Vaasa museum, Stockholm.  It's easy to reach Stockholm by train or ferry..!

Vasa Museum, Stockholm:   Don't miss the fabulous Vasa museum.  The warship Vasa sank in Stockholm harbour in 1628, was rediscovered in 1956 & raised in 1961.

 

London to Stockholm by train from just €98...

It's easy to travel from London to Stockholm, Gothenburg, Malmö or anywhere in Sweden by train, a wonderful journey with a lot to see on the way, a civilised alternative to a soulless flight.  On this page you'll find an easy step-by-step guide to planning, booking & making a journey from the UK to Sweden by train or ferry, with timetables, fares and how to buy tickets.  Incidentally, there are now no ferries between the UK and Sweden or anywhere else in Scandinavia.

Other useful information...

  Trains from Stockholm to other European cities

  Trains to Stockholm from other European cities

  How to buy Swedish train tickets at www.sj.se

  Hotels in Stockholm & Sweden

  Useful country information - dial code, currency, etc

  General information about European train travel

  Luggage on trains   Left luggage facilities at stations

  Send your luggage in advance

  Taking your bike   Taking your dog

  Travel insurance, EU Health cards & SIM cards

Interactive map:  London to Scandinavia by train & ferry...

...click on a route for train times & fares from London, and how to buy tickets.

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Useful country information

Train operator in Sweden:

SJ, www.sj.se for train times & fares.  Book Swedish train tickets online at www.sj.se (no booking fee) or www.snalltaget.se (small fee).  If you can't get your credit card to work, call SJ telesales on +46 771 75 75 75 (there's a phone menu option for English) or buy online at www.acprail.com instead. Tickets are collected from the SJ ticket machines at all main stations.  Private operator Blå Tåget runs 1 Stockholm-Gothenburg train per day in competition with SJ: www.blataget.comAll-Europe online train timesEurostar times & fares.

   

Ferries UK to Sweden:

 

The DFDS Seaways Newcastle-Gothenburg ferry was withdrawn in 2006.

Railpasses:

 

Beginner's guide to European railpasses    Buy a rail pass online

Time zone:

GMT+1 (GMT+2 from last Sunday in March to last Saturday in October).

Dialling code:

 

+46

Currency:

£1 = approx 11 Krona.   Currency converter

Tourist information:

www.visitsweden.com   Hotel search   Guidebooks

Page last updated:

2 October 2017.  Train times valid 11 June to 9 December 2017.


London to Stockholm via Eurostar

  A Copenhagen to Hamburg EuroCity train on board the train ferry between Rodby & Puttgarten.
 

Train on a ferry!  This is a Hamburg to Copenhagen ICE-TD EuroCity train on board the Puttgarten to Rødby ferry - although trains on this route are now all Danish IC3 trains not ICEs.  This is one of the few remaining routes in Europe where trains go onto ferries, the other major route being mainland Italy to Sicily.  The Rødby-Puttgarten crossing takes about 50 minutes, and you must leave the train and go up into the ferry whilst it is at sea.  The ferry has bars, lounges restaurants & shops.  Naturally, you can leave your bags on the train...

London to Stockholm by train from €98!

It's easy to travel from London to Stockholm by daytime trains with a comfortable overnight hotel stop in Hamburg.  Travel London to Hamburg on day 1 from just €59, stay overnight, then travel from Hamburg to Stockholm on day 2 from as little as €39.  Take a bottle of wine and a good book, and enjoy a 2-day train ride across Europe on modern & comfortable trains with not an airport security queue in sight.  This is the cheapest option if you buy a German Railways Sparpreis London fare between London and Hamburg, and Sparpreis Sweden fare between Hamburg and Stockholm!  Note that the Cologne to Copenhagen sleeper train was discontinued in 2014.

Update:  Swedish border controls since January 2016.

The Swedish government imposed border controls in January 2016 for everyone entering Sweden because of the refugee problem.  However, the situation has now improved.  Passport control for both the direct Copenhagen-Stockholm X2000 trains and the frequent Copenhagen-Malmo-Gothenburg trains now takes place on board the trains as they enter Sweden.  In the westbound direction there's no passport control.

Option 1:  London to Stockholm with overnight stop in Hamburg...

This is the recommended option.  You leave London in the morning of day 1, spend a night in a comfortable hotel in Hamburg, and arrive in Stockholm in the evening on day 2.  Option 2 below takes longer as it involves two overnight stops not one, but it's worth considering as it can be more time-effective, depending on your needs.

