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.
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.
Ylivieska is two hours south of Oulu, one hour east of Kokkola and about six hours north of Helsinki by car.
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 ☏. If Thursday is a public holiday, the service will run on Wednesdays. The call taxi service is operated by Ylivieska Taxi (as of 2022).
- Ylivieska Taxi, ☏ (€1.25/call + €1/min + pvm), firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
- 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.
There are a couple of fairly big shopping malls along the road towards Iisalmi like Kärkkäinen and Prisma.
A local speciality is maitorieska, a white flatbread.