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  • 26 September 2022
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Hi everyone,

 

I want to book a nighttrain between Stockholm and Hamburg. According to the Interrail’s planner, it should be possible (from 39€) but after buying my pass, it seems that there is no day where it is available (always “Seat reservations required from NA”). I try on sj.se too but even when there are some place available, there is no discount with the Interrail pass.

 

Does anyone know how it is possible to book these trains (my pass is useless otherwise) ? 

 

Thanks in advance

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Best answer by AnnaB 26 September 2022, 13:51

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OK. I got answer on facebook.Thanks rvdborgt! Indeed SJ knows that there is a problem with Interrail Pass. They are fixing it but they are not able to say when it will be OK. I propose that the first of us who has an info inform the others! 😉 Have a good day.

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I don't have an interrail pass yet, first I wanted to see the booking options and full ticket prices. That's why I had no problem yesterday to buying a full ticket from Hamburg to Stockholm on this train. Yesterday, berth prices for some days were almost the same price as the reservation. €39 full ticket. Today the prices for some days are expensiver around 59 Euro.

Only an interrail berth reservation costs 34 euros for this train.

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 Ive been reading all these posts about booking Night trains with an Interrail pass. Is it really such a problem?  My understanding is that ( for example ) Abisko to Stockholm is fairly straight forward as it is just covering Sweden , where as the Stockholm  to Hamburg one is an issue as it involves 3 separate countries?  No wonder most people FLY !!!!! What's it like booking a Night jet Vienna to Paris for example?

The big problem is the construction works on the tracks. The authority responsible for the construction works on the Swedish rails has changed their planning system and now sometimes the railway companies running the trains only get a few weeks notice on when the tracks will be open/closed. 

Due to this the railway companies have to decide if they release the ticket for trains that they think will run and risk having to cancel tickets or if they wait with releasing the tickets until the final timetable is set, which can be only weeks before the departure. 

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Thanks for the explanations and help, AnnaB

Much appreciated.  Good to have this community of travellers!

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@L'élan blanc @Wilkosz 

There are problems with the Interrail reservations and other special reservations for the SJ Euronight right now. No one knows when it will be fixed but SJ is aware of the problem. 

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Thank you for the information. I had no news from SJ and I finally booked full prices tickets without Interrail Pass because I didn't want to risk to no have any places anymore. I booked a smaller pass for my other journeys by train in family from France to Lapland in February : @lelanblanc !😎

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The SJ website (and more Swedish websites) suffered from hacker attacks. The SJ website is currently only reachable from Swedish IP addresses, so you could use a VPN. Possible Trainplanet can also book it:

https://tickets.trainplanet.com/travel-wizard/search-tickets

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This train is after 10.12 not even listed on the Deutsche Bahn website. Usually all trains in Europe can be seen there, including those for which tickets are not sold. Meanwhile, SJ prices have risen very quickly day by day and are now over €100 per bert for the most of days in february and march 2023. For some days, such as February 17, no tickets to sold.

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From today, the Hamburg Altona-Stockholm night train can now be booked after December 10 on the SJ website, but only a full ticket without interrail. After entering the interrail code, the same full prices appear as without interrail. Why can't interrail reservations be bought for this train? I had to buy regular tickets, and I will use Interrail only from Stockholm to Kiruna and Abisko and back.

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From today, the Hamburg Altona-Stockholm night train can now be booked after December 10 on the SJ website, but only a full ticket without interrail. After entering the interrail code, the same full prices appear as without interrail. Why can't interrail reservations be bought for this train? I had to buy regular tickets, and I will use Interrail only from Stockholm to Kiruna and Abisko and back.

We still don't know. I'd suggest again to ask SJ why they don't have any pass holder fees available. And let us know what they say.

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Thanks for the information. I have been trying to book a night train too, from Stockholm to Hamburg but with no luck at all.  Even the daytime trains don’t seem to be available for booking.  Can anyone tell me how far in advance SJ make tickets available. and also, how far ahead should I reserve a seat in Sweden, please?    I have a first class global pass.   All advice is very welcome: am finding it hard to navigate reservations with my pass.

Thanks!

