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The holidays: By train to Christmas celebrations

School Christmas holidays 2023

Schools will have their well-deserved Christmas holiday from 23 December 2022 to 8 January 2023. Let the holiday atmosphere take over on the train to your destination, the trip is a moment to yourself.

There are still seats available on trains in the holiday season – buy your ticket in advance!
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Towards the holidays

We are on our way to enjoy our favourite traditions – or create new and more personal ones. On our way to meet our nearest and dearest again. On our way to be surprised. On our way to surprise others. To rejoice and find peace. To see what’s under the Christmas tree and get into the holiday mood. To break last year’s record in the number of films watched, books read and chocolate eaten.

We want to wish all our customers a peaceful holiday season!

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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.

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Extra comfort for your journey

Add some luxury and extra room for your journey by reserving a seat in Ekstra Class or the upstairs section of the restaurant car, reserving your own cabin or booking the seat next to you. Pendolino and IC trains have also free wi-fi and electric sockets.

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Bring your luggage with you

Where to put the skisor the pram? What about big suitcases? The train carries your holiday luggage with ease, and our conductors will help you with your luggage at the platform and on the train.

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Practical tips for car-carrier passengers

A car-carrier takes you and your car or motorcycle from one end of Finland to the other. What should you consider before the trip and at the car-carrier stations? Read our tips for a successful and comfortable journey!

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Santa Claus Express

The Santa train takes you comfortably from Helsinki to Rovaniemi. Visit the arctic circle, meet Santa Claus and see the spectacular northern lights.

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Active holiday in Lapland

Are you drawn to peace and quiet, fresh air and hiking in wintry Lapland? The allure of Lapland can also be experienced during shorter trips, and day hikes and ski tours can certainly be done without previous experience.

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VR and Santa Claus

Christmas is about doing good and helping others

VR supports the Santa Claus Foundation and the charitable work carried out by the Foundation. The Santa Claus Foundation supports Vamlas this year, a foundation for promoting diversion and inclusion of disabled children.

Enjoy the atmosphere

The journey is fun when you get to enjoy the delicacies of the restaurant car. During the holiday season, there are Christmas pastries baked by a small Finnish producer available. You can also order restaurant car products to your seat or collect them yourself.

Purchase a ticket as a gift

Surprise a friend and buy them a ticket to come over for a visit! You can forward a train ticket to a friend easily with just a few cliks!

Here's how you to forward a ticket to a friend or family member:

  • Buy the ticket as usual from or the VR Matkalla app
  • Open the ticket email
  • Click on the ticket link to open it in the browser. Copy the link address from the browser's address line
  • Send the link, ie. the ticket, to your friend as a text or email
  • Done! Start preparing for a lovely visit

Night trains

Let Lapland’s magic enchant you! You can now buy night train trips until August 2023, private cabins starting from EUR 49, cabins with shower starting from EUR 69 .

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Your best travel companion

The VR Matkalla app is always available in your pocket!

The app keeps your tickets secure and you get up-to-date information about your journey.

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