Trains in Finland

Train in Finland on a sunny day

The modern Finnish rail system links all the country's major towns and cities. The scenery is beautiful, especially in Eastern Finland where there are many lakes.

Map with main train connections in Finland

Train types in Finland


The passenger railway network of the Finnish Railways, VR Ltd, covers 5867 km. The most northern railway station for passenger traffic is Kolari, which lies a good way beyond the Arctic Circle. Logo VR Finland


InterCity trains offer facilities such as: services for wheelchair, family compartments, play space for children, deposit-operated bicycle and ski locks, luggage lockers, a telephone booth for mobile phone callers, a compartment for passengers with pets, a smokers’ booth and a compartment for allergy sufferers.


Long-distance trains have facilities such as: restaurant or buffet cars, public telephone, special facilities for allergic and disabled passengers. For those passengers who want to avail themselves of sleeping facilities on the night trains there are comfortable sleepers available at an affordable price.


Bikes are allowed on most trains. Some trains have special bike compartments. You need to buy a ticket in advance and, in the commuter traffic in the Helsinki metropolitan area, travel outside peak hours (7:00-9:00 and 15:00-18.00). Advance booking for bicycles is required on InterCity trains.

Reservations for trains in Finland


Whether you need a reservation depends on the type of train:

  • Pendolino: high speed trains, reservation required

  • InterCity (IC): reservation is recommended, but not compulsory

  • Pikajunat (P): interregional trains, reservation is not required

  • Taajamajuna (H): regional and local trains, reservation is not required

  • Yöjunat: night trains, reservation is required

You can make reservations for domestic and international high-speed trains and night trains:

  • At a ticket desk or self-service machine at local train stations.

  • By phone through the VR call center.
    Phone number: +35 89 2319 2902
    Opening hours: 7:00-22.00 (local times)

    VR has English speaking staff. You can pay for your reservations over the phone (by credit card) and collect them at ticket machines at Finnish railway stations. You will receive a booking code by email. The booking center cannot deliver your reservations to your address.

Read more about reservations

International train connections to and from Finland


Finland has ferry connections to Germany, Denmark and Estonia. With your Interrail Pass you get a discount on ferries operated by Tallink Silja Oy and Viking Line to Stockholm, Mariehamn, Tallin and Rostock. See the page about Pass Benefits in Finland

Finland rail passes


Interrail Pass options for Finland


Interrail Finland Pass

  • See all of Finland by train.

  • Youth discounts, as well as family and senior discounts.

  • Prices from € 87


View Finland Passes


Interrail Global Pass

  • Travel by rail as much as you like in Finland and up to 29 other European countries.

  • Discounts available for youth, seniors and families.

  • Prices from € 200


View Global Passes

Fast train Pendolino, Finland

Train stations in Finland


Helsinki is the main railway hub, from which all major cities in Finland can be reached, like Tampere and Turku (duration about 2 hours) and Rovaniemi (10-13 hours). The central Helsinki railway station is a national monument in Art Nouveau style.

Related pages

- Countries
- Interrail passes
- Trains per country
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