The beautiful city in Sweden you can get to on the train from London in less than a day

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In today's world, hopping on a plane to jet off to an exotic location can often be cheaper than a train ticket across the country. The affordability and accessibility of air travel have made it a go-to choice for both work and leisure trips.

But as the harsh reality of the climate crisis looms large, many are reconsidering their travel habits in favour of more sustainable options.

Asking people to completely give up their holidays might be a tall order, but there's a growing interest in slower, more eco-friendly travel.

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Travelling from London to Europe by train isn't a novel idea - the Eurostar is a well-known option that has made journeys to Brussels and Amsterdam greener in recent years.

But did you know that you can also reach the stunning city of Stockholm by train?

Londoners can cover the 1182-mile journey in less than a day, trading a bit of extra travel time for breathtaking scenery and charming stopovers.

Starting from London's St Pancras International, regular and fast trains make travel to Paris, Brussels, and Amsterdam a breeze. The first leg of the journey takes you to Brussels, with Eurostar tickets available for as little as £52 and a travel time of approximately two hours.

To make the entire journey in a day, you'll want to hop on the German Deutsche Bahn ICE rather than the Thalys service from Brussels to Cologne.

From Cologne, your next stop is Altona, Hamburg. This leg of the journey can be done in four hours and 20 minutes.

Since 2022, there's been a sleeper train from Altona, Hamburg to Stockholm, offering passengers an overnight journey to Sweden's capital. Operated by NightJet and running daily, budget tickets are around the £100 mark, but if you fancy a couchette or first class, you'll need to fork out a bit more.

Stockholm, spread across 14 islands and connected by over 50 bridges on an extensive Baltic Sea archipelago, is a picturesque city brimming with culture, food, history, and art. In winter, expect a snow-covered wonderland, while warmer months transform it into a vibrant, colourful landscape.

As a city built on water, Stockholm is one of the world's cleanest capitals. Its cobbled streets are lined with beautiful, colourful houses.

Cycling is a popular mode of transport, with over 70,000 Stockholmers pedalling their way around each day. Thanks to dedicated bike lanes throughout the city, collisions between cars and bikes are a rarity.

It also boasts three UNESCO World Heritage sites - the Royal Palace at Drottningholm, Skogskyrkogarden (The Woodland Cemetery), and the Birka archaeological site.

If you're a water enthusiast, you'll be thrilled by the pristine waters where you can swim, fish, and even drink from!

After a refreshing dip, why not explore one of the nearly 100 museums?

With more museums per capita than almost anywhere in the world, Stockholm is a cultural treasure trove.

So, why not catch a few trains and discover this incredible city for yourself?

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