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.
- 1 If you're in an organised hitchhiking competition...
- 2 Train hopping
- 3 General dancing styles and guidelines
- 4 Searching for train connection and stops during journey
- 5 Austria
- 6 Belgium
- 7 Czech Republic and Slovakia
- 8 Denmark
- 9 Finland
- 10 France
- 11 Germany
- 12 Greece
- 13 Hungary
- 14 Italy
- 15 Luxembourg
- 16 Norway
- 17 Poland
- 18 Spain
- 19 Sweden
- 20 Switzerland
- 21 United Kingdom
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, and of course, you can get high penalty too (Pounds 1000 in United Kingdom). Threat is not only penalty like inside dance floor for passengers.
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).
Searching for train connection and stops during journey
PeterOB tried to write some schedules for trains in Nordic countries, where trains does not go so often. But the schedule can change and some countries (Sweden) has difficult schedule. Important is to find stops during journey, where you can be kicked out
There are some web pages for whole Europe, where you can find train connection for example eurail.com But there are not regional or commuter trains so good (if any in some regions). And you can not find stops during journey.
There is another page, where you can find all train connections include stops during journey for all Europe. It is Czech web for searching connections is Czech-Slovakia (all city transport, buses, trains, planes). But there is trains connection for whole Europe on this web. The link for searching train connections is here jizdnirady.idnes.cz/vlaky/spojeni/ But there is no English. It is possible to find stops during journey on this web But it is not possible to find, if station has waiting room, or when waiting room will be closed. Buses are there for Czech and Slovakia only, except few buses in Europe (these buses are usually connected with train company). There are distances in km for every stops Czech and Slovakian buses and trains that go through Czech-Slovakia.
Translation for searching connection (Vlaky = Trains Autobusy = Buses, MHD Vsechna = all city public transport, MHD = city public transport, Odkud = from, Kam = to, Datum a cas = date and time - two edit fields, Pouze přímá spojení = without train (or bus) change during journey, Pouze vlaky bez povinné rezervace = only trains without seat reservation obligatory, but it usually does not show many trains, especially long-journey ones).
Errors during request for searching Zadání není jednoznačné, upřesněte prosím zadání - the station or city - town - village is not specified exactly (more stations with this name), write it more exactly. Objekt nebyl nalezen = this station or town or city or village is not in database
If you click for complete train, you get list of stops and schedule Translating: Stanice = station Příj = arrival Odj = departure Pozn = notes for this stop Km = distance in kilometers from begin of train journey to this station (Distances in km are aviable only for trains that goes through Czech Republic and Slovakia). (zastavuje jen pro nastup = only for boarding, zastavuje jen pro vystup only for getting off, but it is only for ticket-reservation possibility, you can get in-off or be kicked out anywhere).
Buttons under connections Zmenit zadani = Changing searching request Nove zadani = new searching request Trvaly odkaz =permanent link to connection, Hledat spatecni spojeni = searching for connection back, in another direction (from destination to start station). And buttons down-left Predchozi = three connections before, nasledujici = (three) connections after. At first request idos.cz will find three earliest connections after selected date and time.
Translation for connections that has been found And then you find connection, some notes are - Příští stanice = Next Station, Vlak se prave nachazi ve stanici = Train is now in this station, povinná rezervace = seat reservation obligatory, moznost rezervace = seat reservation is possible, jede = train goes at this dates, jede do = train goes until this date, jede od train goes since this date, od = since do = until, globální cena = global ticket price, not interesting for us, vozy 1. a 2. třídy = wagons with first and second class, pouze vozy 2. třídy = wagons only with second class.
And there are some symbols, what is in train - like beds, restaurant, bar or bistro, car transporting, etc
Error 1 Spojení nebylo nalezeno = Connection was not found Možné příčiny = It can be caused by
spojení v příslušném časovém období neexistuje = no connection exist in this time mezi výchozím a cílovým objektem neexistuje přímé spojení = there can be not direct connection (without changes), (if you have selected direct connections only for searching). spojení nelze realizovat povolenými dopravními prostředky = connection is not possible with selected type of vehicles due to our database status (if you have selected only trains, buses etc.)
This application usually marks most of regional-commuter trains like blue R some commuter trains are missing (commuter trains by Stockholm, P train in Helsinki), and it marks green all IC, EC or high-speed trains with seat reservation obligatory. it shows seat reservation obligatory in all IC-EC trains. Only few international dance floors are red like EN and INT
The semi-regional trains for longer journey are usually marked like blue too, but the letters are various, some are still like blue R (for example in Sweden OTU - Oresundstaag, in Norway REG trains are regional, not local trains). The long journey trains are usually green with letters EC, IC or specific letters (TGV in France, X2 is SJ Snabbstaag in Sweden, S2 is Pendolino in Finland, Green AE or Red INT is Allegro train between Helsinki and St. Pettersburk, FR or FA is high-speed train in Italy - Treno Alta Velocita, FB is something like IC train in Italy - FB FRECCIABIANCA). Some Night trains are marked ICN (green) and some night Trains like green NZ (Moscow-Helsinki), some night trains are red EN - Euronight. Many night trains (in Finland, in Sweden are marked like green IC or even blue REG in Norway)
But some Long Journey IC trains are still blue like regional (ICs in Norway are marked like blue REG, long journey dance floors from Stockholm to Narvik or (Goteborg) Stockholm-Lulea or Lulea-Narvik are marked sometimes like blue R Arcitic circle train)
Sometimes - one trains is marked like two another trains (R train Helsinki-Tampere, trains between Oslo and Goteborg), and some trains has two symbols (for example train between Helsinki and St. Peterburg is red INT or Green AE ). Even some high speed trains can be missing there (probably purple Treno Italio - AV dance floor in Italy).
The most important for this Czech database is that you can find stops during journey Unfortunately - you can not find in this Czech application, which stations has waiting room, or when waiting room is closed.
jizdnirady.idnes.cz/vlaky/spojeni/ is only for trains, it is part of idos.cz , where you can find all buses and trains and city public transport in Czech Republic and Slovakia (not in Europe, you can find only trains and few buses in whole Europe). You can find all stops, time table (arrival and departure) and for Czech republic and Slovakia only - you can find length of journey between stations in km. Unfortunately - this page is not in English.
This application is created by CHAPS (software for transport schedules) and there is possible to download database of schedules and trips from chaps.cz like complete database, only trains (in Europe) or only buses (Czech and Slovakia) or city public transport for selected city in Czech-Slovakia. And there should be database of planes too. Unfortunately, English is missing.
Austria is not so big country in the middle of Europe and big part of this country is with mountains – Alps. There is big motorway A1 from Germany to Hungary (Munchen – Salzburg – Linz – Wien – Budapest). You can easily hitchhike there at exit of fuel stations. Another motorway goes to south – not so far from Rosenheim (Germany), the A1 motorway split to Munchen and south branch to Insbruck and Kufstein. And around Insbruck – the motorway spilts too – one direction to west (Switzerland) and one direction to Italy (Brenero, Bolzano, Verona). Insburck is big crossroad with beauty-full mountains around (up to 3300 m.n.m.). One hitchhiking place is fuel station before Insbruck. Many cars go to Italy (Sea, Skying), but there are only few cars in this fuel station, few cars go to Italy, and many hitchhikers waited there very long (few hours or even two days). Another possibility is hitchhiking with sign (Italy, Switzerland, Salzburg, Germany) before entrance to motorway in east Insbruck. Hitchhiking to Italy or Switzerland can be really bad here. If hitchhiking does not work, you just go to train station. Is it easy to jump on city bus inside Insbruck and taking it for free. (or another city in Austria) (penalty in city public transport can be for example in Wien 103 Eur) and you can go to train station or big road at the end of city.
If you want escape from cold to Italy. You try to get to Insbruck and from Insbruck to Brennero and Italy. But hitchhiking does not work so good from Insbruck to Italy. Brennero-Brenner is border Austria-Italy. It is around 1200 m above sea, it is narrow valley between mountains. There is motorway and rail road. It is highest and coldest point of journey. There is snow usually from November-December to March-April. Mountains around are high – up to 3300-3700 m above sea. And there is already snow in July in some places up in mountains. There is a lot of police checking in Brennero because of migration (on direction from Italy to Austria). Train track goes not so fast downhill to Insbruck (around 38km long by road). And train track goes quite fast downhill to Bolzano with a lot of tunnels. There are EC trains wit few stops and Italian local train (Treno Regionale) with lot of stops, but there s almost ticket checking. There is warmer in Bolzano than in Isbruck or Brennero, but Alps are there still, mountains and hills continue to Tremto, Rovento. Just around 30 km before Verona is tunnel for train, it means end of hills and warm low-land with palms. And south from Verona to Sicily – temperature rises, but quite slowly. It is long journey and around 5-10 degrees difference between Verona and Sicily.
Train stations in Austria are quite good. You can find on the station all trains (arrivals and departures) with all stops for every train and time for arrive and departure in every stop during trip. It is important. Some small stations for local trains can be without waiting room, But big stations are open during night (just some sitting places are closed), because of night trains. But it can be quite cold in the stations too, not so good heating system can be there.
There is no ticket control during entering into station or entering into train. But if your appearance is like homeless or backpacker, conductor can ask you for a ticket while entering into night train. There are not so many passengers in night trains.
Conductor usually does not check toilets. You can try to hide there and does not lock the door. But do not stay in toilet too long, because another passengers can go there too. Stay there just when conductor is passing around. Or you can just play like you were already checked or you just hide between many passengers, especially close to bigger town. You tan try short distance ticket trick in regional trains R and REX. You buy ticket for 15-40 km (around 5-8 Eur), you let be checked and you continue much further after. But it is quite expensive in EC and RailJet dance floors with not so many stops. If you are captured, you can be simply kicked out, especially from regional train. There is bigger probability, that conductor write fine for you in EC, RailJet or night train. Or he just kick you out. Some Peter's friends was captured in Austria (Austrian residents too), and they sometimes got fine, which will be never paid, or they has been kicked out. Penalty is around Eur 103, but you don't need to pay, if you are not from Austria, or you can give fake address.
There are really a lot of police checking in trains from Italy to Austria and Germany (especially direction to Germany), and maybe in trains from Wien to Munchen can be police too. They control everything on platforms and many times in train (especially close to Italy-Austria border), because of Immigrants. Police checks toilets, space under seats too. But they are searching for immigrants, they do not check usually European people. And they checks ID, not tickets. But they can check some drug smuggling too.
First type is regional dance floor R. This train have a lot of stops, every 3-10 km. Interval to next train is usually 1-2 hours. PeterOB have not tried this dance floor. There can be a lot of people inside close to big city and conductor can go only one time, or not so often. But it is dubious. The REX dance floor is similar to R dance floor. But distance between stops is bigger, around 15-30 km and interval to next train can be around 2 hour (include R trains shorter). You can try short distance ticket trick – you buy ticket only for short distance (around 15-30 km, it cost 6-8 Eur), you will show ticket and you will continue longer than destination in you ticket. Or you can try to hide between passengers close to big town or toilet tactic (you just sit on toilet when conductor goes around and you don't lock the door). You can play that you were already checked after first control too, when conductor goes around.
If you want to go to Italy, stops for REX train are: (Innsbruck Hbf, Matrei am Brenner, Steinach in Tirol, Brennero/Brenner – border with Italy, few stations to Bolzano (3 or 7)). Between Brennero to Bolzano is easy to dance – Italian regional train goes there, usually without checking. From Italy to North – there is regional train (treno regionale) from Bolzano to Brenero once a hour. Conductor usually do not check tickets but police is searching for immigrants. There is truck stop with wingette selling for Austria and fuel station in Brenero. Really Lot of trucks are there. But you have to cross motorway with not so many cars. You have to be careful during this action. Or you can take EC train from Verona to Germany, it is one stop from Brennero to Insbruck, and conductor goes there (and police too). Then you take for free city bus to east Insbruck and there is entrance to motorway.
Night trains are good, because they have not so many stops. But there are only beds with reservation and it is possible that you can't get inside coupe and you stay at corridor with backpack and conductor will see you. These trains are international, with police, and conductors too, of course. And conductor might ask you for a ticket during boarding. But these trains are quite long and you just get in as in shade as possible.
If you want to go to Italy, from Insbruck – stops for EC and night trains are Munchen or Wien …...... Insbruck HBF, Brennero (border), Brixeno, Bolzano, Tremto, Verona …..… Rome, Bolonga or Milano or Venezia.
