To buy train tickets within Sweden or from Copenhagen to Stockholm, use the Swedish Railways website www.sj.se, see advice on using it here.

This page explains how to travel by train from Stockholm to other key European cities, and how to buy the cheapest tickets.  Click here to buy tickets starting in another city.

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Before you buy your tickets...

I recommend taking a moment to read these important tips for buying European train tickets.  It answers all the usual questions, such as "Do I need to book in advance or can I just turn up & buy at the station?", "How far ahead can I book?", "Can I stop off?", "Are there Senior fares?" and that old favourite, "Should I buy an $800 railpass or just go online & buy a €35 point-to-point ticket?".

Answering your questions about European train travel...

An introduction to European train travel

 

Senior fares (over 60)

 

Guide to Eurail passes (overseas visitors)

Important tips for buying European train tickets

Youth fares (under 26)

 

Guide to InterRail passes (for Europeans)

How to check European train times

Child fares & child age limits

 

Couchettes & sleepers on night trains

Do I need to book in advance?

Luggage on European trains

 

Train seat numbering plans

How far ahead can I book?

Luggage storage at stations

 

Wheelchairs & special needs

Can I stop off on the way?

Taking a bike by train

 

Real-time service updates

Should I travel 1st or 2nd class?

Taking a car by train

 

Hotels & accommodation

How long to allow for connections?

Taking dogs & pets by train

 

Changing stations in Paris by metro or taxi

How early to arrive at the station?

Maps of the European rail network

 

What to do when things go wrong...

IMPORTANT UPDATE:  Swedish border controls from 4 Jan 2016.

From 4 January 2016 Sweden will impose border controls and SJ will no longer run direct trains between Stockholm & Copenhagen until further notice.  So where I show a Stockholm-Copenhagen SJ2000 on this page, it'll now go from Stockholm to Malmo and you'll need to change trains onto an Öresund local train from Malmo to Copenhagen (runs every 20 minutes, journey time 35 minutes).  Allow extra time for connections and border controls.

This problem may well affect how you need to buy tickets, as I write this I see that 'spezial' fares from Stockholm to Germany have disappeared from the German Railways website bahn.de.  They may resolve this, but if they don't the workaround is of course to book from Malmo or Copenhagen to Germany, then buy a separate ticket for Stockholm to Malmo at www.sj.se. Allow plenty of time for connections!  If necessary, you can buy a local ticket Malmo-Copenhagen on the day at the station.  So a civil war in Syria has stopped Stockholm-Copenhagen through trains?  No, I wouldn't have believed that either...

LATEST UPDATE & GOOD NEWS:  SJ will restore direct Copenhagen-Stockholm trains from 1 March 2016.  There will still be no check-in requirement in Stockholm heading for Copenhagen.  However, in the Copenhagen to Stockholm direction passport control will be carried out before boarding in Copenhagen, so you are asked to arrive 30 minutes before the departure of your train. 



Stockholm to Gothenburg, Malmo & other destinations in Sweden...

Stockholm to Copenhagen from 254 SEK (€28, £20, $30)...

See the update above.  With the imposition of border controls by the Swedish government from 4 January 2016, SJ will no longer extend it's SJ2000 trains across the Öresund Bridge to Copenhagen.  You can still book from Stockholm to Copenhagen at www.sj.se, www.snalltaget.se or www.acprail.com, but you must now look for a departure with 2 changes, one at Malmö Central and one at CPH Airport.

Option 1:  Stockholm to Copenhagen by 125 mph SJ2000 daytime trains...

125 mph tilting 'X2000' from Copenhagen to Stockholm, at Copenhagen station 2nd class seats on the X2000 train from Copenhagen to Stockholm The self-service buffet on the X2000 train from Copenhagen to Stockholm...

Take a 125 mph SJ2000 train from Stockholm to Copenhagen...

 

2nd class seating on the SJ 2000.  All seats have power sockets for laptops & mobiles...

 

Self-service buffet car on the SJ 2000 to Stockholm.

More info on SJ 2000 trains

Option 2:  Stockholm to Copenhagen by time-effective overnight sleeper train... 

Sleeper train to Malmo at Stockholm   1 or 2-bed sleeper   The en suite toilet & shower

The sleeper to Malmö at Stockholm...  Photos courtesy of Andrew Henry.

 

1 or 2-bed sleeper with shower & toilet.


Stockholm to Oslo...
125 mph tilting 'X2000' from Copenhagen to Stockholm, at Copenhagen station 2nd class seats on the X2000 train from Copenhagen to Stockholm The self-service buffet on the X2000 train from Copenhagen to Stockholm...

Coming in August 2015:  SJ2000 from Stockholm to Oslo...

 

2nd class seating on the SJ 2000.  All seats have power sockets for laptops & mobiles...

 

Self-service buffet car on the SJ 2000 to Stockholm.

More information about SJ 2000


Stockholm to Helsinki...

Option 1, direct Stockholm-Helsinki overnight cruise ferry...

Silja Line ferry from Stockholm to Helsinki   Silja Line ferry from Stockholm to Helsinki

The Stockholm-Helsinki overnight ferry...  Sail direct from Stockholm to Helsinki by overnight luxury ferry, a true floating hotel.  Above, the massive Silja Symphony towers over the Silja Line terminal in Helsinki.  Photos courtesy of www.railbookers.com

Option 2, ferry to Turku & train to Helsinki...

