Joensuu Car Rental

Enterprise Car Rental Locations in Joensuu

Joensuu is nestled against the shores of Lake Pyhaselka, a 9.9-kilometer drive from Joensuu Airport. Savonlinna is the second-closest option, but it’s a full 84 kilometers from the municipality. The bus and taxi routes are expensive, but you can rent a car in Joensuu at the Enterprise Rent-A-Car at Joensuu Airport and drive away immediately.

What to do and see in Joensuu

Joensuu might be a vibrant university town today, but its history traces all the way back to the Stone Age. The city was built on the Pielisjoki estuary, making it one of Finland’s core port regions. The University of Joensuu first opened its doors in '69, and Joensuu has been growing increasingly metropolitan ever since. Its unique blend of historical hot spots and contemporary lifestyles is punctuated by its many live musical events. You simply can’t experience Joensuu without immersing yourself in its music. Ilosaarirock is the region’s most popular festival, but if you’re not traveling into the city in the middle of the year, Ravintola offers plenty of live music throughout the year.

If your interests are a little more sedate, the arts and crafts quarter of Taitokortteli will allow you to watch weavers in action or learn how to use a carding mill yourself. The site includes several delightful wooden buildings that are over a century old.

If you’re traveling with children, Mukulakatu is not to be missed. The North Karelian Museum is designed like a miniature village street and offers activities for young tourists. Kids can explore the Sortavala models, use the playground or view artifacts from Karelian cultural tradition.

Mother Nature has plenty to offer Joensuu visitors, and Perhos-Botania is one of its best assets. The botanical garden has more than 600 plant species in four separate biomes. The glass-paned greenhouse is home to the resident cockatoo and a butterfly enclosure. Don’t forget to pick up some of the local apiary’s honey at the garden store before you leave.

History buffs will love Joensuu Bunker Museum, which is an outdoor exhibit of cement and timber bunkers from the Winter War. The site also displays anti-tank guns, cannons and machine guns.

Joensuu is more than its cultural heritage, though. It has a thriving sports culture and a range of immaculate sports venues. The best are on the water. Joensuu is prime terrain for paddle boarding, fishing and surfing. The coastline has three main beaches, with Linnunlahti and Honkaniemi Beach drawing the biggest crowds.

Driving in Joensuu

Joensuu connects to the outside world via National Road 74, heading east, and Road 9, heading in from Turku. National Road 23 runs between Eastern and Western Finland. Once you’re within city borders, you’ll rely on Sarvinki to carry you south all the way to Saaroinen. This is one of Joensuu’s largest thoroughfares. Jonsuu’s southwestern pocket relies on National Road 6, which is an easy route through the city if you’re planning a road trip to the southern coastline.

The city’s roads are relatively sparse, so it’s easy to get lost. If you've rented a van in Joensuu, make sure you have a GPS and Wi-Fi signal, particularly if you’re traveling in winter.

The city experiences moderate traffic, but there are two stretches of road to avoid: Suvantosilta and Koulukatu roads. The festive months from April to June bring extra traffic, particularly between noon and 8:00 pm. Generally, however, congestion is minimal.

Finland speed limits designate a maximum rather than a target speed, so don’t feel pressured to race along highways in inclement weather. Put your safety first and keep a safe braking distance. Urban roads generally have a limit of 50 km/h. You should use your headlights at all times. Taillights should be used after dark. Visibility is often low during winter, so you may rely heavily on your rear fog lights. The region is prone to slush and black ice. If your car begins to skid, take your weight off the accelerator so that you can regain control of your car. If the conditions are particularly severe, don’t hesitate to use a rest stop to wait out the worst of it.

Joensuu is a Northern Lights destination. That often means drivers have their eyes on the sky rather than the road, so stay alert and drive defensively. Don’t be tempted to stop off in undesignated areas. This can be a serious safety risk. The area is populated by elk, deer and reindeer, so be vigilant. Elk are at their most active at sunrise and sunset, especially during the autumn months. Reindeer rarely travel alone. If you injure an animal, call 112.

Free parking is a scarcity in Joensuu. Even on-street spaces carry a fee. Be sure to use marked parking spaces, as fines can be punitive. Before you head out, download the EasyPark app, which will allow you to cover your fees online. If you need to leave your vehicle for several hours, Elielinkuja, Koulukatu 18, and Koski Koulukatu place no maximum limits on your time.

Car and van rental in Finland with Enterprise

Enterprise Finland offers a range of car and van rental services including one-way, long-term and short-term vehicle rental. Commercial clients can speak to our award-winning business rental team who will tailor a mobility solution for your needs and budget.

We are part of the Enterprise group, the largest transportation solutions provider in the world. Our global network covers more than 90 countries and over 9,500 locations, allowing us to serve your mobility needs, wherever you’re going.

We are committed to providing the best service possible and exceeding our customers’ expectations for quality and value.

Car rental in Joensuu

If you are traveling with your family or in a big group, you may find a 7-seater or a people carrier will give you more space to travel comfortably with your luggage. For a city trip, a handy hatchback that’s easy to park may suit you better. For business trips or long drives an executive car will combine comfort and performance.

Whether you prefer automatic to manual transmission, no problem. If you want a petrol, diesel or hybrid engine, we’ve got you covered. You may also need GPS, a child seat or want to add another driver to the contract, let us know and we’ll arrange it for you.

Van rental in Joensuu

Should you need to rent a van while you’re in Joensuu, all our vans can be driven on a standard license and are modern, clean and easy to drive. Just ask and one of our branch team will happily show you around your rental van to make sure you are comfortable with it before you head off.