On Independence Day 6 December, HSL’s transport services will operate a Sunday service. There will be diversions to tram and bus routes in downtown Helsinki due to Independence Day celebrations.
On Tuesday 5 December, a Friday service will operate. In addition, the pre-Christmas extra services will run and the metro will run approximately to 1.30am.
Transport services on Independence Day, 6 December
A Sunday service will operate. There will be diversions to tram and bus routes in Helsinki city center due to parades and President’s Independence Day Reception.
Students' Independence Day Procession
The procession will start at 5pm from Hietamiemenkatu and proceed along Hietaniemenkatu, Arkadiankatu, Mannerheimintie and Pohjoisesplanadi to the Presidential Palace, from where it will continue along Mariankatu and Aleksanterinkatu to the Senate Square.
Trams 1 and 2 will run in both directions along Mannerheimintie approximately 4.50pm-5.30pm. The trams will not serve Runeberginkatu and Arkadiankatu. Short delays are expected to other tram routes.
The 4.45pm and 5.05pm services from Merikatu will run along Pietarinkatu, Kapteeninkatu, Tehtaankatu, Laivurinkatu, Fredrikinkatu, Pohjoinen Rautatienkatu and Mechelininkatu. The bus will not serve Korkeavuorenkatu, Mannerheimintie, Arkadiankatu and Pohjoinen Rautatienkatu.
The 4.45pm and 5.05 services from Seurasaari will run along Mechelininkatu, Hietalahdenranta, Bulevardi and Yrjönkatu. The bus will not serve Hietaniemi, Pohjoinen and Eteläinen Rautatienkatu, Arkadiankatu and Mannerheimintie. The buses will serve all bus stops along the diversion route.
Map showing the diversion route of bus 24 during the student procession
In addition, the procession may cause short delays to buses 14, 18, 37, 39, 41, 42, 63 and 69 as well as for U lin buses from Kamppi.
President’s Independence Day Reception
Tram routes 2, 3, 4 and 7 will be diverted approximately 5.30pm-10pm. Tram 5 will not operate. Buses will replace tram services in Eira and Katajanokka.
Map showing tram routes and replacement buses during the Independence Day Reception
The trams 2 and 3 will run to the terminus of tram 1 on Pursimiehenkatu.
Bus 3X will run from Eteläranta along Laivasillankatu, Tehtaankatu, Laivurinkatu, Fredrikinkatu, Bulevardi, Albertinkatu and Pursimiehenkatu to Viiskulma. The termini will be “Viiskulma” (1174) on Pursimiehenkatu and “Olympiaterminaali” (1987) on Laivasillankatu.
The tram 4 will run to Kolmikulma.
Bus 4X will replace the tram between Lasipalatsi and Katajanokka. The bus will leave from the Postitalo bus stop (2038) and run along Postikatu, Kaivokatu, Kaisaniemenkatu, Liisankatu, Pohjoisranta, Kanavakatu, Satamakatu, Kruunuvuorenranta and Linnankatu to Merikasarminkatu.
The tram 5 will not operate.
The tram will be replaced by bus 5X. The bus will run the same route as bus 4X until Kruunuvuorenkatu, from where it will continue to the terminal.
The tram 7 will run via the Central Railway Station. The tram will not serve Aleksanterinkatu, Snellmaninkatu and Liisankatu.
There will be a number of protest marches on Independence Day that may cause diversions to public transport routes.
Transport services on Tuesday 5 December
A Friday service will operate on most routes. In addition, night buses and the pre-Christmas extra services will run, i.e. the metro will run two hours longer than usual and some bus routes that depart from the Helsinki city center will have additional services.
However, some U line buses will operate a normal Wednesday service.