Mobility is especially important in Aalto University because it has several campuses in several cities. Public transportation consists of buses, trams, (metro) trains and planes. Cycling (and its promotion) can also be considered a part of a functional public transportation system. To ensure the mobility of its members, AYY promotes the development of working transportation networks.
HSL, Helsingin Seudun Liikenne (Helsinki Region Transport), is responsible for the metropolitan area’s relatively comprehensive public transportation network. Students are entitled to a 50 percent discount on period tickets and individual tickets bought with HSL’s travel card. HSL offers a very useful journey planner, which shows you route-specific schedules, route changes and lets you plan routes from point A to point B. The planner also gives tips on cycling routes.
VR and Matkahuolto
VR (trains) and Matkahuolto (long distance buses) usually grant students a 50 percent discount on their tickets. VR grants the discount on all train tickets, but Matkahuolto’s discount applies only to journeys longer than 80 kilometres. You receive the discount by showing either a VR & Matkahuolto discount card or a student ID card with VR and Matkahuolto logos on it (this is the card issued by your student union).
There are no set student discounts in air traffic, but airlines might have some discounts that apply to students. For example, Finnair and Kilroy offer lower fares to young persons and students.
Upon completion, which is a few years away, the west metro will significantly reshape public transportation in the metropolitan area. It will be especially convenient for those Aalto students who need to travel between Otaniemi and the School of Economics.