VR to close ticket offices at 13 stations, lay off at least 157
VR will stop ticket sales at 13 of its ticket offices next year. The state-owned railway company announced on Monday that it will close its dedicated ticket offices in Hämeenlinna, Joensuu, Karjaa, Kokkola, Kouvola, Kuopio, Lappeenranta, Mikkeli, Pasila, Riihimäki, Rovaniemi, Seinäjoki and Vaasa by 10 January. Its ticket office in Kemijärvi, in turn, will be shut down by the end of next year.
The only dedicated train ticket offices will, as a result, be located in Helsinki, Hyvinkää, Jyväskylä, Järvenpää, Lahti, Oulu, Tampere, Tikkurila and Turku. Tickets for trains operated by VR will also be available at R-Kioski corner shops, ticket vending machines, travel agencies, Matkahuolto and, in the electronic form, through VR Online Shop, VR Mobile and VR Customer Care. Tickets can also purchased from conductors after boarding a train.