On this page I’ll tell you where Jyväskylä is and how can you get here. I will also tell you what’s the weather like on a typical Summer day and some other tips about traveling in Finland. All the material is gathered from Visit Jyväskylä-page.
Location and weather
Jyväskylä is a lively, versatile city situated in the middle of Finland, right in the heart of Finnish lakeland. Jyväskylä is the largest city in the province of Central Finland. It is located in the west of Finnish Lakeland, 270 kilometres north of Helsinki and 150 kilometres north-east of Tampere.
The summers in Jyväskylä are warm. July is the warmest month of the year, with an average temperature of +17 °C. On 11 to 15 days a year, the temperature rises above +25 °C. So yes, take your light knits with you, Finland is perfect for them.
Getting to Jyväskylä
As said, Jyväskylä is located at the heart of Finland. That means our city is highly accessible from practically anywhere.
Jyväskylä is easily accessible by air. The nearest airport is located in Tikkakoski, about 23 kilometres from the centre of Jyväskylä. Easiest way to airport is taxi. Visit the Finavia website for more information on transport connections.
You may take a flight that arrives to Helsinki or Tampere-Pirkkala. Helsinki airport is the largest airport in Finland. You will get the best information about airport connections from Finavia’s sites. If you are travelling from Helsinki, visit here. If you arrive to Tampere-Pirkkala, you most likely must travel first to the city center where the buses and trains leave. For more about that, visit here.
The train to Jyväskylä takes 1.5 hours from Tampere and less than 3.5 hours from Helsinki. Information on special offers is available at www.vr.fi.
By car or bus
Jyväskylä is easily accessible by car or bus. If you arrive from Helsinki, just follow E4 highway. If you are driving from Tampere, highway 9 is your choice. Visit site as Reittikartta that searches the best routes. The site is in Finnish but driving directions are in English.
Information on bus timetables and ticket prices is available at www.matkahuolto.fi. The search includes all the operators that drive that route.
Jyväskylä Travel Centre
If you arrive or leave by bus or train, you will get to Jyväskylä Travel Center, our bus and train terminal in the center of the city. The Travel Centre has restaurants and small shops where you can buy something to eat and read for your trip.
Open: Mon–Sat from 6 AM to 10 PM, Sun from 8 AM to 10 PM.
Travel Centre is also marked on our festival map.
Once you have arrived
The size of Jyväskylä is ideal: the most important services are located within a relatively small area. Jyväskylä is easy to navigate on foot or by bicycle, bus or car. The city centre is located between Lake Jyväsjärvi and the Harju ridge. The centre offers easy connections in all directions. The best place to catch a local bus is in front of the Forum shopping centre on Vapaudenkatu. Visit Jyväskylä has great information of getting around in Jyväskylä.
If you have some spare time and you want to see more of the city, rent a bicycle. If you want to read more about cycling routes and renting a bike in Jyväskylä, visit here.
In case you want a taxi ride, call to Taxi Service, tel. +358 100 6900 (Jyväskylä, Muurame). EUR 1.25 per answered call + EUR 0.166 per each 10 seconds + local/mobile network charge. The taxi fares and kilometer charges can be found here.
If you are staying for a couple of days and your destination is out of walking distance, take a local bus.
A value ticket is the most convenient and affordable alternative for travelling on public transport in Jyväskylä. The value ticket is a travel card that can be bought at the Linkki service point (Asemakatu 7 Jyväskylä) or ordered in advance online https://nettilataukset.waltti.fi.
Value, or money, is topped up to the value ticket (EUR 10–200) and the card can also be used for travelling with a companion in the same or lower age group. Travel consumes value topped up to the card in accordance with the passenger’s age and customer group and travel zones. For example, the price for a single-zone value ticket journey for an adult is EUR 2.10. More detailed instructions for use of the value ticket are available at http://linkki.jyvaskyla.fi/liput/waltti/liputjahinnat.
Another option is to travel using single tickets sold in all Jyväskylä Region’s public transportation buses. The journey can be paid in cash or by using a common debit/credit card (not Visa Electron). The price for a single journey depends on the number of the four tariff zones travelled. For example, an adult’s single journey in a single tariff zone costs EUR 3.
If there are still some questions on your mind, I recommend to read FAQs from Visit Jyväskylä. You may also come to our Ravelry group and ask questions there. Finns may seem quite tense or serious, but don’t worry, we do not bite people. So if you need any help during your visit, don’t hesitate to stop a person on the street and ask. Even if the person doesn’t speak English, they might grunt something or find someone for you to speak with.
If you want to get more familiar with the Finnish state of mind, I highly recommend a comic called Finnish nightmares.