When my husband heard about the Blue Train ( Blå Tåget in Swedish) he could not contain his excitement about planning a trip by the said train. And for the first time we travelled by train from Gothenburg to Stockholm. It’s not that we haven’t been on a train but it’s because this one’s different. It’s like the Orient Express train we saw in a film, Murder on the Orient Express. Well, the restaurant car looks like it.
The Blue Train or Blå tåget is just about à la Orient Express but without the special sleep cabins since it does not travel overnight. What makes the train distinct from other trains here is that the pleasure of dining in its restaurant car and relaxing at the bar.
We booked on the First Class carriage, which is closer to the restaurant and bar. The trip from Gothenburg to Stockholm took about four hours. Though the view wasn’t so dramatic because it’s mostly forests, towns, fields and lakes we liked the convenience of sitting at the restaurant for almost the length of the trip.
The Blue Train (Blå tåget) travels from Gothenburg to Uppsala and vice versa. It can also be chartered if travelling in a group. They also offer a package deal which includes an overnight stay in a hotel in Stockholm. For more details about the fare and timetable just head on to the Blå tåget website.