Transport : Airport Lounges

Related: Finnair

Finnair has three lounges at Helsinki Airport: one in the Schengen area (which I did not visit) and two in the non-Schengen area. The latter two lounges are both located between gates 36 and 37.

As a Oneword Emerald member, I had access to both lounges; the original Finnair non-Schengen lounge which I review below and the Finnair Premium lounge which I have reviewed separately. I also took photos of both, which you can find above and below my reviews.

The original Finnair non-Schengen lounge is accessible to Finnair Business Class customers and Finnair Plus Platinum, Gold and Silver members (+ one guest with Platinum or Gold cardholder), and Oneworld Emerald and Sapphire cardholders (+ one guest), when the departure flight is marketed by Finnair (AY code on the ticket).

If you are not traveling business class, you can purchase a day pass to this lounge for €48. The clean, white and impressive lounge is very spacious. It has a central seating area as well as an elevated level from where you have a great view on the runway through floor to ceiling windows. I visited the lounge in the late afternoon, and several food stations were open to the guests, serving salad, cold snacks (e.g. Baltic herring marinated with tar), Goulash soup, and a hot lunch.

The overall offering including the look, food and drink offering is slightly better in the Premium lounge which is the best lounge of the two, but the non Schengen is a very good lounge nonetheless and I loved the views of the runway.

From the lounges, it was less than a minute to gate 36 where my Business Class seat on the Finnair Airbus A330-300 was waiting for me.

You may be interested in my other airline reviews and airport lounge reviews including my review of Business Class on the Finnair A350.

Review by my friends at Luxury Travel Expert