Changes between Joensuu and Pieksämäki in June and July
Buses will replace regional trains between Joensuu and Pieksämäki on 3.–5.6. and 10.–14.6. and 8.–10.7.2019. The buses will stop at Heinävesi Matkahuolto instead of Heinävesi railway station. When planning your journey check the timetables of these buses from journey search on our website.
Soon you can book tickets for summer!
Tickets for domestic day and night trains will become available for summer on April 16th, 2019 at 9 AM.
You can book tickets for the day trains until August 11th and for the night trains until December 14th, 2019. We will be informing additions to the Midsummers traffic later on.
Have a look on summer timetables (in Finnish).
Book your tickets for Easter now!
During Easter holidays the trains will be fully booked and the most popular routes Helsinki–Tampere, Helsinki–Oulu and Helsinki–Seinäjoki are already sold out. CarTrain packages are already sold out on the most popular days.
We have added night train departures for Easter as well as added departures fo Good Friday morning.
See timetables for Easter from our journey search.
Summer time begins – see timetable changes
On Sunday, March 31, Finland changes to summer time (one hour forward). This causes some changes on train timetables.
Night trains departing on Saturday evening, March 30, operate under a special timetable. On Sunday morning, March 31, night trains arrive at their destinations 15 to 55 minutes later than normal. As a result, some connections can change. The passengers traveling on night trains P 270 and IC 274 from Kolari and Kemijärvi cannot make it to their connection train, IC 904, leaving from Tampere at 5.50 am to Turku satama. The train P 270 from Kolari arrives at Tampere at 6.16 am and IC 274 from Kemijärvi arrives at 6.38 am. The next train to Turku departs at 9. Please check the timetables from the Timetable search.
The L train from Helsinki at 3.08 am is cancelled. There is an additional departure from Helsinki at 5:08 am.
The N trains from Helsinki at 3.21 am and 3.51 am depart at 4.21 am and 4.51 am summer time.
The N train from Kerava at 3.05 am is cancelled.
The T train from Helsinki at 4.21 am departs at 5.21 am summer time.
The T train from Riihimäki at 3.56 am departs at 2.56 am winter time.
Timetable change for the Z train
The Z train from Lahti at 9.20 am will depart already at 9.14 am starting on Sunday March 31. On the other stations, the train stops according to normal schedule.
Season ticket prices for 2018 taxation
When you need to know the 2018 VR season ticket prices for taxation purposes, you will find them easily in our online shop as the prices have not changed.
From 1st of September 2019 long-distance train tickets can be bought only with payment cards
Long-distance train tickets can be purchased only with payment cards from train conductors and railbus vending machines from 1st of September.
The popularity of self-service channels affects the decision
Cash purchases on long-distance trains have decreased over the past few years. More than 80% of train tickets are already purchased through self-service channels such as vr.fi, our mobile app or a vending machine. In addition, tickets can be purchased from VR’s service points at train stations and from VR’s customer service and from R-kioski shops and Matkahuolto.
Purchase your spring train tickets from 29.1.
You can purchase your Easter and spring tickets from Tuesday 29th of January at 9 am. You will be able to purchase your spring tickets for long-distance day trains all the way up to the 16th of June.
Night trains to Lapland are already available for purchase until the 16th of June 2019.
New trains between Helsinki and Tampere and travel to Kolari already in May
From the 1st of April there will be a new S 166 morning train from Tampere to Helsinki. The train departs from Tampere Mon–Fri at 6 am and arrives in Helsinki at 7:36 am. There will also be a new evening train S 195 from Helsinki to Tampere, Mon–Thurs from 21:04–22:52.
This spring the night train between Helsinki and Kolari will operate also in May. The train operates from Helsinki to Kolari on Wednesdays and Fridays, whilst from Kolari to Helsinki on Thursdays and Saturdays.
Wintertime begins – see schedule changes
On Sunday October the 28th Finland changes to wintertime (one hour backwards) which causes some changes on train schedules.
- Night train travel times take an hour longer and they arrive on schedule according to wintertime.
- L train leaving Helsinki at 4:08am leaves already at 3:08am.
- T train leaving Helsinki at 4:21am leaves already at 3:21am.
- T train leaving Riihimäki at 3:53am leaves already at 3:53am.
- Allegro and Tolstoi trains leave an hour earlier according to wintertime from October 28th onwards.
New train departures and Christmas season tickets from 23rd October
Tickets for new services and day trains for the Christmas period will go on sale on 23 October at 9:00 am.
You can buy long-distance day train tickets for the Christmas period until 6 January 2019 starting from 23 October at 9:00 am.
New train services running from 9 December onwards will also go on sale on 23 October. In December, there will be in total 46 new train services per week:
Travel times between Helsinki and Tampere will also become shorter in December as the speed limits caused by the railroad work carried out by the Finnish Transport Agency will no longer be enforced. From 9 December onwards The travel time on the route will once again be on the average 9 minutes faster, which is particularly good news for commuters.
