• Motorways in Finland are free for drivers of cars and trucks
  • Tunnels and bridges in the country are also free
  • You will face a fee for driving in Finland on ferries

Highways in Finland

Map of Finland

Toll roads in Finland

Finnish motorways are free of charge for motorcycles, cars and all vehicles with a maximum permissible weight of over 3.5 tonnes. There are also no toll plots in Finland.

All the information you need to know before traveling to Finland can be found in a special  travel brochure . The brochure is available in 6 languages, including English or Russian.

Finland road network

  • 1 Helsinki – Turku
  • 2 Vihti – Pori
  • 3 Helsinki – Tampere – Vassa
  • 4 Helsinki – Oulu – Tornio – Norway
  • 5 Heinola – Kuopio – Kajaani – Sodankyul
  • 6 Loviisa – Lappeenranta – Kajaani
  • 7 Helsinki – Porvoo – Kotka – Russia
  • 8 Turku – Pori – Vaasa – Liminka
  • 9 Turku – Tampere – Kuopio – Tohmajärvi
  • 10 Turku – Hämeenlinna – Tuulos
  • 11 Nokia – Pori
  • 12 Rauma – Tampere – Lahti – Kouvola
  • 13 Kokkola – Mikkeli – Russia
  • 14 Juva – Parikkala
  • 15 Keith – Kouvola – Mikkeli
  • 16 Illistaro – Seinajoki – Cuujarvi
  • 17 Uopio – Outokumpu – Joensuu
  • 18 Jyväskylä – Vaasa
  • 19 Jalasjärvi – Nykarleby
  • 20 Oulu – Kuusamo
  • 21 Tornio – Kilpisarvi
  • 22 Oulu – Kontiomyak
  • 23 Pori – Joensuu
  • 24 Lahti – Yamsya
  • 25 Hanko – Lohja – Mäntsälä
  • 26 Hamina – Luumyaki
  • 27 Kalayoki – lisalmi
  • 28 Kokkola – Nivala – Mainua
  • 29 Tornio – Keminmaa

Map of highways in Finland

Wikipedia  offers the simplest and at the same time the clearest map of Finnish motorways. However, if you are going to travel through Finland, it is better to use an interactive map at  Liikennetilanne.tmfg.fi .

The map can be used to filter information about accidents, road works, deadlines, columns or current weather conditions on the roads. In addition to useful information, you will find all highways, roads, ports and rail links.

Speed ​​limits in Finland

On the main roads in the winter months (from October to April) reduce speed. They are designed to increase road safety due to slippery roads and short days.

  • in cities and towns: 50 km / h
  • outside the city: 80 km / h
  • on roads for motor transport: 100 km / h in summer, 80 km / h in winter (sometimes even 70 km / h)
  • on highways: 120 km / h in summer, 100 km / h in winter

The maximum allowed speed for buses is 100 km / h.
The maximum speed allowed for trucks is 80 km / h.

Fines in Finland

In Finland, speeding is strictly controlled, and fines depend on the driver’s income. Speed ​​cameras are switched on 6 km / h higher than allowed. A fine is not provided if the speed is up to 10 km / h.

Ferries to Finland

Finland is known as the „land of a thousand lakes” and has about 179,000 islands, so Finland has several shipping companies and ferries are an integral part of transport. Strategic connections, especially when ferries replace bridges, are provided free of charge by the national carrier.

A map with all domestic delivery ports can be found at  FinFerries.fi  . All timetables, transport information and transport conditions are also available here.

Ferry to Finland

The easiest way to get to Finland is by ferry. Straight lines depart from Germany, Sweden and Estonia. You can book a cruise, for example, on   Directferries.cz  . The advantage is that the site is in Czech.

Ferry from Germany to Finland

The route between Germany and Finland is served by  Finnlines  . From Travemünde to Helsinki can be reached. The price, subject to pre-booking a one-way ticket for 2-4 people and a car starts from 398 €. If you book a return cruise directly, you will receive a 20% discount.

Joining the  Star Club  also promises savings; if nothing else, you will at least be informed about Finnlines special offers and promotions.

Ferry from Estonia to Finland

Transportation on the Tallinn-Helsinki route is provided  by the Tallink to Silja line  . The price of a one-way ticket for 2 people and a car is from 75 €. The price also depends on the duration of the trip. In general, it is cheaper to travel late at night. You can save a few euros by buying a return ticket.

Penalties for speeding in Finland

The Finnish system of fines is not negotiable, as in any Scandinavian country. However, fines are lower here than in Sweden and Norway. We do not recommend speeding, as there are a number of automatic radars and patrols.

In Finland, the fines depend on your monthly income and the number of children, which are used to calculate the number of so-called daily fines first introduced by the Swiss. This means that you will pay the specified amount every day when you reach the total amount of fines.

Wealthy drivers can then pay astronomical sums, for example, the head of Nokia paid 116,000 euros, and a Swedish tourist then 80,000 euros, just for speeding!

