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Local Public Transport in Finland

This page refers to Finnish public transport in Helsinki, Espoo, Vantaa, Hämeenlinna, Joensuu, Jyväskylä, Kajaani, Kotka, Kuopio, Lahti, Lappeenranta, Mikkeli, Oulu, Pori, Rauma, Riihimäki, Rovaniemi, Savonlinna, Seinäjoki, Tampere, Turku, Vaasa and more

Finnish public transport is generally efficient, reliable, safe and on time. In my experience, getting around any town by public transport is manageable without fuss, and pretty quickly, even for a foreign visitor. For regular passengers, travel cards of various types such as Value tickets, Season tickets and Connection passes can significantly reduce transport costs; consult the local authority for details.

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Helsinki Region Transport & Tickets

Helsinki boasts a network of trains, buses, trams and an underground which make a car almost redundant. Helsinki, Espoo, Kauniainen, Vantaa, Kerava, Kirkkonummi and Sipoo have an integrated public transport ticket system:

Helsinki Region Transport www.hsl.fi - Fi, En, Sw  Timetables & routes, Tickets & fares, Travel cards, Passenger guide
Helsinki Region Journey Planner www.reittiopas.fi - Fi, En, Ru, Sw  Point to Point Route Search, Timetables & stops, Route map, Cycling & walking, Traffic bulletins
Helsinki Taxis www.taksihelsinki.fi Ph: 0100 0700

Helsinki City Bikes
Launched in May 2016, Helsinki Regional Transport's City Bikes programme has shared-use bicycles available from bike stations across Helsinki, for 30 minutes to 5 hours at a time. Registered users can choose a day, week, or season pass. Visitors to the city can borrow bikes using a payment card, without registration, from the following bike stations: Kaivopuisto, Unioninkatu, Rautatientori/East, Kiasma and Hakaniemi Metro Station. After use, the bike is returned to a bike station.
This is a 'warm season' programme ending 31st October 2016.
An €80 fine is applicable to users exceeding their rental time.

Information and Registration: www.hsl.fi/en/citybikes

Helsinki Airport - Public Transport:
Tickets: A regional ticket is required for journeys from Helsinki to the airport and vice versa. Purchase from a ticket machine or bus driver.
Train: Ring Rail Line trains I and P. The Airport station is underground. At each end of the station there are escalators and lifts giving access to two different exits. It's a short walk from the station to Airport Terminals 1 and 2 along a connecting passageway.
Bus: 615 to / from Helsinki Train Station (Rautatientori, bay 12).

Public Transport Information - City by City

Most towns have their own web sites with timetables, prices and other public transport information. A feature at many sites is a Reittiopas - Journey Planner; you enter the addresses of your origin and destination, and either your departure time or required arrival time, and the Journey Planner will provide you with options for making the trip. Results include walking distance, bus stop or train station names and numbers, connection information and more - fantastic!

Finland-wide Journey Planner
The Finnish Transport Agency provides a point-to-point local and long-distance journey planner for Finland. Results include flights as well as rail and bus connections, and walking routes. You can save your regular routes for later searches. The service also includes local transport connections for 21 cities.
www.journey.fi - En, Sw, Fi

Public Transport Sites, Route Planners and Taxi Phone Numbers

If your city is not listed below type www.yourcity.fi (ex. www.pori.fi ) in the address bar of your browser.
Most sites, including the Journey Planners, work well at Google Translate.
Taxi booking phone numbers may entail a charge per minute. Consult sites for details

Local Ferries, including the Archipelago

Finland's ferry authority is Finferries, with over 40 routes Finland-wide. Most services are conducted by cable ferries, for which a cable is attached from one shore to the other, and the ferry pulled along the cable. Bigger vessels are freely navigating ferry-boats, the largest of which carries nearly 60 cars.

The Finferries web site includes ferry locations by listing and on the map, online ferry schedules, downloadable ferry timetables, traffic information, and terms of transportation:
Finferries www.finferries.fi - En, Fi, Sw

Suomenlinna Ferry

The Helsinki-Suomenlinna ferry is operated by the Helsinki Regional Transport Authority. Regular public transport tickets - city and regional - are valid on Suomenlinna ferries, with numerous Market Square - Suomenlinna - Market Square crossings daily. Besides the usual outlets for buying public transport tickets, Suomenlinna Ferry tickets are available from machines on the piers. Bicycles can be taken on board for an additional charge.
Suomenlinna Ferry info: www.hsl.fi > Search Suomenlinna

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