SSP makes debut in Finland rail market with new contract win at Helsinki Central Station


SSP is expanding its operations in Helsinki with the opening of four new food and beverage outlets at the Finnish capital’s main rail travel hub. Already a well-established operator in the Finnish airport market, this latest win marks SSP’s first foray into the country’s rail sector. The first two units, a Starbucks and an Upper Crust, have already opened, and two more outlets are scheduled to open in the second half of 2025 as part of a major re-development of the station.

The first phase of openings is expected to create 20 new jobs, with an additional 20 new jobs to follow during the second phase.

The Art Nouveau Central Station has been a significant landmark in the city of Helsinki since it was completed in 1909. It was at that time, and remains now, the busiest travel hub in Finland, welcoming more than 200,000 passengers every day.

Commenting on the win, SSP Finland Managing Director Elena Heiska said: “With an impressive track record in the European rail market, this new win will enable us to build on our successful operations in Finland, strengthening our position in a major capital city. It will also provide a firm foundation for our plans for further expansion in Finland and beyond. Our operational skills and compelling brand portfolio enabled us to tailor an offer perfectly suited to passengers at Helsinki Rail Station which was instrumental in our success in winning this tender. Starbucks is a much-loved name in Finland while Upper Crust has proven very popular with passengers at Helsinki Airport and we’re confident that it will be equally well received with travellers at the station.”

Jani Jääskeläinen, Programme Manager at station operator VR said; ”We’re very happy to be opening  Starbucks at the iconic Helsinki Central Railway Station. Starbucks, as such a well-known brand, is a great fit at the entrance of this the busiest rail location in Finland. We have completed the first half of the development programme and we’re looking forward to the second phase which will be delivered by SSP at the station in 2025, as we continue the improvement of our infrastructure and support services.”