Car Rental in Rovaniemi

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Rovaniemi, Finland
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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Rovaniemi Airport
Economy
Volkswagen Polo or similar
Volkswagen Polo
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
GreenMotion
$20.44 / per day
Rovaniemi Train Station
Compact
Skoda Rapid or similar
Skoda Rapid
  • 5
  • 1
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
AddCar
$22.96 / per day
Rovaniemi Airport
Mini
Volkswagen Up or similar
Volkswagen Up
  • 5
  • 1
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
Enterprise
$32.56 / per day
Rovaniemi Airport
Intermediate
Volvo V40 or similar
Volvo V40
  • 5
  • 3
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Alamo
$59.77 / per day

Most Popular Car Rental Deals

Rovaniemi Airport
Compact Elite
Audi A3 or similar
Audi A3
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Europcar
$73.04 / per day
Rovaniemi Airport
Standard
Skoda Octavia STW or similar
Skoda Octavia STW
  • 5
  • 4
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Hertz
$76.09 / per day
Rovaniemi Airport
Luxury
Volvo V90 or similar
Volvo V90
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
National
$90.37 / per day
Rovaniemi Airport
Full-size
Mercedes-Benz C-Class or similar
Mercedes-Benz C-Class
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
SIXT
$97.17 / per day
The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 18:57 on 2024-04-12. Prices may vary based on the booking dates, length of rental, and car class.

Travel Information

Languages
Finnish, Swedish
Currency
EUR
Drive on
Right-hand side
Country code
+358
Average car rental price
$59 per day
Average car rental length
6 days
Speed limit within town
50 km/h or 31 mph
Speed limit out of town
80 - 120 km/h or 50 - 75 mph
Acceptable limit of BAC
0.05%
Rating
9.5 / 10
Average gasoline price
$2.20 per liter or $8.34 / 1 gallon
Lowest gasoline price
$1.93 per liter or $7.29 / 1 gallon
Highest gasoline price
$2.77 per liter or $10.47 / 1 gallon

Why rent a car in Rovaniemi?

Rovaniemi is a fascinating place to visit. Located right on the outer border of the Arctic Circle, it is one of the northernmost cities in Europe. Children will love to visit the Santa Claus Village, but  from interesting museums to stunning nature areas that surround the city, there’s also plenty for adults to enjoy.

Rovaniemi

One-Way Car Rentals in Rovaniemi

The most popular one-way rental options for pick up in Rovaniemi and drop off in another city include:

  • From Rovaniemi to Kuusamo - 70 offers from $65.97 per day
  • From Rovaniemi to Kittilä - 138 offers from $45.53 per day
  • From Rovaniemi to Ivalo - 98 offers from $53.84 per day
  • From Rovaniemi to Helsinki - 220 offers from $54.95 per day
  • From Rovaniemi to Oulu - 50 offers from $62.17 per day

Top ways to enter Rovaniemi

  • Rovaniemi Airport: Experiencing sustained growth for the last nine years, Rovaniemi Airport handled 660,000 travelers in 2019. The airport is especially active during the winter months when it hosts flights by more than 15 different airlines. Located just 8km (5 miles) north of the city center, Rovaniemi Airport can be reached in about 10 minutes.
  • Kemi-Tornio Airport: A small airport serving two cities at once, Kemi-Tornio handled 66,000 travelers in 2018. As of April 2023, the airport provides only domestic connections. Located on the Bothnian Bay near the border with Sweden, the airport is 115km (71 miles) southwest of Rovaniemi and can be reached in about 80 minutes.
  • Kittilä Airport: Another quickly growing international airport, Kittilä offers flights to a number of European countries, including the United Kingdom, Netherlands, Switzerland, and Germany. Like Rovaniemi, the airport handles most of the traffic during the winter months. Located 155km (95 miles) north of Rovaniemi, it can be reached in about 1 hour and 50 minutes.
  • Oulu Airport: Serving the city of the same name, Oulu Airport has frequent flights to and from Helsinki and Stockholm. There are also flights to holiday destinations in Spain and Greece. Oulu Airport is 220km (136 miles) south of Rovaniemi and can be reached in about 2 hours and 40 minutes.
  • By rail: If you arrive in Rovaniemi by train, you can conveniently pick up your rental car at Rovaniemi Railway Station.