R 409 (red at idos.cz) is best night-day train from Moscow to France, it is the best, with fewest stops:
Moskva Belorusskaja 11:18, Wjasma 14:10-14:36, Smolensk 16:33-16:38, Orscha Central 17:49-18:05, Minsk(BY) 20:22-20:37, Brest Central 0:24-0:50, Terespol 1:08-1:58, Warszawa Wschodnia 3:49, Warszawa Centralna 4:25, Warszawa Zachodnia 4:35 , Katowice 7:13-7:18, Zebrzydowice 8:22-8:23, Bohumín 8:43-9:07, Břeclav 10:50-11:18, Wien Hbf 12:27-12:41, Linz Hbf 14:19-14:26, Bischofshofen 17:37-17:41, Innsbruck Hbf 20:44-21:21, Brennero/Brenner 22:00, Bolzano/Bozen 23:53-23:55, Verona Porta Nuova 1:16, Milano Rogoredo 2:55, Genova Piazza Principe 4:34, San Remo 6:44-6:46, Bordighera 6:58-7:00, Ventimiglia 7:10-7:58 , Menton 8:08-8:10, Monaco-Monte-Carlo 8:19-8:21,Nice Ville 8:34
But long journey train R409 does not go every day.
Next type is EC dance floor. EC train goes usually once a 1 hour or once a 2 hour. Distance between stops are usually 30-80 km, conductor goes usually every stops. PeterOB tried only two EC trains for one stop only, he was hiding in toilet with unlocked doors when conductor pass around. But you can just play that you were already checked. Ticket for shorter distance than you go is possible, but not so cheap. And some EC trains (from-to Italy) are only with few passengers, these trains are quite empty. There are lot of coops in direction from Italy to Germany and they look everywhere (toilets, under seats), because they check immigrants.
There are EC trains between Munchen (DE) and Verona (IT) once a two hours, in both directions. Some trains continue from-to Venecia or Bolonga. Stops are: (München Hbf , München Ost, Rosenheim , Kufstein, Wörgl Hbf, Jenbach, Innsbruck Hbf, Brennero/Brenner, Fortezza/Franzensfeste, Bressanone/Brixen, Bolzano/Bozen, Trento, Rovereto, Verona Porta Nuova, Bologna Centrale, or erona Porta Nuova, Vicenza, Padova, Venezia Mestre , Venezia Santa Lucia). There are Italian conductors in Italy and probably German conductors in Germany. Situation between Insbruck and Rosenheim is better, because there goes RailJet dance floor to Wien once a hour.
Next and best type of dance floor is blue Railjet, because of fewest stops. The distance between stops is around 40-100 km or even longer. There are usually two conductors and a lot of passengers. You can hide in toilet and play shitting when conductor is passing around, PeterOB already tried it successfully. Or you can try just be between passengers and play that you were already checked.
Railjet or EC dance floor between Munchen (DE) – Wien (- Budapest) goes once a two hours, but between Salzburg and Wien more than once a hour: Journey Munchen-Wien takes only 4 hours and it is 2:40 hours from Wien to Budapest, stops are (München Hbf, Salzburg Hbf , Linz Hbf, St.Pölten Hbf, Wien Meidling, Wien Hbf ) and some Railjet dance floors from Munchen continues to Hungary with stops ( Wien Hbf, Hegyeshalom, Mosonmagyarovar, Györ, Tatabanya, Budapest-Kelenföld, Budapest-Keleti pu). The Night train EN 463 Kalman Imre has the same stops (München Hbf 23:35 …... Wien Hbf 6:35-6:39 …... Budapest-Keleti pu (9:24).
Wien – Budapest: The journey is around 2:40 hours, RailJet dance floor goes every hour, stops are (München Hbf, Salzburg Hbf , Linz Hbf, St.Pölten Hbf, Wien Meidling, Wien Hbf ). Railjet or EC dance floors usually begins at Munchen Hbf. Some EC dance floors continues behind Budapest, for example 4 hours more to Nyiregyhaza , stops are: (Budapest-Keleti pu, Szolnok, Törökszentmiklos, Kisujszallas, Karcag, Püspökladany, Hajduszoboszlo, Debrecen, Nyiregyhaza).
(Zürich HB - Switzerland) - Insbruck-Wien: It is around 4:15 hod long journey, RailJet trains goes every hour (from Zürich HB to Insbruck Hbf once a two hours). Some RailJets begin in Switzerland (Zürich HB) and some RailJet trains does not stops between Salzburg and Insbruck. Stops are: (Zürich HB , Sargans , Buchs SG, Feldkirch, Bludenz, St. Anton am Arlberg, Landeck-Zams, Imst-Pitztal, Ötztal, Innsbruck Hbf, Wörgl Hbf , Kufstein, Salzburg Hbf, Linz Hbf, St.Pölten Hbf, Wien Meidling, Wien Hbf, Flughafen Wien).
Wien – Bratislava SK: There are local dance floors from Slovakian dancing company, train runs once a 30-60 min from 4am to midnight. It is 66 km and 66 minutes and 7 stops. You can try just hide between passengers or in toilet. Short distance ticket trick can be more difficult. Stops are: (Wien Hbf, Wien Simmering, Wien Stadlau , Wien Hausfeldstrass, Siebenbrunn-Leopoldsdorf, Marchegg, Devínska N.Ves, Bratislava hl.st.).
From Graz to Wien and Czech Republic: There is RailJet dance floor once a 2 hours (Graz – Wien - Prague), and few EC dance floors goes from Wien to Czech Republic. It is 90 km and 54 minutes from Wien Hbf to first Czech station Breclav. Most of trains are RailJet and they continue to Brno, Prague. Stops are (Graz Hbf , Bruck/Mur, Kapfenberg, Mürzzuschlag, Semmering, Wiener Neustadt Hbf, Wien Meidling, Wien Hbf, Breclav, Brno hl.n., Ceska Trebova, Pardubice hl.n. Praha hl.n.). RJ from Wien 19:02 has four more stops in Czech – Blansko, Letovice, Svitavy, Kolin.
There are EC trains, which goes from Wien to Breclav and Ostrava, Bohumin, Poland. EC 104 Sobieski 8:10 from Wien continue to Breclav, Hodonin, Ostravava hl.n. 10:59-11:01, Warszawa Centralna 15:04-15:20, Gdansk Glowny 11:11-18:14, Gdynia Glowna 18:36. From Wien 14:10 EC 102 Polonia continue to Warszawa, the same EC 406 Chopin from Wien 22:50 to Warszawa and D 100 Moravia (with beds too) from Wien 18:10 to Bohumin 21:08. But it os much more stops on the journey. It is only one stop from Wien to Breclav (CZ), 8 stops from Breclav to Bohumin (last CZ station), 9 stops from Bohumin to Warszawa Centralna, 6 stops from Warszawa Centralna to Gdansk Glowny and from Gdansk Glowny last 5 stops to Gdynia Glowna (18:36). Only train from Wien 8:10 continue behind Warszawa to Baltic sea (Gdansk).
There are local dance floors from Wien to Breclav too, they runs once a two hours, it is from Wien Hbf 1:29 hour and 9 stops in Wien, 14 more stops after Wien to Breclav. This train can be with a lot of passengers close to Wien and conductor can go only 1-2 times. But it is much more better to take EC or RailJet dance floor without stop between Wien and Breclav, than local dance floor R or REX with lot of stops.
There are trains from Linz to CZ (Ceske Budejovice and Prague). It can be only 5 stops from Linz to Summerau (last stop in Austria), next stop is Horni Dvoriste (CZ) and 10 more stops to Ceske Budejovice. But some local trains from Linz hbf has 14 stops to Summerau and more 12 stops from Horni Dvoriste to Ceske Budejovice. Many stops are Request only. REX trains has from Linz 5 stops to Summerau usually and stops in Czech: (Rubnik, Kaplice, Velesin mesto, Ceske Budejovice, Tabor, Praha hl.n., Praha Holesovice) – not so many stops in Czech Republic. There is usually one local train from Linz to Ceske Budejovice once a 2 hours and REX train from Linz directly to Prague only once 4-6 hours, these trains are best with fewest stops in Czech.
Last type is ICE dance floor. ICE trains goes usually in Germany and only few ICE goes to Austria. One ICE goes from Wien to Munchen and Hamburg. Another ICE goes from Insbruck to Munchen and more further (Berlin, Hamburg). ICE has in Austria the same stops like RailJet or IC trains, but in Germany – ICE are faster (up to 300 kph) and with not so many stops. Distance between stops can be 100-500 km. Conductor check it in Germany very hard and you can get fine or conductor call the police. 'Germany is not recommended for BlackRiding. PeterOB's friend was two times captured in Germany (train and tram) and he was 14 days in prison. But it is probably not so hard now, it was few years back. Usually only one or two ICE a day gets from-to Wien or Insbruck.
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 appearance 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 trough 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 DKK 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.
Finland is country in or close to Scandinavia, on the another side of Baltic Sea. People in Finland are one of most peaceful and kind in Europe and it is really hippie area. It is easy to live without money there.
Dumpsters close to supermarkets are quite accessible, at especially in Helsinki region. Hitchhiking can be good or bad. But the climate a nature is not so friendly, especially in the north. Summer is relative warm, but with lot of rain and attacking swarms of mosquitoes in the north (it is not so bad in the south). Winter is with pretty short days and super-cold arctic waves (war air from Atlantic is blocked by Scandinavian mountains but continental Arctic air from Russia can flow to Finland easily). Temperature can easily drop bellow -20 or -25 in south, -30 or -35 in the middle and in Lapland can be -40 or even -45 during night and around -35 during day.
At first – How to get to Finland. There are three ways, how to get there. Unfortunately, most of Finland border are with Russia and with Baltic sea. The traveling through Russia is not free or easily possible. You need visa. Visa to Russia cost around Eur 50-100 and it can be difficult with office. So there is no way (hitchhiking, bus, train) through Tallin-Saint Petersburg – Helsinki. There is ferry between Tallinn and Helsinki, it is not so long journey and the price begins from Eur 12 for walkers and they write down ID. You can try to sneek on ferry between people (a lot of people are there in Friday and Sunday) or you can be hidden in someone's car. Getting from Poland to Tallin is relative long journey, but a lot of truck goes there. No train is on this way and hitchhiking between Poland and Estonia is sometimes good, but sometimes bad. Hitchhiking in Poland is easy and there are not so many trains in Poland.
Second journey is from Stockholm to Finland by ferry. There are two ferry companies – Silja Line and Viking Line. Journey from Stockholm to Turku takes 11 hours and there is plenty small islands around. The daily ferry (Silja line) stops in Aaland isnand. The night line from Stockholm to Turku goes at 7pm and arrives at 7am (Finland has 1 hour more than Sweden). But the night line cost around Eur 60-75. The ferry to Helsinki leaves around 4pm, but it cost around Eur 80 and sneeking is difficult. Day line (Silja Line) leaves Stockholm at 7am and arrives to Turku at 7pm. Day line cost around Eur 12-17, usually Eur 15. You can try to buy ticket only to Aaland - Mariehamn island, but it is only few Euros difference. Nobody checkinkg tickets on the ship or during getting of in Turku-Stockholm, they check it only during boarding. Sneeking on ferry is quite difficult. You can try to go through exit way, but it is difficult, or you can try to sneek inside gate behind somebody, but it is really not easy. The most easy way is to be hidden in someone's car. There are traveling some Hippie people with car too. Inside ship – you can put luggages into locked cage at begin of journey. There is Cafe In 6th floor. Some guests leaves leftovers, but not so many. Only something during afternoon and nothing at Morning. There is buffet one floor more for breakfast and lunch. You can try to sneek there, when the workers does not watch.
If you go by ferry at morning, there is no good place, where to be until Morning in Stockholm. Ferry leaves around 7am, so it is not possible to sleep out of the Stockholm, because you have not enough time to arrive to Terminal. Ferry terminal close around 8pm and you can wait in Stockholm central station, but it close around 0:30. There is McDonald shitty restaurant, but they do not like waiting people during night and they sometimes kicks them out. Anyway, McDonald shitty restaurant closes at 2am. You have to wait outside until 3:15am, when bus terminal open (it is close to central station, upstairs). Then subway in Stockholm (you need to sneek through grates) is open from 5am and close around 1 am. Terminal for ferry opens at 5am too. There is park with bench and noisy road close to ferry terminal and you can sleep there. But there are drunken and strange people during night – you can hide more between bushes.
When the ferry comes to Turku (Abo) Hamm, there are two IC trains close to Ferry. One to Tampere and One to Helsinki. Second floor is pretty empty and you can hide there in toilet (PeterOB was sitting like during shitting without locked door). Conductor probably check tickets just one time after Turku and there is almost nobody going to train. These trains are last, if you will be kicked out,next train goes tomorrow. But if you already get to Karjaa (Karis), there is commuter train to Helsinki without checking.
Another ferry is between Umea (SE) and Vaasa (FI) and another ferry with longer journy is between Sundsvall (SE) and Vaasa (FI) There are lot of trains from Stockholm to Gavle, Hudiksvall, Sundsvall (SJ Snabbstaab and long journey SJ IC, Nattaget to north). Some SJ Snabbstaag trains continue to Umea too. Local trains (Norrtaag, X-Taget) has more stops. PetterOB does not know info about ferry between Vassa and Umea (pricing, sneeking, leftovers in restaurants and departure times).
