The Swedish Railways (SJ) and the private train companies Arlanda Express, Snälltåget, MerResor and Tågkompaniet will take you to the best places in Sweden. Enjoy truly spectacular scenery as you travel between Sweden's towns and cities.
Trains in Sweden
More information about trains in Sweden
Sweden has an extensive railway network. Visitors travel smoothly and comfortably across the countryside on some of Europe’s most modern trains. Swedish rail moves between the major cities of Malmö, Helsingborg, Gothenburg and Stockholm every hour throughout the day.
Swedish regional and inter-regional trains have 1st and 2nd class cars with refreshments available on board and seats adapted for disabled travellers. Some trains also have a family car with a play corner, where children can play during the journey.
Bikes are allowed on local trains in the Skåne region and on Öresund trains serving the routes between Copenhagen and Gothenburg, Karlskrona and Alvesta. Bikes are not allowed on other trains.
SJ High-speed trains
SJ High Speed trains belong to the world’s most modern trains. They take you from city centre to city centre smoothly and efficiently with a top speed of 200 km/h (124 mph). The SJ High Speed train is well known for its high service and low sound level. It also goes directly to Copenhagen (Denmark) over the railway bridge. All these High Speed trains also stop at København Airport, Kastrup. Seat reservations are compulsory.
SJ High Speed trains operate on the following routes:
Stockholm – Copenhagen
Stockholm – Göteborg
Stockholm – Malmö
Stockholm – Jönköping
Stockholm – Sundsvall – Härnösand / Östersund
Göteborg – Malmö
Göteborg – Copenhagen
Stockholm – Borlänge – Falun
Stockholm – Karlstad – Arvika
SJ night trains
The SJ night train to Northern Sweden - distancing nearly 2,000 km - is one of Europe’s longest train routes. With one daily departure from Göteborg and two daily departures from Stockholm, the SJ night trains to Northern Sweden gives travelers an unparalleled chance to experience all of Sweden, from the rolling farmlands of the south to the arctic mountain regions of the north. The SJ night trains to Northern Sweden operate on the following route:
Göteborg/Stockholm – Umeå/Luleå/Kiruna – Narvik
These SJ night trains are traditional overnight trains offering a variety of accommodations - seating, couchettes and sleepers.
Couchette: 6 bunks in women’s or mixed-gender compartment. Bedding consists of hostel sheets and a blanket.
Sleeper without in-room toilet and shower: 3 beds in women’s or men’s compartment. Bedding consists of a pillow, sheet, duvet, and duvet cover.
Sleeper with in-room toilet and shower: 2 beds in single or double occupancy. The compartment holds 2 Dux® beds and is roomier than the regular sleeper. Bedding consists of a pillow, sheet, duvet, and duvet cover.
These night trains are also equipped with a traditional dining car serving breakfast, lunch and dinner to reasonable prices. Travellers may bring as much luggage as they can carry aboard the SJ night trains (hazardous and overly bulky items are not permitted aboard). Skis count as luggage as long as they are encased. Bicycles are not permitted aboard SJ night trains due to safety regulations.
Scenic train routes
The Inlandsbanan runs from Kristinehamn in the south and ends in Gällivare in the north. It has daily departures from the middle of June until the end of August. Interrail passes are valid on Inlandsbanan. Seat reservation is recommended.
Private railway companies
In addition to travel with the SJ, an Interrail pass is also valid for travel with the private railway companies listed below. Show your pass when you board.
Krösatåg (local train services in Småland)
The Öresund-trains form a joint train service system in southern Sweden and Denmark. The Öresund-trains operate on the following routes in both 1st and 2nd class:
Värmlandstrafik (local train services in Värmland)
Västtrafik (local train services in Western Sweden)
Snälltåget trains operate between Malmö and Stockholm with 1st and 2nd class coaches and a restaurant car. You have access to free wifi and electricity sockets.
A reservation for this train is required. Fees: 1st class €15 (light meal included), 2nd class €5.
Snälltåget also operates night trains on the route Malmö – Åre (winter) and Malmö – Berlin (summer). A reservation for your sleeping accommodation is required. Fee: €29 for a couchette.
On the Malmö – Berlin route, your Interail pass only has to be valid in Sweden
An Interrail pass valid in Sweden also covers:
direct SJ trains to and from Copenhagen and Copenhagen Airport.
direct border crossing trains from Göteborg and Stockholm to Oslo.
SJ High Speed trains: reservation required
InterCity, IC: reservation only required for the routes to Copenhagen and Oslo
Dubbeldäckaren, regional trains
Nattåg, night trains: reservation required
Öresundståg, trains to Denmark
Regionaltåg, regional trains
Pendeltåg, commuter trains
Lokaltåg, local trains
1st class reservations for the SJ High Speed train includes breakfast before 9:00 , WiFi , fruit, coffee & tea all day.
You can make reservations for domestic and international high-speed trains and night trains:
Online through an older version of the SJ website.
Please note that you can only make reservations for domestic trains.
At a ticket desk or self-service machine at local train stations.
By phone through the SJ call center.
Phone number: +46 771 757575
Opening hours: 9:00-18:00 , daily (local times)
When calling you'll hear a Swedish menu. Select extension "7" for an English menu and press extension "1" for reservations. Choose extension "1" for domestic trains or extension "2" for international trains. The SJ call center can make reservations for trains in almost all European countries. Reservations can be delivered to addresses in Sweden, Denmark and Norway. You can also collect your reservations at a ticket desk at a Swedish railway station with your booking number. You will receive your booking number when you have made and paid your reservations by phone.
The SJ call center has English speaking staff and can also be reached with Skype.
How to get there
You can reach Sweden by train from 3 countries:
Denmark: Trains depart from Copenhagen for Malmö every 20 minutes. The train goes over the Öresund bridge and arrives in Sweden in less than 30 minutes. Furthermore direct trains (SJ High Speed trains) leave from Copenhagen to Stockholm.
Norway: There are main connections between Oslo and Stockholm and Gothenburg as well as connections between Trondheim – Åre – Östersund and Narvik – Kiruna – Boden – Stockholm.
Germany: You can travel from Berlin to Malmö with the Berlin Night Express. Reservations are compulsory.