In 2003, a memorandum on cooperation was signed between Russian Railways and Finnish Railways in the field of freight and passenger transportation.
The efficiency of the joint work between Russian Railways and Finnish railways results from the following factors:
- the uniform width of the broad gauge track 1520 mm railway lines used in both Russia and Finland;
- a modern regulatory framework;
- well-equipped border crossings with significant reserve capacity;
- the application of advanced information and logistics technologies.
Electronic registration of shipments
Since 2011, Russian Railways and the VR Group, Finland's state railway company, have been moving empty wagons using paperless technologies.
Experimental shipments of loaded wagons using paperless technology have been carried out since 2015.
At the moment, all empty wagons between Russia and Finland, as well as export shipments of some types of cargo amounting to a total of more than 1/3 of the freight transported from Russia to Finland, are dispatched using electronic documents.
It is planned to extend the application of this technology to the import of goods from Finland to Russia, as well as the transit of goods from Finland through the territory of the Russian Federation.
High-speed services between St. Petersburg - Helsinki
High-speed Allegro services began on 12 December 2010.
As a result, the travel time for the 456 kilometres between St. Petersburg and Helsinki has been reduced from 5 hours 30 minutes to 3 hours 27 minutes.
Custom checks and border controls begin immediately after train departure from St. Petersburg and are carried out up to the border while the train is in motion.
Branded train Leo Tolstoy
The branded train Leo Tolstoy runs between Moscow - Helsinki.
At present, carriages manufactured jointly by the two companies Tver Wagon Works and Siemens are in operation.
Passengers can also travel with their car using the rail-car transporter.
To attract passengers to the Russia-Finland service, a system of flexible tariff regulation has been developed and is under constant improvement.