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.
Trains in Finland
More information about trains 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.
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.
How to get there
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
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.
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.