Public transport in Helsinki
Tram Cars, Subways and Finland Railways in Helsinki
Public transport in Helsinki consists of a bus, tram, metro and train services. The system is
managed by Helsinki City Transport. Today, Helsinki is the only city in Finland to have trams
and subway trains. The Helsinki Metro opened in 1982, was the first, and the only subway in
all of Finland. Trains depart from the Central Railway Station and Pasila to destinations
across Finland. A project to connect Helsinki-Vantaa Airport and Keharata Station, with
the national rail network and downtown Helsinki, has been approved and construction
should be completed by 2013.
Helsinki Central Station, Finland
Ticket sale counters of Helsinki Central (L) and Pasila Station (R).
(L) Departure information board at Helsinki Central Station.
(R) Diagram showing the non-stop stations. The Helsinki Central Station on a bottom line level.
A modern commuter train at Helsinki Central Station
A long-distance express train, Aurora Borealis Express.
(L) A car loading station (R) Car carrier for a train journey
Sleeping berth ( double berth ), Aurora Borealis Express.
(L) A conductor waiting for departure time, Aurora Borealis Express. (R) High-speed network trains departing Helsinki Central Station
Italian design high-speed network train and a power car at Helsinki Central Station.
Italian design high-speed VR train at Helsinki Central Station.
Double-deck high-speed Intercity 2 at Helsinki Central Station.
(L) High-speed trains at Helsinki Central Station (R) Almost the time to depart to Moscow, Russia.
Daily train service to Moscow departs from Helsinki at 17:52.
A Russian conductor waiting for a traveler at each train door to check passport, visa and train ticket.
A long Russian train heading to Moscow
(L) A superexpress train, Allegro arrived from Saint Petersburg, Russia to Helsinki.
This photograph was taken in July 2014.
(R) A power car and 2-deck high-speed train at Helsinki Central Station.
(L) VR railroad and condominium buildings in the background (R) Lake Toloviken and a high-speed train of VR.
Pasila (Bole) is a suburb in Helsinki. Eastern Pasila is a commercially active district with
the Pasila railway station. It is also home town of over 3,500 people.There are many
buildings of major companies and educational facilities. Western Pasila is mainly residential
area with about 4,500 inhabitants. The apartment buildings in this area are skinned with red
bricks. Premises of major broadcasting companies are in the northern end of this district.
Pasila (Bole) station
(L) Double-deck Intercity 2 at Pasila (Bole) Station. (R) A new VR train for domestic services.
Pasila (Bole) station and high-speed train
Tram in Helsinki
The Helsinki trams provide transportation in the downtown and areas closed to it.
The network is composed of 11 lines. Over 50million trips are made with the trams
each year. The unique pub tram is well distinguishable by its vivid red color and PUB
destination board. A city tour takes about 40 minutes travel around the Helsinki
streets, while passengers enjoy their drinks. This tram is separately controlled from
a regular transportation system.
Pub Tram, Helsinki
(L) Office building in Hakaniemi, Helsinki (R) Helsinki street car route map
Kaisaniemi, near the Helsinki Central Station
(L) Modern tram in Kauppatori Market Square (R) Pub Tram,Helsinki
(L) Street car stop (R) Push button to open a tram door and a ticket register
The public Helsinki transportation systems have three zones:internal and two zones
of regional. Internal covers a single city and the regional Helsinki metropolitan area.
Zone 1 single tickets are valid for 60minites, and Zone 2 and Zone 3 tickets are valid
for 80minites. Ticket controllers check tickets in a randomly selected tram car and
a penalty fee of 80RUR for any passenger without a valid ticket. 'Proof-of-paymentis',
an honor-based fare collection approach is used in Germany, Eastern Europe and
a few cities of North America.
Interior of tram car, Helsinki
(L) Hersinki Cathedral Dome area, (M) Skeppareg road area, (R) A street next to Helsinki Central Railway Station.
(L) Road exclusively for the use of tram car (R) A free newspaper box in tram( Morning only )
Tram car railway between roadside trees.
Tram car railway after rain.
(L) Morning scene of tram car stop (R) VR railway and tram car rail crossing near Pasila.
(L) Hakaniemi tram car stop (R) A new-type tram car beside a city park.
(L) Motorman's automatic computer panel (R) Tram car stop in Skeppareg Street.
Touch panel self-ticket register
(L) One-day Pass ticket (M) Ticket prices (R) Ticket controllers in a tram, after inspection was completed.
Map of Helsinki, Finland
Helsinki Metro Map ( Illustration )
The metro is the backbone of the public transportation for Helsinki. There is a single
line with two branches. The whole system has 17 stations. By 2011, all trains should
be automatic without drivers.
A ticket vending machine and warning of 80Eur penalty if ride a subway without purchasing ticket.
Rautatientori subway station (Central Railway Station )
Route map of Helsinki Metro.
Interior of subway train
(L) Metro train departing Vuosaari subway station
(R) Lake view between Kalasatama Station and Kulosaari Station
(L)(M) Elevator for a wheel chair and a bicycle (R) Helsinki subway train
(L) A passenger with bicycle (M) Roof-deck covered Rastila subway station (R) Entrance to Vuosaari subway station
Vuosaari ( Nordsjo ) subway station, the southeast end of Helsinki subway line.
Vuosaari subway station
Ruoholahti ( Grasviken ) subway station, the southwest end of Helsinki subway line.
(L)Toll toilet in metro station (M)(R) Ruoholahti Street.
(L) The entrance to Linja-autoasema Busstation (R) Escalator in the metro station of Kamppi.
City Bus Terminal, Helsinki
City Bus Terminal, Helsinki $B!!(BAll photographs were taken in July 2009.
Internal bus routes can be found most anywhere in Helsinki. For some parts of the city,
these buses provide the backbone of the public transportation system.
High-speed train Allegro will link St. Petersburg and Helsinki.
Helsink-St.Pertersburg superexpress train, Allegro.
Russian and Finnish railways announced the high-speed train, Allegro,project,
which promises the reduction of travel time between Helsinki and St. Pertersburg
from 5.5 to 3.5 hours. The passengers will be able to pass customs during
the train ride with no time loss.
Allegro, high-speed train between Finland and Russia 2014
All railway trains should be completely smoke -free.
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Smoking Ban and Tobacco Control in Finland
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Smoking Ban in restaurants and bars in Sweden
Arrival to Finland Tobacco Control in Finland Railways in Helsinki City of Helsinki
Rental car smoking ban in Finland
All photos were taken in July 2009, and this article was written in August 2009,
by Junhaku Miyamoto, MD, PhD.