Transportation in Finland

Finnair:

This is the only airline that I have come across that will charge for hockey sticks as extra baggage. If you are travelling with Finnair as the first airline on your way out of Finland or as the initial on the way in, you will have to pay an extra 50 euros for hockey sticks. It is worth considering this on the way.

Also, with Finnair, they do not give food. Usually the only options are blueberry juice, coffee or tea. While not a huge concern in domestic Finnish flights, as they are only one hour long, it can be on longer flights to London, Paris, etc. Usually I am not one to complain about this, but when you look at the cost of flights with Finnair, in comparison to Norweigan Air, hundreds of euros more for blueberry juice is not worth it.

VR Rail:

This is one that I had figured out when travelling back and forth from Rovaniemi and Helsinki many times. Sometimes the train can be pretty costly if you’re not a student (approx. 80 Euros for an adult and 30-40 euros for a student, depending on where you are going). What you can do, is purchase a student ticket no matter what and when the conductor comes by, make sure to take a screen shot of the QR code (without the words “student” above the ticket). Therefore, does not show that you’re a student on the conductor’s scanner and then they will not ask to see your student card.

For example:

Therefore, all you need to do is take a proper screen shot, show the conductor the QR code and you save roughly 50% on train tickets across Finland.

Carpooling:

Getting around in Finland can be fairly easy with public transportation, such as trains and buses. Also, in the north I have found it easy to hitchhike between small communities when I feel like saving some money or the bus times don’t match with mine. However,  there is a group called Kimppakyyti which is much like carpooling. They have groups on Facebook that operate between different cities or regions in Finland. This allows people to share the rides and gas money when people are travelling on a regular basis. Although the groups usually write in Finnish, most people in Finland speak English as well. You can easily join these Facebook groups, wait for the invitation, and then start looking for rides.

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