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Sweden Getting Around - Internal Travel
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Air

SAS serves over 30 local airports, and travel by air is relatively efficient and cheap.

There are a number of reduced fares offered by SAS, please contact the airline for further details.

Sea & Lake

Unlike Finland and Norway, there are few domestic ferry services in Sweden.

The various archipelagos on the south east coast are served by small ferries, however the most comprehensive network is the Stockholm archipelago, for which you can buy an island hopping boat pass.

The other major link is between the Baltic island of Gotland and the mainland at Oskarshamn and ,Nynäshamn which are very popular routes in the summer (booking ahead is strongly recommended).

There are frequent coastal sailings to all ports and on the 100's of lakes throughout Sweden, especially in the north.

For more details please contact the local authorities.

A canal (served by vintage steamer) connects Stockholm and Gothenburg.

Rail

The extensive and excellent rail system is run by:

Swedish State Railways (SJ)
Address: SE-105 50 Stockholm
Telephone: 04982 03380
Facsimile: 04982 03391
Email address: info@swedenbooking.com
Website address: www.sj.se

The network is mostly concentrated in the populated south where hourly services run between the main cities, but routes extend to the forested and lightly populated lake area of the north, which is a scenic and popular holiday destination.

Restaurant cars and sleepers are supplied on many trains. Reservations are necessary for most express services. Motorail car sleeper services are operated during the summer on the long distance routes from Malmö, Västerås and Gothenburg to Kiruna and Luleå.

Road

Traffic in Sweden drives on the right.

The country's roads are well maintained and relatively peaceful, but watch out for animals crossing the road in remote areas.

Debit and credit cards are becoming more acceptable as a means of payment at petrol stations. Many petrol stations have 24 hour automatic petrol pumps, they accept SKr 100 and 20 notes.

Taxi:Car hire: Regulations: Documentation:

Regulations

Speed limits outside built up areas are 110, 90 or 70 kilometres per hour (68, 56 or 43 miles per hour) depending on road width and traffic density.

In built up areas the limit is 50 kilometres per hour (31 miles per hour) or 30 kilometres per hour (19 miles per hour) in school areas.

Severe fines and sometimes prison sentences are imposed on drivers over the alcohol limit (which is 0.02 %).

There are on the spot fines for traffic offences. The use of dipped headlights is essential in the daytime for all cars and motorcycles. Crash helmets are vital for motorcyclists.

Children under 7 may not travel in a car if it is not equipped with a special child restraint or a normal seat belt adapted for the child’s use.

Emergency warning triangles are compulsory and studded tyres are only permitted from 1 November to the 1st Monday after the Easter holiday.

Bus

Express coach services and local buses are run by Connex and Swebus.

Efficient and cheap links are available to all towns and many coach operators do special offers on tickets from Friday to Sunday. Information is available from local tourist offices in Sweden.

The Malmö, Gothenburg and Stockholm Cards offer free public transport in those areas as well as free admission to selected tourist attractions and museums. Cards can be purchased from camp sites, tourist information centres or youth hostels.

Taxi

Taxis are available in all towns and at airports. Intercity taxis are also easily accessible.

Car hire

Car hire is available in most towns and cities, and all international agencies are represented.

Documentation

A national driving licence is sufficient, but it must include a photo or it will not be recognised.

The minimum age for car drivers is 18, and 17 for motorcyclists. The car’s log book and written permission must be carried if driving someone else’s car.

A Green Card is not required by Swedish authorities, however it tops up the cover provided by a domestic policy.

It is strongly advisable to check the validity of insurance policies prior to departure.

Urban

Public transport is comprehensive, efficient and well integrated. Stockholm has buses, trams, metro (T-banan) and local rail services.

Pre purchase multi tickets and passes are sold, though single tickets can also be obtained on the bus. There are trams in Norrköping and Gothenburg.

Taxis are widely available, large taxi companies are cheaper than independents.

Many of the main cities, particularly Stockholm, have boat excursions and services.

Travel times

The following chart gives approximate travel times (in hours and minutes) from Stockholm to other major towns and cities in Sweden:
  Air Road Rail
Mora
1 hour 6 hours 4 hours 30 minutes
Karlstad
40 minutes 5 hours 3 hours 30 minutes
Gothenburg
50 minutes 6 hours 4 hours 30 minutes
Luleå
1 hour 15 minutes 20 hours 15 hours
Malmö
1 hour 5 minutes 8 hours 6 hours 45 minutes
Östersund
55 minutes 8 hours 6 hours 30 minutes
 
Travel Passes

There are reductions for families and regular rail passengers, as well as a link up with other Scandinavian countries via the Scanrail Pass, which provides unlimited travel in Norway, Denmark, Finland and Sweden for 21 consecutive days. It also gives free travel on the ferries between Helsingborg and Helsingør.

Children aged between 4 and 11 travel at half the fare or reduced fare. Young people aged 12 to 25 can obtain a discount of 25 %, and for passengers aged over 60 fares are discounted by 10 %.

It is possible for all passengers to be entitled to discounted tickets under a scheme known as raslyst. This card is valid for 2 people for 1 calendar year and entitles travellers to up to 70 % off when the booking is made at least 7 days in advance. A limited number of these tickets are available, so it is advisable to book as far in advance as possible. See online for more details.
Useful travel links
Swedish State Railways The official website of Sweden's rail server.
Vintage Steamer The official website of canal server in Sweden.