We pick you up from Tampere
Getting here is easy – we pick you up from Tampere. The same service applies when leaving the residency. [For pickup times, see “Arriving to the residency” below.]

Option 1: Fly to Tampere airport – we pick you up from there
Tampere-Pirkkala is the closest airport. You can find inexpensive flights to Tampere through: Ryanair / Airbaltic

Option 2: Fly to Helsinki airport & take a bus or train to Tampere
It is often cheaper to fly to Helsinki. There are buses and trains to Tampere from both the airport and the city centre. The trip takes 2-3 hours - we pick you up from Tampere bus/train station.

From Helsinki-Vantaa airport to Tampere:
Bus timetables & prices: Matkahuolto
Train timetables & prices: VR

From Helsinki city centre to Tampere:
Bus timetables & prices: Matkahuolto
or: Onnibus [to: "Tampere (linja-autoasema)" or “Tampere (Kaleva)”]
Train timetables & prices: VR


Arriving to the residency
Our residency periods follow the monthly calendar. The first possible day to arrive is the 2nd day of the month. Arriving some days later is also fine, if that fits better to your schedule.

(On the 1st day of the month, we are busy preparing and resetting the spaces from the previous group, in order to have everything set & ready for your arrival.)

The pickup rides from Tampere are available Mon-Fri between 9 am - 8 pm. There are no rides during the weekends, unless the beginning of the month (first 3 days) lands on a weekend. The exact pickup time will be agreed once we know when you are arriving.


Leaving the residency
You should leave the residency on the last day of the month at the latest. Leaving some days earlier is also possible.

When leaving, the earliest possible ride from Arteles is at 9 am. On the last day of the month, the last ride leaves at 4 pm (on an earlier day: 8 pm). Tampere airport is approx. 45 min from Arteles. If your flight or bus/train leaves early in the morning, we suggest spending the last night in Tampere/Helsinki (see below).


Staying in Tampere or Helsinki

If you arrive to Finland some days before the start of your residency period, or if you are planning to spend some time here afterwards, here are some nice & affordable places we recommend staying at:

In Tampere
Dream Hostel & Hotel
(When booking, mention that you are from Arteles – you will get a 10 % discount. NOTE: To get the discount, you need to book your stay directly via their own website, or by email (info@dreamhostel.fi), or calling +358 45 236 0517.)

In Helsinki
Euro Hostel

Residents’ car

There is a car for the residents to use for their daily purposes and regional travels. The current car is Ford Mondeo (with manual gears).
p.s. There is always someone going to the groceries, so you will get around even if you don't have a driver's license.

Bikes

We have a set of new (2015) basic Finnish bikes, ready to be taken for a ride 24/7. The bikes are available only during the warm seasons.


For longer trips inside Finland
Trains: VR
Buses: Matkahuolto / Onnibus
Flights: Finnair / SAS

In general, buses are usually a bit cheaper (and slower) than trains. There are often online discounts for buses/trains between the biggest cities/towns, when booking well in advance.


Distances
Nearby villages
Häijää 7 km / Mouhijärvi 10 km / Hämeenkyrö 13 km / Sastamala 30 km

Tampere - From Arteles: 43 km – http://visittampere.fi/
by car: 40 min, bus (from Hämeenkyrö): 30 min
Tampere is the closest city to Arteles. There are buses to Tampere from Hämeenkyrö approx. once an hour. The trip takes 40 minutes, and the price is around 10 euros (one way). From Tampere, there are good train and bus connections to all over Finland.

Turku
- From Arteles: 180 km - www.visitturku.fi/en
The best way is to take a bus/train from Tampere.

Helsinki
- From Arteles: 213 km - www.visithelsinki.fi/en
You can take a bus from Hämeenkyrö, or a bus/train from Tampere.

Rovaniemi & Lapland - From Arteles: 700-1200 km www.visitfinland.com/lapland/
The best way to get to Lapland is to first take a train to Rovaniemi, where you can catch a bus or rent a car. The train from Tampere takes approx. 7-9 hours – night train is an option worth considering.


Traveling outside of Finland

Tallinn & Estonia - Estonia is one hour away from Helsinki by boat.
There are several ferry companies traveling between Helsinki and Tallinn:
Eckerö Line
Linda Line
Tallink Silja
Viking line

Stockholm & Sweden - Less than an hour away by plane from Tampere, Turku and Helsinki. Check flights from e.g. Ebookers
Overnight ferries from Turku and Helsinki:
Tallink Silja
Viking line

St. Petersburg & Russia - The easiest way to travel from Finland to Russia without a visa is by a boat that leaves from Helsinki weekly.
More info: www.russiantours.fi
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