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.
There are railways to Kouvola from four directions:
Kouvola is situated on the route of three highways:
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  for local buses. Taxis are useful too, especially for getting back to hotel after a long night.
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. There are four nightclubs in Kouvola as well, Night/Amarillo at Manski, Tivoli close to the train station, Bar&Club RedMoon near the city library - and Nightclub Riviera in Hansakeskus (Hansa centre). The first two are the most popular.