Sweden Railway Information

The national railway company of Sweden is called SJ (State Railways - Statens Järnvägar).

Train Service:

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.

Domestic connections:

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

Private railway companies:

In addition to travel with the SJ, your Pass is also valid for travel with the private railway companies listed below.

  • Arlanda Express
  • Arriva
  • DSB First
  • Inlandsbanan
  • JLT (local train services in Småland)
  • Norrtåg
  • Skånetrafiken
  • Tågkompaniet
  • Värmlandstrafik (local train services in Värmland)
  • Västtrafik (local train services in Western Sweden)
  • Veolia 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 trains is required. Fees: 1st class €15 (light meal included), 2nd class €5.
  • Veolia 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 Pass only has to be valid in Sweden.

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.
Visit the website: www.grandnordic.se for more details.

Your InterRail Sweden Pass also covers:

  • Direct SJ trains to and from Copenhagen and Copenhagen Airport.
  • Direct border crossing trains from Göteborg and Stockholm to Oslo.

International train connections:

Sweden offers international train connections to the 3 following European 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. Direct trains (SJ High Speed trains) leave from Copenhagen to Stockholm.
  • Norway: There are connections between Oslo, 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.

Facilities and services on trains:

Bikes on trains

Bicycles 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.

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