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How do I get to Finland?
Flights to Helsinki:
Flights are available to Finland’s capital city Helsinki from airports around the world. Some of the airlines flying to Helsinki are Finnair, British Airways, Scandinavian Airlines, Air Baltic, Norwegian, Ryanair and Lufthansa.
Once you are in Helsinki you can continue your journey either in a hire car or you can choose to take a connecting flight from Helsinki closer to your final destination. Domestic flights in Finland are available with Finnair and Norwegian.
The flight time from Helsinki to airports in the Lakeland is about 60 minutes, while the flight time to airports in Lapland is about 1 hour 30 minutes.
Direct flights to other airports in Finland:
Flights are also available to other airports in Finland. Some of the airlines flying direct to airports in the Lakeland and Lapland include Norwegian, Scandinavian Airlines and Ryanair.
NEW! Norwegian now flies direct from London to Rovaniemi in Lapland during the winter season.
From the UK, direct flights are also available from London to Kittila and Kuusamo in Lapland at www.ski-flights.com and from London and Manchester to Kittila at www.monarch.co.uk.
If you don’t want to fly, Finland can be reached by sea via ports in Helsinki, Turku and Vaasa. Car ferries are available from Germany, Sweden, Estonia and Poland.
You can travel from Tallinn, which takes just a couple of hours, or overnight from Stockholm to Turku or Helsinki, or from Poland to Helsinki, which takes around 22 hours. Crossings from Germany leave from Rostock or Travemunde and go to Helsinki, taking around 24 hours.
If you’re planning a driving holiday, or for those wishing to avoid aeroplanes and boats, Finland can be reached by road, via Sweden, Norway or Russia.
The roads in Finland are quiet and traffic jams are a rarity (at least outside the Helsinki area), so driving in Finland can be a very pleasant and enjoyable experience. During the winter months there can be a lot of snow around, but the roads are well maintained and the larger roads are kept clear of snow very effectively with snow ploughs.
How do I get around in Finland?
Hire a car (or bring your own)
Hiring a car (or bringing your own) is often the only way to reach lakeside cottages and secluded log cabins outside ski resorts as public transport does not usually serve naturally beautiful settings away from towns.
Car hire outlets can be found at most airports and all larger towns. Pre-booking is highly recommended, as the outlets tend to be quite small and the number of vehicles available in each location is limited. Our car hire partner Rentalcars.com offers the most competitive prices for car hire in Finland and we recommend that you find your car hire via their website by clicking on the photo on the left or the button below.
For general advice on motoring and travel times in Finland, see the ‘Driving in Finland’ section below.
Get on a train
Finland has a good railway network in the South, the West and Lakeland, so you should be able to get relatively near to your final destination. We would recommend that once you get off the train, that you hire a car. Car hire is available from the railway station or in the town centre of all major towns, but always check availability before you book your tickets. Taxis are also available at train stations, but this can be an expensive and inconvenient, especially as most of our cabins are in fairly remote locations.
The Lapland region only has a few main lines, which will take you as far north as Kolari. There is a bus connection available from Kolari to the Levi and Yllas resorts. Car carrier and night trains are also available from Helsinki via Tampere to Kolari, Rovaniemi and Kemijarvi in Lapland.
For details on train services in Finland, see the Finnish Rail website.
Catch a bus
Bus routes operate on 90% of Finland's public roads, but services can be infrequent in the countryside and bus travel is not really suitable as the only form of transport for those staying in our lovely country cottages. If however, you want to travel between larger towns, coach travel is an excellent option. The coaches are modern and offer good value for money. For timetables and routes, visit the websites of Express Bus or Matkahuolto.
Driving In Finland - Some general advice
Driving in Finland is a real pleasure as roads are quiet and traffic jams are rare. There are just a few simple rules to remember while driving in Finland: always wear seatbelts, always use headlights and children must always stay in appropriate car seats.
In winter the Finns are used to dealing with the snow and do so very efficiently. Having said this, it is important to drive carefully in winter as the roads may be icy, so be sure to stick to the speed limits!
During winter, all hire cars come with winter tyres. Also, most hire cars are fitted with engine heaters, which plug into special car heating points that prevent your car engine getting too cold when you park your car. A lead can be extended from your car and plugged into special plugs located on the outside of buildings or in car parks. Be sure to ask about this when you hire your car and get them to show you how this works.
During long journeys always remember to keep your petrol tank topped up, as although there are petrol stations along all major routes, there can be long distances between stations in the more remote areas, particularly in Lapland. Most petrol stations have automated petrol pumps as well as tills inside where you can pay by cash or debit / credit card. The automated pumps do not always accept foreign cards for payment, so it is always worth carrying some cash.
Please watch out for the local wildlife. In many areas of Finland, wild moose roam the forests next to the roads. As a general rule while driving in the Finnish countryside, you should always keep an eye on the verges and trees by the roadside, in case of moose wondering into the road. You should also be wary of reindeer walking in the roads in Lapland, especially in summer when the reindeer roam free.
Finally, remember that Finland is a big county by European standards, so be sure to allow plenty of time for your journey. Driving times from Helsinki are about 2 hours to Tampere and Turku, 2-3 hours to the Central and Southern Lakes and 3-5 hours to the West and the Northern & Eastern Lakes. Driving time from Helsinki to Rovaniemi is about 9 hours.