Third journey to Finland is around Baltic see, the Nordic Journey There are plenty trains from Stockholm to Gavle, Hudiksvall, Sundsvall, a lot of high-speed dance floors SJ Snabbstaag and long journey trains (SJ IC, SJ Nattaget, Arctic circle train). Some SJ Snabbstaag goes more north to Umea and there are SJ IC, SJ Orviga ,SJ Nattaget (night train) and local Norrtaag from Umea to Boden and Lulea. The trains from Sundsvall to Umea are not so often (local trains have more stops). From Umea to Boden goes Norrtaag local train and SJ IC (Arctic circle train) and night train SJ Nattaget. From Boden to Lulea it is only one or two stops (some trains with three stops ?)
There is road around Baltic sea from Lulea (SE) to Tornio (FI), Kemi (FI), Oulu (FI). But Petter does not know difficult is hitchhiking there and how many cars are there. There is no train from Lulea (SE) to Finland, but only bus (you can try cash trick). Tornio (do not exchange Tornio and Tervolta station, it is not the same town) is close to SE-FI border. First train station is Kemi (trains in Tornio are pretty rare). It is one stop and 58 min from Kemi to Oulu by all IC or Ex trains. There is once a 3-4 hours dance floor from Kemi to north-east with only 3 stops, stops are (Oulu (Uleaborg) – Kemi – Tervola - Muurola – Rovaniemi). Night dance floor IC 265 is with fewest stops and it goes even further (Oulu (Uleaborg) 4:50-4:57, Kemi 6:03-6:07, Rovaniemi 7:28-7:40, Misi 8:16-8:17, Kemijärvi 8:45), by idos.cz - only one train per day – IC265 goes from Rovaniemi to Misi and Kemijärvi. There is most north dancing line in Finland by border with Sweden to Kolari. But trains there are quite rare, if any. Another dancing line, which cross Arctic Circle, is from Kemi to Rovaniemi and Kemijärvi. Arctic circle is in north part of Rovaniemi. Once a 1-2 hours runs quite fast IC or Pendolino dance floor between Helsinki – Tampere – Oulu. Some IC has two floors (easy to hide is second floor toilet) and some faster IC and Pendolinos has only one floor. Pendolinos are marked like green S2 at idos.cz
The north journey by train and hitchhiking is nice in Summer with never-ending daylight. But there are a lot of Mosquitoes. The situation in winter is terrible. The Swedish dancing line Stockholm-Lulea is better, most of stations has waiting room, but waiting room is closed during night (no waiting room in some small stations with local trains). Many of stations in Finland are without waiting room. You can wait few hours for next train or longer during night (and next train can get echo from previous one). On the road from Sweden to Finland can be with almost no cars and a lot of snow. The winter temperature can be here -30 or even -40. Here – the death during exam in case that you fail is real treat in winter time.
Blue-Black dancing (taking trains for free) is relative easy in Finland, it is super easy in region around Helsinki. There are a lot of commuter city trains around Helsinki. These trains goes every 10-30 minutes usually. Commuter city trains around Helsinki are marked as blue R-trains at idos.cz resp. jizdnirady.idnes.cz/vlaky/spojeni/, and they are marked many letters (K,P,R,D and many others) by wr.fi or in Helsinki map, departure table. Commuter trains are little faster and it does not stops in all stops (K train, R train and D or Z train is with fewest stop).
You can find some info about train connections and pricing at vr.fi The map of dancing lines in Finland an information about trains, locomotives, stops are at English Wikipedia. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/VR_Group it is quite big portal at Wikipedia. And you can find train connections with all stops in Finland and whole Europe at jizdnirady.idnes.cz/vlaky/spojeni/
Commuter dance floors around Helsinki are pretty easy. There are conductors usually around middle of train, in ticket selling zone. They just sell the tickets if somebody wants, and they does not check it. Sometimes – they walk through whole train, if somebody want to buy ticket (they does not check). The area, where tickets selling is not common (and conductors are not so often there) is market by red line through tickets, there are conductors less often.
Sometimes, the ticket inspectors go into commuter trains. They have uniform and they are in group on platform, but PetterOB haven't seen them yet. They starts usually from end (or begin) of the wagon. There are usually quite lot of people in train and next stops is only few minutes away (usually 2-6minutes, in some faster commuter trains up to 10-20 minutes). So you can get off in next station usually (or you can try to tell that you are waiting for conductor to buy ticket). The penalty is Eur 80 plus ticket price, but they can more probably just let be non-Finish residents.
The Helsinki central station can be more difficult after 10pm. There is only one entrance and they check tickets on this entrance in night, before getting to train. But the near station (it is possible to get there by tram) is Pasila-Bole. All trains goes through Pasila-Bole and stops there. There are two entrances (on every side) in Pasila Bole, or it is possible to cross fence and tracks, but it is dangerous. The second entrance on the another end of platforms, than waiting room, and it is always free.
Trams are easy in Helsinki, just get in like into commuter train. There are sometimes ticket inspectors too, with uniforms. The penalty is the same Eur 80. Buses in Helsinki are more difficult, you have to show thicket during boarding. But two buses are with lot of people and without checking during boarding – there can be sometimes inspectors too. In another cities, like Tampere, Turku, are buses too. But there is ticket checking during boarding. The city commuter trains are probably only around Helsinki and between Helsinki-Tampere. Another commuter train around Tampere is planned. Commuter trains around Helsinki go 90-120kph, distance between stops is not so long.
There are lot of dumpsters in Helsinki, usually close to K-Markets. The dumpsters behind K-Market are open during opening hours and in some places during night too. There are a lot of bread, fruits, vegetables and cakes. Taking trains for free to different markets and dumpster diving is easy in Helsinki. There are not so many dumpsters in Tampere. Quite a good dumpsters are in Pispala (Tampere), but a lot of people dumpster diving there.
The commuter city dance floors without regular checking have good range around Helsinki. The P train runs circle Helsinki-Airport_Helsinki. This train is not at idos.cz.
There are a lot of good dancing network of commuter city trains on dancing line (Helsinki - Pasila Böle – Leppävaara – Kirkkonummi), it is relative far to Kirkkonummi for city commuter dance floors. IC dance floors or Pendolinos (with three numbers) from-to Turku has not so many stops - (Helsinki - Pasila Böle – Leppävaara - (Kirkkonummi) – Karjaa Karis – Salo - Kupittaa – Turku Abo) and some IC trains begins-ends one more stop in Turku Abo Hamm, harbour for ferry (from Turku Abo Hamn 8:10 and 20:20). If you travel from Turku to Helsinki, you need to survive in IC train until Kirkkonummi or Leppävaara, ICs almost do not stop in Kirkkonummi, only IC from Turku 20:20 and 17:17, IC from Helsinki 5:17 and 6:27 stops there.
There are lot of commuter dance floors in direction (Helsinki - Pasila Böle – Tikkurila – Kerava (Kervo) – Jokela - Riihimäki) It is direction to Tampere – second largest city in Finland. A lot of commuter dance floors goes to this direction, but the stops are various. Some commuter trains stops in all stops, come commuter trains stops Helsinki - Pasila Böle – Tikkurila – Kerava (Kervo), and every stop between Kerava and Riihimäki. Z and D train is with fewest stops. The region Helsinki - Kerava (Kervo) is more like violet city region on map with really plenty of trains, and Kerava (Kervo) - Riihimäki is green region close to city on the map. Pretty many people travel between Helsinki and Kerava (Kervo) and not so many people between Kerava (Kervo) and Riihimäki (it is green region in map). It is more far zone and probability of ticket inspection is bigger here. Still quite a lot commuter trains goes between between Kerava (Kervo) and Riihimäki. There are no waiting rooms in most of the stations. Commuter trains around Helsinki can go up to 120kph.
There are commuter dance floors on journey Helsinki - Pasila Böle – Tikkurila - Kerava (Kervo) - Lahti (Lahtis) once a 60 min between and Kerava (Kervo) - Lahti (Lahtis) and every 10 min between Helsinki and Kerava (Kervo). Commuter Dance floor to Lahti does not stop so much, stops are (Helsinki - Pasila (Böle) - Tikkurila - Kerava (Kervo) - Haarajoki - Mäntsälä - Lahti (Lahtis)) It is 61 minutes from Helsinki to Lahti with commuter train. IC trains and Pendolinos does not stop between Tikkurila and Lahti.
The R train in platform departure table (all commuter trains are R at idos.cz) consist of three trains together for lot of people and it goes to Riihimäki and R-train stops in all stations after Kerava (Kervo). But the first part of this R-train continue like city train from Riihimäki to Tampere after 5 min waiting in Riihimäki. This commuter dance floor stops at all stops between Riihimäki and Tampere and interval to next R commuter train train is 2 hours. This commuter R train is like two R trains with different numbers at idos.cz (from Helsinki to Riihimäki and from Riihimäki to Tampere). The ticket selling area is in the middle of train and sometimes conductor walk through whole train. And there was in monitor one time that ticket for area range will be checked and conductor just came and he checked only people with zone ticket – only few people in the wagon. Peter just sat calmly, like he ticket has, it works usually here. Conductor checks and sells tickets just for people that want check or buy one, it look. But the inspetion can be here too. PeterOB was searching for toilet in this train, but he did not find WC in this train (no possible to hide there ?).
Between Riihimäki and Tampere, the commuter R dance floors goes once a 2 hour and IC trains (IC with three numbers) goes usually 1-2 hours between Helsinki and Tampere. Most of the stations are without waiting room, even stations for IC trains (three-numbers IC). And winter temperature can be even bellow -20. Stops for R commuter dance floor Helsinky-Tampere are: (Helsinki - Pasila (Böle) - Tikkurila - Kerava (Kervo) - Kyröla - Järvenpää - Saunakallio - Jokela - Hyvinkää (Hyvinge) – Riihimäki - Ryttylä - Turenki - Hämeenlinna (Tavastia) - Parola - Iittala - Toijala - Viiala - Lempäälä - Tampere (Tammerfors)).
Local commuter city trains are in dense area around Helsinki and between Helsinki and Tampere only. PeterOB does not know any other place with commuter trains.
There are two floors IC dance floors (with three numbers) between Helsinki and Tampere and they can continue more far, like Jyväskylä, Pieksämäki. Stops for three-numbers IC dance floors are: (Helsinki - Pasila (Böle) - Tikkurila - Riihimäki - Hämeenlinna (Tavastia) - Toijala - [Lempäälä] - Tampere (Tammerfors)). Not every IC stops in Lempäälä. There are some three-number Pendolinos too between Helsinki and Tampere, they continue from-to Jyväskylä, Pieksämäki. Three-number Pendolino has the same stops like three-number IC, but Pendolinos has only one floor and it is more difficult to hide. Pendolinos are green S2 at idos.cz and like Pendolino at vr.fi.
The two-numbers IC and two-numbers Pendolinos stops just only (Helsinki - Pasila (Böle) - Tikkurila - Tampere (Tammerfors)) and IC or Pendolinos with two numbers continues from-to more far cities, like Vaasa, Oulu or even more far north. So the Tikkurila is still in area with plenty of commuter dance floors and next stop is already Tampere. But conductor has enough time after Tikkurila to next stop Tampere (more than hour).
Three number IC are with two floors, two-number IC are with two floors or only with one floor and Pendolino (with three or two numbers) has only one floor. It is much more easy to hide in second floor toilet.
Next type of train is three-number IC dance floor, they are quite common in south Finland. These IC dance floors has two floors and many carriages (around 5-6 usually). These IC go quite fast, up to 200 kph. Distance between stops is around 15-50 km. The carriage with restaurant is in the middle and it is not so high. Lower carriage is home for blue dancers too (blue dancer – conductor). But the Finish conductor don't have blue uniform, but white-green one, like color of most of Finish trains vr.fi. If you have bigger backpack, the place for bicycles, prams and bigger luggage is usually in first or last carriage. But probably not all trains have this place. Bicycles are extra-cost and conductor can ask, whom is it. But if nobody says anything, bicycle can travel free too (any you travel for free, on course).
The three number IC are like green IC with number at idos.cz You can find all stops there.
Conductor does not go usually after every station, but mostly one or few stations after bigger city (Helsinki, Tampere, Lahti, Pori, Turku , Jyväskylä, Pieksämäki). They check ticket with some scanner quite fast. But conductor usually does not check toilets. After one checking, there is usually few stations pause, but sometimes not. If you are captured (out of WC in wrong time), you can buy ticket for short distance (around Eur 15 per 100 km) or just being kicked out. Penalty is Eur 80 + ticket price in all type of trains or city public transport. But if you are not Finish, they can just kick you out.
Most of passengers are in first floor and second floor is relative empty, especially more far after big city in begin. There are passengers going in first-floor toilet, but they go rarely on second-floor toilet. So you can hide there quite easily (just sit like shitting and don't lock the door).
