How to get to Lappeenranta
Lappeenranta is located in South-East Finland, approximately 230 km from Helsinki. When arriving at the Helsinki-Vantaa airport, the easiest way to reach Lappeenranta is by bus or by train.
The closest train station to Helsinki-Vantaa Airport is Tikkurila station (approx. 20 minutes from the airport). You can take a train from the airport to the Tikkurila railway station and board the train to Lappeenranta.
Train timetables from Helsinki to Lappeenranta.
Trains from Russia
There are train connections from St. Petersburg and Moscow to Vainikkala-Lappeenranta Railway Station. Trains from Russia to Vainikkala.
You can take a call taxi Saimaa to reach Lappeenranta from Vainikkala railway station. There is a fixed taxi fee, EUR 10. You have to book the taxi at least 1,5 hours before your train arrives to Vainikkala. The distance between Vainikkala and Lappeenranta is approx. 25 km.
Students requiring a visa should apply for a tourist visa by contacting the nearest Embassy of Finland or consulate. For the visa application, the student has to provide a formal Certificate of Admission. As the Certificate of Admission is only issued on receipt of full payment, we recommend that you apply early and pay in full as soon as possible, as the visa application process may take a few weeks.
Make sure that you have travel insurance when you arrive in Finland.
Arrival to Lappeenranta and orientation days
Orientation days will be arranged on 3−4 January 2019. Orientation days will be arranged for all international students starting their studies in January.
We recommend to arrive on 2 January and attend Orientation days.
NOTE! Apartments are booked for the winter school students for the period 2 January−2 March 2019. You have to inform us your exact arrival time. Our staff will pick up all students from the Lappeenranta Railway Station/Bus station and offer a ride to accommodation places. Travel arrangements to Lappeenranta (e.g. from Helsinki-Vantaa airport, Vainikkala railway station, etc.) should be arranged by participants themselves.
All international LUT Winter School students will be provided with a furnished single room in shared apartments (2-3 rooms per apartment, shared bathroom/shower and kitchen) in the Lappeenranta Student Housing Foundation LOAS. A furnished apartment includes:
- A kitchen - with a table, benches, refrigerator, oven
- A bathroom
- A study room - with a desk, office chair, bookcase, desk lamp, bed with a mattress
Unfortunately, there are no blankets/pillows nor kitchen utensils (no pots, pans, dishes, or cutlery) in the rooms. You can bring your own pillows, linen etc. For the benefit of the LUT Winter School participants the LUT Winter School staff provides a service on the first day offering a free ride to the supermarket, where students can buy pillows, blankets, linen, some kitchen utensils etc.
There are saunas in LOAS apartments for students disposal.
There is a laundry room at your disposal in some LOAS buildings.
Getting around in Lappeenranta
You can use the city bus lines 1 and 5 to get around. The distance from LUT campus to downtown Lappeenranta is approximately 7 kilometres. One bus ticket costs 3,20 € / 1 hour ticket (allows bus change and return trip), after 17:30 and on the weekends (Sat/Sun) – 2,50 € / 1 hour ticket (allows bus change and return trip). Taxi number in Lappeenranta area +358 200 60 400.
The winter school participation fee includes lunch at the university cafeteria. The lunch includes the main course, beverages, bread and a side salad. Additionally, it is possible to buy breakfast, snacks and beverages at the cafeteria.
A snack costs approximately EUR 2, coffee or tea approximately EUR 1. In addition, there are basic cooking facilities in the residences.
Supermarkets are open 7–21.
There are pizza & kebab restaurants close to your accommodation (Selam, Skinnarilankatu 1; Pizza Rakuuna, Hietakallionkatu 2; Susan Pizza, Sammontori 2). More restaurants are located in downtown.