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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.

Useful words / phrases

Helsinki Region Transport & Tickets

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:

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:

Travel Card: 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.
New card readers are being installed on all services throughout 2016.
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
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).

Suomenlinna Ferry

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

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 Finland-wide, including the Archipelago

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

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