Sweden overland travel guide

Malmo castle

Malmo castle (photo credit: see below)

I’ve only ever spent a few hours in Sweden, popping over via the fantastic Oresund Bridge to Malmo on a day trip from Copenhagen – we wandered around, visited the castle, had an alarmingly expensive beer, and took the train back. Thanks to the bridge it’s very easy to travel between Sweden and Denmark (and therefore the rest of Europe):

Travel to, from, and within Sweden overland

Sweden has well-developed road and rail networks, both of which are easy ways to get around the country. International railways run to Norway, and to Copenhagen (Denmark) over the Oresund Bridge (and on to Germany). There aren’t any trains across the Finnish border in the north, but there is a connecting bus between the last Swedish and Finnish towns on their respective rail systems either side of the border, and the bus is covered on the Interrail pass.

An Interrail pass (for Europeans) or a Eurail pass (for non-Europeans) is a good way to travel to Sweden overland as part of a wider European trip, and it also gets you 20% to 50% discounts on ferries to Finland with Tallink Silja and Finnlines. There are also ferries connecting Sweden to Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Germany, Denmark, and Norway, and cruise ships to St. Petersburg.

As a member of the Schengen Area, and being surrounded by fellow Schengen countries, border crossings aren’t something you have to think about much when overlanding through Sweden (although police do sometimes board trains near borders to check IDs).

Things to do in Sweden

Having only been to Malmo, I can’t make that many personal recommendations for places to visit in Sweden other than Malmo and its castle; but thanks to all the awesome Swedes I’ve met over the years it’s definitely a place I want to go back and explore more thoroughly.

Resources and Useful Links for Visiting Sweden

Official website for the Interrail pass

Official website for the Eurail pass

World Nomads offer flexible travel insurance you can buy even if already overseas (most travel insurance companies won’t cover you if you’ve already left your country, and this can be a crucial point as I once found out the hard way in Thailand).

Lonely Planet: Europe on a Shoestring

Seat 61 has the schedules & fares for London to Sweden by train

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(Photo Credit: uitdragerij, Flickr. Used under Creative Commons license)