School travel and school transportation

Students in basic education are entitled to school transportation benefit, if the length of school travel exceeds the kilometer limits. The right to school transportation benefit may also arise, if the travel is deemed to be too difficult, strenuous, dangerous, or if the student does not cope with it due to health reasons.

The school transportation benefit is only applied to the local school specified by the municipality. A student who applied for a school other than his/her local school is, however, entitled to a free-of-charge schoolchild's travel card, if the grounds for granting the school transportation benefit are fulfilled as regards the length of the school travel to both the local school and the school applied for.

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 only 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-2nd-graders needing special support
  • 3 kilometers in case of under-10-year-old students in preparatory instruction
  • The Education Department 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-2nd-graders needing special support will get a free-of-charge schoolchild's travel card, if the length of school travel exceeds 3 kilometers.
  • When applying for taxi transportation, a medical or psychologist's report shall be attached as an appendix.
  • The report shall be delivered as an appendix to the application.

Difficulty, strenuousness and dangerousness of school travel

The Education Department 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.

Secondary school (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.
  • Nevertheless, if the length of school travel exceeds 5 kilometers to both the secondary and the local school, the student is entitled to a free-of-charge schoolchild's travel card.
  • If the student is entitled to taxi transportation to his/her local school due to injury or illness, taxi transportation can be granted for also the secondary school.

Health reasons

  • School transportation can be granted for health reasons based on a medical report.
  • A student can get a schoolchild's travel card or taxi transportation due to health reasons.
  • The medical report shall be delivered as an appendix to the application.
  • Deliver the report to the school or mail it to: Sivistystoimi, PL 1500, 01030 Vantaan kaupunki

Accompanying benefit

  • For justified reasons, a guardian can be paid the price of a schoolchild's travel card as accompanying benefit.

 Read more about the matter in the extract from the minutes of the Education Committee. (in Finnish)