Sweden by Train

Trains - Tickets - Tours

A Travel Guide For Train Travel In Sweden.

Here you will find information for Sweden about trains, routes, tours, connections, where to buy train tickets, and more.

Useful Information

Population: 10.12 million

Currency: Swedish Krona

Language: Swedish

Capital: Stockholm

Country Code: +46

Time Zone: Central European Time

Train Companies

The Swedish rail network is mainly operated by Statens Järnvägar (SJ); however, there is an abundance of smaller, well-known train operators around Sweden also serving the country:

 

  • Snälltåget Inlandsbanan
  • Arlanda Express
  • Tågkompaniet

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Train Tickets

Buy your train tickets for Sweden online on the Swedish Railway (SJ) official homepage.

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Rail Passes

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TrAIN tYPES

SJ Regional (R) are regional trains throughout central Sweden, making few stops.

  • 2nd Class offered, 1st Class offered on some services
  • No reservations required; however, we recommend reserving for longer journeys and during high season
  • On most services, the trains are equipped with power sockets, WiFi, and a self-service bistro car offering a range of food and drinks. 
  • Bicycles are not allowed on trains unless the bike is collapsible.

InterCity (IC) are regional trains throughout Sweden

  • 1st Class: Rows of three seats (2+1) with more legroom than 2nd class and some services have rows of three seats (2+1)  
  • 2nd Class: Rows of four seats (2+2) 
  • No reservations required; however, we recommend reserving for longer journeys and during the high season
  • Trains are equipped with power sockets at every seat and air-conditioning. Some services provide WiFi. Trains are equipped with a self-service bistro car offering a range of food and drinks. 
  • Bicycles are not allowed on trains unless the bike is collapsible.

Öresundståg (OT) links Malmö to Copenhagen and its surroundings (the Oresund area).

  • 1st Class: Rows of four seats (2+2) 
  • 2nd Class: Rows of four seats (2+2) 
  • Reservations required
  • Trains are equipped with power sockets, air-conditioning, and a self-service bistro car offering a range of food and drinks. Some trains may have WiFi.

SJ High-Speed Train (Snabbtåg) offers fast connections from Stockholm to larger cities north and south of the capital, routes also to Copenhagen and Oslo.

  • 1st Class: Rows of three seats (2+1) 
  • 2nd Class: Rows of four seats (2+2) 
  • Reservations required
  • Trains are equipped with power sockets, WiFi, and air-conditioning. Trains are equipped with a self-service bistro car offering a range of food and drinks. 
  • Bicycles are not allowed on trains unless the bike is collapsible.

Snälltåget (SNÄ) offer quick connections from Malmö to Stockholm

  • 1st Class (Comfort Seat): Rows of four seats (2+2) or compartments of 6 seats, inclusive of breakfast during morning departures, or a light snack in afternoon departures
  • 2nd Class (Seat): Rows of four seats (2+2) 
  • Trains are equipped with power sockets, WiFi, and air-conditioning. Trains are equipped with a pub/restaurant coach offering a range of food and drinks. 
  • Bicycles are not allowed on trains unless the bike is collapsible.

Upptåget (UL) are regional trains that serve the surroundings of Uppsala, connecting Uppsala to Sala and Gävle.

  • Offers 2nd Class only: Rows of five seats (3+2)
  • No reservations required
  • Trains are equipped with air-conditioning and facilities for the disabled
  • Bicycles are not allowed on trains unless the bike is collapsible.

Västtågen (VT) are regional trains that serve the surroundings of Gothenburg as well as longer regional routes.

  • 2nd Class offered, 1st Class offered on some services
  • No reservations required
  • Bicycles are not allowed on trains unless the bike is collapsible.

    Öresundståg (OT) links Malmö to Copenhagen and its surroundings (the Oresund area).

    • 1st Class: Rows of four seats (2+2) 
    • 2nd Class: Rows of four seats (2+2) 
    • Reservations required
    • Trains are equipped with power sockets, air-conditioning, and a self-service bistro car offering a range of food and drinks. Some trains may have WiFi.

    SJ High-Speed Train (Snabbtåg) offers fast connections from Stockholm to larger cities north and south of the capital, routes also to Copenhagen and Oslo.

    • 1st Class: Rows of three seats (2+1) 
    • 2nd Class: Rows of four seats (2+2) 
    • Reservations required
    • Trains are equipped with power sockets, WiFi, and air-conditioning. Trains are equipped with a self-service bistro car offering a range of food and drinks. 
    • Bicycles are not allowed on trains unless the bike is collapsible.

