How long would it take to travel from Saarbrücken to Stockholm using the train?

I'm able to make 1 stop if necessary.

And what route do I need to travel?

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    Option 4 on this page: rome2rio.com/p/Saarbr%C3%BCcken/Stockholm 4 changes though, and takes 17 hours. Flying would definitely be quicker and could be cheaper, although less environmentally friendly.
    – A E
    Commented Jun 22, 2016 at 16:46
  • @neo: Neither Hamburg nor Berlin have direct trains to Stockholm either. The farthest south you will find that is Copenhagen (which can itself be reached from Hamburg or Berlin). Commented Jun 23, 2016 at 11:38
  • @HenningMakholm You are right of course. For some reason I had Malmö in mind (for which there is a night train from Berlin). But for Stockholm you'd need another change.
    – neo
    Commented Jun 23, 2016 at 12:42

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Apart from the regular travel search, DB also features a Sparpreisfinder (rough translation: cheap price finder). You will need to use the out-of-country one that I linked (hopefully the link doesn’t die), select Sweden as the country and Stockholm as the station. It features four options from Saarbrücken to Stockholm ranging from €139 to €169 if you don’t have a BahnCard (and are 31; I randomly put in an age because it asks you to and I didn’t want to risk youth prices).

If you can, you really should book a single through ticket. If you do, then it’s not your fault if you miss any train due to delays.

No matter how you do it, there is going to be a night connection somewhere. Since German railways do not see themselves as competent enough to offer night trains with sleeper cars, you are either restricted to a night in a sitting train or one at a station (one connection I can see has you wait 3:50 h in Neumünster — not exactly my definition of a successful night ;)). Of course, you can always break your journey into two, but you can’t book that via the Sparpreisfinder directly. However, if you set your eyes on a specific part in Denmark/Sweden, you can go back to the usual journey planner and select a stay of however long at a German station of your desire. You will still be able to book a through ticket.

The connections I got:

    1. Regional train; leaves Saarbrücken at 15:47, arrives in Mannheim at 17:13 (RE 4114)
    2. ICE; leaves Mannheim at 18:00, arrives in Hamburg at 22:54 (ICE 572)
    3. InterCity (operated by DSB); leaves Hamburg at 23:42, arrives in Copenhagen at 06:56 (IC 231; this is a typical Danish intercity train set)
    4. X2000; leaves Copenhagen at 08:20, arrives in Stockholm at 13:39 (X2 530; passport checks before you board in Copenhagen by the train staff and in Hyllie by Swedish border control)
    1. Regional train; leaves Saarbrücken at 16:46, arrives in Mannheim at 18:18 (RE 4116)
    2. ICE; leaves Mannheim at 18:29, arrives in Kassel-Wilhelmshöhe at 20:41 (ICE 274)
    3. ICE; leaves Kassel at 21:36, arrives in Hamburg at 00:36 (ICE 782)
    4. Regional train, leaves Hamburg at 00:45, arrives in Neumünster at 01:41 (RE 21140)
    5. A night at Neumünster station
    6. Regional train, leaves Neumünster at 05:30, arrives in Flensburg at 06:46 (RE 21050)
    7. InterCity, leaves Flensburg at 06:50, arrives in Fredericia at 08:10 (IC 5721)
    8. Lyntog, leaves Fredericia at 08:22, arrives in Copenhagen at 10:41 (LYN 51018)
    9. X2000, leaves Copenhagen at 11:20, arrives in Stockholm at 16:39 (X2 536)
    1. Regional train; leaves Saarbrücken at 21:47, arrives in Mannheim at 23:35 (RE 4126)
    2. InterCity; leaves Mannheim at 02:15, arrives in Hamburg at 09:05 (IC 60478; I suspect that this is also a night train, but the Sparpreisfinder cannot find sleeping cars or whatever)
    3. ICE; leaves Hamburg at 09:28, arrives in Copenhagen at 14:22 (ICE 33; crosses the Fehmarn belt by ferry)
    4. X2000; leaves Copenhagen at 15:20, arrives in Stockholm at 20:39 (X2 544)

All this was plugging a random day.

You see that you get two general routes: Northwards to Hamburg and then either across the Danish mainland to Copenhagen or across the Fehmarn belt. The last leg is identical.

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