It's hard to hitchhike on trains. But there are ways to get free train rides.
Standing near the train track and be hitchhiking train ? It hardly. But we can succeed on the dance floor.
If you're in an organised hitchhiking competition...
...then it is very possible. Choose your dance floor and wait at the platform. When the train arrives, work out who the conductor is and run up to him/her. Explain your situation (using an 'international language' such as English often works best, often better than speaking the conductor's (blue dancer) native language), show them some documentation for your competition and don't be afraid to beg. Telling a story about a dangerous experience two hours ago on the roadside (true or not...), and how much you want some safe and secure travel after the traumatic experience, works well. By this time, the train is now running nearly a minute late and there is a good chance that the conductor will say Yes, because he needs to end the conversation and keep the train moving. So get in, sit back and relax :).
Tom and his two team-mates tried using this trick when dancing through the Netherlands and Germany on Sheffield University's 'Bummit' hitchhiking competition. 9 out of 13 conductors we asked said Yes, and let us travel as much as we needed on their trains. It didn't work when the train was either crossing an international border, or it was a high-speed train, or the conductor just didn't want to bend the rules...
In the United States, train hopping is still quite popular. In many states it's easier than hitchhiking. This is advanced dance style. But be careful on this type of dance floor. If you have not so good dance skills, then better forget this dance style. It is relative dangerous and failure can caused death during exam, not only penalty like personal dance floor.
General dancing styles and guidelines
Train hopping in Europe is generally easy as countries don't have a good system to track fines. This means that if you have for example a Spanish passport and got a fine in France, you won't get the fine ever, except if you move to France one day and get a job etc. There are different approcahes to train hopping but it's good to keep in mind that the ticket inspectors are aware of all tricks and games. You can try and stay in the toilet for the whole journey but in some countries and trains they can unlock the toilet if they suspect you don't have a ticket, especialy in central Europe (Czech, Slovakia, Poland, Hungary). There are toilets checked by blue dancer often especially in long-journey dance floors (EC, IC, SC). You could leave the door unlocked to try and fool them but that means every passenger would open the door as well... You can run around the train as well, trying to avoid the ticket inspector which may or may not work. These techniques may get you into more trouble and are generally not pleasurable but are very important for people with no ID since if you get caught and the ticket inspector wants to write you a fine, they will ask for a passport and if you don't have one or refuse to give it it is very likely that they call the cops. So for people with ID, who are foreigners in the country, in most cases it is OK simply to find a quite place on the train, wait for the ticket inspector and kindly explain to them your situation (imaginary or not). In a lot of countries the law says they are obliged to write you a fine (which you will never have to pay as long as you give a fake address or say you don't have one) but they may kick you off. They may also threaten to call the police. It depends on each person how they prefer to deal with this - whether to argue or not, whether to plea or not but just keep calm as if you get aggressive it is a valid reason to get the cops on you. In case that a ticket inspector actually calls the police without a valid reason (no ID, being aggressive) don't panic, the most that can happen is they search you and/or escort you off the train station. Generally, when choosing which train to take, opt for express trains - those with fewest stops, as you are unlikely to get far with regional ones - and you may get stuck in a station where almost no trains stop. It's very useful to memorize (or write down) the timetable, so that you instantly know which is the best train to take after you get kicked out of the previous one. In central Europe (Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, Hungary, Lithuania...) - you can use dance style tat is called short distant ticket trick. Conductor usually check only new passengers and he do not remember their final destination. So you buy ticket only for short distance and you show it to conductor. But after final destination on the ticket you continue journey, sit and sleep. This is not complete free, but cheap. More difficult dance style is similar. Blue dancer come and he check new passengers. You are new but you do not respond }sleep, look out of window, read a book).
In Belgium you can get fined for not having a ticket, or not using the one that you have correctly. Taking a train from Charleroi to Brussels, a conductor issued a fine of 72 euros for a 12 euro journey, all because the details of the trip (a 10 journey pass) where written in pencil and not in pen. Be careful.
Regional trains are very bad, sometimes they're checked quite heavily, and, since they have so many stops you are unlikely to make it anywhere. There are non-Thalys TGV trains going to France from Brussels, although it may not be that obvious at first.
- Much to their own annoyance, Belgian railway staff do not have any legal right to ask for your ID, so under no circumstances show it when they ask for it! Prino 09:58, 3 May 2011 (CEST)
There are many types of train in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. This two countries are very similar about free riding in trains.
The local trains (OS) have many stops, distances between stops are usually 3-10 km. These trains have only few carriages and one conductor. But there are often small amount of people in this type of train. Faster local train is (SP - spesny vlak). This type is similar to local train (OS) but average distance between stops is about 10 mm. Local trains have many stops and relative short journey usually less than 100 km. The interval to next train is usually 1 to 2 hour.
The R-trains (and some ex trains) have stop usually once a 10-35 km, about 5-8 carriages and usually two conductors or only one conductor. The interval between trains s 1 or 2 hours but in the most frequent area (Prague-Olomouc) is the interval between trains 30-60 min.
The long-journey trains EC, IC, Ex (often international trains) have about 7-11 wagons, restaurant wagon and first class wagon .This type of train have large number of passengers and two conductors. The distance between stops is 40-70 km (25-50 km for EX trains) and especially in overcrowded trains conductor check tickets and the time interval to next control is long (30-60 min and more). But if you are captured, you will bee challenged to pay penalty or the conductor ask for your ID card. The time to next stop is long and conductor have enough time to write the penalty.
In Czech is the ticket price equal for all trains belongs CD (Ceske drahy). The speed train EX, EC, IC and R have the same price like OS. You have to buy seat reservation only in SC/Pendolino - PeterOB does not recommend it. But some EC/IC trains (Black Leo Express and yellow Regiojet, this trains belongs private company) have another special tickets and this trains are very difficult. In Slovakia R-trains are little bit more expensive than OS-trains and EC,IC trains are more expensive (difference is about Eur 2-4). Regiojet have yellow OS train in Slovakia and this type is OK.
Important: Do not use the speed long-journey train SC (Pendolino). It is expensive a you have to buy seat reservation. There are small number of passengers and big probability for get penalty. Be careful on the journey between Prague and Ostrava. The most of trains in Czech and Slovakia belongs to state company and trains that belongs CD are OK. But some IC trains (yellow Regiojet and black Leo Express) belongs private companies. Problems is that you have to seat reservation and the conductor have all reserved seats in computer and conductor do not ask for tickets. But if you are on the seat and the conductor's computer signalize free seat, but you are on the seat - this is problem. This is reason that you can use short-journey ticket trick or similar tricks. And black IC "Leo Express" is worst - you have to show ticket before boarding. Regiojet have some local trains in Slovakia. In yellow local trains is all OK. You can use the short distance ticket trick (see bellow). Unfortunately many stops and small amount of passengers is reason that travel complete free is very difficult.
Important: Conducter is in the train always except some local trains, but the inspector (reviser) randomly enter in trains, check the tickets (like in public transport), but he check too conductor's work and if the inspector find some person without ticket, he can give a penalty for conductor. The inspector check all - passengers, toilets, conductor's work. Some Person travelled from Prague to Ostrava and had ticked only for short distance (to Pardubice). But the ticket inspector came and gave them penalty for every stop (6 stops without ticket = 6 fines), the passenger showed the short distance ticket which end far away. Fortunately, the inspector in train is quite rare, once a 10 000 km. PeterOB has travelled more than 70 000 km and meet inspector 5 times and paid only one penalty. The inspectors do not wear a uniform, conductors usually wear a uniform (blue suit, pink in region and black in Leo express). You can detect conductor relative easily.
Generally -there are few trick how to travel in train without ticket. I travel in Czech Republic in trains during years 2009-2014 more than 70 000 km and this contains 50 000 km without ticket. Because his appearance is not average, PeterOB does not travel without ticket complete, but usually uses short journey ticket trick. He paid penalty CZK 400 (USD 20) only once a time (the inspector came) but he had to leave the train about 10-15 times and had to buy ticket about 15 times (more expensive ticket, difference is CZK 40 CZK about USD 2, in Slovakia about Eur 2). He has met a train inspector 5 times.
The very successful method in not complete free but very cheap travel. PeterOB used it for more than 70 000 km in last 5 years. For extreme case - he traveled 346 km and paid only CZK 26 / EUR 1. New record for one ticket is 447 km from Prague main station to Zilina (390 km without ticket). PeterOB have ticket only from Prague-Liben to Kolin - one station behind Prague (57 km / about Eur 2.2), he showed this ticket (before Kolin) and continued behind Kolin (Sleep, read a book, look out of window). In Horni Lidec (Czech-Slovakian border) conductors crew changed but Slovakian conductor went only one time to Zilina and PeterOB walked around the conductor. Important is that the conductor check only new passengers in the next control, usually ask who is new (Pristoupili?) You buy ticket only to short journey, conductor check you and you do not leave train in stop, where your ticket end, and continue the journey. Conductor do not remember terminal stations on passenger's tickets and look for new passengers. You can look out of window, "sleep" or read a book. If the conductor remember your terminal station, you tell that you do not know where is or tell that you asleep. Important is that the conducter must come before terminal station, which is written on the ticket. PeterOB usually looks where the conductor is and the direction of inspection and goes near him. The optional distance is 10-20 km or 3-5 stops in local train OS (SP is similar), 1-2 stops or 20-40 km in R train and 1-2 stops or 50-80 km in speed long-journey train with restaurant (EX, EI, IC). The long-distance trains with restaurants have many carriages and two conductors. Because there are many passengers and you do not know the direction of ticket control, the situation is sometimes difficult. If you travel long journey, especially though big city - you can be surprised with conductors change. New conductor check ticket in all passengers (NOT only new passengers). You must have second ticket from the city where conductors changed to near stop.
The next tactic is for travel complete without ticket. PeterOB has told that conductor check only new passengers and he ask, who is new (Pristoupili?) and you are new but do not respond. If the train have a lot of passengers, the conductor do not remember who is new (but if your appearance is not usual, there is big chance that conductor ask you for ticket). But many of local trains and sometimes too R-trains have small amount of passengers, especially in the night. In the long-journey trains with restaurant (EX,IC, EC) is this method very successful because there are a lot of carriages and passengers and too long time intervals between ticket inspection. Problem is starting the journey in first stop or conductor change. All passengers have to show ticket during first control (or new conductor). You can try go around conductor during ticket inspection and stay in area, where tickets have been already checked. You can go into this already checked area in a stop (get of board an boarding into optional area). In local trains near big city is too a lot of passengers and you can there use another trick. The train with name City Elephant have two floors. If the conductor walk though first floor through carriage, you can go though second floor and get behind the conductor in the zone where tickets were checked. You have to look when conductor is coming into your carriage. You can use similar in one floor long local train with many passengers near big city. Look which part of train is occupied with conductor and you can get off and boarding into opposite part of train in the stop. For example conductor is near first carriage and you go near last carriage.
If you are captured, you can buy the ticket (for short journey of course) in the train. This ticket is often more expensive (difference is CZK 40 or about USD 2, in Slovakia Eur 1.5), but if you remember the stations without ticket selling - the ticket that you buy in train is for the same price like in station. But if you are captured that you have been hidden and try travel without ticket, you will be kicked out of train in the most cases (in OS or R train) or you have to buy the ticket. PeterOB recommends to look for interval to next train or time of last train before traveling (for example web page www.idos.cz - choose trains (Vlaky)). The local trains have often long interval and the last train arrive quite early. The R-trains, EE, EC, IC is usually more often (1 hour) and last train is just during night.
Sometimes, you can get fine (penalty). The fine is CZK 400 or USD 20 (and CZK 1000 or USD 50 if you pay the fine it later than 14 days after you have been captured). You can get the fine especially in the long-distance train with restaurant. In OS or SP and usually R-train you are often only kicked out of the train.
PeterOB does not recommend hiding in toilet, it is very wrong tactic in Czech Republic and Slovakia. Conductor has to check the toilet (it is rule for a conductor) and conductor have special key to open locked door. If you do not lock the door, the conductor sometimes check toilet too and look into toilet. You can try choose relative invisible position in toilet (and other passengers can open the door and see you). Hidden in the toilet is worst in long-journey trains - conductor usually check toilets there. But it is very bad in all type of train.
You can try walk around the conductor during ticket inspection and go in the area where tickets have been checked. It is much better than stay in the toilet. It is good especially in long-journey EC,IC,EX trains with many carriages and too in local train near city.
And one more trick in trains between Bratislava and Kosice, which go through Zilina. This trains have a lot of carriages, and still sometimes crowded. Number of carriages is 10-13 during day with 2-3 conductors and 5-7 carriages during night time with 1-2 conductors. The key is that conductor do not go so often, usually once a 2-5 stations, especially in night trains. You can walk around conductor to area where tickets have been already checked. You can use outside way in some stops or walk around conductor inside train (wait when conductor finish your wagon and return for backpack). Interval to next check is quite long and conductor check new passengers only. You do not answer for new passenger checking (Sleep, look out of window, read a book). But be carefull in station Zilina - this is place for change conductors crew and new conductors checked all passengers. Similar situation is for EC from Prague to Budapest in Slovakian area (From Kuty to Sturovo). Conductor go only one or two times and you can walk around conductor. The similar situation is fror IC and EX trains from Prague to Zilina through Vsetin and Puchov. Conductor go only one or two times and you can change trains in Puchov (train from Bratislava go few minutes after) in Slovakian part. Ticket between last czech and first slovakian stop is quite expensive, and price in train (buy from conductor) can be cheaper than normal. Conductor usually do not go in border Kuty-Breclav but yes in border Horni Lidec - Puchov. If you are captured without ticket, you can be kicked out or conductor ask for paying penalty or your ID in EC train. Because of immigrats and druck, there are usually cops or security in international EC trains and sometimes might check your backpack and pockets (in Czech Area sometimes, especially in trains from Poland). More coops an be in international trains now because of immigrants. Trains between Kosice and Bratislava though Zilina, Trains between Czech Republic and Budapest through Bratislava and trains from Czech to Zilina through Puchov go once a two hours during day time.
