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1. Posted by lonelyhear (Budding Member 48 posts) 9y

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I am planning to visit Scandinavia in August-sept.
Somebody plz tell me,
1.Cheapest transport between Stockholm-Oslo.
2.A travell plan in and around Stockholm for 1,2 & 3 days.
3.Should I do Stockholm-Oslo-Gothenberg-Copenhagen or stockholm-gothenberg-Oslo-Gothenberg-copenhagen ?
4.Value for money hostel at Stockholm.
Plz consider, I am in a tight budget.

2. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 9y

1) There aren't many trains, there are a couple of buses, but lots and lots of flights. However, airports are a bit out of time and the transfers need to be considered when comparing prices. Trains and buses can be quite cheap if booked well in advance. A Scanrail pass might save you money if all your trips are by train.

3) Stockholm - Oslo - Goteborg - Kobenhavn is more logical and avoids backtracking. If you use a pass and have an extra day, that doesn't matter so much. If you want to visit Göteborg before Oslo (so doing both Swedish cities together), there is an overnight ferry from Oslo to Kobenhavn (and again, lots of flights) which mean that it's not neccessarry to visit Gbg twice.

4) I've stayed in 4 or 5 places, all of which are reasonable. The Red Boat Mälaren is worth a look though, because the hostel is actually a boat, and thuis a bit different to normal.

3. Posted by lonelyhear (Budding Member 48 posts) 9y

Thank you Gelly,
I will try to do that.
But what about Oslo-Gtn transport? I do not like flights.
Is it wiser to go directly to Copenhagen and do a day trip to Gotn from there?
Another point. I may go to Flam enroute to Sodenfjord.
So is it posble to do a Flam/Voss-Gtn/Copenhagen? Then I do not have to visit Oslo twice.
If so plz tell in details about the transport.
Will it save time,money and effort?
Regards.

4. Posted by 0402374c (Budding Member 7 posts) 9y

Hi, i'm just back from Stockholm last month and I stayed in the CIty Backpackers Inn hostel, which was around £20 sterling per night. Was a great place to stay. I think there is a link to it from this site if you search Stockholm accomodation. We walked everywhere whilst over there, absolutely beautiful city, very clean and everybody was very friendly. Could probably do all the sites in around 2 days. £ days might be better. Will help with any other q's if you need.

hope this helps!

5. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 9y

But what about Oslo-Gtn transport?

There are a couple of trains and several buses per day.

Is it wiser to go directly to Copenhagen and do a day trip to Gotn from there?

Not really, unless you like Looong days. The direct trains take almost 4hours, which means that just a return trip from station to station, it is 8hours of traveling.

Another point. I may go to Flam enroute to Sodenfjord.
So is it posble to do a Flam/Voss-Gtn/Copenhagen? Then I do not have to visit Oslo twice.

Flåm and Sognefjord are lovely, but there isn't an easy way to visit them and then Göteborg without going back through Oslo. It is possible, but not really worth the effort. It makes much more sense to return via Oslo.

If you desperately wanted to avoid Oslo twice, i would suggest Sthm - Gbg - Oslo - Flåm/Sognefjord - Bergen then by ferry to Hirtshals [the Bergen - Hirtshalls ferry isn't daily, so you may need to go first from Bergen to Stavanger, or even Kristiansand first] and from Hirtshalls, go right down by train through Jytland and Fyn to Kobenhavn that way. You could then stop off a bit more in Denmark on your way. Århus is nice, other places not too bad eitehr

6. Posted by lonelyhear (Budding Member 48 posts) 9y

Thank you Niall,
I will remember your advice.
Good luck.

7. Posted by lonelyhear (Budding Member 48 posts) 9y

Thank you Gelli again,
So it appears Stock-Oslo-Flam/Bergen-Oslo-Gtn-Copenhagen rout is most appropriate and I will do that.
Now,
starting say at 6am from Oslo,
reaching Gtn at 10am by Bus/Train,
roaming whole day (Gtn),
leaveing Gtn in late afternoon/evening
and reaching Koben at night- is it posble/feasable?

8. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 9y

starting say at 6am from Oslo,
reaching Gtn at 10am by Bus/Train,
roaming whole day (Gtn),
leaveing Gtn in late afternoon/evening
and reaching Koben at night- is it posble/feasable?

Yes, it's both possible and feasible:

There's a train from Oslo at 7am, which gets you to Gbg at 10.55. Then, the last train leaves Gbg at 19.30, is direct, and gets you to Kbh at 23.37, which shouldn't be a problem providing your accom knows you will be arriving late.

By Bus, Säfflebusen has a departure from Oslo at 07.15, arriving in Gbg at 11.20. They then have departures from Gbg at 18.15 (arrive Kbh at 22.20) or a night one, leaving at 02.05, getting to Kbh at 06.10. There are other bus operators as well. Also, bear in mind that you don't have to travel all by train or bus. You could do both.

Either option would give you a full day to roam, though obviously the train would be longer.

A similar alternative to give you a day in Gbg, would be to go early from Sthm - Gbg (06.15 arrive 09.17. There is a much earlier train, but it takes a longer route and only gets you there 15mins earlier) and then take the 18.00 train to Oslo, arriving 22.04. That gives you a pretty similar amount of time in Gbg for a day.

Then after your Oslo - Flåm - Oslo trip, take the overnight ferry from Oslo to Kbh, which would give you a bit of transport variety. It has the bonus of keeping Sweden altogether, meaning you can then get rid of any remaining Swedish Krona before you leave Gbg (or in Oslo) instead of having to keep it and getting it confused with Norwegian Krona

9. Posted by lonelyhear (Budding Member 48 posts) 9y

Gelly,
you are fantastic. thank you.
yes.I will do the Train/bus in Oslo-Gtn-Kbh route. I will take a ferry in Helsinki-Stock route, so this Oslo-Kbh ferry may not be necessary.
Now, Gelly, Can you tell me another thing. Somehow I am not comfortable in exposing my card in the net.But I understand, on line booking etc needs it. I do use it in upfront in the counter-no problem. Am I overreacting? Any solution?

10. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 9y

Somehow I am not comfortable in exposing my card in the net.But I understand, on line booking etc needs it. I do use it in upfront in the counter-no problem. Am I overreacting? Any solution?

It's never 100% safe, but then it's not if you use a shop either. Any reputable/large site is safe enough. If you are booking Accomodation, for example, Travellerspoint here uses the same systme as Hostelworld, which is as safe as any, and I use it regularly (never had a problem).

The other thing of course is that Credit cards are covered, so that if there is a problem, yes there will be a hassle factor involved, but you will get your money back.

Good luck!