Transportation to Lappeenranta and Imatra region
Fast connections to Lappeenranta and Imatra region
Lappeenranta and Imatra region is located in the Province of Southern Finland, South Karelia, near the Russian border. The Saimaa area is conveniently located and has great transport connections, so your journey will be pleasant, whether you choose to come by air, rail or road.
Lappeenranta and Imatra are easy to reach by train, only about 2 hours from Helsinki. See the timetables.
Vainikkala railway station is only about 20 km from Lappeenranta city centre. Allegro and Tolstoi trains stop in Vainikkala. Local busses take you from Lappeenranta to Vainikkala. There is also a taxi service from Vainikkala. Passports and visas are checked onboard the train between Helsinki and Vainikkala. In Russia, the controls are conducted between St. Petersburg and Vyborg.
Taxi service from Vainikkala
Flexible bus connections are available daily, no matter in which direction you are travelling from.
See the timetables on Matkahuolto and Expressbus.
Local bus connections are available between Lappeenranta and Imatra.
There is also a bus service from Vyborg and St. Petersburg to both Imatra and Lappeenranta.
A bus between Vainikkala and Lappeenranta operates daily. Lpr-Vainkkala bus timetables 2015.pdf
There are no flights from Lappeenranta airport currently. Any changes will be updated immediately.
The airport of Lappeenranta is located 2 km from the city centre.
By your own car
On the pages of Finnish Transport Agency you can find information on weather conditions, major road works, distances etc.
Here you can search for maps and routings: Google Maps.
From Southern Carelia there are good connections to Vyborg and St. Petersburg in Russia. You can go by bus or train, on a cruise or on a guided tour. You can buy tickets and tours from Saimaan Matkaverkko/Saimaa Travel. The train connection to St. Petersburg departs from Vainikkala railway station, which is located about a 20 min. drive from Lappeenranta. From Lappeenranta central railway station there is a bus connection to and from Vainikkala railway station. For train timetables please see VR (Vainikkala-St.Petersburg).
You can ask for bus tickets at Savonlinja.