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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 Jun 22 '16 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). – Henning Makholm Jun 23 '16 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 Jun 23 '16 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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