Viking Line ferry from Stockholm to Turku in Finland   2-berth cabin with shower on board the ferry   The connecting train from Turku to Helsinki

The Viking Line ferry from Stockholm to Turku.  Silja line operate a competing ferry.  These 3 photos courtesy of Matthew Philips

 

2-berth cabin on the cruise ferry to Finland...

 

The InterCity boat train from Turku Harbour to Helsinki is a double-deck InterCity train. Note the children's play area!


Stockholm to Tallinn...

Stockholm to Riga...

Stockholm to St Petersburg & Moscow...

Stockholm to Hamburg or Berlin from €39...

Option 1, by daytime trains in a single day - or with overnight stop in Copenhagen...

Option 2, by time-effective sleeper train to Copenhagen, then day trains onwards...


Stockholm to Düsseldorf, Cologne, Frankfurt, Munich & Germany from €39...

Option 1, by comfortable daytime trains with overnight stop In Copenhagen, from as little as €39...

Option 2, by comfortable daytime trains with overnight stop In Hamburg, from as little as €39...

Option 3, by time-effective sleeper train to Copenhagen, then daytime trains to anywhere in Germany...


Stockholm to Amsterdam from €78...

By comfortable daytime trains with overnight stop in Hamburg, from €78...

125 mph tilting 'X2000' from Copenhagen to Stockholm, at Copenhagen station 2nd class seats on the X2000 train from Copenhagen to Stockholm The self-service buffet on the X2000 train from Copenhagen to Stockholm...

A 125 mph SJ2000 train from Stockholm to Copenhagen...

 

2nd class seating on the SJ 2000.  All seats have power sockets for laptops & mobiles...

 

Self-service buffet car on the SJ 2000 to Stockholm.

More information about SJ 2000


Stockholm to Brussels or Bruges from €78...

By daytime trains with overnight stop in Hamburg, from €78...


Stockholm to Paris from €78...

By daytime trains with overnight stop in Hamburg, from €78...

125 mph tilting 'X2000' from Copenhagen to Stockholm, at Copenhagen station 2nd class seats on the X2000 train from Copenhagen to Stockholm The self-service buffet on the X2000 train from Copenhagen to Stockholm...

A 125 mph SJ2000 train from Stockholm to Copenhagen...

 

2nd class seating on the SJ 2000.  All seats have power sockets for laptops & mobiles...

 

Self-service buffet car on the SJ 2000 to Stockholm.

More information about SJ 2000


Stockholm to London...

Stockholm to Basel, Zurich & Switzerland from €66...

Option 1, by comfortable daytime trains with overnight stop in Hamburg, from €78...

Option 2, by comfortable daytime trains with overnight stop In Copenhagen, from as little as €39...


Stockholm to Venice, Florence, Rome, Milan & Italy from €88...

Stockholm to Milan by daytime trains with overnight stop in Hamburg from €78...


Stockholm to Prague from €66, or to Vienna, Bratislava or Budapest from €85...

Option 1, Stockholm to Prague by daytime trains with overnight stop in Hamburg, from €78...

Option 2, day trains to Hamburg then sleeper to Vienna - the time-effective option...  Departures Mondays-Saturdays.


Stockholm to Warsaw & Krakow from €78...

Stockholm to Barcelona, Madrid & Spain

By daytime trains with overnight stops in Hamburg & Paris, from €137...


Stockholm to Lisbon & Portugal...

Find hotels in Stockholm & other cities

 

◄◄ Hotel search & price comparison.

www.hotelscombined.com checks all the main hotel booking sites at once to find the widest choice of hotels & the cheapest seller.  It was named as the World's Leading Hotel Comparison Site at the World Travel Awards 2013 and I highly recommend it, both to find hotels in even the smallest places and to check that another retailer isn't selling your hotel for less!

www.booking.com is my favourite booking site.  It's really clear and you can usually book with free cancellation and so confirm your accommodation at no risk months before train booking opens.

Other hotel sites worth trying...

Backpacker hostels...


Travel insurance & health card...

 

 

Columbus direct travel insurance

Take out decent travel insurance, it's essential...

Never travel overseas without travel insurance from a reliable insurer, with at least £1m or preferably £5m medical cover.  It should also cover cancellation and loss of cash and belongings, up to a sensible limit.  An annual multi-trip policy is usually cheaper than several single-trip policies even for just 2 or 3 trips a year, I have an annual policy myself.  Here are some suggested insurers.  Seat61 gets a small commission if you buy through these links.

In the UK, try Columbus Direct or use Confused.com to compare prices & policies from many different insurers.

If you have a pre-existing medical condition or are over 65 (no age limit), see www.JustTravelCover.com.

        If you live in Australia, New Zealand, Ireland or the EU, try Columbus Direct's other websites.

  If you live in the USA try Travel Guard USA.

Carry a spare credit card, designed for foreign travel with no currency exchange loading & low or no ATM fees...

It costs nothing to take out an extra credit card.  If you keep it in a different part of your luggage so you're not left stranded if your wallet gets stolen, this is a form of extra travel insurance in itself.  In addition, some credit cards are significantly better for overseas travel than others.  Martin Lewis's www.moneysavingexpert.com/travel/cheap-travel-money explains which UK credit cards have the lowest currency exchange commission loadings when you buy something overseas, and the lowest cash withdrawal fees when you use an ATM abroad.  Taking this advice can save you quite a lot on each trip compared to using your normal high-street bank credit card!

You can avoid ATM charges and expensive exchange rates with a Caxton FX euro currency Visa Card, or their multi-currency 'Global Traveller' Visa Card, see www.caxtonfx.com for info.

 

 


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