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There are 7 ways to get from Helsinki to Karelia by plane, car, train or bus

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Fly to Savonlinna, drive  •  5h 13m

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

$135 - $464

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Bus Petrozavodsk transport  •  16h

  1. Take the bus from Helsinki to Petrozavodsk

$38 - $42

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Fly to Joensuu, train, drive  •  7h 9m

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

$79 - $275

Train via Ploshchad Lenina  •  9h 41m

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

$51 - $82

Train  •  12h 29m

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

$49 - $80

Bus Avtovokzaly.ru  •  18h 15m

  1. Take the bus from Helsinki Central to Ploshchad Vosstaniya
  2. Take the bus from Saint Petersburg, Bus Station 2 to Petrozavodsk

$43 - $49

Drive  •  9h 17m

  1. Drive from Helsinki to Petrozavodsk 405.8 miles

$90 - $140

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The cheapest way to get from Helsinki to Karelia is to bus which costs 33€ - 36€ and takes 16h.

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The quickest way to get from Helsinki to Karelia is to fly and drive which costs 110€ - 410€ and takes 5h 13m.

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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 16h.

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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 12h 29m.

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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 which takes 9h 41m and costs 40€ - 75€.

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It takes approximately 5h 13m 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 9h 41m and costs 40€ - 75€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 33€ - 36€ and takes 16h.

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Map of how to get from Helsinki to Karelia.
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  • Distance: 331.4 miles
  • Duration: 5h 13m

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

You can take a train from Helsinki to Petrozavodsk via Pietari (Finljandski), Ploshchad Lenina, Vladimirskaya, Dostoyevskaya, Ladozhskaya, and St Petersburg Ladogskii in around 9h 41m. Alternatively, Petrozavodsk transport operates a bus from Helsinki to Petrozavodsk twice daily. Tickets cost $38 - $42 and the journey takes 16h.

Airlines
Finnair
Website
finnair.com
Flights from Helsinki to Joensuu
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $260
FlexFlight ApS
Website
flexflight.dk
Flights from Helsinki to Savonlinna
Ave. Duration
55m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$110 - $420
Train operators
Finnish Railways (VR)
Phone
+358 600 41900
Website
vr.fi
Train from Joensuu asema to Kesälahti
Ave. Duration
53m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$11 - $17
Website
www.vr.fi
Train from Helsinki to Pietari (Finljandski)
Ave. Duration
3h 27m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Website
www.vr.fi
Train from Helsinki to Pietari (Ladozhski)
Ave. Duration
6h 34m
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Website
www.vr.fi
Russian Railways (RZhD)
Website
rzd.ru
Train from St Petersburg Ladogskii to Petrosawodsk-Pass
Ave. Duration
4h 55m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$12 - $26
Website
pass.rzd.ru
3rd Class (Platzcart)
$12 - $19
2nd Class (Kupé)
$17 - $26
Bus operators
Petrozavodsk transport
Website
ptz-trans.ru
Bus from Helsinki to Petrozavodsk
Ave. Duration
16h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$38 - $42
Schedules at
ptz-trans.ru
Transgold
Phone
+7(812) 995-06-05
Email
office@transgold.ru
Website
transgold.ru
Bus from Helsinki Central to Ploshchad Vosstaniya
Ave. Duration
8h 30m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$30 - $31
Schedules at
transgold.ru
Avtovokzaly.ru
Phone
8-800-775-45-73
Email
support@avtovokzaly.ru
Website
avtovokzaly.ru
Bus from Saint Petersburg, Bus Station 2 to Petrozavodsk
Ave. Duration
8h 30m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$12 - $17
Schedules at
avtovokzaly.ru

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

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

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Karelia is 1h ahead of Helsinki. It is currently 6:22 AM in Helsinki and 7:22 AM 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 9h 17m 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 train which takes 32m and costs 2€ - 9€.

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