School transport

The City of Helsinki subsidizes the journeys to school of comprehensive-school pupils. The City of Helsinki Education Committee has defined the criteria of the subsidy.

If the journey of a 1st to 6th grader to the local school is 2 kilometres or more, the pupil is entitled to a Helsinki Region Transport (HSL/HRT) travel card. A travel card is also given to a pupil who

  • is admitted by an aptitude test to weighted-curriculum education at some other than the local school,
  • chooses an A language starting on 3rd grade that is not taught at the local school,
  • goes to mother tongue classes at some other school that is at least 2 kilometres away from the pupil’s local school, or
  • studies in a special-needs class and journey to the school is 2 kilometres or more.

If the journey of a 7th to 9th grader to the local school is 3 kilometres or more, the pupil is entitled to a Helsinki Region Transport (HSL/HRT) travel card. A travel card is also given to a pupil who

  • is admitted by an aptitude test to weighted-curriculum education at some other than the local school,
  • has chosen an A language starting on 3rd grade that is not taught at the local school,
  • goes to first-language classes at some other school that is at least 3 kilometres away from the pupil’s local school,
  • studies in a special-needs class, and journey to the school is 2 kilometres or more, or
  • starts English language studies on 7th grade (B1 English).

Travel cards are given only to pupils who are residents of Helsinki.

Subsidized journeys to school can in some cases comprise special transportation. Special transportation can also be provided against an application by the guardian and on the basis of a statement by a psychologist, school social worker or doctor. Special transportation usually consists of shared taxi rides. Special transportation is detailed in a separate service description.

Private contracted schools are responsible for organizing transportation for pupils by themselves. Helsinki does not subsidize pupils  of such private schools that do not have a contract with the City on the provision of educational services.



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09.01.2017 14:06