Train from London to Östersund

 
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Overview

Route: London to Östersund via Brussels, Cologne, Copenhagen and Stockholm
Journey time: From 28 hours 11 minutes
 

Detailed itinerary

Option 1: via Brussels, Cologne, Copenhagen and Stockholm (sleeper)

Sample itinerary: Take the 1604 from St Pancras and you'll be in Brussels in time to transfer to the 1928 to Cologne. In Cologne you'll have time to grab a bite to eat before boarding the 2228 sleeper service to Copenhagen. Upon arrival, transfer to the 1019 to Stockholm, where you'll arrive at 1539 - connect onwards to the 1600 service to Östersund and you'll be there at 2115.
Price: Booking an InterRail pass is recommended.
Leg 1:

London St Pancras to Brussels Midi

First train 0650 (Mon-Fri), 0657 (Sat), 0804 (Sun).
Last train 1934 (every day).

Frequency of service: 11 trains a day (8 trains on Sunday).
Operator:

Eurostar

Journey time: from 1 hr 55 minutes
Transfer A quick same-station change of platform at Brussels Midi station to catch the onward connection.

Change of platform

Transfer time: Allow 20 mins
 
Book a hotel near Brussels Midi
 
Leg 2:

Brussels Midi to Cologne Central Station (Köln Hbf).

First train departs at 0625.

Last train departs at 1928.

Frequency of service: 9 trains per day.
Operator:

Thalys or ICE

Journey time: From 1 hr 57 mins
Transfer A quick same-station change of platform at Cologne Central Station to catch the onward connection. If you have time to spare, Cologne cathedral is next door.

Change of platform

Transfer time: Allow 20 mins
 
Book a hotel near Cologne Central Station
 
Leg 3:

Cologne to Copenhagen by sleeper.

Departs 2228 arrives next day at 1007 at Copenhagen Central Station (known as 'Kobenhavn H').

Frequency of service: Daily
Operator:

City Night Line

Journey time: 11 hrs 39 mins
Transfer A quick same-station change of platform within Copenhagen Central Station (København H)

Change of platform

Transfer time: Allow 20 minutes
 
Book a hotel near Copenhagen Central Station (København H)
 
Leg 4:

Copenhagen (København H) to Stockholm Central

First train departs at 0828 (Mon-Fri and Sun) and 0629 (Saturday).
Last train departs at 1836 (Mon-Fri and Sun) and 1629 (Saturday). 

To book tickets for the journey from Copenhagen to Stockholm, we recommend the English version of the excellent Germany Railway website, Deutsche Bahn (which gives all the timetables for this trip and booking facilities): www.bahn.de/i/view/GBR/en/index.shtml

Here's a short video on what it's like on board:

Frequency of service: 6 trains a day.
Operator:

SJ

Journey time: From 5 hours 11 minutes
Transfer A quick same-station change of platform in Stockholm Central Station

Change of platform

Transfer time: Allow 20 minutes
 
Book a hotel near Stockholm Central
 
Leg 5: Stockholm Central to Östersund

First train departs 0758 until May 2nd, with another train at 1314, and one at 1600 Sunday - Friday year round.
Frequency of service: Between 1 and 3 trains a day.
Operator:

SJ

Journey time: From 5 hours 15 minutes
Destination Välkommen till Östersund
 
Book a hotel near Östersund train station
 

Option 2: via Brussels, Cologne, Copenhagen and Stockholm (two sleepers)

Sample itinerary: Take the 1604 from St Pancras and you'll be in Brussels in time to transfer to the 1928 to Cologne. In Cologne you'll have time to grab a bite to eat before boarding the 2228 sleeper service to Copenhagen. Enjoy an early lunch in the Danish capital before taking the 1419 service on to Stockholm. Once there, take the 2246 sleeper service to Östersund, where you'll arrive bright and early at 0612 the next day.
Price: Booking an InterRail pass is recommended.
Leg 1:

London St Pancras to Brussels Midi

First train 0650 (Mon-Fri), 0657 (Sat), 0804 (Sun).
Last train 1934 (every day).

Frequency of service: 11 trains a day (8 trains on Sunday).
Operator:

Eurostar

Journey time: from 1 hr 55 minutes
Transfer A quick same-station change of platform at Brussels Midi station to catch the onward connection.

Change of platform

Transfer time: Allow 20 mins
 
Book a hotel near Brussels Midi
 
Leg 2:

Brussels Midi to Cologne Central Station (Köln Hbf).

First train departs at 0625.

Last train departs at 1928.

Frequency of service: 9 trains per day.
Operator:

Thalys or ICE

Journey time: From 1 hr 57 mins
Transfer A quick same-station change of platform at Cologne Central Station to catch the onward connection. If you have time to spare, Cologne cathedral is next door.

Change of platform

Transfer time: Allow 20 mins
 
Book a hotel near Cologne Central Station
 
Leg 3:

Cologne to Copenhagen by sleeper.

Departs 2228 arrives next day at 1007 at Copenhagen Central Station (known as 'Kobenhavn H').

Frequency of service: Daily
Operator:

City Night Line

Journey time: 11 hrs 39 mins
Transfer A quick same-station change of platform within Copenhagen Central Station (København H)

Change of platform

Transfer time: Allow 20 minutes
 
Book a hotel near Copenhagen Central Station (København H)
 
Leg 4:

Copenhagen (København H) to Stockholm Central

First train departs at 0828 (Mon-Fri and Sun) and 0629 (Saturday).
Last train departs at 1836 (Mon-Fri and Sun) and 1629 (Saturday). 

To book tickets for the journey from Copenhagen to Stockholm, we recommend the English version of the excellent Germany Railway website, Deutsche Bahn (which gives all the timetables for this trip and booking facilities): www.bahn.de/i/view/GBR/en/index.shtml

Here's a short video on what it's like on board:

Frequency of service: 6 trains a day.
Operator:

SJ

Journey time: From 5 hours 11 minutes
Transfer A quick same-station change of platform in Stockholm Central Station

Change of platform

Transfer time: Allow 20 minutes
 
Book a hotel near Stockholm Central
 
Leg 5: Stockholm to Östersund (sleeper)

Sleeper services depart Stockholm during the winter at 2155, 2246, 2320, 2325, 2345 (Wed-Sat) and 2350. (It is also possible to change at Malmö to some of these sleeper services, departing 1638 and 1742 during the winter, before continuing on to Stockholm en route to Östersund)
Frequency of service: 1 to 7 trains a day
Operator:

SJ

Journey time: From 6 hours 27 minutes
Destination Välkommen till Östersund
 
Book a hotel near Östersund train station
 

Your route to Östersund (train only)

The lines on the map are for illustrative purposes only - they don't show the exact route taken by the train.