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.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.