How to get to Koli

Train/plane to Joensuu, carpool to Koli

You can get to Koli in your own car or by carpooling 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 trainstation in Joensuu.

Carpool to Koli

A pre-ordered, door-to-door shared taxi is available for the route Joensuu - Koli. The route of the shared taxi is determined by the pre-orders, which is why all timetable times are estimates. The taxi will go to Joensuu airport and train station, or for example the central hospital if ordered, and then take the passengers to their destination at Koli. You can hop in the taxi along the route as well. It is recommended that you order the shared taxi on the previous day by dialling the number +358 20 741 4392. The taxi service prices begin at 30 €/person. The price is lower for persons under the age of 16 and for those using group tickets. Please mention whether you are ordering a shared or private taxi when placing your order.

Timetables Joensuu-Koli: Monday to Sunday at 11.50 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Timetables Koli-Joensuu: Monday to Sunday at 10.15 a.m. and 4.40 p.m.
Prices: 30 €/person one-way, children under 16 15 €/person when travelling with an adult.
Additional airport fee 5 €/person.

Group tickets: 2 persons 28 €/person, 3 persons 26 €/person, 4 persons 24 €/person, 5 persons or
more 22 €/person

Same day return trips: 1 person 40 €/person, 2 persons 38 €/person, 3 persons 36 €/person, 4
persons 34 €/person, 5 persons 32 €/person, 6 persons or more 30 €/person.

Train to Joensuu - carpool to Koli

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 twice a day at noon and 6 p.m. 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.

Local traffic at Koli

The Koli local traffic service will take you from your accommodation to other services. You can order a ride by dialling +358 20 741 4392 on the previous day, or no later than two hours before the shift begins. The ride price is 5 €/person. The travel time is 10 to 20 minutes, with stops at Koli Freetime, Kolinportti, Koli village, Ukko-Koli, the port, and Loma-Koli. The local traffic service is part of the Joensuu-Koli shared taxi service. This means that local traffic timetables can be affected by e.g. planes or trains arriving late in Joensuu.

Timetables: paikallisliikenne_koli_2019.pdf

Standby taxi service at Koli 

tel. +358 20 741 4390,

Hydrofoil ship from Lieksa and Vuonislahti

The hydrofoil SuviExpress takes off on a sightseeing and passenger trip between Koli, Vuonislahti, and Lieksa once per day. The ship has seats for 51 passengers. The trips are sailed via Vuonislahti, and the travel time between the main ports is 45 minutes. In the afternoons, you can take the ship on an archipelago cruise and see the Koli landscape from lake Pielinen. Evening cruises for groups on Fridays. See timetables and prices here (link). Your bicycle can be
brought on board for free.

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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