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Tavastia Proper (Kanta-Häme) is a region in Southern Finland.




Map of Tavastia Proper

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The region has a diverse landscape, including forests, lakes, and rolling hills.

Historically, Tavastia Proper was an important region for agriculture and forestry due to its fertile land and vast forests. The largest city in the region is Hämeenlinna, which was also the provincial capital. Hämeenlinna is known for its medieval castle, Häme Castle, which is a popular tourist attraction. The region is also home to many other cultural and historical sites, including museums, churches, and old towns.

Get in


If you fly in from abroad, you can fly to Helsinki (HEL IATA) and continue by bus or train.

Tampere (TMP IATA) airport is Ryanair's destination in Finland and AirBaltic hub so there are a couple of direct flights to odd airports in Europe, in addition to some flights to Scandinavian destinations. Turku has some international flights, most of them operated by Wizz Air.

The main railroad north from Helsinki goes through Tavastia Proper, so especially from Helsinki or Tampere it is quite easy to get to places like Hämeenlinna and Riihimäki by train; also all buses going northwest from Helsinki travel along Freeway 3 and stop in cities along the way. To reach the western parts of the region, take the bus.

The following routes serve the province:

  • M3 (Helsinki—Tampere—Vaasa)
  • M12 (Tampere—Lahti—Kouvola—Kotka)
  • F10 (Turku—Forssa—Hämeenlinna—Lahti)

Get around


Trains of national operator VR are possible to use for travelling inside province.

Matkahuolto has a dense bus network covering most of the province. Hämeenlinna timetables include also some regional lines.

Onnibus offers discount bus service by few routes.

Google Maps includes timetables of trains, long distance buses and local transport of many cities and towns. Other useful route planners are[dead link] for trains and local buses and Matkahuolto Reittiopas for regional buses.

By taxi

  • Taksi Häme, +358 100-0700 (€2.76/call + €0.35/min - queuing toll-free 1½ min). Hämeenlinna-based company. Can be booked through the 0100 0700 app. Fixed price based on calculated route and time if destination address given when booking by app.
  • iTaksi, +358 10-212-0000 (high cost?), . Smart phone app offers address based routing and calculates price according to them. €4.00/6.00+€0.90/km+€0.85/min.
  • Smartphone apps: Valopilkku, 02 Taksi, Menevä, Uber


Häme Castle


View of the Aulanko Nature Reserve









Stay safe


Tavastia Proper region is a safe region.

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