How to get to Jyväskylä
The easiest and the most common way to travel to Finland is by airplane. Here you can find the information how to get from Helsinki-Vantaa or Tampere Airport to Jyväskylä or from Tikkakoski Airport to Jyväskylä centre.
From Helsinki-Vantaa Airport the easiest way is to take a train. You should take a local train P and first go to Tikkurila station where you have to change to a train to Jyväskylä.
Train journey from Tikkurila to Jyväskylä takes about 3 hours. Regular rates for the train vary between 15-35 eur depending on the time of travel. Tickets can be bought online (cheaper in advance) or from vending machines at the airport.
Express coaches to Jyväskylä leave directly from the airport. The coach trip will take around 4hrs depending on the route.
See also Onni bus connections. Please note that Onni bus has a connection to the airport. Follow the instruction on their website.
Tampere - Pirkkala Airport
is serviced by RyanAir, Finnair/Norra, SAS, and airBaltic.
Ryan Air has a shuttle service to Tampere centre from terminal 2 for every flight. Single ticket is approximately 6 eur. Local bus service operates to and from Terminal 1 but very irregularly. If your flight arrives at terminal 1, the best way to get to Tampere centre is by taxi. Taxis are waiting for every flight in front of the terminal and the trip will cost around 35eur.
Train connection from Tampere to Jyväskylä takes about 1,5 hours and costs around 20-45 eur depending on the time of travel. The last train from Tampere to Jyväskylä leaves around 22.00.
Express buses from Tampere bus station to Jyväskylä (2hrs) leave roughly every hour or so starting at 06.00 in the morning and the last bus to Jyväskylä leaves around 21.00 (9pm.).
serviced by Finnair/Norra
The nearest airport to Jyväskylä is situated in Tikkakoski (23 km north from Jyväskylä). Usually this is the most expensive route but Flybe has flights from Helsinki Airport to Jyväskylä and they are worth checking out.
No public transport, only taxi. Taxis to city centre cost around 35-40 euros depending on time. You have to order the taxi (there is a free phone at the airport).
Purchase of tickets
All forms of transport within the country issue printed tickets (incl. VAT number and amount) including taxis and local buses.
Long-distance coaches: Tickets can be purchased from the driver in cash or by credit card.
Trains: Tickets are sold in vending machines at all stations. Tickets can be purchased from the conductor on the train by credit card but those bought online in advance are cheaper. Note that all tickets are train specific and if your flight is delayed and you miss your train you will have to buy a new ticket at the station or on the train.
Local buses: Cash only (and no larger than 20€ notes).
Taxis: Cash or credit card payments, all taxis with yellow sign on the roof are metered and thus safe to use.
NOTE! Visa Electron cards are usually not accepted on coaches or trains. Ticket vending machines at the train stations only accept cards with a chip and a pin code.
Look for maps from the section Useful links