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The national railway company of Sweden is known as SJ. Sweden has over 13,000 km of railway network. Train tickets for trains operating in Sweden can be booked in advance. International trains connect Sweden with neighbouring countries such as Denmark and Norway. Book tickets to visit main cities of Sweden by train. Swedish cities including Malmo, Stockholm and Goteborg are all served by trains.
After visiting the Old Town and the Royal Castle in Stockholm, head south-west to Gothenburg. See romantic Masthugget Church, neo-classical Götaplatsen Square or stroll along sprawling Kungsportsavenyn. For the latest and most exciting contemporary architecture, travel south to up-and-coming Malmö.
Trek through the vast wilderness of the north in Abisko Natural Park, or in the winter, watch the northern lights and go downhill skiing at Riksgränsen. Try island-hopping in the scenic archipelagos outside Stockholm or Gothenburg or stretch out on a long sandy beach in the southern province of Skåne. Don’t miss the limestone formations on the scenic island of Fårö, off the northern tip of Gotland.
Carefully wrap up some Swedish glass from Småland to take home, together with some minimalist interior designs from Stockholm. Bring back bracelets and jumpers crafted by the Sami people of the north, or pickled herring from the west coast.
Eat & Drink
Try reindeer casserole - renskav - in the northern province of Norrland or smoked eel in southern Skåne. On the west coast, indulge in seafood specialities such as gravlax. All over the country, try traditional everyday Swedish meals such as pytt i panna (cubed potato and beef) or raggmunk (potato pancake) with lingonberry jam.
Enter Sweden from the south and sense the multicultural vibe of Malmö. Hang out in the new Västra Hamnen neighbourhood and see the sun set behind Öresundsbron, the bridge joining Sweden with Denmark.
Rail Pass benefits in Sweden
A Eurail Pass valid in Sweden is also valid on:
- The direct SJ trains to and from Copenhagen (Denmark) - Copenhagen Airport.
- The direct border crossing train from Gøteborg/Stockholm - Oslo (Norway).
- The private railway companies Arlanda Express, Arriva, Inlandsbanan, JLT, Norrtåg, Skånetrafiken, Tågkompaniet, Värmlandstrafik, Västtrafik, and Öresund.
- Free access to the SJ lounges located in Stockholm and Göteborg for 1st class passholders.
- 20% to 40% discount on ferry crossings from Helsinki –Stockholm (via Mariehamn), Turku – Stockholm (via Mariehamn/Langnas), Riga (Latvia)-Stockholm and Stockholm – Tallinn operated by Tallink Silja Oy Discounts are available on cabin category C-A. Port taxes paid locally and are extra. Finland +358(0)600 174 552; Sweden +46(0)822 2140
- 20% discount is offered on the offical fares on the ferry crossing from Malmö-Travemünde operated by Finnlines. Port tax and meals are an additional cost and are paid locally.
- Special fare from Nynäshamn-Visby and Oskarshamn-Visby operated by Destination Gotland.
- Special fare on ferry crossings from Turku/Helsinksi – Stockholm operated by Vikings Line.
- Free bus transportation from Kemi/Tornio – Haparanda (Sweden) operated by Veljekset Salmela.
- Free bus transportation from Haparanda – Luleå in Länstrafiken in Norrboten on county busses.
- 50% discount to Sveriges Järnvägsmuseum (Railway Museum) in Gävle and Ängelholm.
- 30% discount at Smalsparet Railway Museum only during the summer (July-August).