Students get discount on Travel Card tickets – remember to update your card
The autumn term is about to start. Students get a 50% discount on season and value tickets purchased with Travel Card, provided they meet certain criteria.
“The student's home municipality must be in the HSL area, and s/he needs to be a permanent resident," tells Tarja Ikola from HSL.
The student must be a full-time student of at least 17 years of age. The studies must lead to a qualification or degree.
If you are over 30 years old, you need to present a certificate showing that either Kela or the provincial government of Åland has granted you student allowance or rehabilitation subsidy.
Post-graduate students and students in apprenticeship training are not entitled to the discount. Foreign exchange students can get the discount.
Service points busy
You can load discount-price season tickets and purchase discount-price value tickets as long as the student status is valid on your Travel Card. You need to update your Travel Card, i.e. renew the student status every year.
When you visit a service point to update your card, please bring with you your Travel Card and HSL’s student discount ticket application bearing the stamp and signature of your educational institution.
If you have a blue SYL or SAMOK student card, a green SAKKI ry student card, or an SLL student card with a current term sticker, the student card is a sufficient proof of studies.
“HSL's service point at the Central Railway Station opens already at 7.30am. The service point is less crowded in the morning so it is a good idea to drop in the service point before noon," advices Tarja.
Until 7 September, there is a separate service counter for students at the Central Railway Station.
Temporary service points at schools
HKL has set up temporary service points for students for updating their Travel Card information. There are service points in the Helsinki University main building, at the Viikki campus and at Aalto University campus in Otaniemi. The temporary service points are open until 7 September.
In Vantaa and Espoo, Travel Cards can be updated also at Citizens' Offices.
More information about the student discount