London ► Stockholm or Gothenburg

Stockholm or Gothenburg ► London

How much does it cost?

How to buy tickets online...

How to buy tickets by phone...

Have your train tickets, transfers & hotels professionally arranged...

What's the journey like?

London to Cologne by Eurostar & ICE Watch the video guide.

Cologne to Hamburg by InterCity train.

German InterCity train   InterCity 2nd class   InterCity 1st class (6-seat compartment type)

Most Cologne-Hamburg trains are InterCity trains, a few are high-speed ICEs.  Virtual tour of InterCity train...

 

InterCity 2nd class.  You'll also find a few compartment coaches on InterCity trains, and a bistro or restaurant car...

 

InterCity 1st class, often available in both open-plan saloons like this and in compartments.

Hamburg to Copenhagen by EuroCity train.

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

A Danish IC3 train at Copenhagen station...  All Hamburg-Copenhagen trains are now EuroCity trains worked by Danish IC3 units like the one above.

Copenhagen to Stockholm by X2000.

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...

An X2000 train at Copenhagen, about to leave for Stockholm...

 

2nd class seating on the X2000.  All seats have power sockets...

 

Self-service buffet carMore information about X2000

Winter scenery fro a Copenhagen-Stockholm train

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

Traveller's reports...

Traveller Ian Dow reports on a ride on a Hamburg-Copenhagen EuroCity train, which goes onto a train ferry from Puttgarden to Rødby.  "The ferry had already been loaded with cars and lorries, and the train was loaded last.  On our journey, the train stops at Puttgarden station and then moves on to the ferry terminal, it then slows but runs straight to the ferry, moving on board at fairly slow speed. It then stopped about half a metre from the front (in the front First class the Guard had held the door to the driver’s can open and we could see through). The train then edged slowly forward.  At the front of the ferry on the bulkhead doors is an auto-coupler and the train couples on to this to ensure it does not move during the journey. The train engines then stop, the doors open and you can get off, as there is a sort of platform step on the ferry. Once the train is docked, the ferry doors closed and we departed immediately.  The trip on the ferry is just 45 minutes, and you get off to use the ferry facilities, you can also inspect the train arrangements. The EuroCity train is designed to fit and when I was on it, there was less than a half metre at the back of the train between it and the ferry doors. The track runs through the centre of the ferry, with cars and lorries on either side. You had better make sure that you are back on board the train in time at the end of the ferry trip, as it does not hang about!  The ferry takes a little longer than a normal car ferry to line up at the destination, but once it has, the doors open, the track is locked in place, and the train engines start, and we are off, pretty fast.  We made a brief stop at the Rødby station, then continued to Copenhagen."

Option 2:  London to Stockholm with overnight stops in Brussels & Copenhagen...

This option takes longer than option 1 above as it involves two overnight stops not one.  However, it can be more time-effective, because you leave London in the evening after a full working day, and arrive in Stockholm at lunchtime on day 3, effectively taking only 1½ days out of your schedule rather than 2.  Indeed, on the westbound journey you can have a full working day in Stockholm before hopping on an early evening train to Copenhagen, spend just one whole working day travelling (a chill-out day with your feet up, or getting some work dome on the train) and arrive in London on a morning Eurostar in time for the start of the following working day.  If you like, you can use a sleeper train between Copenhagen & Stockholm instead of the overnight hotel stop.  This means you can travel London to Stockholm in a night, a day and a night, the most time-effective option of all.

London ► Stockholm or Gothenburg

Stockholm or Gothenburg ► London

What's the journey like?

The trains are the same as those used in option 1, see the photos above.

How much does it cost?

 How to buy tickets online...

How to buy tickets by phone...

Custom-made travel & hotel arrangements...

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London to Stockholm via Hoek

  Boarding the Stena Line ferry from Harwich to Hoek van Holland for Amsterdam

London to the Netherlands by Dutch Flyer train & ferry...  Take a train from London's Liverpool Street station directly to the ferry terminal at Harwich.  You walk off the train, into the terminal, get your boarding card & cabin key at the Stena Line check-in desk and walk straight onto the overnight ferry to Hoek van Holland.  The superferry Stena Hollandica is the largest ferry of its kind in the world.  See the Netherlands page and see the video...

  Standard inside cabin on the ferry

Cosy cabins:  The overnight Harwich-Hoek ferry is a floating hotel.  All passengers travel in a cosy private cabin with en suite shower & toilet and satellite TV.  This is the cheapest 2-berth cabin...

