Helsinki City Bus Numbers, Postcodes and Maths

My free tip of the day: Have you realised the bus numbers in Helsinki are based on the postal codes their routes end in? Makes guessing their route and destination a bit easier (for locals).

The numbers have also offered us much more entertainment I could ever have imagined before kids: first recognising numbers, then learning that all with two digits are tens, and the three digit ones, the hundreds, go far (the neighbour cities Espoo or Vantaa). Also, we can use them for simple math problems: if the bus number is 52, how much is 5+2? What about 5-2?


  1. This is so cool! It makes me want to research why the bus routes have certain numbers in my home town. The busses here don’t have numbers, just towns that they travel from and too, you can ask them to stop anywhere to let you off, and only have to wave them down somewhere on their route and they will pick you up.

    1. Hahaha, the Thai style is a bit more flexible 🙂

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