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Loading a car onto the train

We will help you load and unload your car during a CarTrain journey.

Save an entire day of your trip onboard CarTrain

You arrive in a flash when you load your car onto the train and sleep overnight in the sleeping compartment. It’s easier to load a car onto the train than you think!

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There’s no need to be nervous about the loading

As a rule, drivers load and unload their cars onto the train by themselves. In some cases, we can load the car for you.

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A CarTrain package is a smart choice

You can save both nature and time by taking your car on the train and spending the night in the sleeping cabin.

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Remember the following when loading your car onto the train

Maximum dimensions of the vehicle

  • Overall width max. 2 m 20 cm.
  • Width measured from the outer edge of one tyre to the outer edge of the other, max. 2 m.
  • Length max. 5 m 5 cm (incl. fixed items, such as towing hooks).
  • The maximum height depends on the chosen train. However, the absolute maximum is 2 m 60 cm.
  • Weight: old car max. 2,500 kg (2,250 kg/car + 250 kg baggage) and new car max. 3,000 kg. You can usually check the car weight from the car’s registration document.

Other considerations about the vehicle size

  • When purchasing a CarTrain package, you need the registration document of your car where you can find the actual dimensions of your car.
  • When reporting the vehicle size, remember to take fixed items, such as a ski box and towing hook, into consideration.
  • Lowered cars and cars with a trailer and hem, front and boot spoilers, special exhaust piping and other similar accessories are always transported under the customer’s own responsibility. Such vehicles must always be loaded by the customer.
  • If you want to transport a van or another non-standard motor vehicle or you are otherwise not sure whether your vehicle can be transported, please contact our customer service at 0600 41 900 (2 € / answered call + LNC).

The car must always be loaded onto the train at the location stated on the ticket.

More information about parking and handing over the keys can be found on the station’s own website.

It’s easy to unload the car from the train and instructions are quite similar to the loading instructions:

  • Always unload your car without your travelling companions – they can wait in the station waiting room.
  • When travelling from the North to Helsinki, car-carrier wagons are disconnected from the train before arriving in Pasila and transferred to the unloading platform. Remember to exit the train in Pasila!
  • If you have booked a car loading service when purchasing the CarTrain package, we will unload your car for you. Information on where to hand over the keys can be found on the station’s website.

There’s no need to be nervous about the loading

This is how you load your car by yourself

  • As a rule, you will always load and unload your own car by yourself.
  • Especially non-standard (e.g. lowered) vehicles and cars with trailers must always be loaded and unloaded by the driver.
  • We want to make sure that you are safe – please load and unload your car when you are alone. Meanwhile, your travel companion can have a cup of coffee at the station.
  • Reserve enough time for loading the car. You can find the exact load time on your ticket.
  • Remember to pack a separate overnight bag to take with you whatever you may need in the sleeping compartment. The rest of the baggage you can leave in the car.
  • Once you have loaded your car, engage the car’s parking brake, turn off the air-conditioning/heating and lock the car.
  • For safety reasons, it is necessary to leave the car-carrier wagon after loading the vehicle.
  • We recommend turning the car alarm off for the duration of the train journey. The vibration and movement of the train can easily set the alarm off.
  • There’s no need to be nervous about the loading or unloading – our employees will help you throughout all the stages of it.

When we will load your car for you

  • If you cannot load or unload your car yourself, we will load it for you.
  • You might be unable to load or unload your car yourself when you are, for example, travelling alone with kids or if you are disabled or have mobility impairments.
  • Always remember to choose the car loading service already when purchasing the CarTrain package. The service is free of charge.
  • Park your car for loading in a designated parking space at the departure date.
  • You can find the exact load time on your ticket.
  • Deliver the keys to the hand-over location well in advance.
  • Parking spaces and places for handing over the keys are station-specific and you can find them on the station’s website.

Timetables for night trains and car-carrier trains

We have published our new timetables, and you can now buy night train tickets until August 14th 2022.

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CarTrain­ package

On a car-carrier train you travel comfortably and get a good night's sleep. CarTrain packages include a night train journey for 1–6 passengers and a car.

Purchase a package

Car spaces sold out on the desired train?

Send your car to the destination on its own 1–5 days in advance and follow with a night train that suits your schedule. Book a separate car transport service for your CarTrain package via customer service, tel. 0600 41 900 (EUR 2/answered call + LNC).

Customer service

Motorcycles are always loaded by their rider

This is how you load a motorcycle onto the train

  • You will always load and unload your own motorcycle by yourself.
  • The motorcycle is fastened onto the car carrier wagon with straps. Please see the video below for instructions.
  • We want to make sure that you are safe – please load and unload your motorcycle alone. Meanwhile, your travel companion can have a cup of coffee at the station.
  • Reserve enough time for loading the bike. You can find the exact load time on your ticket.
  • There’s no need to be nervous about the loading or unloading – our employees will help you throughout all the stages of it.