Getting there & away
All buses along the eastern route, between Helsinki and Joensuu, stop in Lappeenranta. Bus and train tickets can be booked at the central office of Matkahuolto (0200 4000; 9am-5pm Mon-Fri), opposite the church park on Valtakatu, where many intercity buses stop. Regular services include: Helsinki (€32.30, four hours), Savonlinna (€22.90, three to four hours via Parikkala), Mikkeli (€16.20, 2½ hours) and Imatra (€6.20, 45 minutes). For Kuopio change at Mikkeli.
There are local connections to smaller places in South Karelia, although some buses only run once a day, on weekdays.
Seven to eight trains a day between Helsinki and Joensuu will take you to Lappeenranta. There are frequent direct trains to/from Helsinki (€34.90, 2¾ hours), and to Savonlinna (€21.50, 2½ hours, change at Parikkala, sometimes to a railbus).
There are daily flights between Helsinki and Lappeenranta on Finnair (0203-140 140). Bus 4 travels the 2.5km between the city centre and the airport.