For more than 20 years there had been no direct trains between Sweden and Germany and now for much of the year travellers will have a choice of two rail services.
Private rail company Snalltaget is already providing trains on a Stockholm to Berlin route via Hamburg, which operates between early April and late September.
Now the Swedish national rail operator SJ is to launch a SJ EuroNight service on Stockholm to Hamburg route, which will depart daily year round.
Aside from the timetable other key difference with the Snalltaget service is that SJ's night trains provide a full sleeping cabin service, in additions to the bunks in couchettes and ordinary seats.
This new service commences on September 1st and tickets are already available for booking on the SJ website.
Heading to Germany the train will typically depart from Stockholm C station at 17:34 and will make multiple other stops in Sweden prior to departing from Malmo C station at 23:33 (it will spend more than 45 mins in Malmo).
However, in Hamburg the train will not use the city's main station, Hamburg Hbf, instead it will arrive at and depart from Hamburg-Altona.
Frequent local S-Bahn trains connect Hamburg-Altona with Hamburg Hbf and the city centre.
On Mondays to Saturdays the train will be scheduled to arrive in Hamburg at 06:35 and on Sundays it will be scheduled to arrive there at 08:51
Most of the ICE express trains from Hamburg on to other destinations in Germany commence their journeys at Hamburg-Altona, so the train from Sweden has good connections on to multiple cities including: Berlin; Cologne/Koln; Frankfurt (Main); Munich/Munchen; Nurnberg/Nuremburg; Stuttgart and Vienna/Wien (not Sundays)
Heading to Sweden the train will depart daily from Hamburg-Altona at 21:55 and arrive into Stockholm C station at 09:22; it will make multiple calls at other stations in Sweden, though it will be into Malmo before 04:30.
Easily timed connections will typically be available at Hamburg Altona with ICE trains which will have travelled from Basel, Berlin, Chur, Cologne, Frankfurt, Munich, Nurnberg, Vienna and Zurich.
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