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Since the 25th of January it is possible to make reservations for day trains with SJ until the 28th of May, but the planning of construction works during Easter and Ascension is not yet finalised so about 40 % of the departures during that time will not be possible to reserve until the end of February. 

For the SJ Euronight is at the moment possible to make reservations until the 30th of March. The plan is the SJ Euronight will be prolonged from Hamburg to Berlin from April. 

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@juliadbau  For what routes and when do you want to make reservations?

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Since I posted that I have read that reservations for the night trains from Stockholm can’t be made more than 60 days in advance:  I was trying for Stockholm to Hamburg on May 30th so it is  probably too far ahead?  thanks for your reply!

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Since I posted that I have read that reservations for the night trains from Stockholm can’t be made more than 60 days in advance:  I was trying for Stockholm to Hamburg on May 30th so it is  probably too far ahead?  thanks for your reply!

The 60 day rule is not true for Sweden. Tickets/reservations are released 4 times a year by SJ, but due to construction works some tickets/reservations are only released a week or two before the departure. 

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Thanks again for your help! so really it is just luck and perserverence?! I want to book from Narvik to Stockholm on the overnight train as well….  I am assuming that I do need to book as far ahead as possible though?   Can one make bookings by phone by any chance? I can’t find details anywhere. 

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Thanks again for your help! so really it is just luck and perserverence?! I want to book from Narvik to Stockholm on the overnight train as well….  I am assuming that I do need to book as far ahead as possible though?   Can one make bookings by phone by any chance? I can’t find details anywhere. 

The reservations in Sweden are easy to make once the trains are available. 

There is no use calling SJ as Customer Support don't have any more information than what is available online. If the train isn't possible to reserve at sj.se then SJ Customer Support can't help you. 

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Hi

Did you get an answer from SJ?

I didn’t!

I have exactly the same question : I’m wondering if I take an Interrail Pass for the Hamburg Altona-Stockholm night train or not.

I would like to take my tickets very soon because I’m too afraid do not have places anymore!

Thank you for your help.

 Ive been reading all these posts about booking Night trains with an Interrail pass. Is it really such a problem?  My understanding is that ( for example ) Abisko to Stockholm is fairly straight forward as it is just covering Sweden , where as the Stockholm  to Hamburg one is an issue as it involves 3 separate countries?  No wonder most people FLY !!!!! What's it like booking a Night jet Vienna to Paris for example?

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Did you get an answer from SJ?

I didn’t!

Where did you ask? They might respond quicker if you post a public message on their Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/sj

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I sent an email. I will try on Facebook. Thank you.

 I was reading about issues with night train Stockholm to Hamburg. Is it the same problem booking Stockholm to Berlin?

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 I was reading about issues with night train Stockholm to Hamburg. Is it the same problem booking Stockholm to Berlin?

That depends on when you want to travel. Right now only Snälltåget runs a direct night train from Stockholm to Berlin and that train only runs parts of the year, in the summer season. Reservations for this summer can be made at snalltaget.se but a couchette is rather expensive, more than 60 EUR.

 

 The SJ Euronight will hopefully start running continuing from Hamburg to Berlin in April but that is not confirmed yet. 

 

Right now Snälltåget runs weekly trains from Stockholm to the Austrian Alps and from Malmö to the Swedish mountains. Interrail/Eurail is not valid on these ski-trains. 

I will also like to hear any updates. We have had the same issue as we’re waiting to book tickets before Christmas and in the new year between Hamburg & Stockholm. If you check ÖBB you can reserve with the interrail discount until the 10th December. But ÖBB doesn’t currently show any of the Euronight trains between Stockholm & Hamburg on its system after the 10th December. Is anyone aware of when ÖBB will display these? I’ll try and get a hold of their customer service to find out, but I have a feeling they would refer me to SJ and then SJ will state that they’re trying to fix their system.

Are the construction works continuing in June? I was hoping to get the EuroNight Hamburg to Stockholm departing on Monday 12th June. To get around the problem of the SJ.se website being down, you can download the SJ app and that works. However for this train it says “Track works” so I guess there is no hope of it running? Anyone got any good ideas for alternatives?

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