This comfortable bus travels between entry points to the Karhunkierros trail, Kuusamo and Ruka village. Also the bus from Kuusamo airport to Salla (details in Finnish) will take you from Kuusamo airport to Hautajärvi. The airport bus leaves 15 minutes after the arrival of the flight. Find out more about Ruka and Kuusamo in our area maps.
How to travel around Ruka and Kuusamo
Karhunkierros Bus Kuusamo-Hautajärvi during 8.6.-11.8.2020 (summer schedule)
Ruka Charter 8.6.-7.8.2020 drives only on Mondays and Fridays. No traffic on Midsummer Eve Friday 19.6.2020, available on Thursday 18.6.2020. There's a connection from Oulu (Mon-Fri) at 12:45, arriving to Kuusamo at 15:53.
Pohjolan Matkat 22.6.-11.8.2020 drives on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays. "-" sign on the schedule means that the bus does not stop at this stop and "X" means it stops when necessary. Schedules and prices www.matkahuolto.fi
|Kuusamo-Ruka-Hautajärvi||Mon, Thu & Sat
|Kuusamo centre (Ervasti square, Kelantie 2)||11:30||16:15|
|Kuusamo bus station||-||16:18|
|Holiday Club Kuusamon Tropiikki||11:40||16:25|
|Ruka village (Kumpare roundabout)||12:00||16:45|
|Ristikallio parking place||X||17:10|
|Karhunkierros Visitor Centre (Hautajärvi)||12:40||17:25|
|Hautajärvi-Ruka-Kuusamo||Mon, Thu & Sat||Mon, Fri|
|Karhunkierros Visitor Centre (Hautajärvi)||13:25||17:30|
|Ristikallio parking place||X||17:40|
|Ruka village (Kumpare roundabout)||14:05||18:05|
|Holiday Club Kuusamon Tropiikki||14:25||18:35|
|Kuusamo bus station||-||18:42|
|Kuusamo centre (Ervasti square, Kelantie 2)||14:35||18:45|
Operated by: Ruka Charter Oy. Prices: matkahuolto.fi; depending on the starting and ending point of travel the trip from Kuusamo to the starting point of Karkunkierros costs approx. 10-15 €/adult, -7-12 €/child.. You can purchase your ticket at the bus or online matkahuolto.fi.
A readymade group is not always needed; call the taxi centre and tell about your timetable; they will try to gather a group of persons together for the same departure time.
|ROUTES AND PRICES (prices starting from)||1-2 persons, €||3-4 persons, €||5-6 persons, €|
|Ruka-Juuma (Pieni Karhunkierros)||45||50||55|
|Ruka-Kiutaköngäs (Oulanka Visitor Centre)||60||65||70|
|Ruka-Hautajärvi (Karhunkierros Visitor Centre)||80||90||95|
|Kuusamo-Juuma (Pieni Karhunkierros)||85||95||100|
|Kuusamo-Kiutaköngäs (Oulanka Visitor Centre)||90||100||110|
A joined taxi is a great way of getting to Karhunkierros from Ruka. If you are travelling by car, we recommend to park your car at Ruka Parking hall or other parking spots at Ruka or at Karhunkierros Visitor Centre at Hautajärvi along the road to Salla (road number 950). Bookings: Rukan Taksipalvelu, tel. +358 6000 4141, Taxi Centre Kuusamo-Ruka (KuRu taxi), tel. +358 100 84200. Special prices for bigger groups and for transfers between Kiutaköngäs and Juuma!
Airport bus from and to Kuusamo Airport - Ruka
The operator is Pohjolan Matka until 30.4.2020. The airport shuttle bus is also available to other passengers according to Finnair flight schedules (eg Lufthansa in winter).
SKIBUS TIMETABLES WINTER 2019-2020: Skibus has stopped operating on Tue 24.3.2020 (all lines: 1, 2 and 3)
SkiBus operates during the winter season usually from mid-November until the end of April. SkiBus is free of charge in Ruka area on lines 1 & 2 with a valid ski pass or for passengers travelling with downhill skiing and snowboarding equipment (not cross-country equipment). Sustainability is important for us, so Ruka Ski Resort has been compensating the fuel emissions of the SkiBus in Ruka area since wnter 2019-2020.
If you are staying in a cottage community, you can reach Ruka easily and cheaply by taxi. When travelling to Karhunkierros, we recommend teaming with other tourists to order a shared taxi which is "Kimppataksi" in Finnish. You can find fellow travellers here. This is a good way of saving money and making new friends!
Please note, for a taxi from the Airport to Ruka it is recomended to make a booking in advance.
Rukapalvelu has two rental cars available in Ruka village (Toyota Avensis and Proace Verso minibus). Cars can be delivered to Kuusamo airport by request. Read more about Rukapalvelu's rental cars >
Busses, taxis and other transfers
PARKING IN RUKA AREA
The best place to leave your car is the heated underground car park in Ruka village, which has 320 car places and is conveniently located just one-minute’s walk from the ski lifts and main resort services. Parking costs 1,5€ per hour or 15€ for the whole day. You can also find free parking in Ruka, including spots near the ski lifts.
When planning a trip to Ruka we recommend to check section Getting here.