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The Helsinki Metro. Sad Functionality

Nefer • 5 minutes read • December 19th, 2016
I've just returned from Finland and I'd like to share my impressions with you immediately. The 


Metro is one of the strongest among them. I love the subway and ride it in every city I visit. Now I'll tell you about the fare, platforms, escalators, drivers and more.
The Helsinki Metro is the northernmost metro in the world. The northernmost station of the Helsinki Metro has a latitude of 60° 12'. The entrance is marked with an orange "M". In this case, it is also the entrance to a bus terminal.
There are no ticket barriers. One day I missed the barrier in Brussels, I just didn't know that I had to pay attention to it. The yellow line acts as a border. After crossing it without a ticket, a passenger will be called to the administrative office. We didn't see any inspector during our two days there. However, the risk is not worth 80 Euro fine. Tourist Helsinki Card also includes a travel card.
The fare was 3.20 Euros, this was the price of a standard ticket. There are Travel cards and other ways to save money, below is the official table. Prices for buses and trams were the same.
My acquaintance with the 


Metro started from a station called Kamppi. It is the deepest station in the Helsinki Metro. It is located 98 feet (30 meters) below ground. There were several pointers on the ceiling; such a unique design.
They use two types of cars: M100 produced by Strömberg and M200 produced by Bombardier. They plan to use fully automated cars, M300, which will operate without a driver.
Inside, the cars were also orange. There were two seats, both on the right and on the left, throughout the car.
I passed several stations, five or six. There was nothing special to shoot, everything looked the same. Just stations, platforms and trains carrying passengers. The Helsinki Metro is purely utilitarian, in fact, there's no decoration. I would characterize it with the phrase "sad functionality". I heard a lot of disappointments about Métro de Paris - clearly, you have not seen the Helsinki metro.
You have to press the button to open the door. The opening itself was wide enough.
The Helsinki Metro consists of 17 stations - 8 underground and 9 ground ones. At first, this was the one line that forked at the end. Names of the stations were announced in two official languages: Finnish and Swedish.
There were industrial zones and construction sites along the train's way. Nevertheless, we saw the sea.
Here's one of the more cheerful stations. At least, this one faces yellow panels. However, in general, I was disappointed.
Track width is 59.8 in (152 cm). The cars were unusually broad...
Here's the Helsinki Metro Map. HSL in Finnish means Helsingin Seudun Liikenne, HRT in Swedish means Helsingfors Regionens Trafik.
Here are tariffs and operating hours.
This station is called Helsingin yliopisto / Helsingfors universitet. The blue panel shows the train's arrival times and its direction line (its last station). The interval between trains was about 4-5 minutes.
So who drives these trains? Let's look into the cab.
What a surprise - here's a beautiful driver!
We climbed the neon escalator. It's the same station - Helsingin yliopisto / Helsingfors universitet.
There was an elevator near the escalator, and it moved diagonally!
Here are some more pictures in the end. Such cute men look at us from the windows.
This is one of the Kamppi / Kampen station exits. This is the very center of 


. There's a shopping center and bus station above.
And here's a puzzle for you: what is that sparkling pancake hanging on the ceiling above the escalator?
The subway in Finnish and Swedish is "metro".
Author: Nefer
Translated by: Olesya Zhukova

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