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Train in Sweden

Discover Sweden by train

From the north to the south, from the plains to the forest, from the sea to the mountains. Take the train to experience the whole of Sweden.

Photo: Carl-Johan Utsi

 

The best way to discover Sweden is by train

With tracks running from Malmö in the south to Narvik in the north
and a direct connection between the three capitals, the train is a
comfortable and convenient way to travel to the places in Scandinavia that you want to explore.


It’s also a climate-smart and sustainable choice compared with flying or driving – and it gives you the opportunity to experience
the beautiful and varied Swedish landscape, with its lakes, towns and unspoilt nature along the way.

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All of Sweden by train

SJ High-speed trains
The trains that run between the major cities are fast and have an on-board bistro which serves food, sandwiches, coffee and other drinks. Breakfast is included in 1st class and you can preorder lunch or dinner. Wi-Fi is available on board and there are electrical sockets beside each seat. SJ High-speed trains also run to and from Copenhagen.

SJ InterCity
An affordable alternative with more stops along the way. Food service is also available on board. There are electrical sockets at each seat, but no internet connection on these trains.

SJ Regional
With SJ regional trains, you can travel shorter distances quickly and comfortably.

SJ Night trains
Sleeping on the train saves you a night in a hotel and is a great way to use your travel time. You can choose between a seat in a couchette compartment, a berth in a sleeping car or a 1st class sleeping car. Some trains have a bistro offering on-board dining. Breakfast is included for passengers travelling in 1st class. You can take the night train north to the ski resorts of Jämtland in northwestern Sweden or to Europe’s last wilderness in northernmost Swedish Lapland. The train stops at the foot of the mountain and you can head off into your adventure well-rested. The night train takes you directly to places such as Åre, Duved, Abisko, Björkliden and Riksgränsen.


Domestic night train routes

  • Gothenburg/Stockholm to Östersund, Åre, Duved
  • Gothenburg/Stockholm to Boden, Luleå, Kiruna, Abisko, Björkliden, Riksgränsen, Narvik
  • Stockholm to Malmö

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Swedish Lapland

Swedish Lapland is the land of eight seasons, the Northern Lights and the Midnight Sun. Also world famous for ICEHOTEL, where you can sleep in -5 °C in a hotel made of ice and snow. Or stay up among the tall trees in the pine forest in Treehotel!

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Jämtland Härjedalen

The region has a unique flora and fauna and is famous for its accessible wilderness and superb gastronomy. In winter skiing is primary. In summertime hiking is very popular as well as fishing, biking, paddling, foraging and riding. Åre in Jämtland is the largest mountain resort in northern Europe.

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The Opera house in Oslo, Norway.
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Oslo - the capital of Norway

Norway’s largest city is buzzing with energy from new neighbourhoods and cutting-edge food, to fashion and art scenes. Captivating landmarks like the Opera House, the Astrup Fearnley Museum and Barcode are changing the face of the city, and Oslo maintains its refreshing closeness to nature.

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Gothenburg

Gothenburg, Sweden's second city, has plenty to offer when it comes to sports, culture and entertainment. The restaurant scene is getting better every year. The cold, clean waters around the city provide lobster, langoustine, shrimp and fish of a quality that is hard to match anywhere else. Here, seafood is a lifestyle and the locals like to buy their shrimp straight from the fishing boats.

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Gröna Lund, amusement park in Stockholm.
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Stockholm - the capital of Sweden

Stockholm is urban yet historic and very close to nature; water is an ever-present feature in this city where green areas, medieval buildings, and skyscrapers meet. Diversity, equality, and innovation are celebrated and embraced here. This is a modern hub for tech, fashion, music, film, design, gaming, and all creative industries. This is a city open to everything and to everyone.

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Bowl of oysters with herbs
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Copenhagen - the capital of Denmark

Copenhagen is world famous for its "cosiness", the beer, the beautiful buildings, the bikes and now also all the gourmet restaurants that have received stars in the Michelin guide. But do not miss popular pearls such as the butter bread at Torvehallerne, the "bajern" at Ølbaren, the design finds at the flea market in Israels plads.

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Arctic Circle Pass

If you decide to go all the way up to the very north of Sweden, buying an Arctic Circle Pass is a good option. This is a flexible pass that gives you unlimited travel for 3 or 7 days.

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Sweden´s most beautiful train route

With an Arctic Circle Pass, you can hop on and off the train as much as you like along possibly the most beautiful train route in Sweden, which runs between Kiruna and Narvik in Norway. The train stops at 13 places along the way, including Abisko, Björkliden, Vassijaure, Riksgränsen, Bjørnfjell, Søsterbekk and Katterat. The train along this route runs twice a day in each direction. Here you can experience the Northern Lights or the midnight sun, depending on the time of year.

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Team of huskies
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Lake Trollsjön
Trollsjön (Rissájávri in Sami).

Vassijaure train station

From Låktatjåkka or Vassijaure, it is about six kilometres to the magical Lake Trollsjön, where the clear blue water flows down from nearby glaciers. This makes Trollsjön Sweden’s clearest lake, with a visibility depth of 36 metres. Take a break and enjoy the beautiful view and the opportunity for a refreshing dip.

Map of SJ train routes

Practical information

Buying and booking tickets
You can buy tickets directly from our website sj.se and from our app, which are both available in English. You can also contact your travel agent or a Scandinavian specialist.

Take the train from Arlanda Airport
If you arrive in Stockholm by plane, you can get straight on the train at Arlanda Airport for onward travel to the rest of the country.

Group travel
For parties of 10 or more people travelling together.
E-mail: gruppresor@sj.se
Telephone number: +46771–75 75 75 (touchtone 7)
Opening hours: Mon–fri 8 am–5 pm
For smaller groups or individual bookings, please visit sj.se/en

Useful websites
Information, booking and prices for SJ trains sj.se/en

Tourist information about visitsweden.com
Information about the Inland Railway in northern Sweden inlandsbanan.se

Download Discover Sweden by train (pdf)