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Visa requirements

The entry to Finland of foreign nationals are subject to the Schengen Acquis. As a rule, foreign nationals who need an entry visa are requested to apply it from the Finnish mission that represents Finland in their home country.

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Travelling to Joensuu

From Helsinki by train:
A train from Helsinki to Joensuu takes appr. 5 hours. Cost for a one-way ticket is appr. 70 €, however, competitive offers might be available depending on how early the tickets are booked. 

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From Helsinki by plane:
A flight from Helsinki to Joensuu takes appr. 1 hour. Schedules can be checked and flights booked through Finnair. The cost for a return flight Helsinki - Joensuu - Helsinki varies between 90 - 400 € depending on the time of the day and how early the tickets are booked. 

Transportation Joensuu airport to/from Joensuu 

Joensuu Airport is located in the municipality of Liperi about 11 kilometres from Joensuu city centre

Taxi fares from the airport to the city cost appr. 20 € and the trip takes 15 minutes. Taxis wait for the arrival of planes. If there are no taxis available you can call the taxi dispatching office: +358 (0)600 90100.

Airport bus:

There is a regular bus connection between the city center and Joensuu Airport operated by  Savo-Karjalan Linja Oy. For schedules, please visit their website.

The bus fare is c. 5 € (cash only).  NOTE! There is currently no bus transportation available on weekends and public holidays.  

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Participants are requested to arrange their own accommodation.

A map about local accommodation possibilities can be checked here.

Local hotels/hostels include:

Hotel Aada
Tel. +358 (0)13 256 2200
Email: info(at) or huonevaraukset(at)
Address: Kauppakatu 32, 80100 Joensuu
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Hotel Cumulus
Tel. +358 (0)13 511 2100
Email: joensuu.cumulus(at)
Address: Kirkkokatu 20, 80100 Joensuu
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Hotel Green Star
Tel: +358 10 423 9390
Email: info(at)
Address: Torikatu 16, 80100 Joensuu
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Sokos Hotel Kimmel
Tel. +358 (0)20 1234 663
Email: sales.joensuu(at)
Address: Itäranta 1, 80100 Joensuu
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Sokos Hotel Vaakuna
Tel. +358 10 7823 100
Address: Torikatu 20, 80100 Joensuu
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Scouts' Youth Hostel Joensuu 
Tel: +358 (0)13 123 381, Mobile: +358 45 262 1631
Email: reservation(at)
Address: Vanamokatu 25, 80130 Joensuu
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Finnhostel Joensuu/ ISLO
Tel. +358 (0)50 408 4587
Email: finnhostel(at)
Address: Kalevankatu 5b, 80110 Joensuu
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Holiday Linnunlahti
Tel. +358 (0)10 666 5520
Email: sales(at)
Address: Linnunlahdentie 1, 80110 Joensuu
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