Getting to Savonlinna

Savonlinna is situated towards the middle of eastern Finland and Lake Saimaa, and cities such as Mikkeli, Joensuu, Varkaus, Kuopio and Lappeenranta are within a short driving distance. It’s not an overly long trip from the capital since it will only take about 3 hours to come and enjoy a local lörtsy pastry. To reach the heart of Lake Saimaa you can also use the bus, plane, boat or train.

Getting to Savonlinna by car

Journeys by car are always full of excitement. At home, the car gets packed full and come the first set of traffic lights you wonder what important things were left behind this time. The radio is playing Finnhits and summer scenery rushes past. From the Helsinki area, the shortest route to Savonlinna is via Lahti, Heinola, Mikkeli and Juva. For those coming from Oulu to see Olavinlinna Castle, the fastest route takes you past Kuopio and Varkaus. If coming from Tampere, you can drive via Lahti or Jyväskylä.

If arriving here by car, please consider parking and traffic arrangements, especially during the busy season. Download a handy parking map: summer winter!

Distance chart to Savonlinna

Enonkoski 33 km
Kerimäki 22 km
Kesälahti 66 km
Parikkala 60 km
Punkaharju 34 km
Rantasalmi 44 km
Savonranta 57 km
Sulkava 38 km
Lentoasema 15 km
Helsinki 336 km
Rovaniemi 670 km
Turku 447 km
Pietari 360 km

Bus travel has atmosphere

You can travel to Savonlinna by bus from many parts of Finland, including Helsinki, and updated timetables can be found for example from Matkakeisari. You can also arrive to Savonlinna by Onnibus, an alternative bus service.

Rails bring you to the middle of town

Sometimes planning your trip can be a lot of hassle, but not when it comes to Savonlinna! Rails bring you to the middle of town through the beautiful national scenery of Punkaharju. From Helsinki you can just jump in a Pendolino or an InterCity train to Parikkala, and from there passengers can head straight to the heart of town by a local train through scenic Punkaharju. Travel time from Helsinki is around 4 hours. You can get off the train at Pääskylahti before Savonlinna town centre, or travel all the way to the marketplace.

You can by VR tickets from a ticket machine, from Savonlinna Travel Agency (matkatoimisto, Puistokatu 1) or book them online from website.

By air to the heart of Savo

The route of the traveller takes them through the air, and you can fly here almost any time of the year. There is a plane from Helsinki twice a day to Savonlinna and the time literally flies while you’re on board. It is worth having a peek through the windows while getting closer to Savonlinna, since the biggest lake district in Europe looks amazing from a bird’s eye view. From the air, you can truly grasp the sheer size of the labyrinth of lakes that we live alongside. You can buy tickets from Budapest Aircraft Service- BASe Airlines webstore or Savonlinna Travel Agency (Puistokatu 1).


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Airport transfers

JS Turvataksit taxis can be pre-booked to take you from Savonlinna to the airport, or to pick you up from the airport after your flight. If there are many people to be picked up, the cost can be divided between the group. Please book at least a day in advance before the car is needed. Airport transfers can be booked in advance from or by phone +358 500 250 099.

By boat from Kuopio to Savonlinna

Between June and August M/S Puijo cruises through the Heinävesi canal route which runs from Savonlinna to Kuopio and back again. This route is one of the most beautiful boat routes in Finland. The route which runs through glorious scenery has seen use by professional and leisure boats since late 1800s. This route which connects Lake Kallavesi and the middle of Lake Saimaa has two open canals in it which were built through this rugged but beautiful terrain. Check for more information about the cruise!