How to get to Oulu

By plane:

Oulu Airport is located approximately 11 km from the city centre. There are approximately 20 daily flights to Helsinki-Vantaa Airport, operated by Finnair (Oneworld) and Norwegian.

Getting to and from the airport:

  • Public transport: buses

There are regular bus connections between the airport and the Oulu city centre. All buses (lines 8 and 9) from the airport drive though Oulu city centre. A one-way ticket to Oulu centre costs 5,80€ and you can buy it from the bus by cash. You can also download a mobile app for payments.

The application is called Oulun joukkoliikenne and you can find it from http://www.payiq.net/oulu/, as well as from your phone’s app store for Windows, Apple and Android smart phones. With the app, you can purchase Oulu public transport single tickets and 24-hour tickets. Travelling to and from the airport, you need zones AB.

You can find the timetable here

  • Taxis

Taxis are on call at the taxi stand in front of the airport during the scheduled arrival times.

  • Rental cars

There are several rental car companies at the airport, such as Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, Scandia Rent and Sixt. Refer to the companies’ websites for further details.

By train:

Oulu train station is located in the city centre.

All trains are operated by the railway company VR: https://www.vr.fi/cs/vr/en/frontpage.

The fastest train from Helsinki to Oulu is approximately 5 h 30 minutes.

By bus:

Oulu coach station is located in the city centre. Coach connections link Oulu with both its neighbouring towns and other destinations across Finland. For more information on coach timetables and ticket prices, please visit Matkahuolto for all companies’ timetables. (Note! The tickets may be cheaper on the operators’ website, e.g. Onnibus)

The fastest coach from Helsinki to Oulu is approximately 8h.

Should you need any help with your travel plans or require more information on anything related to your trip to Oulu, please contact ECIL 2018 Coordination Assistant Iira Rautiainen iira.rautiainen@oulu.fi.

Hotels

NB! For ECIL hotel quotas, the reservation must be done directly from the hotel using the reservation code!

Lasaretti

  • 138€/double room/night
  • 123€/double room for one/night

Additional fee for superior rooms 30€/night

The room prices include complimentary parking, wireless internet access and a full breakfast. During your stay at Lasaretti, you may use the gym and relax in a swimming pool and sauna.

Reservation code: ECIL (the quota is valid until 23 August 2018) -> Reservations directly from the hotel by email lasaretti@lasaretti.com only!

https://lasaretti.com/en/

Scandic

  • 116€/Standard room single/night
  • 136€/Standard room twin/night

The room rate includes breakfast. Free WiFi throughout the hotel.

Reservation code: ECIL (the quota is valid until 7 September 2018)

Reservations directly from the hotel by phone +358 (0)8 543 1000 or by email oulu@scandichotels.com.

https://www.scandichotels.com/hotels/finland/oulu/scandic-oulu?_ga=2.62907055.228861267.1517219277-697467189.1517219277

Original Sokos Hotel Arina

  • 120€/night in a single room
  • 135€/night in a twin room

The room rate includes breakfast.

Reservation code BECIL (Note! The code starts with B!)

Reservations directly from the hotel by e-mail sales.oulu@sokoshotels.fi, by phone +358 (0)8 312 3255 or from the hotel website.

https://www.sokoshotels.fi/en/oulu

Lapland hotels

  • 119€/single Comfort room/night
  • 134€/double Comfort room/night

Prices include breakfast, Wi-Fi and access to sauna.

Reservation code: ECIL (the quota is valid until 12 August)

Reservations directly from the hotel by phone +358 (0)8 8811 110 or by email oulu@laplandhotels.com.

https://www.laplandhotels.com/EN/urban-hotels/oulu/lapland-hotels-oulu.html

Radisson Blu

  • 120€/single room/night
  • 140€/double room/night

Extra beds 20€/person/night

The rates include breakfast, free Wi-Fi, and access to sauna and fitness center.

Reservation code: ECIL (the quota is valid until 7 September 2018)

Reservations by phone +358 (0)20 1234 730 or by email sales.oulu@radissonblu.com

If you are a Club Carlson or S-card loyalty member, you get the benefits and the points, but not discounts or bonuses.

https://www.radissonblu.com/en/hotel-oulu

Hotel Kortteeri

Located approximately 3 km outside the city centre. There is a bus connection to the centre.

  • single room 82€/night
  • double room 94€/night.

The prices include breakfast. The rooms can be reserved also without a breakfast (the value of breakfast is 12€).

Reservation code: ECIL.

Reservations by email: luotsi@pohto.fi

https://www.pohto.fi/Accommodation

Other hotels in Oulu:

Other accommodation in and near Oulu:

Oulu ship

Nostalgic, affordable accommodation in ship cabins. Located in Toppila, approximately 4 km from the city centre. There is a bus connection to Oulu centre.

40€/person/night
35€/person/night (double cabin)

http://merellinenoulu.com/palvelut/majoitus/ (website only in Finnish)

Reservations: info.msoulu@gmail.com or +358 44 981 9141

Payments in cash only!

For other affordable accommodation, see also booking.com and Airbnb.com for rooms and apartments around Oulu.

Here is a link to Google Maps where you can see where most of the hotels are located.

If you have any problems finding accommodation or have any questions, please contact iira.rautiainen@oulu.fi for assistance.

For students, one way to save money is to rent an apartment together with someone else. To find people to share an apartment, try posting on the ECIL Facebook page or contact iira.rautiainen@oulu.fi to do so on your behalf.