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Cash sales to end on Finnish trains

From September passengers will need a payment card to buy tickets from conductors or ticket machines on long-distance trains.

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Ticket machines and conductors on Finnish trains are going cashless. Image: Ismo Pekkarinen / AOP

Finnish state railway firm VR is to end cash sales of tickets on long-distance services. The company says ticket machines and conductors will from 1 September only accept cards or contactless payments.

In addition to VR's online shop, mobile app and ticket machines, tickets can also be purchased in advance from VR service points, Matkahuolto branches and any R-Kioski outlet.

According to VR some 99 percent of passengers already buy their tickets in advance or using a payment card on the train.

"If a passenger gets on a train after 1 September without a ticket or possibility to pay by card, the situation will be assessed on a case-by-case basis," said Julia Stolp of VR via email.

"Our conductors cannot fine passengers, but they can remove travellers with no ticket from the train."

Stolp stressed, however, that the conductor is required to ensure the welfare of any passengers removed from the train and would not take this action against unaccompanied children.

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