Santa Claus Express night train

The Finnish double-decker night train, known as the Santa Claus Express, travels from Helsinki to snow-covered Lapland in the north. The train stops at Rovaniemi, the official home of Santa Claus, and then goes on to Kemijärvi, its final destination. See the beauty of Finland from the comfortable compartments of this train and wake up above the Arctic Circle the next morning.

Facilities and Services


Finnish train station in winter

Finnish train station in winter

Northerns light, Finnish Lapland

Northerns light, Finnish Lapland

Helsinki Central railway station

Helsinki Central railway station

Santa Claus Express night train route


The Santa Claus Express runs from Helsinki in the south to Rovaniemi and Kemijärvi in the far north. In less than fifteen hours, you will find yourself in a magical place where the sun doesn’t set for weeks in summer and doesn’t rise for weeks in winter. Once you get to Rovaniemi, where you can gaze in awe at the Northern Lights, be sure to pay a visit to Santa Claus and his reindeer at the Santa Park.

Map with route of Santa Claus Express
The Santa Claus Express runs on the following route:
  • Helsinki - Kemijärvi

    via Rovaniemi



Reservation: optional

When a reservation is optional you are able to reserve a seat in advance, but it isn't mandatory. For long journeys and during busy times, we still recommend you make an advance reservation.

Reservations on the Santa Claus Express night train are recommended, but not mandatory. Reservations can be made at the earliest 60 days in advance.

How to make reservations on the Santa Claus Express

You can reserve your seat or sleeping accommodation on the Santa Claus Express trains in the following ways:

  • Through our reservation service

  • By calling the Finnish Railways (VR) customer care (+358 9 2319 2902)

  • At the train station. Keep in mind that trains can become full during busy times.

Reservation fees

  • Seat: 21 euros

  • Double sleeper: 36-43 euros p.p.

  • Single sleeper: 95-114 euros

  • Double sleeper with private bathroom: 41-48 euros p.p.

  • Single sleeper with private bathroom: 105-124 euros

Facilities and services

  • Air conditioning

  • Disabled facilities

  • Luggage racks

  • Power sockets

  • Restaurant/bistro

  • Shower/WC

  • WiFi internet

Facilities may differ per train and route.

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