An official border crossing between Finland and Russia located on the Finnish side of the border. Open 24h.
72km southeast from Joensuu on the main road 9, nearly 300km west from Petrozavodsk in Russia and about 400km northwest from Saint Petersburg. Border crossing is allowed by a motor vehicle or by bike. Hitchhikers need to get someone to drive them through the border controll and customs. Very limited public transport options but some buses driving to Russia do pass here. About 1km from the closest bus stop, 'Niiralan kauppa' on the Finnish side. Closest train stop in Kitee.
In the lack of public transport driving a car or a bicycle is highly recommended.
Restaurants: * Rajapysäkki (Niiralan kauppa), Rajantie 690, Niirala (From Russia on the right hand side 1km after the Finnish customs). 07:00-18:00 on weekdays, 09:00-18:00 on weekends. A petrol station with a small grocery store. Pizza, burgers and steaks; lunch on weekdays. edit