The most direct way to reach Rovaniemi is by plane or train. Bus is an option as well and practical if arriving to other airports in the region (Oulu, Kittilä, etc).
The Rovaniemi Airport
(RVN), is located 8 km north of the city. Most flights are to/from Helsinki, but a small number of international flights are available, mostly to North Russian destinations like Murmansk. Often, flights from Helsinki are generally cheaper than taking the train. You can travel from the Rovaniemi airport to the city center
by express shuttle bus or a taxi, which are usually waiting when flights arrive. It should cost you €10-30 depending on type of transportation and drop-off location.
The Rovaniemi train station
is located next to the city centre and is within walking distance to the city center or other nearby accommodation. If you have a lot of luggage, small children, or prefer get the most of your time while visiting, a taxi might be practical to travel to your accommodation. The train trip from Helsinki usually takes 9-12 hours, and sleeping cars are available on most trains and a restaurant car is available on all trains. You can buy tickets and see train timetables on the VR website
The Rovaniemi bus station
is just a few hundred meters away from the railway station and closer to the city center. You can buy tickets and see bus timetables on the Matkahuolto website
. If traveling further north into Finnish Lapland, Norway, or Sweden, there are private bus companies that operate routes to these areas.