Getting here

Getting to Kuusamo is easy!

The fastest way to reach us all year round is to fly in from Helsinki. You can also take a train to Oulu, Rovaniemi or Kemijärvi and continue on to Kuusamo by bus or your own car. In the wintertime, there are also direct bus connections available from the Helsinki metropolitan area to Ruka. 

You won’t need your own car when you’re here, because local public transport works well especially in the Ruka area.

Flying to Kuusamo

Finnair flies from Helsinki to Kuusamo all year round. The flight takes approximately one hour, and there are several daily flights available in the winter. From Europe, there are direct Lufthansa flights from Frankfurt to Kuusamo once a week during winter. An airport bus runs between the airport and Ruka in connection with scheduled flights.

Ruka-Kuusamo Euroopan kartalla
Driving to Ruka

When setting off from Helsinki, the most direct road to Kuusamo is Finnish national road 5, and the distance to cover is a little over 800 km. The route via Oulu is also favoured by many. You can find great places to take a break and refuel along the way.

Ruka has plenty of parking. There are charging stations for electric cars all around Kuusamo.

Getting to Kuusamo by train and bus

You can take the environmentally friendly train to Oulu and Rovaniemi, from where you can continue on to Kuusamo by bus and then take a local bus to Ruka. And don’t forget the option of a car-carrier train: load your car on the train and get behind the wheel well-rested and refreshed in the morning. 

The night train to Kemijärvi runs daily in the summer of 2022, and to Rovaniemi twice every night. The car-carrier train continues to Kemijärvi until mid-August twice a week (Wednesdays and Fridays) and from mid-August three days a week (Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays). Vice versa, return departures by car-carrier train from Kemijärvi starting in mid-August on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

You can find routes and schedules easily from Matkahuolto's online route guide.

Tickets are easily bought with a mobile phone on Reitit ja liput app (only in Finnish, available in Apple Store and Google Play). Please note: this app only works in mobile phones.


New: Kemijärvi - Kuusamo from 6.6.2022 onwards

This bus connection is especially suited for guests arriving by night train to Kemijärvi. If the train is late, the bus waits at Kemijärvi for max. 60 minutes. 

Tickets: This route is operated daily from 6.6.2022 onwards.
x = The bus will stop here if needed.


Kemijärvi-Kuusamo Mon-Fri, Sat, Sun
Kemijärvi railway station 9:15
Kemijärvi ABC 9:20
Joutsijärvi x
Hotel Suomutunturi 9:55
Sale Käylä 10:50
Ruka village (Kumpare Shopping Centre roundabout) 11:10
Rukajärvi school x
Holiday Club Kuusamon Tropiikki x
Kuusamo centre (Kelantie) 11:40
Kuusamo - Kemijärvi Mon-Fri, Sat, Sun
Kuusamo centre (Kelantie) 16:20
Holiday Club Kuusamon Tropiikki x
Rukajärvi school x
Ruka village (Kumpare Shopping Centre roundabout) 16:50
Sale Käylä 17:10
Hotel Suomutunturi 18:05
Joutsijärvi x
Kemijärvi ABC 18:40
Kemijärvi railway station 18:45

New: Kajaani - Hossa - Kuusamo 6.6.-2.10.2022

Small changes in timetable are possible. Tickets:

Explanations of abbreviations
Mon-Fri = Monday to Friday
Sat = Saturdays
Sun = Sundays
SS = If there are two or more bank holidays in a row, the bus will operate on the last bank holiday, not on single bank holidays.
x = The bus stops here if needed.
-- = The bus does not travel via this bus stop.

Kuusamo - Hossa - Kajaani Mon-Fri SS
Kuusamo centre (Kelantie) 7:45 10:00
Kuusamon Suurpetokeskus -- --
Julma Ölkky -- --
Hossa Visitor Centre 8:45 11:00
Hossa E (Hossan Lomakeskus) 8:50 11:05
Suomussalmi bus station 10:20 12:35
Kajaanin Matkakeskus 12:00 14:20
Kajaani - Hossa - Kuusamo Mon-Fri SS
Kajaanin Matkakeskus 14:40 15:15
Suomussalmi bus station 16:20 17:00
Hossa P (Hossan Lomakeskus) 17:50 18:25
Hossa Visitor Centre 17:55 18:30
Julma Ölkky -- --
Kuusamon Suurpetokeskus -- --
Kuusamo centre (Kelantie) 19:00 19:35

By bus via Oulu

A bus runs between Oulu and Kuusamo every day. You can take a bus from Helsinki to Kuusamo if you change buses once in Oulu.

SkiBus from Oulu to Ruka

A skibus runs from Oulu to Ruka and back in November–April every Saturday, additional service available during the weeks of Finnish winter holidays.

Onnibus from Oulu to Ruka

An Onnibus runs directly from Oulu to Ruka on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays.
Kuusamo ja kansallispuistot kartalla

Luggage storage for travelers, e.g. when going hiking or waiting for a late flight

Scandic Rukahovi in Ruka village rents storage cages in the hotel's ski storage during the summer for tourists, also other than those staying at the hotel. Price 10 €/storage, payment to the hotel reception and the key to the storage cage can be left in storage at the hotel reception for e.g. during the hike. Ski storage is located behind the reception on the same floor, guidance from the hotel reception.