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Finland By Train

Nature lovers will find paradise when traveling by train in Finland. Vast expanses of unspoiled natural scenery, including forests, lakes, and islands, are interrupted only by breathtaking towns and exciting cities, like the capital, Helsinki. Travel all the way north to Kolari, well beyond the Arctic Circle, to try and get a glimpse of the magnificent Northern Lights.


Train types in Finland


Regional and intercity trains

Express train

  • Interregional trains that cover long distances in southern Finland.

  • All trains include power outlets, a restaurant car and services for disabled passengers.

  • No reservations required.

InterCity (IC)

  • Trains between cities and popular regions.

  • All trains include power outlets, food trolleys or a restaurant car, services for disabled passengers, space for skiing equipment or prams, family compartments and seats for passengers with allergies.

  • Reservations are recommended. Make sure to check the timetable.


Please note that your Interrail Pass is not valid on TrainBus connections and that these buses are not used as train replacements

High-speed trains


  • High speed trains between major cities.

  • All trains include power outlets, WLAN, a restaurant car, services for disabled passengers and seats for passengers with allergies.

  • Reservations are recommended.

Night trains in Finland

There are several overnight options that can take you throughout the whole of Finland. Night trains have sleeping carriages and a restaurant car. Reservations are required.

  • Helsinki - Kemijärvi

  • Helsinki - Kolari

  • Helsinki - Rovaniemi

Bringing bicycles on trains in Finland

Bikes are allowed on most trains. Some trains have special bike compartments. You need to buy a ticket in advance and, in the commuter traffic in the Helsinki metropolitan area, travel outside peak hours (7:00-9:00 and 15:00-18.00). Advance booking for bicycles is required on InterCity trains.


Popular connections

Route Travel time
Helsinki to Tampere 1:30
Helsinki to Turku 2:00
Tampere to Turku 1:45

There are no direct train connections between Finland and neighbouring countries, but there are international ferry connections to Germany, Sweden and Estonia.

With your Eurail Pass you get discounts on ferry routes operated by Finnlines Ferries, Tallink Silja Lines and Viking Lines:

  • Helsinki to Stockholm (Sweden)

  • Helsinki to Tallinn (Estonia)

  • Helsinki to Travemünde (Lübeck, Germany).

  • Turku to Stockholm (Sweden)




You'll need to make a reservation for the following domestic trains in Finland:

  • All Night trains. Make sure to check our timetable.
  • On the IC trains and the high-speed Pendolino, reservations are recommended. 


How to make reservations for Finnish trains

You can make reservations for domestic and international high-speed trains and night trains:

  • At a ticket desk or self-service machine at local train stations.

  • By phone through the VR call center.
    Phone number: +35 89 2319 2902
    Opening hours: 7:00-22.00 (local times)

    VR has English speaking staff. You can pay for your reservations over the phone (by credit card) and collect them at ticket machines at Finnish railway stations. You will receive a booking code by email. The booking center cannot deliver your reservations to your address. The VR call center can also be reached with Skype.


See more reservation fees for domestic trains.


Get your Pass for Finland

Finland Pass


Use your whole vacation to travel throughout Finland by rail.


Standard prices from $ 108

Global Pass


Be free to explore Finland and up to 30 other Eurail countries.

Standard prices from $ 191

Scandinavia Pass


Travel by train throughout Finland, Denmark, Sweden, and Norway.


Standard prices from $ 171


Tips and tricks for Finland

Quick facts

  • Capital: Helsinki

  • Population: 5.4 million

  • Language: Finnish & Swedish

  • Currency: Euro (EUR)

  • Dialing code: +358

Eurail aid office in Finland

For questions about Eurail, visit the international ticket office at Helsinki station. It is open Monday to Friday, 10.00 - 17.00.


See more Eurail aid offices in Europe

Airport - station link

Commuter trains I and P provide frequent connections from Helsinki airport (Helsinki Lentoasema) to Helsinki City. Since these trains are operated by VR, your Eurail pass is valid on this journey.


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