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Country info: Sweden (Sverige)

Rail companies: SJ (Statens Järnvägar)

                             Snälltåget (Transdev Transport Sweden)

Swedish Rail Network Map 

Currency: 1 euro = app. 9.3 Swedish krona (SEK)


Train travel in Sweden: train types, tickets, fares, discounts & other useful info

 

National Train Service:
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Train types in Sweden: Regional, InterCity, High-Speed (Snabbtåg) & Night (Nattåg) trains

  • Regional: short distance service all over Sweden & commuter service around major Swedish cities (Stockholm, Malmo, Gothenburg), no seat reservation required
  • InterCity: medium & long-distance trains serving routes across Sweden as well as some international connections (e.g. Stockholm to Oslo), no seat reservation required
  • High-Speed (SJ 2000 and SJ 3000): high-speed service between major Swedish destinations (from Stockholm to Malmo, Gothenburg, Ostersund etc.) & abroad (from Stockholm to Copenhagen via Malmo), seat reservation required
  • Night: national & international overnight sleeper train service, mainly connecting Stockholm with distant Swedish destinations (Malmo, Umea, Lulea, Storlien, Sundsvall, Narvik, Oslo etc.), SJ Nattåg trains often can be seasonal, seat/bed reservation required

 

Discounts, special offers & ways to save money for passengers traveling by train in Sweden (SJ):  

  1. Passengers purchasing Swedish train tickets in advance can save money with SJ discounted tickets. Swedish Railways (SJ) discounted tickets are sold only for specific train & specific date, tickets are non-exchangeable/non-refundable, but at the same time can be really cheap, for instance it is possible to travel from Stockholm to Malmo or Gothenburg using high-speed train for as low as 174 or 195 SEK. Potential passengers should take into consideration that SJ ticket sale starts 90 days in advance, so in case you want to catch cheapest tickets don't wait until last moment.
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  3. Youth passengers (< 26 years old) receive up to 30% discount on all the day time journeys in 2nd class & up to 15% for overnight trains (couchettes & sleeper cars)
  4. Students holding ISIC cards as well receive 30% discount on SJ day time trains
  5. Passengers < 26 years old, students & seniors (pensioners) are eligible to purchase so-called 'Last minute' tickets (Sista minuten). 'Last minute' Tickets offer feature minimum fare as low as 155 SEK (price is at its lowest on off-peak periods, meaning usually from 10:00 to 14:00 & after 19:00 Monday to Thursday). 'Last minute' tickets are available for journeys in 2nd class on SJ's day trains, passengers can buy the tickets at the earliest 24 hours before departure, seat reservation is included in the fare
  6. SJ also offers rather unusual (at least for rail companies) type of train tickets - Ticket Auction. The general idea behind such an auction is that starting train ticket price is always 1 SEK. Ticket auctions start four days before & finishes two days before the departure date. Passengers don't bid for any specific departure, but on departures during one of three time blocks (departures from 05.00 to 09.59, departures from 10.00 to 14.59 or departures from 15.00 to 04.59). You win the auction - you receive the ticket. Ticket Auction offer is available for high-speed and intercity trains, only in 2nd class
  7. Passengers traveling with children can take advantage of special SJ Family offer (details of the offer can be found here)
  8. Passengers traveling on Malmo-Lund-Linkoping-Stockholm or Stockholm-Uppsala-Are-Duved lines also can consider using Snälltåget trains (previously known as Veolia) instead of SJ ones, time to time it can be cheaper.
  9. Passengers planning multiple train journeys in Sweden might consider purchasing SCIC-NRT international ticket for domestic journeys in Sweden (more info about use of international tickets for domestic train trips can be found 'Western Europe-how cheap it can be?'). For instance SCIC-NRT tariff ticket on relation from Gothenburg to Malmo valid for 15 days period & featuring unlimited number of stopovers on the way (=basically means that it can be used as train pass for the predefined route) costs 43.6 euro

 

International Train Service:
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a) Regular discounts

Not available

b) Special offers (SparSchiene)

Ticket offers with limited number of tickets per each departure (purchase in advance required)

  • Norway: from Stockholm to Oslo (daytime direct InterCity trains) from only 187 SEK, from Gothenburg to Oslo from 107 SEK (discounted tickets to Norway also available from other Swedish destinations)
  • Denmark: from Stockholm to Copenhagen (daytime high-speed trains) from only 195 SEK (discounted tickets to Denmark also available from other Swedish destinations)

c) CityStars:

Not available


Youth & Senior passengers holding Rail Plus Cards eligible to receive 25% discount on SJ international connections

SCIC-NRT tariff tickets can be as well used for international journeys to/from Sweden (more details about such tariff 'trick' at 'Western Europe-how cheap it can be? section). For instance Oslo to Copenhagen (via Gothenburg) SCIC-NRT ticket allowing unlimited stopovers on the route & valid for one month cost only 129.4 euro

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How to Buy Train Tickets in Sweden:

National (domestic) & international tickets (including discounted) can be purchased online via Swedish Railways (SJ) website - www.sj.se

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