The energy saving and environmentally friendly train serves as the basic national public transport operator. VR´s long-distance services have about 260 daily trains travelling in both directions. For an optimal service of different passenger categories, the trains include fast Pendolino trains, InterCity trains, express trains, and regional trains.
Finland (VR)

The efficient public transport network in Finland ensures all citizens a possibility of easy, fast and inexpensive travelling. The train has its own substantial functions within the national public transport system where the different forms of transport complement each other.

Finland's InterCity and Pendolino:


Double-decker InterCity trains provide services for frequent travellers, families travelling with children, and persons with wheelchairs. InterCity trains offer fast connections for all passengers as well as quality services from city centre to city centre. Comfortable and fast Pendolino trains (max. speed 220 km/h) run between Helsinki-Turku, Helsinki-Jyväskylä-Kuopio, Helsinki-Tampere-Seinäjoki-Oulu and since autumn 2005, also Helsinki-Joensuu. Both InterCity and Pendolino trains have air conditioning, a mobile phone amplifier, a special compartment for allergy sufferers, a smokers' booth - except the double-decker InterCity coaches, which are smokeless -, and a restaurant car or MiniBistro trolley sales.

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Both InterCity and Pendolino trains have:


  • Air conditioning
  • Mobile phone amplifier
  • Special compartment for allergy sufferers
  • Smokers booth*
  • Restaurant car or MiniBistro trolley sales.

The Pendolino S220 Plus class and InterCity Plus class also include complimentary snacks/breakfast, newspapers, and free use of headphones.

*except the double-decker InterCity coaches, which are non-smoking

The Pendolino S220 high speed train runs between Pendolino trains run between

  • Helsinki - Turku
  • Helsinki -Tampere
  • Helsinki - Jyväskylä
  • Helsinki - Kuopio
  • Helsinki - Oulu

The coaches are designed to tilt to ensure maximum passenger comfort at all times. They are also pleasantly quiet even when travelling at top speed.

Helsinki - Turku 2:00 15
Helsinki - Tampere 2:00 27
Helsinki - Vaasa 4:30 - 5:00 8
Helsinki - Rovaniemi 10:00 - 12:30 5
Helsinki - Joensuu 5:00 - 10:00 5

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