As the capital of North Karelia and the second largest city in eastern Finland, Joensuu can be easily reached by plane and by train.
Arriving in from outside Finland:
Travellers from outside the country will most likely land at Helsinki International Airport (Helsinki-Vantaan lentoasema) in order to proceed further. The main carrier outside and within Finland is Finnair.
From Helsinki to Joensuu (and back):
The only air connection offered for the capital of North Karelia is that of Helsinki-Joensuu-Helsinki. There are up to 5 daily flights scheduled from Helsinki to Joensuu (Joensuun lentoasema - JOE). Please note that the return travel options during the weekend may differ from the weekdays. Check the timetable for details (https://finavia.fltmaps.com/en).
From the airport to the city (and back):
BUS: Joensuu airport is located circa 11km from the centre of the city. There is a regular airport-city-airport bus connection operated by Savo-Karjalan Linja Oy. One-way ticket costs 5EUR. Check the timetables here: http://sklfi.asiakkaat.sigmatic.fi/aikataulut/?navref=paragraph#en)
TAXI: Taxis are available on call at the taxi stand in front of the airport (Taksi Joensuu: +358 0601 10100). The fare from the airport to the city centre should be around 25EUR.
When travelling via Helsinki, one might choose the ‘sightseeing option’ and get on the train. The journey from the country’s capital city to Joensuu takes approximately 4,5 hours. The relevant service is provided by VR. Tickets can be bought online (tickets for June will be made available c. 3 months earlier), from the vending machines located at the railway station (the green machine is for long-distance connections), as well as from the R-Kioski vendors. The ticket should cost around 46EUR, and if bought in advance, 23EUR. The train connection from Helsinki Airport to Joensuu (and back) requires a transfer in Tikkurila, and possibly another one depending on the route taken.
The Joensuu railway station [Address: Itäranta 12, 80100 Joensuu] is about 600 metres from the market square – the focal point of the city. The route leads through the Siltakatu bridge.