Most international flights to Finland arrive at the award-winning Helsinki Airport (HEL). From here our national airline, Finnair, flies daily to dozens of destinations in Europe, Asia, North America and the Middle East. Helsinki Airport is also served by other international airlines, including Aeroflot, Air France-KLM, British Airways, Lufthansa, Turkish Airlines and Qatar Airways.
Finland’s domestic flight network is well developed, with multiple daily flights between cities around the country. Domestic flights are often expensive though, so trains and buses are a more economical way to travel within Finland. Both are comfortable means of transportation, typically offering Wi-Fi and other amenities.
A train ticket from Helsinki to Tampere or Turku, for example, costs around EUR 20, and a bus ticket around EUR 8. To Joensuu or Kuopio, a train ticket is around EUR 45 and a bus ticket around EUR 25. Students with a valid student card get a discount on train tickets.
Here you can find out more information on inter-city travel, as well as buy tickets online:
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Finland's capital is a relaxed coastal city with excellent public transport, beautiful parks, quality shopping, and restaurants for all tastes. Museums, art galleries and other cultural attractions are a big part of life in the city, which hosts the European Union presidency in the second half of 2019.
Tampere is the largest non-coastal city in the entire Nordic region. It's also the only place in the world with a museum for the famous Moomin characters created by Finnish writer Tove Jansson.
Tampere is defined by a few unique characteristics: it is surrounded by beautiful lakes and eskers, it has a perfect scale for walking and there’s always something new and innovative going on. The industrial structure of Tampere is versatile. Tampere is internationally known as a city of technology, often going in the forefront of development.
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First settled in the 13th century, Turku is the oldest city in Finland. Its castle – which dates from this era too – is the largest medieval building in Finland to survive to the present day, and is the country's most visited museum. In 1640 the first university students in Finland began their studies in Turku. Today, on the same campus, future innovations and technologies are developed.
Reasonable living costs with many housing options, full-scale public and private services, vivid cultural life and a variety of outdoor recreation possibilities by the surrounding Archipelago Sea guarantee that Turku offers the best quality of life and is a lucrative location for students as well as for skilled professionals.
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Located in the heart of Finland's lake district, the city of Kuopio is the perfect place to hope on a cruise or go hiking in the forest. Kuopio is a dynamic city surrounded by beautiful nature. Although modern and constantly evolving, it hasn't forgotten its roots. Boasting an excellent selection of services combined with a cosy atmosphere, Kuopio is an attractive place to live in. The city's numerous running paths, skiing tracks, slalom slopes and swimming station offer possibilities for a diverse selection of hobbies.
A popular attraction is the Puijo Tower, which offers incredible views of the surrounding area. Kuopio also has the world's largest smoke sauna – a unique experience overseas visitors won't want to miss!
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The city of Joensuu is the capital of North Karelia, a region of Finland with a distinct history and cultural traditions. Today, students account for almost one third of the city's population, so there is always something happening on campus. Visitors are drawn to Joensuu's botanical gardens, with its giant greenhouses and free-flying butterflies.
Joensuu is a place where a peaceful environment meets a rich offering of culture and hobby opportunities. The beautiful scenery and the unspoilt lakes and rivers offer almost endless possibilities for sports and recreation. Indeed, Joensuu is home to approximately one hundred different sports clubs. The city's vivid selection of theatre and music, on the other hand, constitutes excellent food for the soul.
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Located on Finland's west coast, Vaasa is a city of almost 70,000 people in a region known for both historical sights and natural attractions. The Gulf of Bothnia, which separates Finland from Sweden, is at its narrowest point in the nearby Kvarken Archipelago – a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2006.
In the Vaasa region, you won’t need to choose one or the other, as beautiful nature and urban city life can be easily combined on a single visit. Everything in the Vaasa region is close by, and moving from one sort of atmosphere and experience to another is effortless.
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Lapland, Santa Claus and the Northern Lights…
Some 800 kilometres north of Helsinki – and sitting right on the Arctic Circle – lies Lapland's largest town: Rovaniemi. Visitors come from far and wide to visit the Santa Claus village here, or to take a reindeer safari through the snow under the magnificence of the Northern Lights.