  Captain's suite deluxe cabin on the Stena Line ferry 'Stena Hollandica'

... and this is a Captain's Class cabin with double bed & complimentary bubbly in the minibar.

  Copenhagen to Hamburg ICE train on board the Rodby-Puttgarten train ferry

Next day, travel from Hoek van Holland to Hamburg by train and stay there overnight.  Next morning, travel from Hamburg to Copenhagen by EuroCity train.  This EuroCity train goes onto a train ferry (above) between Puttgarten & Rodby, an interesting experience.  You must leave the train whilst it is on the ferry...

  An X2000 train to Stockholm

This is the X2000 train to Stockholm, boarding in Copenhagen...

The Dutch Flyer, a useful alternative to Eurostar...

It takes a bit longer than the Eurostar option shown above, but with inexpensive fares, daily departures, quality private cabins with shower, toilet & satellite TV, the integrated Dutch Flyer train-ferry-train service between London and Hoek van Holland makes a useful alternative to Eurostar.  It's shown in orange on the route map above.  The Dutch Flyer is a good option if you need to travel at short notice when all the cheap Eurostar fares have sold out, if you live in East Anglia, or if you want to avoid the Channel Tunnel due to an incident or because you are claustrophobic.  Indeed, you may simply prefer this relaxing journey to the faster Eurostar option, cruising overnight to Holland on the overnight Stena Line superferry in an en suite cabin (see the Dutch Flyer video), then on to Sweden by daytime trains with a comfortable overnight hotel in Hamburg plus an evening at leisure to explore that city.

London ► Gothenburg & Stockholm

Stockholm & Gothenburg ► London

How much does it cost?

How to buy tickets online...

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Other destinations in Sweden

London to Malmö

Malmö is just opposite Copenhagen across the Öresund, and linked to Copenhagen by frequent local train running across the Öresund Link across the sea from Denmark to Sweden, opened in 1999.  The link is part tunnel, part double-decker road/rail bridge, and on the long bridge section your train seems to 'fly' across the sea to Sweden...

Seats on an Oresund link train to Malmo & Gothenburg   An Oresund link train from Copenhagen to Gothenburg at Malmo

An Öresund Link Train (Öresundtåg) from Copenhagen to Malmö & Gothenburg, seen at Malmö Central station.  The train crosses from Denmark to Sweden on the 1999-built Öresund Link tunnel & road/rail bridge...

London to Northern Sweden & Narvik...

First travel to Gothenburg or Stockholm as shown above.  Overnight sleeper trains run from Stockholm and Gothenburg to Northern Sweden, including Boden, Luleå, Kiruna and Narvik in Norway.  These trains are run by www.sj.se, who took over from previous franchisee www.connex.se in 2008.  The trains have 1 & 2 berth sleepers, some with private toilet and shower, 6-berth couchettes, ordinary seats, bar and even cinema.  Daytime trains from Gothenburg and Stockholm to most cities in Sweden are also run by national train operator SJ, see www.sj.se for times and fares.  If you have any problems booking with SJ.se, try agency site www.acprail.com instead.

The Stockholm to Lulea sleeper train about to leave Stockholm Central   2-bed sleeper on the Stockholm to Lulea train

A sleeper train to Luleå waits to leave Stockholm Central...  Photo courtesy of Discoverbyrail.com.

 

A 2-berth sleeper with private shower & toilet, in daytime mode.  Photo courtesy of Discoverbyrail.com.

Sleeper on the train to Narvik   Narvik station   Sunset from the Narvik to Stockholm train

2-bed sleeper on the Stockholm to Narvik train.  Ayan Ghosh.

 

Narvik station, inside the Arctic Circle.  Although it's in Norway, the railway to Narvik runs from Sweden.  Photo courtesy of Ayan Ghosh.

 

Sunset from the sleeper train from Narvik to Stockholm...  Photo courtesy of Ayan Ghosh.

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Stockholm Central Station

  Stockholm Central Station

Arrive right in the heart of Stockholm...

 

 

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How to use www.sj.se

  Screenshot of the Swedish Railways (SJ) website
 

Right:  If you choose to pick up your tickets at Copenhagen station, look for the two SJ ticket machines on the left as you walk in the main entrance, next to the ticket office. 

They have touch screens and an English-language facility.  Enter your booking reference and out come the tickets.

