28.03.2014

Railways

Finnish trains are operated by the state-owned VR. It serves all the major cities and many rural areas, though railway connections are available to fewer places than bus connections.

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Railway tickets are sold online and at railway stations. Tickets can also be bought on trains, but the price is €2–5 higher than elsewhere if the ticket office is open at the departure of the train. Note that it is not possible to use Visa Electron, Maestro or similar cards when purchasing a ticket on the train. You may choose from a range of trains featuring different travel standards and prices.

Please note that if you want to break your journey, you must purchase separate tickets for each part of your trip. For instance, if you are travelling from Jyväskylä to Helsinki and want to break your journey in Tampere to visit a friend for a few days, you must buy two tickets: one to cover the trip from Jyväskylä to Tampere and another from Tampere to Helsinki. One ticket (Jyväskylä-Helsinki) will do if you only need to change trains in Tampere.

One-way and return tickets are also sold for groups. A reduction of 15% (20% if purchased online) is granted for a group of 6 to 20 persons (6 to 10 persons if purchased online).

It is worth remembering that a passenger without a duly stamped ticket will be charged an inspection fee (€80) and the price of the ticket. Also note that you are not allowed to take your luggage to the dining car. Smoking is allowed only in special compartments marked with a sign.

Jyväskylä Travel Centre (railway and bus station) is located at Hannikaisenkatu 20.

The opening hours of the ticket office are:

  • Mon–Thu 7:00 a.m.–7:20 p.m.
  • Sat 9:45 a.m.–4:45 p.m.
  • Sun 9:45 a.m.–7:20 p.m.

Timetables and purchasing tickets

Picture by Mysid.