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, 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:

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