Train news

27.12.2017

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.

Children’s train tickets and discounts

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.

Prams on train

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.

 


 

15.12.2017

Christmas trains are filling up fast – take a look at exceptional timetables for the holiday season

Trains over the Christmas period are filling up fast – the most popular outbound day and night trains are starting to sell out, but there are still plenty of places to be found on return trains. Below you can see the Christmas traffic exceptions. You will find the detailed timetables directly from the timetable search.

 

Long-distance traffic

  • On Saturday, 23 December, there will be plenty of additional day trains compared to normal Saturdays.

  • On Christmas Eve, Sunday, 24 December, traffic will slow down after midday and stop completely by the evening.

  • On Christmas Day, Monday, 25 December, traffic will start up slowly by midday.

  • On Boxing Day, Tuesday, 26 December, trains will run according to the Sunday timetables.

  • On New Year’s Eve, Sunday, 31 December, trains will run according to the Sunday timetables, but there will be less afternoon and evening services than on normal Sundays.

  • On New Year’s Day, Monday, 1 January, trains will run according to the Sunday timetables.

  • On Friday, 5 January, trains will run according to the Friday timetables (close to normal service).

  • On Epiphany, Saturday, 6 January, trains will run according to the Saturday timetables.

As in previous years, there will be numerous extra night trains (Helsinki–Kolari/Rovaniemi) throughout the whole season.

 

Commuter traffic

  • On Christmas Eve, Sunday, 24 December, trains will run according to the Sunday timetables and traffic will stop by around 18:00. Between 17:00 and 18:00 additional L and T trains will run in place of the normal A, U, N and R trains.

  • On Christmas Day, Monday, 25 December, trains will run according to the Sunday timetables and traffic will gradually start around 09:00. The T train starts service earlier than usual, the first departure is from Riihimäki at 05:09. In addition, in the evening, there will be an extra service for the N train, departing from Helsinki at 23:57. 

  • On Boxing Day, Tuesday, 26 December, trains will run according to the Sunday timetables.

  • On New Year’s Eve, Sunday, 31 December, trains will run according to the Sunday timetables and there will be an extra service for the N train, departing from Helsinki at 23:57.

  • On New Year’s Day, Monday, 1 January, trains will run according to the Sunday timetables and there will be extra departures in the small hours.

  • On Friday, 5 January, trains will run according to the normal Friday timetables.

  • On Epiphany, Saturday, 6 January, trains will run according to the Sunday timetables and there will be an extra service for the N train, departing from Helsinki at 23:57.

 


 

16.10.2017

Christmas period tickets on sale now!

The much-awaited Christmas period tickets can be bought starting from Monday 16 October. On Monday, you can buy tickets for domestic long-distance trains departing before or on 7 January. Each day, the period you can buy tickets for moves forward by one day. For example:

  • on Tuesday 17 October 2017, you can buy tickets for trains departing before or on 8 January 2018

  • on Wednesday 18 October 2017, you can buy tickets for trains departing before or on 9 January 2018

  • on Thursday 19 October 2017, you can buy tickets for trains departing before or on 10 January 2018

When buying tickets via the online shop vr.fi, you will always see the period for which tickets can be bought.

Tickets for the winter holiday period will go on sale starting Friday 24 November. In future, the aim is that train tickets can be bought for any day within the entire validity period of the timetable that is valid at each particular moment.

Christmas period tickets from the online shop

 


 

12.10.2017

Timetables for 10.12.2017–17.6.2018 published

Timetables that are valid 10.12.2017–17.6.2018 have been published and you can find them easily from the Online Shop.

Timetables from the Online Shop

 


 

16.6.2017

Pasila station closed on 19 June: Pasila temporary station serves passengers

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.

Pasila station page