Commuter trains play an important role in the Helsinki Region public transport system. Trains run from about 5:00 to 1:30 a.m. on weekdays and from 6:00 to 1:30 a.m. on Sunday. The weekend service continues to about 4:00 a.m.
Annual commuter train rides in the Helsinki Region total 47.2 million (2012).
The commuter train service is contracted from the train operator VR by Helsinki Region Transport. The service is planned jointly by Helsinki Region Transport and VR.
The commuter train network expanded with the new Kehärata ring line, which was completed in 2015. Now the Helsinki Airport is served by commuter trains.
Long-distance train service
Trains from Helsinki to other parts of Finland operate from the Helsinki Railway Station (Kaivokatu 1, 00100 Helsinki). Long-distance trains are operated by VR. Trains travel from Helsinki to provincial centres and to St. Petersburg and Moscow in Russia. Overnight trains to Lapland and Moscow have sleeping compartments. VR operates 300 long-distance trains daily.