Speeding in the city

  • 12-15 km / year: 170 euros
  • 16-20 km / year: 200 euros
  • 21-23 km / h: 12 daily fines: 312 euros or 1140 euros
  • 24-26 km / h: 14 daily fines: 364 euros or 1330 euros
  • 27-29 km / h: 16 daily fines: 416 euros or 1,520 euros
  • 30-32 km / h: 18 daily fines: 468 euros or 1710 euros
  • 33-35 km / h: 20 daily fines: € 520 or € 1,900, disqualification for 1-6 months
  • 36-38 km / h: 22 daily fines: € 572 or € 2,090, disqualification for 1-6 months
  • 39-41 km / h: 24 day fines: € 624 or € 2,280, disqualification for 1-6 months
  • 42-44 km / h: 26 daily fines: € 676 or € 2,470, disqualification for 1-6 months
  • 45-47 km / h: 28 daily fines: from 278 € to 2660 €, disqualification for 1-6 months
  • over 48 km / h: summons, individual fine, deprivation of driver’s license for 1-6 months

Speeding outside the city

  • 12-15 km / year: 170 euros
  • 16-20 km / year: 200 euros
  • 21-23 km / h: 12 daily fines: 312 euros or 1140 euros
  • 24-26 km / h: 14 daily fines: 364 euros or 1330 euros
  • 27-29 km / h: 16 daily fines: 416 euros or 1,520 euros
  • 30-32 km / h: 18 daily fines: 468 euros or 1710 euros
  • 33-35 km / h: 20 daily fines: € 520 or € 1,900, disqualification for 1-6 months
  • 36-38 km / h: 22 daily fines: € 572 or € 2,090, disqualification for 1-6 months
  • 39-41 km / h: 24 day fines: € 624 or € 2,280, disqualification for 1-6 months
  • 42-44 km / h: 26 daily fines: € 676 or € 2,470, disqualification for 1-6 months
  • 45-47 km / h: 28 daily fines: from 278 € to 2660 €, disqualification for 1-6 months
  • over 48 km / h: summons, individual fine, deprivation of driver’s license for 1-6 months

The first group of daily fines includes drivers who have at least one child and a maximum salary of 2,000 euros. The second group includes drivers without children or with children, but with a salary of up to 6,000 euros.

Fines for driving in Finland

In Finland, for minor traffic violations, so-called „traffic fines” are applied, which are established and provided by law. These are not fines, as we know them, but administrative fines. The amount of the fee depends on who is being assessed. Fees for pedestrians and cyclists are different from those charged to drivers. The police usually deal with such offenses on the spot.

The amount of the transport fee ranges from € 20 to €  200  depending on the nature of the offense. e.g. the fine for traffic violations is € 20, but for drivers there is a fee for traffic violations of € 100.

If a fine is imposed for several offenses, the most severe fine for traffic violations will be increased by € 40.

The penalty fee must be paid within 30 days of receiving notice of the fine. Payment of the traffic fine is made according to the payment details specified in the decision. When paying the fine, you must use the reference number specified in the decision on the fine.

If the driver has been guilty of driving at least four times in two years or three times in a year, the police may impose a driving ban on him.

  • Flight at a red light – 100 €
  • Failure to comply with the entry ban – 100 €
  • Using the phone while driving – 100 €
  • Travel without seat belts fastened – 70 €

Driving in Finland

Blowing is prohibited in Finnish cities and towns, except in immediate danger.

Mandatory car equipment in Finland

  • reflective vest
  • warning triangle

Protective helmets are mandatory for motorcyclists, moped riders and their passengers.
Helmets are mandatory for all cyclists.

Tires

If weather or road conditions require, winter tires must be used from November 1 to March 31. It is the driver’s responsibility to ensure that the car has winter tires in winter conditions.

During this period, the use of studded tires is allowed, they can be used out of season, if required by weather or road conditions.

Winter tires with a minimum tread depth of 3 mm must be used on the following vehicles:

  • cars with a total weight of not more than 3.5 tons
  • vans
  • special purpose vehicles with a maximum mass not exceeding 3.5 tons
  • motorcycles, mopeds, tricycles, ATVs, heavy ATVs and light ATVs
  • specific trailers towed by the vehicles referred to in the preceding paragraphs or with a towed mass exceeding 0.75 tonnes but not exceeding 3.5 tonnes.

In difficult winter conditions (snow or slush on the road) the tread depth of winter tires must be at least 5 mm.

Seat belts

In Finland, seat belts are mandatory for all passengers in the vehicle.

In 2006, the obligation to use seat belts in buses came into force. All buses must be fastened with seat belts or other restraint systems, if installed on the seat. Since 1999, new buses have been equipped with seat belts on all seats. This requirement does not apply to buses intended for public transport with seats for standing passengers.

Children in the car

When transporting a child up to 135 cm in a car, minibus or truck, it is necessary to use a car seat that corresponds to their height and weight.

You can not transport a child under 3 years in a car without a car seat.

As a last resort, when a child car seat cannot be installed in a car, children from the age of 3 can sit in the back seats.

Alcohol behind the wheel

The maximum permitted amount of alcohol in the blood in Finland is 0.5 ppm or 0.22 milligrams of alcohol per liter of exhaled air.
When driving under the influence of alcohol, the driver is prohibited from driving from 2 months to 5 years, depending on the measured amount of alcohol in the blood.
Example:

0.5 ‰ – 0.59 ‰ – driving ban for 1–3 months for the first time, 6–8 months in case of recurrence
0.8 ‰ -0.89 ‰ – driving ban for 2.5–4.5 months for the first time, 7 , 5-9.5 months in case of recurrence

Daytime running lights

Daytime running lights are mandatory in Finland all year round.

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