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Santa Claus Express night train Helsinki-Rovaniemi. Do I need a railpass?

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  • July 07, 2017 15:46
    Jeff
    Change in reply by Jeff to Hi,<br /><br />Reservations are required on all night trains, including the night train between <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/finland/helsinki/index.html" rel="nofollow">Helsinki</a> and Rovaniemi (the Santa Claus Express). Rest assured, if a particular train requires reservations, then the reservation would automatically be included with any ticket purchase for that train (the only exceptions being trains in Portugal and Ireland, where reservations can only be added locally). Therefore, by purchasing a ticket for the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/helsinki-to-rovaniemi.html" rel="nofollow">Helsinki-Rovaniemi</a> train, you would automatically receive the reservation.<br /><br />To see the accommodations/compartment types being offered, you would click the 'View' button with the cost(s) that display for a particular night train. Generally, the Double compartments would be found under the 'Comfort' or 'Premier' heading for fares.<br /><br />Generally, trains in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/finland/index.html" rel="nofollow">Finland</a> can only be booked within 60 days of an intended departure date..
  • July 07, 2017 15:42
    Jeff
    Change in reply by Jeff to For time spent in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/finland/helsinki/index.html" rel="nofollow">Helsinki</a>, you can view various city passes and tours offered by clicking here: <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/en/activities/finland/helsinki/" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/en/activities/finland/helsinki/">https://www.raileurope.com/en/activities/finland/helsinki/</a>.<br /><br />You can view various tours for Rovaniemi here: <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/en/activities/finland/rovaniemi/" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/en/activities/finland/rovaniemi/">https://www.raileurope.com/en/activities/finland/rovaniemi/</a>..
  • May 10, 2017 14:17
    Sy
    Change in reply by Sy to Hi,<br /><br /> The experience of my last trip to Finland Rovaniemi tells me that the trains run both ways (to &amp; from Rovaniemi). Santa Claus Express is just another name for a regular train going from Helsinki to Rovaniemi. Frankly, nothing really fancy but worth to experience.<br /><br /> Like Jeff mentioned, if you are planning to go to a few different places within Europe or within Finland. Getting a rail pass will definitely save you some money. Otherwise, I would suggest you to get regular tickets instead of getting the passes. Again, my experience from the last trip tells me that I spent A LOT more than I should have as I have got a rail pass which I only used on the Santa Claus Express route (round trip). Therefore, I would suggest you to get the railway tickets from the local train company if you are only travelling on the Santa Claus Express route, it will be way cheaper. And yes, you may have to reserve your seats after you get no matter rail passes or train tickets, just in case. All that can be done online or through phone call. The train was not packed the time I travelled. (In fact, it was pretty empty on the train on my way to Rovaniemi. But on my way back, it was surprisingly crowded.) No one could guarantee.<br /><br /> I hope this could help you.<br /><br /> Sy.
  • May 10, 2017 14:15
    Sy
    Change in reply by Sy to Hi, The experience of my last trip to Finland Rovaniemi tells me that the trains run both ways (to &amp; from Rovaniemi). Santa Claus Express is just another name for a regular train going from Helsinki to Rovaniemi) Frankly, nothing really fancy but worth to experience. Like Jeff mentioned, if you are planning to go to a few different places within Europe or within Finland. Getting a rail pass will definitely save you some money. Otherwise, I would suggest you to get regular tickets instead of getting the passes. Again, my experience from the last trip tells me that I spent A LOT more than I should have as I have got a rail pass which I only used on the Santa Claus Express route (round trip). Therefore, I would suggest you to get the railway tickets from the local train company if you are only travelling on the Santa Claus Express route, it will be way cheaper. And yes, you may have to reserve your seats after you get no matter rail passes or train tickets, just in case. All that can be done online or through phone call. The train was not packed the time I travelled. (In fact, it was pretty empty on the train on my way to Rovaniemi. But on my way back, it was surprisingly crowded.) No one could guarantee. I hope this could help you. Sy.
