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Printable timetables for the new bus routes are available via this link.
The opening of the new Metro affected also bus services. The extension of the Metro to Matinkylä, Espoo has significantly changed public transport services in Espoo and Lauttasaari. In particular, most journeys to Helsinki city center are now made by rail. In South Espoo and Lauttasaari, direct bus routes were replaced by feeder bus services from 3 January 2018.
On 3 January 2018, South Espoo got new bus routes and three-digit route numbers. Two-digit route numbers are used only in Helsinki.
Why the changes?
The Metro is the primary mode of transport from South Espoo to Helsinki city center. As operating bus services parallel to the frequently running Metro is not cost-effective or environmentally friendly, most bus services in South Espoo now terminate at Matinkylä or Tapiola Metro Stations.
In South Espoo and Lauttasaari, feeder buses operate a frequent service to the Metro Stations, from where passengers can continue conveniently by the Metro. HSL area transport services are based on an extensive and robust trunk rail network that ensures well-functioning, convenient public transport links around the Helsinki region.
In addition, bus routes within Espoo, e.g. between Tapiola, Matinkylä, Leppävaara, Espoonlahti and Espoon keskus, have changed. The number of bus routes and different route versions has been cut but the buses run more frequently. Where possible, services are concentrated on the same streets enabling a good service level on the joint sections of route of two different bus routes at all times throughout the week. In addition, the aim has been to plan timetables so that bus routes operating along the same streets would run at as regular headways as possible.
Routes and route numbers from 3 January 2018
The aim is that the direction and destination of the routes could be deduced from the route numbers. In Espoo, bus routes will be divided into 100, 200, 300, 400 and 500 series.
The following logic is used:
- 100 series: Länsiväylä bus routes
- 200 series: Turunväylä and Turuntie bus routes
- 300 series: Vihdintie bus routes
- 400 series: Hämeenlinnanväylä bus routes
- 500 series: crosstown routes
To study HSL area route numbering in greater detail, see this map.
From bus to Metro
In Espoo, the two big interchange hubs are Tapiola and Matinkylä but passengers can change from bus to Metro also in, for example, Niittykumpu and Urheilupuisto. In Lauttasaari, passengers can change to/from buses at the Lauttasaari Metro Station.
In Matinkylä, passengers are served by a new bus terminal opened at the same time as the new section of Metro line. The bus terminal is integrated with the Iso Omena shopping center. In Tapiola, the Merituulentie bus terminal will not be completed until at the end of 2018. Until then, buses will leave from Pohjantie and Tapionaukio. The walking distance from the Metro station to the bus stops will be a few hundred meters.
Transfer links at the new Metro stations from 3 January 2018
The following maps show bus links from the eight new Metro stations from 3 January 2018.
Impacts of the bus network redesign in different areas
South Espoo and Kauniainen
In South Espoo, direct bus services to the Helsinki city center have been replaced by feeder bus services. In other words, practically all those traveling to Helsinki city center by public transport are using the Metro. Most of the bus routes that used to run to/from Kamppi now terminate at Matinkylä or Tapiola Metro Stations. In addition, new bus routes have been introduced.
There is a network of frequently running buses between the Espoo district centers Espoon kaupunkikeskusten (Tapiola, Matinkylä, Espoonlahti, Leppävaara, Espoon keskus). Although the number of routes has decreased, walking distances to stations are reasonable. Services have been concentrated on the same sections of streets to provide a more frequent and regular service on the joint sections of route.
Night buses continue to operate from Kamppi to South Espoo and Kauniainen outside the Metro operating hours.
The Metro is the main mode of transport from Lauttasaari to Espoo as well as to the Helsinki city center. All Lauttasaari bus routes run via Lauttasaari Metro Station. There is a direct bus link from Katajaharju via Ruoholahti to Hietalahti (bus 20) and from Vattuniemi to Erottaja (bus 21). Bus 555 runs from Lauttasaari to Espoo Monday to Friday (via Aalto University and Leppävaara to Martinlaakso in Vantaa) and on weekends bus 115A runs via Tapiola Metro Station to Mankkaa.
Buses from Vattuniemi to Lauttasaari Metro Station run about every 6 minutes at peak times, Mon-Fri during the daytime and on Saturdays every 7-8 minutes and on Sundays every 10 minutes. At night time, when the Metro does not run, there are buses running between Lauttasaari and the city center as well as to Espoo.
Bus routes from Kirkkonummi terminate at Matinkylä. Outside the Metro operating hours, route 173N runs to Kamppi. Commuter trains provide a direct link to Helsinki city center.
Lehtisaari and Kuusisaari
Passengers going to the city center can transfer to another bus or tram, for example, in Munkkiniemi. Buses 551 (Pasila-Westendinasema) and 552 (Malmi-Maunula-Munkkiniemi-Otaniemi) run through Lehtisaari. Transfer to the Metro will be possible in Otaniemi at the Aalto University station. Outside the Metro operating hours, route 551N runs from Kamppi via Munkkiniemi and Otaniemi to Tapiola.
Helsinki city center
Kamppi bus terminal is the terminus for Helsinki internal bus routes and night bus routes to/from Espoo and Kirkkonummi.