Travel Arrangements

Learn about Jyväskylä

The conference will be held in Jyväskylä, in the heart of the central Finnish lake district, some 270 km north of the capital Helsinki and within good traffic connections. The city is a lively university town with about 130 000 inhabitants. The architecture of Alvar Aalto in Jyväskylä is internationally known. "The big little city” accurately describes Jyväskylä. It has the advantages of a small town, without the drawbacks of a big city. Comfort and safety characterise the city, as well as short distances. The city offers a broad variety of services but, at the same time, everything is close at hand.
Follow this link for more information about Jyväskylä. 

Travel Information

Visa procedures
Information on visa procedures can be found on the Finnish Immigration Service's website.
International Flights to Helsinki
All major international airlines fly to Helsinki

International flights to Tampere
Ryanair flies to Tampere, Finland, from some European cities. The distance between Tampere and Jyväskylä is about 150 km and there are several train and coach services between them (there is more information at the bottom of this page).
More information about the flights to Tampere:
Flights from Helsinki to Jyväskylä
The distance between the capital Helsinki and the city of Jyväskylä is approximately 270 km, and a flight from Helsinki to Jyväskylä takes about 45 minutes.
Jyväskylä airport is situated in Tikkakoski, and the distance between the airport and the centre of Jyväskylä is 20 km. There is no transfer service between the airport and the city center nor a taxi stand at the airport. Please order a taxi in advance: tel. +358 100 6900. The journey by taxi takes about 15-20 minutes and costs about 45-55 €.
More information about flights:
There are several trains from Helsinki to Jyväskylä daily. The train to Jyväskylä can be taken either from Helsinki City or Tikkurila Railway Station. From the airport you can take a commuter train to these stations. Please see the train, bus and taxi services to/from Helsinki Airport for more information on schedules. The train journey takes about 3-4 hours and a single train ticket costs c. 40 €.
A ticket from Tampere to Jyväskylä costs c. 20 €, and the journey takes about 1,5 hours.
The train tickets can be bought online or at railway stations. It is recommended to buy the tickets in advance, if possible. Information about different tickets types may be useful when buying your tickets.
You can also take a bus from the Helsinki Airport to Jyväskylä. The bus journey takes 3 - 4,5 hours. A single ticket costs c. 25-50 €. The bus ticket from Tampere to Jyväskylä costs c. 15-20 €, and the journey to Jyväskylä takes about 1,5 hours.The bus tickets can be bought online or directly from the driver with cash.
Transports on Jyväskylä
Local buses
In Jyväskylä, you can use local buses to get from the centre of the city to the venue. Buses leave from Vapaudenkatu, which is in the centre next to the pedestrian precinct.
Follow this link for more information about the local buses in Jyväskylä.


There is a large variety of accommodation possibilities available in Jyväskylä. Limited number of rooms are reserved for conference participants in the following hotels (see them on a map):
90 €/night single twin room (standard) / 112 €/night twin room, 2 persons (standard)
142 €/night junior Suite (incl. private sauna) single room 
160 €/night junior Suite (incl. private sauna) twin room 
Contact: and tel. +358 14 636 311
99 €/night single room
115 €/night twin room
Contact:  and tel. +358 14 333 9000

Please book by email or phone to get the COST ELN conference price, do not use the online booking system.

All room prices include buffet breakfast and free WLAN. The conference prices are valid till 13.1.2017. All bookings should be made directly to Hotel, conference prices are not valid online (except). Please note that the accommodation is not included in the conference fee and should be paid directly in the selected hotel.
Hotel Alba is situated next door from the conference site. The other hotels are situated in the city centre within 15-20 minute walking distance from the conference venue. 
For alternative accommodation the Jyväskylä Regional Tourist Information website is a good place to start looking.

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