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Introduction to Oulu

Oulu, Finland - When thinking about this city in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia in Finland, images of the spectacular Oulu Market Hall, Hollihaka Park, and Oulu Cathedral instantly come to mind. As you explore beyond these attractions and read through this Oulu travel guide, you'll find that this city in Finland is more than what we see in books and social media. Oulu, and its community of more than 200.5 thousand people, is a culturally-rich and diverse travel destination offering plenty of unforgettable experiences.

Easily accessible from Oulu airport, Oulu is the perfect base for a memorable and unique vacation in Finland any time of the year.

You'll learn more fascinating facts about Oulu as you explore this spectacular city.

Traveling to Oulu is especially rewarding for anyone eager to connect with locals and learn more about their unique culture and traditions.

Get ready to explore and learn more about the city of Oulu below!

Top services in Oulu

Here on this page, you'll find all the top travel services in Oulu, Finland. Check out the cheapest and most popular flights offered by 315 airlines that fly to Finland. Compare the rates and services of the 5 types of places to stay in Oulu and the 5 car rental companies offering CDW insurance coverage. We make it easy for you to find and book the top services in Oulu.

Enjoy the convenience of planning and booking every detail of your trip to Oulu, including flights, accommodations, activities, and more, in one place. Book with Guide to Europe to get an expertly-curated and fully-customizable itinerary and experience the best of Oulu on your vacation in Finland.

Get answers to questions about the routes and services offered in Oulu from our free 24/7 customer support. Continue reading to learn how you can enjoy a stress-free and memorable vacation in the city of Oulu!

Learn more about Finland

There are many reasons to visit the city of Oulu, but a trip to Finland needs no explanation.

Exploring Finland, which spans 338,424 square kilometers, is an adventure of a lifetime. Finland offers an abundance of truly magical places to discover, including cultural, historic, and scenic sites of significant value to both locals and travelers.

As the home country of many world-famous attractions like the spectacular Oulu Market Hall, Hollihaka Park, and the Oulu Cathedral, you’re all set for a unique and memorable travel experience in Finland.

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What to see in Oulu

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Oulu has something for everyone. Regardless of age and interest, travelers have the best time exploring every corner of the city.

Read on to discover the best places to visit and find out what to expect from the city of Oulu.

Top attractions in Oulu

Home to plenty of top attractions, Oulu is more than just a wonderful city in Finland. Oulu is a travel hotspot and a great place to experience a mix of the traditional and modern culture of Finland.

One fascinating sight in Oulu is the unforgettable Oulu Market Hall. Considered one of the most well-known attractions in the city, a visit to this spectacular travel destination is something you shouldn’t miss on your trip to Oulu. This remarkable attraction is located at Kauppatori, 90100 Oulu, Finland and is open for visitors Monday - Friday, between 08:00-18:00.

For more information about what you can expect during a vacation in Finland, check out our list of top attractions in Oulu below. Discover the best places to visit in Oulu, including the fascinating Oulu Market Hall, Hollihaka Park, Oulu Cathedral, University of Oulu Botanical Gardens, and Oulu Automobile Museum.

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Things to do in Oulu

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Enrich your travel experience in Oulu by joining tours and activities. Oulu offers an exciting selection of top-rated tours and it's easy for every traveler to find something to their liking. Take the opportunity to catch the top attractions on a tour, stay active with an adventurous excursion, or learn something new about the local history or culture of the city.

Discover the most popular experiences in Oulu below.

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Vacation packages in Oulu

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The best and easiest way to visit Oulu is by booking a vacation package. A vacation package includes everything you need for a worry-free and perfectly planned holiday in Finland.

Booking a vacation package to Oulu means spending less time planning and more time enjoying your vacation. A vacation package includes everything from flight tickets, accomodation, and a rental car, to 24/7 personal travel support and a carefully planned travel itinerary. You can also take your vacation in Oulu to the next level by adding tours, tickets, and activities to each day of your trip.

Apart from providing you with everything you need to travel comfortably, your vacation package to Oulu is also fully customizable. In other words, you can add or remove services at your own convenience, to create the perfect vacation for you and your travel companions.

On our website, you will find 106 unique vacation packages to Oulu, including flight tickets, hotel reservations, and recommendations for the best sightseeing spots, restaurants, bars, and activities.

Continue to the next section to learn more about what types of vacations you can book in the city of Oulu.

Popular types of vacations in Oulu

The most popular way to experience Oulu is by visiting the city as part of a road trip across multiple destinations in Finland. However, it is also common for travelers to go to Oulu on both shorter and longer getaways, to get a break from everyday life, relax, and experience something new.

With Guide to Europe you can find road trips, city breaks, and weekend getaways in Finland, ranging from budget to luxury. Whether you’re planning a multi-day road trip across Finland, or you just want to enjoy a few days exploring Oulu, there is a vacation package for you.

