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

Trip duration
3 days
Travel time
28h

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Traveling from Stockholm to Madrid by train is a great experience. It’s a 3 days train journey with amazing scenery, passing through Copenhagen, Hamburg, Mannheim, Paris and Barcelona 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
Mannheim Germany
Mannheim

Grab a quick bite and switch trains in Mannheim.

Mannheim Germany
Paris France
Paris

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
Barcelona Spain
Madrid Spain
Madrid

Arrive at your final destination, Madrid.

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

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Leaving from Stockholm Sweden
Going to Madrid Spain

Good to know when traveling from Stockholm to Madrid

Seat reservations

Some routes and train operators require that you have a seat reservation with your ticket. If you don't see an option for adding seat reservation while booking, seat reservations are not possible. We always recommend adding a seat reservation if possible, to not risk having to travel standing up. That's not very cozy.

Seat preference

With most tickets comes an opportunity to choose where on the train you'd prefer to sit, where the two most common options are Window and Aisle. Unfortunately, we can't promise that you are able to get a seat according to preference, as it depends entirely on how many free seats there are left on the train. We hope to be able to present a more comprehensive way of choosing seats in the near future, with options such as quiet section and animals allowed.

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.

Special luggage allowance

A great thing with traveling by train is that there are no extra fees for bringing all you luggage. But a rule to have in mind is that the bags you bring on board should be able to be carried by one single person.

Usually there are luggage racks above the seats and more storage in dedicated places on the train. The standard dimensions of the luggage racks are 70 x 50 cm.

You can bring things like

  • Pushchairs and strollers
  • Folding bikes, scooters
  • Sports equipment (e.g. skis, surfboards)

Can I bring my bike?

There are some operators that allow you to bring your regular bike. Some trains do allow this off peak hours and you might need a separate reservation. Unfortunately we're not able to sell these at All Aboard, yet.

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