Public transport

In Finland fast, comfortable and punctual trains and buses run throughout the country. Also several airlines serve more than 20 domestic airports across the country.


Trains 

Fast, comfortable and punctual trains run throughout the country. The rail network interconnects the major Finnish cities. The most important sections of the railway are electrified, like the lines from Helsinki to Turku, to Pori, to Tampere, to Jyväskylä, to Rovaniemi, to Iisalmi and to Joensuu.

Finnish trains are comfortable and clean. In trains there are also special seats for the disabled, and easy-access doorways. The scenery among the lines is beautiful, in Eastern Finland you will see many lakes. You can choose whether you would like to travel through the night or at the day time.

Several discount tickets are available. Children aged 6-16 years get 50 % discount from the prices. Children under 6 years travel for free. The group reduction for 3 passengers is 15 % from the normal rate. Students get a 50 % discount with a student union card or a student card from the railway company (VR). Exchange students also get the discount if they are studying in a Finnish school that has a discount agreement with VR.

The Finnrailpass is good for unlimited travel in all trains in Finland. It is obtainable for passengers living permanently outside Finland. The Finnrailpass entitles the holder to travel for 3, 5 or 10 days within one month. The ticket is personal and the holder must show his/her passport or identity card to the conductor.

 

Buses

Finnish buses offer a safe, affordable and environmentally friendly way of travelling in your free time. Many local buses have lowered floors and special spaces for passengers in wheel chairs.

Regular international bus services are also available. The Finnish bus route network is one of the most comprehensive in Europe covering more than 90% of the public roads. There are more than 40,000 daily bus departures. Timetables are usually adapted to fit in rail, air and ship services. Matkahuolto's (private company specialising in bus and coach services) coach stations, authorised agents and travel agencies throughout Finland give additional information about coach traffic.

 

Flights

Several airlines serve more than 20 domestic airports across the country. By flight you reach several destinations fast.

 

Lake traffic

Finland is the country of thousands lakes. Lakeland adventures range from short expeditions lasting a couple of hours to leisurely tours. If you take a several day lasting trip you will have a cabin accommodation. The vessels range from quaint lake steamers to open-top motor cruisers ideal for sightseeing.

 

Coastal archipelago

Almost all of Finland's coastal towns run boat services, sightseeing and charter cruises. There are also scheduled services in the Åland Islands and archipelago. It is possible to come to Åland Islands with small archipelago ferries from two different harbors in Finland.

 

Updated: 5.12.2012
1st Photo: Youth Information and Counselling Centre Nappi