From Helsinki, head northeast on E-4 to Lahti, where you connect with Route 12 east until you reach the junction with Route 6 for the final approach to Lappeenranta.
If you're not driving, Lappeenranta can be reached by plane from Helsinki; in the summer there are two flights a day during the week and one on Saturday and Sunday. The airport is 2km (1 1/4 miles) west of the town center; there is no airport bus into town, but a taxi charges 12€ ($19) to take you there.
Seven trains a day leave Helsinki for Lappeenranta (trip time: 4 hr.), and there are five to seven daily express buses from Helsinki. The railway station and the bus station are side-by-side, a 20-minute walk south from the commercial heart of town. Bus nos. 3 and 4 travel from there to points in the town center, and if a client hires a taxi from either the bus or railway station to any hotel in the town center, the cost will be around 10€ ($16). City buses are painted white with blue trim. A single ride on a city bus costs 2.25€ ($3.60). Fares are paid on the bus, directly to the driver, but because of the town's small size, most people just walk.
The Tourist Information Office, Kievarinkatui (tel. 05/667-788), is open Monday to Friday 10am to 4:30pm.