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All cities in which Savonia campuses are located, can easily be reached by airplane, train or bus. Helsinki-Vantaa Airport is an international airport with good international and domestic connections.

The distances from Helsinki are as follows:

  • Iisalmi ca. approx. 500 km
  • Kuopio ca. approx 400 km
  • Varkaus ca. approx 300 km

From Helsinki it takes by plane 45 minutes, by train or by bus about 4–5 hours to reach Kuopio and Varkaus and about 6 hours to Iisalmi.

Finland is known for punctuality and therefore timetables are reliable. Timetables vary slightly on public holidays, weekends and during the summer. Detailed information on timetables can be found on the Internet, for example: Train Timetables; Bus Timetables; Flights

Driving License

Drivers must have a valid driving license. If a visitor comes from an EU member state his/her driving license is valid in Finland. Driving licenses issued in other countries are also valid, if the country is a member of Vienna or Geneva Road Contract countries. Then the visitor can drive for one year without any need to change his/her driving license for a Finnish one and without taking a driving test. If a person’s country is not a member of the EU or the Road Contract countries, his/her driving license is not valid in Finland. More information is available at the nearest police station.


Savonia UAS

Savonia is one of Finland's biggest and most versatile universities of applied sciences. Our campuses are situated in Kuopio, Iisalmi and Varkaus. There are almost 6000 students and 600 employees at Savonia. In education we implement Open Innovation Space (OIS), where we combine learning, development, research, and teaching.