Market Square during the Sunday flea market

Kuopio is the largest city of North Savonia.


Kuopio is one of the many Finnish towns founded under Swedish rule. The town was established as a village in the 1500s and incorporated as a city in 1782. Kuopio is surrounded by lakes from three sides, which supplies loads of beaches and the feeling of water being always close. Part of the wooden houses arranged as a grid have been preserved in the centre which makes it a nice place to visit. Kuopio has a population of around 100,000.

Tourist office

Get in

By plane

Kuopio is a one hour flight away from Helsinki. Kuopio Airport (IATA: KUO) is located 14 km north of Kuopio and most flights are met by a bus connecting to the city centre. Fares €5 adults, €2,5 children. Taxi to city centre costs €18. As with most Finnish passenger airports nowadays, the only flights are to Helsinki by Finnair (depending on the day 3-6 daily flights).

By train

About 4–5 hours from Helsinki. Tickets and timetables information: VR

By bus

Good connections from all directions. Timetables, fares and tickets information: Matkahuolto

By car

National highway 5 from Helsinki and highway 9 from Turku. Kuopio is about a five hour drive from Helsinki.

Get around

Kuopio has a good system of public transport. You can ride from one part of the city to another with a single ticket of €2.90, kids €1.4. Kauppatori is the center of Kuopio's public transport system, but be aware that many bus lines just pass through and continue somewhere to the other side of the city. You can use interactive route planner to find bus routes.

Information about lines (in Finnish): Kuopion liikenne


Summer day view from Puijo tower




Alko is the national alcoholic beverage retailing monopoly in Finland. Essentially, it is the only store in the country which retails beer over 4.7% ABV, wine (except in vineyards) and spirits. Alcoholic beverages are also sold in licensed restaurants and bars to ages 18 and up. Alko is required by law to sell drinks with lower alcohol content than 4.7% and non-alcoholic alternatives, but in practice carries a very limited stock of low alcohol beer, cider and non-alcoholic drinks and mixers as supermarkets sell the same products at a lower price.




Bars & pubs





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