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Travel and accommodation

Student Accommodation

The summer school fee includes accommodation from the 7th to the 19th of August, 2011 at the Summer Hotel Rentukka. Twin rooms with a private bedroom and a shared kitchen+toilet have been booked for attending students. Breakfast is included.

When you arrive, you can take a bus (lines 18 and 25) to Rentukka . The bus station is approx. 200 m from the train station (see map: Bus station).

Teacher Accommodation

The teachers of the Summer School will be staying at Hotel Alba. It is located in a beautiful area by the Jyväsjärvi lake in Mattilanniemi, only 1,5 km away from the city centre. Individual rooms have been booked for each teacher for the duration of the Summer School (8-18 August).


How to get to Jyväskylä

The city of Jyväskylä is located in Central Finland, some 270 km north of Helsinki, and is best reached by plane, train or bus/coach. The connections are relatively frequent and the journey from Helsinki to Jyväskylä takes 3-3½ hours by train.

By Plane

Most of the flights to Finland arrive at Helsinki-Vantaa Airport (about 20 km from the centre of Helsinki). From Helsinki-Vantaa Airport you may continue by plane, train, or by bus to Jyväskylä. Should you continue by plane, you will arrive at Jyväskylä airport some 25 minutes after the take-off. The airport is located about 16 km from the centre of Jyväskylä. For more information, please see Please book the connecting flight at your local travel agency. The timetables can be found on the Finnair website.

If you arrive at Tampere-Pirkkala Airport, take a bus or a taxi to the centre of Tampere. For more information, please see the Finavia website. You can continue your journey to Jyväskylä by train or bus/coach.

By Ferry to Finland

There are frequent ferry connections to Helsinki via Stockholm or Tallinn, and also from Travemünde and Rostock. Please see the ferry timetables:
Silja Line
Viking Line
Eckerö Line
Superfast Ferries

By Train

If you choose to travel by train from Helsinki to Jyväskylä, the easiest and fastest way is to take the local bus number 61 to the train station Tikkurila (it takes about 20 minutes, fare 2,50€) and then take the train to Jyväskylä from there. The bus station (platform 22) is just in front of the teminal 2 of Helsinki-Vantaa Airport.

You can also take a bus to Helsinki railway station. The fare of the FINNAIR bus is approximately €6. There is also a local bus connection, numbers 415 (platform 5), 451 (platform 5) and 615 (platform 21), to the railway station (bus fare €4). It will take some 35 minutes to get to the railway station, where you can catch the train to Jyväskylä. 


There are direct connections to Jyväskylä, but in some cases you will have to change trains at Tampere. The journey to Jyväskylä takes 3 to 3½ hours. The train fare (one way) varies from €45 to 52 from Tikkurila and €47-54 from Helsinki (seat reservation included in the price). Unfortunately, you cannot get any discount with the ISIC card (International Student Identity Card) on trains.

Train connections:

By Coach

There is also a bus connection from Helsinki-Vantaa Airport to Jyväskylä. The trip will take 4 -5 hours and costs approximately €44. 
The timetable for buses:
The buses leave next to terminal 2 at the airport (see the map of the airport).

Please remember that you need some local money (euro) for buses, trains and taxis.