The holidays: By train to Christmas cel­e­bra­tions

Tänäkin jouluna alkaa monta uutta matkaa.

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.

The tickets for the holiday season are available – buy your ticket in advance to get a good price and secure your spot!
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Find your tickets for the holidays' rendez-vous

Tickets for Christmas time are now available. Secure your seat and buy your trip now – Christmas will be here quicker than you expect.

Helsinki - Tampere

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Helsinki - Lappeenranta

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Turku – Tampere

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Oulu – Helsinki

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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 74 .

Read more about night trains

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

Image by Santa Claus Foundation

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

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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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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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.

Meteorologist's tips for seeing the Northern Lights

Many go to Lapland for the Northern Lights specifically. Meteorologist Markus Mäntykannas gave us a few tips for spotting the Northern Lights.

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Santa Claus Express

Take your crew up north on Santa's own train! The Santa Claus Express is the fun and comfortable way to get to northern parts of Finland.

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.

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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