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Travel to Lapland by train

Are you planning a trip to the north? Head to the slopes safely by train.

Arriving to the destination well rested

On the night train, the holiday begins on the way. Night trains run to Rovaniemi, Kolari and Kemijärvi. You can drive the last part of the trip with your own car or choose a rental car, taxi or bus.

Learn more about night trains
Rental car discount included in the train ticket

Travel to the ski resort easily without a car

Travelling to the ski resorts in Lapland is possible without spending several hours in a car. Start enjoying the trip already on the way and travel to Lapland by public transport! In this way, also the driver can enjoy the holiday right from the departure.

From the Oulu railway station, it is 145 km to Iso-Syöte. There is a bus connection from Oulu to Iso-Syöte on weekdays and the trip takes around two hours.  

Check your connections in advance. You can find more detailed information about the bus timetables and prices on Matkahuolto’s website.

From the Kolari railway station, it is 80 km to Levi. The bus to Levi leaves from the station immediately after the arrival of the train and the trip takes around 1 hour and 10 minutes. 

From the Rovaniemi railway station, it is 170 km to Levi. There is a daily bus connection and the trip takes around 2.5 hours. 

Check your connections in advance. You can find more detailed information about the bus timetables and prices on Matkahuolto’s website.

From the Kolari railway station, it is 85 km to Olos, Muonio. There is a bus connection on Thursdays and Saturdays and the trip takes around one hour. You can also take a train taxi or route taxi from Kolari to Muonio. 

From the Rovaniemi railway station, it is approximately 230 km to Levi. There is a daily bus connection and the trip takes just over 3 hours. 

Check your connections in advance. You can find more detailed information about the bus timetables and prices on Matkahuolto’s website.

From the Kemijärvi railway station, it is 50 km to Pyhä. There is a bus connection from the station to Pyhä from Monday to Saturday and the trip takes around one hour.

From the Rovaniemi railway station, it is 130 km to Pyhä. There is a daily bus connection to Pyhä and the trip takes around 2–2.5 hours. 

Check your connections in advance. You can find more detailed information about the bus timetables and prices on Matkahuolto’s website

From the Rovaniemi railway station, it is 200 km to Kuusamo. There is a bus connection on weekdays and the trip takes around 3 hours and 50 minutes. The trip continues from Kuusamo to Ruka by a local bus.

From the Kemijärvi railway station, it is 130 km to Ruka. There is a bus connection on weekdays and the trip takes around 2 hours and 30 minutes. The trip continues from Kuusamo to Ruka by a local bus

From the Oulu railway station, it is 245 km to Ruka. There is a daily bus connection and the trip to Kuusamo takes around 3 hours. From Kuusamo, the journey to Ruka continues by a local bus. On Thursdays and Fridays, there is a direct bus connection from Oulu to Ruka and a SkiBus also operates between Oulu and Ruka. 

Check your connections in advance. You can find more detailed information about the bus timetables and prices on Matkahuolto’s website.

From the Rovaniemi railway station, it is 260 km to Saariselkä. There is a daily bus connection and the trip takes around 3–4 hours.

Check your connections in advance. You can find more detailed information about the bus timetables and prices on Matkahuolto’s website

From the Kemijärvi railway station, it is 67 km to Salla. There is a bus connection from the Kemijärvi railway station to Sallatunturi from Monday to Saturday and the trip takes around 1.5 hours.     

From the Rovaniemi railway station, it is 160 km to Salla. A bus operates on Saturdays and the trip takes around 2.5 hours. 

Check your connections in advance. You can find more detailed information about the bus timetables and prices on Matkahuolto’s website

From the Kolari railway station, it is 35 km to Ylläs. A bus departs from the station to Ylläs on the train operating days and the trip takes around 30–60 minutes.

From the Rovaniemi railway station, it is 165 km to Ylläs. You can take a pre-ordered taxi from Rovaniemi to Ylläs.

From the Kemi railway station, it is 250 km to Ylläs. A bus to Ylläs operates on Fridays and the trip takes around 4 hours.

Check your connections in advance. You can find more detailed information about the bus timetables and prices on Matkahuolto’s website.

See the map for more information about the destinations

The railway stations of Oulu, Rovaniemi, Kemijärvi and Kolari as well as the most popular ski resorts are marked in green on the map.

How to get from the train station to your destination

Forget hours of driving and travel to Lapland by train. You can reach your destination in Lapland easily by bus, taxi or rental car. If you prefer to use your own car in the north, you can also take it with you on a car-carrier.

1. Travelling with your car in a car-carrier

Save your driving energy for the north! A CarTrain package is a flexible way to travel. You can select the most suitable destination and drive the rest of the trip well relaxed with your own car. Learn more about car-carriers.

2. To Rovaniemi, Kolari or Kemijärvi?

It might be worth to compare different connections. Trains to Rovaniemi and Kolari will run daily until 19 April. After this, trains will run four times a week to Kolari and daily to Rovaniemi. Night trains to Kemijärvi run Monday-Sunday. If you depart from Helsinki, remember to also search for connections from the Pasila car-carrier station. Check more detailed timetables from here.

3. Take a rental car for a ride at a discount

Drive your rental car well rested. As a train passenger, you can rent a car with a discount from Rovaniemi Hertz Car Rental. Learn more about the service here

4. Rest of the journey by bus

A SkiBus is an easy and affordable way to travel to the ski resorts. Buses to several ski resorts run in accordance with the train timetables and leave from in front of the stations. You can check the bus connections, for example, from Matkahuolto’s website

5. Conveniently to the destination by taxi 

You can travel the rest of the trip from the station comfortably by taxi. There are fixed-priced bus and pre-order taxi services to several ski resorts. You should check the timetables and book the taxi in advance, especially during peak seasons. 

Timetables for night trains and car-carrier trains

We have published our new timetables, and you can now buy night train tickets until December 11th 2021.

View timetables

Learn more about night trains

Travelling on a night train is like an adventure! Moreover, it is a comfortable and safe way to travel across Finland. Read more about our night train service, compartments and routes.

Read more about night trains

A CarTrain package is a smart choice

You can save both nature and time by taking your car on the train and spending the night in the sleeping cabin.

Read more about CarTrain packages