IGDA Finland and Pocket Gamer want as many folks as possible to have a chance to take part in this event, regardless of location. To make everything more accessible and convenient for our friends outside the Helsinki area, there are bus rides from hubs at certain spots around the country. The buses, booked by the IGDA and paid for by Pocket Gamer, are completely free of charge – you just need to register here and turn up! There is also a limited reimbursement option for those members who need to take alternative buses of their own planning – see below.

We will need to know the total numbers for the buses, so please register ASAP but definitely by Friday, September 8th, to confirm your seat

Free buses will run from Jyväskylä, Lahti, Kouvola, Porvoo and Kotka (see details below).

NOTE: THE BUS TICKET DOES NOT INCLUDE ENTRY TO THE CONFERENCE – you will need a conference ticket to get access to Pocket Gamer Connects and its fringe events. There are discounted and even free options available for indies and IGDA members – see details below.



>> TO HELSINKI: Bus leaves from Jyväskylä to Lahti to Helsinki

September 12th at 05:00 from Jyväskylä Matkakeskus.

Stops at Lahti Matkakeskus: approx. 07:30

>> RETURN: Bus leaves from Helsinki back to Lahti/Jyväskylä:

September 13th at 17:30 (when event ends)



>> TO HELSINKI: Bus leaves from Kouvola to Helsinki:

September 12th at 07:00 from XAMK Kasarminmäki campus, in front of the main building.

Stops at Porvoo Harabackankatu stop (Mäntsäläntie 31, 06100 Porvoo) approx. 8:00.

>> RETURN: Return bus leaves Helsinki back to Kouvola:

September 13th at 17:30 (when event ends)



>> TO HELSINKI: Bus leaves from Kotka to Helsinki:

September 12th at 07:00 from XAMK Metsola campus

>> RETURN: Return bus leaves Helsinki back to Kotka:

September 13th at 17:30 (when event ends)


Others (public transportation reimbursement up to 40€)

You need to register in advance at Eventbrite to be able to get a reimbursement. To get reimbursement, show the receipt of the bus/train ticket purchase(s), plus your Eventbrite pre-registration, at the reception of the Pocket Gamer Connects event venue and give your payment details. Reimbursement will be transferred electronically. Contact [email protected] with queries.

Please note this is subject to change and availability. The buses will take you to the conference on Tuesday morning and leave on Wednesday evening after the event. You will need to sort your own accommodation for the night in Helsinki; this is not included. Please see the Eventbrite ticket page for more information, and be sure to check your ticket for confirmation. You can contact your local IGDA leader with queries about the buses or contact PG Connects for queries about the conference.

Connects Helsinki Conference Tickets

This bus ticket does not include entry to the conference.

Don’t have a conference pass yet? IGDA members can benefit from a 20% reduction by using the discount code promoted by your IGDA coordinator. Please apply that code at the conference’s ticket page.

Developers who are shortlisted for The Very Big Indie Pitch competition (mobile or PC) get two complimentary tickets. Interested? Submit your game for consideration here.

Individual students can get a two-day ticket for just €75 hereUniversities can also apply for up to 20 free student tickets for their cohorts! Please contact Charlie Scowen to discuss this.

Finally, we have volunteering opportunities for anyone who would like to join our great team for a few days (while getting to see the conference). Sign up to help here.

Please address event queries to [email protected].