City facts

  • Rovaniemi has a subarctic climate with short, relatively warm summers and long, cold winters. The average temperature is 15°C  (59°F) in July, the warmest month, with individual days being significantly hotter, and -11°C  (12°F) in January. The city experiences most of its rain from June to September and has a lot of snowfall during winter.
  • Rovaniemi’s location just south of the Arctic Circle means that the city experiences the phenomenon of the midnight sun. Every summer, the sun rises on June 6th and then sets only a month later on July 7th. Rovaniemi has 270 hours of sunlight in June and almost the same amount in July, but only 3 hours of sunlight in December. Clear December and January nights are the best time to view the aurora or northern lights, with many companies offering watching tours just outside the city.

Top destinations and activities

  • Santa Claus Village and Park. The main attraction of Rovaniemi and Finnish Lapland, Santa Claus Village is, of course, the place where Father Christmas and his helpers spend 364 days of the year. From meeting the Santa himself to enjoying one of the magic shows or even hitting the Santa’s House of Snowmobiles Museum, there’s plenty to do here. It’s worth noting that the village is not in Rovaniemi itself - instead, it’s about 8km (5 miles) north and can be easily reached by car.
  • Arktikum. A science and nature center, Arktikum has plenty of displays and exhibits on life north of the Arctic Circle. Visitors can learn about the flora and fauna of the extreme north, find out more about the Arctic’s human inhabitants (not only in Finland, but also in places like Canada and Russia), and see how the ongoing climate challenges are experienced in the Arctic today. The museum is 100% made of ecological materials obtained inside the Arctic Circle. 
  • Administrative and Cultural Center of Rovaniemi. Rovaniemi suffered heavily during the Second World War and required some seriously rebuilding afterwards. The task was left largely on the shoulders of the Finnish architect Alvar Aalto, and the city that the visitors experience today is still heavily influenced by his work and vision from more than 60 years ago. The Administrative and Cultural Center of Rovaniemi, itself one of the buildings of Aalto’s design, is a great place to learn about it.
  • Forestry Museum of Lapland. Despite being near the Arctic tree line, Rovaniemi has always been an important center of forestry — it is arguably one of the reasons why the settlement grew in the first place. Made up of nine historic buildings dedicated to the topic, this museum explains the important link between the industry and the city, with some of the most interesting exhibitions dedicated to the harsh conditions of early pre-industrial logging. The museum is about a ten-minute drive outside the city center, on the coast of Salmijärvi Lake.
  • This is just a taste of what you can do in the city — find out about more attractions in Rovaniemi.

Traffic and parking

  • Finland drives on the right-hand side of the road.
  • The general speed limit on motorways is 120km/h (74 mph), although it may be lowered in winter time or near urban areas by the municipal authority, so be sure to follow the signs. The same applies for provincial roads where the general speed limit is 80km/h (49 mph) or 100km/h (62 mph) and for rural roads where the general speed limit is 80km/h (49 mph). Unless indicated otherwise, the speed limit inside urban and other built-up areas is 50km/h (31 mph).
  • It is illegal to use a mobile phone while driving. This is strictly enforced and the fines are high.
  • Children smaller than 135 cm (4’5 ft) have to use a child safety seat. Ask your car rental provider in advance to provide one if you’re traveling with a young child.
  • The legal alcohol limit is 0.05% for both experienced and novice drivers. Exceeding these limits can lead to high fines, an EU-wide license ban, and even imprisonment.
  • Proof of insurance and the car’s documentation need to be in it whenever you’re driving.
  • When driving, you need to have your passport or ID card with you at all times.
  • The general emergency number, like elsewhere in the EU, is 112.