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Top vacation packages in Oulu

Travelers have a great selection of vacation packages to choose from in Finland. In fact, you can choose from as many as 106 different top-rated vacation packages to take you to Oulu, and even more if you expand your search to include a bigger area of Finland.

To help narrow your choices down, here are some of the best vacation packages for exploring the city of Oulu.

For an epic vacation, discover Oulu and other top destinations in Finland on a top-rated holiday like the 10-Day Finland Road Trip from Oulu to Seinäjoki, Tampere, Helsinki, and Kuopio. This vacation package provides travelers with tons of opportunities to experience not only the most popular attractions in Oulu, but also in other top places to visit in Finland. If Nallikari Beach, Hollihaka Park, University of Oulu Botanical Gardens, Oulu Market Hall, and Nallikari Lighthouse are on your bucket list, this is the perfect vacation package for you.

If you would like to go on a budget vacation in Oulu, book the popular Cheap 3-Day Finland City Break in Oulu and spend as little as 344 EUR. This vacation will take you on a journey to experience some of the most incredible attractions and sights in Oulu, including the fantastic Hollihaka Park, Nallikari Lighthouse, Nallikari Beach, and Oulu Market Hall.

Get more Oulu vacation ideas on this site and discover the greatest selection of vacation packages in Europe. Scroll down to find the best vacation packages in Finland that match your needs and budget.


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Discover and compare 106 vacation packages that take you to the wonderful city of Oulu.

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How to get to Oulu

To get to the city of Oulu the fastest way possible, travelers from outside Finland can travel by plane. International travelers can fly to Oulu by booking flights with any of the 1 airline that offer direct flights to Oulu airport. Some airlines that operate flights to Oulu airport are Ryanair, United Airlines, Finnair, Air China, and Azul. Go to this page to compare all flights to Oulu.

To reach the city of Oulu, travelers can choose from various airport transfer options available at Oulu airport.

If you're looking for the best flight ticket deals to Oulu, knowing the cheapest travel time and which airlines offer the most affordable flights is helpful. Luckily, we have this information for you. Discover more about the cheapest and most popular flights to Oulu airport and Oulu below.

Find cheap flights to Oulu

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Over the years, more airlines have started offering flexible and direct flights to Oulu, making it one of the most accessible travel destinations in Finland. However, it is usually cheaper to fly to Oulu, Finland, in May.

The cheapest one-way flight to Oulu costs around 80 EUR and is offered by the airline Finnair.

The cheapest round-trip flights to Oulu cost approximately 53 EUR in total. The departure flight leaves on July 14 and the return flight is scheduled on July 14. The flight time is around 1 hour per way.

The return flight is operated by Helsinki.

Use the search tool below to find the cheapest flights to Finland and the city of Oulu from your city of departure.

Popular flights to Oulu

Travelers visiting Oulu in Finland can fly to Oulu airport directly from 1471 destinations worldwide.

The three most popular routes to Oulu airport and the city of Oulu in Finland depart from Oulu airport in Oulu, Finland, Cochin International airport in Kochi, India, and Albany airport in Albany, Australia.

Travelers can fly to Finland by choosing from from 1 weekly flight(s) from Oulu; from 4 weekly flight(s) from Kochi; and from 1 weekly flight(s) from Albany.

The airline that operates most flights to Finland is Cambodia Airways. Cambodia Airways offers 1 scheduled flight routes to Finland.

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Where to stay in Oulu

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An essential factor to consider when traveling to a new place or country is accommodation. While visiting a city as fantastic as Oulu is always exciting, any avid traveler knows that accommodations often make or break the vacation experience.

The best place to stay in Oulu usually depends on travelers' needs and preferences. However, booking accommodation in downtown Oulu offers a ton of benefits.

Staying at the heart of the city allows you to easily walk to many of the top sights and dining areas in Oulu and cut down on your travel expenses. Centrally-located accommodations are also an excellent choice for travelers in Oulu planning to go on a quick tour or drive to the neighboring regions.

In Oulu, you'll find 5 different types of places to stay catering to every taste, budget, and reason for travel. For example, honeymooners or travelers on a romantic getaway in Finland can experience the ultimate relaxation at one of the 5-star or 4-star hotels in Oulu. Travelers whose purpose is sightseeing can also find plenty of mid-range hotels to budget-friendly accommodations in the city, allowing access to many of the top attractions in Oulu.

Learn more about the most popular places to stay and the top-rated hotels in Oulu in the next sections.

Popular types of accommodation in Oulu

A trip to the fascinating Oulu, Finland, means opportunities to relax at any of the 5 different types of places to stay in the city. Overall, travelers can choose from the following: 61 vacation rental apartments, 51 hotels, 12 cottages, 1 guesthouse and 1 resort. While each type offers varying amenities and rates, there is no denying that Oulu provides a great selection of lodging options ready to cater to every kind of guest.

