A step-by-step travel guide. Take the train from Malmö to Alicante

Trip duration
3 days
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Traveling from Malmö to Alicante by train is a great experience. It’s a 3 days train journey with amazing scenery, passing through Copenhagen, Cologne, Paris and Barcelona on the way.

Day 1

Malmö Sweden
Copenhagen Denmark
Copenhagen Denmark
Cologne Germany

Spend 1 night in Cologne

There are plenty of great hotel options close to the Cologne train station. Check out Hotels.com to get the cheapest prices.

Day 2

Cologne Germany
Paris France

Spend 1 night in Paris

There are plenty of great hotel options close to the Paris train station. Check out Hotels.com to get the cheapest prices.

Day 3

Paris France
Barcelona Spain
Have an early dinner and change trains in Barcelona.
Barcelona Spain
Alicante Spain

Arrive at your final destination, Alicante.

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Leaving from Malmö Sweden
Going to Alicante Spain

Good to know when traveling from Malmö to Alicante

Onboard catering & food

Most of the trains in Europe have restaurant cars open to all passengers, regardless of the fare. What is offered depends on the operator but also during what time you travel. They usually serve hot food, drinks and snacks available for all customers. Always bring a water bottle and some snacks in case of emergency.

Onboard catering during covid-19

Many train operators don't have onboard catering due to the current situation. All Aboard advise you not to consume any food and drinks that are not necessary. If possible - eat and drink when changing trains.

Is there wifi on the train?

There are few things as nice as watching a movie, listening to a good podcast or getting some work done on the train, and fortunately most long distance trains in Europe today offer free wifi onboard. Eurostar, Renfe, SNCF and Deutsche Bahn let you get access to wifi on the majority of their trains. If it's super important to you, the best way to really know if wifi is available is to google the name of the train (that can be found on your ticket) and you'll find out.

For EU residents

Should the wifi connection let you down, as an EU resident, you still have the luxury to take advantage of free roaming in all EU countries, just remember to turn on roaming in your phone's settings. If you are an EU resident traveling through a non-EU country such as Switzerland, the UK, or Norway, it could be a good idea to bring a 4G dongle in your bag, and switch off roaming to avoid hefty bills.

First and second class

Wouldn’t it be great if there were only a few, standardized, alternatives when choosing class? We agree. However, the train operators themselves choose what they call their different class options, which means they tend to be called things like "Sparpreis", "Super Flex Premium" and sometimes just "Seat". This is not ideal and we are working actively to standardize how ticket options are listed in our service.

Which option you choose to travel with is entirely up to you. The more expensive options usually mean better comfort. If you feel unsure about what applies to each class option, you can check it out on the train operators' websites, or in their terms and conditions.