School travel and school transportation

Students in basic education can get a free-of-charge schoolchildren’s travel card, if the travel between home and the local school exceeds five kilometers. Students needing special support are entitled to the school transportation benefit in grades 1-6, if the travel between home and the local school exceeds three kilometers. School transportation may also be required if the travel between home and school is dangerous or because of health reasons.

Note! Grounds for school transportation for the 2021- 2022 school year have been revised. This site describes the grounds for granting school transportation and on the basis of which the school transportation benefit will be granted for travel as of August 2021. If you are applying for school transportation for spring 2021 school travel, check the current grounds from the Education Committee's decision, valid until July 31, 2021.

The school transportation benefit is only applied to the local school specified by the municipality. A student participating in weighted-curriculum education is, however, entitled to a schoolchild's travel card, if the grounds for granting the school transportation benefit are fulfilled as regards both the local school and the school that provides the weighted-curriculum education.

School transportation is primarily arranged by public modes of transport, in which case the student receives a free-of-charge schoolchild's travel card. The travelcard can be downloaded at Vantaa Infos.

Further information on schoolchild's travel card (HSL)

In exceptional cases, however, taxi transportation can be arranged, if it is not possible for the student to walk or take public transportation. The student can also travel to one direction by taxi and to the other direction by public modes of transport.

Grounds for school transportation

Length of school travel

A free-of-charge schoolchild's travel card is granted based on the length of school travel, if the school travel to the local school exceeds

  • 5 kilometers in case of 1st-10th-graders
  • 3 kilometers in case of 1st-6th-graders needing special support
  • 3 kilometers in case of under-10-year-old students in preparatory instruction
  • The school transportation will measure the length of school travel based on the shortest route by foot.
  • Taxi transportation will not be granted on the basis of the length of school travel.

Need for special support  

  • 1st-6nd-graders needing special support will get a free-of-charge schoolchild's travel card, if the length of school travel exceeds 3 kilometers.
  • 7th—9th-graders needing special support will get a free-of-charge schoolchild's travel card, if the length of school travel exceeds 5 kilometers.
  • The schoolchild’s travel card may be granted for school travel shorter than the above on medical grounds, based on a doctor's, psychologist's or other health care professional's statement.
  • When applying for taxi transportation, a medical or psychologist's report shall be attached as an appendix.

Difficulty, strenuousness and dangerousness of school travel

The school transportation will assess how difficult, strenuous and dangerous the school travel is. The road geometry, visibility and student’s age affect the assessment.

  • A road or crossing of a road is not deemed to be dangerous, if the speed limit is at max. 50 km/h
  • If the speed limit exceeds 50 km/h, the road is not deemed dangerous, if it has a separate pedestrian and bicycle way or a wide shoulder.
  • If the speed limit exceeds 50 km/h, the road is not deemed dangerous, if there are marked crosswalks or traffic lights.

Weighted-curriculum education (e.g., music class, English-language instruction)

  • As a general rule, the right to school transportation is only applied to the local school specified by the municipality.
  • A student in weighted-curriculum education can, however, get a free-of-charge schoolchild's travel card, if the student were entitled to the school transportation benefit to his/her local school.
  • If a student is entitled to taxi transportation due to health reasons, he/she can be granted taxi transportation also for the school providing weighted-curriculum education.

Health reasons

  • The schoolchild’s travel card and taxi transportation may be granted on medical grounds, based on a doctor's, psychologist's or other health care professional's statement.
  • The medical report shall be delivered as an appendix to the application.

Accompanying benefit

  • For justified reasons, a guardian can be paid the price of a schoolchild's travel card as accompanying benefit.
  • If transporting the student requires use of one's own car, a mileage allowance can be paid as an accompanying benefit.

Read more about the school transportation grounds valid as of August 1, 2021 in the Education Committee’s extract from the minutes (in Finnish).