Bachelor and Master’s students are entitled to discounts in local transportation as well as on railways and long distance coaches.
Local transportation in the Helsinki Metropolitan Area
Bachelor and Master’s students, as well as exchange students, under the age of 30 and living in Helsinki, Espoo, Vantaa, Kauniainen, Kerava, Kirkkonummi or Sipoo, are usually entitled to a student discount on their travel card. Students aged 30 or over must receive Student Financial Aid from the Finnish Social Security Institution (Kela) in order for them to be granted the student discount.
Degree students have to register as permanent residents of the municipality at the Register Office before the student discount can be granted. Before buying the travel card you need to obtain a certificate proving your degree student status, which is available at the Student Services and at the Welcome Fair.
Exchange students need to obtain a certificate proving the exchange student status before buying the travel card. This certificate is available at the Student Services and at the Welcome Fair as well.
More information on the Travel card and ticket prices can be found on the Helsinki Region Transport (HSL) website.
Railways and long-distance coaches
The Finnish Railway (VR) and the operator of long distance coaches (Matkahuolto, on trips over 80 kilometres) give Bachelor and Master’s level students a discount on ticket prices.
In order for you to receive the student discount you need to show your student card. The discount is 50 % at Matkahuolto and 30 % at VR. The discount at VR depends on the type of ticket and the time of purchase.
For more information on timetables and ticket prices, please visit the VR and Matkahuolto websites.