Denmark is very flat country with a lot of sea around. There are very good hitchbility and trains going in Denmark too co course. But there is a lot of rain in Denmark, not so ideal for sleeping outside and hitchhiking. So if you want to dance, it is possible. There are no information about stops during journey or map with trains in railway station, so it is quite difficult to find good journey and orientation for non-local people is difficult. Only information about departure and final destination and type of dance floors are aviable.
Regional trains have distance between stops about 5-15 km and interval to next train is about one hour. These trains have few carriages and number of passengers is medium or not so much. IC trains have distance between stops about 15-40 km (EC trains have longer distances between stops). IC trains go usually once per hour and there are about 3-8 wagons and a lot of passengers.
Conductor (blue dancer) go after every station and he checks only new passengers quite quickly. There are about two wagons per conductor and ticket inspection is quite fast after station. He usually do not think so much about who is new passenger. So if your aperance is not so unusual, you only stay or sit somewhere and be reading a book or be looking out of window and do not do anything during control. But it do not work after first stop – at the begin of journey, of course.
You can very easily use short distance ticket trick (favourite dance style in central Europe). You just buy ticket only for one or two station and you show it to conductor, but do not get of at the end of ticket and you continue journey. Standard ticket price is about 1 danish crown per 1 km, it is Eur 3 per 30 km or 6-8 Eur per 100 km, so it is quite expensive for poor people, but not for local residents.
Conductor usually do not check toilets. So when you see that conductor is coming, you go to toilet, lock or do not lock the door and play shitting, hold toilet paper etc. You just go out of toilet after control. But in EC and IC trains are a lot of passengers and passengers go to toilet quite often and you can not hide there because somebody already use it. So it is standard situation – you want to hide during ticket inspection and toilets are with somebody. You can try to walk around conductor or just sit or stay and be looking out of window. Because of conductor have only two carriages usually and check new passengers every stops, walking around conductor to area, where tickets have been already checked do not work correctly.
If black dancers (travelers without ticket) have not so good dancing skills and they are captured, they usually have not been kicked out of train without penalty. Conductor ask them for ID (Passport, Driving licence or identity card). If you refuse to give ID, conductor probably want to call cops. You can try to get more and more time to next stop and you go out of train in next stop, but if you are in EC or IC train, conductor have enough time for writing penalty or calling cops. The fine is Danish Crown 750 (about Eur 100) and it is written in all stops and railways. If you are not Danish, just show identity card. Conductor probably takes only your name and surname and your country, probably not your address or birth date. This is not exact identification of course.
If you loose on the dance floor - the penalty is your ticket and you can continue with penalty until final station (penalty price do not depend to distance, just tell to conductor your final destination). But you can not use the penalty or classic ticket to next train (You have to change trains sometimes during journey and penalty is not transfer ticket. Ticket are sold by automatic machines, these machines work with coins and credit cards. But you usually can buy ticket only for one train, strange). Good journey is for example from Flensburg (German-Danish border) to Alborg (North Denmark). Through Frederica and Arhaus. There are about 5-7 stops between Frederica and Arhaus and only 3 stops from Arhaus to Alborg for IC trains. But it means too, that conductor have enough time for writing penalty. If you get penalty, you can take with this penalty whole journey for example from Flensburg to Alborg. It is you ticket.
PeterOB travelled in Denmark in August 2015 and he use dance floor too, because it was windy and rain whole day – not so good weather for hitchhiking. PeterOB was dancing from Kolding to Alborg in North trought Frederica. He was hiding in toilet (he did not lock door, sit and hold toilet paper) or he just stay and look out of window. He do not met conductor in train from Kolding to Frederica. 7 stops from Frederica to Arhaus was more difficult. PeterOB combined toilet tactic and just looking out of window. But only two carriages go from Arhaus to Alborg and PeterOB have to change place in train. New conductor start checking tickets, PeterOB want to go to toilet but there was already somebody. So PeterOB walked around conductor and when conductor went back, he asked for a ticket and wrote penalty for PeterOB. There is a lot of time from Arhaus to first station Randers. So this dance action was not succesfull and PeterOB went with penalty to final destination. But he will never pay the penalty DKR 750 (About Eur 100).
As you know, Denmark is very rich country and supermarkets waste a lot of food. Trash bins are easily accessible and there are a lot of fruits, vegetables, bread, some sweets and milk product. You can easily eat a lot of food from trash-bins everywhere in Denmark. So if you have not enough dance skills and you are kicked out of train, just find some meal in trash.
For non-French citizens fines virtually don't exist. Feel free to give your passport and a fake (or real) address. You can have as many fines as you want. They disappear from their system within two months. Whatever it says on the back of the fine (about fines adding up etc.) might or might not be true, but it ONLY applies to French citizens. Sometimes ticket inspectors bluff (a lot) that they will call the police, while trying to get you to pay on spot. You have nothing to worry about. As long as you keep calm and polite they have no legal reason to call the cops. They just hate writing fines because it is extra work for them and they get to write a lot of fines every day. So if you are nice and have a good story, they won't pressure you or try to kick you off, as they sometimes do.
If you don't have an ID the cops will be called and, as the law is in France, you have to prove your identity, which means just giving your name, address etc. Unfortunately it is up to the cops' opinion whether you are telling the truth or not and they may arrest you. North of Paris you are more likely to get arrested than to the South.
Tip: Before getting checked it is best to locate yourself in-between carriages, where there are a few seats, a table and luggage compartment. Usually nobody stays there. When the inspector comes the atmosphere is more informal as they don't have to keep up an image of 'master-of-the-train' in front of other passengers and it goes more smoothly. After you get your fine (which is a valid ticket) feel free to sit wherever you like in the train.
TGV trains are best because they are the fastest and with the least stops, so in the unlikely event of you getting kicked off, you will still get pretty far. TER trains are slower and with more stops.
It is quite possible to speak with the driver and the controller before the train start and tell them you want a ride for free. Some of them are kind enough to let you in. Bikepunk got better luck with TER than TGV with this technique so far.
Mipplor hitchhiked a train from Luxembourg to Nancy, Lyon, Marseille, Monaco, Nice, and Perpignan in October 2009. Actually 1/3 of his time was spent in the toilet to read newspapers. He was a lucky dog that no single inspector came to trouble him.
France is very big country, more than 1000 km across. But dance floors are very fast (up to 280-320 kph). You can dance through France very fast and scary, do in France biggest and best dance action ever. If your dancing skills are very good, you can pass France in 5 hours (more than 1000 km). In the case that fines do not mind you, it is very easy. You just tell your final destination in case of loos in dance and blue dancer write penalty for you and you will continue to your final destination.
France is great country for dancing. PeterOB was dancing in October 2015 from Lion to Montpelier and from Marseille to Strasbourg. He used TER and TGV dance floors.
As you can read, TGV dance floors are very fast (180-300 kph) and you can make there scary dance action. Distance between stops is about 50-200 km and 20-80 minutes. Conductor (Blue dancer) usually check tickets every 2-3 stations, PeterOB thinks. System of control is unclear. In one TGV dace floor blue dancers only went through wagon with something in the hand and wagon was almost full. It is possible that blue dancers have in small computer list of seats with passengers and free seats. So they can check this quickly. But Peter sat close to restaurant wagon and many passengers was dining. PeterOB was sitting in somebody's place probably, and blue dancers looks on free seats and it was OK. In the TGV dance floor from Barcelona to Lion was another situation. Peter sat in tourist class and suddenly blue dancers appears – one in one end of wagon and another in opposite side, and they start to check all passengers. PeterOB try to go around blue dancer but he do do left him dancing zone, so blue dancers met in Peter's place and they asked him for a ticket. He said that he lost ticket. So blue dancers said that they call police (they try to make you scary usually) and Peter gave him identity card. They saw that he is not French and only kicked him out of dance floor (probably without fine). Next TGV was running in three hours so Peter decide to hitch-hiking, it is easy in France. As you can read this dance floor is going Barcelona-Lyon and back and hitch-hiking in Spain do not work. Get into TGV train is easy in France but PeterOB do not know Spanish system of ticket checking and Spanish dance styles. Some TGV dance floors have two floors, but it is not possible run in another floor around blue dancer because of one part of first floor ends with wall.
TER (and LER) dance floors are easy for dancing there. Distance between stops is about 5-25 km and 5-15 minutes. Speed is about 80-180 kph. There are one or two conductors, but they only give signal for train departure and tell something for passengers. They only rarely check tickets. PeterOB used in October 2015 different 7 TER dance floors and he was only one time checked. Blue Dancer women start checking ticket in morning train and he was going to toilet, he did not lock the door and he played shitting. But conductor open WC doors and she close it back. After two stops PeterOB went back to seat and conductor women came again for checking new passengers, she ask for a ticket. PeterOB did not have and she ask for final destination and after several stops she went back and ask for identity card. But she saw that Peter is not French and she let Peter to travel and she gave him advise, which trains go to Peter's final destination. So this women co-dancer was very friendly and Peter did not see another control. LER dance floor is similar and PeterOB do not know difference (Maybe – LER can me small train for small amount of passengers). Peter was dancing in LER only short distance and one time, but conductor did not check tickets. O dancing in LER trains is very easy and some TER trains have long journey and a lot of wagons, for example Paris-Lyon. Some TER dance floors have two floors and you can walk around conductor in another floor to area, where tickets was already checked.
Penalty in TER dance floor is Eur 50 + ticket price in distances less than 150 km and Eur 88 + ticket price. Fines in LER is not same. But you can be probably only kicked out of train without fine, or you can try to run away in next stop. If you do not pay immediately, the fine grows to Eur 375 and if you do not communicate or you give wrong address, fine can grow up Eur 3750. But for non-French black dancers fines probably do not exist and suddenly disappear after short time (two months). In TGV dance floor – blue dancer have a lot of time for writing penalty or call cops. They do not like writing penalty (extra job) and they try to make you scary with police sometimes. PeterOB do not know exact ticket inspection system and if tickets prices in TER and TGV are the same, or if penalty Eur 375 is for all types of train (probably yes). Probably, you have to have seat reservation in some or all TGV dance floors, but not in TER or LER dance floor. And some blue dancers can not speak English so good as many of French people or blue dancers in east countries. Talk in English is not very easy in France.
Germany has an extensive passenger railway system, run by Deutsche Bahn. There are also plenty of freight trains that could be hopped. More information about ticket prices and blackriding can be found in the Deutsche Bahn article.
Greece is a great destination for train hopping. The coductors are asking in the wagon if somebody is new(from the last destination). If you are not getting on in the start(when everybody should be checked), then is quite easy to avoid paying. Wait some minutes before the train arrives, and choose not the first and last wagon. Get in and pack your belongings fastly. Find a place to sit down(better when the both seats are free,as the system prefers to replenish the seats until the end), and then listen to music or pretend that you are sleeping. Preferably trains are the fast ones IC and ICE. You shouldn't try(if possible) to the night train between Athens and Thessaloniki as the coductors are stricter, probably because many people are trying. If they catch you, they will ask you to pay for your trip. The ticket will be then almost the double price. I have no personal experience what will happen if you tell them a story and try to convince them. I suppose that some of them could be convinced. If you don't want to pay, you should get off to the next stop. Then, you can try to the next one.
PeterOB have written some information how to dance in Czech Republic and Slovakia, read this part first. Let's explore some another country – Hungary. PeterOB bs dancing through Hungary in summer 2014 to Rainbow Gathering and use the same dance styles that is written in the part Czech Republic and Slovakia. Many people in railway station and train do not speak English (only young people) and pronunciation of Hungarian towns and stations is very difficult. If you want to buy ticket (short journey ticket of course) or ask for platform, pronunciation of town is difficult, better write town on paper. If you ask for platform, use you terminal station and do not show more people you ticket with near station and do not ask the conductor but better to ask some passenger. The trains in Hungary (or Austria, Romania and other European countries) is too at internet Czech page www.idos.cz, you choose "Vlaky" - trains. There are all stops at the journey and arrival and departure times, but the distance in Kilometers is only Czech, Slovakia and some trains that ride though Czech or Slovakia. But the stops and time for every stop is always on this page.
The interval between stops is in Hungary quite small, every trains including EC have usually many stops (every 5-10 km R-trains and 10-30 km long, journey trains, but in some case interval between stops is long). EC often stops in small towns. The interval to next train is quite variable, from 1 hour to 12 hour.
