VR — Finnish railway
Free travel by Finnish railway with a Ukrainian passport is valid until the end of August (31.08.2022).
- Find routes and timetables: https://www.vr.fi/en. You can see all available seats by going to the "buy ticket" section and selecting "change seats".
- When boarding a long-distance train, present your Ukrainian passport or asylum document to the conductor. When boarding a local train, you do not need to show your ticket, passport or other documents. Be prepared to show your passport or a replacement document to the ticket controller when asked.
Public transport (HSL)
Ukrainians can travel free of charge on public transport in many cities by presenting a Ukrainian passport or asylum document.
See routes and schedules in Google Maps or matka.fi.
When boarding the bus, present your Ukrainian passport or asylum document to the driver. When boarding the subway, be prepared to show the documents to the controller upon request.
Helsinki, Espoo, Vantaa, Kauniainen, Kirkkonummi, Siuntio, Tuusula, Kerava, Sipoo
Mikkeli, Jakostad, Närpes, Kristinestad, Salo
INGSVA buses on route Karleby (Kokkola) – Vaasa – Kristinestad
Jyväskylä, Laukaa, Muurame
ELY-keskus buses in Itä-Suomi (Etelä-Savo, Pohjois-Karjala, Pohjois-Savo, excluding Savonlinna)
Lahti, Oulu, Iisalmi, Varkaus, Pieksämäki, Joensuu
Kotka, Kuopio, Pyhtää, Hamina
Hämeenlinna, Riihimäki, Rovaniemi
Vaasa, Seinäjoki, Åland
Reception centers / Finnish Red Cross provide free 30-day public transport passes.
Lappeenranta, Imatra, Nurmijärvi
Until further notice
Departures on routes F55, F22, and F27 (F55 FLEX VARKAUS - KUOPIO, F22 FLEX - RAUMA - HUITTINEN - SASTAMALA - TAMPERE, F27 FLEX - RAUMA - PORI) remain free for Ukrainians until 31.08.2022. Call customer support at +358 600 02010 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to book a free seat. To receive free tickets, you need to provide your name, age, and e-mail address. A passport or similar document is needed when boarding the bus.
The Travemünde route from Finnlines is suitable for those who want to travel by car from Finland to Germany and back. Book tickets here.
You have the right to use your car for six months without any registration with the border control or the tax authorities, as Finland considers your stay here temporary. You can extend this period for another year by applying to the tax office in advance. However, the right to tax-free use of the car is terminated if your residence in Finland becomes permanent.
- the vehicle has national registration numbers and the nationality of the country of registration
- the technical inspection of the vehicle must be valid
- the vehicle has valid auto insurance
You must have three documents with you in the car:
- valid driver's license
- technical passport
- insurance (green card)
You can drive in Finland with a Ukrainian driver's license and do not need to present a translation of the license or an international driver's license. Driving licenses that have expired after February 24, 2022, are also currently accepted as they cannot be renewed due to the war-related situation.
If the person is identified, the right to drive can be accepted by other reliable means of proof, such as a photo of a driver's license, which shows personal data and information about the right to drive with sufficient accuracy.
A Ukrainian driver's license allows you to drive a car in Finland until you have permanent residence in Finland and two more years from the start of permanent residence.
A temporary driver's license can be obtained based on a Ukrainian driver's license. More details here.
A car registered in Ukraine can be used only by the owner specified in the technical passport. Other family members can use the car if they have a power of attorney issued to their own family.
It is forbidden to travel in Finland without insurance. If you do not have a green card or it has expired, contact your insurance company to send you a PDF version of the new green card. Be sure to print the document and keep it in the car. You can also get free insurance at the Road Insurance Center for three months. To do this, e-mail email@example.com, attaching the following documents: your passport, technical passport, registration number, and, if available, a valid green card.
If you decide to stay in Finland permanently, then within fourteen days after registering a permanent residence at DVV, you must register your car (costs about 200 €), pay import duties (the amount depends on the car, but will cost thousands of €) and pay tax (150-300 € per year).
It may be cheaper to buy a car in Finland than import your own and pay import duties. The largest site for buying cars and auto parts — nettiauto.
Follow traffic rules. Always park according to the rules (fines are €60-80). Briefly about speeding tickets.
Find out about the parking space from those who provide you with housing.
Rent a car
In addition to traditional car rental companies (hertz, avis, europcar, sixt), you can use the short-term rental services omago and 24rent. You can also rent a car or a van "from a neighbor" through gomore and bloxcar car-sharing services - it will be cheaper.
You can use city bikes in Helsinki and Espoo, Vantaa, and Tampere. A season ticket (April-October) costs only 25-35 euros. The first 30 minutes of the trip are free, then either finish the trip and start again, or every following 30 minutes will cost 1 euro.