Similar machines are installed at Oslo Central, Stockholm Central and at all main Swedish stations.

One of two SJ ticket machines at Copenhagen main station

How to buy Swedish train tickets at www.sj.se...

The best way to buy your train tickets within Sweden, or (in either direction) between Copenhagen & Stockholm, Copenhagen & Gothenburg, Copenhagen & Oslo or Stockholm & Oslo, is online at the official Swedish Railways website, www.sj.se.  It's far cheaper than buying through a UK agency, and there are no booking fees or postage to pay.  You can simply print out your own ticket.

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Guidebooks...

Definitely take a good guidebook.  For independent travel, I think this means either the Lonely Planet or the Rough Guide.  Both guidebooks provide an excellent level of practical information and historical background.  You won't regret buying one!

Click the images to buy at Amazon.co.uk

Lonely Planet Sweden - buy online at Amazon.co.uk   Rough Guide to Sweden - buy online at Amazon   Click to buy - Lonely Planet Scandinavia

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European Rail Timetable & maps

Thomas Cook European Timetable -  click to buy onlineTraveller's Railway Map of Europe - buy onlineThe European Rail Timetable (formerly the Thomas Cook European Timetable) has train & ferry times for every country in Europe plus currency & climate information.  It is essential for regular European train travellers and an inspiration for armchair travellers.  Published since 1873, it had just celebrated 140 years of publication when Thomas Cook decided to pull the plug on their entire publishing department, but the dedicated ex-Thomas Cook team have set up a private venture and published the first edition of a reborn European Rail Timetable in March 2014.  You can buy it online with worldwide shipping at either www.stanfords.co.uk or www.europeanrailtimetable.euMore information on what the European Rail Timetable contains.

A Traveller's Railway Map of Europe covers the whole of Europe from Portugal in the west to Moscow & Istanbul in the east, Finland in the north to Sicily & Athens in the south.  On the back are detailed maps of Switzerland, Benelux & Germany, plus city plans showing stations in major cities.  Scenic & high-speed routes highlighted.  Buy it online for £14.50 + postage worldwide (UK addresses £2.80) at www.stanfords.co.uk/Continents/Europe-A-Travellers-Railway-Map_9789077899090.htm or (in the Netherlands) for €13 + €5.50 postage from www.treinreiswinkel.nl.

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Hotels in Stockholm & Sweden

    

◄◄ 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 has been named as the World's Leading Hotel Comparison Site in the World Travel Awards and I highly recommend it, both to find hotels in even the smallest places and to check that another retailer isn't selling the same hotel at a cheaper rate.

►► My recommended booking site:  www.booking.com

www.booking.com is my favourite hotel booking site, and unless HotelsCombined throws up major price differences I prefer doing my bookings in one place here. 

You can usually book with free cancellation - this allows you to confirm your accommodation at no risk before train booking opens.  It also means you can hold accommodation while you finalise your itinerary, and alter your plans as they evolve - a great feature I use all the time when putting a trip together.

Tripadvisor hotel reviews...

Backpacker hostels: www.hostelworld.com...

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Send your luggage in advance

Ride the trains without heavy luggage... 

Send your suitcase ahead by Luggage Mule from around £30 each way.

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Travel insurance & health card

 

 

Columbus direct travel insurance

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

Never travel without proper travel insurance from a reliable insurer with at least £1m or preferably £5m medical cover.  It should also cover loss of cash & belongings (up to a limit), and trip cancellation.  An annual multi-trip policy is usually cheapest even for just 2 or 3 trips a year - I have an annual policy myself.  However, don't expect travel insurance to bail you out of every missed connection, see the advice on missed connections here.  Here are some suggested insurers, Seat61 gets a little commission if you buy through these links, and feedback from using insurance for rail & ferry travel is always welcome.

In the UK, use www.confused.com to compare prices & policy features across major insurance companies.

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 an EU health card, it's free...

If you're a UK citizen travelling in Europe, you should apply for a free European Health Insurance Card, which entitles you to free or reduced rate health care if you become ill or get injured in many European countries, under a reciprocal arrangement with the NHS.  This replaced the old E111 forms as from January 2006.  The EHIC card is available from ww.nhs.uk.  It doesn't remove the need for travel insurance, though.

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

Taking out an extra credit card costs nothing, but if you keep it in a different part of your luggage you won't be left stranded if your wallet gets stolen.  In addition, some credit cards are 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.

 


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