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Public transportation vocabulary in Finnish

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Learning a new language opens doors to exploring different cultures and ways of life. When you travel to Finland, one of the experiences that will quickly introduce you to the local way of life is using public transportation. To help you get around, let’s immerse ourselves into the essential vocabulary related to public transportation in Finnish.

Joukkoliikenne translates to ‘public transport’ and refers to all types of mass transit systems available for the general public.
Helsingissä joukkoliikenne on erittäin tehokasta.

Linja-auto means ‘bus’. This is a common form of transport in cities and rural areas of Finland.
Onko tämä linja-auto menossa keskustaan?

Raitiovaunu, often called ‘spåra’ in Helsinki slang, is the Finnish word for ‘tram’.
Otetaan raitiovaunu mennäksemme museoon.

Junassa translates to being ‘on the train’ and is used when talking about train travel.
Matkustan junassa työpaikalleni päivittäin.

Juna-asema means ‘train station’. It’s where you’ll head to catch a train in any Finnish city.
Tapaamme juna-asemalla kello kuusi.

Pysäkki stands for a ‘bus/tram stop’, where you wait for the bus or tram.
Tiedätkö, missä on lähin pysäkki?

Lippu means ‘ticket’, an essential purchase for riding public transportation.
Pitäisikö minun ostaa lippu ennen kuin nousen bussiin?

Matkakortti refers to a ‘travel card’, typically a rechargeable card used to pay for transit fares.
Minulla on kuukausi matkakortti, joten en tarvitse ostaa lippua joka kerta.

Kertalippu is a ‘single ticket’, used for one journey on public transport.
Voinko ostaa kertalipun kuljettajalta?

Vuoro signifies a ‘service’ or ‘route’ that public transportation will follow at designated times.
Seuraava vuoro keskustaan lähtee viiden minuutin päästä.

Aikataulu is the ‘schedule’ or ‘timetable’ for when transport services operate.
Tarkistetaan aikataulu, ettemme missaa viimeistä junaa.

Metro is the Finnish equivalent of a ‘subway’ or ‘underground train’ system, primarily used in the Helsinki region.
Metro on nopein tapa päästä itäisestä Helsingistä keskustaan.

Maksu refers to the ‘fare’ or the cost of using public transportation.
Paljonko maksu on lentokentälle?

Alennus means ‘discount’, which you may be eligible for under certain conditions like age or student status.
Opiskelijoille on tarjolla alennus kuukausikortista.

Logically linking these terms together helps the language learner feel more at ease when navigating Finnish public transportation. Remembering these terms will not only improve your vocabulary but also expedites your travel experience in Finland. Practice them regularly, and soon you’ll travel across the country like a local!

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