Sweden Tickets & Rail Passes


SJ is the national rail operator in Sweden and if we ever hands out awards for which ticket site is easiest to use for booking tickets, its website would be our winner.

Which is highly useful because if you will be travelling long distance on one of SJ's express train services, it can pay off to book in advance - you can save more than 3 x the price of booking last minute at a station.

Worth Knowing When Booking Tickets On The SJ Website:

(1) Tickets are placed on sale two months ahead of the travel date

(2) Limited numbers of discounted tickets will be made available for long distance trains (not just Snabbtag services).

 So the earlier you book the more you will save

(3)  A quirk of SJ’s booking service to look out for, is that when attempting to book too far ahead, before tickets are released for sale, the English translation is 'not available’.

This does not mean that tickets for this train have sold out - what you need to do is check back a few days later to see if the tickets have been released.

(4)  It’s worth being flexible re: departure and arrival times and searching through the departures on the day you want to travel to find the cheapest fares.

The more popular a train departure is the more expensive it is likely to be - as those most heavily discounted tickets are more likely to have sold out.

(5) Though be aware that the most heavily discounted/cheapest tickets can’t be refunded or exchanged - they’re labelled ‘non re-bookable for that reason!

(6) SJ's Budget Calendar enables you to see at a glance the cheapest prices between cities on each day in a month.

(7) SJ also sells tickets for trains from Sweden to Norway and Denmark (Kobenhavn/Copenhagen)/

 During June – September the direct trains between Stockholm and Copenhagen/Kobenhavn can sell out days in advance.

(If they are then book a Stockholm to Malmo ticket and then a separate ticket for the journey between Malmo and Kobenhavn – there are 3x trains per hour from Malmo to Kobenhavn)

Seat Reservations:

If you will be making a journey by Snabbtag train there is no charge for reserving a seat(s).

You will be prompted to make the reservations required for Snabbtag (Sn) services when making a booking.

You can choose various options such as ‘table seat’, ‘window seat’, quiet zone etc.

There’s also an option for seeing a ‘seating plan’ but you can’t select seats on the plan, it solely indicates the position of the seats.

Though you can select specific seats to travel in on the seating plan, if you book using SJ’s app.

Travelling with Children:

If you will be travelling with children, for each adult ticket booked, discounts can be applied to two children aged 15 and under.

However, be aware that different terms per train service apply to child tickets.

(i) For journey by Snabbtåg an adult booking enables up to two children to travel for around 15% of the adult fare.

(ii) For journeys by Intercity train, up to two children travelling with an adult, only have to pay the 5 SEK (kronor) reservation fee.

(iii) On SJ Regional trains the maximum price that two children travelling with an adult will pay is 5 SEK.

Travelling with a Rail Pass:

If you will be exploring Sweden with a Eurail or InterRail pass you can hop on SJ's Regional trains, but making reservations prior to boarding is compulsory is compulsory if you want to travel on the IC or Snabbtag (Sn) trains

You can book the compulsory reservations on Snabbtag (Sn) and IC trains online on the SJ website – the full instructions are here.

You need to click the ‘customer card’ button, find it below the calendar on which you choose the date on which to travel, and then select the ‘InterRail’ or ‘Eurail’ pass option.

If you want to take a Snabbtag (Sn) train for a journey in either direction on the Stockholm to Copenhagen/Malmo or Stockholm to Oslo routes, booking a reservation online before you arrive in Sweden is highly recommended.

Rail passes cannot be used on the Blataget, MTR or Snalltaget trains (see below)

BOOKING TICKETS WITH OTHER OPERATORS:

SJ does not have a monopoly on Swedish train services, on the routes below other operators compete with SJ AND sell tickets online (their booking links are below).

The only means of comparing schedules is to check their respective sites and look up the same journeys on the SJ website.

Snälltåget (between Stockholm and Malmo)

MTR Express (between Stockholm and Göteborg)

Blå Tåget (between Stockholm and Göteborg)

 


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