Local Public Transport in Finland
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- Regional Transport & Tickets
- Travel Card & Card Readers
- Helsinki City Bikes
- Helsinki Airport - Public Transport
- Suomenlinna Ferry
- City by City - Public Transport
- Local Ferries Finland-wide
- Related Links
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.
Useful words / phrases
- Aikataulut - Timetables
- Kartat - Maps
- Liput - Tickets
- Hinnat - Prices
- Kaukoliikenne - Inter-city
- Juhlapyhäliikenne - Sundays and holidays
- Pikavuorot - Express service
- Satama - Port / Harbour
- Lentoasema - Airport
- Rautatieasema - Railway station
- Linja-autoasema - Bus station
- Katajanokka, Eteläsatama, Kanavaterminaali,
Names of passenger terminals in Helsinki for ships to Sweden and Estonia
- Aikuinen - Adult
- Opiskelija - Student
- Reitti - Route
- Lähtöpaikka - Point of departure
- Pysäkki - Bus stop
- Määräpaikka - Destination
- Kaikki päivät - Every day
- Hae - Search
- See also: Finnish > English > Finnish Dictionary
The travel authority is Helsinki Region Transport (HSL) En, Fi, Sw
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 tickets are valid on buses, trams, the Metro, commuter trains and Suomenlinna ferry
- You can buy a single ticket for one ride on a bus, tram, Metro or ferry.
- You can buy a ticket with two-hour validity which allows transfers from one vehicle to another with the same ticket
- The price of a ticket depends on whether you travel within one municipality or between municipalities. Additionally, late-night tickets are more expensive.
- Children’s tickets are for children aged 7-16 years; children under 7 travel free of charge
- Pensioners receiving national pension, full-time students and disabled persons are entitled to reduced rate tickets
HSL Apps: A number of free apps are available, with journey planners, timetables, real-time transport information and more.
My Travel Card app: Check your Travel Card or single-charge card information, season tickets, card balance, the latest value ticket and latest journeys made - requires NFC phone.
All apps: www.hsl.fi/en/timetables-and-routes/mobile-apps
Travel Card & Card Readers: For regular users of Helsinki public transport, the Travel Card is a simple and cheap way to keep a ticket in your pocket. Load it with value and buy tickets using the card readers on buses, trams, trains and ferries, and at Metro stations. For use on all HSL public transport services. Available for residents of the HSL area and neighbouring municipalities from HSL service points for €5 (photo ID required).
Card Readers: Place the Travel Card over the sensor, and select the desired ticket.
Using the Card: For information on card balance and information, using a season ticket, transferring from one vehicle to another, buying a value ticket, and buying tickets for several passengers, see www.hsl.fi/en/information/travel-card
Which Ticket? This a summary of HSL's Travel Card and related pages - I do not guarantee accuracy!
0 = Tram: A 'value ticket' for trams only. Valid for 60 minutes. Includes transfers between trams.
1 = Internal: A single-zone 'value ticket'. Valid for 60 minutes on any HSL transport within one zone (80 minutes on some Helsinki internal bus routes and the Suomenlinna ferry). Includes transfers.
2 = Regional: A regional ticket for travel on any HSL transport within zones of Helsinki, Vantaa, Espoo and Kauniainen. Valid for 80 minutes. Includes transfers.
L = Extended Region: A regional ticket for travel on any HSL transport within zones of Vantaa, Espoo, Kauniainen, Kerava, Sipoo and Kirkkonummi but not valid in, or through, Helsinki zone. Valid for 80 minutes. Includes transfers.
3 = Whole Region: A regional ticket for travel on any HSL transport within zones of Helsinki, Vantaa, Espoo, Kauniainen, Kerava, Sipoo and Kirkkonummi. Valid for 100 minutes. Includes transfers.
Information about zones
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
This is a 'warm season' programme and the 2016 season has ended.
City Bikes will be back on 2 May 2017!
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.
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).
World Heritage sea fortress Suomenlinna is a great day out. Even if you don't have time to get off at Suomenlinna, the ferry ride itself is a fantastic value 'harbour cruise'! The Helsinki-Suomenlinna ferry is operated by Helsinki Region Transport and uses regular public transport tickets. There are 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
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
Finland's ferry authority is Finferries, with over 40 routes around Finland. 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
- Finnish Transport Agency: Transport information and road, traffic & weather conditions in Finland
- Car Hire / Rental: Expat Finland's listing of car & other vehicle hire / rental companies
- Yellow Line www.airporttaxi.fi: Airport taxis can be an economical option for travelling to/from Helsinki-Vantaa Airport
- Maps of Finland: Finnish maps. Searchable, printable. More 'local knowledge' than Google Maps but slightly harder to use!
- ViaMichelin: Europe-wide route planner, maps, tourist information, hotels and restaurants