You can use Short journey ticket trick or you do not respond when conductor ask who is new or watch conductor and in some stop go to area where tickets were already checked (if the next stop is so far, you can try walk around conductor). PeterOB do not know how often conductor check toilets and he do not know if there is ticket inspector in trains (this is not conductor), but he saw ticket inspector in bus. In long-journey trains you must watch conductor change in some town. New conductor check all passengers, but not only new passengers.
If you are captured that you travel without ticked, you are usually kicked of out train (no penalty usually), but some conductors let you continue journey. The ticket inspections is not so hard like in another countries. PeterOB had wrong ticket but young conductor in R-train let him to travel. But some another conductor in EC train kicked him out. PeterOB's friend travel too without ticket and conductor let him to travel. Most of conductors do not speak English or another language or speak English little. PeterOB had to show ticket again in some D-train and they do like do not understand and conductor let him be. The Hungary is middle-difficult or good for free riding in train and very good for classic hitchhiking.
Hungary have few tips of trains, like Czech. PeterOB think that all trains belongs national railway company and there are not private trains in Hungary, but he is not sure.
The R-trains is not like R-trains in Czech or Slovakia. This trains have many stops (about every 3-10 km or 3-10 min), it is like OS local trains in Czech. This trains have usually one conductor (sometimes maybe 2 conductors) and about 2-5 carriages. Amount of passengers is variable from teens to hundreds. R-trains near big city (Budapest) have more than 5 carriages, one or 2 conductors and many passengers. The interval to next train is every hour near big city, every 2-4 hour generally. You can look where is the conductor and in some stop go into area where tickets are already checked. (conductor go first time and interval to next control is long near big city). But in general, there are many stops and sometimes small amount of passengers. You can try short time ticket trick. Conductor check only new passengers, you can do nothing when conductor is coming, but in case of small amount of passengers – there is big chance to conductor ask you for ticket. Amount of passengers and carriages is variable.
The D-trains is quite similar R-trains but the interval between stops is about 10-25 km or 10-20 minutes. This trains is like SP or R trains in Czech. D-type trains have usually 3-6 carriages and one (or two) conductors. The amount of passengers is variable, about from 30 to 200. The tricks are the same – short time ticket tricks or do nothing when the conductor ask who is new. Interval between D-trains is quite long (several hours) but you can use another type of train (EC, INT or R).
The next type of trains is IC and EC in Hungary (and EN or INT or Rex trains contains this type too). You do not need seat reservation at most of trains (you have to have seat reservation maybe it few long journey trains but it is very rare). This trains is for long journey (international), usually to, from or through Budapest. This trains have usually a lot of carriages, (5-8), two conductors and a lot of passengers. But not always. There was IC in the timetable but arrived only two-carriages local type train with small amount of passengers. In mostly cases the interval to next control can be long but not always. You can use classic short-journey ticket trick (and go near conductor to be checked before critical station) or do nothing (sleep, look out of the window, read a book), when conductor ask who is new or watch conductor and in some stations go into area, where tickets were already checked.
The interval between net trains is quite variable. First direction is from Germany or Poland through Czech and Slovakia to Budapest and sometimes continue to Beograd. Interval to next trains s 2 hours. Trains have a lot of passengers, two conductors. The interval between stops in Hungary is only 7-20 km. In the journey Kosice-Budapest is interval to next EC train 12 hours and trains have one conductors and a lot of passengers (not in Slovakia). The interval between stops is from Kosice to Miskolc about 20-30 km but between Miskolc and Budapest is only one station Füzesabony. PeterOB think that EC do not stops in Hidasnemeti, it is only cross-border to Slovakia. PeterOB travel from Kosice to Miskolc and buy ticket only for Slovak area, where is small amount of passengers) and in Hungary PeterOB watched conductor and go to area where ticket already checked.
The direction from Budapest to Romania is 4 hours but Budapest-Püspökladany 2 hours (Some EC ends at Püspökladany and another R train continue to Biharkeresztes). The interval between stops is for trains to Biharkeresztes and Romania about 50 km before Püspökladany and 10-15 km after Püspökladany. But if the EC ends in Püspökladany, the interval between stops is whole journey 10-30 km. If you are kicked of the train, you can combine next train type with EC, R,D-trains. You can see in time-table that EC trains continue to Romania and train wait tenths of minutes near border. But in some cases train ends in Biharkeresztes (near border) and you have to change train. Some trains continue to Romania for long journey (for example to Brasov). There are EC and D trains in Romania (EC are international) with stop every 40-70 km usually. But the seat reservation in Romanian EC and D trains. There are too local trains in Romania with many stops. Romania is difficult for free riding in train and for classic hitchhiking too.
The direction Budapes-Wien is similar, interval to next train every two hours ans stops every 15-40 km. PeterOB do not use this train (Rex type of train), but he think there are a lot of passengers and two conductors. This train crossing borders to Austria.
The direction Budapes-Szeged have EC-trains with stops 15-30 km away and interval to next train is one hour. Direction Budapest-Beograd is not so much freqvent. Interval between stops 15-30 km (about 50-80 km in night D-train) and there are only two times with train from Budapest to Beograd – 13:05 INT and EC train from Budapest and 22:20 D-train from Budapest.
Fines don't exist, the conductor checks only a few times during a trip (even on those very small trains), and if he finds you without a ticket, he simply kicks you out, although some are nice enough to let you ride for free. An exception is Eurostar trains, they have police on the train and will ask you to pay, although you can still get away with it. The night train (InterCity Notte) is the best option for making long distances, as after midnight until after about 08:00 nobody is checking tickets.
- I'm sorry, the last thing is not completely true. In the night train from Munich to Rome I was controlled 5 (!) times, 3 times on the Italian side.
- Besides, on night trains they DO check regularly. Years ago it was much looser, but not anymore
PeterOB went to sea in Italy near Venecia and Padovas in June 2015 and he was dancing a lot with Italian trains. The phrase Fines do not exist is not complete true. First dance floor, which PeterOB used in Italy, was EC Train from Munchen (South Germany) to Verona (North Italy) and blue dancer (conductor) want to give him fine and just prepare block for fines in DB Bahn. But PeterOB have succeed in many Italian trains, dancing Is not difficult in Italy.
As we can find, Italy have many types of dance floor.
First type is regional dance floor (Treno Regionale). This type of train have distance between stops 5-30 km, usually 10-20 km. Journey of this type of train is about 100-250 km and it takes 2-3 hours with 10-20 stops. Regional trains are quite fast. This type of trains have only one conductor and conductor do not check tickets so often, he go only one-two times during whole journey, usually once 4-8 stops only. You can find conductor in stop quite easy – he wear blue-black suit and white shirt. Number of passengers is quite big, up to few hunderts. Some regional trains are quite crowded near big town. Conductor asks for ticket all passengers during checking, tot only new passengers (and time to next control is long). You never know, when conductor go. You can watch during trip if conductor is coming and walk around conductor during ride without backpack and in the area where ticket were already checked wait until conductor finish your wagon and go back after it but conductor go out of train in stops for give sign to driver – you can in this time go behind conductor in the train easy. You can do sit in WC, do not lock door and hold toilet paper – play shitting during control, not for whole journey. Because of not so often checking ticket and checking all passengers – you can not use Short Distance Ticket Trick or play that you were already checked like in central Europe. If you are found that you travel without ticket, conductor will ask you for buy ticket, but you will say that you have no money. Conductor usually ask you, where is your final destination and sometimes let you travel or kick you out. Sometimes, conductor ask you for passport, bat you will say that you do not have. He let you be. There are no coops in regional trains and conductor do not call police. Most of conductors are nice to free riders and speaks English good. Interval between regional trains is usually 1 hour and trains go from early morning to late evening. Some types of regional train have a lot of short wagons (8-12) and it is not visible so far in this train, where conductor is now. But some trains in north, near Bolzano in mountains are better – you can see whole area of train and where is conductor now and this trains are sometimes crowded and have stops and arriving time in monitors.
Next type of dance floor is FS Treno. This type of train have probably one conductor and about 5-9 long carriages, you can see all carriage area (no coupes) and but not to other carriages. FS trains usually go for long distance, hunderds kilometers and distance between stops is 30-80 km. Speed of this train is quite fast, PeterOB thinks about 100-180 km/h between stops, so dance is relative fast. Conductor go usually once 2-4 stops (or more) and probably check all passengers, not only new passengers. As you can see in information board, this type of trains required seat reservation (maybe because of a lot of passengers and maybe for checking tickets) and ticket is more expensive than in regional train, but you travel compete free. Amount of passengers is quite big, but sometimes not so big. Interval to next train is usually 1 hour and trains go from early morning to late evening.
Favourite dance style walk around conductor (and play telephoning) and wait until your wagon is complete checked, or stay sit on toilet without locked doors (play shitting). Of course, you can use short distance ticket trick or play that you was already checked. If you are find that you travel without ticket, conductor ask you for buy ticket first. But you have no money. So conductor probably kick you oft of rain or he might ask you for passport in some occasions or let you travel without ticket. You can tell to him that you have no passport. There is no coops or security in this type of trains and time to next stop is not so long because of high speed.
Some FS dance floors are Treno Alta velocita. If you want to dance fast and scary, this is good type for it. This type of FS trains have same distance between stops but speed of this type of train can be faster. FS Alta velocita looks like high speed train (Pendolino) and there are information monitors inside and wifi inside too. But the password for wifi is probably on ticket. This type of train have probably one conductor and maybe restaurant wagon, conductor check tickets probably once 2-5 stops. Ticket for FS Treno Alta Velocita can me more expensive and of course, with reservation obligatory. You can use the same tricks like in FS trains or regional trains. If you are find that you travel without ticket, you probably will be kicked out at next stop or conductor might ask you for passport. There are no coops or security on trains (PeterOB hope), and next stops is up 100 km away.
There are another luxury High Sped trains in Italy, which can belongs to private company. This type of trains – Treno Alta Velocita with cangoroo in logo have wifi, restaurant, streewards and conductors and obligation of seat reservation of course. PeterOB have not use and do not recommended this trains but speed of this trains is big and distance between stops long.
Next type of train is EC train. EC trains are usually international and go for long distance. Journey length can be more than 1000 km and distance between stops 30-100 km. Interval to next train is few hours (better use regional train), ticket price about Eur 1 per 8-10 km, speed in normal, usually 100-150+ kph. EC trains have not so much passengers and two conductor (and conductors might be out of Italy). Conductors probably go more fregvently and probably check only new passengers, but remember often who is new, because of not so much passengers. And there is conductor crew change at border and checking all passengers. Toilets are probably checked too. There are bigger chance ask you for passport and conductor write fine for you instead of simply kick you out of trains. Because of international type of train, there can be cops or security in train, but it is not rule. Many immigrants use EC trains for going to France, Germany, Scandinavia from Italy without ticket and conductors know it, and this is reason of bigger chance of coops occurrence.
Night dance floors are similar to EC or FS trains, but goers in night. Interval between stops is about 50-100 (150) km and journey length is quite long, often more than 1000 km. Interval to next train can be 2-4 hours. Night trains can go from Germany or France to Italy, to Rome or some trains from Rome to south. This trains stops only in big towns. PeterOB did not not try this type of train. Conductor go probably once 2-4 stops and check probably all passengers, not only new passengers. It is easy to play sleep that you are already checked in the dark. It was very easy few years back because conductors do not check tickets during night trip but now – they check it regular and probably all passengers, not only new (for example three times checking during long journey from Austria or Bolzano to Rome). Seat reservation obligatory – that is question. If you are found without ticket, that is question, if you are only kicked out or conductor ask you for ID (Conductor first ask you for buy ticket, of course). Because of international trains, police or security can be inside train, especially now because a lot of immigrants take train from Italy.
Last type of train is Eurostar train – international high speed train with long distance between stops. Tickets are expensive with obligation of seat reservation. And there are police in Eurostar train and if you found without ticket, conductor probably always ask you for ID or passport. So this is not good type of dance floor.
Generally – black dancing in Italy very Easy (more Easy than in maybe all European countries). Classic hitchhiking is very difficult in Italy but PeterOB think that Spain is worse. There are no places for stay on the road, roads are narrow and cars have not place to stops (narrow road, a lot of cars behind) and you have not place for stay in most of cases. You can hitchhike in petrol pump, but not so much drivers stops. And it can be not allowed in petrol pump or many places near road, the fine is Eur 21, be careful about coops arriving. North is better because of a lot of German, Austrian cars go by motorway.
One more think. Dumpster diving is easy in Italy and trashes behind supermarket are usually accessible. Some food is too in small trashes. And in summer is markets in center of town and there are many garbage – fruits and vegetables at the end of market (in afternoon or evening). Distance to supermarket can be long. There are public transport – buses, trams in Cities and it is easy to take it for free. Fine is not so high. But there are entering only by front door (and you have to buy ticket from driver) in buses in smaller towns.
The local trains (CFL) have two floors; be aware that there is a ticket booth at the end of the first car - don't accidentially run in it, unless you want to buy a ticket. There are ticket inspectors too. If you want to get out of the country, be aware that the inspector will check tickets on the international train as soon as it departs, so, if the next stop is still in Luxembourg, you're screwed. The cops are not liberal.