Toll roads

As of April 2023, there are neither any toll roads nor toll bridges in Finland.

Ideas for day trips

  • Ranua Wildlife Park. Named after a small village in which it is located, Ranua Wildlife Park is the second-northernmost zoo in the world. The park is home to around 50 species of wildlife that include the moose, reindeer, lynx, Eurasian wolf, brown bear, and polar bear. Located 80km (50 miles) southwest of Rovaniemi, Ranua can be reached in one hour or less.
  • Levi. Located near the city of Kittilä, Levi is a true winter sports paradise. The area’s cross-country skiing tracks are more than 230km (143 miles) long, and Levi also has plenty of opportunities for downhill skiing, snowboarding, and even snowmobile driving. Located 170km (105 miles) north of Rovaniemi, Levi can be reached in about 2 hours. While it might suffice to make the trip in a single day, it’s best to leave at least 2 or 3 days aside for a visit here.
  • Oulu. The largest city of Northern Finland, over the last couple of decades Oulu has become an important hub for science and technology. There are fitting attractions like the Tietomaa Science Center, a fun and interactive place that all generations will enjoy. From the Oulu Castle, the Automobile Museum, the Sailor’s Home Museum, to the Oulu Museum of Art, Oulu has plenty of other landmarks as well,. Located 210km (130 miles) southwest of Rovaniemi, Oulu can be reached in about 2 hours and 40 minutes.
  • Pyha-Luosto National Park. Northeast of Rovaniemi, this gorgeous national park has things to do all year round. Skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, or biking, there’s miles of trails available to get your fill of the stunning scenery. Breathtaking hills, forests, and valleys will fill your day with fresh air and beauty in Lapland, the ancient homeland of the Sami people. At 112 km from Rovaniemi, it only takes about 1 hour and 30 minutes to reach.
  • Arctic safari. From snowmobile rides to winter trekking or husky sledding, the phrase “Arctic safari” has come to mean several different things. The only constant is that it is likely to involve a lot of fun. Multiple companies based in Rovaniemi offer all of the aforementioned tours and experiences, attracting thousands of visitors every year.

Most popular cars

The most popular rental car in Rovaniemi is the VW Golf, although many travelers also choose the Skoda Fabia and the Ford Mondeo. The most popular rental car types are compact, economy, and full-size.

Further destinations

  • Inari. A town with a population of 7,000, Inari has four official languages, three of them being different varieties of Sami. Inari is often called the Sami capital of the world and the city’s Siida Museum is dedicated to the history, culture, and present of the reindeer herding nomadic people. Inari is located on the western coast of the beautiful Lake Inari; many of its islands and surrounding caves hold sacred meaning for the Sami. Inari is 325km (202 miles) north of Rovaniemi and can be reached in just under four hours, most of the road taking the traveler through stunning nature uninhabited by humans.
  • Käsivarsi Wilderness Area. Speaking of wilderness, Europe has very few places as remote and uncompromising as Käsivarsi. Made up of high hills, barren valleys, and almost no trees, the area is home to species like the Arctic fox, wolverine, and snowy owl. Some of its attractions include the Kilpisjärvi Nature Centre and Fell Lapland Nature Center. Located on the border with Norway, Käsivarsi is 420km (260 miles) northwest of Rovaniemi and can be reached in about five hours.
  • Oulanka National Park. Shared by the regions of Ostrobothnia and Lapland, Oulanka is the most notable nature preserve in northeastern Finland. Located near the town of Kuusamo and the Russian border, it is characterized by extensive wetlands, thick forests, and almost no human settlement (except for other visitors and some rangers). Many parts of the park are accessible by vehicle, although there is also an extensive network of paths, including Karhunkierros, the most famous hiking trail in Finland. The driver trip from Rovaniemi to Oulanka takes only about 2 hours and 30 minutes.
  • Norrland. The Swedish side of Lapland, the Norrland region is made up of small, but unique cities like Gävle and Luleå, frozen mountains, and the national parks of Laponia and Abisko. From visiting wildlife refuges to going on a husky dog sled tour or rafting in the mountain rivers when the summer comes, there’s plenty to do here. Luleå is only 250km (155 miles) southwest of Rovaniemi and can be reached in 2 hours and 30 minutes; you can see the rest of the region from there. Since you’d have to cross an international border, ask your rental car provider in advance if they permit it.