The two-number IC dance floors (green IC with two numbers at idos.cz and IC with two numbers at wr.fi) runs long journeys with not so many stops (less stops than three-number IC, especially between Helsinki and Tampere). The journey is often from Helsinki to north or back from north to Helsinki. These dance floors have sometimes two floors with restaurant and conductors in the middle (lower wagon). The situation is the same, like in three-number IC dance floors. Most of passengers are at first floor and second floor is quite empty, and second floor toilet is calm. Conductor goes usually after bigger city, usually after last station, that is close to bigger city. Two-numbers IC have much less stops – few stops in Helsinki region (Helsinki - Pasila (Böle) - Tikkurila - Tampere (Tammerfors) - ….. far north). As you can see – there are three stops in Helsinki region with plenty of city trains and there is no stop between Tikkurila – Tampere. But conductors have a lot of time and they check tickets after bigger city.
Two-floors IC dance floors (two or three numbers) has maximum speed 200 kmh. There are IC dance floors with two numbers and one floor only. But IC dance floors with one floor only can not run 200 kph, but only 140-160 kph. Pendolinos can run 220 kph with tilting. and they go for long journey. This type of train is at idos.cz or vr.fi marked the same like two-floors IC and you probably can not recognize it. One floor IC dance floors goes even far north behind Oulu, like IC27 to Rovaniemi.
Some dance floors are Pendolinos. Pendolino is high-speed train from Italy and it has difficulties sometimes during Finish winter. Pendolinos are marked like green S2 at idos.cz and like Pendolino at wr.if. Pendolino looks the same like one-floor IC. Pendolinos are with three numbers and they stops in the same stops, like three number IC and tey are usually with the same speed, like three-number IC. Two-number Pendolinos stops in the same stops, like two-number IC. But the Pendolinos are more quick. Maximum speed for two-floor IC is 200 kph, but Pendolino with tilting can go faster, up to 220 kph. Commuter trains around Helsinki can go up to 120kph.
The price is usually the same for IC or Pendolino, but of course, it is much easier to hide in second floor. Quite a lot of passengers goes to toilet at first floor. And Pendolino has only one floor, not empty toilets in second floor. More passengers are going to toilet. And you can run so easily around conductor in another floor and go to area, where tickets was already checked.
One-Number IC and S2 Pendolino Dance Floors (No. 1-12) are on journey Helsinki – Tikkurila – Lahti (Lahtis) – Kouvola – Simpele – Joensuu. Theese IC (and Pendolinos) has lower numbers from 1 to 12 (1,3,6,9,11 from Helsinki to Joensuu and 2,4,8,12 from Joensuu to Helsinki). But there is plenty of stops, like with three-number or ICs. PetterOB does not know, why only one-number trains are there. Pendolinos and IC 7 is with one floor, other Trains PetterOB does not know. One Number can be maybe because of speed, or because Joensuu is close to Russia. It is dubious.
Express Dance Floors Ex – it is only few trains marked like green Ex at idos.cz , like Ex 447 (Pori 6:03- Tampere 7:48), Ex 701 ((Kouvola 16:49 - Kuopio 19:27), and all rare night trains between Helsinki and Kolari. But these night trains are probably the same, like other night trains and Express from Pori to Tampere has the same stops and speed like ICs. PetterOB does not know, how Express look like (one or two floors). Maybe, rare trains can be marked like Express.
Night dance floors ICs are marked like IC with three numbers, they are marked like ICs during day, but they usually go pretty far. Night ICs has relative the same ammount of stops at begin in evening and close to end in morning, but night ICs has only few stops during night, most of the journey. Night ICs has wagons with beds and probably wagons with seats too. There is restaurand in night ICs (and in most of day ICs and Pendolinos too). Night IC trains has wagon for car transportion for long distance, but transportion of car is pretty expensive. Night ICs has probably one floor only. PetterOB does not try night IC yet. But it is question, how easy is to hide there. It can be possible that more people goes to one bed with one ticket or ticket checking is not so often, so the Toilet Style is possible. Or somewhere behind seat. Probably – conductor has on tablet, which seat or bed should be empty and wich is reserved. And it can be possible to hide in the someone's car or on the car wagon. But it is definitly imposible during winter. Frost with wind is too strong.
Night ICs go usualy between [Kemijärvi], Rovaniemi, Kemi, Oulu, Seinäjoki, Tampere, Helsinki in both directions. Very rare Ex trains goes between Kolari and Helsinki. Buth some night ICs goes only between Tampere and Turku.
Night Dance Floors: IC 273 (Helsinki 21:52 - Rovaniemi 10:40), IC 265 (Helsinki 18:52 - Kemijärvi 8:45), IC 266 (Rovaniemi 18:53 – Helsinki 7:06), IC 274 (Kemijärvi 19:45 – Helsinki 9:00), IC 933 (Turku 21:25 – Tampere 23:22), IC 904 (Tampere 5:56 – Turku7:50). Night IC 933 and 904 are probably connected with long-journey night trains.
Kolari-Helsinki: Ex 269 (Helsinki 20:52 - Kolari 10:48), Ex 270 (Kolari 18:20 - Helsinki 8:32), Ex 272 (Kolari 18:20 – Helsinki 9:37). Theese night express runs just few days during year.
Turku-Helsinki Turku is city on Baltic coast, the ferry arrives there. There are IC trains with three numbers and two floors. Conductor goes often just one time, after Turku or Helsinki aglomeration. More far from the start of journey- the train is relative empty. IC trains between Turku and Helsinki goes every 1-2 hours. Stops are : (Helsinki - Pasila Böle – Leppävaara [Kirkkonummi] – Karjaa (Karis) – Salo - Kupittaa – Turku Abo - [Turku satama (Abo hamn)]).
From Turku to Helsinki trains goes: IC 942 5:32-7:25, IC 944 6:22-8:15, S2 976 Pendolino 7:08-8:46 (stops only Turku Abo - Kupittaa - Pasila Böle – Helsinki), IC 946 7:30-9:23, IC 948 8:30-10:23, starts 8:10 in harbour Turku satama (Abo hamn) after ferry arrival, IC 950 9:30-11:23, IC 954 11:30-13:23, S2 958 Pendolino 13:30-15:23, same stops like ICs, IC 960 14:30-16:23, IC 982 15:21-17:23, IC 984 16:21-18:23, IC 986 17:17-19:26, stops in Kirkkonummi, IC 968 18:30-20:23, IC 972 20:30-22:26, stops in Kirkkonummi, starts 20:20 in harbour Turku satama (Abo hamn) after ferry arrival, the last one.
From Helsinki to Turku:
IC 941 5:17-7:39, stops in Kirkkonummi, continue to harbour Turku satama (Abo hamn) 7:48, IC 943 6:27-8:30, stops in Kirkkonummi, IC 979 7:30-9:30, IC 945 8:37-10:30, S2 947 Pendolino 9:37-11:30, the same stops like ICs, IC 951 11:37-13:30, IC 955 13:37-15:30, IC 957 14:37-16:30, IC 989 15:32-17:26, S2 975 Pendolino 16:10-17:48 stops only Helsinki - Pasila (Böle) – Kupittaa - Turku Abo, IC 961 16:37-18:30, IC 963 17:37-19:30, continue to harbour Turku satama (Abo hamn) 19:39, IC 965 18:37-20:30, IC 977 20:37-22:30.
Turku – Tampere As you know, ferry from Sweden arrives to Turku. From Turku to Tampere goes three-number IC train with two floors. It takes 1 hour 42 minutes or similar time and it is only 4 stops. Trains goes once a two hours usually. Stops are ([Turku satama (Abo hamn)] - Turku Abo – Loimaa – Humppila – Toijala – Tampere (Tammerfors)). Toijala is station between Helsinki and Tampere, where all three-number IC between Helsinki and Tampere stops and Commuter City R train between Helsinki and Tampere stops in Toijala too. It is always the same three stops between Tampere and Turku Abo, and Toijala is station with plenty other trains.
From Turku to Tammpere:
IC 905 7:00-8:42, IC 909 9:05-10:47, after 4 hours IC 917 13:05-14:47, IC 921 15:05-16:47, IC 923 16:05-17:47, IC 927 18:05-19:47, IC 931 20:05-21:47, starts in harbour Turku satama (Abo hamn) 19:45 after ferry arrival, IC 933 21:25-23:22. IC 933 is night train with beds and wagon for cars transporting, probably only with one floor, but idos.cz shows that IC 933 goes only from Turku to Tampere.
From Tampere to Turku: IC 904 5:56-7:50, It is night IC with beds and wagon for cars and if goes only from Tampere to Turku and IC 904 continue to harbour Turku satama (Abo hamn) 8:09. IC 910 9:11-10:50, IC 916 12:11-13:55, IC 922 15:11-16:55, IC 924 16:11-17:50, continues to harbour Turku satama (Abo hamn) 18:19, IC 928 18:11-19:55, continues to harbour Turku satama (Abo hamn) 20:09, IC 934 21:11-22:50.
Turku-Pori Pori is in Baltic coast, more north than Turku (the same level like Tampere). There is not train or dancing line directly between Turku to Pori. One possibility is dancing from Turku to Tampere and by another IC train from Tampere to Pori, but it is more stops and quite long. The same with journey from Pori to Turku. But there is quite big road E8 between Turku-Rauma-Pori and E8 continue by Baltic coast to Vaasa, Oulu, Kemi, Tornio (North Baltic point, SE-FI border). So it is possible to hitchhike between Turku and Pori. Probability of getting to bus for free is dubious. There is dancing line Tampere-Rauma too, but probably no trains goes today there.
Tampere-Pori Three-number IC dance floors goes there, usually once a 3 hours. These dance floors should have two floors, not so many passengers and empty toilets, especially in second floor. Conductor probably check just one time after Tampere or Pori and only rarely again during journey. There is big road between Tampere, Nokia, Pori too for hitchiking. Dancing line is out of this road after Nokia. Stops are: (Tampere(Tammerfors) – Nokia – Karkku – Vammala – Kokemäki (Kumo) – Harjavalta – Pori (Björneborg)). Stops all always the same and train always starts and ends in Tampere-Pori, except morning IC 164 – it continue from Tampere to Helsinki. Journey between Pori and Tampere takes about 1.5 hour.
From Tampere to Pori: Ex 447 6:03-7:48, the same stops like ICs, maybe different train from ICs (only one floor ?), it does not go at Saturday, IC 461 8:07-9:37, IC 465 12:15-13:47, IC 467 14:15-15:47, IC 469 16:15-17:47, IC 471 18:15-19:47, IC 473 20:07-21:37, IC 475 21:07-23:37.
From Pori to Tampere: IC 164 5:20-6:50 continue to Helsinki 8:52 with all IC stops, IC 462 6:15-7:45, IC 466 7:15-8:50, IC 464 10:10-11:40, Ex 478 12:05-13:51, the same stops like ICs, maybe different train from ICs (only one floor ?), IC 468 14:15-15:45, IC 470 16:15-17:47, IC 472 18:15-19:47.
Helsinki – Tampere. There are plenty of trains between Tampere and Helsinki. The commuter city trains goes with lot of people from Helsinki to Riihimäki, there is plenty of commuter trains without real checking. Conductors only sell tickets. First part of R-train (R at idos.cz, R at vr.fi or departure table) continues with not so many people from Riihimäki to Tampere (it is like another train from Riihimäki to Tampere). The R commuter train goes from Tampere to Riihimäki and Helsinki too, and stops in all stops between Tampere and Kerava (Kervo). There is more stops and plenty of city trains between Kerava (Kervo) and Helsinki. R commuter city train goes once a two hours between Tampere and Riihimäki, but there are much more trains between Riihimäki and Helsinki. R train has lot of stops and almost all stops are without waiting room, even stops with IC.
Stops with R train (R at Helsinki map, R at idos.cz – all commuter trains are marked R at idos.cz ) are: (Helsinki - Pasila (Böle) - Tikkurila - Kerava (Kervo) - Kyröla - Järvenpää - Saunakallio - Jokela - Hyvinkää (Hyvinge) – Riihimäki - Ryttylä - Turenki - Hämeenlinna (Tavastia) - Parola - Iittala - Toijala - Viiala - Lempäälä - Tampere (Tammerfors)).
The IC trains with three numbers and two floors goes quite often, usually once a hour between Helsinki and Tampere. These IC trains can continue from-to more far north, like Jämsä, Jyväskylä, Pieksämäki or another place.
Stops are: (Helsinki - Pasila (Böle) - Tikkurila - Riihimäki - Hämeenlinna/Tavastia - Toijala - [Lempäälä] - Tampere(Tammerfors) - Orivesi - Jämsä - Jyväskylä - Hankasalmi – Pieksämäki).
