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Transport connections

By Air

If you are going to fly to Finland, you will most likely land at Helsinki-Vantaa airport. If you have spare time, you’ll have a great opportunity to tour around Finland’s capital, Helsinki. The quickest and easiest way to reach Kemi, Rovaniemi or Tornio is to take a domestic flight from Helsinki- Vantaa to Kemi-Tornio airport or Rovaniemi airport. The flight will take about an hour. Find out more about schedules, prices and available seats:

 

Another air route goes through Sweden. You can fly via Stockholm to Luleå-Kallax airport and continue travelling on a bus from the airport to the Haparanda bus station. The bus trip takes about 3 hours. Tornio in Finland is situated right across the border.

 

By Sea

Travelling to Finland by sea is also possible, regardless of the time of the year. You can find connections from Germany, Sweden and Estonia. The main ports of arrival are Helsinki and Turku. Find out more about schedules and prices for ships:

 

From Helsinki and Turku you can continue your journey by train.

 

By Rail

The train is an easy way to continue travelling in Finland. You can find a direct bus connection from Helsinki-Vantaa airport to the railway station. If you travel from Helsinki to Rovaniemi, the trip lasts about 12 hours. Travelling to Kemi and Tornio takes a few hours less, 8-10 hours. You can take a day or night train. A connection with no train changes is recommended, because changing can be quite tricky with lots of luggage. Notice that there are very few train connections from Kemi to Tornio and usually you must take a bus connection from Kemi train station to Tornio. More information on www.vr.fi


By Road

Another option is to drive a car or travel on a bus.

  • Norway: Alta, Nordkapp and Tromso offer connection to Rovaniemi (you can continue your trip to Kemi by train or bus; to Tornio by bus). Find more at www.eskelisen-lapinlinjat.com
  • Russia: Murmansk offers connection to Rovaniemi (you can continue your trip to Kemi by train or bus; to Tornio by bus). Find more at www.goldline.fi
  • Sweden: Stockholm offers connection to Haparanda-Tornio (you can continue your trip to Rovaniemi by bus). Find more at www.tapanis.se

 

Travelling by car, you can arrive to Finland by driving E4 road through Sweden and cross the border in Haparanda. Remember that the Finnish law makes it compulsory to wear winter tires between 1 December and 28 February. Usually the weather and slippery roads in Lapland make people wear winter tires until late spring. Remember to make sure you have a parking spot for your car before you arrive. Read more about driving a car in Finland

HOW TO ARRIVE TO LAPLAND UAS?

The first thing you need to do is to find your way to Helsinki. Any travel agent or airline company should be able to get you a flight to Helsinki from just about anywhere.

The next step is to get from Helsinki to Rovaniemi, Kemi or Tornio. There are several ways to do this.

 

To Rovaniemi

Travelling by plane is the easiest way. From Helsinki there are two airline companies, Finnair and Norwegian that operate between Helsinki and Rovaniemi. The flight time is approximately an hour.

The second alternative is to travel by train. The trip takes about 10-13 hours. There is a direct bus/train service from Helsinki-Vantaa airport to the train station. The train schedule, price information and basic information about the Finnish railways are available on www.vr.fi.

The third way to travel to Rovaniemi is by long-distance bus. The bus trip lasts about 11-13 hours. You can find more information about bus schedules and prices on the page of Matkahuolto.

 

To Kemi and Tornio

The quickest and easiest way to reach Kemi and Tornio is to take a domestic flight from Helsinki-Vantaa to Kemi-Tornio airport. The flight will take about an hour. All scheduled flights are available at www.finnair.com.

From Helsinki railway station you can take a day or night train up north to Lapland. Travelling by train from Helsinki to Kemi takes 8-10 hours. Notice that it is easier to travel if you take a straight connection to Kemi without changing trains on your way.

The third way to travel to to Kemi and Tornio is by long-distance bus. You can find more information about bus schedules and prices in Finland on the www.matkahuolto.fi. There are connections from Helsinki to Kemi and Tornio, from Stockholm to Haparanda-Tornio (www.tapanis.se), from Alta, Nordkapp and Tromso to Rovaniemi (www.eskelisen-lapinlinjat.com), from Murmansk to Rovaniemi (www.goldline.fi). From Rovaniemi you can take a bus or train to Kemi and Tornio.


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