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Kainuu is well connected to other parts of Finland by air routes, railway and the main road system. We're surprisingly close to you!

Kainuu – Surprisingly Close to You

Kainuu is well connected to other parts of Finland by air routes, railway and the main road system. Kajaani airport is located 10 kilometres from the city centre, flights taking you to Helsinki only in an hour. Trains and busses to Oulu and Southern Finland depart several times per day. Highway 5 - the Finnish National road, one of the major roads between northern and southern Finland passes through Kajaani. The gateway to the east is the Vartius international border crossing point (border with Russia), only 120km from the centre of Kajaani.

The Kainuu region has been very active in the transport and logistics sector in the Barents region due to its important geographic location as a gateway to Russia and also as a location through which the so called Barents Link or the Northern East West Freight Corridor passes through. This connection provides Kainuu with a significant position as an international logistics centre.

The regional development strategy continues to focus upon the globally emerging logistic asset of dark fiber and connectivity, alongside power, water and land.


Kajaani Airport, located 9 km northwest of Kajaani, is the main international access to Kainuu region.

There are daily flights from and to Helsinki that can be booked also through Finnair with connection flights to Europe and further. Flight time from Helsinki to Kajaani is 1 hour 20 minutes. Seasonal leisure travel to Kainuu is taken care of by charter flights, for example from Moscow.

Timetables of flights can be found and tickets booked at There is also plenty of other useful information on the Finnair site as well that might make your trip more fluent.

The Kajaani airport is managed by Finavia. It is easily reachable by car, and there is also a bus service connecting the airport to Kajaani, Vuokatti and Sotkamo. Timetables and prices for the airbus can be found on the website of A. Kyllönen, the bus operator.


The rail network interconnects the major Finnish cities, covering 5741 kilometres of tracks (passenger trains 3977 km).  Finnish trains are spacious, comfortable and clean and the scenery whilst travelling is beautiful, especially in Eastern Finland where there are many lakes.  It is possible to travel either by “car carrier” train as well as by conventional passenger train.  Day travel or night travel is possible, with sleeping carriages available on the longer routes, such as Helsinki-Rovaniemi. There are three types of train in operation: Pendolino (fast train), Intercity, and Pikajuna (express). 

There is a railway station in Kajaani, located in the city centre at the address Asema-alue,  87100 Kajaani. There are several daily train connections connecting Kajaani to multiple destinations in Finland.

The time tables may be found and tickets booked on the website of VR Group. The station building also has a ticket vending machine. The waiting room is open during train service hours.

Coach services

The Finnish coach route network is one of the most comprehensive in Europe covering more than 90% of the public roads. There are more than 40,000 daily bus departures. Timetables are usually adapted to fit in with rail, air and ship connections.

The local bus stations in Kainuu and the time tables may be found and tickets booked on the web site of Oy Matkahuolto Ab, a service and marketing company promoting bus and coach services in Finland.

There is also an independent company offering inter-city express bus services from and to Kajaani.  The time tables may be found and tickets booked at

Local travel and car rentals

The web site of Oy Matkahuolto Ab also gives you advice on the public transport connections in Kajaani.

Car Hire is readily available at locations around the region of Kainuu. The Urban centres of Kajaani, Kuhmo and Sotkamo provide the bases for the hire companies. Some examples of car hire companies in the Kajaani area:

  • Avis Koskikatu 3, 87200 Kajaani,
  • Europcar Pohjolankatu 33, 87100 Kajaani,
  • Hertz Nuaskatu 3, 87400 Kajaani,