Summer’s busiest travel week is upon us: VR will transport almost one hundred thousand passengers for the Midsummer celebrations both ways. Outgoing traffic is weighted towards the afternoon of Thursday 22 June and the most popular departures are already almost sold out. Return traffic weighted towards Sunday 25 June is slightly less busy, and seats are still available.
See the exceptions for long-distance and commuter traffic below. You can also conveniently find information on the trains at timetable search.
- On Thursday 22 June, travel will observe the Friday timetables. In addition, one night train has been added between Kolari and Helsinki.
- On Friday 23 June, the Saturday timetables will be mainly observed. Some of the day trains have been cancelled and some night trains will not be in service. There will also be additional trains on some of the routes: from Helsinki to Moscow and from Oulu to Tampere.
- On Midsummer Day 24 June, trains will mainly observe the Sunday timetables. Some of the day trains have been cancelled and some night trains will not be in service. On some of the routes, there will also be additional trains.
- On Sunday 25 June, Sunday traffic will mainly apply. Some days trains have been cancelled.
- On Thursday 22 June, travel will observe the Friday timetables.
- On Friday 23 June, trains will observe the Saturday timetables.
- On Saturday 24 June, trains will observe the Sunday timetables.
- On Sunday 25 June, trains will observe the normal Sunday timetables.
- The trains running between Riihimäki and Tampere will be replaced by buses from Friday 23 at 12:00 till Sunday 25 June at 12:00.
Extensive track work during Midsummer – trains to be replaced by buses
The normal track work at this time of year under contract from the Finnish Transport Agency will be done at Midsummer in various parts of Finland. Track work will be concentrated on Midsummer Eve and Midsummer Day, when Midsummer traffic quiets down and the number of travellers will be minimal. Track work will start on Midsummer Eve on Friday 23 June at 12:00, lasting until Sunday 25 June 12:00. On many routes, trains will be replaced by buses.
- Between Tampere and Helsinki, trains will be replaced by buses from Friday 23 June at 12:00 to Sunday 25 June at 12:00. Commuter trains will be in service between Riihimäki and Helsinki.
- The trains between Tampere and Turku will be replaced by buses from Friday 23 June at 11:00 till Sunday 25 June 12:00.
- The trains between Tampere and Seinäjoki will be replaced by buses from Friday 23 June at 20:40 till Sunday 25 June 09:00.
- The trains running between Tampere and Pieksämäki as well as Tampere and Keuruu will be replaced by buses on Friday 23 June at 12:00 till Sunday 25 June 12:00.
- The trains between Iisalmi and Ylivieska will be replaced by buses on Saturday 24 June.
- The trains between Seinäjoki and Oulu will be replaced by buses on Saturday 24 June.
- The trains between Kajaani and Oulu will be replaced by buses on Friday from Friday 23 June at 12:00 till Sunday 25 June 10:00.
- Track work lasting six weeks will also start at Midsummer between Jämsä and Jyväskylä, more related information available here.
On the week before Midsummer, we will add 45 weekly train services to different destinations in Finland. There will be new train services from Tampere to Ostrobothnia and Oulu, but services will also be added between Helsinki and Turku.
Timetables between Helsinki and Tampere around midday will be changed to also serve the intermediate stations Hämeenlinna, Riihimäki, Lempäälä and Toijala. The timetables of night-trains will be coordinated better with early and late flight timetables.
New routes will be in use as of Monday 19 June 2017, as the old station will be closed for passengers permanently. The temporary Pasila station will continue serving the passengers as it has since 4 April.
Passengers travelling via Pasila are requested to pay attention to changes in the routes and to follow the signs at the station. For example, the route from the Opastinsilta Bridge to the Pasila station square will be closed as both the old station and the square in front of it are part of the construction site.
Temporary Pasila station
Three VR ticket machines are available at the temporary station and tickets for VR can also be bought from the R-Kioski opened at the station. The station will also serve as a waiting area. Pasila station's drop-off/pick-up point, taxi point, bicycle parking and assistance point will be located at the temporary station, in Veturitori.
The exceptional arrangements will apply until the autumn of 2019, when the new Pasila station and Mall of Tripla will be finished.
Track 1 is closed at the stations in Järvenpää and Saunakallio between 19 June and 1 October. Trains in the direction of Helsinki will leave from track 2.
No long-distance multi-ticket sales during the summer, twice the usual number of Saver tickets on sale
We are renewing long-distance multi-tickets! We will implement the necessary technical changes in our sales system in the summer, and multi-tickets will therefore not be on sale as from 9 June. Instead of multi-tickets, affordable Saver tickets will be available to our customers during the summer and we have doubled their number between 9 June and 13 August. Multi-tickets will be on sale again in August.