Night trains

Travel between the south and the north in the peace of your own cabin.

Night on a train

Let Lapland’s magic enchant you! You can now buy night train trips until June 2025, private cabins starting from EUR 49, cabins with shower starting from EUR 74. Tip! Search for a journey and tick "show cabin prices on night trains" in the search results to easily compare prices for different days.

Take your car with you on a night train and arrive well-rested at your destination.
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Onward connections to Lapland

Public transport to ski resorts

Night trains run to Rovaniemi, Kolari and Kemijärvi. Hop on a bus, taxi or a rental car for to reach your final destination. You can also take your car along on your night train journey.

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List of tips for the night train

We have compiled a list of practical tips for a night train journey, containing the best tips for an easy journey.

Read our tips for the night train
A train produces far less emissions than a plane, car or bus.

Train is the greenest choice for travel to the North


Train is the most environmentally friendly means of travelling. You can travel by train from Helsinki to Rovaniemi and back 50 times, whereas the same amount of emissions is produced during only one round trip by car.

Enjoy delicious food on a night train

  • There is a restaurant car on each night train that serves you until 2 a.m. and reopens in the morning at 4 a.m. The restaurant car does not take table reservations.
  • If you wish to enjoy your breakfast in your cabin or your own seat, you can pre-order it on the website from "Edit my journey" -> "Add Pre-ordered Breakfasts". The order must be placed no later than 5 days before the journey and the breakfast is paid for at the time of the purchase. We will deliver the breakfast 120–30 minutes before your terminus.
  • Explore the tasty breakfast packages on sale and enjoy your delicious and carefree journey.
  • If you have cancellation insurance and you have to cancel your journey, which includes breakfast ordered in advance from, the cancellation insurance covers both the journey and the breakfast. Breakfast alone cannot be cancelled.
  • If you change your departure, the pre-paid meal will not remain on your tickets.
  • Please note that on the train service IC933 the restaurant is only open until 10.45 p.m. and reopens again at 2 a.m.

Timetables for night trains and car-carrier trains

We have published our new timetables, and you can now buy night train tickets until 15 Jun 2025.

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Would you like to travel in a private cabin?

We have sleeper cabins for various needs and situations. The cabin is always reserved for you or your group, we do not sell individual sleeping berths in cabins.

Upstairs or downstairs?

  • Add luxury to your journey with an upstairs cabin which has a shower and toilet.
  • The downstairs cabins are more inexpensive, with showers and toilets along the aisles.
  • You can also choose to purchase a ticket for a seat, which usually has a lower price than a sleeper cabin.
  • Cabins are for 1–2 or 1–3 people.
  • You can also select an adjoining downstairs cabin (2 + 2 persons), with a partition that can be opened. You can book these cabins via our customer service.
  • The cabins have bunk beds.
  • Our night trains also have accessible and pet cabins.
  • We are not selling sleeping berths in shared cabins, which means that the cabin is always comfortably used by only you and your travel companions.
  • Children between the ages of 0 and 10 travel on night trains for free when sharing a berth with another passenger. However, note that the beds are 0.75 metres wide and 2.00 metres long. Travelling will be more comfortable when you book separate beds for bigger children.
  • Please make sure that an adult always accompanies a small child in the sleeper cabin. Here are more detailed tips for the night train if you are traveling with children
  • For the time being, you can only buy seat tickets for night trains in the VR Matkalla app. Our aim is to have sleeper cabins available there as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience!
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Save by booking your journey in advance

The earlier you buy, the more likely you are to get your ticket for the best price.

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Enjoy audio books and e-books

Entertainment for the journey

We are offering our customers a 60-day trial period to the Nextory audio book and e-book service with a catalogue of thousands of stories. You can read and listen books with your phone or tablet.

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Most popular night train routes

Tampere – Kolari

Own cabin (price includes an entire cabin)
Starting from
49 €
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Helsinki – Rovaniemi

Own cabin (price includes an entire cabin)
Starting from
49 €
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Pets on night trains

Best travel comfort for pets

Travel with your pet in a pet cabin for a EUR 4-8 surcharge per dog or pet carrier. The route usually includes some longer stops so you can take a walk. You can ask the conductor for more information.

Pets on night trains

Accessible travel on a night train

All night trains have accessible sleeper cabins which are located close to the car’s accessible entrance door. Accessible toilets are also located by the entrance. Guide, assistance or hearing dogs and pets travel with you free of charge.

Cars on night trains

Take the night train and continue your trip well rested in the morning with your own car. Car spots start from €39, motorcycles from €29. A sleeper cabin + a car spot combo can be as little as €88 (cabin €49 + car €39).

New! You can now add a car spot to your ticket also after the initial purchase.

Unforgettable experience for children

Travelling on a night train is easy even with the smallest family members. A real bed guarantees better sleep than dozing in the back seat. In the morning you're ready to continue the journey well rested.

Unforgettable experience for children

Where to put baggage?

Baggage usually fits well in the cabin, but in case you have a lot of it you can use the lockable storage space. Our conductors will gladly advice you with this.

Where to put baggage?

Did you know?

The longest night trains are approximately 450 m long – almost half a kilometre.

Peak season for night trains

During the busiest nights in the ski season, as many as five night trains depart from Helsinki: two to Kolari and three to Rovaniemi.