Helsinki Travel Guide
#21
(18.02.2014, 12:58)El Generico Wrote: Alright, I've managed to make my stay a little longer (my bank account will eventually kick me in the stones for it, but I think it'll be worth it). Should give me enough time to also check out Seurasaari. Twilight smile

So I've taken a closer look on public transport and it seems pretty simple, yet I still have one little question about day tickets:

When I select regional tickets, they're more expensive than just Helsinki tickets, which makes me believe they're gonna take me further. ;) Say I buy a Region 3-Zone ticket, is it gonna take me to places like Luoma, Mäntsälä or Vantaa? And in general: Is there something like a map where you can easily see how far each region goes?

Basically, the region 3 ticket is valid in the entire Helsinki region commuter service area. It goes quite far.

An overall explanation of what HSL offers (it probably is the most descriptive geographic-wise): https://www.hsl.fi/en/information/how-us...-transport

Map for the lazy pony:
Here is an overall guide from the state-owned rail service: http://www.vr.fi/en/index/junaliput/lahi...lalue.html

As region 3 tickets also apply to local trains, here is a link to the train system that shows the regions according to their price range. The borders of the 3:rd zone are marked with the yellow dotted line: http://www.vr.fi/en/index/aikataulut/ase...kkeet.html

Then there is a a more stylish graph about the various regional trains and where they go: http://www.vr.fi/en/index/aikataulut/ase...semat.html

It is also displayed inside trains and at train stations, so it might be nice to familiarize yourself with it beforehand.

The Map for the lazy pony (Each letter denotes a specific train):
Color coding (station names)
- Blue: Helsinki & Riihimäki stations
- Green: Espoo & Kauniainen stations
- Red: Vantaa stations
- Purple: Kerava & Kirkonummi stations
- Black: VR Zone (Not even a region 3 ticket will suffice)

In case you want to travel even futher than this by train, you will have to hop on an inter-city train. The prices will naturally go up as a result.
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#22
Marvellous, I like the system. It's like our local system, just better because waaay more flexible.

I suggest people buy a 3-5 day ticket (we don't have such flexible deals over here, meh). The discount on the multi-day tickets is enormous. With less than 25€ per person for full 5 days this is only 5€ per day. Limitless use! PWNED!
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#23
(19.02.2014, 15:12)Stargaze Wrote: Marvellous, I like the system. It's like our local system, just better because waaay more flexible.

I suggest people buy a 3-5 day ticket (we don't have such flexible deals over here, meh). The discount on the multi-day tickets is enormous. With less than 25€ per person for full 5 days this is only 5€ per day. Limitless use! PWNED!

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So much of this. A regular zone 2 ticket, which is valid for only 1.5 hours costs 4.5 €.
Compare that to the 5 € per day for a 5-day 25 € ticket with unlimited usage. Anyone who wants to save money, pay close attention!
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#24
Finns Are Coating Their Reindeer's Antlers With Reflective Material for Night Time Safety, Because Finland is Awesome

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Source, click here.


Forgive me, this was too cool not to post.
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#25
Maybe a bit a silly question but how many digits has the pin code of a finnish EC card? Most countries have six, but norway for example has only four and their cash points are unable to accept more than that. And the last thing i need is being in a foregin city with a useless cash card.
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#26
I wonder if any bank could help out then - with your ID and EC card you can verify yourself ... and request a transaction.

German EC cards feature 4-digit-codes as well.
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#27
(03.04.2014, 20:35)Nachtana Wrote: Maybe a bit a silly question but how many digits has the pin code of a finnish EC card? Most countries have six, but norway for example has only four and their cash points are unable to accept more than that. And the last thing i need is being in a foregin city with a useless cash card.

Hey there!

Sorry for taking so long to respond to your question. We had to contact the local ATM company to find out the answer. Twilight smile

It seems that 6-number EC cards can be used in Finland, as long as they're one of the following: MasterCard, Maestro, Cirrus, Visa, Visa Electron, V Pay, Plus, Diner's Club, American Express or Discovery.

We hope that helps! Happy
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