Kotka-Hamina region is situated on the southeast coast of Finland, on the shores of the Baltic Sea. It consists of the cities of Kotka and Hamina and the towns of Pyhtää, Miehikkälä and Virolahti. Thanks to the new fast E18-motorway, it takes you only one hour to get here from Helsinki!


Helsinki Vantaa airport - Kotka 130 km (1,5 h)

Kouvola railway station - Kotka 57 km (50 min)

Saint-Petersburg - Kotka 270 km (4h)

Railway connections VR

Trains from Kouvola to Kotka run 6 times a day. Check the timetable here.

Long-distance bus connections

Direct daily connections from Helsinki, Tampere, Lahti, Jyväskylä and other cities. Local bus stations are situated in Kotka (Kymenlaaksonkatu 17), Karhula (Matkakuja 4) and Hamina (Rautatienkatu 2). There's a bus stop in Pyhtää as well. Check the timetale here here. You can purchase tickets via Matkahuolto website or at bus company websites and

Matkahuolto service points are located in Karhula (Kotka), Matkakuja 2. Service point in Hamina is on Rautatienkatu 2.

Onnibussi (lowcoster) runs between Helsinki and Kotka 6 times a day. It also has route from Kotka to Tampere. Helsinki route stops only at Kotka Bus station and Prisma Sutela bus stop. On Tampere routes stops only at Kotka bus station and Karhula bus station.

City buses

City buses timetables can be seen here Ticket price: 3,50 €, low traffic hours 3,20 € (change time 1 hour). Tickets can be purchased from the bus. Bus stops in Kotka city center at Kotka square (Kirkkokatu 6) and Kotka Church (Kirkkokatu 26, Hamina bus stops at Kirkkokatu 6 and Kotkankatu 13). In Hamina bus stops at Hamina square Kauvokatu 6. Additional information on local traffic here.

Airport transfers

From Helsinki-Vantaa Airport there is 1,5 hour drive to Kotka-Hamina region. There is also a bus connection to Pyhtää, Kotka and Hamina. Timetables and tickets from Matkahuolto website.

Connections to Russia, Saint-Petersburg

  • Allegro - fast train connection from Kouvola, purchase ticket from directly from Kotka to Finlandsky Station, St. Petersburg
  • Lev Tolstoi - Helsinki-Moscow, connection from Kouvola 
  • Lux Express, 3 connections per day on roure St. Petersburg- Helsinki-st. Petersburg. You can catch Lux Express from Kotka at Karhula bus station. from Karhula bus station there is bus connection to Kotka city center (10 min by bus #1 and #6). The nearest bus stop is at Vesitorninkatu. See timetables here (See Karhula-Kotka yhdistelmä, arkisin - weekdays, lauantai - Sat, sunnuntai - Sun).
  • Sovavto leaves from Karhula bus station and Hamina bus station. The tickets can be bought from