Train travel is one of the best ways to see the Nordic countries. Trains in Scandinavia are modern and comfortable, and they run on time. The railway network covers much of Sweden, Denmark and Norway, and there are many famous railway journeys in Scandinavia. Ferries connect Sweden to Finland, and if you use some of the discount rail passes, you will often also get discounts from your ferry ticket. Norway has some especially scenic train journeys.
The InterRail train discount pass is available for European residents, and the EURail pass is the discount pass for visitors coming from outside Europe. Both passes have several options, including passes that cover many European countries, passes that cover the whole of Scandinavia, or passes that cover just one country.
You do not have to buy any train discount passes for Scandinavia; you can also book individual tickets for single train journeys. The discount passes make sense if you are planning to do more than one or two trips by train. The EURail Scandinavia pass includes Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland. Pass holders are also eligible for discounts from tickets for the ferries that operate between Sweden and Finland.
Train Travel in Denmark
If your travel plans include flights to Copenhagen, you can easily continue your trip by train as Copenhagen is a major European railway travel hub. There are regular trains from Copenhagen to Oslo, Norway’s capital, and the journey takes approximately 8 to 9 hours. Stockholm in Sweden is only about 5 hours away from Copenhagen by train. Trains are also a comfortable way to travel around Denmark. Even though Denmark consists of several islands, bridges and tunnels connect the islands. If there are no railway tunnels or bridges from one island to another, your train journey will include a ferry trip.
Travel by Train in Norway
If you want to travel around Norway, you can book flights to Oslo and continue from Oslo by train. Norway offers some of the most famous and beautiful train journeys in the world. After exploring the sights in Oslo, try a trip on the Rauma Railway. This trip from Oslo to Trondheim is on a comfortable air-conditioned train, and you can enjoy some of the most unforgettable views in Europe. The train travels via Dombås, Bjorli and Åndalsnes through mountains, along the Rauma River and over bridges. It makes a special stop at Trollveggen, where passengers can admire the highest perpendicular mountain wall in Europe.
If you have little time in Norway but still want to travel by train, the trip on the Flåm Railway from Myrdal to Flåm lasts only an hour. This trip starts in the mountains, from the Myrdal station on the well-known Bergen railway, and continues to Flåm in the Aurlandfjord. This railway is one of the steepest in the world. The scenery is stunning, with mountains, valleys and waterfalls.
Train Travel in Sweden and Finland
There are daily flights to Stockholm from many major European cities, and many low-cost airlines fly to Sweden daily. Using Stockholm as a starting point you can explore most of Sweden by train, including the Swedish Lapland. You can also continue to Finland either by crossing the border in North Sweden or by taking one of the daily ferries from Sweden to Finland. Ferry travel from Stockholm to Helsinki is easy and comfortable, as there are several ferry companies on this route and you can choose from day trips or overnight journeys.