Savonlinna is a small city in South Savonia province, Eastern Finland, close to the Russian border.


Get in

By plane

Tiny Savonlinna Airport (IATA: SVL) is among the least busiest passenger airports in the country, the exception being during the Opera Festival. As of 2016, there are two daily flights from Helsinki on weekdays flown by the Hungarian airline Base, tickets are sold by Airlink.

There is a shuttle service to and from the bus station, which departs one hour before the flight leaves.

By train

There are 3-4 trains daily from Helsinki or Joensuu to Savonlinna. The price is reasonable especially for students, seniors and juniors. It takes about 4 and half hour to Helsinki by train.

The main station in Savonlinna is called Savonlinna-Kauppatori halt next to the market square. The "station" is unmanned, but you can buy tickets in the train with no surcharge if you board here.

By bus

Long-distance buses are also an option. Check the site of Matkahuolto (central organization for intercity bus companies) for schedules and fares.

By car

Savonlinna is about equidistant (about 100 km) from each of Mikkeli, Varkaus and Imatra, and a little longer from Joensuu. No matter from which direction you're coming from, it's a beautiful drive through the lake landscape, especially in the summer. From Helsinki it's 335 km; about a 4 hours' drive depending on traffic and road conditions.

Get around

Savonlinna is stretched out on a series of islands in the middle of Lake Saimaa. While you can cover the central parts on foot, you'll need to resort to buses (or rent a car) to access the suburbs. If you want to rent a car, there is a Hertz rental office at the waterfront, near Hotel Tott. Savonlinna is surrounded by lakes and you can also rent a canoe to go around town centre.


The cathedral and part of the city center




During the morning and afternoon, the best place to eat is the market square by the lake, where you can get Eastern Finnish delicacies like lörtsy meat pies and freshly fried muikku (vendace, a type of freshwater herring).





Bars and pubs



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