Twice a year the Nynäshamn's Museum of Trains arranges a day trip Stockholm - Nynäshamn in one of its old and k00l steam trains. The trip takes about 1,5 hours from Stockholm's central station and it stops about 8 times along the way, to pick up passengers.
Before the train leaves a station, the train driver (if there's a better word for it please let me know) would blow the train whistle and all the children and I were smiling and thinking of the wild west. Another cool thing was the smoke puffs, sometimes big, sometimes small. During the ride they had a cart selling juice, buns, coffee and sandwiches at cheap prices.
NJM arranges this type of events once during the summer and once during winter. If you do this during winter, you can also visit the Nynäshamn Christmas market.
The tickets cannot be pre-booked unless you choose to do the with the trip steam train one way and steam boat on the other. Otherwise the prices and schedules are listed on the website below.
Picking up your paper ticket to another city from an automated kiosk.
I bought a ticket over the internet from Stockholm to Copenhagen a couple weeks before arriving in STO (it was about $80). It worked like a charm, and when the transaction was complete it gives you a booking number….mine was TDC9343X.
To pick up your paper ticket, go to the Central Train Station. Find one of about 12 automated kiosks, you will get your ticket here. Don’t worry Americans, just push a button and all that Swedish turns into English! Whew!
It will ask you to type in your booking number, so type it in and hit the ‘continue’ button in the bottom right-hand corner. I think that’s all you do, it will process it for about 10 seconds and your ticket will drop into the chute below and that’s it. Look at the ticket, find the track, the car, then go on and find your seat…each seat has a number…ie) from 1 to 36
When the railways were built in Sweden, famous Mr Ericson was foresighted enough to realise that ONE station would be better than lots spread out throughout the city like in many other European cities. That is why the Central station had good connections to all Sweden early on, even though some regional lines still existed and today is the reason for commuter stations like Södra Station and so on. Stockholm has direct trains to Malmö/Copenhagen, Göteborg and Swedish Highland destinations like Östersund and Kiruna. Many also reachable by night train. In more modern days, the city planners were also sensible enough to build the new bus and coach terminal "City Terminalen" next to the Central station so nothing could be easier than changing between train and bus. Very good if you have flown Ryanair to Västerås or Skavsta for instance.
Stockholm's Central Station is perhaps the best place to be in terms of being near the museums, shopping, and Gamla Stan.
Around Central Station, you can go anywhere on the subway for free if you have a tourist card. The same tourist card gives you free admission into Stockholm's National Museum, Vasaa (The ship), the Nordiska, and Aquarium to name a few.
On Friday nights, Stockholm's Central Station is quite busy and packed. This was taken at around 8pm. I was surprised how busy the station was.
There are three different kinds of trains to travel on in Sweden – the X 2000, Inter City and night trains. An X 2000 between Stockholm and Goteborg will cost about SEK 1100 and take just over 3 hours. An Inter City train can take between 5 and 6 hours and costs between SEK 440 and SEK 490 (depending on time). All trains have a bistro carriage or a service trolley. There is plenty of room to store any luggage you are carrying on the train.
I travelled on an Inter City train between Stockholm and Goteborg – I had a rail pass valid in Finland, Sweden and Norway (available only to people living outside Europe – for people living in Europe I think there are Inter-Rail passes that you can buy in your own country) and therefore did not have to pay for a ticket, but like everyone else if I wanted to reserve a seat I would have had to pay an extra fee.
You can buy tickets online from the website (which you can have sent to your home or pick them up from a ticket machine at the station) or at ticket machines or the ticket office at the station.
From Stockholm, the Connex railway offers transportation to Narvik, Norway via Boden and Kiruna. This train also stops right at the lovely Abisko National Park, north of the Arctic Circle. Through June 2013, there is one direct overnight train per day to Narvik from Stockholm (departing Stockholm at 5:58 PM), and another with a connection in Boden (departing Stockholm at 10:12 PM). Travel time northward is just under 22 hours for the direct train, 20 hours for the train with the connection in Boden. The overnight train departs Narvik at 11:38 AM, while the train to Boden departs at 10:42 AM (transfer in Boden for an overnight train to Stockholm). Travel time southward is just under 22 hours for the direct train, and just over 20 hours for the train with the connection in Boden.
