Travelling in Finland

Travelling in Finland doesn’t differ much from other countries. There are multiple ways to get from point A to point B, but I will try to point out couple of them. For short to medium range travelling I would recommend your own feet, a bicycle or a bus. Most of the cities in Finland have their own routes for cyclers so you usually don’t have to cycle in middle of the traffic (city centres are a case of their own though).

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For medium to long range travelling I would recommend using a bus or a train. With a train you are able to visit most of the major Finnish cities for a reasonable price. Using a bus is cheaper choice, but it is also slower. Then again you are able to visit even most of the smallest town with a bus. If you have a group of friends that want to travel with you, renting or buying a car (depending on the length of your stay) might be a viable option. Just remember that the Finnish traffic is right handed and the speed limits are quite strict. For a long range travelling (such as a trip to Lapland) I recommend either a train or a plane.

You should always check if there is a cheaper way to get to the place you are going. For example if you book in advance for a bus company called “Onnibus” you might be able to get a trip from Turku to Helsinki for 3 euros.

If you would ask me where should I travel to in Finland, I would recommend visiting Lake Finland, especially the lake Saimaa, Lapland, which is quiet self-explanatory, the Island of Ahvenanmaa, and of course our Capital, the city of Helsinki.

Text and photo: Iiro Järvenpää

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