Train news

1.3.2018

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.

 


 

21.2.2018

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.

  • 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.

You can easily find all timetables from the timetable search. You can also see commuter traffic timetables at beta.vr.fi.

 

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

  • 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 – direct connection from/to Tampere

  • 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

  • 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

  • Joensuu–Nurmes, on Saturdays at 18:00–20:06

  • Nurmes–Joensuu, on Sundays at 6:35–8:50

Kuopio–Kajaani – direct connection from/to Helsinki

  • Kuopio–Kajaani, from Monday to Thursday at 23:25–1:18

  • Kajaani–Kuopio, from Tuesday to Friday at 3:40–5:30

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:

  • 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.

 


 

1.2.2018

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.

 


 

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