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Travelling Scandinavia (Denmark, Sweden, Norway & Finland)

Melbourne, Australia
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Travelling Scandinavia (Denmark, Sweden, Norway & Finland)

I will be travelling around Denmark, Sweden, Norway & Finland during July.

I wish to find out which is the most efficient and cost effective way to travel these countries?

My first thought was to get an eurail (Scandinavian Pass), would this be the best way?

Also, would it be cheaper to buy in Australia prior to leaving or when I arrive in Denmark?

Any advice would be appreciated.



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1. Re: Travelling Scandinavia (Denmark, Sweden, Norway & Finland)

This depends on how many cities you want to vist. Do you have any itinerary yeat? Hopping between just the capitals is prob cheapest by plane.

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2. Re: Travelling Scandinavia (Denmark, Sweden, Norway & Finland)

Buying the train pass once you have arrived is more problematic than buying it (online) prior to arriving in Europe - the Eurail passes are not readily available here, but you'll have to visit the special Eurail Aid Offices ( eurail.com/planning/…eurail-aid-offices ) that exist only in the major railway stations. I don't think the price will be any different from what they've quoted on the website ( http://www.eurail.com/eurail-passes ). On the website they say that the online prices are up to 20% cheaper than the passes bought on the spot (and not all passes are available anymore in Europe).

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3. Re: Travelling Scandinavia (Denmark, Sweden, Norway & Finland)

Thank you for your responses and advice. The eurail information will be extremely helpful.

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4. Re: Travelling Scandinavia (Denmark, Sweden, Norway & Finland)

hello aussie_pip2,

I am thinking the same route as yours. i havent really decided on where to go and what cities to visit. would you mind sharing your IT? thanks a lot.

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5. Re: Travelling Scandinavia (Denmark, Sweden, Norway & Finland)

I use a mix of plane/train when I'm in the Nordics. My usual split is:

Trains - going from Denmark to nearby southern Sweden; shorter domestic routes

Planes - moving between countries; longer domestic routes; or if I get a better/roughly equal price to a train fare on a given route

If you plan reasonably ahead, buying point-to-point tickets from the local train authorities can work out significantly cheaper - they usually have specials booking somewhat in advance. But if you want full flexibility of days AND won't fly, then a rail pass may be cheaper. (I personally don't use Eurail passes, but that's me).

Flying is usually faster (even counting time to/from the airport; airport-city transport has been good in all the Nordic cities I've been to). And there are nice bargains, e.g. I flew Copenhagen-Stockholm for A$60 on SAS (flysas.com.au) and the flight was just 65 minutes, compared to 5.5 hours on a train. There are plenty of other Nordic domestic airlines to choose from (e.g. Finnair, Blue1, Norwegian, and some smaller ones), some may be cheaper than what I paid (SAS isn't a budget airline).

Many things can be booked up from home in Australia IME.

Edited: 02 June 2012, 17:21
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