Car Rental Prices in Rovaniemi

  • Station wagons - from $26 per day
  • Large cars - from $59 per day
  • Medium cars - from $23 per day
  • Vans - from $63 per day
  • Premium cars - from $150 per day
  • Small cars - from $20 per day
  • SUVs - from $26 per day

Money-saving tips

Follow these simple tips to land a great rental car in Rovaniemi:

  • Compare the rates of different rental car providers
  • Book your rental car well in advance
  • Plan your route before you go
  • Know your fuel and mileage requirements
  • Visit during the month when the rental prices are the cheapest. According to our data, visiting Rovaniemi is the cheapest in April when renting a car is about 34% cheaper than the yearly average and a whole 59% cheaper than renting in March. Come visit Lapland in springtime!
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Map of Car Rental Locations

What is the cheapest month to rent a car in Rovaniemi?

Car rental prices in Rovaniemi vary by time of year. This graph shows the average prices per month to help you find the best time of year to rent.
Average rental costs per day in Rovaniemi
$63.35
January
$79.91
February
$74.03
March
$47.19
April
$35.03
May
$41.21
June
$45.72
July
$54.32
August
$46.25
September
$47.86
October
$51.83
November
$113.80
December
The cheapest month to rent a car in Rovaniemi is May (when prices average $35.03 per day). This is 40% cheaper than the yearly average and 69% cheaper than renting in December (when prices average $113.80).

This information can help you identify the low season. But these are only average numbers. How much your car rental will cost will depend on the type of vehicle you rent, how long you’ll rent it for, and how far ahead you book. Simply enter your dates in the form at the top of the page to see the exact prices.

What’s the usual rental length in Rovaniemi?

How long travelers keep their rental cars for varies from month to month: in August, the average renter keeps their car for 10 days, and in January, they keep their car for 5 days.
Average number of rental days in Rovaniemi
5
January
6
February
5
March
5
April
7
May
8
June
7
July
10
August
6
September
6
October
5
November
5
December

What's the most popular month to rent a car in Rovaniemi?

Based on the number of searches by our customers, the most popular month for renting a car in Rovaniemi is December, and the least popular is May.
Monthly searches in Rovaniemi by pick-up date relative to the average
256%
January
193%
February
101%
March
37%
April
15%
May
30%
June
50%
July
29%
August
47%
September
31%
October
122%
November
288%
December

Car Rental Information

Car rental locations 4
Airport locations 1
Popular suppliers GreenMotion, Alamo, AddCar, Autounion, Enterprise
Popular car categories Small cars, Medium cars, SUVs, Station wagons
Lowest price $20 per day
Cheapest supplier GreenMotion

Most Popular Car Models of Rental Suppliers

Rental Supplier Model Doors Luggage Type
GreenMotion Volkswagen Polo 4 2 Small cars
Alamo Volkswagen Polo 4 2 Small cars
GreenMotion Volkswagen Golf STW 5 3 Station wagons
GreenMotion Volkswagen Golf 4 3 Medium cars
GreenMotion Nissan Qashqai 5 3 SUVs
AddCar Suzuki Swift 5 2 Small cars
Alamo Opel Crossland 5 3 SUVs
Alamo Opel Crossland 5 2 SUVs
Alamo Opel Astra 4 4 Medium cars
GreenMotion Volkswagen Golf 4 2 Medium cars

Our Customers' Reviews

Because we want to make sure each review listed here is left by a real customer, we don’t have an option to post a review here. Instead, we ask each and every customer to leave a review after they return their rental car. This way, you know that all reviews are authentic, verified, and trustworthy.

