The small village of Vainikkala stands right next to Finland's eastern border with Russia. Even more importantly, all passenger trains between Russia and Finland stop at the Vainikkala railway station. Travellers who hire a car here can find roads that lead across the border into Russia or to the Finnish National Route 6, which heads west towards Helsinki - a total drive of around 15 miles. The regional centre of Lappeenranta is 2 miles to the north and beyond that are the extensive Saimaa lakes and waterways.
The tiny community of Vainikkala stands along the small but beautiful Lake Telkjärvi, which can be crossed by a low road bridge. This remote spot among the forest and farmland only has a few hundred residents - and most of those work at the town's railway station, the border post or the customs. Many visitors arrive by train from Moscow or St Petersburg to avoid the traffic queues at the road border crossing. With a rental car, they can drive from Vainikkala and easily reach the rest of the Finnish road network.
Opening hours:Mo-Su 0800-2100
Address:Rajamiehentie 47, Restaurant Ukko-Pekka
With a wide range of travellers passing through our locations every day, we've got a wide range of vehicles on offer to suit your needs - from smart executive saloons to compact family hatchbacks. ***
***Specific cars may not be available when booking
Please note that from 15 Nov to 15 Apr many cities are required by law to restrict the circulation to only vehicles equipped with snow chains or winter tyres. For a summary of the orders, please visit www.poliziadistato.it. To comply with the regulations, in specific locations subject to this requirement, vehicles are equipped with snow chains - the price is included in the rental charges through the cost of "Winterization Fee". At pick-up if you decide to bring your own snow chains or do not intend on driving on the roads subject to this requirement, you may decline the equipment by signing the appropriate release form. This change will be reflected in the rental charges. For more information on the fees, please click here. In all other regions, we recommend that you check before renting if your journey includes one of the roads subject to this requirement and therefore request the snow chains, if necessary.