MENU ☰

Stories from Lapland

Travelling to Rovaniemi - How to get there?

Published on February 2019

Author
Suvi Pasma / Sales Assistant

Are you planning a trip to the home town of Santa Claus? Rovaniemi is located in Finnish Lapland. The city is about 800 km up north from Finland’s capital city Helsinki, but it is still easily accessible. Just hop over the line of Arctic Circle and get ready for an adventure! Here are our & Visit Rovaniemi’s tips for your journey.

By Plane

The fastest way to reach Rovaniemi is to fly. Rovaniemi Airport, the official airport of Santa Claus, is only about 8 km away from the lively city centre of Rovaniemi. Direct daily flights from Helsinki to Rovaniemi are operated by Finnair and Norwegian. If you are coming from London, direct flights from London (Gatwick) to Rovaniemi are operated by EasyJet and Norwegian. Also Turkish Airlines is starting to operate direct flights from Istanbul to Rovaniemi in November 2019.

Transfer from Rovaniemi Airport to your accommodation is easy. The Airport Bus will take you directly to your accommodation and Santa’s Express to the city centre. There are also local taxis available in front of the airport, and of course, we are more than happy to help you with the transfer! Book the airport transfer from us and we will take you to the doorstep of your accommodation or straight to our office.

By Train

Another easy option is train. There are direct trains running between Helsinki and Rovaniemi. If you’re coming to Finland by plane, take a train from Helsinki-Vantaa Airport to Tikkurila and transfer to a long-distance train towards Rovaniemi. All trains are operated by state company VR. The easiest is to buy the tickets beforehand from VR’s own website, but you can also find ticket machines and staff who can help you with the purchase from airport or from main railway-station.

Rovaniemi train station is about 1,5 km away from the city centre. Book our pick-up, take a 15-minute-walk, hop on the bus (bus number 8) or take a taxi to reach the city or your accommodation.

By Bus

Buses might be the most reliable way of travelling in Finland – they usually operate on time, no matter what is the weather. There are several bus operators in Finland, for example Matkahuolto and Onnibus, but Onnibus doesn’t have direct connections between Helsinki and Rovaniemi, because you need to change the bus in Oulu.

Matkahuolto’s bus tickets can be purchased directly from their website or from bus station. There are also direct connections from Helsinki airport to Rovaniemi. The bus station (Matkahuolto Rovaniemi) is about 1 km away from city centre. Again, you can book our pick-up, walk (about 15 minutes), hop on the bus, or take a taxi to reach the city.

By Car

If you have more time and are comfortable with driving abroad, you may also take a road-trip through Finland. In Summer, the driving time from Helsinki to Rovaniemi is about 10 hours (without breaks). During winter the speed limits are lower and travel-time is noticeably longer, but you should be prepared for changing weather conditions all year round. Information about road conditions you can find from here.

And beware: there might be reindeer on your way!

Reindeer Lapland

Estimated travel-times for from Helsinki to Rovaniemi:

Plane

Helsinki-Vantaa Airport to Rovaniemi Airport: 1 h 30 min

Train

Helsinki-Vantaa Airport to Rovaniemi train station: 12 h (with 1 or 2 transfers)

Helsinki railway-station to Rovaniemi train station: 12 h 30 min (direct), 11 h to 11 h 30 min (with transfer)

Bus

Helsinki-Vantaa Airport to Rovaniemi: 12 h 40 min

Helsinki to Rovaniemi: 13 h 10 min (direct), 15 h (with transfer)

All in all, even though Rovaniemi is located in the north, it is easily accessible all year round. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask! Take a look at our accommodation and activities in Rovaniemi, and book your holiday. We are looking forward meeting you!

All stories by Suvi Pasma

Safartica Rovaniemi

453 ratings

Read more or leave your rating

Safartica Ylläs

64 ratings

Read more or leave your rating

en