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 by plane 45 minutes, by train or by bus about 4–5 hours to reach Kuopio and Varkaus and about 6 hours to Iisalmi.
In case you are coming to Savonia as a degree / exchange student, please fill in the arrival form prior to your departure to Finland.
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Connections by air to Kuopio are excellent, as there are 9–10 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”).
You can pre-order a taxi free of charge. The taxi in Kuopio costs approx. 1,65 € / km + basic fee 6-9 €.
Kuopio local bus route planner. You can find the schedules also in Google Maps.
Please note that you cannot pay with credit card in the local buses, but only cash. The ride in the city area costs 3,30 €.
Local buses from city center (bus stop “Tullinkulma”) to Microkatu campus (bus stops “Teknia E” or “Microteknia – piha”), piha =yard
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 “Tullinkulma 1 L” in the route planner). The bus ride from Tullinkulma to Microkatu campus takes some 4-7 min. The buses will leave you either at Teknia E or Microteknis bus stop:
- Buses 4, 7, 16, 21, 23, 31 stop at Teknia E (Savilahdentie 8, a road just next to the Microkatu campus).
- Buses 32, 35 and 40 stop at Microteknia (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 (Teknia P) to city center (Kaupungintalo = City hall)
- Buses 4, 7, 16, 21 and 23 to city center depart along the Savilahdentie (bus stop named Teknia P) to city center.
- Buses 32, 35 and 40 depart close to the Microkatu campus main entrance (bus stop “Microteknia – piha”) heading to city center.
At the city center you can exit e.g. at the main market place (bus stop “Kaupungintalo” = City hall).
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 “Tullinkulma”, Tulliportinkatu 33) on Mon – Fri (from approx. 06:00 to 19:00).
Local bus from city center to the airport
Kuopio city centre map (printable)
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
You can reach Varkaus by train directly from the Helsinki-Vantaa airport or by bus.
Visit Varkaus – tourist information