If you take public transport to school, you will pay a maximum of EUR 21.40 per half a month for your ticket, and a maximum of EUR 43 per month for a one-month ticket. The exceeding part is paid by Kela in the form of school transport subsidy either to the transport operator or to yourself.
Matkahuolto buses or Waltti bus services
DIf you take public transport, apply for school transport subsidy in the OmaKela e-service or use the application form. Please note that our e-service is only available in Finnish and Swedish. Public transport includes the following:
- Waltti (Check the Waltti website (waltti.fi) or the city transport website to find out if your region is part of Waltti.)
- Helsinki Region Transport (HSL - HRT)
- ampere Regional Transport (Nysse)
- Turku Region Traffic (Föli)
Starting 1 January 2024, the transport services in the Varsinais-Suomi and Satakunta regions, i.e. Seutu+ transport, are considered part of Waltti bus services in connection with the school transport subsidy. Read the instructions on how to select the appropriate mode of transport in the online application.
If you apply in OmaKela, Kela can grant you the right to buy a subsidised ticket as soon as you submit the application. You can for instance buy your ticket in the ticket vendor’s online store.
If you use the application form KM 1e (PDF) to apply, Kela cannot grant you the right to buy a subsidised ticket until your application has been reviewed.
Your copayment for a half-month ticket is a maximum of EUR 21.40 per month and a maximum of EUR 43 per month for a one-month ticket. The ticket office charges Kela for the amount of the school transport subsidy.
You can buy the ticket 14 days before your studies start. The last ticket for the school year must be purchased at least 14 days before the last day of school. After graduating or discontinuing your studies, you cannot buy new tickets, but you can use up the remaining value on your card.
If you use Matkahuolto bus services, the price of a half-month ticket must be over EUR 27, and the price of a one-month ticket must be over EUR 54 for you to qualify for school transport subsidy. If the ticket costs EUR 27/EUR 54 or less, you do not qualify.
If you use Waltti bus services and the distance you travel is at least 10 kilometres, there is no minimum limit to the ticket price. In that case, you can get a voucher to buy a Waltti ticket even if the monthly ticket costs EUR 54 or less. Waltti bus services is a bus system set up by a number of Finnish towns and ELY Centres. Information for your own region is available on the Waltti website or on the public transport websites of the towns and cities.
If you bought a ticket before applying for school transport subsidy or before you were granted the right to buy Kela-subsidised tickets, the school transport subsidy can be paid into your bank account afterwards. Kela can pay school transport subsidy for the least expensive ticket option available to the student. In the application for school transport subsidy, indicate how many full-price tickets you have bought and how much they cost. You can also provide this information in OmaKela after you have submitted your application.
Other public transport than Matkahuolto, Waltti, HSL, Nysse or Föli
If you use some other public transport than Matkahuolto, Waltti, HSL, Nysse or Föli, apply for school transport subsidy in the OmaKela e-service or use the application form. Indicate in the application the price of the ticket you are buying for your trips to school.
Other public transport includes VR trains and the municipal transport service of certain cities and towns.
If you use such services, you cannot buy a subsidised ticket in the same way you could if you used Matkahuolto, Waltti, HSL, Nysse or Föli. You must first pay the regular price, after which Kela will deposit the subsidy in your bank account.
You qualify for the school transport subsidy if the half-month ticket costs over EUR 27 and the one-month ticket over EUR 54. If the ticket costs EUR 27/EUR 54 or less, you do not qualify.
Kela pays the school transport subsidy into your bank account monthly. The amount of the subsidy is calculated by deducting a copayment of EUR 21.50 from the price of the cheapest half-month ticket available to students, and a copayment of EUR 43 from the price of a one-month ticket.