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Train from London to Stockholm

 

Overview

Route: London to Stockholm via Brussels, Cologne and Copenhagen
Journey time: from 22 hours 35 minutes
Journey highlights:

Stockholm enchants with watery vistas, whether reflecting a wintry scene or the glistening in the summer sun: this is a city where water and woodland are integral parts of the landscape. The picturesque old town nestles on an island in the city’s central harbour, and the rest of the city sprawls across a total of fourteen islands, liberally sprinkled with parks and forest, between Lake Malaren and the Baltic Sea, so it’s little surprise that the Swedish capital is such a relaxed place. Stockholm is not just about nature, however – centuries of gracious architecture make up a compact city centre that buzzes with life. An internationally renowned capital of design, Stockholm’s stylishly dressed inhabitants stroll between chic boutiques, organic cafés and a huge array of galleries and museums: and who wouldn’t want to join them?

 

Detailed itinerary

Option 1: via Brussels, Cologne & Copenhagen (sleeper)

Sample itinerary: Take the 1604 from St Pancras, arriving in Brussels at 1908, in enough time to catch the 1928 on to Cologne, giving you time to grab a bite to eat make the 2238 sleeper service to Copenhagen, which arrives at 1006 the next day, where you can connect to the 1019 or 1219 service on to Stockholm.
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 2 hr 01 min
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 47 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 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 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
Destination

Välkommen till Stockholm

Long distance and international trains arrive at Stockholms Central, the central railway station, located in Norrmalm, in the north-western part of the city centre. The main shopping district and old town are within easy walking distance of the Central Station; but it also has great transport connections. Both the main bus station, and T-Centralen, the hub of the metro system, are connected to the railway terminal.

Whilst much of central Stockholm is relatively compact, and walking is certainly an enjoyable way to get around and experience the atmosphere and beauty of the city, for longer trips (or on the colder winter days), Stockholm has an extensive integrated public transport system. The metro – called the tunnelbana, and abbreviated to t-bana – consists of three colour-coded lines that connect at T-centralen and spread out into several branch lines across the city and suburbs, as you can see on the Stockholm t-bana network map. There are also several suburban, light rail and tram lines, probably of less use to visitors, except the Djurgårdslinjen (website in Swedish but includes a map), a restored heritage tram line which links the city centre to the Djurgården island, home to several museums and the famous open air Skansen museum-park. There is also a comprehensive bus network: to find out which lines and routes are of use to you, run by SL, whose site has a bus journey planner and central Stockholm bus map.

SL is responsible for public transport across Stockholm, and has a unified ticketing system, and you can find information about all the Stockholm transport systems and routes on the SL website, as well as a breakdown of the different tickets, travelcards and fares. The Stockholm tourist board also has public transport information for visitors in English, including on the various ferries and boats in the Stockholm area – which give a different view of the city and its archipelago. You could also consider investing in the Stockholm Card, which offers free admission to over 80 museums and attractions, unlimited public transport use, and various other benefits.

Whilst the ice and snow of the Swedish winter makes cycling an unlikely prospect for some of the year, during the warmer months (April 1st – October 31st), the city operates a self-service bike sharing system. Called Stockholm City Bikes, it enables you to pick up a bike near your starting point and drop it off at another docking station near your destination – you can find a map of cycle stands on the website.

 
Book a hotel near Stockholm Central
 

Your route to Stockholm

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

 

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