Ireland
Volkswagen Polo
February 29, 2024
Snowmobiling, husky sledge ride, visit to reindeer farm
France
Volkswagen Polo
December 15, 2023
This has nothing to do with car renting service!
India
Volkswagen Polo
April 4, 2023
Lapland, Finland is a beautiful country. One must try snowmobile aurora hunting, if its a lucky night the experience will be the most thrilling one.
Poland
Volkswagen Polo
April 4, 2023
Lofoten in Norway are extremely beautiful! You cannot regret going there :)
Singapore
Mercedes-Benz Vito Tourer Aut.
March 16, 2023
Snow and the activities
Netherlands
VW Polo
March 5, 2023
The trip in Rovaniemi was fantastic! We did Husky ride, also Reindeer sleigh. Went hunting for Aurora Borealis on snowmobile sled. Visited the Santa Claus Village. It was wonderful!
Singapore
Skoda Octavia STW
January 3, 2023
Winter in Rovanami is awesome. Visited Santa’s village 3 times, did go-kart in in the snow and caught some Northern Lights.
Spain
Peugeot 308 STW
December 12, 2022
Rovaniemi, lovely to go with children near Chrssitmas time and lovely sceneries
Finland
VW Golf
April 7, 2021
Great way to explore Lapland: train to Rovaniemi & rental car from there onwards.
Singapore
Skoda Octavia STW
December 10, 2019
Easy to pick up and drop off the key very conveniently. Definitely will visit again.
United Kingdom
Mazda 3
February 9, 2019
Rovaniemi is a bit built up...hire a car and go exploring north to be totally surrounded by nature.
United States of America (USA)
Toyota Yaris Hybrid
October 28, 2018
Great town
United Kingdom
Skoda Fabia
October 24, 2018
Car is great to explore lapland properly. The North is beautiful. Rovaniemi is easy to drive around and navigate. satnav option in car wouldve been a good/useful option

Car Rental Statistics

Highest rated company
GreenMotion
9.2 / 10
)
Lowest rated company
Scandia Rent
7.5 / 10
)
Total number of reviews
47
Total rental companies
15
Average daily price
$59.05
Lowest daily price
$20.44
Total cars available
643

Top 15 Suppliers in Rovaniemi in 2024

GreenMotion
GreenMotion
Exceptional 9.2 / 673 reviews
2 locations
$20 - $180
Keddy
Keddy
Exceptional 9.1 / 24 reviews
3 locations
$38 - $111
Autounion
Autounion
Very good 8.9 / 99 reviews
3 locations
$57 - $206
AddCar
AddCar
Very good 8.8 / 129 reviews
2 locations
$21 - $134
SIXT
SIXT
Very good 8.7 / 18 reviews
4 locations
$38 - $265
Enterprise
Enterprise
Very good 8.6 / 15 reviews
2 locations
$33 - $148
Alamo
Alamo
Very good 8.5 / 131 reviews
2 locations
$33 - $142
Europcar
Europcar
Very good 8.5 / 14 reviews
3 locations
$49 - $323
FiRENT
FiRENT
Very good 8.5 / 8 reviews
2 locations
Budget
Budget
Very good 8.4 / 8 reviews
3 locations
$55 - $154
National
National
Very good 8.1 / 7 reviews
2 locations
$33 - $157
Hertz
Hertz
Very good 8 / 4 reviews
3 locations
$47 - $152
Thrifty
Thrifty
Very good 8 / 3 reviews
1 location
$40 - $56
Avis
Avis
Good 7.9
3 locations
$58 - $162
Scandia Rent
Scandia Rent
Good 7.5
2 locations
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