HSL public transport on Independence Day 6 December and on Monday 5 December

On the eve of Independence Day, Monday 5 December, extended night services will operate. On Independence Day 6 December, a Sunday service will operate. There will be diversions to bus and tram routes in downtown Helsinki due to Independence Day celebrations.

On the eve of Independence Day, Monday 5 December, extended night services will operate. On Independence Day 6 December, a Sunday service will operate.  There will be diversions to bus and tram routes in downtown Helsinki due to Independence Day celebrations.

The eve of Independence Day, Monday 5 December

A Friday service will operate on 5 December, which means extended night services compared to a regular weeknight. Moreover, additional pre-Christmas services will be running, i.e. the metro will run approximately two hours later than usual and some buses will have additional services. Tram 5 will have additional services in the evening. Read the separate bulletin on the additional transport services during the pre-Christmas party season

In Siuntio, neighborhood routes will operate a Monday service.

Changes to U-line services are possible. Please check Matkahuolto’s website for more detailed information on services around Independence Day.

Independence Day, Tuesday 6 December

On Independence Day 6 December, a Sunday service will operate. There will be diversions to bus and tram routes in downtown Helsinki due to Independence Day celebrations. More information on the diversions caused by the celebrations can be found below.

Tram 5 will have additional services to the West Terminal on the morning and evening of Independence Day.

I and P trains will not run between Malminkartano and Kivistö at night between 6 December and 9 December 10.30pm to 4.30am due to updates to the traffic control system. Replacement bus 499X will run between Pohjois-Haaga and Kivistö stations. For more information, read the separate bulletin.

Students’ torchlight procession will affect public transport services in downtown Helsinki from approximately 5pm to 5.30pm

The students in the metropolitan area will organize their traditional Independence Day torchlight procession. Preparations for the procession will begin in Hietaniemi at 4.30pm. The procession will set off around 5pm and reach the Senate square around 5.30pm. The event will end at approximately 6.15pm.

Changes to tram services

  • Trams 1 and 2 will run directly along Mannerheimintie to both directions from 4.50pm to 5.30pm. The following stops will not be served: “Töölöntori” (H0209 and H0210), “Apollonkatu” (H0207 and H0208), “Sammonkatu” (H0205 and H0206), “Kauppakorkeakoulut” (H0203 and H0204) and “Luonnontieteellinen museo” (H0201 and H0202).
  • Tram route 7 will be diverted to run directly via Kaisaniemenkatu from 5.30pm due to the President’s Independence Day Reception.
  • Tram 8 will have a delay in its services while the procession crosses Mechelininkatu.
  • Additionally, momentary delays are possible also on other tram routes near the route of the procession.

Changes to bus services

  • The services of bus 24 from Kamppi at 5.03pm and from Seurasaari at 4.59pm and 5.29pm will run in both directions directly along Mechelininkatu instead of Hietaniemi. The following stops will not be served: “Taivallahti” (H1282), “Hietakannaksentie” (H1258 and H1259), “Hietaniemi” (H1269 and H1270) and “Väinämöisenkatu” (H1265 and H1266).
  • Bus 25 will have a delay in its services while the procession crosses Mechelininkatu.
  • The procession will also cause delays to the services of buses 20, 30, 37, 41, 42 and 69 and U-line buses from Kamppi.

The President’s Independence Day Reception will affect public transport services in downtown Helsinki from approximately 5.30pm to 10pm

During the President’s Independence Day Reception approximately between 5.30pm and 10pm, tram routes 2, 3, 4 and 7 will be diverted. Tram 5 will not operate. Buses will replace tram services in Eira and Katajanokka.

Trams 2 and 3 will have two different diversion routes. Tram 2 from Pasila station will run to Hietalahti (stop H0811) and then continue towards Töölön halli under route number 3. 

Tram 3 will run from Töölön halli to the terminus of tram 6, “Eiranranta” (stop H0826). From Eiranranta, the tram will continue towards Pasila station under route number 2. Replacement bus 3X will run between “Lasipalatsi” (H1903) and “Eteläranta” (H0433) along the following route: Mannerheimintie – Bulevardi – Fredrikinkatu – Laivurinkatu – Tehtaankatu – Laivasillankatu – Eteläranta.

Tram 4 will run from Munkkiniemi to Kolmikulma, not to Katajanokka. Replacement bus 4X between Postikatu and Katajanokka will depart from the “Postitalo” (2038) stop. Route of tram 4X: Postikatu – Kaivokatu – Kaisaniemenkatu – Liisankatu – Pohjoisranta – Aleksanterinkatu – Mariankatu - Kanavakatu – Satamakatu – Kruunuvuorenkatu – Linnankatu – Merikasarminkatu.

Tram 7 will run directly via Kaisaniemenkatu. The following stops will not be served: “Snellmaninkatu” (H0454 and H0455), “Kansallisarkisto” (H0452 and H0453), “Hallituskatu” (H0450 and H0451), “Senaatintori” (H0405 and H0406), “Aleksanterinkatu” (H0403 and H0404) and “Mikonkatu” (H0424 and H0425).