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Bus Transfer from Kolari to Akaslompolo

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Bus Transfer from Kolari to Akaslompolo

Hello,

I will be traveling from Helsinki to Akaslompolo over New Year's eve. I want to travel by rail to Kolari and transfer to the bus. I keep hearing that there is a TrainBus option available from VR Finland but I do not see this on the website. It says there is a bus that leaves from Levi after the train arrives in Kolari, but will I need to make the reservation in order to get on the bus? I'm based in the U.S., so I won't be able to visit any VR stations to book the tickets.

1.) Is it possible to book over the phone?

2.) Do I need to book, or can I show up and pay for my ticket when I arrive in Kolari?

Thanks!

-Nathan

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1. Re: Bus Transfer from Kolari to Akaslompolo

Bus from Kolari railway station to Äkäslompolo in Ylläs and Levi is jointly operated by Tunturilinjat and Eskelisen Lapin-Linjat. This timetable is for ongoing summer season, but it will be updated once VR confirms it's winter schedule.

tunturilinjat.fi/en/train-bus-kolari-levi/

Same timetable with Eskelinen (page 11):

http://www.eskelisen.fi/aikataulu-kesa-2014/

Bus leaves Kolari railway station about 15 minutes after each train. No need to book tickets before. You could though, if you want to, via Matkahuolto website:

http://www.matkahuolto.fi/en/

Consider also a flight to Kittilä - either Finnair or Norwegian. Probably much cheaper than a night train. Buses from Kittilä Airport to Ylläs is operated by Rundgren. Again timetables will be updated once Finnavia confirms flights for December, but after each domestic flight there will be a bus going to Ylläs:

http://www.rundgrenky.fi/en/yllas-airport-bus

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2. Re: Bus Transfer from Kolari to Akaslompolo

Thanks so much! This is really helpful.

I looked into the flights, and although they are cheaper I love train travel and really wanted the experience. I'm flying back to Helsinki from KTT, though!

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3. Re: Bus Transfer from Kolari to Akaslompolo

Great info from PasiRoi.

I agree no need to book bus/coach tickets as they always meet the trains and planes and you can pay as you board.The bus will stop at the hotels here in Akaslompolo so depending where you are staying you might want to think about where to depart. Majority of the drivers understand English but may not be confident to respond in English. If you print out your accommodation details the driver is sometimes able to stop at different points on the main road which may be closer for you.

We have travelled by train a few times in the summer and winter and always enjoy the trip. Last time we even booked our car onto the train rather then drive from Helsinki.

Everything runs on time in Finland with a calm air of efficiency . We now live here after years spent travelling between the Uk and Akaslompolo.

Enjoy your trip it is a truly magical place.

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