Directions to Repovesi National Park

17.1.2024, updated 31.5.2024
The Lapinsalmi Bridge in Repovesi National Park is temporarily closed. Hikers are requested to arrive at Repovesi National Park through the parking areas of Tervajärvi and Saarijärvi. From Lapinsalmi, you can access the trails using the Ketunlossi ferry and the crossing boat, whose schedules can be found on our website in the 'what's new' page.

Repovesi National Park is located on the western side of the Kouvola-Mikkeli road (Highway 15). Repovesi is 175 km from Helsinki, 50 km from Kouvola via Valkeala and 75 km from Mikkeli via Mäntyharju. The nearest airport is Helsinki-Vantaa Airport.

To the Hiking Trails

The hiking trails start at the Tervajärvi, Lapinsalmi or Saarijärvi parking areas. Starting points for the hiking trails.

By Train to Kouvola and Mäntyharju

Throughout the year, the nearest railway stations ( to Repovesi National Park are Mäntyharju (47 km) or Kouvola (55 km).

In 2024, some train services will also stop at Hillosensalmi from April 27th to October 26th:

  • IC 63, departing from Helsinki at 8:19 am and stopping at Hillosensalmi at 10:13 am.
  • IC 68, departing from Kuopio at 2:20 pm and stopping at Hillosensalmi at 4:42 pm.

From the train station, it is a 9 km journey to Lapinsalmi and about 3 km by water to Karhulahti. You can reach Lapinsalmi by local buses 15, 15A, and 15B, as well as 5, which wait for train arrivals (

By Bus to Repovesi

Buses ( travel from Kouvola to Lapinsalmi during the summer and from Kouvola to Orilampi (about 9 km from Lapinsalmi) all year round. For the rest of the trip you can take a taxi.

In addition, the Repovesi Bus ( operates on the Kouvola-Verla-Repovesi route on weekends during the peak season.

Charter buses can park at the Lapinsalmi, Saarijärvi and Tervajärvi parking areas. 

By Shared Taxi to Repovesi

You can take a shared taxi from Kouvola to Repovesi. Kymenlaakson Taksi ( offers transport from Kouvola Travel Centre to Lapinsalmi at Repovesi all year round.

By Car to Repovesi

Lapinsalmi parking area, Riippusillantie 55, Kouvola (Road 368). No winter maintenance until the Lapinsalmi bridge is is use again. 

Saarijärvi parking area, Kuismantie 990, Kouvola (Road 368). Space for approximately 60 cars.

Tervajärvi parking area, Kivisilmäntie 720, Kouvola. Space for approximately 45 cars. Google Maps and other navigators often provide the wrong driving instructions. Driving directions to Tervajärvi: At Tuohikotti, turn off road 15 onto road 369. The intersection has the following road signs: Jaala 38 and Varuskunta 8. Then follow the signs for Repovesi National Park.

Please note that the road running through Repovesi National Park is closed with gates.

Tip: Avoid heavy traffic by checking the peak times and What’s New section.

By Boat to Repovesi

It’s easy to reach the national park by boat from the west via Lake Repovesi or Lake Kapiavesi. Find out more about services for boaters.

A water bus travels from the Orilampi Cottage and Holiday Centre to Repovesi along Finland’s Golden Trail ( The Golden Trail is one of Finland’s oldest inland cruise routes. The water bus stops at Kuutinkanava Canal, Mustalamminvuori Hill, Lapinsalmi Sound and Karhulahti Bay.

Water bus services in the national park are provided by partner companies.

A wooden water bus travelling through a lake landscape. There are passengers in the boat and on the rooftop benches.