Lahti in Finland
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Lahti is exactly 104 km from Helsinki, a one-hour drive on the expressway number 4 connecting the two cities.
Buses to Lahti depart from Helsinki every half hour. Currently, journey to Lahti by bus takes approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes. Buses arrive at the Lahti Bus Station (Linja-autoasema) in the city centre. Ticket costs around 14, 20€-17€. By the way, pikavuoro means express-service, vakiovuoro means normal service, and tilausajo means charter service.
Travel from Helsinki to Lahti by train takes about 50 minutes. The train service is provided by VR, the national train company. Trains are also preferred by locals, because they're fast and comfortable. There are several train types: *Local train Z (Lähiliikennejuna Z). Costs around 12, 60€ adult, 6, 30€ child(6-16 years). *InterCity trains(InterCity-juna). Costs around 18, 20€ adult, 9, 10€ child. Very comfortable trains, usually with 6 wagons, 3 of them are double-deckers. *Pendolino trains. Costs around 23€ adult, 11, 5€ child. Very comfortable trains and they tilt while turning. If you travel with children, you should choose Perhelippu(Family ticket). With each adult, one child can ride for free. For example, if you have three children, you will only pay for 2 adults and 1 child.
The train station is about ten minutes walk from the city center. Cross Mannerheiminkatu and take Rautatienkatu towards north.
Lahti has a good system of public transport. You can ride from one part of the city to another with a single ticket of 3.20€, kids 1.60€. Kauppatori is the center of Lahti's public transport system, but be aware that many bus lines go in both directions from Kauppatori.