money

If you do not own a suitable lounge membership or if you just want to try a lounge once, a single lounge visit can be availed at a reduced rate on Lounge Pass. This website sells inexpensive lounge passes to airport lounges around the world including Aspire Lounges at Helsinki Airport. LoungeBuddy is another similar service but it accepts only American Express card payments. If you intend to visit lounges several times a year, a lounge membership becomes cheaper.

Lounge Pass does not sell visits to Plaza Premium Lounges but they can be bought directly from the website of Plaza Premium.

Table 1. Target groups of Helsinki Airport’s lounges
Lounge For Whom
Finnair Lounges Finnair and oneworld customers
Aspire Lounges Members of lounge programs

Premium customers of certain airliners

Customers paying with money
Plaza Premium Lounge Members of lounge programs

Premium customers of certain airliners

Customers paying with money

Our Helsinki Airport Lounge Recommendations

While you are not flying in business class and you do not own a good enough loyalty card, it’s better to forget airlines’ lounges. In theory, you may pay yourself into these lounges outside the rush hours but it is expensive.

For Frequent Travellers

For frequent travellers, we recommend a lounge membership. With a membership, it does not matter which airline to board. The easiest way to acquire a lounge membership is to own the right credit card and to get a lounge membership free of extra charges.

If you can’t get a lounge membership with a credit card you may also buy one with pure money, for example from Priority Pass.

By concentrating all your journeys on a single airline, it is possible to climb to a high enough level of the airline’s miles program. That gives you complimentary access to airlines’ lounges. In Helsinki, that means access to Finnair lounges. To achieve this status, you need to fly a lot so the solution is mainly suitable for business travellers. For leisure travellers, the cheapest way to fly is always to buy an affordable flight ticket no matter which airline and to buy lounge access separately.

For Infrequent Travellers

For infrequent travellers, a lounge membership does not give much value. Travellers to the Schengen zone are recommended to book lounge pass Aspire Lounge while the non-Schengen travellers may wish to try Plaza Premium Lounge.

Which Helsinki Airport Lounge Is the Best?

Lounges at Helsinki Airport have separate target groups so it is difficult to select the best one. Finnair lounges are of high quality but getting in is difficult.

From third-party lounges, Plaza Premium Lounge is known for its superb quality. You should visit Plaza Premium Lounges even though they are not the cheapest ones.

Aspire Lounges are the only publicly available lounges in the Schengen zone. They are affordable but still have good services.

Common Questions

Which lounges in Helsinki Airport accept Priority Pass membership? 
Aspire Lounges in the Schengen zone and Plaza Premium Lounge in the non-Schengen zone accept Priority Pass.
Which lounges in Helsinki Airport accept LoungeKey membership? 
Aspire Lounges in the Schengen zone and Plaza Premium Lounge in the non-Schengen zone accept LoungeKey membership.
Who can visit Finnair Lounges? 
You can access Finnair Business Lounge with pure money. Business and first-class travellers and Finnair Plus members (min. Gold status) can get in free of charge.
How much does a visit to Aspire Lounge cost without a membership? 
A pre-booked lounge pass costs about 35 euros.
Where can I book a visit to Aspire Lounge? 
Head to Lounge Pass and buy a voucher.
Who can visit Plaza Premium Lounges? 
Anyone with money. Plaza Premium Lounges welcome also passengers with an invitation or being a Priority Pass, DragonPass or LoungeKey members.
Where can I purchase a Priority Pass Membership? 
Head to the official Priority Pass website to purchase a membership.

Bottom Line

You can consider six Helsinki Airport lounges as substitutes for expensive food in restaurants. It is important to find out what is your best way to access lounges. This decision is often influenced by how often you travel and also which credit cards you have. It is also significant to remember that, your chosen method of accessing lounges determines which lounges will be available to you.

For infrequent travellers, we recommend booking lounge access already before a journey. The price will be cheaper.

Even though you may just walk into many lounges in Helsinki Airport and pay at the counter, we do not recommend doing it. Pre-bookings give you better prices and your entry is secured even during busy hours.

Which Helsinki Airport lounge is your favourite? Comment below!

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