Lahti

Lahti City Theater

Lahti is a city in southern Finland, on the shore of Vesijärvi.

Lahti is a traditional industrial city. However, the city has suffered heavily during the economic downturns, especially in the early 90's, earning a somewhat gritty reputation. Unemployment and alienation are still commonplace in suburbs of Lahti. Things are however now looking brighter again with a new direct railroad to Helsinki and city centre being revamped.

Understand

Lahti has a population of 100,000 making it the 7th largest city in Finland by population. The area of the city is 154,6 square kilometres, of which 19,54 km² is water. Current mayor of Lahti is Jyrki Myllyvirta.

Get in

By car

Lahti is exactly 104 km from Helsinki, a one-hour drive on freeway 4 connecting the two cities. The drive will take under an hour in the summer, more in the winter.

By bus

There is an almost hourly ExpressBus coach connection from Helsinki-Vantaa airport to Lahti bus station, departing from platform 13 in front of Terminal 2. The service operates round the clock, although there may be a gap of 1 to 2 hours between services in the small hours of the night. The trip takes between 1 h 15 min and 1 h 30 min depending on whether the service calls in towns on the way. In some cases, there is a change of coach at Kerava but it is well co-ordinated and easy. Tickets cost €20.50 (round trip €36.90) for adults, €10.30 for Finnish students (ISIC not accepted) and children of age 4-16. Children under the age of four travel free.

By train

Travel from Helsinki to Lahti by train takes about an hour. The train service is provided by VR, the national train company. Trains are also preferred by locals, because they're fast and comfortable. There are several train types:

Stops only at Pasila and Tikkurila before Lahti. 48 minutes travel time. All of the Pendolino trains continue from Lahti.

If you travel with children, you should choose perhelippu (family ticket). With each adult, one child can ride for free. For example, if you have three children, you will only pay for 2 adults and 1 child.

The city centre is less than ten minutes walk from the train station. Cross Mannerheiminkatu and travel north on Rautatienkatu. Pass the radio hill (with the tall legacy masts) on your left and the railway tracks behind you.

Get around

By bus

Lahti has a good system of public transport. You can ride from one part of the city to another with a single ticket of €3.20, kids €1.60. Kauppatori is the center of Lahti's public transport system, but be aware that many bus lines go in both directions from Kauppatori. You can use the interactive route plannerto find bus routes.

See

Lahti has a partly deserved reputation as an unattractive, economically depressed industrial town. In the recent years, however, Lahti has improved its reputation with a lovely harbour area with outdoor cafes and bars. In the harbour area there is also beautiful Sibelius Hall which is used for concerts and conferences.

Sibelius hall and port of Lahti
The long wave masts
Lahti Sports Center

Do

Lahti has the best known symphony orchestra in Finland, Sinfonia Lahti. The annual winter sport event Salpausselän kisat is very popular and worth seeing.

Parks

Laune Familypark

Buy

Aleksanterinkatu, the main street

Shopping centers

Lahti has several big shopping centers.

Just by walking around in the city centre you can find stores that sell almost anything (everything from buttons to cars).

Factory outlets

Lahti has several good factory outlets. For clothing Finnkarelia Outlet in Hollola and Luhta Outlet in Lahti are good places to visit. Maria Drockila's candle factory in Orimattila's old spinning mill is also worth a visit.

Eat

Drink

Other places worth to visit are restaurant Taivaanranta and Teerenpeli which have their own whisky distillery and beer brewery.

Sleep

Budget

Mid-range

Splurge

Go next

Among the neighboring towns and cities are Asikkala, Heinola and Orimattila. Many of them have something worth a visit, although perhaps just a brief one.

Routes through Lahti

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