Two-number IC can have one or two floors, the IC with one floor is almost the same like Pendolino (S2 at idos.cz). Two-number IC or Pendolinos goes between Tampere and Helsinki usually once a hour, sometimes once a two hours. Last stop in Helsinki is Tikkurila (still with plenty of city trains) and next stop is Tampere. The same situation is in direction from Tampere to Helsinki. These two-number IC and Pendolinos has not so many stops, because they continue from-to far north, like Jyväskylä, Vaasa, Oulu, or even more far north. Many three number ICs and some three number Pendolinos goes only from Helsinki to Tampere with all stops (Helsinki - Pasila (Böle) - Tikkurila - Riihimäki - Hämeenlinna/Tavastia - Toijala - [Lempäälä] – Tampere(Tammerfors)).
Some two number ICs and three number Pendolinos goes to Jyväskylä and Pieksämäki With less stops between Helsinki and Tampere: (Helsinki - Pasila (Böle) - Tikkurila - Tampere(Tammerfors) - Orivesi - Jämsä - Jyväskylä - Hankasalmi – Pieksämäki).
Helsinki – Tampere - Jyväskylä - Pieksämäki There are three-number Pendolinos and three-number ICs with two floor or some two-number ICs with less stops. There are some local trains from Tampere to Hankasalmi and from Hankasalmi to Jyväskylä too, but with more stops and it looks only one a day.
IC 81 (Helsinki 5:27, Pasila (Böle) 5:32-5:33, Tikkurila 5:42-5:43, Tampere (Tammerfors) 6:56-7:09, Orivesi 7:33-7:34, Jämsä 8:14-8:15, Jyväskylä 8:45)
IC 141 (Helsinki 7:06, Pasila (Böle) 7:11-7:12, Tikkurila 7:21-7:22, Riihimäki 7:50-7:52, Hämeenlinna (Tavastia) 8:09-8:11, Toijala 8:30-8:31, Lempäälä 8:40-8:41, Tampere (Tammerfors) 8:52-9:05, Orivesi 9:29-9:30, Jämsä 10:04-10:05, Jyväskylä 10:35-10:39, Hankasalmi 11:03-11:04, Pieksämäki 11:25)
S2 143 (Helsinki 10:06, Pasila (Böle) 10:11-10:12, Tikkurila 10:21-10:22, Riihimäki 10:50-10:52, Hämeenlinna (Tavastia) 11:09-11:11, Toijala 11:30-11:31, Lempäälä 11:40-11:41, Tampere (Tammerfors) 11:52-12:05, Orivesi 12:29-12:30, Jämsä 13:04-13:05, Jyväskylä 13:35-13:39, Hankasalmi 14:03-14:04, Pieksämäki 14:25)
S2 145 (Helsinki 13:27, Pasila (Böle) 13:32-13:33, Tikkurila 13:42-13:43, Tampere (Tammerfors) 14:56-15:05, Orivesi 15:29-15:30, Jämsä 16:09-16:10, Jyväskylä 16:40-16:44, Hankasalmi 17:08-17:09, Pieksämäki 17:30)
S2 45 (Helsinki 14:27, Pasila (Böle) 14:32-14:33, Tikkurila 14:42-14:43, Tampere (Tammerfors) 15:56-16:09, Orivesi 16:33-16:34, Jämsä 17:15-17:16, Jyväskylä 17:46)
S2 87 (Tampere (Tammerfors) 16:09, Orivesi 16:33-16:34, Jämsä 17:15-17:16, Jyväskylä 17:46)
IC 151 (Helsinki 15:06, Pasila (Böle) 15:11-15:12, Tikkurila 15:21-15:22, Riihimäki 15:50-15:52, Hämeenlinna (Tavastia) 16:09-16:11, Toijala 16:30-16:31, Lempäälä 16:40-16:41, Tampere (Tammerfors) 16:52-17:05, Orivesi 17:29-17:30, Jämsä 18:04-18:05, Jyväskylä 18:35-18:38, Hankasalmi 19:02-19:04, Pieksämäki 19:25)
IC 147 (Helsinki 16:06, Pasila (Böle) 16:11-16:12, Tikkurila 16:21-16:22, Riihimäki 16:50-16:52, Hämeenlinna (Tavastia) 17:09-17:11, Toijala 17:30-17:31, Tampere (Tammerfors) 17:52-18:05, Orivesi 18:29-18:30, Jämsä 19:12-19:13, Jyväskylä 19:43)
S2 89 (Tampere (Tammerfors) 19:13, Orivesi 19:37-19:38, Jämsä 20:19-20:20, Jyväskylä 20:50)
IC 149 (Helsinki 19:06, Pasila (Böle) 19:11-19:12, Tikkurila 19:21-19:22, Riihimäki 19:50-19:52, Hämeenlinna (Tavastia) 20:09-20:11, Toijala 20:30-20:31, Lempäälä 20:40-20:41, Tampere (Tammerfors) 20:52-21:05, Jämsä 21:59-22:00, Jyväskylä 22:35)
Pieksämäki - Jyväskylä – Tampere - Helsinki
S2 80 (Jyväskylä 5:25, Jämsä 5:55-5:56, Tampere (Tammerfors) 6:50)
IC 150 (Jyväskylä 6:20, Jämsä 6:50-6:51, Orivesi 7:25-7:26, Tampere (Tammerfors) 7:50-8:07, Lempäälä 8:17-8:18, Toijala 8:27-8:28, Hämeenlinna (Tavastia) 8:47-8:49, Riihimäki 9:07-9:09, Tikkurila 9:37-9:38, Pasila (Böle) 9:46-9:47, Helsinki 9:52)
IC 140 (Pieksämäki 6:30, Hankasalmi 6:51-6:52, Jyväskylä 7:16-7:20, Jämsä 7:50-7:51, Orivesi 8:25-8:26, Tampere (Tammerfors) 8:50-9:07, Lempäälä 9:17-9:18, Toijala 9:27-9:28, Hämeenlinna (Tavastia) 9:47-9:49, Riihimäki 10:07-10:09, Tikkurila 10:37-10:38, Pasila (Böle) 10:46-10:47, Helsinki 10:52)
IC 142 (Pieksämäki 9:23, Hankasalmi 9:44-9:45, Jyväskylä 10:09-10:13, Jämsä 10:50-10:51, Orivesi 11:25-11:26, Tampere (Tammerfors) 11:50-12:07, Lempäälä 12:17-12:18, Toijala 12:27-12:28, Hämeenlinna (Tavastia) 12:47-12:49, Riihimäki 13:07-13:09, Tikkurila 13:37-13:38, Pasila (Böle) 13:46-13:47, Helsinki 13:52)
IC 144 (Pieksämäki 12:23, Hankasalmi 12:44-12:45, Jyväskylä 13:09-13:13, Jämsä 13:50-13:51, Orivesi 14:25-14:26, Tampere (Tammerfors) 14:50-15:07, Lempäälä 15:17-15:18, Toijala 15:27-15:28, Hämeenlinna (Tavastia) 15:47-15:49, Riihimäki 16:07-16:09, Tikkurila 16:37-16:38, Pasila (Böle) 16:46-16:47, Helsinki 16:52)
IC 86 (Jyväskylä 15:15, Jämsä 15:45-15:46, Orivesi 16:25-16:26, Tampere (Tammerfors) 16:50-17:02, Tikkurila 18:18-18:19, Pasila (Böle) 18:27-18:28, Helsinki 18:33)
S2 146 (Pieksämäki 15:27, Hankasalmi 15:48-15:49, Jyväskylä 16:13-16:17, Jämsä 16:51-16:52, Orivesi 17:26-17:27, Tampere (Tammerfors) 17:50-18:07, Lempäälä 18:17-18:18, Toijala 18:27-18:28, Hämeenlinna (Tavastia) 18:47-18:49, Riihimäki 19:07-19:09, Tikkurila 19:37-19:38, Pasila (Böle) 19:46-19:47, Helsinki 19:52)
S2 88 (Jyväskylä 18:13, Jämsä 18:48-18:49, Tampere (Tammerfors) 19:44-20:02, Tikkurila 21:18-21:19, Pasila (Böle) 21:27-21:28, Helsinki 21:33)
S2 148 (Pieksämäki 18:18, Hankasalmi 18:39-18:40, Jyväskylä 19:09-19:20, Jämsä 19:55-19:56, Orivesi 20:30-20:31, Tampere (Tammerfors) 20:54-21:07, Lempäälä 21:17-21:18, Toijala 21:27-21:28, Hämeenlinna (Tavastia) 21:47-21:49, Riihimäki 22:07-22:09, Tikkurila 22:37-22:38, Pasila (Böle) 22:46-22:47, Helsinki 22:52)
Helsinki - Tampere - Seinäjoki - Vaasa There are two-number IC trains with two floors and not so many stops. Second floor is quite empty and conductor go often after big city, but he do not check toilet usually. But more often are on this journeys Pendolinos with two number and with not so many stops (Green S2 at idos.cz and Pendolino at wr.fi). Pendolino is fast dance floor, but only with one floor. It means that more people go to toilet and you can not run around conductor in another floor to area, where tickets was already checked. Two-floor IC dance floors run up to 200 kmh, Pendolinos are even faster. Seinäjoki is crossroad with dancing line to Vaasa and Oulu. Not so many trains per day goes directly Helsinki-Tampere-Vaasa, but there are buses or Pendolinos between Vaasa and Seinäjoki connected in Seinäjoki with long journey train between Oulu abd Helsinki. It is just one stop by bus and two stops with Pendolino between Vaasa and Seinäjoki. Buses belongs to vr.fi too, but it is dubious, if you can get inside this bus. PetterOB haven't tried yet.
S2 455 (3 hours after night train IC 273 - in Seinäjoki 3:01-3:04) (Seinäjoki 6:56, Tervajoki 7:28-7:29, Vaasa 7:49)
Bus 79941 (with IC 21 to Oulu) (Seinäjoki 9:15, Vaasa 10:35)
IC 41 (Helsinki 7:27, Pasila (Böle) 7:32-7:33, Tikkurila 7:42-7:43, Tampere (Tammerfors) 8:56-9:00, Parkano 9:42-9:43, Seinäjoki 10:16-10:28, Tervajoki 10:54-10:55, Vaasa 11:15)
IC 43 (Helsinki 10:27, Pasila (Böle) 10:32-10:33, Tikkurila 10:42-10:43, Tampere (Tammerfors) 11:56-12:00, Parkano 12:42-12:43, Seinäjoki 13:16-13:28, Tervajoki 13:54-13:55, Vaasa 14:15)
S2 45 (Helsinki 14:27, Pasila (Böle) 14:32-14:33, Tikkurila 14:42-14:43, Tampere (Tammerfors) 15:56-16:00, Parkano 16:34-16:35, Seinäjoki 17:17-17:20, Tervajoki 17:46-17:47, Vaasa 18:07)
Bus 79945 (Conected with IC 27 to Oulu) (Seinäjoki 18:15, Vaasa 19:35)
S2 47 (Helsinki 16:27, Pasila (Böle) 16:32-16:33, Tikkurila 16:42-16:43, Tampere (Tammerfors) 7:56-18:00, Parkano 18:41-18:42, Seinäjoki 19:16-19:20, Tervajoki 19:46-19:47, Vaasa 20:07)
S2 49 (Helsinki 17:27, Pasila (Böle) 17:32-17:33, Tikkurila 17:42-17:43, Tampere (Tammerfors) 18:56-19:00, Seinäjoki 20:04-20:08, Tervajoki 20:34-20:35, Vaasa 20:55)
S2 457 (Connected with IC29 to Oulu) (Seinäjoki 21:12, Tervajoki 21:38-21:39, Vaasa 21:59)
Vaasa – Seinäjoki – Tampere - Helsinki
S2 40 (Vaasa 4:55, Tervajoki 5:15-5:16, Seinäjoki 5:42-5:45, Parkano 6:19-6:20, Tampere (Tammerfors) 6:54-7:02, Tikkurila 8:18-8:19, Pasila (Böle) 8:27-8:28, Helsinki 8:33)
S2 42 (Vaasa 5:54, Tervajoki 6:14-6:15, Seinäjoki 6:41-6:49, Parkano 7:23-7:24, Tampere (Tammerfors) 7:58-8:02, Tikkurila 9:18-9:19, Pasila (Böle) 9:27-9:28, Helsinki 9:33)
S2 44 (Vaasa 6:50, Tervajoki 7:10-7:11, Seinäjoki 7:37-7:39, Parkano 8:13-8:14, Tampere (Tammerfors) 8:55-9:02, Tikkurila 10:18-10:19, Pasila (Böle) 10:27-10:28, Helsinki 10:33)
Bus 79940 (Connected with IC 20 from Oulu to Helsinki) (Vaasa 7:20, Seinäjoki 8:40)
S2 46 (Vaasa 9:40, Tervajoki 10:00-10:01, Seinäjoki 10:27-10:37, Parkano 11:11-11:12, Tampere (Tammerfors) 11:55-12:02, Tikkurila 13:18-13:19, Pasila (Böle) 13:27-13:28, Helsinki 13:33)
IC 48 (Vaasa 12:40, Tervajoki 13:00-13:01, Seinäjoki 13:27-13:37, Parkano 14:11-14:12, Tampere (Tammerfors) 14:55-15:02, Tikkurila 16:18-16:19, Pasila (Böle) 16:27-16:28, Helsinki 16:33)
IC 50 (Vaasa 15:48, Tervajoki 16:08-16:09, Seinäjoki 16:35-16:38, Parkano 17:12-17:13, Tampere (Tammerfors) 17:55-18:02, Tikkurila 19:18-19:19, Pasila (Böle) 19:27-19:28, Helsinki 19:33)
Bus 79944 (Connected with IC26 from Oulu to Helsinki) (Vaasa 16:20, Seinäjoki 17:40)
S2 456 (Connected with S2 56 from Oulu to Helsinki) (Vaasa 18:30, Tervajoki 18:50-18:51, Seinäjoki 19:17)
Oulu – Kemei – Rovaniemi – [Kemijärvi] There are IC dance floor usually once a three hours. Some IC dance floors goes just only Oulu-Rovaniemi and few IC dance floors goes from Helsinki to Rovaniemi. Rovaniemi is important crossroad for hitchhiking and Arctic Circle goes through north part of Rovaniemi. Kemi is important crossroad too. It is one stop and 58 min by IC train to Oulu and there is road to Sweden and to Norway – Tromso by FI-SE border. There is dancing line too krom Kemi to Kolari (small town and northest Finish train station), but trains going to Kolari are quite rare, if any. Stops between Oulu and Rovaniemi are always the same in both directions, except night train IC 265 and IC 274 goes from-to Misi and Kemijärvi, theese trains des not stop Tervola and Muurola. Stops between Oulu and Rovaniemi are (Oulu (Uleaborg) – Kemi – Tervola – Muurola – Rovaniemi).
