Travelling Tips - Travelling to
and within Finland!
easiest and the quickest way to travel to Finland is to use one of the scheduled
airlines that fly to Helsinki and have convenient connections onwards to smaller
airports throughout Finland and Finnish Lapland. Ryanair
also flies low-cost to Tampere in the borders of the Western Lakes and the
flight time to Finland from the UK and the mainland Europe is about 2 ½ hours,
while connections from Helsinki onwards take about 90 minutes to Lapland and 60
minutes to the Western Lakes and the Lakeland.
Travelling to Finland
Finnair flies to Helsinki and a long list of regional airports
from London Heathrow, Manchester, Edinburgh and Dublin. Finnair flights are ideal for you if you wish to continue your
journey from Helsinki by air to the Western Lakes, Lakeland or Lapland.
The flights to
Helsinki start from around £175pp (return) including
taxes, while connections to regional airports start from around £100pp to Ivalo,
Joensuu, Jyväskylä, Kajaani, Kittilä, Kokkola,
Kuopio, Kuusamo, Lappeenranta, Rovaniemi,
Savonlinna, Seinäjoki, Tampere, Turku, Vaasa and Varkaus.
hire is available at Helsinki Airport, as well as at most of the smaller
regional airports throughout Finland and Finnish Lapland. We strongly recommend
that you pre-book your car hire, so the vehicle will be ready for your
collection on your
Airport is located about 20km North of Helsinki. The airport is formed of two
terminals (international and domestic, that are connected via an indoor walkway.
Restaurants, cafes, duty free shops, Internet facilities, money exchange,
pharmacy and play rooms for children are also available.
Ryanair flies low-cost
from London Stansted, Alicante, Bremen, Edinburgh, Frankfurt-Hahn, Kaunas,
Malaga, Milan(Bergamo), Oslo (Rygge), Pisa and Riga to Tampere in the
Ryanair also flies from Brussels
(Charleroi), Dusseldorf (Weeze) and Milan (Bergamo) to Lappeenranta in the
Both Tampere and
Lappeenranta airports can be used to reach all cabins in the Lakeland, Western
Lakes and the South regions.
hire is available at both airports, but you must pre-book your car prior to your
arrival to ensure there will be a vehicle available for you.
low-cost from London Stansted (Heathrow from 30 March!) and Dublin to Helsinki and onwards to Kuopio, Kittilä, Rovaniemi, Oulu, Turku and Vaasa. Blue1
fights are ideal if you plan to fly onwards from Helsinki to destinations in
the Lakeland or Lapland. Flights to Helsinki
start from £83 (one-way) including taxes, while connections from Helsinki
onwards start from around £30 (one-way) including taxes.
From mainland Europe, Blue1
flies to Helsinki and onwards from Athens, Madrid, Warsaw, Milan, Rome, Copenhagen,
Oslo, Gothenburg, Barcelona, Paris, Amsterdam, Nice, Berlin and Hamburg.
NEW! Finncomm Airlines now flies from Turku and Tampere to Kittila during peak
winter periods. The flights from Tampere to Kittila could be combined with
Ryanair flights from Stansted to Tampere
with an overnight stay in Tampere town.
Flights from Tampere to
Kittila operate from 19 December 2009-10 January 2010 and then again from 20
February-18 April 2010 on Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays. Flights from Turku
to Kittila operate from 20 February-18 April 2010 also on Thursdays, Saturdays
Air Baltic flies
from numerous cities in Central, Northern, Western and Southern Europe, England
and Ireland, Russia as well as Israel and the Middle East to various airports in
Finland and Finnish Lapland via Riga in Latvia.
Aer Lingus flies
from Dublin to Helsinki three times a week on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
Connecting flights from Helsinki to all regional airports in Finland are then
available from Finnair, if
you wish to continue your journey by plane. Otherwise, you can also often reach
your final destination in the Southern region, Western Lakes or Lakeland in a
hire car driving there from Helsinki.
flights to Kittilä (for cabins in Enontekiö, Levi and Ylläs) and Kuusamo (for
cabins in Ruka, Posio, Syote and Kuusamo) are available
from London, Birmingham, Manchester and Bristol during the winter
season from www.ski-flights.com.
are expected to start from around £290pp (return). Winter season 2010-11 rates and
availability will be published around June/July 2010.
Hiring a car is by far the best way
to get around in Finland and allows you to explore the area surrounding your
cabin. The roads are quiet and traffic jams are pretty much an
unknown concept, which makes driving in Finland a very pleasant
experience. You can pick up a hire car at any of the main airports or larger
towns and European Union driving licenses are accepted. Driving is on the right,
speed limits must be obeyed and seat belts must be worn at all times. More
advice on driving in Finland is available from
Bus routes operate on 90% of Finland's public
if you are staying in the countryside, you will find that the bus service can be
infrequent and only takes you between a few larger villages. If you wish to
travel between large towns though, you will find good bus routes
and frequent services that run on time. Coaches are modern and
offer good value for money. For timetables and routes, visit
Bus or Matkahuolto.
Finland has an extensive, efficient and reliable rail network.
Trains are clean and comfortable and a viable alternative to air and road travel if you will be travelling in mainly urban areas. Long
running from Helsinki to Rovaniemi and Kolari in Lapland have sleeping carriages for overnight journeys and
they also transport cars.
is located about 130km from Pyha, Luosto and Posio and 170km from Levi,
Ylläs and Ruka. Kolari is located 88km from Levi and about 40km from
Yllas. There is a bus transfer from Kolari Railway Station to Levi, as
Äkäslompolo and Yllasjarvi villages in Ylläs to connect with every train
arriving. For timetables,
prices and train routes throughout Finland, visit the
Boat or Ferry
A wide choice of ferry routes and cruises are available
on Finland's extensive network of lakes, many of which are interlinked.
Some of the most scenic routes include those from Tampere to Hämeenlinna
and Kuopio to Savonlinna. Leisure cruises are popular particularly in the
Western Lakes and the Lakeland, as well as the Southern coast.
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