This is one of the most commonly asked questions from travelers visiting Rovaniemi:

“Is Rovaniemi far from Santa Claus village?”

This one as well:

“Is it possible to get to the Santa Claus Village by Bus”

In addition to answering these questions, you will find in this article the following information:

  • Bus lines and schedules,
  • Price of bus tickets,
  • The average price of a taxi ride,
  • Different ways to get there,
  • A link to an useful article listing rental Equipment places price comparison.

Where is Santa Claus village exactly?

This unique place is located exactly on the Arctic Circle (Napapiiri in Finnish) at 8km from the centre of Rovaniemi.

Although there are cottages nearby, the majority of travellers choose accommodation in the centre of Rovaniemi.  


Because indeed, it is in the centre of Rovaniemi that you’ll find most of the restaurants, museums, safari companies but also souvenir shops, bars and nightclubs.

Moreover, during the winter season, a lot of things happen in the center of Rovaniemi. Among them, you might witness activities such as reindeer races or the arrival of the Arctic Lapland rally…Both deserve to be seen.

 According to the season, you can also find some local markets, ice sculptures, ice rink for kids and of course, magnificent decorations and lights.

For this reason, it is very common to stay in the centre of Rovaniemi during your holidays. Furthermore, staying in the centre does not mean that your are far from nature. As a matter of fact, you’ll find yourself in the wilderness within easy walking distance from the center.


Bus from Rovaniemi to Santa Claus village

As stated above, most travelers stay in the centre of Rovaniemi. Therefore, bus connections are easy, regular and affordable. All you have to do is to catch the bus number 8 that operates from Rovaniemi railway station to Santa Claus village. These buses stop in city centre and airport as well.

Buses leaving every hour from Rovaniemi railway station.

It must be noted that bus timetables change depending on the day of the week and season. Overall, buses n°8 run every hour between 6.30am and 5.30 pm.

bus to santa claus village

Bus stop in Rovaniemi centre

The two hereunder tables are Bus n°8 timetables for week days and weekends
VALID from 28.10.2018 – 23.03.2019
time table santa express

bus to santa claus village rovaniemi


Finally, let’s have a look at bus and taxi fares through the next table:

BusAdult one way3,50 €
BusAdult return6,60€
BusChild (4-11) one way1,80 €
BusChild (4-11) return3,60 €
TaxiOne wayAbout 20€

For more information on buses time tables, check out the official website of the city of  Rovananiemi (

Private snowmobile tour to arctic circle

One awesome experience is also to book a private snowmobile excursion where you will have the possibility to stop at santa claus village or at a local reindeer farm.

For sports people

Of course, the bus is not the only way to get there. Depending on the season, you can enjoy a beautiful day to go to Santa Claus village on foot, by ski or by bicycle. Indeed, like everywhere in Finland, Rovaniemi and its surroundings are really well equipped. You will find as many cycling paths in good condition during summer as cross country ski tracks during winter.

If you are interested in renting Equipment such bicycles, skis, fatbikes…I invite you to consult the article Prices of rental equipment in Rovaniemi.

What to do their with children?

If you are wondering what kind of activities you can do when you visit Santa Claus village, I invite you to read the article Activities for children around Rovaniemi

In high season, avoid to visit Santa Claus village on Wednesdays and Saturdays, they are the most busy day!




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