city in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia in Finland

Ylivieska is a town in Southern Oulu region of Northern Finland.


The town is the administrative centre of the southern part of the Oulu region and a regional shopping destination especially known for its numerous car dealerships.

Get inEdit

Map of Ylivieska

By planeEdit

The closest passenger airports are in Kokkola (KOK IATA) and Oulu (OUL IATA). Outside the town there is an airstrip used by general aviation.

By trainEdit

Ylivieska is located at Finland's main north-south railway, and all trains going from southern Finland to Oulu or Rovaniemi stop here. There is also a track east to Iisalmi.

By busEdit

There are direct intercity buses from Jyväskylä, Kokkola, Kajaani and Oulu.

By carEdit

Ylivieska is two hours south of Oulu, one hour east of Kokkola and about six hours north of Helsinki by car.

Get aroundEdit

As you could expect from a town in rural Finland, the town is small enough to get around by foot, if you need to go further out your options are to drive or to take a taxi.

A demand-based taxi (kutsutaksi) with a discounted fare is available on Thursdays. The shuttle runs on Thursdays from the morning and the ride is ordered the previous evening by 21:00 from +358 44 757 5505. If Thursday is a public holiday, the service will run on Wednesdays. The call taxi service is operated by Ylivieska Taxi (as of 2022).

By taxiEdit

See Southern Oulu region#By taxi

  • Ylivieska Taxi, +358 600-30050 (€1.25/call + €1/min + pvm), . Flag fall M–F 06:00–20:00, Sa 06:00–16:00 €5.90, Su and nights €7.90; €1.75/2.25 per kilometre (1–4/5+ persons); waiting time €1/min; additional charge for wheelchair etc..
  • Otaxi offers taxi service in Ylivieska
  • Smartphone apps: Valopilkku, 02 Taksi


Savisilta; the "Clay Bridge"
  • 1 Savisilta and Kalajoki river. The bridge Savisilta across Kalajoki river is the second oldest concrete structure in Finland. It was built in 1912 and is still used.
  • 2 Jumbo, at the railway station. An old restored steam locomotive.
  • Statues and monuments. The town has plenty of public pieces of art including a statue depicting Kyösti Kallio (president of Finland in the 1930s), several monuments related to World War II and art related to the region like "the flame of the plains".
  • 3 Puuhkala Regional Museum (Puuhkalan kotiseutumuseo), Puuhkalantie 6. open in the summer months, W-Su 12:00-18:00. A museum depicting the history of the region.
  • 4 Helaala mill (Helaalan mylly), Kauppakatu. A former mill right in the town centre, hosting an art gallery in the summer.


  • 1 Ylivieskatalo Akustiikka, Koulutie 2B. A concert and convention hall. Classical music performances about twice a week.
  • Ylivieskan Härkäjuhlat. A song festival held yearly in August.
  • Sun Pampas. Yet another music festival, focusing on country music, held yearly in June.


There are a couple of fairly big shopping malls along the road towards Iisalmi like Kärkkäinen and Prisma.

  • 1 Kärkkäinen, Ollilanojankatu 2. Independent shopping centre.


A local speciality is maitorieska, a white flatbread.




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