Among all these choices available in the city, Lapland Hotels Oulu is one of the top picks of travelers in Oulu.

The hotel is located at Kirkkokatu 3 and boasts many great utilities, including 24-hour front desk, Air conditioning, and Bar.

Budget accommodations are also incredibly popular among travelers in Oulu. Cheaper alternatives allow travelers to save on accommodation costs and have more to spend on other experiences.

In Oulu, travelers looking for an economical yet top-rated place to stay usually choose Design Guesthouse Laanila. For approximately 71 EUR, guests can book a comfortable Unknown at this popular vacation rental apartment.

Below is a list of all 5 different types of places to stay in Oulu. Select the type you prefer to compare options under each category and find the best accommodation.

Top hotels in Oulu

Hotels are travelers' go-to accommodations in Oulu for the unique experience they provide. So if you're the kind of traveler who prefers staying at hotels, you'll be glad to know that the city is home to around 126 hotels.

Besides offering basic amenities, many hotels in Oulu provide meals and extras, such as shuttle services, spa facilities, tour desks, and other services. But because not all hotels in Oulu are created equal, finding the best in the city often requires careful research. For your convenience, we've done all the research to make it easier for you to check out all the top hotels in Oulu.

If comfort, convenience, and affordability are your non-negotiables, check out Lapland Hotels Oulu, the top 4-star hotel in the city. When all you need is a pleasant place to rest and sleep in between your activities in Oulu, the highest-rated 3-star hotel, BEST WESTERN Hotel Samantta, is for you.

Below is our hand-picked list of the best hotels in the Oulu. Travelers are encouraged to book early as these hotels quickly reach capacity.

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Use the Accommodation Search tool below to find available stays in the city of Oulu on specific dates. This handy feature also allows you to compare prices and amenities.

Enter the preferred check-in and check-out dates. Then, select the number of guests and rooms. Click the Search button to find all the available hotels and places to stay in the city of Oulu that match the information provided.

Car rental in Oulu

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Experience the freedom and convenience of a self-drive vacation by renting a car for your adventures in Oulu. Oulu has 5 car rental companies ready to provide you with the perfect vehicle for your travels.

Automatic cars for rent in Oulu start from 47.44 EUR per day or 332.1 EUR per week. The cheapest automatic rental car is a Volkswagen Golf.

If you prefer driving a manual car, you’ll find multiple options for rent in Oulu, starting from 42.43 EUR per day or 296.99 EUR per week. The cheapest manual rental car is a Skoda Fabia.

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Popular types of car rental in Oulu

Discover and choose from our broad range of popular car rental options in the city of Oulu to find the best car for your travel plans. Travelers in Oulu can choose from small cars, medium cars, large cars, estate cars, mini vans, SUVs, convertibles, premium cars, camper vans, mini campers, vans, cars. All car rentals come with CDW insurance for added protection throughout your trip.

Renting a car is a popular choice among travelers who want to explore Finland at their own pace. The most popular type of car rental among small groups of travelers in Oulu is a TopLevel.

Another very popular type of car to rent in Oulu is a TopLevel. This car is particularly popular among couples and solo travelers touring the city of Oulu.

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Get ready to hit the road and explore the beautiful city of Oulu. Find the best deals on a variety of popular car rentals in Oulu, Finland, or any other destination in Europe by using the search tool below.

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Popular destinations to visit after Oulu

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The city of Oulu is just one of the many unique and scenic destinations you can visit in Finland. So if you're itching for another cultural adventure, a relaxing road trip, an action-filled city break, or a memorable weekend getaway, know that Finland has it all.

Finland is calling, and the country is asking you to experience its culture and diversity to the fullest! Take the opportunity to visit other captivating places in Finland that are as magical as the city of Oulu. The most popular travel destinations in Finland are listed below. Click on the name of the place you want to explore next to learn more about it.

All the best destinations in Finland

When unsure of where to go next, use the map below. This map shows the locations of all the best destinations in Finland. Use the map to plan your trip and find the best routes.

Domestic flights from Oulu

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A taste of Finland through a visit to Oulu can often reignite a traveler's passion for adventure. When this happens, the best way to satisfy this wanderlust is to book a domestic flight from Oulu to another remarkable destination in Finland.

To begin your search for the best or cheapest flights from the city of Oulu to other spectacular locations in Finland, jump to the last section of this travel guide.

Popular domestic flights from Oulu

Travelers in Finland can catch flights to domestic airports in Ivalo, Helsinki, Vaasa, Turku, and Tampere. Domestic flights in Finland are operated by 1 airline: Finnair. There are around 7 scheduled flight routes operating to Oulu on a weekly basis.

From Oulu, travelers can book scheduled flights to 7 domestic destinations.

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Traveling to another city or region in Finland? Use the flight search tool below to quickly find the cheapest one-way or round-trip flights from Oulu to different local destinations.

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