Local Public Transport in Finland
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- Regional Transport & Tickets
- HSL App, 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. Getting around any town by public transport is manageable without fuss, and pretty quickly, even for a foreign visitor. For regular passengers, Value tickets, Season tickets and Connection passes can significantly reduce transport costs; consult the local authority for details. Taxis are government-regulated; all are clean late models, often Mercedes. Fares can be prohibitive.
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 tickets using the HSL App or your HSL Card. Single tickets are also available from kiosks, shops and service points, ticket machines and bus drivers. Tickets are not sold on commuter trains, trams or on the metro.
- You can buy a single ticket for one bus, tram, Metro or ferry ride.
- Value tickets let you transfer between modes of transport during their validity.
- 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.
Which Ticket? The HSL area is divided into four zones identified by the letters A, B, C and D, spreading out from the centre of Helsinki. Prices are based on distance traveled.
- Helsinki internal -> AB
- Espoo and Vantaa internal tickets -> BC
- Regional ticket -> ABC
- Kerava–Sipoo–Tuusula -> D
- Kirkkonummi–Siuntio -> D
- Extended region 2 -> BCD
- Extended region 3 -> ABCD
- Zones & zone extensions
Value tickets allow you to transfer between modes of transport within their validity.
AB, BC and D tickets are valid for 80 minutes, ABC and CD tickets for 90 minutes, BCD tickets for 100 minutes and ABCD tickets for 110 minutes.
HSL App: The most popular way to use Helsinki public transport. HSL tickets, Journey Planner, and tailored transport information. Free of charge, available for Android and Apple iOS devices.
Get the app: www.hsl.fi/en/app
HSL Card & Card Readers: The HSL Card is a simple 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).
HSL Card: www.hsl.fi/en/information/hsl-card
Instructions: Using the HSL Card, plus information on card balance, season tickets, transferring from one vehicle to another, buying value tickets, and buying tickets for several passengers.
Helsinki Region Transport www.hsl.fi - Fi, En, Sw Timetables & routes, Tickets & fares, HSL Cards, Passenger guide
Helsinki Region Journey Planner reittiopas.hsl.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 & Espoo City Bikes
Helsinki Regional Transport's City Bikes programme is closed November - March inclusive
Helsinki City Bikes are shared bicycles available seasonally in Helsinki and Espoo. One of the most popular city bike systems in the world, the 2019 season ended 31 October, and the next season will begin on 1 April 2020. There were 349 bike stations in Helsinki and Espoo in 2019, with 3,490 bikes available.
During the season, daily (5€), weekly (10€) and seasonal (30€) passes are available. Registration is usually required*, and payment must be made with a credit card.
*You can rent a bike without registration using a payment terminal at Kaivopuisto, Unioninkatu, Central Railway Station/East, Kiasma or Hakaniemi metro station.
Information and Registration: kaupunkipyorat.hsl.fi/en
Vantaa City Bikes began service in 2019. The Vantaa system is not compatible with the Helsinki-Espoo scheme, so Vantaa bicycles cannot be dropped off in other municipalities or vice versa. In 2019 Vantaa offered 1,000 bikes at 100 bike stations in the Tikkurila, Aviapolis, Myyrmäki and Martinlaakso areas.
Information and Registration: kaupunkipyorat.hsl.fi/en/vantaa
Helsinki Airport - Public Transport:
Tickets: A regional ABC 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: Rautatientori (Helsinki Centre) - Airport
Bus 617: Hakaniemi - Airport
Bus 415: Elielinaukio - Ylästö-Airport
Bus 561: Itäkeskus - Malmi-Airport
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 websites 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.matka.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 website 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
- Traffic Conditions: Up to date road and traffic conditions, from Traffic Management 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 Helsinki: Helsinki 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