- It's insanely easy black dancing in Norway. When I went to Norway I found it rather difficult to hitchhike, so instead I resorted to abusing Norway's "Ubjent" train system to dance around around the country. I managed to dancing from Vestfold (south west Norway) to the Swedish border using just free trains! Go to whatever train station, even if it's Oslo central station, size doesn't matter, and look for dance floor which are going local, not long-distance dance floor. For example, Oslo - Ljan (a tiny village not far from Oslo). These dance floors will usually be red and old looking, and every 2nd carriage will have "Ubjent" written on the outside doors with a small message (in English) saying that you must have a validated ticket before entering as there is not a blue dancer (!). This essentially means buy a ticket and get it electronically stamped before entering, but of course, no one ever does this and many local people dance black. Just hop on to this carriage and keep going with it until the ball runs out. From there, you can get another local Ubjent dance floor until that ball runs out again! So use this easy dance style until you get to your destination. Like I said, I managed to travel from Tonsberg to Holden, about 250km, using this method.
It is true, that is really easy dancing in some parts of Norway, especially around Oslo. PeterOB was dancing in Norway - in area 20-50 km north from Oslo in March 2016. Generally - there are two most common types of dance floor in Norway. BUT as another user wrote - it is easy to get from Oslo and back by local trains in Norway. Region around Oslo is very easy. Some regions around big town can be easy too. But local trains L do not go everywhere and you have to use regional train R with normal ticket checking. You can use short distant ticket trick (not in local train L) or you can try WC method or something another.
Fist type is orange local dance floor (you can find this type of train by letter L in station departures table and if you look to www.idos.cz, this type of dance floor is market like R, and you can see at www.idos.cz all stops during trip). Local dance floor has in the middle blue part with blue door and is it possible to buy ticket or being checked there. Conductor is most of time in this part. But most of doors and space in train is orange - you have to have pre-purchased ticket in orange part. But usually nobody checks it. Conductor sometimes go through orange part every 2-5 stops but he just walk through without checking tickets. Sometimes, once a 15-30 rides, one or more conductors check orange part too. But they don't give penalty probably, they just sell ticket in orange part or some people just tell them that they have already ticket. Almost nobody have ticket in orange part during suddenly checking. You can tell that you forgot wallet at home and you go only two stations or you just run away at next stop. Penalty is NOK 900 (About Eur 100), but it is pretty rare to get penalty from Ministry of transport.
The same penalty NOK 900 is in Oslo public transport (Buses, Trams, Underground). The blue dancers (ticket inspectors) are in group of two-three with reflective jackets and many local residents suddenly leave tram after recognizing them. You can use ships from one to another side of fjord, close to Oslo. There are quite a lot of passengers and nobody check tickets. Ship go usually once a hour until late night. If the ticket inspection suddenly start on the ship, you can jump into water and swim 2-4 km to side. But water is not warm.
Around Oslo - a lot of local orange dance floors go, usually every 1 hour (sometimes once a 2 hour, but somewhere once a 20 min) since early morning to midnight. Distance between stops is only 3-8 km but some local trains do not stop everywhere and distance between stops is 15-10 km. Sped is around 70-90 km/h. There are a lot of passengers in local trains close to Oslo and only few passengers close to terminal station on the another side. Orange dance floors have only one toilet usually.
R (Regional ?) dance floors don't have orange or blue door but there is normal ticket inspection like in Sweden. Distance between stops is about 10-20 km and interval to next train about 2-3 hours in south of Norway. Regional dance floors are marked with R on departures table and at www.idos.cz like REG-trains. You can see there all stops. There is not so many passengers and conductor can easily see, who is new. But you can try to stay on the WC during checking. Or you can try to tell that you have ticket in phone and empty battery or your friend is booking your ticket just now - but you risk penalty with this. You can run away in next station in case of troubles. You can use too short distant ticket trick - that you buy ticket only for 1-3 stations and you continue more far after checking. But if you change train, you need new ticket. And tickets in Norway are expensive (about Eur 5-10 per 30 km, if you buy ticket by internet long time before ride, price can be Eur 1 per 10 km). Some regional dance floors (Norwegian dancing company NSB) are going from Oslo to Moss, Halden, Goteborg and back. Moss is the last stop, which is accessed by local trains and it is 5 stops to Halden (last stop in Norway) and 3 more stops to Goteborg.
There are another not so common types of dance floors. First F-trains with F letter on departure Table. This trains go from Oslo to Airport and back. And Swedish high-speed dance floor (SJ Snagstaab) between Stockholm and Oslo (Oslo - Kongsvinger (NO) - Arvika (SE) - Karlstad --------- Stockholm). Three high-speed dance floors SJ Snagstaab from Oslo to Stockholm goes during day (6:02 Oslo - Stockholm 10:46, 8 stops) (Oslo 10:56 - Stockholm 16:01, 9 stops) (Oslo 16:56 - Stockholm 21:50, 6 stops). Two SJ Snagstaab dance floors come from Stockholm to Oslo (11:06 Stockholm ... 16:09 Oslo, 9 stops) (15:59 Stockholm ... 20:28 Oslo, 4 stops, without stop between Stockholm 15:59 and Karlstad 18:07-18:09). There is identity checking on platform in Oslo after leaving train from Sweden because of refugees. Only few passengers go between Arvika and Oslo. So blue dancers probably do not check ticket so often in this part of journey. When PeterOB was dancing there in SJ Snagstaab - blue dancers stayed in Bistro area and they was drinking coffee. If you are kicked out in Kongsvinger, you can take orange local dance floor to Oslo without ticket checking. Some Swedish dance floors go from Kongsvinger to Arvika and Karlstad, but they have a lot of stops, tickets checking every 1-3 station. And only few trains a day stops in some stops, many local stops are without waiting room and winter temperature can be bellow -20.
Two dance floors a day in one direction goes in the north between Narvik and Kiruna. IC 95 Narvik 10 :38 - 11 stops to Kiruna 13:36-13:54 - 6 stops to Luleaa 17:41 and R 93 Arctic circle train Narvik 15:12 - 8 stops to Kiruna 18:00-18:12 - 8 stops to Umeaa Central 1:42. Back from Sweden NZ 94 Arctic Circle Train Stockholm Central 16:28 - 18 stops to Kiruna 9:31-9:49 - 7 stops to Narvik 12:36. IC 96 Luleaa Central 11:07 - 6 stops to Kiruna - 15:09-15:27 - 11 stops to Narvik 18:22. So there is only one train per day in one direction in 3-4 stops (Laaktatjaakka station, Vassijaure station, Rombakk, Bjoernfjell in direction to Narvik). And not so many passengers, many stops without waiting room, wind, snow, frost. Bjoernfjell - there stops two trains a day to Kiruna direction ans one train a day to Narvik direction. You can try to go back to Katterat (Narvik direction) 10:57. Distance between stops is 30-70 km and there are pretty small amount of passengers, and many stops can be without waiting room. And temperature in north of Scandinavia can be -40 degrees Celsius during winter. Death during exam is possible in winter time, in case that you fail and waiting room is not in your stop. Check all stops during journey for all dance floors (you can see it at www.idos.cz - select "Vlaky"). Watch weather forecast and have good sleeping bag. Frost can come pretty fast (from -5 to -40 degrees in 1-2 days). PeterOB do not explore trains in north of Norway. But Norway have only 5 millions inhabitants, most inhabitants close to Oslo. So there can be really empty trains behind arctic circle and not so many trains a day (and stops without waiting room). But there is railway from Oslo to Trondheim (just before arctic circle) and Tromso (behind arctic circle). Classic hitchhiking is probably easier in north of Norway and Lapland (But it is dangerous area, because of weather, no Sun during Winter and no dark, lot of rain and insect during summer). Food is pretty expensive especially in the north but you can dumpster in many places in Norway or Sweden.
As we can read – PeterOB have many experiences in black dancing (free riding by train) in Hungary, Czech Republic and Slovakia. Central European dance styles - Tips and trick for game with conductor is similar in all countries in central Europe (Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland). Leťs explore Poland. Tips and tricks are similar.
There are several types of trains in Poland. First type is local train. This type of train is marked like OS or R-train in Poland. Local trains have distance between stops about 2-7 km, and this type of train have a lot of stops during journey (50-200 km). Speed of local train is not so big, because of loot of stops and not so fast running. Classic speed is 40-60 km per hour (without stops 60-100 kph). Local trains have about 4-6 wagons and usually only one conductor (or two conductors), some wagons are not so long. You can see about 2-4 wagons away, where is conductor in some types of local trains. Number of passengers is not so big, but it can be more than 100 near big town, but only 10-30 passengers in some train. Conductor go usually every 2-5 stops and check only new passengers, but in some local trains from big town conductor go one time at start and no more during journey, because of almost no new passengers go to train. The conductor's walk is quite fast, but not so fast at the begin in big town with a lot of passengers. You can try walk around conductor, especially in some stop get off and go to area, where tickets have been checked. But it do not work, if conductor's walk is fast. As I have told, conductor check only new passengers. You can try sleep, read a book or look out of window and do not answer for checking new passengers (you, are new, of course). But if amount of passengers is small or you do not look like average person – there is big chance for asking you to show ticket. Especially in night/late evening local train and not to close to town, you can get on as quiet as possible and conductor might do not go. Method, that PeterOB use in Poland is Short Distance Ticket Trick. The ticket price is about Eur 1 per 10-13 km. You bu ticket only for short distance (20-30 km, few stops), and you go near conductor, show your ticket during control and continue journey much further than distance in your ticket. The conductor do not remember final destination of all passengers and check only new passengers. But if you look like strange person, the chance that conductor remember your final destination is increasing. If you try to hide in toilet, do not lock the toilet, and sit down like during shitting and hold toilet paper in hand. But stay in toilet only for control time, because of another passengers go to toilet and open the door. And one more thing. Be carefull in in some stops in bigger town because of conductor change. New conductor check all passengers, not only new. And many passengers changed in big town. If you are found that you travel without ticket, you will challenged to buy ticket or you might be challenged for give your passport or identity card for write fine. The fine is Zloty 200 (about Eur 40) + Ticket price/ If you in local train refuse to give ID (do not have). You will be kicked out of train in most of cases. Interval to next train is usually 1-4 hours, it depend on location and time. But be carefull for last train at evening.
Next type of trains is IC or R-train. This type of train is faster. R-train have distance between stops about 10-20 km and IC train about 12-30 km between stops. This type of train usually have two conductors and more passengers than local train. This type of train is usually electric (Local train is usually diesel). Interval between this type of trains is usually 1-2 hours or 2-4 hours. Seat reservation is requited for this type of train, maybe because of a lot of passengers or ticket control system. Because of more passengers you can more easy walk around conductor in some stop outside or inside during control (play that you have telephone and go out of seats area around conductor) and you wait until conductor finish your carriage and you return to your seat after it. But you can do it one or two times, if you travel for long distance, it might fail. You can too use Short Distance Ticket Trick or no not respond during checking new passengers or you can hide in toilet and do not lock door, if you see when conductor is coming). And you course, be aware of conductor change in big town. If conductor found that you travel without ticket, the chance of asking you for pay penalty or give ID to conductor is bigger. And in bigger train for long distance can be coops or security, especially now because of immigrants.
The last type of train is EC-train with a lot of passengers and a lot of wagons. Seat reservation is required (long distance, a lot of passengers, because of control ? ) This type of train is sometimes international and run for very long distance. Some EC trains go from Prague (Czech) through Ostrava and Bohumin (CZ) to Katowice and Warsaw. Some EC trains go from Hungary or Austria (Budapest or Wien) through Bratislava, Zilina (SK) or Breclav, Ostrava, Bohumin (CZ) to Warsaw. Speed of this train is usually 80-120 km per hour (more than 100 kph without stops). Distance between stops is quite variable – from 10-15 km to almost 200 km, usually 15-80 km. EC-trains from capital city Warsaw to south go to Bohumin (CZ) and continue through Breclaw to Wien or through Bratislava to Budapest and some trains go to Prague. Some trains divide to two parts in Bohumin (CZ) and one part continue to Prague, Second part to Bratislava and Wien or Budapest. Look for stops, arriving time and distance between stops at www.idos.cz, choose trains - “Vlaky”. You can find for example EC 111 Praha from Prague to Warsaw (Prague 0 km 10:07, Warszaw Wschodnia 18:48 721 km, one conductors crew is from Prague to Bohumin and probably second crew from Bohumin to Warsaw). Record distance between stops is from Zawiercie to Warszawa Zachodnia 190 km and 122 minutes, averages speed 93,44 kph.
Because of number of carriages and passengers is big and distance between stops quite long, it takes a lot of time and maybe few stops when conductor come to you. I do not if the seat reservation (you have to have) is used for ticket inspection. You can go in some stops to area where tickets are already checked (interval to next control is quite long) or walk around conductor to area where tickets have been already checked by outside way or inside wagon without backpack and play telephoning (wait for finish checking your wagon and go back) or try stay in toilet during control and play shitting, do not lock the door. But the chance of toilets checking or asking you for ticket when you walk around conductor can be bigger that local, R or IC trains, because of long distance journey and long distance between stops. I am not sure, if Short Journey Ticket Trick work (you can go near conductor for checking before final stop on ticket and in is not so cheap because of long distance between stops), because of seat reservation (conductor can have in computer with seat is with passenger and which seat not and if you sit on free seat, conductor will ask you for ticket, of course). And I do not know if conductor check only new passengers in EC/IC trains (because of seat reservation). The control before boarding do not exist in Poland or Czech, Or Slovakia or Hungary except of black private Leo Express IC trains – in Leo Express black train is control before boarding and in Yellow Regioet is one conductor per wagon and conductor have free seats and seats with passengers in Regiojet train in Czech and Slovakia). But Back to Poland EC trains. Because of international Journey, the cops and security is very often in this train, especially now because of immigrants. If conductor found you without ticket, the chance of asking you for pay penalty (About Eur 40 or Zloty 200 + Ticket price) is quite big and if you refuse to pay and give ID, the chance of coops coming is big (conductor can too phone to next stops for coops because of long time between stops). Or sometimes you can be kicked out in the middle of fields or forest, this can usually happen in Czech-Slovakia high speed train (up 160 kph) Pendolino with small passengers, seat reservation required and expensive tickets.
