Home for the night – on-demand taxi service pilot begins for connections between Lappeenranta and Helsinki Airport and Lappeenranta and Kouvola

12/19/2019

Onward connections to Imatra and elsewhere in South Karelia available for booking.

The City of Lappeenranta launches an on-demand taxi service pilot for the connections between Lappeenranta and Helsinki Airport and Lappeenranta and Kouvola. The Home for the night pilot project will last from 22 December 2019 to 31 May 2020. The project is funded by the South Karelia Chamber of Commerce, the LUT University and the Lappeenranta-Imatra urban region. For an extra fee based on the taxi fare, the taxi can pick up or drop off passengers from Imatra or elsewhere outside Lappeenranta. The tender process for operating the taxi service was won by Taksi Saimaa Oy.

Kutsutaksi kuvituskuva_Lappeenrannan kaupunki.JPGThe on-demand taxi service pilot aims to improve the connections between Helsinki Airport and South Karelia for passengers whose flight departs early in the morning or arrives late at night, says Lappeenranta’s Public Transport Manager Terhi Koski.

− This way passengers no longer have to stay overnight in the Greater Helsinki area, which reduces their total number of travel days. In addition, the pilot will provide valuable information on the demand for such a service, based on which we can lobby for extending the Kouvola train connection to Lappeenranta.

Home for the night and early at the airport

The on-demand taxi service provides connections between Helsinki Airport and the Lappeenranta local public transport area for passengers whose flight arrives late at night or departs early in the morning. According to passengers’ needs and scheduling possibilities, the taxi service can be extended to other municipalities in the province.

The taxi can be booked from Sunday to Friday, and the taxi from Helsinki Airport to Lappeenranta departs at approximately 23:30. The taxi from Lappeenranta to Helsinki Airport departs at approximately 03:00. The taxi is scheduled to arrive at Helsinki Airport by 06:00.

The taxi also serves passengers travelling between the Kouvola railway station and the Lappeenranta local public transport area. The train runs from Helsinki to Kouvola from Monday to Sunday at 23:59-1:40. The taxi departs from Kouvola at the earliest 10 minutes from the actual arrival of the train, or earlier if all the passengers who have booked the taxi in advance are aboard.

From Monday to Friday, the taxi also serves passengers who want to catch the 4:50-6:34 train from Kouvola to Helsinki. The taxi from Lappeenranta to the train departs at approximately 03:30.

The taxi should be booked at least 24 hours before the taxi’s estimated departure time. Passengers are charged €87.50 per one-way connection between Helsinki Airport and the Lappeenranta local public transport area. Between the Kouvola railway station and the Lappeenranta local public transport area, passengers are charged €50 per one-way connection. In addition, passengers travelling from Imatra or elsewhere outside Lappeenranta will be charged a normal taxi fare to the border of the Lappeenranta local public transport area.

For detailed instructions on booking the taxi, go to: https://www.lappeenranta.fi/en/Maps-and-transport/Home-for-the-night-taxi-service

Cost-effective transportation and improved occupational wellbeing

There has been a clear need for a service like the Home for the night taxi service especially among business travellers in South Karelia. The five-month taxi service project will provide more information on the actual demand for such a service.

Lappeenranta is an international university city and one of the centres of trade and industry in South-East Finland. According to Mayor of Lappeenranta Kimmo Jarva, it is important that international business travel in Lappeenranta and South Karelia is cost-effective and conducive to occupational wellbeing and safety.

− Together with the LUT Group and South Karelia’s trade and industry, we are interested to see how this service is received and whether the outcome will promote the development of longer-term public transport to Helsinki Airport conducive to business travel.

Further information:

City of Lappeenranta
Terhi Koski, Public Transport Manager
tel. +358 40 651 5599, terhi.koski(at)lappeenranta.fi

Markus Lankinen, Director of Strategy
tel. +358 40 701 7328, markus.lankinen(at)lappeenranta.fi