Train travel

It's easy and effortless to travel by train! This page introduces you to train travel on Helsinki region commuter services, Allegro® and Tolstoi trains to Russia and on night trains and car-carrier trains between northern and southern Finland. 

ALLEGRO® and Tolstoi to Russia

Allegro® takes you easily and cheaply in 3.5 hours from Helsinki to St. Petersburg. Tolstoi takes you in comfort on an overnight trip to Moscow.

Night train sleeping cars

In sleeping cars you travel in comfort over night between southern and northern Finland in modern double-deck cars or the single deck blue cars.

Car-carrier train to Lapland

Car-carrier trains take you in comfort on an overnight trip between southern and northern Finland. In the morning you arrive well rested and can continue to your destination feeling resfreshed.

Commuter trains in Helsinki region

In Helsinki region commuter services you travel in HSL area or in the commuter train area. Read more on the areas and tickets in the ABC of commuter services.

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Frequently asked questions

I travel with my small child in a sleeping car and I'm afraid the child will fall from the berth. What do I do?

The lower (blue sleeping cars) or lower and middle berths (double decker sleeping cars) can be equipped with a safety net so that the child does not fall down from the berth. You can ask for a safety net when purchasing tickets from station ticket offices or by calling VR Customer Care, tel. 0600 41 900.

How to include children in the CarTrain package when buying from Online Shop?

Children aged 10 and younger travel free of charge on night trains with a parent in the same sleeping compartment if a berth is not booked for the child. (Please note: one child with one adult per berth). Train tickets entitling a child to travel free of charge are available at ticket offices and by contacting VR Customer Care by phone. Children aged between 11 and 16 need a berth of their own when travelling in a sleeping car. When passengers are selected children are counted as adults.  

How much earlier can I buy a CarTrain package?

Due to system development, CarTrain tickets can be booked 60 days prior to the trip. We are working to extend the reservation period longer in October. The vr.fi Online Shop will notify you if your ticket is not yet available. This is since the trip is more than 60 days away from the date of purchase or the new timetable has not yet been published.

I would like to take my skis with me on a long-distance train. Is that possible?

It's easy to transport skis onboard trains. The location of transport varies by train type. You can transport skis by train free of charge except when the skis are transported in the luggage van in blue cars. When transporting skis, please make sure that the skis do not cause nuisance to other passengers.

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Trains to Russia

Allegro® takes you quickly and in comfort to St. Petersburg and Tolstoi takes you to Moscow. Please remember to get a visa well before the trip! You can also buy tickets easily from VR Online Shop.

Read more on the ABC of train travel to Russia