How to get to Koli

Train/plane to Joensuu, carpool to Koli

You can get to Koli in your own car or by bus or taxi from Joensuu. The nearest airport is in Joensuu, from where you can get to Koli by car or public transport in one hour. There is also a train station in Joensuu.

Carpool between Joensuu and Koli not available for now

Normal taxi prices between Joensuu and Koli

Book your transportation in advance so the driver and the car will meet you at Joensuu airport or train station, for example.

1–4 persons by taxi €150
5–8 persons by taxi €185
9–19 persons by bus €225 (same day round-trip €420)
20–29 persons by bus €260 (same day round-trip €490)
more than 30 person, ask an offer.

Kolin taksipalvelu Oy,, +358 207 414 391,

By bus from Joensuu or Nurmes to Koli

Joensuu–Kolinportti–Koli from Monday to Friday

Joensuu 15:10
Kontiolahti 15:40
Kolinportti 16:15 (transfer)
Koli village 16:30
Break Sokos Hotel Koli 16:40T
Loma-Koli 16:50T

Koli–Kolinportti–Joensuu from Monday to Friday

Loma-Koli 8:30T
Break Sokos Hotel Koli 8:40T
Koli village 8:50
Kolinportti 9:05 transfer 9.10
Kontiolahti 9:45
Joensuu 10:10

Nurmes–Kolinportti–Koli from Monday to Friday

Nurmes 7:50
Juuka 8:50
Kolinportti 9:10 (transfer)
Koli village 9:25
Break Sokos Hotel Koli 9:35T
Loma-Koli 9:45T

Koli–Kolinportti–Nurmes from Monday to Friday

Loma-Koli 15:35T
Break Sokos Hotel Koli 15:45T
Koli village 15:55
Kolinportti 16:10 transfer 16:15
Juuka 16:40
Nurmes 17:30

Prices Kolinportti–Koli

Kolinportti–Koli village €3 (adult, over 17 years old) and €1.50 child (7–16 years old)
Kolinportti–Hotel €5 (adult, over 17 years old) and €2.50 € child (7–16 years old)
The price of the transfer ticket is added to the price of the main route ticket.

T = if needed

The connections to Koli from Joensuu and Nurmes have transfers at Kolinportti. The route between Kolinportti and Koli is driven according to the timetable.
The departure and arrival time at Loma-Koli and Break Sokos Hotel Koli are estimates and can change according to the number of passengers. The transport from Loma-Koli or hotel should be ordered in advance.

Ordering the transport:
You should order the transport latest by 18:00 the day before. The operator is Kolin Tilausajopalvelu Oy, tel.  +358 207 414 392.

Carpool from Koli to Juuka or Lieksa and between Ruunaa and Lieksa

Koli–Juuka and back, on Tuesdays

Departure from Koli at about 9.15, return from Juuka at about 12
Tel: +358 403 560 940

Koli–Lieksa and back, on Wednesdays

Departure from Koli at about 9 am, return from Lieksa at about 1 pm
Tel: +358 403 560 940

Ruunaa–Lieksa and back, on Mondays

Departure from the village at about 7.15, departure from the center from 11 to 11.30.
Tel: +358 405 309 147

How to order a tour:
1. Check the map ("Kimppakyytikartat") at which area you need a ride from.
2. Find the driving date and order phone number in the list.
3. Order the ride by calling the previous day.
4. When ordering, agree on the estimated pick-up time and state your starting point.
5. Take with you the means of payment and a discount certificate (if you have one) for the ticket.
6. Payment methods: debit card, cash.

• over 20 kilometers: € 7.50
• over 70 kilometers: € 19

Train to Joensuu or Vuonislahti

At best, the train from Helsinki to Joensuu makes the journey in just over four hours. At the Joensuu station, you can hop into a shared taxi usually twice a day. You can find the train timetables on VR’s web pages. Please remember that the train can also take you right next to Koli to the Vuonislahti village east of lake Pielinen. When the ice road between Koli and Vuonislahti is in use during winter, the taxi ride from Vuonislahti station to Koli village is about 10 kilometres long.

During the summer season, from 25 June to 7 August 2021 the passenger ship Suvityttö,, runs between Vuonislahti and Koli. In the planning of the timetable for the ship, the train connections were taken into consideration making it possible to combine train and ship when visiting Koli National Park. 

From 28 June to 1 August 2021 Koli also has a free transfer between the Koli harbour and Ukko-Koli. The bus is at the harbour twice a day, at 2 pm and 3.30 pm.

By plane to Joensuu or Kuopio

The closest airports to Koli are in Joensuu and Kuopio. You can catch several flights every day from Helsinki to Joensuu and Kuopio. Flight time from Helsinki to both destinations is about one hour. The easiest way to get to Koli from the Joensuu airport is carpooling or a charter taxi, where the driver will come to pick you up at the airport with a sign that reads Koli. The easiest way to get to Koli from the Joensuu airport is carpooling. You can also rent a car at the airport. Car rentals at the Joensuu airport and the Kuopio airport.

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