There are 8 ways to get from Helsinki to Karelia by plane, car, train or bus

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Fly to Savonlinna, drive  •  5 h 8 min

  1. Fly from Helsinki (HEL) to Savonlinna (SVL) HEL - SVL
  2. Drive from Savonlinna to Sortavala

$139 - $463

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Bus  •  16 h

  1. Take the bus from Helsinki to Petrozavodsk

$38 - $42

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Fly to Joensuu, train, drive  •  8 h 8 min

  1. Fly from Helsinki (HEL) to Joensuu (JOE) HEL - JOE
  2. Take the train from Joensuu to Kesälahti
  3. Drive from Kesälahti to Sortavala

$73 - $263

Train, bus via Joensuu  •  10 h 4 min

  1. Take the train from Helsinki to Joensuu 11 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Joensuu to Petrozavodsk

$66 - $88

Train via Tikkurila  •  11 h 20 min

  1. Take the train from Tikkurila to Pietari (Finljandski) 782 / ...
  2. Take the train from St Petersburg Ladogskii to Petrosawodsk-Pass D

$56 - $93

Train  •  12 h 34 min

  1. Take the train from Helsinki to Pietari (Ladozhski) 31
  2. Take the train from St Petersburg Ladogskii to Petrosawodsk-Pass D

$50 - $81

Train, bus Incoming Finland  •  13 h 27 min

  1. Take the train from Helsinki to Kouvola Z / ...
  2. Take the bus from Kouvola to Petrozavodsk

$65 - $73

Drive  •  9 h 17 min

  1. Drive from Helsinki to Petrozavodsk 405.8 miles

$90 - $140

Questions & Answers

Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Helsinki and arriving at Petrozavodsk. Services depart twice daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 16 h.

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No, there is no direct train from Helsinki to Karelia. However, there are services departing from Helsinki and arriving at Petrosawodsk-Pass via St Petersburg Ladogskii. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 12 h 34 min.

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The distance between Helsinki and Karelia is 530 km. The road distance is 649.3 km.

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The best way to get from Helsinki to Karelia without a car is to train and bus which takes 10 h 4 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 5 h 8 min to get from Helsinki to Karelia, including transfers.

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Helsinki to Karelia bus services, operated by Petrozavodsk transport, depart from Helsinki station.

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Helsinki to Karelia train services, operated by Finnish Railways (VR), depart from Helsinki station.

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The best way to get from Helsinki to Karelia is to train which takes 11 h 20 min and costs . Alternatively, you can bus, which costs and takes 16 h.

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The quickest flight from Helsinki Airport to Savonlinna Airport is the direct flight which takes 55 min.

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Helsinki to Karelia bus services, operated by Petrozavodsk transport, arrive at Petrozavodsk station.

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Map of how to get from Helsinki to Karelia.
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  • Distance: 331.4 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 8 min

What companies run services between Helsinki, Finland and Karelia, Russia?

You can take a train from Helsinki to Petrozavodsk via Tikkurila, Pietari (Finljandski), Финляндский вокзал. Метро "Площадь Ленина", Владимирская Площадь, Dostoyevskaya, Ladozhskaya, and St Petersburg Ladogskii in around 11 h 20 min. Alternatively, Petrozavodsk transport operates a bus from Helsinki to Petrozavodsk twice daily. Tickets cost $38 - $42 and the journey takes 16 h.

Airlines
Finnair
Website
finnair.com
Flights from Helsinki to Joensuu
Ave. Duration
1 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $260
FlexFlight ApS
Website
flexflight.dk
Flights from Helsinki to Savonlinna
Ave. Duration
55 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$110 - $420
Train operators
Finnish Railways (VR)
Website
vr.fi
Train from Joensuu to Kesälahti
Ave. Duration
53 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$11 - $17
Website
www.vr.fi
Train from Helsinki to Joensuu
Ave. Duration
4 h 24 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$40 - $65
Website
www.vr.fi
Train from Tikkurila to Pietari (Finljandski)
Ave. Duration
3 h 14 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Website
www.vr.fi
Train from Helsinki to Pietari (Ladozhski)
Ave. Duration
6 h 39 min
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Website
www.vr.fi
Train from Helsinki to Kouvola
Ave. Duration
1 h 57 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$17 - $26
Website
www.vr.fi
Russian Railways (RZhD)
Website
rzd.ru
Train from St Petersburg Ladogskii to Petrosawodsk-Pass
Ave. Duration
4 h 55 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$12 - $26
Website
pass.rzd.ru
3rd Class (Platzcart)
$12 - $19
2nd Class (Kupé)
$17 - $26
Helsingin seudun liikenne
Phone
+358 9 47664000
Email
hsl@hsl.fi
Website
hsl.fi
Train from Helsinki to Kouvola
Ave. Duration
1 h 57 min
Frequency
Once daily
Schedules at
vr.fi
Bus operators
Petrozavodsk transport
Website
ptz-trans.ru
Bus from Joensuu to Petrozavodsk
Ave. Duration
4 h 40 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$24 - $27
Schedules at
ptz-trans.ru
Bus from Helsinki to Petrozavodsk
Ave. Duration
16 h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$38 - $42
Schedules at
ptz-trans.ru
Incoming Finland
Phone
+358 400 669 550
Email
info@incoming.fi
Website
incoming.fi
Bus from Kouvola to Petrozavodsk
Ave. Duration
10 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$48
Schedules at
incoming.fi

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Karelia is 1 h ahead of Helsinki. It is currently 8:22 PM in Helsinki and 8:22 PM in Karelia.

Helsinki to Karelia train services, operated by Russian Railways (RZhD), arrive at Petrosawodsk-Pass station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Helsinki to Karelia is 649 km. It takes approximately 9 h 17 min to drive from Helsinki to Karelia.

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FlexFlight ApS offers flights from Helsinki Airport to Savonlinna Airport.

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The best way to get from Helsinki to Helsinki Airport is to bus which takes 27 min and costs .

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