Single ticket

If you use public transport occasionally, you can buy a single ticket from a ticket machine, bus or tram driver, or a conductor on a commuter train. With a single ticket you can transfer from one vehicle to another within the validity of the ticket. Tram tickets are valid only on trams and they are available only from ticket machines.

In Helsinki, you can also buy a single ticket by mobile phone. The ticket is valid within Helsinki. Please note that on bus services the use of the ticket is limited to certain bus routes. Read more

Buying a ticket

From a bus, tram or train

Bus and tram drivers as well as conductors on commuter trains sell single tickets. Tram tickets, which are cheaper than normal single tickets, cannot be purchased on board.

When purchasing a ticket from a driver, please have small change ready; exact change would be appreciated. The driver does not have to accept notes larger than EUR 20. Drivers only accept cash. Conductors do not have to accept bills larger than EUR 50.

From a ticket machine

Single tickets are available from HSL’s pink single ticket machines as well as blue full-range ticket machines. At a full-range ticket machine, you can pay with coins or a bank or credit card with chip. Some ticket machines accept also notes. You can also use value loaded on a Travel Card.

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Validity of tickets

Tickets purchased from ticket machines and on board are valid from the moment of purchase. The expiry time is printed on the ticket.

You can transfer from one vehicle to another within the validity of your ticket. You must get on a bus, tram or train before the expiry time of your ticket, but you can complete your journey even after your ticket has expired.

Helsinki internal single tickets are valid for 60 minutes. On some bus routes such as eastern Metro feeder services and northeastern feeder services, single tickets purchased from drivers are valid for 20 minutes longer.

Internal tickets for Espoo, Kauniainen, Vantaa, Kirkkonummi and Kerava-Sipoo, as well as regional and two-zone extended regional tickets are valid for 80 minutes. Three-zone extended regional tickets are valid for 100 minutes.

Tickets purchased from ticket machines are valid 10 minutes longer than the ticket purchased from drivers. The expiry time is printed on the ticket.

Tram tickets are valid for 60 minutes. The ticket allows you to transfer from one tram route to another but not to other modes of transport.

 


U line buses

On U line buses, the drivers only sell single tickets whose price is based on the distance travelled. These tickets do not entitle you to change to other public transport vehicles in the Helsinki metropolitan area. However, HSL’s single tickets are accepted on U line buses 339 and 974 as well as on U line buses U830-U870 serving eastern Helsinki. On U874, drivers also sell both Vantaa internal and regional single tickets.

 


Single ticket at night

A night fare is charged Monday to Sunday between 2am and 4.30am. During the night fare hours, the prices of single tickets purchased from drivers and ticket machines are the same for all passengers. Single tickets bought before 2am can be used during the night fare hours, if they are still valid.

At the Kamppi bus terminal, tickets are inspected at the entrance; drivers do not sell single tickets at night. Tickets can be purchased from the ticket machine next to the terminal entrance.