And one more warning for all type of trains (OS, R, Local, IC, EC, Pendolino), which crossing border especially Czech-Poland or Slovakia-Poland and Czech-Slovakian border too. Because of cheap drugs and medicaments for drug preparing (and illegal alcohol or tobacco without mark too) in Poland, the c controls of backpacks in international trains is quite often near Polish Borders. The police usually check identities and very detailed check all thinks in your backpack and all pockets (but do not check tickets). Be prepare for this, especially if you take ganja or similar thing with you in your backpack or pocket. The amount of this non-ticket controls can rise up today because of a lot of immigrants.
But generally – trains in Poland are quite slow and with a lot of stops (almost all type of train have a lot of stops and small distance between stops) and interval to next train can be very long, especially in east of Poland (and border controls are not so pleasant), classic hitchhiking is better. Hitchhiking in Poland is quite easy, waiting time is about 10-60 minutes. It is best in east parts of Poland. So going by hitchhiking is better than take train in most cases }it is faster in most of cases even go by train with zero times be kicked of). The same situation (slow trains, a lot of stops and good hitchhiking) is in Hungary. And if you are in car, coops do not check your backpack. And one more gut sign for freegans. PeterOB have found quite a lot of food in trashes in city and a lot of bread and cakes behind supermarket. This is in Poland quite good, better than Czech Republic. But supermarket workers an be sometimes angry.
But in Poland - you can probably buy quite cheap ticket for local trains. If you buy ticket for 15 km, price is about ZL 5, if you buy ticket for 40 km, price is ZL 10, for 90 km ZL 20. But the price per km is really reduced for long distances. Maximum length is 800+ km and it cost ZL 47 (about Eur 13). Prices are from year 2015. But Peter OB do not know, if you can use this for all trains, maybe only for local trains, which do not go so far and you have to make several changes of train. EC and IC trains go really far but there is seat reservation obligatory. And it is probably more expensive than local trains (at least passengers need to buy seat reservation). There s a lot of stops, even in IC trains.System of trains in Poland is not so developed and only few trains and railways are in east of Poland.
There are many different types of trains (Cercanias/Rodalia, regional, regional express and Catalunya express are obviously the worst, as they have the most stops) and you have to be aware of the fact that depending on where you are, trains may not go frequently. The conductor may either check the whole train several times or after initial check rely on his memory to see who has just hopped on the train or he may have a list. He doesn´t get off the train while checking, so you can jump off the train and jump back on on that part that he has already checked. Trains have only one inspector, even if they are composed of two parts between which you can´t walk. They don´t call the police if you refuse to pay or show a proof of identity, you simply have to get off at the next stop. White timetables (those showing trains going between two locations, not just those stopping from a particular station) list only regional trains - well, in case, you´re wondering why there are so few trains listed. Trains seem to have only one toilet, if any. In bigger cities (Barcelona, Castellon, Valencia, Alicante, ...) and in many smaller cities which may be even worse since there is less people and security can easily notice you it seems to be the rule that you need a ticket to get to the platforms. Sometimes you need a ticket to get only to Cercanias/Rodalia trains, sometimes only to express trains, sometimes both. If you are kicked out of the train, security may kick you out of the station too, so sometimes the only option is to hitchhike. When leaving Barcelona, take any Rodalies train to Passeig de Gracia where all trains going from Estacio de Franca south and from Estacio de Sants north and Rodalies trains stop at the same platform - that is, there are two platforms for each direction, you don´t need a ticket to go between them.
Sweden is really big country from South to North (about 2000 km) and about 300-400 km from East to West. But there are not so many inhabitants (about 9,5 mil. But about 7 mil. Ingenious people). Population density is not so bad in south (highest density in south province Scannia and close to Stockholm - south from capital city). Hitchhiking in Sweden is not really easy (worse than average), but not really bad. Many cars drive for short distance and there are not so many good places for standing on main roads. Weather is really hostile sometimes. A lot of rain, and a lot of mosquitoes during summer and very short days during winter time, very long days during summer time, especially in the north. Temperature during winter can be -10 to -20 in south, -30 in the middle and -40 in north (Lapland) during arctic wave. And in north regions – there is really small amount of cars and small population density or roads network. Public transport (train, buses) is quite good developed and expensive. And interval to next train or bus can be pretty long with terribly weather in north part. PeterOB was dancing in all types of train, include high-speed trains (SJ Snagstaab) with long distance between stops. He was captured many times. But he was always kicked out of train, nobody wants his ID. But in one case - conductor from high-speed train gave message to next trains and PeterOB has not unusual appearence. It was difficult to get into train for him with many luggage. It was difficult for him to get into next train. It is written on the train door, that you can get fine SEK 1200 in SJ trains or SEK 1000 resp. DKR 750 in Oresundstaag train. But probably only for Swedish people - they can maybe get fine. If you speak English and not Swedish, you will be not asked for ID or fine. The fine SEK 1200 is too in Goteborg public transport, but that is question, if you get fine like non-Swedish resident.
You can take train for free in Sweden quite easily, especially in the south. There are many dancing companies in Sweden. Some dancing companies run trains for long journey (it can be more than 1000 km) and distances between stops can be quite far, especially in high-sped dance floor and in the north. You can not buy ticket in this type of train, only in local trains with a lot of stops. If you are captured, you just have to leave train. There is written on the door that penalty is SEK 1000 or SEK 1200, but PeterOB was captured many times and he was always kicked out of train (Maybe, Swedish people can get penalty, but if you speak English, you wont be asked for ID). But you can buy ticket inside local dance floors with many stops. If you have no money, you will be kicked out of train easily.
Conductor usually do not check toilet, especially if you keep doors without locking and wait during ticket checking. There (Oresundstaag -- OTU dancing company) are usually a lot of passengers in south of Sweden and WC is occupied most of time , but more north are trains quite empty and toilets are free for most of time. High speed train is good for WC tactic. But some passengers want go to toilet too. Conductor usually check only new passengers and he goes back after it. If you try to walk around conductor, he can registered you and he will ask for ticket on way back. Better is be hidden between passengers, who were already checked, if possible. Ticket inspection is quite fast in Sweden, because of not so many passengers. So walking around conductor to area, where tickets was already checked, do not work. Local trains with many stops – you can use short distant ticket trick, that you buy ticket not for whole journey. But tickets are quite expensive (about Eur 10 for 30-40 km). You can buy ticket too in local train with lot of stops. But trains with long journey (EC, IC, X2, Arctic circle train …) have seat reservation obligatory and ticket usually belong to personal name. It is impossible to get ticket inside this long-journey train, ticket can be sold only with credit card in station or by internet (not by cash). In local trains – you can try that you have ticket in phone but battery is empty. It does not work in long distance trains (at least SJ company) – because conductor have tickets database with personal names online from internet. You can try to tell that your friend is booking your ticket just now.
When you come to platform, there is usually info about train departures and arrivals. There are written many things for every train – final destination and train company, departure time and 2-3 stops during journey before final destination, but not all stops, of course. You can find all stops and time table for journey at www.idos.cz (select Vlaky).
You can try something in buses – you can pay only with credit card in buses, so just show cash and ask how much it cost. You will ask for bank card and if you do not have, you will probably get free ride. You can pay with cash only in local trains with many stops.
First type of dance floor is SJ Snagstaab (green X2 on idos.cz). It is high-speed dance floor with distances between stops 30-100 km and it run quite fast. 200 kph is maximum speed. This dance floor have usually 5-7 wagons and 3th ,4th 5th wagon is with small bistro, and there are conductors in bistro wagon. Many blue dancers are in this type of dance floor, usually 3-5 per train. Ticket inspection is usually once 1-3 stations. They check new passengers only, but ticket checking is quite hard and fast. You can watch around and when blue dancers checking tickets, you can go to toilet, do not lock the door and wait for a while (conductors usually do not check toilets and you sit there like shitting). But be careful – when blue dancers go back and they see you – you will be checked. And 2-3 conductors are checking tickets together, so it is quite fast and walking around conductors does not work because they will go back and they will check you. But not at begin of journey, later only, you can try to play that you have been in train for long time – conductor check new passengers only. If you are asked for a ticket, you can try to say that you lost ticket or you have ticket in phone but battery is empty. Then you will be asked for name, because each ticket belongs to name, reference number, train and seat reservation. You can try to say name, which is common in Sweden. But if you will be found like person without ticket, you have to leave train in next stop, you will be probably never fined. Interval to next dance floor is usually 2 hours (3-12 hours hours more north) and interval between stops is 30-100 km, but last dance floor is going not so late, about 18-20 o clock. If your apperence is not usual or if you have a lot of luggage, blue dancers can give echo for next trains. Try to get into train hidden between another passengers and as far as possible from bistro wagon, where conductors usually are. They will go out of train on the platform in every stop. There are only big stations with heated waiting room in station for this dance floor. PeterOB was dancing last winter by this type of train, and conductors gave echo for all next trains. He can not get into one train and he was easily found and kicked out in next trains. The line for this type of dance floor is once 2 hours from Copenhagen or Malmo to Stockholm with 8 stops (Copenhagen, Malmo, Lund, Hassleholm, Alvesta, Nassjo, Mjolby, Linkoping, Norrkoping, Sodertajle, Stockholm) and once 2 hours from Malmo to Goteborg with 3 stops (Lund, Helsingborg, Halmstad, Goteborg and some trains continue to Skovde and Katrineholm).
Every 3 hours runs dance floor from Stockholm to Karlstad (about 59 lattitude, close to big lake) with stops: Stockholm, Sodertajle, Katrineholm, Hallsberg , Degerforos, Kristinehamn, Karlstad). But twice a day dance floor is going from Stockholm to Oslo (15:59 and 11:06 from Stockholm to Oslo). Dance floor in 11:06 stops in all big stops and continue to Arvika, Kongsvinger, Oslo), but dance floor from 11:06 has not so much stops (Stockholm 11:06 long time nothing, Karlstad 18:07-18:09, Arvika 18:44, Kongsvinger, 19:26-19:27 and Oslo S (central) 20:28. There are border checking in Oslo station and it can be everywhere. If you are kicked out in Kongsvinger, you can easily take local orange dance floor to Oslo without checking. Direct highs-speed dance floors from Oslo to Stockholm have departures from Oslo 6:02 (with all big stops) and from Oslo 16:56 (Oslo 16:56, Kongsvinger 18:03 , Arvika, 18:46, Karlstad 19:27-19:32, Hallsberg 20:30, Katrineholm 20:54 and Stockholm 21:50). This dance floor meets in Arvika with dance floor from Stockholm to Oslo.
There is every hour high-sped dance floor Goteborg-Stockholm and back with not so many stops (for example Goteborg 18:30 Skovde 19:33 Katrineholm 20:37 and Stockholm 21:31), first train from Goteborg 5:05 and last trains from Goteborg 18:30 and 20:30. Some dance floors X2 stops in Sodertalje Syd. You can try go by night dance floor NZ 92 (Goteborg 18:35 Herrljunga 19:22 Skovde 19:57 Hallsberg (good rail tracks node) 20:55 and Stockholm 22:33-22:40. This dance floor continue to north – 3 more stations to Gavle (0:25-0:30), 3 more stations to Sundsvall (2:58-3:13), 13 more stations to terminal Luleaa Central (12:09). PeterOB have not experiences with night dance floors. There are obligatory of seat reservation like in high-speed trains. Another direction is Luleaa Central 16:47, 7 stops to Umeaa Central 21:55-22:00, 6 stops to Sundsvall Central 1:22-1:42, 3 stops to Gavle Central 4:26-4:30, 3 stops to Stockholm Central 6:31-6:41 and 4 stops to Goteborg central 11:25. But this pretty long-journey dance floor runs runs only once a day. You can find all stops and time at www.idos.cz (you can see there all stops for every train).
