The best way to get to know the area of Savonlinna is to drive it by car, but the more crucial travel destinations have good connections by public transport. A train goes between Savonlinna and Punkaharju, and other places can be reached by jumping on a local bus.
Local and long distance buses
Savonlinna local buses go via four routes, and you can check the routes on the map. Local buses use a flat rate system: adults 3,30€ and children under 12 years old 1,70€ regardless of the distance. Two children under 4 years old can travel for free with an adult. You can bring a children’s pram or a buggy for free on the buses too. War veterans travel for free. With your bus ticket you can change the bus within an hour without any extra charge. With the guide to local buses you can check for suitable connections and starting and finishing points.
By train from Savonlinna to Punkaharju
It is really simple to jump onto a local train from the marketplace of Savonlinna which will take you through a scenic route to Punkaharju in a flash. At Punkaharju you can visit many interesting locations such as Johanna Oras Art Manor, Kesämaa, Forest Museum Lusto, and of course the amazing esker scenery. For timetables please check www.vr.fi , prices 3€-6€/one way per person.
Experience Savonlinna from Lake Saimaa
The most natural way of travelling around Savonlinna is of course by the lakes while gazing at the beautiful scenery. Scheduled boats from Savonlinna can take you as far as Kuopio, but you can also get off at stops along the way like at Oravi or Heinävesi. During the summer, there are also many connections to Punkaharju, and of course the daily scenic cruises which go from morning until evening. More information on cruises!
Rent a car or a bicycle
If you wish to travel by your own timetable, we would recommend renting a car or a bicycle. A bicycle is a splendid way to move around our little city, and a more experienced cyclist can visit many places in nearby areas this way too. With the new bypass, Savonlinna also got a great cycling and walking path, which winds around the edges of town right next to Lake Saimaa. We would also recommend enjoying the sights and the city by walking.
Parking your car in the centre of Savonlinna
Within the centre of town, the time allotted for parking is controlled by a parking disc. During the summer (1.5 – 31.8) you do have to pay to park in the city centre. Tickets can be purchased from ticket machines situated close to parking areas. Parking is chargeable Monday to Friday between 8am-5pm and on Saturdays 9am-3pm. During the high season, it is advisable to park your car outside of the immediate area of the marketplace and town centre but this also gives you a lovely short walk along the lake shore to reach the middle of town.
For RVs and caravans there are two allocated parking areas for short time stays in Savonlinna. When coming from Mikkeli, one is by the indoor ice rink (max 48 hours) and the other is in Viiskulma in the city centre on Punkaharjuntie. For motorbikes, there are free parking spots by the marketplace.