Helsinki Central railway station

  • Ticket vending machine
  • VR service point
  • Toilet
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Helsinki Central railway station

Elielinaukio 3

00100 Helsinki

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VR service point opening hours

Daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Waiting room opening hours

Daily 05–02

Departures and arrivals

Departing

Arrivals

Track trains

Ticket sales

  • Ticket vending machine
  • VR service point

Services at the station

  • Toilet
  • Car-carrier loading unavailable
  • Luggage lockers

Accessibility

  • Assistance service at the station
  • Raised platforms, accessible entry onto low-floor train.

Information about the station’s services

Traffic interruption between Helsinki and Turku 24 June–28 July

Due to track work, we will replace all trains between Helsinki and Turku with buses from 24 June to 28 July. Read more about the effects of the railway line interruption and the exceptional arrangements here.

Assistance service at the station

The assistance point is located by platform 11, under the platform canopy in the courtyard. The point is accessible from the station hall, Elielinaukio Square and the taxi stand on Asema-aukio Square.

To book assistance service, call VR customer service for accessible travel at 0800 188 822 (free of charge, service hours Mon–Fri 5am–10pm, Sat–Sun 7am–10pm) no later than 24 hours before your departure.

Luggage lockers

Measurements of lockers:

  • Size S: w 73 cm x h 38 cm x d 94 cm
  • Size XL: w 63 cm x h 96 cm x d 94 cm
  • Ski-size w 33 cm x h 205 cm x d 46 cm 
  • The customer can also choose an accessible locker making it easier for drop off of items.

The lockers can be booked for 3, 6, 12, 24 or 72 hours. The price is determined by the size of locker, duration of booking and the season. The lowest price for three hours in an S size locker is 3.90 euros and 4.90 euros for the XL locker. Payment is made with payment cards approved by us. An additional fee will be charged hourly for exceeding the booking time. Items left behind will be taken to Suomen Löytötavarapalvelut lost property service. For more information, please review the Helsinki Central Railway Station website., Opens in a new tab

Services and restaurants

Find out more about the station's services, restaurants, traffic connections and other station information from the Helsinki Central Railway Station website., Opens in a new tab

Northern underpass

The northern underpass that runs under the railway yard, connecting Elielinaukio Square and Kaisaniemi, is closed at 10:30 pm from Friday to Sunday as well as on the evenings prior to public holidays. The underpass opens at 05.30 am.

Pasila car-carrier station

The car-carrier station located in Pasila, Helsinki, is a short walking distance from Pasila railway station.

Vicinity of railway station

You can find a map of the surroundings of the Helsinki Central railway station as a pdf file on HSL’s website, Opens in a new tab.

From the station, you could go to...

Explore the numerous destinations near the railway station! Here are a few examples.

Kiasma

Finland’s most famous modern art museum, Kiasma, is located just a block away from the Central railway station.

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Oodi

Right next to the Central railway station is Helsinki's very own living room, Central Library Oodi. It offers a variety of library services as well as an architectural experience with iconic views of the Parliament House.

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Kamppi Shopping Centre

Just a short hop across Mannerheimintie from Central railway station and you are at Kamppi shopping centre – and a variety of shopping opportunities await you!

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Plan your next trip

See how to conveniently get to and from the station

Park your car at the station and hop on a train

Did you know that the P-Eliel parking garage is located underground right next to the Helsinki Central Railway Station? You can easily access the parking garage near the station from Töölönlahdenkatu and Kaivokatu. More detailed information on parking is available on the EuroPark website., Opens in a new tab

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Traffic in­ter­rup­tion between Helsinki and Turku 24 June–28 July 2024

Read more about the effects of the railway line interruption and the exceptional arrangements here.

Bus routes

Please note! The third number of the bus on your ticket indicates the route. For example, 76100 means route B1.

B1 Helsinki–Kupittaa–Turku hourly

B2 Helsinki–Leppävaara–Salo–Kupittaa–Turku

B3 Helsinki–Kirkkonummi–Karjaa–Salo–Kupittaa–Turku

B4 Helsinki–Kirkkonummi-Karjaa

You can see the timetables for the buses in the travel search on vr.fi or in the VR Matkalla app. You can also download the timetables in pdf form here.

Buses departure places at Helsinki

The buses on line B1 depart from Postikatu on the Sokos side.
The buses on line B2 depart from Kaivokatu on the Sokos side. 
The buses on lines B3 and B4 depart from Mannerheimintie on the Sokos side.
The scheduled buses of line B2 with outward times of 5:05, 10:05, 19:05 and 23:05 depart from the Postikatu stop, between Postitalo and Sokos, on the Sokos side. The other buses on line B2 depart from Kaivokatu according to the map.

Stops for the replacement buses at other stations

We gathered together the departure places of the replacement buses at other railway stations as well. For information on bus departure stops, see our news article.

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Frequently asked questions about the railway line interruption

Do you know the real names of the Stone Men?

The granite station building designed by architect Eliel Saarinen in the early 20th century is particularly well known for its clock tower and the Torch Bearer statues, also known as the Stone Men, designed by Emil Wikström. The construction of the clock tower was completed in 1919, but it wasn’t until 1922 that the clock was installed at the top of tower.

The clock is always on time

Have you heard the myth that the clock of the tower is one minute early so that people would have more time to board their trains? In reality, the clock is connected to the master clock of the Finnish Transport Agency, and thus it always displays the official time of Finland.