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Travelling to Tahko by public transportation

Travelling to Tahko by public transportation

  Venla Mutanen • June 12, 2023

Tahko is easily reachable by Kuopio public transportation

From autumn to spring (August 10th 2023 to June 2nd 2024), you can get to Tahko or Nilsiä (11km from Tahko) from Kuopio and Siilinjärvi bus stations by taking Kuopio public transport’s Vilkku bus number 61. Bus line 61 operates more frequently between Kuopio and Tahko during the ski season from December 1st 2023, to April 30th 2024. Additionally, during the winter season from December 2nd 2023 to April 14th 2024, there is a free skibus service between Nilsiä and Tahko, which significantly improves transportation connections.

From Kuopio to Tahko

  • On weekdays, there is one connection per day from Kuopio bus station (at 6.45 pm).
  • On Saturdays, there are two connections per day (at 10 am and 3.50 pm).
    • Check the Kuopio-Tahko local transport schedules here (only in Finnish; M-P = Monday to Friday, L = Saturday, S = Sunday, las = bus station).
    • Trains arriving in Kuopio
  • On Sundays, bus 61 does not operate to Tahko, only to Nilsiä.
    • From December 2nd 2023, to April 14th 2024, you can continue your journey from Nilsiä to Tahko with the free Skibus (at 2.50 pm).
  • Ticket price for adults ranges from 5,55€ to 8€, and for children (aged 7-16) from 2,78€ to 4€, see more details.

From Siilinjärvi to Tahko

  • On weekdays, there is one connection per day from Siilinjärvi town center (at 7.10 pm).
  • On Saturdays, there are two connections per day (at 10.25 am and 4.15 pm).
    • Check the Kuopio-Tahko local transport schedules here (only in Finnish; M-P = Monday to Friday, L = Saturday, S = Sunday, las = bus station).
    • Trains arriving in Siilinjärvi
  • On Sundays, bus 61 does not operate to Tahko, only to Nilsiä.
    • From December 2nd 2023, to April 14th 2024, you can continue your journey from Nilsiä to Tahko with the free skibus (at 2.50 pm).
  • Ticket price for adults ranges from 4,99€ to 7,20€, and for children (aged 7-16) from 2,49€ to 3,60€, see more details.

From Kuopio or Siilinjärvi to Nilsiä

  • The same bus 61 goes from Kuopio and Siilinjärvi to Nilsiä, with more frequent connections. From Nilsiä, you can continue to Tahko (11 km) by taxi or from December 2nd 2023 to April 14th 2024 with the free skibus.

From Tahko to Kuopio or Siilinjärvi

  • On weekdays from December 2nd 2023 to April 14th 2024, you can reach Nilsiä’s bus station from Tahko with the free skibus (at 11.30 am), from where you can continue your journey to Kuopio or Siilinjärvi on bus 61 (at 1.05 pm).
  • On Sundays from December 2nd 2023 to April 14th 2024, you can reach Nilsiä’s bus station from Tahko with the free skibus (at 1.25 pm), from where you can continue your journey to Kuopio or Siilinjärvi on bus 61 (at 2.45 pm).
  • On weekdays and Sundays, bus 61 does not operate from Tahko to Siilinjärvi or Kuopio, except from December 1st 2023 to April 30th 2024, when on weekdays there is one bus from Tahko (at 12.50 pm), in addition to another on Fridays (at 8.00 pm), and one on Sundays (at 2.30 pm)
    • Check the Nilsiä-Siilinjärvi-Kuopio local transport schedules here (only in Finnish; M-P = Monday to Friday, L = Saturday, S = Sunday, las = bus station)
  • On Saturdays, there are two direct connections per day (at 11.30 am and 5.15 pm), stopping at both Siilinjärvi and Kuopio.
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Example route from Helsinki to Tahko and vice versa

Recommended route from Helsinki to Tahko on weekdays

  1. VR train Helsinki-Kuopio which departs from Helsinki at 11.19 am and arrives in Kuopio at 3.35 pm. Check train schedules here.
    • Vilkku bus Kuopio-Tahko departs from Kuopio at 6.45 pm and arrives in Tahko at 8.00 pm.
    • You will have a three-hour wait at Kuopio before the bus to Tahko departs. During the wait, you can, for example, have a meal at Travel Center Portti or in the city center. Baggage storage is available at the railway station’s Cafe Asema.
  2. VR train Helsinki-Kuopio which departs from Helsinki at 2.15 pm arrives in Kuopio at 6.30 pm. Check train schedules here.
    • Vilkku bus Kuopio-Tahko departs from Kuopio at 6.45 pm and arrives in Tahko at 8.00 pm.

Recommended route from Helsinki to Tahko on Saturdays

  1. VR train Helsinki-Kuopio which departs from Helsinki at 11.19 am and arrives in Kuopio at 3.35 pm. Check train schedules here.
    • Vilkku bus Kuopio-Tahko departs from Kuopio at 3.50 pm and arrives in Tahko at 5.05 pm.

Recommended route from Tahko to Helsinki on weekdays

  1. Taxi from Tahko to Nilsiä.
    • Vilkku bus Nilsiä-Kuopio departs from Nilsiä at 8.55 am and arrives in Kuopio at 9.55 am.
    • VR train Kuopio-Helsinki which departs from Kuopio at 11.15 pm and arrives in Helsinki at 3.40 pm. Check train schedules here.
    • You will have over an hour’s wait in Kuopio. During the wait, you can, for example, have a meal at Travel Center Portti. If you want to visit the city center, baggage storage is available at the railway station’s Cafe Asema.
  2. Vilkku bus from Tahko-Kuopio which departs from Tahko at 12.50 pm and arrives in Kuopio at 2 pm.*
    • VR train Kuopio-Helsinki which departs from Kuopio at 2.20 pm and arrives in Helsinki at 6.40 pm. Check the train schedules here.
    • *Note! This route is possible only during the ski season from December 1st 2023 to April 30th 2024, when Vilkku bus 61 has extended schedules.

Recommended route from Tahko to Helsinki on Saturdays

  1. Vilkku bus Tahko-Kuopio which departs from Tahko at 11.30 am and arrives in Kuopio at 12.45 pm.
    • VR train Kuopio-Helsinki which departs from Kuopio at 2.20 pm and arrives in Helsinki at 6.40 pm. Check train schedules here.
    • You will have about an hour and a half’s wait in Kuopio. During the wait, you can, for example, have a meal at Travel Center Portti. If you want to visit the city center, baggage storage is available at the railway station’s Cafe Asema.

Recommended route from Tahko to Helsinki on Sundays*

*Note! This route is possible only during the ski season from December 1st 2023 to April 30th 2024, when Vilkku bus 61 has extended schedules.

  1. Vilkku bus Tahko-Kuopio which departs from Tahko at 2.30 pm and arrives in Kuopio at 3.45 pm.
    • VR train Kuopio-Helsinki which departs from Kuopio at 4.14 pm and arrives in Helsinki at 8.40 pm. Check the train schedules here.

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