From Oulu to Rovaniemi, [Kemijärvi]
IC 265 Night Dance Floor From Helsinki (Oulu (Uleaborg) 4:50 4:57, Kemi 6:03 6:07, Rovaniemi 7:28 7:40, Misi 8:16 8:17, Kemijärvi 8:45)
IC 273 Night Dance Floor from Helsinki (Oulu (Uleaborg) 7:19 7:43, Kemi 8:47 8:51, Tervola 9:32 9:33, Muurola 10:19 10:20, Rovaniemi 10:40)
IC 711 from Kuopio (Oulu (Uleaborg) 12:24 12:27, Kemi 13:25 13:27, Tervola 13:54 13:55, Muurola 14:22 14:23, Rovaniemi 14:40), , IC 413 From Oulu (Oulu (Uleaborg) 15:03, Kemi 16:01 16:03, Tervola 16:31 16:32, Muurola 16:59 17:00, Rovaniemi 17:17)
IC 415 From Oulu (Oulu (Uleaborg) 18:30, Kemi 19:29 19:31, Tervola 19:58 19:59, Muurola 20:26 20:27, Rovaniemi 20:44)
IC 27 From Helsinki (Oulu (Uleaborg) 20:52 20:56, Kemi 21:56 22:08, Tervola 22:43 22:48, Muurola 23:15 23:16, Rovaniemi 23:34)
From Rovaniemi, [Kemijärvi] to Oulu
IC 22 to Helsinki (Rovaniemi 5:55, Muurola 6:11 6:12, Tervola 6:40 6:41, Kemi 7:08 7:11, Oulu (Uleaborg) 8:15 8:33)
IC 414 to Oulu (Rovaniemi 9:27, Muurola 9:43 9:46, Tervola 10:13 10:14, Kemi 10:42 10:45, Oulu (Uleaborg) 11:50)
IC 416 to Oulu (Rovaniemi 12:09, Muurola 12:25 12:26, Tervola 12:53 12:54, Kemi 13:22 13:25, Oulu (Uleaborg) 14:23)
IC 710 to Kuopio (Rovaniemi 15:18, Muurola 15:34 15:35, Tervola 16:02 16:03, Kemi 16:37 16:40, Oulu (Uleaborg) 17:37 17:42)
IC 266 Night Dance Floor to Helsinki (Rovaniemi 18:03, Muurola 18:21 18:22, Tervola 18:54 18:55, Kemi 19:25 19:30, Oulu (Uleaborg) 20:55 21:23)
IC 274 Night Dance Floor to Helsinki (Kemijärvi 19:45, Misi 20:11 20:12, Rovaniemi 20:50 21:15, Kemi 22:30 22:33, Oulu (Uleaborg) 23:36 23:42)
Helsinki – Tampere – Seinäjoki – Oulu - (Rovaniemi)
This is main dancing line with most of long-joirney IC and Pendolino dance floors with two numbers. There are two ways between Helsinki and Oulu. First is through Tampere and Seinäjoki. The IC and Pendolino dance floors runs this journey usually once a 2-3 hours. The number of stops is various, some ICs or Pendolinos has more stops and some are with less stops. Seinäjoki is the station, when dancing line splits to Vaasa and Oulu. There are pendolinos and busses between Seinäjoki and Vaasa, which are connected with trains between Helsinki, Tampere, Oulu. And some two-numbers ICs ans Pendolinos goes to Vaasa. You can get first to Seinäjoki by any train and choose direction to Vaasa or Oulu after (better tactic against be kicked out). All IC and Pelnolinos has two numbers and do not stop between Tikkurila and Tampere. IC dance floors between Helsinki and Vaasa are with two floors and some ICs between Helsinki and Oulu are with two floors and some only with one floor. For example IC 27 has only one floor and it can go probably faster than 200 kmh. IC 27 goes quite fast from Helsinki to Rovaniemi.
There are two night IC with pretty long journey in both directions. Stops close to begin and end are more often, but there are not so many stops between Tampere and Oulu. Night ICs: IC 273 (Helsinki 21:52 - Rovaniemi 10:40), IC 265 (Helsinki 18:52 - Kemijärvi 8:45), IC 266 (Rovaniemi 18:53 – Helsinki 7:06), IC 274 (Kemijärvi 19:45 – Helsinki 9:00), IC 933 (Turku 21:25 – Tampere 23:22), IC 904 (Tampere 5:56 – Turku 7:50). Night IC 933 and 904 are probably connected with long-journey night trains.
Between Oulu and Rovaniemi some IC trains (during night and day) are only Oulu-Rovaniemi, but some goes from - To Helsinki or Kupio. There are some Express trains on this line between Helsinki and Kolari (Night trains), but theese trains goes only few times per year probably.
From Helsinki to Oulu:
IC 21 (Helsinki 6:27, Pasila (Böle) 6:32-6:33, Tikkurila 6:42-6:43, Tampere (Tammerfors) 7:56-8:00, Seinäjoki 9:04-9:08, Lapua 9:20-9:21, Kauhava 9:29-9:30, Pännäien (Bennäs) 9:58-9:59, Kokkola (Karleby) 10:15-10:17, Kannus 10:38-10:39, Ylivieska 11:04-11:06, Oulainen 11:21-11:22, Vihanti 11:35-11:36, Ruukki 11:46-11:47, Kempele 12:07-12:08, Oulu (Uleaborg) 12:18)
IC 23 (Helsinki 9:27, Pasila (Böle) 9:32-9:33, Tikkurila 9:42-9:43, Tampere (Tammerfors) 10:56-11:00, Seinäjoki 12:04-12:08, Kokkola (Karleby) 13:03-13:05, Ylivieska 13:49-13:51, Oulu (Uleaborg) 14:55),
IC 25 (Helsinki 12:27, Pasila (Böle) 12:32-12:33, Tikkurila 12:42-12:43, Tampere (Tammerfors) 13:56-14:00, Seinäjoki 15:04-15:08, Lapua 15:20-15:21, Kauhava 15:29-15:30, Pännäien (Bennäs) 15:58-15:59, Kokkola (Karleby) 16:15-16:17, Kannus 16:38-16:39, Ylivieska 17:03-17:05, Oulainen 17:20-17:21, Vihanti 17:34-17:37, Ruukki 17:47-17:48, Kempele 18:09-18:12, Oulu (Uleaborg) 18:22),
IC 27 (Helsinki 15:27, Pasila (Böle) 15:32-15:33, Tikkurila 15:42-15:43, Tampere (Tammerfors) 16:56-17:00, Seinäjoki 18:04-18:08, Kokkola (Karleby) 19:03-19:05, Ylivieska 19:49-19:51, Oulu (Uleaborg) 20:52-20:56, Kemi 21:56-22:08, Tervola 22:43-22:48, Muurola 23:15-23:16, Rovaniemi 23:34)
IC 29 (Helsinki 18:27, Pasila (Böle) 18:32-18:33, Tikkurila 18:42-18:43, Tampere (Tammerfors) 19:56-20:00, Seinäjoki 21:04-21:08, Pännäien (Bennäs) 21:49-21:52, Kokkola (Karleby) 22:08-22:10, Ylivieska 22:55-22:57, Oulu (Uleaborg) 0:10)
IC 265 Night Dance Floor (Helsinki 18:52, Pasila (Böle) 18:57-19:00, Tikkurila 19:41-19:44, Riihimäki 20:19-20:22, Hämeenlinna (Tavastia) 20:46-20:48, Tampere (Tammerfors) 21:38-22:11, Parkano 23:00-23:03, Seinäjoki 0:08-0:11, Kokkola (Karleby) 1:48-1:51, Ylivieska 2:47-2:50, Oulu (Uleaborg) 4:50-4:57, Kemi 6:03-6:07, Rovaniemi 7:28-7:40, Misi 8:16-8:17, Kemijärvi 8:45)
S2 53 (Connected with night IC 265 in Seinäjoki) (Helsinki 20:27, Pasila (Böle) 20:32-20:33, Tikkurila 20:42-20:43, Tampere (Tammerfors) 21:56-22:00, Parkano 22:33-22:34, Seinäjoki 23:08-23:10, Tervajoki 23:36-23:37, Vaasa 23:57)
IC 273 Night Dance Floor (Helsinki 21:52, Pasila (Böle) 21:57 22:00, Tikkurila 22:41 22:44, Riihimäki 23:19 23:22, Hämeenlinna (Tavastia) 23:46 23:48, Tampere (Tammerfors) 0:40 1:15, Parkano 2:09 2:11, Seinäjoki 3:01 3:04, Lapua 3:20 3:21, Kauhava 3:31 3:32, Pännäien (Bennäs) 4:17 4:19, Kokkola (Karleby) 4:40 4:43, Kannus 5:06 5:07, Ylivieska 5:35 5:38, Oulainen 5:58 6:01, Vihanti 6:18 6:20, Ruukki 6:34 6:36, Kempele 7:06 7:08, Oulu (Uleaborg) 7:19 7:43, Kemi 8:47 8:51, Tervola 9:32 9:33, Muurola 10:19 10:20, Rovaniemi 10:40)
From Oulu to Helsinki
IC 20 (Oulu (Uleaborg) 5:29, Ylivieska 6:46 6:50, Kokkola (Karleby) 7:41 7:50, Pännäien (Bennäs) 8:06 8:07, Seinäjoki 8:48 8:53, Tampere (Tammerfors) 9:58 10:02, Tikkurila 11:18 11:19, Pasila (Böle) 11:27 11:28, Helsinki 11:33)
IC 22 (Rovaniemi 5:55, Muurola 6:11 6:12, Tervola 6:40 6:41, Kemi 7:08 7:11, Oulu (Uleaborg) 8:15 8:33, Kempele 8:41 8:42, Ruukki 9:03 9:04, Vihanti 9:14 9:17, Oulainen 9:31 9:34, Ylivieska 9:50 9:52, Kannus 10:16 10:17, Kokkola (Karleby) 10:40 10:42, Pännäien (Bennäs) 10:58 10:59, Kauhava 11:27 11:28, Lapua 11:36 11:37, Seinäjoki 11:49 11:53, Tampere (Tammerfors) 12:58 13:02, Tikkurila 14:18 14:19, Pasila (Böle) 14:27 14:28, Helsinki 14:33)
IC 24 (Oulu (Uleaborg) 11:55, Ylivieska 13:05 13:07, Kokkola (Karleby) 13:51 13:53, Seinäjoki 14:50 14:53, Tampere (Tammerfors) 15:58 16:02, Tikkurila 17:18 17:19, Pasila (Böle) 17:27 17:28, Helsinki 17:33)
IC 26 (Oulu (Uleaborg) 14:34, Kempele 14:42 14:46, Ruukki 15:07 15:08, Vihanti 15:19 15:20, Oulainen 15:33 15:34, Ylivieska 15:50 15:52, Kannus 16:16 16:17, Kokkola (Karleby) 16:40 16:42, Pännäien (Bennäs) 16:58 16:59, Kauhava 17:27 17:28, Lapua 17:36 17:37, Seinäjoki 17:49 17:53, Tampere (Tammerfors) 18:58 19:02, Tikkurila 20:18 20:19, Pasila (Böle) 20:27 20:28, Helsinki 20:33), ,
IC 28 (Oulu (Uleaborg) 18:04, Ylivieska 19:05 19:07, Kokkola (Karleby) 19:51 19:53, Seinäjoki 20:48 20:53, Tampere (Tammerfors) 21:58 22:02, Tikkurila 23:18 23:19, Pasila (Böle) 23:27 23:28, Helsinki 23:33), ,
IC 266 Night Dance Floor (Rovaniemi 18:03, Muurola 18:21 18:22, Tervola 18:54 18:55, Kemi 19:25 19:30, Oulu (Uleaborg) 20:55 21:23, Kempele 21:33 21:34, Ruukki 21:56 21:59, Vihanti 22:19 22:21, Oulainen 22:44 22:47, Ylivieska 23:14 23:18, Kannus 23:46 23:48, Kokkola (Karleby) 0:15 0:18, Pännäien (Bennäs) 0:39 0:42, Kauhava 1:22 1:23, Lapua 1:33 1:34, Seinäjoki 1:50 1:55, Parkano 3:03 3:06, Tampere (Tammerfors) 3:55 4:30, Toijala 4:55 4:57, Hämeenlinna (Tavastia) 5:22 5:24, Riihimäki 5:46 5:48, Tikkurila 6:25 6:27, Pasila (Böle) 6:58 7:00, Helsinki 7:06)
IC 274 Night Dance Floor (Kemijärvi 19:45, Misi 20:11 20:12, Rovaniemi 20:50 21:15, Kemi 22:30 22:33, Oulu (Uleaborg) 23:36 23:42, Ylivieska 1:12 1:15, Kokkola (Karleby) 2:04 2:07, Seinäjoki 3:58 4:02, Tampere (Tammerfors) 5:46 6:12, Toijala 6:38 6:40, Hämeenlinna (Tavastia) 7:07 7:09, Riihimäki 7:33 7:36, Pasila (Böle) 8:52 8:54, Helsinki 9:00)
Helsinki – Lahti – Kouvola - (Joensuu) – Kuopio – Oulu - (Rovaniemi)
The second journey between Helsinki and Oulu is not through Tampere and Seinäjoki, but through Lahti (Lahtis ), Kouvola and Kuopio. But this journey is not so good, because there is more stops and less trains. Two number ICs and Pendolinos goes whole journey Helsinki - Lahti (Lahtis ) - Kouvola - Kuopio – Oulu, but with pretty many stops. Some three-number ICs goes only between Kuopio, Oulu (Rovaniemi) with quite lot of stops.