Purchase spring night and car train tickets starting 24.9.
Start planning your spring trips and you’ll be ready to purchase your tickets next week! On Monday 24th of September from 9 AM you can purchase your night and car tickets all the way up to the 28th of April 2019.
Other long-distance trains (aka. day trains) are available until the 8th of December 2018.
Christmas season night trains on sale from 21.8.2018
Night train tickets as well as CarTrain packages for the Christmas season will be available from 21.8.2018. You can book your tickets up to 6.1.2019.
Berth Saver tickets from 49 €, CarTrain packages from 139 € (sleeping compartment for 1-2 persons + car).
Daytime long-distance trains are currently available until 8.12. 2018.
The night and car-carrier train timetables for 18 June–8 December 2018 were published on 1 March
The night and car-carrier train timetables for 18 June–8 December 2018 were published at 8 a.m. Tickets for night and car-carrier trains can be bought in advance 130 days before the departure, which means that, for example, on 1 March, tickets can be bought for trains up until 9 July.
New timetables as of 25 March – new train services and delays between Helsinki and Tampere
A new timetable period will begin on Sunday 25 March and bring with it 50 new weekly train services. There will be changes to the timetables of departures between Helsinki and Tampere as the poor condition of the track is causing delays. Read more about the changes starting on 25 March from below.
Delays between Helsinki and Tampere
The poor condition of the track between Helsinki and Tampere, or the main line, and different safety equipment and point issues hinder the trains. The Finnish Transport Agency is carrying out track work on the line to fix the issue but, for now, all train service has to be slowed down by approximately 9 minutes. This way, we can ensure that the trains will run as punctually as possible.
Delays will also affect commuter traffic trains
The delays also strongly affect the G, R and D trains running in the commuter traffic area.
New train service for the spring
A new timetable period brings with it 50 new train services around Finland. There will be more departures between Kotka and Kouvola and Vilppula and Seinäjoki, for instance. You can find the timetables of the new services from the timetable search.
Kokkola–Ylivieska – direct connection from/to Helsinki
Vilppula–Seinäjoki – direct connection from/to Tampere
Kouvola–Port of Kotka
Kuopio–Kajaani – direct connection from/to Helsinki
In addition to the new train services this spring, we will introduce 12 new departures later this year. The new service from Helsinki to Kolari will run from June onwards and from Pori to Tampere from August onwards.
Track work throughout the year
The Finnish Transport Agency is carrying out plenty of track work this year for the purpose of developing the railway network. The track work will affect operations well into the summer and autumn. The most central track work includes:
Actions for accessibility
The meeting place for the assistance service for disabled passengers and passengers with reduced mobility changed on 1 February. VR also improved the visibility of wheelchair space markings on trains.
A new meeting point for assistance service at Helsinki Central Railway Station
Disabled passengers and passengers with reduced mobility can order an assistance service at Helsinki Central Railway Station. The new meeting point for the service is located next to platform 11, under the platform canopy. The new meeting point is in use from 1 February 2018. The new location was selected in cooperation with the Finnish Transport Agency and the City of Helsinki Council on Disability.
The service provides assistance with boarding and exiting the train. Passengers can order the service at the latest 36 hours before departure by calling the free service number or from the ticket office. Read more about the assistance service.
Improved visibility of wheelchair spaces
Wheelchair places and the children's playroom are located in the same car. Previously, the car was marked with figures from children’s stories. In the future, there will also be a wheelchair symbol on the door. There are also new stickers inside the cars that improve the visibility of the wheelchair spaces.
Services during railroad work will improve
Trains will be replaced by buses during railroad work. In the future, wheelchair customers will be carried in taxis during planned railroad work. VR arranges the taxi when there are no accessible train services for the connection during the day because of the railroad work.
Changes in commuter traffic as of 1 January 2018
After the turn of the year, it will be even easier to travel in the commuter services area as the age limit for children’s tickets will rise and prams will be carried free of charge in the VR commuter services area. In addition, the HSL area will become larger and you can travel to Järvenpää with both VR tickets and HSL tickets. Another change taking place at the beginning of January is that HSL ticket sales in VR’s channels will end. More information about these changes taking place in January can be found below.
HSL ticket sales in VR’s channels will end on 1 January 2018
As of 1 January 2018, HSL tickets cannot be bought at VR’s ticket offices or from ticket vending machines. HSL is in charge of its own ticket sales channels. The most convenient ways to purchase tickets for VR’s commuter trains (R, G, T, D and Z trains in the direction of Lahti and Tampere) are the VR Commuter application, the vr.fi online shop, ticket offices at stations, all 600 R-kioski kiosks throughout Finland or VR’s ticket vending machines. Read more about commuter train tickets.
