Journey Planner: Instructions

Service description is a route and timetable service provided by HSL to the users of public transport in the HSL
area (Espoo, Helsinki, Vantaa, Kauniainen, Kerava, Kirkkonummi and Sipoo).

The service comprises the following functions:

My Journey Planner is a personal user account where you can save your own stops and routes, and
subscribe to disruptions alerts. My Journey Planner requires registration, which is free of charge for

The route search finds you the fastest route between two addresses at a given time. Also, the advanced
search allows you to specify your search using other search criteria, for example, number of transfers or
walking distance.

My stops shows the next departures from a selected stop. You can save the stops in My Journey

Disruption info provides information about disruptions to public transport. You can set your personal
settings for Disruption info in My Journey Planner. 

The Timetables and stops tab contains route and stop-specific timetables. You can search for timetables
using the search function, or browse them by mode of transport or locality.

The route map shows the routes of selected modes of transport as well as stop locations and next

Walking and cycling finds you the shortest walking or cycling route according to the selected route type.

My Journey Planner

My Journey Planner is a personal user account which requires registration. Registration is free of
charge. In My Journey Planner, you can permanently save route searches and stops. You can also
subscribe to receive disruption alerts and save certain personal settings in the service. The service
comprises the following views:


  1. A list of saved routes. You can save routes from the Route search window or list of Previous searches.


  1. Next departures from the saved stop. You can add stops with the Add stop function, see point 5. 
  2. Edit and remove links. You can choose which routes are shown in the next departures.
  3. Change the time you want to view. 
  4. Open the stop information to full screen. The information opens in a new window. 
  5. Add new stop. The search finds the stop on the map, from where you can save it in My stops. 

Disruption info

  1. Select the routes for which you want to receive disruption alerts to your email. To make more detailed
  2. choices for bus routes, click the name of the area. 
  3. Select the dates and times on which you wish to receive alerts. 
  4. Select whether the service is active or disabled.

My information

The ‘My information’ tab contains your personal user information and settings. Your email address
serves as your username for the service. 

Route search

  1. Enter the street address, stop name or place in the text field. For example, "Kuusitie 3”, or “Helsinki Railway Station”. Please type at least the first three letters of the search word. If your search returns more than one result, the best hit will be used by default and a link to the other alternatives will appear below the text field. Please note, you can also enter a city along with
    the address (e.g. "Kuusitie 3, Vantaa”). 
  2. Select location on map. When you click the ‘Map’ link on the right of the text field, a window opens where you can select an address by clicking on the map. To add the selected address to the From/To field, click ‘Add to search field’.
  3. Select a location from the menu. When you click the ‘A-Ö’ link on the right of the text field, a menu opens where you can choose the desired location from the lists of street names, stops and places. Click on the selected street, place or stop name to enter it in the From/To field.
  4. Time The Journey Planner uses the current time by default. You can also enter the desired time for
    which you want to find a route. If you are searching routes for journeys past midnight, make sure you set the date accordingly in order to get route suggestions for the desired date and time. You can choose whether the time you enter is the departure or arrival time. The time is departure time by default.
  5. Date The Journey Planner uses the current date by default. You can also select the desired date from
    the calendar. If you are searching routes for journeys past midnight, make sure you set the date
    accordingly in order to get route suggestions for the desired date. The calendar shows the days for
    which timetables are available. 
  6. To start the search, click "Search route".
  7. If you want to search for a cycling route, use the green bicycle button.
  8. Previous searches. The searches you make are automatically saved in the list. You can perform a
    search by selecting a saved route. To delete the saved searches, click the link at the end of the list. The searches are saved in the browser cookies and the storage time depends on your user settings. You can also save your searches permanently in My Journey Planner.

Search results

Route suggestion

The search results show the route suggestion first. The route summary shows key information on the
suggested routes, such as travel time, transport modes used and walking distances. To view a more
detailed description of a route, click the route suggestion in question. A more detailed description of the
selected route suggestion with maps showing transfers will appear below the route summary.

You can edit the route suggestion:

  1. By changing the route type. The fastest route is used by default. 
  2. By changing the mode of transport. 
  3. By changing the number of route suggestions shown. 
  4. By changing the departure time with the ‘Previous’ or ‘Next’ buttons. 

Route details

The route details show the details of the selected routes needed for making the journey.

  1. The route description includes a list of modes of transport and stops along the route. 
  2. Select the mode of transport to view the route-specific timetable. 
  3. Select stop name to view its location on the map. 
  4. Open the stop-specific timetable by clicking on the stop number. 
  5. View the entire route or just transfer locations; you can also choose between an aerial view and map. 
  6. To see more detailed information about the carbon emissions of the routes, click on the ‘Emissions’ icon. 
  7. Print or send route instructions.

Advanced search

You can access the advanced search by clicking the 'Advanced search' tab above the search boxes. In
addition to the search criteria used in the basic search, the advanced search allows you to use more
detailed search criteria and to add a so called via point to your route. You can also save the settings you
have used. Please note that the settings saved in the Advanced search will be used also when you are
searching for routes using the basic search.


