Training required for getting a driving licence for a bus

To obtain a driving licence for a lorry, you need to have both theoretical and driving instruction.

Where to get instruction?

You can get the training required for the bus driver's driving examination at

  • a driving school
  • a vocational education and training institute
  • with a driving instruction permit.

Amount of instruction in categories D1, D, D1E and DE

The sought right to driveCategory D1 Category D Category D1E Category DE 
Form of instructionTheoryDrivingTheoryDrivingTheoryDrivingTheoryDriving
Valid right to drive category B15152740----
Valid right to drive category C1 or C9101530----
Valid right to drive category D1--615810--
Valid right to drive category D----810810
Supplementary amount of instruction (professional competence)335103333

 You can take the driving examination based on supplementary instruction on the following terms:

  • You have reached your professional competence and you have a professional competence card or a special condition for a professional qualification that has been issued at least one year before you take a driving examination. You have not during the previous year completed any other driving examination for a lorry or for a bus with a supplementary training.
  • Your right to drive a bus has started before 10 September 2008 and you have a valid professional competence and you have not completed any other driving examination for a lorry or for a bus during the previous year with a supplementary training.

Required skills

The driving instruction for a driving licence for a bus must include instruction based on the special features of the vehicle to ensure that the driver is in command of

  • the correct use, handling and transportation of the bus in compliance with traffic rules,
  • taking different traffic situations and environments into account and
  • following a safe, economic, ecological and flexible driving style.

The training must also include

  • first-aid training required for acting in an accident site and
  • identification and avoidance of traffic incidents (instruction of anticipatory driving).

The driving instruction must include category-specific theoretical and driving lessons.

The instruction must follow a curriculum authorised by the Finnish Transport and Communication Agency (previously Finnish Transport Safety Agency).