Next type of dance floors is OTU – Oresundstaag. OTU dance floors goes from Cobenhawn (DK) and Malmo and continues to south part of Sweden every 30-60 min (20-120 min). Many dance floors belongs to this groups, especially in south of Sweden (region Malmo, Kristianstadt, Karlskrona, Vaxjo, Alvesta, Lund, Haselholm, Halmstadt, Helsinborg, Goteborg. There are a lot of OTU dance floors in Scania – at least once a hour and twice a hour or more times in close to Malmo, every 20 minutes between Malmo and Copenhagen. Distances between stops are 5-35 km, you have to have reservation (Obligatory is buying ticket before boarding, you can not buy ticket in train). So you can try to say that you lost ticket or you have ticket in phone but empty battery. This dance floors have 3-5 wagons with bistro in the middle. Amount of passengers is fairy good, especially close to Malmo and conductor checks every 1-2 stops only new passengers (Every 2-4 stops close to bridge, where stops are quite close, only 2-5 km). But if your apperance is not usual, it is more difficult (and not so many passengers on platform). The penalty is SEK 1000 or DKR 750, but it won't be given probably. In case that black dancers are captured, they are kicked out of train. You can try to stay in WC during checking tickets. Conductor do not check WC, but a lot of passengers are going to WC and there can be already someone and you are not able to stay too long. There are usually only one or two toilets in train. You can try to walk around conductor. But one conductor has 2-3 wagons only and checking is quite fast. And if you walk around, the conductor might stop you. Or you can play that you was already in train (conductor check only new passengers).
Most OTU dance floors Oresundstaag goes between Koebenhavn (DK) to Malmo. This dance floor goes every 20 min and distance between stops is only 1-5 km and 2-7 min (12 min on Oresund Bridge between Malmo Hillye and Kastrup Airport). There are quite lot of passengers and conductor goes some stations, often on the bridge and toilet is often by somebody. From Malmo central dance floor goes Malmo Triangeln, Malmo Hyllie, Kastrup Lufthavn st airport (DK), Taarnby st, Oerestad st, Kobenhawn and 9 more stations to terminal stations Helsingoer. Denmark is very good for hitchhiking and there are very good place – entrance to motorway is only 200 m west from Oerestad station and this entrance to motorway have a lot of places, where cars can stop.
Some Oresundstaag dance floors – OTU continues from DK and Malmo to Kalmar to Lund, Hassleholm, Alvesta, Vaxjo, Kalmar with distance between stops about 8-17 km. OTU trains goes from DK and Malmo to Kalmar or back usually once a 1 hour (or 2 hours). Reservation obligatory and having tickets before boarding is in all Oresundstaag trains. But you will be only kicked out in case of being captured. Penalty is DKR 750 or SEK 1000 but it is probably not used.
DK – Malmo – Goteborg Oresundstaag (OTU) dance floors go every hour from Denmark and Malmo to Lund, Landskrona, Helsingborg, 4 more stations to Halmstad and 5 more stations to Goteborg. Distance between stops is about 10-25 km, conductor goes almost every stop and check new passengers.
DK – Malmo - Kristianstad – Karlskrona. Oresundstag dance floors go from Denmark and Malmo to Lund, Hassleholm, Kristianstad, 8 more stations to Karlskrona Central every 30 min or 1 hour. Bakretaag trains type belongs to OTU too.
There are many another dancing companies in south Sweden (Scania). Scanetrafiken, Krosatagen, Paagatag. This dance floors are local (R-cathegory at www.idos.cz) with quite many stops every 4-10 km. You can buy ticket inside train, conductor asks for this first. If you have no ticket and no money, you will be kicked out of train. There are quite lot of passengers in Malmo – Lund – Helsingborg - Kristianstad and local trains go usually once a one or two hours. They have more stops than OTU trains. But stops without waiting room are not so common in south. More north in Hassleholm – Alvesta – Helsingborg – Kalmar – Karlskrona region is not so easy situation like close to Malmo. Local dance floors go once 2 or more hours and last train goes not so late. Number of passengers is not so high. You can try to stay on WC for long time, but conductor go every 1-3 stops and usually do not check WC (but do not lock door for long time). Conductor checks only new passengers so you can try to hide between passengers.
Situation with regional dance floors is similar in region Motala, Mjolby, Linkoping, Norrkoping – trains run every 30 or 60 minutes and usually relative late (until 21-22 hours). Number of stops is big – every 5-10-15 km usually. Companies are usually Östgötatrafiken; B or Veloa transport from Malmo with not so many stops. Motala – Mjolby – Norrkoping. A lot of local dance floor goes Motala – 2 stations to Mjolby – 3 stations to Linkoping– 3 stations to Norrkoping – every 30 or 60 min.
The good connection (every hour or more) with a lot of stops is Goteborg – Boras (7 stops) or Nassjo – Linkoping. From Uddevalla to Goteborg trains go every 1-2 hour and this is 8 stops.
There are R dance floor from Goteborg to Kalmar with company SJ Regional (SJ AB) in R-group at www.idos.cz. There is seat reservation and ticket before boarding obligatory (it is not possible to buy ticket in this train). Only 4 trains a day goes from Goteborg to Kalmar (6:05 10:05 16:05 18:05) or from Kalmar to Goteborg (5:00 9:55 11:51 15:57). Stations are : (Göteborg,Boraas, Limmared, Hestra, Gnosjö, Värnamo, Alvesta, Växjö, Hovmantor, Lessebo, Emmaboda , Nybro, Kalmar). If you will be captured, you will be kicked out of train, but interval to next train is here pretty long. At least most of stops have waiting room inside.
If you want to go from Goteborg to Oslo, there are NSB dancing company, which belongs to Norway. NSB Company belongs to Norway, so it is higher chance to get penalty in this train. At www.idos.cz you will see R-train 4 stops from Goteborg to Halden (first stop in Norway) and "REG" train from Halden to Oslo (7 stops, 5 stops Halden-Moss, Moss is first station with local orange trains without checking), but it is the same train without changing in Halden (one train Goteborg-Oslo). This trains go from Goteborg 4:35 6:55 13:00 17:55 and from Oslo 7:01 13:01n 15:28 18:02. But between Oslo and Halden train goes every hour. And you can use local trains without checking between Oslo and Moss.
More north is situation more difficult. There are only local trains From Stormstad to Uddevallaa and Goteborg local trains goes less than two hours (6:41 10:31 14:27 16:26 18:35) and back from Goteborg to Stormstad (6:40 10:40 12:40 14:40 18:40). It is 8 stops Goteborg-Uddevalla Central usually with a lot of passengers and 8 more stops from Uddevalla Central to Stromstad central with few passengers only. Many stops are without waiting room and it is during winter, windy weather with rain and snowing difficult. Temperature during January can be -15 or even -20 during night. There is road from Uddevallaa to Stromstad close to many stops (for hitchhiking). But be kicked out from last train into dark is not so nice.
Dancing from Goteborg to north – Karlstad- Kristinehamn is not so easy. Direct trains go from Goteborg 6:15 7:15 13:15 15:15 16:25 and 17:15. Some trains continues to Kristinehamn or even to Falun or Gavle – but this trains have pretty much stops and bad connection, not so many passengers. You can go one station by X2 (SJ Snagstaab) to Skövde and from Skövde to Karlstad (11:10 And 17:44), but from Nassjo to Karlstad only 2 trains a day go (Nässjö , Jönköping, Skövde, Mariestad, Kristinehamn, Karlstad ). But many stops can be without waiting room and interval to next train is pretty long.
Local dance floor Värmlandstrafik goes between Kristinehamn, Karlstad, Arvika, Charlottenberg, Konsvinger (NO). The distance between stops is only 5-10 km and many stops are without waiting room. Number of passenger is at begin quite big but conductor goes every stops and check new passengers. Trains have usually 2-3 wagons an 1-2 WC. You can try to be hidden in WC or between passengers which were already checked. If you will be captured, you will be asked for buy ticket. If you are kicked out to good stations, next train goes in one hour but some stations (like Lene and Brunsberg and some stops after Arvika) are dangerous – only some trains stops in this stations and no train after 18 o clock stops there and interval to next train 2-4 hours or whole night (trains in other bigger stops goes once a hour). There is no waiting house and winter can be cruel. It can be bellow -20 degrees in this area.
It is from Kristinehamn 3 stops to Karlstad by local and regional train and trains go there quite often (Kristinehamn-Karlstad is 1 stop only by high speed train SJ Sngstaab) . From Karlstad to Arvika and Charlottenberg (last Swedish station) goes dance floors every hour, but without standing in every stop. It is from Karlstad to Arvika 5 stops but some trains (usually once 2 hours) stops at Lene and Brunsberg (Last train 17:09 from Karlstad to Lene and no more train stop there at evening, but last train without this terrible stops 22:13 from Karlstad to Arvika). Some trains stops only in Kill and Trains which stops in Lene are only (6:50, 7:32, 12:39, 14:37, 15:47 and 17:09). You can go back Högboda, where more trains stops. But if you go to Arvika, you can use X2 fast train SJ Snagstaab – 1 stop only from Karlstad to Arvika and next stop is already in Norway. Number of stops between Charlottenberg and Arvika is from 2 to 5 and only 5 trains a day stops in small stops. Some trains go to Kongsvinger in Norway (trains with all stops usually). There are many stops without waiting room, only with roof against rain and some stations like Lene are far from road. Last local train with all stops goes before 18 o clock from Karlstad and temperature during winter can be -20. But it is much better to use fast train SJ Snagstaab (Karlstad-Arvika-Konsvinger-Oslo). There are local orange trains without checking Konsvinger - Oslo.
There are a lot of trains between Karlstad and Kristinehamn. Best is fast dance floor X2 – SJ Snagstaab – it is one stop only. Or it is 3 stops by local Värmlandstrafik dancing company and this dance floor goes at least every hour.
There are another dance floor - Bergslagstag (Goteborg-Karlstad-Kristinehamn-Grängesberg-Falun) with stops 5-15 km away and not so many passengers after Kristinehamn. It is 8 stops from Goteborg to Karlstad, only one stop from Karlstad to Kristinehamn Station and 5 stops more from Kristinehamn to Grängesberg, after Grängesberg - next stops are Ludvika, Borlange, Falun. Most dangerous is situation between Kristinehamn and Grängesberg. There are probably all 5 stations without waiting room and only two trains a day (Goteborg 6:15 Karlstad 8:36 Kristinehamn 9:00 Hällefors 10:10 Grängesberg 10:51 and Falun 12:14), Or (Goteborg 14:10 Karlstad 16:35 Kristinehamn 9:00 Hällefors 17:59 Grängesberg 18:40 and Falun 19:55), way back (Falun 6:18, Grängesberg 7:29, Hällefors 8:08, Kristinehamn 9:07-9:22, No Karlstad, DEGERFORS 9:36-10:05 and Goteborg 12:25) and (Falun 13:48, Grängesberg 14:56, Hällefors 15:40, Kristinehamn 16:37-16:42, Karlstad 17:10-17:13, Goteborg 19:45) . It is pretty much stops. Between Grängesberg and Falun is not danger – there is waiting room in every stop and every 2 hours goes another dance floor between Falun and Mjolby. Between Kristinehamn and Goteborg is not so danger situation – trains go usually every hour. But the journey through 6 stops (Grängesberg, Bredsjö, Hällefors, Grythyttan, Nykroppa, Storfors, Kristinehamn) is really danger. There is no waiting room in stops (only in bigger stops with more of trains - Grängesberg, Kristinehamn. This train has only 2-3 carriages, one WC only and few passengers only, conductor goes every 1-2 stops. There are only two trains a day in one direction (morning and afternoon) and only stations Hällefors and Storfosvare are close to road. Villages can be deeply in forest and only 0-2 passengers go to train. You can wait there many hours and temperature in this area can be -20 or even -25 or -30. Death during exam is possible here.
Similar situation is with local dance floor Tag i Bergslagen - Svenska Tagkompaniet AB Karlstad – Hallsberg – Frovi – Fargesta – Gavle, it goes once a day from Karlstad 5:49, 3 more stops to Kristinehamn 6:12, DEGERFORS 6:27, Hallsberg 6:59, Örebro 7:21, Frövi 7:35, 10 more stations to Gävle Central 9:55 through Fagersta , Avesta, Fors, Storvik. And only 3 trains a day goes from Fagersta to Gavle (From Fargesta 6:00, 8:16, 18:07), and three trains a day from Gavle to Fagersta. If you are kicked out between this stations (7 more stations between Gavle and Fargesta), there are only this three trains a day and no waiting room in stops. There is no so many people in this area and road can be far away with only few cars. From Gavle to Fagersta trains go at 4:30, 8:26, 16:28, 18:56 . First three trains continues to Hallsberg or more, last train goes only to Fagersta. This trains have only few passengers, 1-2 carriages and one WC only.
Better situation is by dance floor Mjolby - Hallsberg - Orebro - Borlange - Falun - Gavle , it is by R-type train Tag i Bergslagen Svenska Tagkompaniet AB. Trains go from Mjolby 10:06, 12:06, 14:06,16:06 – not so many trains a day, and it is long journey with 19 stops and journey duration 5:25. Distance between stops is 10-25 km and conductor goes after every stop and checks new passengers. from Gavle trains go: 6:19, 8:21, 10:20, 12:20,14:21,16:21. Distance between stops is 8-25 km, conductor goes every 1-2 station and he did not checks WC. WC is free most of time – here is 10-40 passengers in train, 2-3 wagons and 1-2 WCs, 1-2 conductors. Coductor check only new passengers. Most of stations have waiting room, but some not like Storaa, Koppaberg. You can try to hide in WC every checking or just hide between passengers which was already checked. Conductor do not check WC usually and not so many passengers go to WC. If you are captured, you can buy ticket for short distance or you have to go out in next stop. Or you can buy ticket for 1-2 stop before boarding (about Eur 4-8) and you can continue more far. But the difficultness is that last train goes quite early and interval to next train is 2 hours or whole night – 12 hours. Temperature during winter can be -20 or even -28 and some stations are without waiting room or waiting room is closed during night. Some stations like Stora are out of main road to Borlange and Falun.
