A step-by-step travel guide. Take the train from Stockholm to Bratislava

Trip duration
2 days
Travel time
21h

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Traveling from Stockholm to Bratislava by train is a great experience. It’s a 2 days train journey with amazing scenery, passing through Copenhagen and Hamburg on the way.

Day 1

Stockholm Sweden
Copenhagen Denmark
Copenhagen

Have a late lunch and switch trains in Copenhagen.

Copenhagen Denmark
Hamburg Germany
Hamburg

Spend 1 night in Hamburg

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

Day 2

Hamburg Germany
Bratislava Slovakia
Bratislava

Arrive at your final destination, Bratislava.

Check out Hotels.com to find affordable housing in the city centre of Bratislava.

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Leaving from Stockholm Sweden
Going to Bratislava Slovakia

Good to know when traveling from Stockholm to Bratislava

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.

Travel insurance

International train journeys in Europe are covered by the CIV protection rules, a set of rules to make it easier to travel cross-boarder with train. Primarily providing compensation for lost baggage and a guarantee of onward transport.

You can find out if your journey is covered by CIV by checking the tickets. "CIV" should then be printed in a corner.

But...

...there are many cases when these rules does not apply. Therefore All Aboard advise you to have a valid travel insurance before going on your trip. It's never a fun thing either to miss a connection or to loose your luggage, we know, therefore it's very useful to have an insurance where you're fully covered.

What happens if I miss my connecting train?

Missed trains connections are always possible due to delays, cancellations or just bad luck. Here's a few things to think about:

Before you travel

  • Make sure you have enough time to begin with. Check all the connecting trains and give yourself some extra time to make the changes.
  • Make sure that you have a travel insurance that include missed connections due to things out of your own control.

If you've missed your train

International rail travel is protected by the CIV rules - which means you're usually allowed to travel on the next available train free of charge.

  • Save all documentation and tickets, you'll need them later to make a claim.
  • Ask the ticket inspector to validate your tickets as evidence of the delay.
  • When arriving at the next station ask the staff on what to do next.

Long distance train trips

If you have multiple connecting trains and your first train is delayed, your whole journey might be affected. Remember that if you have to buy new tickets or accommodation as an effect of the delay, save all receipts for your travel insurer.