Travelling to Lappeenranta

When you start to plan your arrival in Finland and Lappeenranta, take into account that you must arrive before the Orientation Days (August 25-28, 2020 or January 7-8, 2021). During orientation week, you will get plenty of useful information, get to know to LUT and Lappeenranta with the help of your tutor, get a LUT user account, visit a library and enrol in the courses.

Most students arrive via Helsinki, the capital of Finland. Below you will find information on how to travel from Helsinki to Lappeenranta and links to the timetables.

Recommended arrival dates and times

Closer to the beginning of your studies you will be asked to fill in your arrival information and travel plans. This is done by filling the arrival information questionnaire in you LUT Mobility-Online applciation. You can find the questionnaire from your application workflow.

If you are unable to complete the arrival questionnaire because you have not booked a flight or cannot confirm the arrival date, time, and means of transport, you are obliged to send us a notification by e-mail. 

To ensure that we can appoint a student tutor for you, please follow the dates and times, and note that tutoring services are not available during the night or early morning. Your tutor will meet you in Lappeenranta only if you have confirmed your arrival. 

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Arrival at Helsinki Airport

Helsinki Airport is the biggest airport in Finland, where most international flights land. It is located in the city of Vantaa, about 20 kilometres north of Helsinki and 220 kilometres west of Lappeenranta. If your flight arrives at Helsinki Airport late in the evening/night, you are advised to book a hotel or hostel near the airport and travel to Lappeenranta the next day. All trains and buses arrive at the Lappeenranta Travel Centre ("Matkakeskus" in Finnish).

When estimating your arrival time in Lappeenranta, reserve enough time for baggage claim and transportation from the airport to the railway station.

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By train

The quickest way to travel from Helsinki Airport to Lappeenranta is by train – the trip takes 2 hours. You can start your train journey directly from the airport. Train tickets can be either purchased from the airport or online.

If you arrive from Russia, the closest station is in Vainikkala where minivan transportation is arranged at the Lappeenranta Travel Centre.

Train timetables

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By bus

The bus trip from Helsinki Airport to Lappeenranta takes about 4 hours and involves changing buses once or twice. Tickets can be bought online, at the bus station, or in the bus (some bank cards might not be accepted in the bus).

Bus timetables (Matkahuolto),
Bus timetables (Onnibus)
Bus timetables (Pohjolan Liikenne, departure from Helsinki Bus Station in city centre)

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By car

Take the direction toward Porvoo from Helsinki, then to Kouvola and finally to Lappeenranta. You can also drive via Lahti, but this is a bit longer route. About 8 km before Lappeenranta, go right off of Exit 51 in the direction of Yliopisto (university) and follow the signs leading you to the university campus area. The distance between Helsinki and Lappeenranta is 225 km.

See the websites of Liikenneturva for traffic regulations and safety info.

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Contact information

LUT International Services

Ms. Jutta Lankinen
International Coordinator
tel. +358 40 667 1430