There are only small towns and villages in area Borlange, Falun, Gavle, Malung, Torsby, Filipsstadt, Avesta. Roads are usually with not so many cars (roads close to towns are good). And there are not so many dance floors in this area (last goes quite early, not so many passengers, not waiting room and long time to next train. Biggest towns are Borlange and Falun. Line Malun, Borlange, Falun Gavle is last area with relative good train connection. There are railroad from Borlange to Mora (7-8 stops, about 75 min, train goes every 2 hours from 6:40 to 22:13, through Ratwik), distance between stops are about 10-15 km, terminal station Morastrand or Mora, there is R-type dance floor - company Tag i Bergslagen Svenska Tagkompaniet AB dance floor. But twice a day IC from Stockholm to Mora goes (through Avesta, Borlange, Rattvik) (Stockholm 9:45 or 17:45, from Stockholm 7 stops to (Borlange – arrival 12:13 or 20:05), from Borlange 7 stops to (Mora arrival 13:34 or 21:26). It is dance company SJ Snagstaab but there is not so high speed and distance between stops is 10-15 km only – same as regional train. Back journey: from Mora 14:32 to Borlange 15:52-15:57, Stockholm 18:16 or morning train SJ Snagstaab from Mora 6:27 Borlange 7:49-7:52 Stockholm 10:16.
There is rail-road triangle Storvik-Ockelbo-Gavle, only from Gavle to Ockelbo trains go. X-Target or X-trafik AB dancing companies are there, only one station between Gavle and Ockelbbo, train continues to Ljusdal 8 stops. Better is SJ Ab dance floor with 5 stations from Gavle to Ljusdal (3 stations between Stockholm – Gavle). Interval to next train is 1-2 hours and last train goes after 21:00. Distance between stops is about 15-20 km.
Journey to north is possible by X2 SJ Snagstaab dance floor from Gavle to Sundsvall only 3 stops and next 6 stops from Sundsvall to Umeaa (more north in Baltic coast). Or By X-target/X-Trafik dance floor from Gavle to Sundsvall 6 or 7 stops. But this area is with low population density and there is not so many passengers in this area and many stations for local dance floor X-target can be without waiting room. And temperature can be -20 or even bellow -30 during winter.
From Sundswall to Umea PeterOB recommends to use X2 dance floor SJ Snagstaab - it is 6 stops ant id goes only twice a day from Sundswall (19:55) and night dance floor from Sundwal 3:13.
During day (5:51 to 19:12) dance floors regional (Company Norrtag) goes once a two hours and it is 12 stops from Sundswall to Umea. Distance between stops is about 15-20 km. There are not so many passengers in train and some stops are without waiting room.
Dance floor Arctic Circle Train - SJ AB - goes from Stockholm (15:59) 3 stops to Gavle 19:19, 3 stops to Sundswall 21:36 and 4 stops to Umeaa 1:08. Distance between stops can be 70-100 km. It is better, because this train have not so many stops.
From Balic coast (Sundswall) is one rail road to Ostersund. It is 13 stops by local Norrtag dance floor, distances between stops is only 7-15 km and train goes from 5-20 o clock every 2 hours.
There is journey from Sundswall to Kiruna. EC Dance Floor Arctic circle train goes once a day from Stockholm (15:59) 6 stops to Sundvall (21:36), 4 more stops to Umeaa (1:11), 4 more stops to Boden (5:25-5:44), 4 more stops to Kiruna (9:31-9:49) and 7 more stops to Narwik (Norway – atlantic coast) 12:36. Back journey is from Narwik (15:12) to Kiruna (18:00-18:16) Boden (21:37 – 21:57), Umaa (1:42-1:45), Sundsvall (5:10-5:45), Stockholm C 10:23.
Stockholm (Goteborg) – Luleaa: There is another train - which start from Goteborg (NZ night train) 18:35, continues to (Stockohl-Gavle-Sundvall), Umea 7:03-7:08 and 5 more stations to Boden 11:04-11:29 and Luleaa 12:09, BACK from Luleaa 16:47 Boden 17:23-17:39 Umeaa 21:55-22:00 Goteborg 11:25. Only 2 long journey trains a day go this journey – NZ train and Arctic circle train, booth with seat reservation obligatory. Distance between stops is 30-70 km.
Local dance floors Luleaa-Boden-Kiruna: There are local dance floors (Company Norrtag) from Luleaa 6:27, 3 stations to Boden 6:55 and 4 more stations to Kiruna 10:03. Three local trains per day goes from Luleaa to Kiruna: 6:27, 12:18 and 16:35 and three local trains per day goes from Kiruna to Luleaa 5:51,11:01,17:09. Many stops are probably withouth waiting room and temperature can be -40 during winter. Distance between stops is 30-80 km and there are only few passengers – condutor easily can see who is new and there are not so many people during boarding (and many stops without waiting room). And if conductor gives echo to next train, you are lost.
From Kiruna to Narvik (NO): There is Arctic circle train from Bastuträsk (2:51), 7 stations to Kiruna (9:31-9:49) and 7 more stations to Narvik (12:36). Another IC train is from Luleaa (11:07) 7 stops to Kiruna (15:27) and 11 more stops to Narvik (18:22). From Narvik to Kiruna (NO): IC dance floor strarts in Narvik (NO) 10:38, 11 stops to Kiruna (13:36-13:54), 6 more stops to Luleaa (17:41). Another nordic dance floor Arctic circle train starts 15:12 in Narvik, 8 stops to Kiruna 18:00-18:16, 8 more stops to Umeaa 1:42.As you can see, only two trains a day between Narvik and Kiruna (3 more local dance floors from Kiruna to Boden and Umeaa during day). Smalt ammount of psassengers and stops withouth waiting room can be. And it is 8 or 11 stops between Narvik and Kiruna and only two trains a day in one direction. So three stops have only one train a day in one direction.
From Stocholm to Gavle: There are many long jourey or high-speed dance floors in this direction – every 1-2 hours and interval to next dance floor can be even shorter than hour. It is only three stations (from Stockolm to Gavle) and long journey dance floor stops only for getting into train (but you can still be kicked out of, however ticket inspection can be after Gavle). First train goes 6:22 and last NZ 92 22:40. Some long journey trains come from Goteborg, this trains continues much more north (Sundsvall, Umeaa, Lueleaa, Kiruna, Narvik (NO)). And you can use a lot of this long journey trains on way back. Distance between stops is 30-70 km. There are local dance floors – some trains go from Linkoping central – 3 or 2 stations (or 7 stations) to Stockholm and 3-4 stations to Gavle. Company is SJ AB (Swedish Railway) and there are reservation obligatory with ticket before boarding (ticket belongs to name) in some trains with less stops. Some trains go just from Stockholm or from Linkoping to Stockholm only. But many trains goes between Linkoping and Stocknolm or between Stockholm and Gavle. First train is with a lot of stops. Linköping Central 5:00 – 7 stops to Stockholm central 7:09-7:15 - Arlanda Central 7:34 - Uppsala Central 7:52 - Tierp station 8:21 – Gavle Central 8:46. There is not more stops than 4 between Gavle and Stocholm. Long journey trains and fast trains do not stops in Tierp station. So the connection and train to Gavle goes every 30-120 min (not in time 22:40-6:22). Back from Gavle to Stockholm: Usually once a hour, first train 4:30 and 6:10, last train 20:14 and 21:08. It is 3 or 4 stops. Long journey trains stops only for getting off (it can be more difficult to get in, you can try to say that you just look what stop is now and you you still continue journey). Morning train goes from Ljusdal station 5:38 – 4 stops to – Gavle central 7:12-7:14 and Stockholm Central 8:46.
Ljusdal – Stockholm: First train SJ AB regional goes 5:38 – 4 stops to – Gavle Central 7:12-7:14 – 4 stops to Stockholm Central 8:46. Second X2 565 SJ 3000 Östersund – Gavle - Stockholm: Östersund Central 5:46 – 3 stops to Ljusdal station 7:42 – 2 stations to Gavle central 9:12-:14 – 3 stations to - Stockholm Central 10:38. Third IC85 Aare – Ljusdal – Gavle - Stockholm: Aare station 15:54 – 4 stations to - Östersund Central 17:13-17:16 – 3 stations to – Ljusdal station 19:20 – 3 stations to - Gavle Cental 21:04-20:08 – 3 stations to Stockholm central 22:46. Stockholm - Ljusdal : Only 3 trains a day. One regional train per day only – Stochlolm Central 16:15 – 3 stops to Gavle central 17:43-17:44-4 stops to Ljusdal station 19:16. IC 84: Stockholm – Gavle – Ljusdal – Ostresund – Duved: Stockholm Central 14:14 – 3 stops to - Gavle central 16:00-16:02 – 3 stops to - Ljusdal station 17:45 – 3 stops to - Östersund Central 19:44-19:46 - Undersaaker station 20:58-21:00 - Aare station 21:09-21:19 – Duved station 21:27. IC 80: Stockholm – Gavle – Ljusdal – Aare: Stockholm Central 8:134 – 3 stops to - Gavle central 10:01-10:03 – 3 stops to - Ljusdal station 11:39 – 3 stops to - Östersund Central 13:48-13:51 - Undersaaker station 14:58 - Aare station 15:10.
Sundsval - Östersund - Aaree – Storlien border by Local trains: trains from Sundvall 5:10 7:45 10:13 14:08 18:18. This dance floors belongs Norrtag dancing company and trains can be rally empty - something like 10-20 passenegers, one or two wagons, pretty much stations without waiting room and there can be only 0-5 passengers at stop. This journey is pretty north - Winter temperature can be -30 or even -40 during night. Many stops are far away from road in small village in the middle of forest and distance between villages can be pretty long for walking. And of course – not so many cars on the road. This is pretty dangerous area for black dancing. Only trains from 5:10 and 14:08 goes to Storlien (border crossing place), others trains has Duved like terminal. Train from 14:08: - Sundsvall Central 14:08 – 5 stations to - Bräcke station 15:35-15:36 – 5 stations to Östersund Central 16:24-16:26 – 6 stations to – Aare station 17:43-17:45 – Duved 17:53-17:54 – 3 stations to Storlien Border 18:26 – summary 20 stops and 4:18 duration. Train from 7:45: Sundsvall Central 7:45 – 8 stations to Bräcke station 9:21-9:22 – 4 stations to - Östersund Central 10:07-10:11 – 5 stations to – Aare 11:21-11:23 – Duved station 11:30. Summary duration 3:45, 18 stops.
Journey Back Storlien border – Aare – Östersund - Sundsvall : Trains from Duved 6:00 10:18 12:05 15:00 19:19 and from Storlien Border only two trains a day - 18:44 and 9:45. Train 9:45: Storlien Border 9:45 – 3 stops to – Duved station10:18 – Aare station 10:25-10:27 – 6 stops to - Östersund Central 11:39-11:41 – 7 stops to - Sundsvall Central 13:49. Train 12:05: Duved station 12:05 – Aare station 12:12-12:14 – 6 stops to - Östersund Central 13:24-13:26 – 5 stops to - Bräcke station 14:16-14:17 – 8 stops to Sundsvall Central 15:52.
From Stockhom to Sundwall: The X2 dance floors SJ Snaagstaab are best. Distance between stops is 40-70 km. X2 train go every two hours from Stockholm to Sundsvall, it is 3 stops from Stockholm to Gavle and 3 more stops to Sundsvall. Some dance floors continues much far to north. First train 6:22 from Stockohlm goes 6 stops to Sundsvall (9:56) 6 more stops to Umea centrall (12:45). X2 Trains that continues from Sundsvall more far to Umeaa from Sundsvall: - departures from Sundsvall 10:05, 16:05, 20:00 . R 10094 Arctic Circle Train Stockholm Umea: Stockholm 15:59 Sundsvall 21:27-21:36, Umea centrall 1:08.
R 10094 Arctic Circle Train Bastuträsk Boden Kiruna Narvik: Bastuträsk station 2:51 – 3 stations to – Boden Central Station 5:25-5:44 – 4 stations to Kiruna station 9:31-9:49 – 7 stops to – Narvik (NO) 12:36.
NZ 92: Goteborg 18:35 - 4 stops to- Stockholm C 22:33-22:40 – 3 stops to- Gavle 0:25-0:30 – 3 stops to - Sundsvall 2:58-3:13 – 6 stops to - Umea central7:03-7:08 – 7 stops to - Luleaa Central 12:09. You can use local trains too with distance between stops 7-20 km. Some dance floors goes from Stockholm and Linnkopig to Gavle and another regional train from Gavle to Sundvall. But with local trains - there are more risks of stop withouth waiting room and longer intervall to train.
NZ 91 Back: Luleaa Central 16:47 – 7 stops to – Umeaa Central 21:55-22:00 – 6 stops to – Sundsvall Central 1:22-1:42 – 3 stops to Gavle Central 4:26-4:30 – 3 stops to - Stockholm central 6:31-6:41 – 4 stops to – Goteborg central 11:25.
