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

Trip duration
2 days
Travel time
20h

This is the expert's go-to travel option

Traveling from Stockholm to Lyon by train is a great experience. It’s a 2 days train journey with amazing scenery, passing through Copenhagen, Hamburg and Frankfurt 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
Frankfurt Germany
Frankfurt

Grab a quick bite and switch trains in Frankfurt.

Frankfurt Germany
Lyon France
Lyon

Arrive at your final destination, Lyon.

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

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Leaving from Stockholm Sweden
Going to Lyon France

Good to know when traveling from Stockholm to Lyon

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.

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.