Getting There -- From Lappeenranta, drive 35km (22 miles) northeast on Route 6 to Imatra. After passing by the city, continue on Route 6 to Parikkala and the junction with Route 14, which will take you northwest into Savonlinna. If you're not driving, there are three to five flights a day from Helsinki (trip time: 50 min.). For reservations in Helsinki, call Finnair (tel. 0600/140-140). The airport is 25km (16 miles) northeast of the city center. An airport taxi shuttle meets arriving flights, the 20-minute trip costing 10€ ($16) one-way, whereas a private taxi ranges from 22€ to 30€ ($35-$48). Most visitors arrive by train from Helsinki; a trip via Parikkala takes more than 5 hours. At Parikkala you have to change to a smaller regional train or else a connecting bus. One-way rail fares from Helsinki cost 48€ ($62). Trains arrive at the Savonlinna-Kauppatori in the center of town. There is an express bus service running several times a day from Helsinki to Savonlinna, taking 5 to 6 hours and costing 48€ ($77) for a one-way ticket. For train or bus fares, check with the terminus in Helsinki.
Visitor Information -- The Savonlinna Tourist Service, at Puistokatu 1, FIN-57100 Savonlinna (tel. 015/517-510), is open daily from June to August 9am to 5pm, but during the Opera Festival, it remains open until 8pm. From September to May, it is open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm.
Special Events -- The Savonlinna Opera Festival, traditionally held in July in Olavinlinna Castle, is a world-class cultural event. For information, contact the Savonlinna Opera Festival Office, Olavinkatu 35, FIN-57130 Savonlinna (tel. 015/476-750; www.operafestival.fi). Tickets range from 32€ to 225€ ($51-$360).
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