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The airport is 11km northwest of central Joensuu. An airport bus service (one way €5) meets all incoming flights, and departs from the bus station (65 minutes before flight departures) and from the corner of Koskikatu and Kauppakatu (one hour before departures). A taxi costs €25.

Finnair operates several flights a day between Helsinki and Joensuu.


The bus station is on the eastern side of the river.

Major Matkahuolto ( services include the following:

Helsinki (€30, 6½ hours, five express services daily)

Jyväskylä (€30, four hours, five daily)

Kuopio (€29.90, 2¼ hours, three express services daily)

Lappeenranta (€30, 4½ hours, two daily)

Nurmes (€20, two hours, three daily)

Oulu (€40, 6½ hours, two daily)

Onnibus ( has cheaper but less frequent services to destinations including Helsinki (€15, 6¼ hours, two daily), Imatra (€5, 2½ hours, one daily) and Lappeenranta (€7, 3¼ hours, one daily).


Most big car-hire operators have offices at the airport and in town.

Shared Taxi

A kimppakyyti (shared taxi) route runs from Joensuu to Koli National Park. This service operates twice daily Sunday to Friday and three times on Saturdays year-round (one way/return €30/40). Book at least one day ahead. It also has an airport service (€5) on demand.


The train station is east of the river, next to the bus station. Services include the following:

Helsinki (€44, 4½ hours, four daily)

Lieksa (€14, 1¼ hours, two daily)

Nurmes (€21, two hours, one daily)

Savonlinna (€25, 2¼ hours, four daily) Change at Parikkala.