How to Travel to Sweden From the UK

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How to Travel to Sweden From the UK
St. Pancras station in London is England's only Eurostar terminal. (Oli Scarff/Getty Images News/Getty Images)

Europe's extensive network of trains, ferries and low-cost airfare routes makes intercontinental travel convenient and budget-friendly. Getting from the UK to Sweden, separated by the Northern Sea, can be a matter of hours, if you choose to fly or can take days, if you decide to travel overland by train.

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    Travel by Air

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    Make your way to London or Edinburgh, Scotland. While it is possible to book an indirect flight from any UK city to Stockholm, Gothenburg or Malmo, Sweden, you will always need to go through Gatwick, Stansted or Heathrow airport in London. The Edinburgh airport has direct flights only to Stockholm. It's more cost effective to travel to London for a direct flight than to book an indirect flight.

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    Book your flight from London to Stockholm, Gothenburg or Malmo, or from Edinburg to Stockholm. Ryanair, which has the lowest fares, flies from Stansted Airport (STO) to Stockholm's S. Skavsta Airport (NYO). It is possible to fly from Gatwick (LGW) to Skavsta, but this route tends to be more expensive. You can also explore direct flights from London to Gothenburg or Malmo.

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    Fly from the United Kingdom to Sweden. British, American and European Union citizens can enter Sweden without a visa.

    By Train

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    Leave from London's St. Pancras which has England's only Eurostar terminal. The Eurostar is a high-speed railway system connecting England, France, Belgium and the Netherlands. The trip from St. Pancras to Stockholm takes between 30 and 36 hours, depending on if you opt for the overnight or high-speed train for the Copenhagen leg to Stockholm.

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    Take the Eurostar from St. Pancras to Brussels, Belgium. The train departs at 2:34 p.m. six days a week. Saturday is the exception. The Eurostar arrives in Brussels at 4:03 p.m.

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    Travel from Brussels to Cologne using ICE, Germany's high-speed train system that connects major cities in the region. From Cologne catch the City Night Line sleeper train to Copenhagen, Denmark.

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    Stay overnight in Copenhagen and catch the X2000 high-speed train to Stockholm the next day. The journey takes about five hours. Or take a local train from Copenhagen to Malmo -- a 45-minute ride. From Malmo you can connect to the overnight train going to Stockholm. The overnight train departs Malmo at 11:06 p.m., arriving in Stockholm at 5:55 a.m. While the journey is longer you save money on a night's hotel, and have a full day in Stockholm.

    By Ferry and Train

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    Travel to Harwich, located about 70 miles from London on England's east coast. Trains depart from London's Liverpool Street station every hour for Harwich International station. You will need to change trains in Manningtree. The ferry terminal is located next to International station.

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    Take the ferry operated by DFDS Seaways from Harwich to Esbjerg, Denmark. The crossing is made on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, departing Harwich at 5:45 p.m. and arriving in Esbjerg at 1 p.m. the following day.The DANA SIRENA accommodates up to 600 people with cabins, two restaurants and a bar. Ticket prices depend on cabin type and whether you are travelling with a vehicle.

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    Take a bus, taxi or walk to the Esbjerg railway station. Walking takes about 20 minutes. Buses depart the terminal about every 20 minutes. A taxi ride takes a few minutes but this is the most costly option.

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    Take the Intercity train from Esbjerg to Copenhagen's main railway station, a 180-mile journey through Denmark. Trains depart Esbjerg every 45 minutes for Copenhagen. The last one leaves at 4:26 p.m.

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    Stay overnight in Copehagen and catch the X2000 high-speed train to Stockhom the next day. The journey takes about five hours. Or take a local train from Copenhagen to Malmo. From there you can connect to the overnight train going to Stockholm.

Tips and warnings

  • Train travellers have plenty of alternatives such as going from London to Paris and then on to Sweden.
  • In Sweden you can travel via the low-cost airline SAS, use the comprehensive rail network operated by Swedish State Railways, or by bus or car.
  • One interesting way to travel between Stockholm and Gothenburg is on a vintage steamer on the Gota Canal.

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