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.

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       Train information is current for 2017.

This page explains how to travel by train or ferry from Stockholm to other key European cities, and how to buy the cheapest tickets, usually direct from the relevant operator with print-your-own tickets.

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?", "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?".  And most important, click here to understand how far ahead you can buy train tickets.

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...

UPDATE:  Swedish border controls since January 2016.

The Swedish government imposed border controls from 4 January onwards on everyone entering Sweden because of the refugee problem.  Direct Copenhagen-Stockholm trains were temporarily suspended but resumed running in March.  In Copenhagen, passport control for these X2000 trains now takes place before boarding in Copenhagen - you are asked to arrive 30 minutes before departure.  However, there is no check-in requirement in Stockholm when boarding a Stockholm to Copenhagen train.



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

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

Option 1:  Stockholm to Copenhagen in 5h11 by 125 mph X2000 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 X2000 train from Stockholm to Copenhagen...

 

2nd class seating on the X2000.  All seats have power sockets for laptops & mobiles...

 

Self-service buffet car on the X2000 to Stockholm.

More info on X2000 trains

Winter scenery fro a Copenhagen-Stockholm train

Snowy scenery from a winter train between Copenhagen & Stockholm. Courtesy of Radoslav Sharapanov

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...

X2000 trains now run from Stockholm to Oslo...

 

2nd class seating on the X2000.  All seats have power sockets for laptops & mobiles...

 

Self-service buffet car on the X2000 to Stockholm.

More information about X2000


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 Discoverbyrail.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...

Option 1, by direct cruise ferry from Stockholm to St Petersburg...

Option 2, by ferry to Finland then train from Helsinki 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...

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 €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 X2000 train from Stockholm to Copenhagen...

 

2nd class seating on the X2000.  All seats have power sockets for laptops & mobiles...

 

Self-service buffet car on the X2000 to Stockholm.

More information about X2000

A Danish IC3 train at Copenhagen station...   Inside a Danish IC3 train...

A Danish IC3 train at Copenhagen station...

 

Comfortable 2nd class seats on an IC3 train...


Stockholm to Brussels or Bruges from €78...

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

Option 2, by comfortable daytime trains with overnight stop in Copenhagen, 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 X2000 train from Stockholm to Copenhagen...

 

2nd class seating on the X2000.  All seats have power sockets for laptops & mobiles...

 

Self-service buffet car on the X2000 to Stockholm.

More information about X2000

A Danish IC3 train at Copenhagen station...   Inside a Danish IC3 train...

A Danish IC3 train at Copenhagen station...

 

Comfortable 2nd class seats on an IC3 train...


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...

Option 1, Stockholm to Milan by day trains with overnight stop in Hamburg...

Option 2, day trains to Hamburg, sleeper to Innsbruck, Brenner Pass to Italy - time-effective & scenic, daily except Sundays.

1 or 2 bed sleeper on Nightjet train to Vienna   en suite shower & toilet in deluxe sleeper   Comfortline sleeping-car as now used on Nightjet trains

2-berth regular sleeper with washstand...

 

The toilet & shower in a deluxe sleeper...

 

Nightjet sleeper Hamburg-Innsbruck.  This is an ÖBB Nightjet train using cars taken over from City Night Line...

   

Austrian couchette car or liegewagen.  Couchettes are the economical option, flat bunks with rug & pillow.

 

6-berth couchettes, the cheapest option...

 

4-berth couchettes, ideal for families...


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...

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 X2000 train from Stockholm to Copenhagen...

 

2nd class seating on the X2000.  All seats have power sockets for laptops & mobiles...

 

Self-service buffet car on the X2000 to Stockholm.

More information about X2000

A Danish IC3 train at Copenhagen station...   Inside a Danish IC3 train...

A Danish IC3 train at Copenhagen station...

 

Comfortable 2nd class seats on an IC3 train...

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

1 or 2 bed sleeper on Nightjet train to Vienna   en suite shower & toilet in deluxe sleeper   Comfortline sleeping-car as now used on Nightjet trains

2-berth regular sleeper with washstand...

 

The toilet & shower in a deluxe sleeper...

 

A Comfortline sleeping-car, as now used on the Austrian Nightjet train from Hamburg to Vienna.  More information about Nightjet trains...

   

Austrian couchette car or liegewagen.  Couchettes are the economical option, flat bunks with rug & pillow.

 

6-berth couchettes, the cheapest option...

 

4-berth couchettes, ideal for families...


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, see www.JustTravelCover.com - 10% discount with code seat61.

        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.

Get a spare credit card, designed for 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!

 


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