  • May 10, 2017 14:11
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  • January 31, 2017 20:24
    Jeff
    Change in reply by Jeff to Hi Smitha,<br /><br />It is recommended that tickets be purchased in advance, prior to even departing for Europe. Tickets for trains in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/finland/index.html" rel="nofollow">Finland</a> are issued as paper documents that would have to be shipped to you before you leave.<br /><br />Any order placed on our website can take 24 to 48 business hours to be processed in addition to the time it takes to ship the documents, which would be an additional 2 to 3 business days if the option of standard delivery is chosen or an additional 1 business day if the option of express delivery is chosen.<br /><br />You would purchase tickets for a train from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/helsinki-to-rovaniemi.html" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/popular-routes/helsinki-to-rovaniemi.html">Helsinki to Rovaniemi</a> by searching the route under 'Find Train Tickets' on our homepage, <a href="http://www.raileurope.com" rel="nofollow" title="Link: http://www.raileurope.com">www.raileurope.com</a>. The train from <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/finland/helsinki/index.html" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/finland/helsinki/index.html">Helsinki</a> to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/blog/12378-helsinki-to-rovaniemi-by-train" rel="nofollow">Rovaniemi</a> is considered the Santa Claus Express.<br /><br />When trying to access schedules and ticket costs on our site for night trains, it is usually necessary to adjust your preferred departure time by entering a time closer to the specific hour of the train's departure time. Therefore, when you go to enter the criteria of your search, you would want to choose some time in the early evening, like '06 pm' as your preferred departure time. By doing this, you will get the night trains to display, and you can proceed to purchase your tickets.<br /><br />Generally, trains in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/finland/index.html" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/finland/index.html">Finland</a> can only be booked once within 60 days of an intended date of departure..
  • July 15, 2016 00:44
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  • July 13, 2016 19:52
    Jeff
    Change in reply by Jeff to Hi Sy, There is no such thing as a train that would require passengers have a rail pass to board. A rail pass is something a traveler might purchase to save money when planning to take multiple trains while in Europe (if the cost works out be lower than the regular ticket costs added together). If you're just making a single one-way trip, for instance, then you would just want to purchase a regular ticket instead of a rail pass. The best option for any itinerary would depend on the specific itinerary itself and various other factors. Generally, the Santa Claus Express night train between <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/finland/helsinki/index.html" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/finland/helsinki/index.html">Helsinki</a> and Rovaniemi is able to be viewed and booked on our website; however, due to an error, this train has not been able to be viewed or booked there in recent months. Therefore, if you'd like to inquire about ticket costs and/or purchase tickets for this train, you would have to call us. We can be reached at 1-800-622-8600. Generally, trains in <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/finland/index.html" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/finland/index.html">Finland</a> can only be booked once within 60 days of an intended date of departure. In the meantime, you can check costs for the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/eurail-finland-pass/index.html" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/eurail-finland-pass/index.html">Eurail Finland Pass</a> here: <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/eurail-finland-pass/index.html" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/eurail-finland-pass/index.html">https://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/eurail-finland-pass/index.html</a>. You would only consider purchasing a <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/eurail-scandinavia-pass/index.html" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/eurail-scandinavia-pass/index.html">Eurail Scandinavia Pass</a> if you're also planning on traveling to the countries included on it. In addition to <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/finland/index.html" rel="nofollow">Finland</a>, the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/eurail-scandinavia-pass/index.html" rel="nofollow">Eurail Scandinavia Pass</a> includes <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/sweden/index.html" rel="nofollow">Sweden</a>, <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/norway/index.html" rel="nofollow">Norway</a>, and <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/denmark/index.html" rel="nofollow">Denmark</a>. For information on the <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/eurail-scandinavia-pass/index.html" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/eurail-scandinavia-pass/index.html">Eurail Scandinavia Pass</a>, you would click here: <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/eurail-scandinavia-pass/index.html" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/eurail-scandinavia-pass/index.html">https://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/eurail-scandinavia-pass/index.html</a>. Both of these passes would cover ticket costs for the Santa Claus Express night train between <a href="https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/finland/helsinki/index.html" rel="nofollow" title="Link: https://www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/finland/helsinki/index.html">Helsinki</a> and Rovaniemi. This train would just require that passengers purchase reservations in addition to any rail pass. Since this train is currently not able to be viewed or booked on our website, you would have to call us if you'd like to inquire about its 'passholder' reservation costs (just like you would for regular tickets)..
  • July 13, 2016 19:49
    Jeff
    Changed title to Santa Claus Express night train Helsinki-Rovaniemi. Do I need a railpass?
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  • July 13, 2016 19:49
    Jeff
    Changed description to Hi, I am planning to travel within the country Finland, from south Helsinki to north the artic circle and then back down. I wonder if I first need to get an eurail Finland pass in order to make a reservation for the Santa Claus Express Night Train? Since I wish to travel from south to north by Santa Claus Express Night Train, may I know if there is any other pass options I can choose? Like eurail Scandinavian pass? Knowing that eurail Scandinavian pass travels on national rail networks but does it also cover the trips within one country? Please and thank you!
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