Commuter services

Helsinki region commuter services operate on the main line between Helsinki and Riihimäki, on the coastal line between Helsinki and Karjaa, on the Vantaankoski line between Helsinki and Vantaankoski and on the direct line between Helsinki and Lahti. Commuter services also operate between Lahti and Riihimäki.

You can travel in Helsinki region commuter services in the HSL area and VR's commuter train area.

From 1 January 2014 the HSL area is composed of the blue areas shown on the map. New cities in the area are Kerava and Kirkkonummi that form the third extended region. HSL area tickets are also valid on trains in that area and on other public transports.

When travelling even a part of the trip in the commuter train area a VR commuter train ticket must be purchased for the entire trip and HSL tickets are not valid as part-payment for the trip. If the train trip starts outside these areas or ends outside them a VR long-distance services train ticket is required for the entire trip.

Some stations are called by long-distance and commuter trains (Riihimäki, Lahti, Kirkkonummi, Espoo, Tikkurila, Pasila). When using a long-distance train please make sure that you have a valid long-distance ticket.

Commuter services timetables

Commuter services timetables are easily accessible in the Online Shop, VR Mobile and on the Commuter services timetables page by station or by route.


Commuter tickets

VR commuter train single ticket        

You can buy commuter train area tickets from ticket machines, with smart phones from VR Mobile, from ticket offices and from conductors in the ticket vending compartments.

Single ticket in the HSL area

You can buy single tickets in the HSL area from VR and HSL ticket machines, from station ticket offices and from conductors in ticket vending compartments. You can also purchase single tickets with value loaded on the Travel Card from the card readers in train vestibules.

HSL area single ticket fares are available on HSL's website


VR commuter train season ticket

With the commuter train season ticket you can travel cheaply in the commuter services area if you travel regularly by train. You can purchase tickets from VR's Online Shop, from ticket machines, from station ticket offices or by phone from VR Customer Care. You can collect tickets from an R-kioski after reserving them by phone.

Commuter train season ticket fares are easily available from VR Online Shop.

HSL Travel card

You can buy HSL Travel Cards from HSL service points. You can load a season ticket or value on the card at HSL sales points and at VR and HSL ticket machines at metro and train stations.

1-7 day ticket

HSL Travel Card (HSL)

Purchasing commuter tickets

If you want to purchase commuter train tickets in the commuter train area or in the HSL area please take a seat in the ticket vending compartment. 

How to purchase commuter tickets


Commuter train services

Many types of rolling stock are used in commuter services. The most modern services and easy access on the train for e.g. those with reduced mobility and passengers travelling with a pram are offered by VR's low-floor Sm4 trains and Junakalusto Oy's Sm5 trains (Flirt). The low-floor trains are marked in commuter services timetables in green.

Services for passengers with reduced mobility
Services for the disabled
accessible routes to low-floor trains  


transport of prams

easy access to low-floor trains older rolling stock: prams must be lifted on the train, no double prams
transport of pets
pets can be transported on all trains marked with an icon The location of pet compartments on trains makes it possible for allergic passengers to travel in comfort in the car-end compartments.


transport of bicycles

Bicycles can be transported on commuter trains with the exception of rush hours. Bicycle charge in the commuter train area €4.20



For safety reasons roller skating is not recommended on station platform areas and on trains.

You can read more on all commuter train onboard services on the Trains and cars page. Check out also the great panorama photos on the low-floor commuter trains.