Who is entitled to a free HSL card?
Blind people, veterans and disabled veterans who live permanently in the HSL area, i.e. in Helsinki, Espoo, Kauniainen, Vantaa, Kerava, Tuusula, Sipoo, Kirkkonummi or Siuntio, are entitled to a free HSL card entitling them to free travel across the HSL area, if they meet the following criteria.
- Blind people, degree of disability at least 50%.
- Disabled veterans, disability due to a war injury
- Veterans and labor conscripts who have one of the three service badges required to get free tickets. Persons who participated in minesweeping operations who have a minesweeper badge issued by the Military Archives or a Kela card with an MR symbol. Persons who are entitled to rehabilitation under the Act on the rehabilitation of persons who served in certain duties during the Finnish wars (1039/1997).
Wheelchair users do not need a ticket on HSL public transport. The companion of a wheelchair user does not need a ticket when traveling with a Companion Pass holder.
After the introduction of the new fare zones on 27 April 2019, all blind persons with a degree of disability of at leat 50% are entitled to a free transport pass, regardless of their home municipality.
You need the following documents to get a free HSL card:
- An official ID document (an official ID card, passport, Kela card with photograph)
- A medical certificate from an eye specialist, or
A visually impaired person’s card issued by the Finnish Federation of the Visually Impaired or Förbundet Finlands Svenska Synskadade rf, or
A certificate from HUS specifying the degree of disability.