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Jyvaskyla has a small airport which is mostly served by the "Golden Air" Airline. From the airport you can reach the city in about 20 minutes with a Finnair bus (6 Euros) that leaves a few minutes after the arrival of the flight. The same bus goes from the city to the airport 50 minutes (at the train station stop) before the flight leaves.
Jyvaskyla is quite well connected with railroads to the other Finnish cities, and getting in by train is rather effortless.
Buses travel between Jyvaskyla and other Finnish cities, as well as smaller destinations. When traveling between cities, using trains is typically faster. Express Bus (http://www.expressbus.com/english_fs.html) from Jyvaskyla to Helsinki airport is about 50Euros. (Autumn 2005)
Jyvaskyla has rather nice opportunities for getting around by foot or by bicycle, so if you're not in a hurry, you might want to just consider walking everywhere.
Local buses (http://www.jyvaskylanliikenne.fi/) travel between the different parts and suburbs of Jyvaskyla. The fares are relatively costly, 2.60 ? per trip (the exact amount changes quite often). If you need to change buses during one trip, you need to ask for a special receipt that you can show in the next bus (you'll have to get on to the next bus within one hour from buying the ticket). This receipt does not currently cost anything extra, but you still have to ask for it explicitly before you pay for the trip. If you're planning to stay longer and want to use the bus service regularly, you might want to consider buying a bus card, which will be a bit cheaper (much cheaper if you are a student).
There is a nature preservation area just a few hundred meters off the city center. The area is located on the bank of the Tourujoki-river. See this page (http://www.jyvaskyla.fi/ymparisto/polut/tourujoenluontopolku.htm) for a map and a few photos (the text is in Finnish). There are also six other recreational 'nature paths' in Jyvaskyla.
Exhibitions and art museums: Admission is free for all on Fridays to Jyvaskyla Art Museum, Craft Museum of Finland and Museum of Central Finland. Ask for a student discount in the museums and galleries.
See the excellent event calendar (http://www.jyvaskyla.fi/tapahtumat/main.php?lang=_eng) for current and upcoming events.
You'll definitely want to look for shopping opportunities at the Jyvaskyla pedestrian precinct, which is located at the other end of Kauppakatu.
During the summer, the marketplace (Yliopistonkatu 15) is a good place to visit if you want fresh vegetables or fish, flowers or craft items.
There are many pizzerias offering large pizzas for as cheap as 4-5 ?, guaranteed to fill your belly.
Nightlife is centered in the down part of Kauppakatu and cross streets. Cheap places in this area are Bar Explosive, Bar 68 and Ale Pub ( about 3e/beer). When in jyvaskyla, be sure to check out Vakiopaine (towards the univesity from downtown on Kauppakatu), definitely the coolest spot in town to have a beer, afternoon or evening (happy hour is long, 14-22, 1/2 liter tap for 3.5e). Art shows on the walls change every 20 days or so. Lots of board games available for play. After a few at Vakiopaine, head to Yla-Ruth, just a block further. A true finnish drinking experience. Hear the word "perkele" several times before your first beer is gone!
There are a few hotels in the vicinity of the train station. Accommodation list (http://www.jyvaskylanseutu.fi/sivu.php/travel_accommodation) with prices, in and around the city.
You can find an internet cafe with moderate rates in the city. The address is Puistokatu 1.