Arrival

Savonia is located in three cities: Kuopio, Iisalmi and Varkaus. These cities are can easily be reached by airplane, train or bus. Helsinki-Vantaa Airport is an international airport with good international and domestic connections.

The distances from Helsinki are as follows:

  • Iisalmi approx. 500 km
  • Kuopio approx 400 km
  • Varkaus approx 300 km

From Helsinki it takes 45 minutes by plane, or about 4–5 hours by train or by bus to Kuopio and Varkaus, and about 6 hours to Iisalmi.

Arrival form

In case you are coming to Savonia as a degree / exchange student from abroad, please fill in the arrival form prior (two weeks before your arrival at the latest) to your departure to Finland.

Arrival form for exchange students of spring 2024

Arrival form for  new international degree students of 2023

By filling in the form our student tutors will be able to help you upon arrival if needed. Please also study the corona virus instructions related to starting of your studies.

Microkatu campus, ilmakuva, aerial view

Visit Kuopio

You can arrive to Kuopio by airplane, train or bus.

Flights

Connections by plane to Kuopio are excellent, as there are several daily flights from Helsinki to Kuopio. Kuopio Airport also operates charter flights.

The airport is located 20 km from the city centre. From the Kuopio airport you can take either a local bus or a taxi to the city centre. The bus number 40 operates between the airport (lentoasema) and the city center on Mon – Fri (from approx. 06:00 to 19:00). This bus arrives at Tulliportinkatu 33 (bus stop: “Tullinkulma”) and it departs to airport at Maljalahdenkatu 31 (bus stop “Maljalahdenkatu P”).

Taxis

You can pre-order a taxi free of charge. The taxi in Kuopio costs approx. 1,65 € / km + basic fee 6-9 €. There is no Uber in Kuopio.

Local buses

Kuopio local bus route planner. You can find the schedules also in Google Maps.
The ride in the city area costs 2,70 € / 3,80 €. Read more about the bus ticket prices here.

Local buses from city center (“Kuopion tori”) to Microkatu campus (bus stops “Savilahti E/P” or “Microkatu”)

Tullinkulma
City center bus stop Keskusta 1 on Tulliportinkatu

By utilizing the local bus route planner you can find the buses between the city center and Savonia main campus (Microkatu 1). Many buses depart from Tulliportinkatu 33 (you can type “Kuopion tori” or “Keskusta 1” in the route planner). The bus ride from the city center to Microkatu campus takes some 4 – 7 minutes. The buses will leave you either at Savilahti E or P or Microkatu bus stop:

  • Buses 4, 7, 16, 21, 23, 31 stop at Savilahti E (Savilahdentie 8, a road just next to the Microkatu campus).
  • Buses 32 and 40 stop at Microkatu (next to the Savonia main entrance)

Please note that there are no info panels in all buses indicating the bus stops.

Buses from Microkatu campus (Savilahti P) to city center (Kuopion tori = Market square)

  • Buses 4, 7, 16, 21 and 23 to city center depart along the Savilahdentie (bus stop named Savilahti P) to city center.
  • Buses 32 and 40 depart close to the Microkatu campus main entrance (bus stop named Microkatu) heading to city center.

At the city center you can exit e.g. at the main market square (bus stop e.g. “Keskusta 3”, or “Keskusta 9” behind the City Hall).

Microteknia bus stop near Microkatu campus

Local bus between the airport and city center

The airport is located 20 km from the city centre.

The bus number 40 operates between the airport (lentoasema) and the city center (bus stop “Keskusta 1”, Tulliportinkatu 33) on Mon– Fri (from approx. 06:00 to 19:00).

Local bus from city center to the airport

The bus 40 operates between the city center and airport (lentoasema). The bus departs at the bus stop “Keskusta 9” at Maljalahdenkatu 31 (Google maps).

Visit Iisalmi

Iisalmi campus

You can arrive to Iisalmi by train, bus or car.

If you arrive by airplane to Finland, book your flight to Helsinki-Vantaa airport. It is not advisable to fly to Kuopio due to lack of connections from the Kuopio airport to Iisalmi. From Helsinki-Vantaa airport one can take a train through Tikkurila to Iisalmi.

At Iisalmi bus/ train station one can take a taxi (tel. +358 100 86 400) to the Savonia campus. The student apartments at Petterinkulma are within a walking distance from the bus / train station. The travelers from border cities can access Iisalmi also by using a car or public transportation.

Iisalmi Tourist Guide

Visit Varkaus

Varkaus campus

You can reach Varkaus by train directly from the Helsinki-Vantaa airport, or by bus. From the train/bus station you can reach Savonia campus (Opiskelijankatu 3) by local buses number 1, 2 and 3.

The buses 1 and 2 depart from the bus stop “Raja-aukio Lu” and reaches bus stop “Ammattiopisto 2 I” after about 10 minutes. The bus number 3 departs from the bus stop “Leunanmäki Lu” and reaches bus stop “Ammattiopisto 2 I” after about 22 minutes.

By foot the distance from the train station to the campus is about 2,6 km.

To order a taxi, you can download the 02-app (works nationwide): https://02taksi.fi/english/. There is also a taxi station in connection to the train/bus station.

Visit Varkaus – tourist information