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Travelling to Rovaniemi - How to get there?

Published on July 2023

Suvi Pasma / Sales Manager

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. In addition, there are many direct flights available during the winter season from:

London (easyJet and Ryanair)
Paris (Air France and easyJet)
Berlin (Eurowings)
Amsterdam (KLM and easyJet)
Dublin (Ryanair)
Istanbul (Turkish Airlines)
Madrid (Iberia)
Brussels (Ryanair)
Vienna (Austrian Airlines)
Milan (easyJet)
Naples (easyJet)
Liverpool (Ryanair)
Manchester (easyJet)
Bristol (easyJet)
Edinburgh (easyJet)
Düsseldorf (Eurowings)

Transfer from Rovaniemi Airport to your accommodation is easy. The Airport Bus will take you directly to your accommodation and 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, and you can take a bus even further north to, e.g. Levi and Ylläs.

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:


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


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)


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!

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