Changes in commuter traffic with regard to the age limit for children’s tickets and the commuter services area
After the turn of the year, it will be even easier to travel in the commuter services area as the age limit for children’s tickets will rise and prams will be carried free of charge in the VR commuter services area. In addition, the HSL area will become larger and you can travel to Järvenpää with both VR tickets and HSL tickets. More information about these changes taking place in January can be found below.
The age limit for children’s tickets will rise and prams will be carried free of charge in commuter trains
Travelling in the VR commuter services area will become even smoother as the age limit for children’s tickets will change at the turn of the year. Starting from 1 January, the age limit for children’s tickets will rise to seven years (previously children’s tickets were sold to children aged 0–4 years). Children aged 7–16 years travel with a children’s ticket and children under 7 years of age travel free of charge in the VR commuter services area.
At the same time, travelling with prams will become easier. As of 1 January 2018, travelling with a child aged 0–6 years who is in a buggy or a pram will be free of charge in the commuter services area and no ticket will be needed.
The commuter services area encompasses the HSL and VR areas. Thus far, the areas have had different practices with regard to the age limit for children’s tickets and travelling with a pram. The changes will make train travel in the commuter services area even smoother.
The HSL area will expand to Tuusula and Siuntio – you can travel to Järvenpää with either a VR ticket or an HSL ticket
The commuter services area will change when Tuusula and Siuntio join Helsinki Region Transport (HSL) on 1 January 2018. After that, you can travel to the Siuntio station and Tuusula’s Jokela station with an HSL ticket.
Even in the future, the Järvenpää area will belong to the VR commuter services area, but is located in the middle of the HSL area. Travelling will be easy in the future, too: starting from 1 January 2018, you can travel between stations in Järvenpää and in the HSL area with both HSL and VR train tickets. This applies to the Haarajoki, Saunakallio, Ainola and Järvenpää stations. However, please note that you need a VR commuter traffic ticket when you travel between stations in Järvenpää and other stations in the VR commuter services area.
How do you know whether you are travelling in the HSL commuter services area or in the VR commuter services area? See the commuter traffic route map.
- Oulu–Tampere: Sun–Fri 19:04–23:50
- Tampere–Oulu: Mon–Sat 7:01–11:20
- Tampere–Kouvola: Sat 14:35–16:51
- Kouvola–Tampere: Sat 9:05–11:21
- Tampere–Jyväskylä: Mon–Fri 11:05–12:40
- Jyväskylä–Tampere: Mon–Fri 9:11–10:43
- Helsinki–Kuopio: Mon–Thu + Sat 5:57–10:12
- Kuopio–Helsinki: Mon–Thu + Sat 16:14–20:40
- Kuopio–Jyväskylä: Mon–Fri 16:23–18:01
- Jyväskylä–Kuopio: Mon–Fri 19:44–21:27
- Helsinki–Turku: Fri 19:37–21:31
- Turku–Helsinki: Fri 21:50–23:53
The departures of R trains running between Helsinki and Tampere will be brought forward by approximately 15 minutes, excluding late night train services.
The departures of D trains running between Helsinki and Riihimäki will be brought forward by mostly 10–25 minutes.
Also the departures of G trains running between Riihimäki and Lahti will be brought forward to keep commuter and exchange connections smooth.
Kokkola–Ylivieska, from Monday to Wednesday and on Sundays at 20:37–21:18
Ylivieska–Kokkola, from Monday to Thursday at 4:45–5:30
Vilppula–Seinäjoki, from Monday to Friday and on Sundays at 21:20–23:12
Seinäjoki–Vilppula, from Monday to Friday at 4:40–6:38 and on Saturdays at 6:51–8:49
Kouvola–Port of Kotka, from Monday to Friday at 6:53–7:40 and at 15:57–16:45
Port of Kotka–Kouvola, from Monday to Friday at 8:00–8:48 and at 16:51–17:38
Joensuu–Nurmes, on Saturdays at 18:00–20:06
Nurmes–Joensuu, on Sundays at 6:35–8:50
Kuopio–Kajaani, from Monday to Thursday at 23:25–1:18
Kajaani–Kuopio, from Tuesday to Friday at 3:40–5:30
Track work between Helsinki and Tampere.
The point connections of Helsinki shunting yard are improved, which will make traffic smoother especially in disruption situations.
An additional rail is being constructed between Kerava and Jokela to add flexibility during the busiest times. In future, it is possible to introduce new services between Helsinki and Riihimäki.
Accessibility at Riihimäki station is improved by basic refurbishing, such as raising the platforms.
New safety equipment will be installed between Riihimäki and Tampere this autumn.
The construction work of the new Pasila station and shopping centre Tripla will continue all the way to 2019.