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Trains in Finland

 

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.

 

Train types in Finland

The passenger railway network of Finland is run by VR. Finnish trains are modern and have a range of facilities. You can use the Interrail timetable to check times for trains in Finland.

Most trains in Finland offer bike transportation. 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.
Map with main train connections in Finland

Regional and intercity trains

Express train

  • Interregional trains that cover long distances in southern Finland.

  • All trains include power outlets, a restaurant car and services for disabled passengers.

  • No reservations required.


InterCity (IC)

  • Trains between cities and popular regions.

  • All trains include power outlets, food trolleys or a restaurant car, services for disabled passengers, space for skiing equipment or prams, family compartments and seats for passengers with allergies.

  • Reservations are recommended. Make sure to check the Interrail timetable.

 
Please note that your Interrail Pass is not valid on TrainBus connections and that these buses are not used as train replacements

High-speed trains

Pendolino

  • High speed trains operate between major cities, on the following routes:
    • Helsinki – Tampere – Vaasa
    • Helsinki – Tampere – Kokkola
    • Helsinki – Tampere – Oulu
    • Helsinki – Tampere – Jyväskylä - Pieksämäki
    • Helsinki – Lahti – Kouvola – Kuopio – Kajaani – Oulu
    • Helsinki – Lahti – Kouvola - Joensuu
    • Helsinki – Tampere - Oulu
  • All trains include power outlets, WiFi, a restaurant car, services for disabled passengers and seats for passengers with allergies.
  • Reservations are recommended.

 

 

Night trains in Finland

There are several overnight options that can take you throughout the whole of Finland, branded as Santa Claus Express. Night trains have sleeping carriages and a restaurant car. Reservations are required.

  • Helsinki – Rovaniemi
  • Helsinki - Kemijärvi
  • Helsinki - Kolari
  • Turku – Rovaniemi

 

 

Popular connections

Route Travel time
Helsinki to Tampere 1h 30m
Helsinki to Turku 2h
Tampere to Turku 1h 45m
Helsinki to Oulu 6h / 9h (overnight)
Helsinki to Rovaniemi 8h 20m / 11h 50m (overnight)

There are no direct train connections between Finland and neighbouring countries, but there are international ferry connections to Germany, Sweden and Estonia.

With your Interrail Pass you get discounts on ferry routes operated by Finnlines Ferries, Tallink Silja Lines and Viking Lines:

  • Helsinki to Stockholm (Sweden)

  • Helsinki to Tallinn (Estonia)

  • Helsinki to Travemünde (Lübeck, Germany).

  • Turku to Stockholm (Sweden)

 

Reservations

How can I make reservations for trains in Finland?

Not possible through Interrail reservation self-service system

 

Calling VR (Finnish railways) call centre:

  • +35 8 9 2319 2902 (open daily 7.00 - 22.00 local time)
  • VR is the national railway company of Finland and 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. Reservations cannot be delivered to your address. The VR call centre can also be reached with Skype. This call centre can make reservations for Finnish high-speed and night trains.

Locally at the train station

Read more about reservations

 

Reservation costs for trains in Finland

Intercity and Pendolino trains

  • Reservations are recommended for these trains
  • Seat reservations at VR cost 25% of a full fare ticket.
  • All prices are subject to availability and vary per route:
    • Seat: €2,70 – €23,30

Sleeper trains (Santa Claus Express)

  • Reservations are compulsory for these trains
  • VR currently only sells sleeper cabins as a whole and not as separate beds.
  • Night train reservations at VR cost 50% of a full fare ticket.
  • All prices are subject to availability and vary per route:
    • Seat: €5 – €32,70
    • Double sleeper cabin: €39 – €150
    • Deluxe double sleeper cabin with private bathroom: €39 – €160

 

It is recommended to book early, especially when you want to travel during winter-high season. This way, you will save on reservation costs.

 

Get your Pass for Finland

Interrail Finland Pass

 

  • See all of Finland by train.

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

  • Extra benefits include discounted ferry travel to Sweden, Germany and Estonia.

  • Prices from € 110

 

View Finland Passes 

 

Interrail Global Pass

 
  • Travel by rail as much as you like in Finland and up to 32 other European countries.

  • Discounts available for youth, seniors and families.

  • Prices from € 194

 

View Global Passes 

 

Tips and tricks for Finland

Finnish main train stations

  • Helsinki is the main railway hub.

  • The station is a national monument designed in Art Nouveau style.

Pass Benefits for Finland

Ferry travel

Get discounts on ferries to:

  • Travemünde (Germany)

  • Stockholm (Sweden)

  • Tallinn (Estonia)

 

See more Pass benefits in Finland

 
 

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