Get here

Getting to the festival

The festival takes place at Karjaan Kisakeskus which is in the countryside near Fiskars, Raasepori, midway between Helsinki and Turku. In other words, in the middle of nowhere.

The nearest town with a railway station is Karjaa. There are no public buses from Karjaa to Karjaan Kisakeskus so we will rent two buses from Karjaa railway station to Kisakeskus for the price of €5 direction. You need to have cash to pay this!

Pick-up times are organized to meet train schedules from Helsinki and Turku. In 2017, the first bus leaves after 12:31 and the second after 15:31 from Karjaa railway station. (so to catch the first bus, take the train at 11:37 from Helsinki or 11:30 from Turku, and for the second bus 14:37 from Helsinki or 14:30 from Turku). Reserve your place in the bus to make sure you have one! Send an email to : busses@contactfestival.fi and tell which buss you will take. There is a cafe at Karjaa railway station if you have to wait a while.

If you are coming later, or for some reason cannot catch the bus, you can take a taxi. This will cost around €30-35. To order a taxi, call 019 1069 1169.

If you are lost and desperate, you can call +358-45-6796 818 or write registration@contactfestival.fi.

NOTE: If you need a place to stay when you arrive in Finland, or after the festival before you leave, then please visit the SOS facebook page – there’s also a list of cheap accomodation on the FAQ page

Below you’ll find info on how to get to Karjaa from Helsinki, Turku, Tampere. There are also directions for getting to Karjaan Kisakeskus by car.

ARRIVING THROUGH HELSINKI

From Helsinki-Vantaa Airport to the Helsinki railway station

There is a new train connection from the Helsinki-Vantaa Airport. I and P trains will take you in about 30 min to the city center and they circulate every 10 minutes. The journey costs 5.50 euros and tickets can be bought from a machine or from train personel. If you are going directly to Karjaa, you can change train in Pasila, on stop before the main railway station.

There is also the Finnair City Bus which takes about 30 minutes and costs €6.40 – runs every 20mins – tickets from the driver – timetable is here.

By ferry to Helsinki

From Germany, you can take a ferry from Travemünde to Helsinki with Finnline.

From Stockholm to Helsinki there are ferries with Tallink Silja and Viking Line.

From Tallinn many daily ferries with Tallink, Ekeröline and Linda Line, for example.

From Helsinki railway station to Karjaa railway station

From the central railway station you need to get a train to Karjaa –
11:37 – 12:31 InterCity 951 to Turku
13:37 – 14:31 InterCity 955 to Turku
14:37 – 15:31 InterCity 957 to Turku
15:37 – 16:31 InterCity 959 to Turku

You can check train times and prices here – it is better better to buy ticket at the station – you can buy a ticket also on the train but it costs a little more. Bought from the station all the trains cost 12.00 euros.

NOTE: there are no reduced prices for non-finnish students on the finnish transport system.

ARRIVING THROUGH TURKU

From Turku Airport to Turku railway station

Bus number 1 departs from airport every 20 min. Change for railway station at Kauppatori in town centre. Single adult fare €3,00. Timetable can be downloaded here

By Ferry to Turku

There are two companies offering ferries from Stockholm to Turku –Tallink Silja and Viking Line.

From Turku to Karjaa railway station

11:30 – 12:26 Pendolino 954 to Helsinki
13:30 – 14:26 Pendolino 958 to Helsinki
14:30 – 15:26 InterCity 960 to Helsinki
15:30 – 16:26 InterCity 962 to Helsinki

You can check train times and prices here – it is better to buy ticket at the station – you can buy a ticket also on the train but it costs a little more. Bought from the station all the trains cost 15 euros.

NOTE: there are no reduced prices for non-finnish students on the finnish transport system.

ARRIVING THROUGH TAMPERE

From Tampere-Pirkkala Aiport to Karjaa

RyanAir and SAS Blue 1 fly to Tampere Airport – however you’ll need to pass through Helsinki or through Turku to get to Karjaa.

From the airport you can take a bus to railway station (Info) and then get a train from there – through Turku directly to Karjaa – or to Helsinki – train schedules and prices here – better to buy ticket from station – you can buy a ticket also on the train but it costs a little more.

Or continue until Tampere main bus station and then take a bus to Helsinki or to Turku (Check busses here). OnniBus.com drives cheap bus connection from Tampere to Turku or to Helsinki but the stops can a bit further from the city center.

NOTE: there are no reduced prices for non-Finnish students on the Finnish transport system

ARRIVING BY CAR

You can get driving instructions on the net at google maps – type in
“Kullaanniemi 230, 10420 Pohja, Finland”

From Helsinki:

  • Take road number 51 to Hanko Direction 75 km to Karjaa and
    turn right (sign: Pohja) to road number 1018.
  • Drive ~0.5 km and turn right (road number 111, Karjaantie)
  • Drive 2.2 km, and take a turn right (road number 111)
  • Drive 8.7 km and turn right (there should be a sign “Kisakeskus”, road name
    Ramskullankuja.
  • Drive 11 km and you’re there.

NOTE: it’s not uncommon to see animals during the dark hours and the roads can be slippery so drive safely!

If you are driving and have spaces in your car that you would like to offer then please visit the SOS forum and make your offer there

 

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