It is easy to come to the Jyväskylä region by car. For example, the distance from the Helsinki metropolitan area is not long and it is easy to drive on the E75 via Lahti or the E12 via Tampere and Jämsä. If you want to enjoy spectacular sceneries during your drive, it is a good idea to select the somewhat slower route from Lahti via Pulkkilanharju. The distances are short also if you come from Lappeenranta or from Turku.
If you drive your own or a rental car, please check the weather forecasts and the pay attention to the prevailing conditions.
Parking and the parking disc
In many places around Jyväskylä, parking is subject to charges. Please check the parking fee in your parking area. Please remember to put your parking slip on the dashboard inside your car when parking. This way the slip will be easily visible from outside the car. The paid parking time shown on the slip indicates the remaining parking time and you can use the slip anywhere within the same parking zone. Please check the payment policies in your parking area. Information on parking on the streets in the city centre in the Jyväs-Parkki traffic map (in Finnish).
Parking disc is used on some parking areas. The use of the disc is indicated with traffic signs. Please remember to put your parking disc on the dashboard inside your car when parking. This way, the whole disc will be easily visible from the outside of the car and fills the legal requirements set for the parking disc. More information on parking and on the use of the parking disc (in Finnish).
There are several parking garages in good locations in the Jyväskylä city centre, and from the gate, you can already see how many places are available at any given time. A hint to those driving! Parking is free of charge in the parking garages of Jyväskeskus and Forum shopping centres on Sundays (NB! valid during the shopping centre opening hours, Forum from 12 to 18 hours and Jyväskeskus from 12 to 22 hours. See also the locations of parking garages in the best locations in Jyväskylä that you can use 24 hours a day, every day of the year.
Distances by car from the major cities
(distances calculated to Jyväskylä)
Helsinki, 3 hours
Lahti, 2 hours
Tampere, 2 hours
Hämeenlinna, 2 hours 30 minutes
Lappeenranta, 3 hours
Vaasa, 3 hours 30 minutes
Turku, 3 hours 45 minutes
Oulu, 4 hours
Rovaniemi, 6 hours 45 minutes