How to use public transport

Helsinki, Espoo, Kauniainen, Vantaa, Kerava, Sipoo, Tuusula, Kirkkonummi and Siuntio form an integrated public transport area where traveling is easy and affordable. The region has an integrated ticketing system and HSL tickets are valid on all buses, commuter trains and trams, as well as on the metro and Suomenlinna ferry.

New zones from 27 April

The HSL area is divided into four zones and ticket prices are based on the distance traveled, i.e. on the distance from the center of Helsinki. Helsinki, Espoo, Vantaa and Kauniainen form zones A, B and C, while Kerava, Kirkkonummi, Sipoo and Siuntio are in zone D.

You must buy a ticket for all the zones you travel through. In Helsinki, Espoo, Kauniainen and Vantaa, i.e. in zones A, B and C, you must always buy least a two-zone ticket as there are no one-zone tickets for zones A, B and C.

However, there are one-zone tickets for zone D.

There are also ABCD, BC, BCD and DC tickets.

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Tickets

There are several types of tickets available for different travel needs. Choose the ticket that best suits you based on how often you travel by public transport.

Single tickets are available from ticket machines and R-kiosks, as well as on buses. Single tickets are not sold on trams and commuter trains. When buying a ticket from the bus driver, please have small change to pay for your fare. As drivers do not carry much change, they do not have to accept notes larger than 20 euros. Debit and credit cards are not accepted on buses.

When buying a ticket from the bus driver, tell where you are going. At a ticket machine, you must select the appropriate ticket from the menu.

HSL single tickets are usually not sold on U line buses; on these buses you can buy operators’ season, multi-journey and single tickets, which do not allow transfer to HSL public transport.

You can use the HSL app to buy adult and child (7-17 years) single tickets, adult and child day tickets (1-7 days), and 30-day tickets for adults either as a one-off purchase or as an auto-renewing subscription. Also university students and students of universities of applied sciences can buy 30-day tickets on the app as one-off purchase. Students get a 45 per cent discount on the adult rates. The HSL app is available for Android and iPhone devices.  Read more

Penalty fare

If you do not have a valid ticket, you are charged a penalty fare of 80 euros and the price of a single ticket.

When traveling on the metro, you must have the ticket before you enter the metro payment area after passing the card readers at the top of the stairs to the station. For example, a mobile ticket must be loaded on your phone before you enter the metro payment area or before boarding a commuter train. On commuter trains, you can buy a value ticket using your HSL card upon boarding.

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