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Trains in Sweden

 

The fast and modern Swedish trains will show you every corner of this majestic country. Travel comfortably between Stockholm, Malmö, Gothenburg and many more cities. Go as far north as north goes, well above the Arctic Circle, and see some of Europe's most spectacular sights!

 

Train types in Sweden

The extensive Swedish railway network is run by SJ. Modern trains travel regularly between the cities in Sweden, offering both comfort and stunning views from the train window. You can find Swedish train times in the Interrail timetable.

 

Bicycles are not allowed on Swedish trains, unless they're foldable and can be carried as hand luggage.

Map with main train connections in Sweden

Domestic Trains

SJ Regional (REGIONAL)

  • Regional trains throughout Sweden

  • Reservations are optional

 

SJ InterCity (IC)

  • Reservations are mandatory

 

SJ High-speed train (HST)

  • Fast connections between the bigger cities

  • Reservations are mandatory

International trains

SJ InterCity (IC)

  • Stockholm - Oslo (Norway)
  • Reservations are mandatory

 

VY Regional (RE)

  • Göteborg - Oslo (Norway)
  • Reservations are optional

 

SJ High Speed (HST)

  • Stockholm - Copenhagen (Denmark)
  • Reservations are mandatory

 

Öresundståg trains (regional)

  • Malmö - Copenhagen (Denmark)
  • Reservations are optional

Night trains

Reservations are mandatory on all night trains.

 

SJ night train (NT)

  • Domestic routes within Sweden
    • Stockholm – Östersund - Åre – Duved (ski resorts) 
    • Göteborg - Östersund - Åre – Duved (ski resorts) 
    • Stockholm – Umeå 
    • Göteborg - Umeå 
    • Stockholm to Malmö

 

SJ EuroNight

  • Stockholm - Malmö - Copenhagen Airport - Hamburg (Altona) - Berlin (from April 2023)

 

VY night train

  • Stockholm – Boden - Kiruna - Narvik (Norway)
  • Stockholm – Boden - Luleå

 

Snälltåget night train

  • Malmö – Stockholm – Östersund - Åre – Duved - Storlien (ski resorts) 
  • Stockholm – Malmö – Copenhagen Örestad – Hamburg – Berlin

Scenic Trains

Inlandsbanan

  • Travels all the way up to the Arctic Circle
  • Fully included in your Interrail Pass

 

Iron Ore Line

  • Luleå to Narvik across the Arctic circle
  • From the Gulf of Bothnia to the Atlantic Ocean
  • Trains on this line operated by VY Norrtåg are included in your Interrail pass

 

Private railway companies in Sweden

 

Popular connections

These are the average travel times between Sweden's most important cities. Reservations are optional for all of these train journeys.

 

Route Travel time
Stockholm to Gothenburg 3h
Stockholm to Kiruna
(Night train via Sundsvall)
17h 30m
Stockholm to Malmö 4h 30m
Stockholm to Sundsvall 3h 50m
Route Which train? Travel time Reservations
Stockholm to Copenhagen (Denmark) SJ high-speed 5h 05m Required
Stockholm (via Copenhagen, Denmark) to Hamburg (Germany) SJ high-speed + InterCity 10h 40m Required
Stockholm to Oslo (Norway) SJ high-speed 5h 30m Required
Göteborg to Oslo (Norway) Regional 3h 30m Recommended
Stockholm to Berlin (Germany) SJ EuroNight / Snälltåget 15h 30m (overnight) Required

 

Reservations

Interrail reservation self-service system

  • Interrail 
  • RE, IC, HST (X2000), Domestic night trains, EuroNight, Snälltaget

Administration costs when booking through Interrail self-service

  • € 2,- p.p.per train
  • Additional € 9,- per order (for paper tickets)

With railway carriers

An explanation of how each booking platform works can be found here: How do I book my reservations

 

Get your Pass for Sweden

Interrail Sweden Pass

 
  • See the natural wonders of Sweden by rail.

  • Youth discounts, as well as family and senior discounts.

  • Additional benefits include up to 50% discount on ferry crossings to Denmark, Germany and Norway.

  • Prices from € 167

 

View Sweden Passes 

 

Interrail Global Pass

 
  • Travel by train as much as you like in up to 33 European countries including Sweden.

  • Discounts available for youth, seniors and families.

  • Prices from € 212

 

View Global Passes 

 

Tips and tricks for Sweden

Sweden main train station

The railway hub of Sweden is in Stockholm:

  • Stockholm Centralstation (main station).

  • Has ticket vending machines only. 

  • Located 1 km from the Old Town (Gamla Stan).

  • Bus and metro stops are next to the station.

Spelling of names in Sweden

The local spelling of Swedish city names can be a little different. Keep this in mind when looking at timetables or finding your train at a Swedish station.

  • Gothenburg = Göteborg

Ferry travel and other discounts

With your Interrail Pass, you get discounts up to 50% on several ferry crossings. This way, you can easily reach countries like Germany, Norway and Finland.

 

A Pass valid in Sweden also covers  travel on the following routes:

  • SJ trains directly to and from Copenhagen and Copenhagen airport

  • Direct SJ trains from Stockholm to Oslo

 

See all Pass benefits for Sweden

 

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