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Kouvola (Official web page [1], City map [2]) is a city in Southern Finland. It is located 134 km northeast of the capital, Helsinki.

Kouvola's central location within Finland's borders and as a border post between the European Union and Russian Federation makes it a town full of hustle and bustle. The town originally grew up around the junction of the north-south and east-west rail tracks. It was also a major road transport junction. Kouvola still treasures and benefits from its logistically good location.

In January 2009 the six municipalities - Kouvola, Kuusankoski, Elimäki, Anjalankoski, Valkeala and Jaala - merged, accounting for the new municipality of Kouvola with a population of over 88,000, being the 10th largest city in Finland.

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By train[edit]

There are railways to Kouvola from four directions:

  • Helsinki - (Riihimäki) - Lahti - Kouvola (there is also a route bypassing Riihimäki)
  • Kotka - Kouvola
  • Pieksämäki - Mikkeli - Kouvola
  • Joensuu - Imatra - Lappeenranta - Kouvola
  • St. Petersburg (Russia) - Kouvola

By bus[edit]

Expressbus services from Kouvola to different parts of Finland are provided by [Matkahuolto.

Low-cost expressbus service from Kouvola to Helsinki is provided by Pohjolan Liikenne.

By car[edit]

Kouvola is situated on the route of three highways:

  • Highway 6 (Helsinki - Kouvola - Lappeenranta)
  • Highway 12 (Rauma - Huittinen - Tampere - Lahti - Kouvola)
  • Highway 15 (Kotka - Kouvola - Mikkeli)

Get around[edit]

In the city centre the most easy way to get around is to walk. Everything is within quite a small distance, and Kouvola's main street Manski is a pedestrian zone.

If you want to go to somewhere further from the centre, you can either use a bus or a train. There is an interactive route planner [3] for local buses. Taxis are useful too, especially for getting back to hotel after a long night.

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  • Tykkimäki Amusement Park [4]
  • Kaunisnurmi Area of wooden houses and museums
  • Repovesi National Park [5]. Formerly a site for intensive commercial forestry, the Repovesi area successfully transformed into a pristine national park. Pine and birch trees dominate the park. Repovesi abounds with wildlife including bear, deer and various birds. The River Koukunjoki cuts through the park. Other streams and lakes are also situated within the parks boundaries.

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See drinking in Kouvola

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Drink[edit][add listing]

The bar under the train station (Ravintola Kaisa) is a good option for those who want a bit of what is a Finnish bar, also near Manski the pub called Old Tom is a great place to have a drink in summer time when the outside part is open. Gastro pub Betony gives you food, beer and livemusic. There are four nightclubs in Kouvola as well, Night/Amarillo at Manski, Bar Q near the city library - and Nightclub Touba in Hansakeskus (Hansa centre). The first two are the most popular.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Hotel Cumulus, address Valtakatu 11, city centre
  • Hotel Sommelo, address Pallokentäntie 2, Kuusankoski
  • Sokos Hotel Vaakuna, address Paimenpolku 2, city centre
  • Tykkimäki Camping [6] , address Käyrälampi


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