Domestic Transportation in Finland
Means of Transport Recommended in Town
Efficient and integrated bus, metro and tramway services, suburban rail lines and ferry services to Suomenlinna Islands are operated in Helsinki.
Taxis are available on the taxi stations in all big cities and one of those stations can always be found next to the railway station. Taxi drivers are reliable and usually speak English but the cost may be quite expensive.
- Maps of Urban Networks
Helsinki City Transport, links to bus, tram, and metro route maps
Map of the Helsinki Metro
Tampere Public Transport, links to bus route maps
- Urban Transport Agencies
Helsinki City Transport
Tampere public transport
- Find an Itinerary
Helsinki metropolitan area transport
Tampere public transport
Turku public transport
- Taxi Companies
Transportation From Airport to City Centre:
|Helsinki - Malmi (HEM)||11 km / 7 miles||EUR 15||EUR 1.5 / 20 min||-||Available|
Means of Transport Recommended in the Rest of the Country
Finnish trains are spacious, comfortable and clean. The Finnish railway company VR
operates an extensive rail service around Finland. There are 6000km of rail networks with modern rolling stock. The Pendolino fast train runs at a maximum speed of 220kph and operates on all main routes. There are also night trains and car-carrier trains, regional trains, InterCity trains and express trains. Rail travel is fairly cheap and efficient.
There are over 40,000 daily bus departures and timetables are adapted to fit rail, air and ship services. In Lapland, buses are the major means of public surface travel.
The airline company Finnair has a wide service of domestic flights. The longest distance Helsinki-Ivalo (1125 km) takes only 1.5 hours.
- Rail Companies
Finnish railways (VR)
|Name||Type||Domestic Flights||International Flights|
|Scandinavian Airlines (SAS)||Major||yes||Yes|
You Can Consult the List of Airlines Banned Within the EU. Look Also at the rating of the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
Traveling By Yourself
The main roads are in excellent condition and are passable at all times. However, during the winter months icy road conditions are common and therefore winter tyres (either studded or non-studded) are a legal requirement from the beginning of December until the end of February. When driving at night (particularly around dusk) incidents of moose or reindeer being struck by vehicles are common, causing severe damage to the vehicle and injury, sometimes fatal, to the occupants.
It is relatively easy for a foreigners to drive a car in Finland. There are usually no big traffic jams (excluding Helsinki area) and some street signs, especially sights, are written in English too.
- Driver's License
Driving licenses issued in another EU or EEA country and interim driving licenses issued in the Nordic countries entitle the holder to drive motor vehicles in Finland. The right to drive is valid regardless of whether the person is in Finland as a tourist or residing permanently.
A person residing permanently in a country that has signed the Geneva or Vienna Road Traffic Convention and who holds a national or international driving license or an official Finnish or Swedish translation of a national driving license is entitled to drive motor vehicles for up to a year following entry into Finland.
- Conditions For Renting a Vehicle
- The minimum age is 18. Rental costs may be quite high.
- Rental Agencies
Compare several car rental companies
- Tolls or Taxes
- No highway tariffs
- Road Maps
Finnra road map
Maps for searching places, routes and services provided by Visitfinland.com
- Find an Itinerary
- Traffic Conditions Online
- Parking Facilities
Parking halls are common in Finnish cities. The charge is usually around 2 euros per hour but depending on the city and the location there it can be more. Parking in small towns and outside the city centre may be free of charge.
More information on parking facilities in Helsinki can be found here.
Rules of the Road
- Minimum Driving Age
- 18 years
- Side of the Road For Driving
- Speed Limits
- 80, 100 or 120 km/h on express-ways or motorways; 40 to 60 in town.
- Safety Belts
- Permitted Amount of Alcohol in the Blood
- Less than 0.5 promiles
- National Roads Organizations
Finnish Road Administration
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