H train to start operating between Hanko and Karjaa on 8 January 2024

The train service between Hanko and Karjaa will become a VR commuter service on Monday 8.1.2024. The H-train will also run to Helsinki three days a week.

We previously operated train traffic between Hanko and Karjaa by using long-distance traffic railbuses and, during the electrification work of the track from June 2021, with replacement buses.

On Monday, 8 January 2024, commuter train H will start the service, stopping between Hanko and Karjaa in Hanko North, Santala, Lappohja, Skogby, Tammisaari and Dragsvik.The service level of the trains will improve, and the travel terms and conditions and tickets will be updated to the commuter traffic model.

Ticket prices for children, students and pensioners between Hanko and Karjaa will decrease, while the price of an adult single ticket will increase by €0.60.

Tickets for H train will go on sale on Wednesday, 13 December 2023 at 10 a.m. At the same time, commuter traffic prices will enter into force for tickets for buses replacing the Hanko–Karjaa service from 13 December 2023 to 7 January 2024. All other commuter trains from 5 February to 30 March 2024 will also go on sale on Wednesday, 13 December at 10 a.m.

Example prices, Hanko–Karjaa (adult)

  • Single ticket €7.20
  • 10-journey multi-ticket €57.60 (€5.76 per journey)
  • Season ticket 30 days €116.70

In commuter traffic, children, students, pensioners and off-duty conscripts and non-military servicemen will receive a 50% discount on the price of single and multi-tickets. There will also be a 50% discount on children’s season tickets. Children under the age of seven travel for free. Read more about discount

Traveling with prams is free on commuter trains, and pets and bicycles can be carried at no extra cost.

Direct connection to Helsinki three days a week

Every normal business day, 30 long-distance train services stop at Karjaa. The timetables of the H train serve passengers on transfer connections to both Helsinki and Hanko.

The H train runs on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, also directly between Helsinki and Hanko. The H train departs Helsinki at 8:53 p.m. and arrives in Hanko at 10:45 p.m. The H train departs Hanko at 8:05 p.m. and arrives in Helsinki at 9:53 p.m.

You can only travel on the H-train with a VR ticket. Helsinki-Karjaa is the first connection where you can buy a ticket from Helsinki, as the previous stops (Pasila, Leppävaara, Espoo, Kirkkonummi, Siuntio) are stations in the HSL area. You cannot travel on the H-train with a HSL ticket.

A single adult ticket for the H train between Helsinki and Hanko costs €14.90. You can also get a long-distance multi-ticket or season ticket for the service between Helsinki and Hanko. With these tickets, you can travel on the H train and those long-distance connections where there is a change of train in Karjaa.

Commuter train tickets

Commuter train tickets are available from the VR Matkalla app,, ticket vending machines at stations and R-kioski shops. You must have a ticket before getting on the train. On VR’s commuter trains, the conductor may impose an inspection fee of €80 on a passenger without a ticket.

Do you have a long-distance multi, season or single ticket to the Hanko–Karjaa service?

Previously purchased long-distance tickets can be used on the Hanko–Karjaa service for as long as they are valid. If you wish, you can exchange your long-distance Hanko–Karjaa route season or multi-ticket to a commuter traffic ticket through VR’s customer care. Discount group tickets are more affordable for commuter traffic than for long-distance traffic.

You can continue to travel between Hanko and Karjaa, for example, with Hanko–Helsinki long-distance tickets that include a change of trains in Karjaa. The long-distance multi- or season tickets purchased for the Hanko–Helsinki service can also be used on the direct H train connection between Hanko and Helsinki operating on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.

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