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Subsidised School Trip Ticket

The Subsidised School Trip Ticket – 44-trip Annual Student Ticket and Regional Student Ticket – are intended for upper secondary level students eligible for the school trip subsidy granted by the Social Insurance Institution of Finland Kela.

Who is it for?

Upper secondary level students, if the distance to school and the cost of travel exceed the limits stipulated by law.

What trips is it good for?

Annual Student Ticket for a specific school trip and Regional Student Ticket for a specified area.

Number of trips

The Annual Student Ticket includes 44 trips to be undertaken during the period of time covered by Kela subsidies. The Regional Student Ticket offers an unlimited number of trips over any 30-day period.


The price charged to the student for the ticket is €43.

Where to buy?

Annual Student Tickets and Regional Student Tickets are available from all Matkahuolto service points and agents selling Travel Cards.

Where to top up the ticket?

Annual Student Tickets and Regional Student Tickets can be topped up at R Kiosks and onboard buses.

Validity of the ticket

The 44-trip Annual Student Ticket is good for the number of school trips indicated on the purchase voucher for the duration of the period subsidised by Kela. The Regional Student Ticket allows unlimited travel for the duration of the period subsidised by Kela.


A Subsidised School Trip Ticket can be changed at any time. No refund is paid for any trips or valid travel days that may remain on the ticket when the ticket is changed. The change is subject to a service charge. Matkahuolto will only refund the cost of Subsidised School Trip Tickets that have not been used at all.


The number of authorised purchases specified on the Subsidised School Trip Travel Card may only be used during the term for which the subsidy is granted.

Right of travel

The School Trip Ticket is personal.

Additional information

Applying for the school trip subsidy

Application forms for the school trip subsidy are available from all of Finland’s institutes of education, Kela offices and the Kela website. The completed school trip subsidy application is then submitted to the school concerned. The school checks the information and issues the student a purchase voucher indicating the number of purchases allowed and the last date of purchase. Students can buy Subsidised School Trip Tickets on presentation of the purchase voucher. The purchase voucher will be retained by Matkahuolto. The price charged to the student for the ticket is €43. Kela’s subsidy covers the difference between the amount paid by the student and the actual price of the ticket.

Should the student’s school trip change, a new school trip subsidy application and purchase voucher must be acquired. The Subsidised School Trip Ticket is loaded onto a Matkahuolto School Trip Travel Card.

For more information on the school trip subsidies and the associated legal provisions, consult the Kela website and the Finnish legislative databank.

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