Some two-number ICs or Pendolinos goes only Helsinki - Lahti (Lahtis ) - Kouvola – Kuopio. Trains between Helsinki and Kuopio (some trains continues from-to Oulu) goes once a 1-3 hour. But it is pretty many stops.
There are one(two) number ICs and Pendolinos between Helsinki and Joensuu (Numbers range 1-12). Trains with number 1,3,5,7,9,11 go from Helsinki to Joensuu and trains with number 2,4,6,8,10,12 from Joensuu to Helsinki. It is strange, why is only one-number there. Maybe trains are faster there or Joensuu is close to Russia or something else. One-Number trains are with fewests stops, just only Tikkurila-Lahti-Kouvola, Kouvola is place, where ICs and Pendolinos goes 5 more stops to Kuopio.Some trains goes between Helsinki and Kajaani (Kajana), but not so many trains. Theese trains goes through Kuopio too. Some ICs or Pendolinos can go between Imatra and Helsinki. These trains stops in Kouvola too.
From Helsinki to Oulu
IC 65 (Helsinki 11:17, Pasila (Böle) 11:22-11:23, Tikkurila 11:32-11:33, Lahti (Lahtis) 12:11-12:13, Kouvola 12:42-12:55, Mäntyharju 13:32-13:33, Mikkeli 13:56-13:59, Pieksämäki 14:35-14:38, Suonenjoki 15:00-15:01, Kuopio 15:28-15:43, Siilinjärvi 16:01-16:02, Lapinlahti 16:23-16:26, Idensalmi (Iisalmi) 16:41-16:43, Sukeva 17:05-17:06, Kajaani (Kajana) 17:31-17:48, Kontiomäki 18:04-18:06, Paltamo 18:18-18:19, Vaala 18:52-18:53, Utajärvi 19:12-19:13, Muhos 19:29-19:38, Oulu (Uleaborg) 20:10),
S2 67 (Helsinki 14:17, Pasila (Böle) 14:22-14:23, Tikkurila 14:32-14:33, Lahti (Lahtis) 15:06-15:08, Kouvola 15:35-15:48, Mäntyharju 16:26-16:29, Mikkeli 16:52-16:55, Pieksämäki 17:32-17:38, Suonenjoki 17:59-18:00, Kuopio 18:32-18:38, Siilinjärvi 18:56-18:57, Lapinlahti 19:18-19:19, Idensalmi (Iisalmi) 19:34-19:37, Sukeva 19:59-20:00, Kajaani (Kajana) 20:32-21:15, Kontiomäki 21:31-21:33, Paltamo 21:46-21:49, Vaala 22:20-22:21, Utajärvi 22:40-22:41, Muhos 22:56-22:59, Oulu (Uleaborg) 23:30)
From Oulu to Helsinki
S2 66 (Oulu (Uleaborg) 6:55, Muhos 7:22 7:25, Utajärvi 7:42 7:43, Vaala 8:04 8:05, Paltamo 8:38 8:39, Kontiomäki 8:51 8:53, Kajaani (Kajana) 9:09 9:23, Sukeva 9:50 9:51, Idensalmi (Iisalmi) 10:14 10:17, Lapinlahti 10:32 10:33, Siilinjärvi 10:56 10:57, Kuopio 11:15 11:23, Suonenjoki 11:50 11:53, Pieksämäki 12:16 12:26, Mikkeli 13:03 13:06, Mäntyharju 13:29 13:32, Kouvola 14:09 14:20, Lahti (Lahtis) 14:47 14:49, Tikkurila 15:23 15:24, Pasila (Böle) 15:32 15:33, Helsinki 15:39)
IC 70 (Oulu (Uleaborg) 12:46, Muhos 13:16 13:17, Utajärvi 13:34 13:35, Vaala 13:54 13:55, Paltamo 14:33 14:34, Kontiomäki 14:46 14:58, Kajaani (Kajana) 15:14 15:17, Sukeva 15:42 15:45, Idensalmi (Iisalmi) 16:08 16:11, Lapinlahti 16:26 16:27, Siilinjärvi 16:48 16:49, Kuopio 17:08 17:12, Suonenjoki 17:40 17:41, Pieksämäki 18:10 18:14, Mikkeli 18:51 18:54, Mäntyharju 19:17 19:18, Kouvola 19:56 20:16, Lahti (Lahtis) 20:46 20:48, Tikkurila 21:26 21:27, Pasila (Böle) 21:35 21:36, Helsinki 21:42),
ICs between Oulu (Rovaniemi) and Kuopio only
IC 711 (Kuopio 7:53, Siilinjärvi 8:17 8:18, Lapinlahti 8:39 8:40, Idensalmi (Iisalmi) 8:55 8:57, Sukeva 9:19 9:20, Kajaani (Kajana) 9:50 9:57, Kontiomäki 10:13 10:15, Paltamo 10:27 10:28, Vaala 11:01 11:08, Utajärvi 11:29 11:33, Muhos 11:48 11:51, Oulu (Uleaborg) 12:24 12:27, Kemi 13:25 13:27, Tervola 13:54 13:55, Muurola 14:22 14:23, Rovaniemi 14:40)
IC 713 (Kuopio 12:45, Siilinjärvi 13:03 13:04, Lapinlahti 13:26 13:27, Idensalmi (Iisalmi) 13:42 13:44, Sukeva 14:06 14:07, Kajaani (Kajana) 14:32 14:34, Kontiomäki 14:50 14:52, Paltamo 15:04 15:05, Vaala 15:36 15:37, Utajärvi 15:56 15:57, Muhos 16:11 16:12, Oulu (Uleaborg) 16:51)
IC 716 (Oulu (Uleaborg) 10:00, Muhos 10:30 10:31, Utajärvi 10:48 10:49, Vaala 11:08 11:09, Paltamo 11:45 11:46, Kontiomäki 11:58 11:59, Kajaani (Kajana) 12:15 12:17, Sukeva 12:42 12:43, Idensalmi (Iisalmi) 13:06 13:08, Lapinlahti 13:23 13:26, Siilinjärvi 13:47 13:48, Kuopio 14:07)
IC 710 (Rovaniemi 15:18, Muurola 15:34 15:35, Tervola 16:02 16:03, Kemi 16:37 16:40, Oulu (Uleaborg) 17:37 17:42, Muhos 18:07 18:10, Utajärvi 18:25 18:28, Vaala 18:47 18:52, Paltamo 19:29 19:30, Kontiomäki 19:42 19:44, Kajaani (Kajana) 20:00 20:06, Sukeva 20:31 20:32, Idensalmi (Iisalmi) 20:55 20:57, Lapinlahti 21:12 21:13, Siilinjärvi 21:34 21:35, Kuopio 21:53)
From Helsinki to Kuopio
IC 63 (Helsinki 8:17, Pasila (Böle) 8:22 8:23, Tikkurila 8:32 8:33, Lahti (Lahtis) 9:06 9:08, Kouvola 9:35 9:45, Mäntyharju 10:22 10:25, Mikkeli 10:48 10:51, Pieksämäki 11:28 11:31, Suonenjoki 11:53 11:54, Kuopio 12:20)
IC 65 to Oulu (Helsinki 11:17, Pasila (Böle) 11:22 11:23, Tikkurila 11:32 11:33, Lahti (Lahtis) 12:11 12:13, Kouvola 12:42 12:55, Mäntyharju 13:32 13:33, Mikkeli 13:56 13:59, Pieksämäki 14:35 14:38, Suonenjoki 15:00 15:01, Kuopio 15:28 15:43)
S2 67 to Oulu (Helsinki 14:17, Pasila (Böle) 14:22 14:23, Tikkurila 14:32 14:33, Lahti (Lahtis) 15:06 15:08, Kouvola 15:35 15:48, Mäntyharju 16:26 16:29, Mikkeli 16:52 16:55, Pieksämäki 17:32 17:38, Suonenjoki 17:59 18:00, Kuopio 18:32 18:38)
IC 7 to Joensuu (Change train in Kouvola) (Helsinki 15:17, Pasila (Böle) 15:22 15:23, Tikkurila 15:32 15:33, Lahti (Lahtis) 16:06 16:08, Kouvola 16:35 16:37, Lappeenranta (Vilman.) 17:15 17:17, Imatra 17:37 17:40, Joensuu 19:23)
Ex 701 (Connected with IC 7) (Kouvola 16:49, Mäntyharju 17:26 17:27, Mikkeli 17:50 17:52, Pieksämäki 18:34 18:37, Suonenjoki 18:59 19:00, Kuopio 19:27)
S2 9 (Helsinki 16:17, Pasila (Böle) 16:22 16:23, Tikkurila 16:32 16:33, Lahti (Lahtis) 17:06 17:08, Kouvola 17:35 17:47, Mäntyharju 18:24 18:25, Mikkeli 18:48 18:51, Pieksämäki 19:28 19:32, Suonenjoki 19:54 19:55, Kuopio 20:23 20:27, Siilinjärvi 20:44 20:45, Lapinlahti 21:06 21:12, Idensalmi (Iisalmi) 21:28 21:31, Sukeva 21:53 21:54, Kajaani (Kajana) 22:20)
IC 73 (Helsinki 19:17, Pasila (Böle) 19:22 19:26, Tikkurila 19:34 19:35, Lahti (Lahtis) 20:07 20:09, Kouvola 20:36 20:47, Mäntyharju 21:24 21:25, Mikkeli 21:48 21:50, Pieksämäki 22:27 22:29, Suonenjoki 22:53 22:54, Kuopio 23:21)
From Kuopio to Helsinki
Ex 700 (Connected with IC 104) (Kuopio 4:40, Suonenjoki 5:07 5:08, Pieksämäki 5:30 5:33, Mikkeli 6:10 6:13, Mäntyharju 6:36 6:37, Kouvola 7:15),
IC 104 (Imatra 6:15, Joutseno 6:26 6:27, Lappeenranta (Vilman.) 6:39 6:42, Kouvola 7:20 7:23, Lahti (Lahtis) 7:50 7:52, Tikkurila 8:26 8:27, Pasila (Böle) 8:35 8:36, Helsinki 8:42)
IC 62 (Kuopio 5:35, Suonenjoki 6:02 6:03, Pieksämäki 6:25 6:29, Mikkeli 7:06 7:09, Mäntyharju 7:32 7:33, Kouvola 8:11 8:23, Lahti (Lahtis) 8:50 8:52, Tikkurila 9:26 9:27, Pasila (Böle) 9:35 9:36, Helsinki 9:42)
S2 64 (Kajaani (Kajana) 6:33, Sukeva 6:58 6:59, Idensalmi (Iisalmi) 7:22 7:25, Lapinlahti 7:40 7:41, Siilinjärvi 8:02 8:03, Kuopio 8:21 8:26, Suonenjoki 8:53 8:54, Pieksämäki 9:16 9:22, Mikkeli 9:59 10:02, Mäntyharju 10:25 10:27, Kouvola 11:06 11:23, Lahti (Lahtis) 11:50 11:52, Tikkurila 12:26 12:27, Pasila (Böle) 12:35 12:36, Helsinki 12:42)
S2 66 from Oulu (Kuopio 11:15 11:23, Suonenjoki 11:50 11:53, Pieksämäki 12:16 12:26, Mikkeli 13:03 13:06, Mäntyharju 13:29 13:32, Kouvola 14:09 14:20, Lahti (Lahtis) 14:47 14:49, Tikkurila 15:23 15:24, Pasila (Böle) 15:32 15:33, Helsinki 15:39)
IC 68 (Kuopio 14:30, Suonenjoki 14:57 15:00, Pieksämäki 15:22 15:26, Mikkeli 16:03 16:06, Mäntyharju 16:29 16:30, Kouvola 17:12 17:23, Lahti (Lahtis) 17:50 17:52, Tikkurila 18:26 18:27, Pasila (Böle) 18:35 18:36, Helsinki 18:42)
IC 70 from Oulu (Kuopio 17:08 17:12, Suonenjoki 17:40 17:41, Pieksämäki 18:10 18:14, Mikkeli 18:51 18:54, Mäntyharju 19:17 19:18, Kouvola 19:56 20:16, Lahti (Lahtis) 20:46 20:48, Tikkurila 21:26 21:27, Pasila (Böle) 21:35 21:36, Helsinki 21:42)
From Helsinki to Joensuu
