Finnish trains : the most efficient and comfortable way to travel through Finland.
- Book up to 60 days in advance
- Regional trains
Scandinavian style is known for being sleek and minimalistic, and traveling by train throughout Scandinavia follows suit : sleek trains, minimal stress.
Finnish trains are operated by VR, the national railway company of Finland. Trains operate on the extensive railway network to link major Finnish cities like Helsinki (the capital and main travel hub), Tampere (a popular city on the water), and Rovaniemi (also known as “Santa Claus Town”).
Most domestic Finnish trains operated by VR do not require a seat reservation, including the InterCity (IC) trains. However, if you want to be sure to have a seat, you can book a seat reservation in advance.
The high-speed Pendolino trains covering longer routes do require seat reservations – if you book a point to point ticket, the reservation is included in the ticket cost. If you’re traveling with a rail pass, you will need to book the additional seat reservation supplement.
When you’re in Finland, take a ride on the train and treat yourself to an authentic Scandinavian experience : sleek, simple, and stylish.
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- Finnish trains tickets are open for booking 60 days ahead.
- Get the lowest prices by booking early and don’t wait until the last minute as cheaper seats sell the fastest.
- Opt for off-peak trains when you have to travel short notice. They are more affordable than morning and evening trains along with those running on holiday eves, Friday and Sunday afternoon.
A class apart
Classes of service
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|Generous legroom Watch rolling landscapes pass with room to stretch your legs.|
|Spacious seats Make yourself at home as you journey from one city to the next in a comfy leather seat with headrest.|
|Reclining seats Make yourself at home as you journey from one city to the next in a comfy reclining seat.|
|Bar buffet car Choose from a variety of tasty snacks and beverages, for purchase, to enjoy on your journey.|
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Common Questions, Simple Answers
Q. Will a National Rail Strike affect my train travel ?
A. A national strike impacting rail services could affect train travel for locals and visitors alike. Typically, during a rail strike there will be a reduced number of trains operating which could lead to more passengers on board trains that are running, changes in schedules, or even alternate modes of transportation (such as buses) to transport passengers to their destinations.
In the event of a strike, Rail Europe will provide as much information as possible to assist those who may be impacted. If a strike has been announced, you can always submit inquiries to Rail Europe through the Contact Us page or, if you’re already in Europe during a strike, go directly to a railway station and ask the local railway official for assistance.
Q. Are Family Passes available ?
- Yes. Some passes offer discount for families.
- Swiss Passes offer a Swiss family card which offers free travel for children (aged from 6 to 15 years old) when they are travelling with a parent.
- In Great Britain, the BritRail Pass which offers free travel for children (aged 5 to 15 years old) when they are travelling with a full fare adult or a Senior Pass holder. The Great Britain Heritage Family Pass is also available for 2 adults who are travelling with up to 3 children.
- Families can benefit from saver options which are offered by many passes. Children aged 4 to 11 travel at half of the adult fare when they are on the Family Pass.
Q. Where do I my send train tickets and/or rail passes for refund ?
A. We recommend that any documents being returned for refund be sent via traceable mail for proof of delivery.
Please visit our Cancellation and Refunds page for information regarding refunds. If you need further assistance we invite you to send us a message using our Contact Us page.
Q. How much time in advance, can I book tickets for Frecciarossa trains ?
A. You can book your tickets for travel on board Frecciarossa trains as early as 4 months in advance. That is 120 days in advance, during this time you can plan your trip to Italy thoroughly.
Q. Is it possible to get off a train and take another train later with the same train ticket ?
A. Yes, it is possible if your ticket does not include any reservation for a particular train. You can get in and off as much as you want provided that you complete your journey within 2 months.
Please note that there are more and more tickets which require a reservation. You won’t be able to get on and off a particular train. If you want to have a flexible travel option, a rail pass might be the best choice for you.
Q. How do I obtain AVE tickets ?
A. Tickets for AVE trains can be easily purchased online on our website. Choose the ‘Print @ home’ ticketing method for more convenience and no booking fees.
Q. What is the definition of Gender Specific ?
A. Gender Specific means that compartment are either for men or women. Both sexes cannot travel or sleep in the same comportment. If you or your companion wishes to stay together, you must book the whole compartment and beds. The following trains use the Gender Specific rule : ELipsos, CNL, Lusitania, Spanish Night trains.
Q. What is 3-D secure payment ?
A. It is an online banking system designed to avoid credit card frauds for the customer and the e-commerce merchant.
_Details of your payment will be sent using a secure connection. You can verify those details by doing a right click on the payment page and selecting "properties".
_A popup window will display the connection data. You will see that a SSL connection (Secure Sockets Layer, used for transmitting private data on the Internet) has been used. No information regarding your credit card will saved. Secure Sockets Layer, a protocol for transmitting private documents on the Internet
Q. Do I need to buy tickets before my departure date ?
A. Yes. We recommend you to buy your tickets and make your reservations before departure. The price may be lower if you buy well in advance. Late reservations can lead to a fully booked train or discrupted travel.
Q. What are the classes of service which are offered on the ICE train ?
A. Two classed of service are offered on board the ICE trains – First class and standard class. If you are travelling in First class, you can have individual video screens, power sockets for portable devices and DVD players. ICE trains have quiet zones for those who prefer to travel without any noise disturbance.