Railways and trains in Sweden
Railway communication in Sweden is well developed, with the exception of the northern territories, but also there are actively making ways. The State Railway Company of Sweden (SJ) connects the overwhelming majority of settlements of the Center and the South of the Country.
Recently, the Swedes complain about the quality of rail transportation, having all the foundations. After the railways were privatized several years ago, there are constantly problems – delays, delays, accidents and so on. Nevertheless, railways remain a convenient way to travel close distances. For long distances, many prefer to travel by plane: prices are approximately the same, but when traveling around the railway is significantly saving on a very expensive transport to the airport, the train usually comes to the city center.
Tickets can be bought on the website www.SJ.SE and pay the card. Buy in advance cheaper. You can buy both the conductor, but it will be much more expensive. Tickets can also be bought in automata at stations. Ticket to Gothenburg stands from 350-1800 crowns depending on the type of train – high-speed or ordinary regional, day of week, time of day. Youth (up to 25 years), students and pensioners have discounts.
Long-distance trains have both seats and coupe. When buying a ticket in a coupe, you can choose a male or female. For a thousand kroons, you can drive from Gothenburg to Umea, the road will take 12 hours. The directions of Stockholm are very popular – Uppsala, Malmo – Copenhagen, Stockholm – Gothenburg. Most trains passing through airports do stop there.
There is a range of ultra-speed X2000 trains and comfortable electric trains running between large cities. Reservation places are recommended in advance, and for trains marked in schedule with letters R, IN, IC, reservation is required (when traveling to a distance of 150 kilometers for reservations is additionally paid 15 kroons). The price for travel in a sleeping car depends on the distance of the trip and equipment of the Wagon.
On the trains of the internal communication at a certain time of year there is a preferential passage.
Passengers under 26 can buy Rabattkort card (850 kroons), which provides a 30% discount on all trains, except those that are sent between Friday and Saturday, as well as between Sunday and Monday morning. Friday and Sunday tickets are 20% more expensive. Discounts are provided for groups with the number of people more than six (about 15%) and over 30 (40%). On the trains marked in the schedule in red, the discount is 50%. In addition, discounts are also provided according to ISIC. With one adult, two children can pass for free to 12 years. Passengers under 19 years old are given a 50% discount.
On the territory of the country there is a single Scandinavian Railway Travel SCAN Rail Pass, allowing to travel throughout the railways of Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Norway within 5, 10 or 30 days depending on the paid cost. In addition, the purchase of Scan Rail Pass gives a number of discounts during the settlement in the hotel and benefits for a whole range of ferry crossings. On any station you can get the schedule on the roads of Sweden. Direct for citizens not included in the European Union is called Eurail Scandinavia Pass, information about it can be obtained on the WWW website.Scanrail.Com.
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