Public Transport in Helsinki

The capital of Finland is known about its effective and eco-friendly transportation system.

Helsinki Espoo, Kauniainen, Vantaa, Kerava, Sipoo and Kirkkonummi form an integrated public transport area where travelling is easy and affordable.

The entire area has an integrated ticketing system, and HSL’s tickets are valid on trams, buses, the metro and even the ferry to Suomenlinna.


The Helsinki metro system has two lines (M1 and M2) that connect the city center with neighboring areas, making it a fast way to travel longer distances.



The ticket system

Helsinki's public transport operates under the Helsinki Regional Transport Authority (HSL). You can buy tickets for all modes of transport using the HSL mobile app, ticket machines, or at service points.

Consider purchasing a Helsinki Card or an HSL Travel Card if you plan to use public transport frequently during your stay. These cards offer unlimited travel within a specific timeframe.


Helsinki card

Helsinki Card is a city card with several benefits that will help you to discover and experience Helsinki plus save money. Examples include free public transportation in the city, free guidebook and free entry to top attractions.


Helsinki ferries

Helsinki is a city of islands, and ferries are essential to the public transport system, connecting the mainland with islands like Suomenlinna and others.

Many guided excursions are offered, making discovering the water and islands easy.

Cruises depart regularly from the Market Square between May and September. Commentaries are usually offered in several languages, such as English, Swedish, German, and many more. Most of these offers are not included in Helsinki's public transportation ticket system, so you must pay separately.



Taxis are easy to hail in the city centre except during the busiest periods. Taxi stands are conveniently located throughout the centre.


To & from the International airport

Helsinki Region Transport service provides public transport between Helsinki-Vantaa Int. Airport and Helsinki City Centre. Many long-distance buses stop in addition to the airport.


Finnair City Bus

You can also get to and from Helsinki Airport using the Finnair City Buses, operated by Pohjolan Liikenne. Buses depart from the airport and Helsinki city centre every 20 minutes.



Tram 9 train stops next to the West Terminal at the airport.


Taxi from the airport

Yellow Taxis is an independent taxi service operating from and to Helsinki Airport. A good idea is to write the address to the driver because of the pronunciation of names and streets.


Train (Ring line)

The train connection Ring Line between Helsinki city centre and Helsinki Airport was opened in July 2015. The new line provides a rail link between Helsinki's city centre, Helsinki-Vantaa Airport, and the rest of the country. Trains run every 10 minutes in the daytime. All trains are modern and low-floor, providing easy access with luggage, prams or wheelchairs.

The  I and P trains stop at all stations along the Ring Rail Line.

The airport's train station opens in two phases: first, only the Tietotie entrance is in use. The direct entrance to the terminal will be opened later this autumn in the second stage.