New service launched between Russia and Finland

Russian Railways (RZD) has begun operating a new international service between Petrozavodsk, the capital of the Republic of Karelia, and Finland.

The Federal Passenger Company, a subsidiary of RZD, is looking into running a regular overnight service on the route after tickets for a trial run between Petrozavodsk and Joensuu, the capital of North Karelia in Finland, on December 28 sold out within a week.

Deputy managing director of the Federal Passenger Company Oleg Nikitin said: “In late September 2012, the Federal Passenger Company and the Republic of Karelia signed a cooperation agreement regarding this service.

“The border and customs services have put in a lot of work to streamline the procedures to ensure that the train can cross the state border with ease.”

The Federal Passenger Company and the Government of Karelia are currently in talks to develop more links with Finland.

Work is underway to organise regular passenger services between Petrozavodsk to Oulu, Imatra and Helsinki.

The next train between Petrozavodsk and Joensuu is scheduled to run by March 8.

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