Possibilities available in the advanced search that are not available in the basic search:

  1. Enter a via point to the route. You can also define how long a time you want to spend at the via point. 
  2. Change the transfer margin. Transfer margin refers to the time needed to transfer from one vehicle to another. The default margin is 3 minutes. This means that if the estimated arrival time at a specific stop is 8.30, the vehicle to which you are supposed to transfer, must not pass the stop in question before 8.33. If you reduce the margin, you may find a faster transport link but at the same time, the risk of the transfer not working out in practice increases. A fixed transfer margin has been set for certain feeder connections. The fixed transfer margin will not be affected by the changes you make. 
  3. Set the walking speed. You can choose from five options: slow (30 meters per minute), default (70 meters per minute), fast (100 meters per minute), running (200 meters per minute), or cycling (300 meters per minute). The default speed is 70 meters per minute, which is the walking speed in urban conditions commonly used in transport planning. 
  4. Fare zones You can limit the search to include only certain fare zones. Due to technical reasons, extended region 2 fare zone (Espoo, Kauniainen, Vantaa, Kerava, Sipoo and Kirkkonummi) is not available. 
  5. By clicking ‘Show accessibility information’, you can see the accessibility profile of the stops in the
    search results.  
  6. Save the settings if you want to use the selected search criteria also in the basic search.


My Stops

My stops service tells you the next departures from the selected stops. The stops are saved in the
browser cookies. You can also save them permanently in My Journey Planner. 

  1. Select one stop to be viewed. If you are using the service for the first time, there are some pre-selected stops that are shown by default. 
  2. Change the time to be viewed using the ‘Previous’ and ‘Next’ buttons. 
  3. Add new stop by selecting it on the map. When the window opens, click on the ‘Add to my stops’ link.

Disruption Info

Disruption info provides information about disruptions that significantly affect public transport. 

  1. Subscribe to receive alerts to your email. To be able to subscribe to the alerts, you need to be registered to My Journey Planner. 
  2. Modes of transport and route numbers of services affected. To access the detailed information, click on the route numbers.

Timetables and stops

Timetables and stops service provides you with planned route and stop-specific timetables. Also, the
service allows you to search the next departures from selected stops. A map view showing the next
departures from the stops includes real-time information about the services when available. 

  1. Enter a route number or place name in the text field of the timetable search. 
  2. Enter an address, place name, stop name or stop number in the text field of the stop search. 
  3. Open the search results in a map view. 
  4. Open the search results as a list. 
  5. Browse route-specific timetables by mode of transport. 
  6. Browse stop-specific timetables by locality. 

To view the route map of a route, click on the magnifying glass icon  or link in the list of routes or the
timetable page.

Route Map


The route map shows the routes of all transport services and the locations of stops. 

  1. Search the contents by route number, place name, stop address, name or number. 
  2. You can zoom in the map to view the stops in an area. You can change the scale of the map by double clicking the map or using the zoom in / zoom out tools on the top left corner of the map. Click the round stop symbol to see the next departures.
  3. Select the routes to be shown on the map by mode of transport.

Search results

The search results show the route of the service on a map and lists of stops in both directions.

Next departures

To open the next departures from the stop, click the stop symbol on the route line.

Walking and cycling

Searching a route

  1. Enter addresses or place names in the text fields. 
  2. You can search addresses by clicking on the map. When you use the map search, the closest address is shown. If there is no street address available close to the point of interest, the coordinates of the selected point are shown.
  3. Select walking or cycling as the mode of transport. 
  4. Select the desired type of routing among the different route types. If you select the shortest route, pedestrian and bicycle paths and streets are treated as equal.

Adding via points

  1. Add a via point by clicking on the map or dragging the route line. You can move the via point by dragging or pointing it to a new place on the map. You can remove the via point from the route by clicking 'Remove' in the menu next to the point.

Search results

The route is shown on a map along with the length of the route and calculated travel time in text form.
Different route types are shown in different colors on the map. Pavement information is not available for
some of the roads; these are shown in a different color. A route profile showing altitude variations is
available below the map.

  1. Select the desired travel speed. The service calculates the travel time at the specified speed. 
  2. A list of neighborhoods along the route. 
  3. Estimated energy consumption of walking and cycling.
  4. Select information shown over the map.
  5. The route profile shows the altitude variations along the route. To see the corresponding point on map, click on the profile line. 
  6. Links to save the route in GPX or KML format. Save the route to your computer and use it on other
    software and devices. For example, some navigators can utilize the data. 
  7. More functions:
    Find a public transport route using the same departure point and destination.
    Send a direct link to the search results by email. 
    Print the whole route divided into sections so that two highest zoom level maps fit on one A4 sheet. If the route searched is long, there may be a large number of maps. You can close some of the maps in the print window to avoid unnecessary paper consumption.
    Print view when you want the map shown on the screen on paper.
  8. Map views: 
    Select a regular map view, an aerial view or a terrain view. Maps and aerial views are updated annually which means that all new streets or housing areas are not always available. Routing data is updated more often, which means that address data may be available in the system although the location cannot be viewed on map. The terrain map illustrates the topography of the route with altitude contours and colors.
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