Eurail and Scanrail are both valid for the base fare, but note that night trains departing before 7PM require the use of 2 Flexi days. Also, reservations are required and cost extra. I strongly recommend you book sleeping accommodations (at least a couchette) for this long trip. Note: Connex, the company that ran the train when we traveled in 2006, has been taken over by Veolia Transport.
If you're traveling in the summer, advance reservations are critical. Foreign tourists can go to the Veolia Transport ticket booking website (www.bokatag.se , then click on the British Flag for English). You'll be given a booking code -- don't forget it. When you get to Stockholm, go to an automated kiosk, punch in your booking code, and the machine will print out your tickets.
From Copenhagen there is a direct train to Stockholm called the X2000. X2000 trains go throughout the whole country and are high speed train. They offer nice views of the country, so make sure when you book a seat on the train you have one with a nice view!
pic taken from: http://www.railway-technology.com/projects/sweden/
There are buses to Stockholm from all the bigger cities in Sweden, operated by several companies. Swebuss Express offers relatively cheap tickets to literally every bigger city in Sweden. The buses are comfortable & fast, so if you don't have enough money to fly or take the train, this is the perfect option. I've taken buses from Göteborg to Oslo & from Malmö to Göteborg & I can say the rides were great.
The buses depart & arrive to Stockholm's City Terminalen, which is right next to Stockholm's Train Station & the public transportation, so you can easily keep it on with your journey.
Lots of public transport available. This train is the local train # 21 which runs northeast of Stockholm. I took the metro as far as I could and then walked across the bridge and went for a good walk. Took the train back. My 3 day transportation card was accepted on this train.
As Sweden is rather surrounded by sea, it is not so easy to get to Sweden by train, you can get by train to Stockholm from anywhere in Sweden and from Oslo in well, and, from other coutries there is that new bridge now from Copenhagen so it is a bit easier to get to Stockholm also from mainland Europe.
*In the picture here, the beautiful building of the central station
I had a Eurail pass which came in very handy through Sweden because the trains are relatively expensive here.. A ticket from Copenhagen to Stockholm costs about $65 US dollars... just make sure not to smoke on the trains.. it's illegal throughout Sweden...
The first time I went to Stockholm, it was by bus and I came from Halmstad. That was ok, the trip lasted one day
The second time I went by train from Alkmaar, where I live (30 minutes from Amsterdam). This trip was quite alright. I was alone, which was no problem as I like to travel alone. It's just that the trainservices in Holland suck so I missed the train to Amsterdam, which make me miss the first train to germany aaaaargh!
Technically, it is possible to get from Amsterdam to Stockholm in one day. The trip is: Amsterdam-Ösnabruck, Ösnabruck-Hamburg, Hamburg-Copenhagen, Copenhagen-Stockholm. It will take a whole day, but travelling by train is lovely in Germany, Danmark and Sweden when you're used to the Dutch railway company!
GOOD TIP to plan your trip, if you leave from Europe and go somewhere in Europ: www.bahn.de! The German Railroad website is abolutely the best.
Most people will arrive in Stockholm either at one of the airports (most visited is Arlanda) or at T-centralen, the centrail train- and subway terminal. From the Airports you can take the Flybus (Flygbuss) to T-centralen easily.
At T-centralen, go to the information desk (99% of the people there speak English!) and get a map of the subway, and a free map of the sity. The subway was my favourite transport in this city. With the map of the subway, you can easily plan your trips. You can buy a card for the subway for a whole day and travel around the city with that.
A joke that I did was while arriving in Stockholm, after 24 hours of train from Geneva..........and a friend was sleeping..........So I took all my luggages out of the train in Stockholm.....I convinced a friend to do the same........and the train was empty because we had arrived in Stockholm!!!!!!!!! And I asked the controller to say to my sleeping friend that the train was goin to another city.......and he saw us outside the train when he waked up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! SURPRISE!!!!!!!!!! He was moving around and around to take is luggages which were in different places,,,.....and outside...I was saying to him: Bye! Bye!!!!!!!!!!!!....................And taking a picture of him ...lol
TRAINIn this beautiful 18th century environment modern transportation vehicles doesn't really fit, but is neccessary
We took a train from Karlstad to Stockholm. It took three hours.
From Stockholm we took a night train down to Berlin. We did that trip in a couchette room and the trip took about 15 hours!
The trains in Sweden are amazing...very clean and tidy.