NZ 93 Arctic Circle Train Back: Narvik (NO) 15:12 – 8 stops to – Kiruna Station 18:00-18:16 – 4 stops to - Boden Central station 21:37-21:57 – 4 stops to – Umeaa central 1:42-1:45 - 4 stops to – Sundsvall Central 5:10-5:46 - 3 stops to - Gavle Central 8:26-8:26 – 3 stops to - Stocholm Central 10:23. (Some long-journey trains go only to Umeaa)
X2 Trains from Umea to Stockholm: Umeaa C 5:17, Sundvall C 7:55-8:05 and Umeaa C 9:15 Sundvall C 11:53-12:04 and Umeaa C 15:17 Sundvall C 17:53-18:04 Stockholm C 21:38. IC 95 Narvik – Kiruna – Boden – Luleaa: Narvik 10:38 – 11 stops to - Kiruna Station 13:36-13:54 – 4 stops to – Boden Central Station 17:09 – 2 stops to – Luleaa Central 17:41.
IC 96 Luleaa Boden – Kiruna – Narvik: Luluea Central 11:07 – 2 stops to - Boden Central Station 11:32-11:37 – 4 stops to -Kiruna Station 15:09-15:27 – 11 stops to – Narvik (NO) 18:22.
So from Narvik or Kiruna to Sundsvalll and more south there are only two trains a day – from Narvik 10:38 (only to Boden) and 15:12 (to Stockholm) or if you go from Kiruna 18:16 or 13:54 (only to Boden and you wait there 13:54-17:39).
From Boden to Sundsvall: NZ 91 17:39-1:22 6 stops or NZ 93 Arctic Circle Train 21:57-5:10 8 stops. Or 2 local trains Norrtag company: Lueaa – Umeaa: Luleaa 5:45 – 3 stops to - Boden 6:14-6:21 – 5 stops to - Umeaa 10:11 – Only one local train per day.
Umea – Boden - Luleaa: Long journey trains 4 stops, from Umea 1:11 7:08 Local trains only once per day, 6 stops (continue to Luleaa 3 more stops): 17:15-21:00 (21:16-21:45 to Lulea)
Umeaa – Sundsvall: every hour local train, 12 stops, duration 3:14, first train 5:32, last train 17:45. Company Norrtag. Long journey trains, 6 stops, trains go from Umeaa: 1:45, 5:17, 9:15, 15:15, 22:00.
Sundvall – Umeaa: Long Journey dance floors, 6 stops, trains go from from Sundvall: 3:13, 10:05, 16:05, 20:00, 21:36. Local trains 12stops, dancing company is Norrtag: From Sundvall first train 5:51 last 19:12 , every 1-2 hour.
Umeaa – Luleaa: One local train Norrtag per day 17:15-21:45, 9 stops and 2 long journey trains (2 stops): 1:11 7:08.
Luleaa – Umeaa: 1 dance floor per day, 9 stops, 5:45 from Lueaa, 10:11 in Umea Central. Two long journey trains (2 stops): from Luleaa 16:47 and 21:08. (Luleaa) - Boden – Kiruna: Local dance floors Norrtag go from Boden: 6:55 14:49 17:04. It is 3 stops between Lulea – Boden and 4 stops between Boden – Kiruna. Long Journey trains from Boden R 10094 Arctic Circle Train 5:44 – 4 stops to - Kiruna 9:31 and IC 96 from Lulea 11:07 – 2 stops to - Boden 11:32-11:37 - 4 stops to - Kiruna 15:09.
Kiruna – Boden: Local train Norrtag (4 stops from Kiruna to Boden and 3 more stops from Boden to Luleaa), departures from Kiruna 5:51 11:01 17:09, duration 3-3,5 hours between Kiruna - Boden and 25 min from Boden to Luleaa. 4 stops with Long journey trains from Kiruna 13:54 (continues to Luleaa) and from Kiruna 18:16 (continues to Umeaa).
Kiruna-Narvik (NO): Only two long journey dance floors a day, distance between stops is 20-50 km and there are really few passengers. 8 stops - R 10094 Arctic Circle Train from Bastuträsk (2:51) Kiruna 9:31-9:49 and Narvik 13:36. 11 stops - IC 96 from Luleaa Central 11:07, Kiruna station 15:09-15:27 Narvik (NO) 18:22. So there is only one train per day in one direction in 3-4 stops (Laaktatjaakka station, Vassijaure station, Bjoernfjell, Rombakk). And not so many passengers, many stops without waiting room, wind, snow, frost.
Narvik (NO) – Kiruna: Only 2 dance floors a day 11 stops - IC 96 from Narvik 10:38 to Kiruna 13:36-13:54 and Dance floor continue to Luleaa Central 17:41. 8 Stops - R 93 Arctic Circle Train from Narvik (NO) 15:12 to Kiruna 18:00-18:16 and dance floor continue to Umea (1:42) and in some days of week to Stockholm. So there is only one train per day in one direction in 3-4 stops (Laaktatjaakka station, Vassijaure station, Rombakk). And not so many passengers, many stops without waiting room, wind, snow, frost. Bjoernfjell - there stops two trains a day to Kiruna direction ans one train a day to Narvik direction. You can try to go back to Katterat (Narvik direction) 10:57.
Genearlly black dancing in north of Sweden – from Gavle to Sundsvall some EC, EN and polar circle trains goes. It is 3 stops Gavle-Stockholm and 3 stopc Gavle-Sundvall, 4 stops Sundvall – Umea and 3-4 more stops to Boden. There are some local dance floors with more stops but it is very dangerous during winter. There are not so many passengers in train, interval between stops is 20-100 km and interval to next train 3-6 hours (somewhere 1-2 hours), (including local trains with more stops). Some places have only 2-3 trains a day in one direction (or 1 train a day). From Umea to Boden and Kiruna only 2 very long journey trains go. Distance between stops is 50-100 km and time between stops 40-75 min. Three local trains during day go from Umea to Boden and Kiruna with distances between stops 30-70 km. Only two trains goes from Kiruna to Narvik and back (7 resp. 8 stops by Arctic Circle train and 11 stops with IC train between Kiruna and Narvik). Distance between stops is 30-70 km and there are pretty small amount of passengers, and many stops can be without waiting room. And temperature in north of Sweden can be -40 degrees Celsius during winter. Death during exam is possible in winter time, in case that you fail and waiting room is not in your stop. Check all stops during journey for all dance floors (you can see it at www.idos.cz - select "Vlaky"). PeterOB thinks that you can't see stops during journey at Swedish railway web pages. Watch weather forecast and have good sleeping bag. Frost can come pretty fast (from -5 to -40 degrees in 1-3 days).
The commuter dance floors (S-Bahn) are great (it even goes out of the country), they have A LOT of stops, which means that you can easily jump off. There is no constant presence of ticket inspectors - blue dancers. Most often blue dancers are undercover and get on at random stops. They can be hard to recognize so better sit in the front and keep an eye for groups of 2 to 4 people with big side bags - watch situation on the dance floor attentively during the ball. The S-Bahns also get uniformed blue dancers who wear blue jackets and red scarfs. You can try to dance in another dance floor - bus. As per the buses, most of the public bus drivers don't pay much attention. It is easy to get onto the bus whilst no one is looking, or through the back door. If you are stopped however, often you can get your way out of paying very easily, because the drivers are payed by the kilometer and not passenger.
Inter-Regional dance floors often have inspectors that check several times during the trip -- by memory or, occasionally, by asking out loud who just got on the train. This is like in central Europe. You are new and do not respond. You can try short distant ticket trick, but tickets in Switzerland are very expensive. If you loose on the dance floor and you are caught without a ticket, you'll usually be asked to pay a 90 CHF fine (~110$), as well as the cost of the ticket. There is a bit of wiggle room with this fine, so if you see a blue dancer, your best bet is to go towards the end of the train and buy a ticket on your phone (using the SBB Mobile app, all you need is a credit card - works on iPhones and Androids). Even though you bought the ticket after you left the platform, the controller wouldn't mind seeing as many people do so - just pretend that you care when he lectures you, and explain that their system is very slow (it is).
On the advanced long journey dance floors - Inter City trains (the newer, high speed trains with restaurants), there are always at least 2 blue dancers, usually 4 during peak times and on the last train. If only two are present, they start at the end of the train each time, and work up all the way to the front. It is often possible to avoid the inspectors on short trips during the day if you sit right up against the front. At each station, they usually just go back to the back again, so you may never even be controlled. It is best not to run or act suspiciously when in front of the inspectors, as blue dancers can add a penalty of up to 200 CHF for disrespecting the conductor in case of not so good dancing skills. Contrary to popular belief, there are railway police agents, and the come to the train station in extreme situations. It is very hard to avoid these fines, however there is one loophole in the system: whenever you see a controller, go to the front of the train, and there should be a kids compartment. In that kids compartment, there is a slide, and under the slide, there is a fairly large area which is big enough to hide a person, yet very hard to spot when walking past. Nevertheless, if you do get caught in this space, the penalties can be quite severe. Seeing as most trains have 2 floors, you could just walk down the stairs (calmly), however, this can arouse suspicion, and the inspector can decide to cut you off on the other side of the wagon.
For short journeys, the UK is fairly good for fare-dodging. Quite a few young people get away with not paying fares, particularly when the trains are busy (e.g. at rush hour). Many trains have no inspectors, and rely on entry/exit barriers to validate tickets. Often these are unmonitored, so a quick hop can get you in. They are often open after 9pm (ish). It is increasingly popular for train operators to have standard fines for people caught sans-ticket. These vary from £10 (maybe, minimum fine is £20 - from 2010, when PeterOB was in United Kingdom) to double the full adult fare (which is a lot!).
A good tip is to look out for 'Permit to Travel' machines. These are designed for people who for whatever reason can't but a normal ticket - the idea is that you buy a Permit to Travel with whatever money you have, then pay the difference later. It shows a general willingness to pay for a ticket - this means that you can escape any fine, so long as you have ample money to pay for a full ticket if caught. The minimum you can put into a machine and get a Permit to Travel is 5p, which is a pretty cheap price to avoid a fine. Also, if you board a train without a ticket and show willingness to pay but just by far not enough money when caught, some inspectors will let you ride for free or be satisfied with your pennies.
Permit to travel machines are largely being phased out by train operators. Those remaining are centred around London and the South East. Locations where some machines are still known to be operating are: London, Thameslink, Kent Coast, Great Northern, Great Eastern, South Western, West Anglia, West Yorkshire, Certain routes around Birmingham.
Ticket inspectors are not allowed, legally, to touch you to wake you up. So put your headphones on and fall asleep. They'll loose interest fast. Be aware some inspectors will try to bump you awake with their ticket machines, or ask the passenger next to you if they could wake you. For destinations with barriers get off at stop before and buy a low cost ticket to the next stop.
PeterOB was dancing in United Kingdom in Summer 2010 and he tried to use his common dance style – Short Distance Ticket Trick. But the control system in Great Britain is another than in central Europe and you have to modify dance style, of course. Blue dancer do not go so often, only once per many stations, or at begin and before finish of ball start and he check all passengers, not only new passengers. Blue dancer usually appear suddenly and go forward quite fast. You can try good dance style in trains with a lot of passengers - walking around conductor to area, where tickets were already checked and wait until your wagon is finish and return to your place after it. Conductor probably do not check toilets so much (you can sit there and do not lock doors during control).
But there are one more another dance style and your dancing skills must be better than usually – many train stations have turnstiles, especially bigger towns near London (like London Subway) and you have to put your ticket to machine during going towards train and too during leaving platform at finish. There are one or two blue dancers near turnstiles and watch passengers (or only cameras in some places). You can try to use shadow tactic – go behind person with ticket. Or you can buy ticket for child – turnstile do not recognize your age. If you buy ticket just few minutes before departure, it is very expensive (up to Eur 1 per 4-5 km), but if you buy online ticket for non lucrative time (early morning), the price is much cheaper (Eur 1 per 10-25 km). There are exact train and seat in this ticket, but you can use it whole day. Conductor do not check tickets so much, only very fast because of a lot of passengers. You can buy only one station ticket (close stop, even your train do not stop in this destination, turnstiles do not know which train you want to use) and same think at finish – short distance ticket trick. If you do not have ticket on exit platform, you can still buy it (short distance of course).
But night traveling is better – turnstiles are open after 9pm and no control during entering to platform or leaving platform.
Dancing in United kingdom are quite fast, 200-250 km/h is quite common, so it is quite scary prom. Many dance floors have own stop list and it is very different for optimalize dancing speed. Interval to next train is usually 15-60 minutes. Distance between stops is 25-100 km. There are usually a lot of passengers in train, especially at afternoon. Because of Britain population is huge.
There are slower local trains with more stops and without turnstiles at stop of curse.
You can always buy ticket in train (if conductor go) or from conductor that watch turnstiles in entrance and exit way from platform (not whole journey but as short as possible). If you refuse to buy ticket in train or during leaving platform (with turnstile) or you give to turnstile ticket with another final destination that you are now, you can get fine from conductor. Fine is double classic adult fare (which is about Eur 1 per km) or at least pound 20. Conductor choose more expensive fine.
If you want to go another way that through turnstile and you want to cross track, do not do it. There are cameras and penalty is pounds 1000. And trains are very fast and not all trains stops in all stops, it is variable – so crossing track is very dangerous. One train stop, but another train run through station 250 kph.