    Snälltåget (SNÄ) offer quick connections from Malmö to Stockholm

    • 1st Class (Comfort Seat): Rows of four seats (2+2) or compartments of 6 seats, inclusive of breakfast during morning departures, or a light snack in afternoon departures
    • 2nd Class (Seat): Rows of four seats (2+2) 
    • Trains are equipped with power sockets, WiFi, and air-conditioning. Trains are equipped with a pub/restaurant coach offering a range of food and drinks. 
    • Bicycles are not allowed on trains unless the bike is collapsible.

     

    SJ Night Train (NT)

    • Routes:
      • Stockholm – Uppsala – Narvik, Norway
      • Stockholm – Uppsala – Luleå
      • Stockholm – Linköping – Malmö 
      • Malmö – Are – Duved
      • Gothenburg – Örebro – Luleå
    • Reservations are required and prices differ upon which accommodation of the following is selected
    • Sleeping Carriage:
      • 2 and 3 bed compartments with an en suite, shower, toilet, and wash basin.
    • Couchette Carriage:
      • 6 bed couchette
    • Bathrooms are located at the end of every car, additional showers are located at the end of most sleeping carriages.
    • Sitting Carriage:
      • 2nd Class offered, no 1st Class
      • Bathrooms are located at the end of every car
      • Most services have a bistro car offering drinks, small meals, and snacks.
    • Passengers with a 1st Class ticket or a 1st Class rail pass may take advantage of the SJ Lounge before departure in Gothenburg as well as Stockholm

    Snälltåget Night Train (VEO)

    • Routes:
      • Malmö – Stockholm – Are – Duved
      • Malmö – Stockholm – Röjan
      • Malmö – Berlin, also known as Berlin Night Express
    • Primarily serving ski resorts in the winter and Berlin in the summer
    • Reservations required
    • Couchette Carriage:
      • 6 berth couchette to be shared with others
      • Bed linens included
      • Bathrooms are located at the end of the carriage
    • Private Compartments:
      • All private compartments have the same layout as the 6 berth couchette; however, the private compartment is for yourself and your company (1-6 persons)
      • 3 different private compartments available
        • Regular: Bed linens included, the room is equipped with WiFi and power outlets
        • Comfort: Bed linens, hot drinks, water, and breakfast included, the room is equipped with WiFi and power outlets.
        • Family: Bed linens included, the room is equipped with WiFi and power outlets. One passenger within-group must be under age 16, no alcohol permitted in the room past 21:00
      • Bathrooms are located at the end of the carriage
      • Most services have a bistro car offering drinks, small meals, and snacks.
      • Discounts available to students and those of which are 26 or younger

    Routes

    Frequently Travelled Routes In Sweden

    National

    From > To
    Duration (h)
    ChangesTransport
    Stockholm to Malmö4:27DirectTrain
    Stockholm to Kiruna15:08DirectTrain
    Stockholm to Gothenburg3:06DirectTrain
    Stockholm to Sundsvall3:33DirectTrain

    International

    From > To
    Duration (h)
    ChangesTransport
    Stockholm to Oslo, Norway8:312Train
    Stockholm to Hamburg, Germany10:522Train
    Stockholm to Copenhagen, Denmark5:141Train
    Malmö to Copenhagen, Denmark0:36DirectTrain
    Gothenburg to Oslo, Norway4:241Train
    Stockholm to Helsinki, Finland13:551Ferry & Train
    Malmö to Travemünde, Germany8:45DirectFerry

    Sweden travel routes

    Trip To Nordic Metropolises

    Trip To Nordic Metropolises

    Sweden: To The Polar Circle By Train

    Sweden: To The Polar Circle By Train

    Main Train Stations

    • Stockholm
    • Malmö
    • Gothenburg
    • Uppsala
    • Helsingborg Central Station

    Good to know

    Best Time To Travel To Sweden

    We recommend traveling anytime between May and September for longer days of sunlight; however, a visit at any other time of year has its perks. In Sweden in the summertime you’ll have many great opportunities to hike, sail, swim in the many lakes, walk around the beautiful Nordic cities, have a coffee break, fika, or enjoy a Smörgåsbord. In the winter, there are plenty of activities such as snowmobiling, dogsledding, skiing, and hunting for the Northern Lights. Whenever you decide to visit, Sweden is worth the visit.

    • High Season: June – August
    • Low Season: November – April

     

    Accommodation In Sweden

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