Travelling to Jyväskylä

How to Prepare

When coming to Finland, check the weather forecast, preferably only a few days in advance. The summer weather in Finland can mean anything between 5 and 30°C. Pack accordingly; layering clothes is the key.

Useful items to pack are:

  • an umbrella
  • mosquito repellent (also available in every convenience store in Finland)
  • chargers for all your electronic devices
  • a jacket, preferably windproof
  • a sleeping mask (in June it doesn't really get dark at all, which may make it difficult to fall asleep)
  • a swimsuit (going to sauna and swimming in a lake is a popular summer activity).

Flying to Finland

Most flights to Finland arrive at the Helsinki-Vantaa Airport, located about 20 km from the centre of Helsinki. Other international airports include those located near Tampere and Turku.

If you plan to come to Jyväskylä by public transport, you will most definitely travel via the "matkakeskus" in Jyväskylä. This means "travel centre" and all the buses and trains stop here, if they are traveling to or from Jyväskylä. In Finland, most signs will be in Finnish and Swedish, and rarely in English. Check our useful Finnish words and phrases section! You can even print it out and take it with you for your travels!

If you get lost or can't understand something, don't hesitate to ask someone. Most people speak good English and will be happy to help you.

Via Helsinki

If arriving at Helsinki-Vantaa airport, you can continue onwards via train or bus. Check here for more details.

BY TRAIN

When travelling via Helsinki Airport, going by train is the fastest and most convenient option, as the train station is right at the airport. You can expect to pay around €30 (or up to about €60) for a single ticket to Jyväskylä. The train company only gives student discount to those with a student card approved by the train company, so you probably need to get a regular ticket even if you’re entitled to student discounts at home.

You can buy your ticket in advance online, from the ticket sales desk in the train station, from the VR ticket machine (in arrivals halls and on the platform) or from the conductor on the train (with an extra fee of €6). The machine only accepts chip cards. Conductors accept cash and most common credit and debit cards. The machines, the conductors or the train company’s customer service do not accept Diner’s Club cards!

You can get to the train platform at Helsinki airport with the elevator that is located in the corridor between terminals 1 and 2.

 

Schedules and online ticket purchase: https://www.vr.fi/cs/vr/en/frontpage

Your departure point is ‘Helsinki-Vantaa Airport’ and destination ‘Jyväskylä’.

 

BY BUS

There are multiple bus companies that can take you directly from the airport to Jyväskylä.

You can buy your ticket from the bus driver or online. Online you can use most credit cards, in the bus accepted credit and debit cards depend on the bus companies, so having cash is recommended.

Schedules and online ticket purchase:https://www.matkahuolto.fi/en/

Your departure point is ‘Helsinki-Vantaa Airport’ and destination ‘Jyväskylä’.

Tip: Ask the bus driver for a student discount! In principle foreign students are not entitled to the discount, but it’s worth a try to ask.

The bus stops are located in front of both of the terminals. Be sure to check your correct platform.

 

A cheaper but more complicated option is the Onnibus. To find these buses, you need to first get to the centre of Helsinki (30 minutes by train, 40 minutes by bus), and close to the railway station you can find the shopping centre called “Kamppi” that is about a ten minute walk from the central train station. This building is very well known and most people on the street should be able to point you in the right direction, so don’t be afraid to ask! The long-distance buses can be found on the lowest floor. For more information, please visit http://www.onnibus.com/en/index.htm

 

Via Tampere

If arriving at Tampere-Pirkkala Airport, first you need to get to the centre of Tampere (17km). Check http://www.finavia.fi/en/tampere-pirkkala/arriving/ for airport transportation. If in doubt, ask the airport personnel or the bus or taxi driver. You may continue your journey to Jyväskylä by train or bus.

 

BY TRAIN

First you need to take a bus or a taxi to the railway station, “Rautatieasema”. From there, your departure point is “Tampere” and destination “Jyväskylä”. You can expect to pay 20-35€ for a single ticket.The train company only gives student discount to those with a student card approved by the train company, so you probably need to get a regular ticket even if you’re entitled to student discounts at home.

You can buy your ticket in advance online, from the VR ticket machine or customer service at the station or from the conductor on the train (with an extra fee of 6€). The machine only accepts chip cards. Conductors accept cash and most common credit and debit cards. The machines, the conductors or the train company’s customer service do not accept Diner’s Club cards!

Train schedules and online ticket purchase: https://www.vr.fi/cs/vr/en/frontpage

 

BY BUS

First you need to take a bus or a taxi to the bus station, “linja-autoasema”. From there you can find various buses going to Jyväskylä.

Bus schedules and online ticket purchase:http://www.matkahuolto.com.

Tip: Ask the bus driver for a student discount! In principle foreign students are not entitled to the discount, but it’s worth a try to ask.

 

Onnibus is a very cheap option to come to Jyväskylä with: tickets can cost as little as €1 if you book early enough. The drawback is that their bus stop (“Kaleva”) is outside the centre and may be tricky to find. After getting to the station from the airport, you need to take another bus (about 10 minutes), to get to the bus stop. For timetables and online ticket purchase, please visit <http://www.onnibus.com/en/index.htm

 

Via Turku

If you arrive at Turku Airport, take a bus or a taxi to the centre of Turku. You may continue your journey to Jyväskylä by train or bus. For more information, please see http://www.finavia.fi/en/turku/arriving/.

 

BY TRAIN

First you need to take a bus or a taxi to the railway station, “Rautatieasema”. From there, your departure point is “Turku” and destination “Jyväskylä. You can expect to pay 20-35€ for a single ticket. The train company only gives student discount to those with a student card approved by the train company, so you probably need to get a regular ticket even if you’re entitled to student discounts at home.

You can buy your ticket in advance online, from the VR ticket machine or customer service at the station or from the conductor on the train (with an extra fee of 6€).

Train schedules and online ticket purchase:https://www.vr.fi/cs/vr/en/frontpage

 

BY BUS

First you need to take a bus or a taxi to the bus station, “linja-autoasema”. From there you can find various buses going to Jyväskylä.


Bus schedules and online ticket purchase: http://www.matkahuolto.com

Tip: Ask the bus driver for a student discount! In principle foreign students are not entitled to the discount, but it’s worth a try to ask.


Onnibus is a cheap option, but the bus stop is a little further from the centre than the regular one, outside Hotel Caribia. For timetables and online ticket purchase, please visit http://www.onnibus.com/en/index.htm

 

Via Jyväskylä

There are a few flights that go to Jyväskylä airport. Though this seems convenient, it is not recommended to fly there because there is no public transport from the airport to the city, and taxis are very expensive in Finland (the taxi trip will probably cost around €40). If you still choose to go via Jyväskylä airport, ordering a taxi in advance is recommended, especially if arriving late in the evening. Jyväskylä taxi company tel. +358 100 6900. Taxis are reliable and safe to travel with, however, the driver might not be able to speak English, so make sure you have written down the destination to show it to him/her.

 

Coming to Finland by Ferry

There are various options to travel to Finland by ferry from neighbouring countries. There are harbours in Helsinki, Turku, and Vaasa. Main ferry routes are: Tallinn-Helsinki, St.Petersburg-Helsinki, and Stockholm-Turku. For an overview of prices, routes, and online ticket purchase, visit http://www.directferries.com/finland.htm

 

 

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