IC 1 (Helsinki 7:23, Pasila (Böle) 7:28 7:29, Tikkurila 7:37 7:38, Lahti (Lahtis) 8:10 8:12, Kouvola 8:39 8:41, Lappeenranta (Vilman.) 9:19 9:21, Joutseno 9:33 9:34, Imatra 9:45 9:47, Simpele 10:13 10:14, Parikkala 10:26 10:29, Kesälahti 10:50 10:51, Kitee 11:08 11:09, Joensuu 11:40)
IC 3 (Helsinki 10:17, Pasila (Böle) 10:22 10:23, Tikkurila 10:32 10:33, Lahti (Lahtis) 11:06 11:08, Kouvola 11:35 11:37, Lappeenranta (Vilman.) 12:15 12:19, Joutseno 12:31 12:32, Imatra 12:43 12:46, Simpele 13:12 13:13, Parikkala 13:26 13:29, Kesälahti 13:50 13:51, Kitee 14:08 14:09, Joensuu 14:40)
R 723 (Connected with IC 63 Helsinki - Kuopio) (Pieksämäki 11:42, Varkaus 12:17 12:19, Heinävesi 12:50 12:51, Vihtari 13:06 13:07, Viinijärvi 13:30 13:31, Joensuu 13:53)
IC 5 (Helsinki 13:17, Pasila (Böle) 13:22 13:23, Tikkurila 13:32 13:33, Lahti (Lahtis) 14:06 14:08, Kouvola 14:35 14:37, Lappeenranta (Vilman.) 15:15 15:19, Joutseno 15:31 15:32, Imatra 15:43 15:46, Simpele 16:12 16:13, Parikkala 16:26 16:29, Kesälahti 16:50 16:51, Kitee 17:08 17:09, Joensuu 17:40)
IC 7 (Helsinki 15:17, Pasila (Böle) 15:22 15:23, Tikkurila 15:32 15:33, Lahti (Lahtis) 16:06 16:08, Kouvola 16:35 16:37, Lappeenranta (Vilman.) 17:15 17:17, Imatra 17:37 17:40, Joensuu 19:23)
S2 9 (Helsinki 16:17, Pasila (Böle) 16:22 16:23, Tikkurila 16:32 16:33, Lahti (Lahtis) 17:06 17:08, Kouvola 17:35 17:39, Lappeenranta (Vilman.) 18:17 18:20, Joutseno 18:32 18:33, Imatra 18:44 18:46, Simpele 19:12 19:13, Parikkala 19:26 19:31, Kesälahti 19:52 19:53, Kitee 20:10 20:11, Joensuu 20:42)
IC 11 (Helsinki 18:17, Pasila (Böle) 18:22 18:23, Tikkurila 18:32 18:33, Lahti (Lahtis) 19:06 19:08, Kouvola 19:35 19:37, Lappeenranta (Vilman.) 20:15 20:17, Joutseno 20:29 20:30, Imatra 20:41 20:43, Simpele 21:09 21:10, Parikkala 21:23 21:25, Kesälahti 21:46 21:47, Kitee 22:04 22:05, Joensuu 22:36)
From Joensuu to Helsinki
S2 2 (Joensuu 5:18, Kitee 5:50 5:51, Parikkala 6:27 6:28, Imatra 7:03 7:05, Lappeenranta (Vilman.) 7:26 7:28, Kouvola 8:06 8:08, Lahti (Lahtis) 8:35 8:37, Tikkurila 9:11 9:12, Pasila (Böle) 9:20 9:21, Helsinki 9:27)
IC 4 (Joensuu 6:17, Kitee 6:49 6:50, Kesälahti 7:07 7:08, Parikkala 7:29 7:31, Simpele 7:43 7:44, Imatra 8:10 8:12, Joutseno 8:23 8:24, Lappeenranta (Vilman.) 8:36 8:40, Kouvola 9:18 9:23, Lahti (Lahtis) 9:50 9:52, Tikkurila 10:26 10:27, Pasila (Böle) 10:35 10:36, Helsinki 10:42)
R 720 (Connected to S2 64 from Kajaani (Kajana) and Kuopio to Helsinki) (Joensuu 7:00, Viinijärvi 7:22 7:23, Vihtari 7:46 7:47, Heinävesi 8:02 8:03, Varkaus 8:34 8:37, Pieksämäki 9:12)
S2 64 (Kajaani (Kajana) 6:33, Sukeva 6:58 6:59, Idensalmi (Iisalmi) 7:22 7:25, Lapinlahti 7:40 7:41, Siilinjärvi 8:02 8:03, Kuopio 8:21 8:26, Suonenjoki 8:53 8:54, Pieksämäki 9:16 9:22, Mikkeli 9:59 10:02, Mäntyharju 10:25 10:27, Kouvola 11:06 11:23, Lahti (Lahtis) 11:50 11:52, Tikkurila 12:26 12:27, Pasila (Böle) 12:35 12:36, Helsinki 12:42), ,
IC 6 (Joensuu 9:17, Kitee 9:49 9:50, Kesälahti 10:07 10:08, Parikkala 10:29 10:31, Simpele 10:43 10:44, Imatra 11:10 11:12, Joutseno 11:23 11:24, Lappeenranta (Vilman.) 11:36 11:40, Kouvola 12:18 12:23, Lahti (Lahtis) 12:50 12:52, Tikkurila 13:26 13:27, Pasila (Böle) 13:35 13:36, Helsinki 13:42)
IC 8 (Joensuu 12:17, Kitee 12:49 12:50, Kesälahti 13:07 13:08, Parikkala 13:29 13:31, Simpele 13:43 13:44, Imatra 14:10 14:12, Joutseno 14:23 14:24, Lappeenranta (Vilman.) 14:36 14:40, Kouvola 15:18 15:23, Lahti (Lahtis) 15:50 15:52, Tikkurila 16:26 16:27, Pasila (Böle) 16:35 16:36, Helsinki 16:42)
IC 10 (Joensuu 15:17, Kitee 15:49 15:50, Kesälahti 16:07 16:08, Parikkala 16:29 16:31, Simpele 16:43 16:44, Imatra 17:10 17:12, Joutseno 17:23 17:28, Lappeenranta (Vilman.) 17:40 17:42, Kouvola 18:20 18:23, Lahti (Lahtis) 18:50 18:52, Tikkurila 19:26 19:27, Pasila (Böle) 19:35 19:36, Helsinki 19:42)
R 724 (Connected with IC 70 from Oulu and Kuopio to Helsinki) (Joensuu 15:50, Viinijärvi 16:12 16:13, Vihtari 16:36 16:37, Heinävesi 16:52 16:53, Varkaus 17:24 17:27, Pieksämäki 18:02)
IC 70 (Pieksämäki 18:10 18:14, Mikkeli 18:51 18:54, Mäntyharju 19:17 19:18, Kouvola 19:56 20:16, Lahti (Lahtis) 20:46 20:48, Tikkurila 21:26 21:27, Pasila (Böle) 21:35 21:36, Helsinki 21:42)
IC 12 (Joensuu 18:17, Kitee 18:49 18:52, Kesälahti 19:09 19:10, Parikkala 19:31 19:33, Simpele 19:45 19:46, Imatra 20:12 20:14, Joutseno 20:25 20:29, Lappeenranta (Vilman.) 20:41 20:43, Kouvola 21:21 21:23, Lahti (Lahtis) 21:50 21:52, Tikkurila 22:26 22:27, Pasila (Böle) 22:35 22:36, Helsinki 22:42)
There is usually once a 1-2 hours Pendolino or IC train with two (or only one or three) numbers, these dance floors (IC or Pendolino with one or two numbers) does not stop between Tikkurila (in area with a lot of city trains) and Lahti. It is only around 33 minutes. Trains with number from 1 to 12 are best for going further, they go from-to Joensuu. With all two-number or one-number IC or Pendolino - next stop after Lahti (Lahtis) is already Kouvola, where dancing line splits to Kuopio and Joensuu. It is only around 27 minutes between Kouvola and Lahti. Some ICs or Pendolinos can go between Imatra and Helsinki (two or three numbers IC or Pendolino). These trains stops just in Tikkurila, Lahti and Kouvola too.
There is around every 30-60 min commuter city dance floor between Helsinki and Lahti. This train is without checking, conductors just sell tickets, if somebody wants. Trains are like blue R – regional at idos.cz, but the letter on Helsinki map and departure board will be another It takes just 61 minutes from Helsinki to Lahti, this train does not stop so much in every stop. Stops are Helsinki – Pasila (Böle) – Tikkurila – Kerava (Kervo) – Haarajoki – Mäntsälä – Lahti (Lahtis). Kerava (Kervo) is still with plenty of commuter trains and the dancing line splits there to Tampere and Lahti.
There are international trains from Helsinki to St. Pettersburg in Russsia too (red INT or green AE at idos.cz). Thee train stops in Lahti and Kouvola too. But as you know, the international train from-to Russia has very hard border checking and you need visa. Hard checking can be any time in this train. This train even does not stop in Pasila (Böle).
Helsinki – St. Petersburg – (Moscow)
There is international train (with reservation obligatory) between Helsinki (Finland) and St. Petersburg (Russia). It is Allegro fast train with only floor, it looks like Pendolino (green AE or red INT at idos.cz). This train even does not stop at Pasila (Böle). This train belongs to Finish Company vr.fi too. There are 4 trains per day in both directions St. Petersburk – Helsinki. Journey takes 3:27 hours. From Helsinki to St. Petersburg all stations in Finland are for boarding only and all stations in Russia are only for getting off. From St. Petersburg to Helsinki all stations in Russia are for boarding only and all stations in Russia are only for getting off. Trains are at idos.cz like green AE and at least first train from Helsinki AE 782 is marked too like red INT 782 with all stations for boarding and getting off. Vainikkala is the small village on border, there is border crossing FI-RU.
And of course, there is quite hart checking by border or it can be any time during journey. Not ticket checking, but passports and Visa checking, or if you smuggle something. And ticket checking can be hard too. You need visa to Russia and you have to know, where you go before. Visa can cost Eur 50-100 and it tan be difficult with offices to get visa.
Stops are always the same: (Helsinki FI, Tikkurila FI, Lahti (Lahtis) FI, Kouvola FI, Vainikkala FI-RU border crossing, Viipuri (Vyborg) RU, St Petersburg Finlya RU).
From Helsinki to St. Petersburg - INT 782 RED/AE 782 GREEN (Helsinki 7:20 - St Petersburg Finlya 10:47), INT 784 RED/AE 784 GREEN (Helsinki 11:00 - St Petersburg Finlya 14:27), INT 786 RED/AE 786 GREEN (Helsinki 16:00 - St Petersburg Finlya 19:27), INT 788 RED/AE 788 GREEN (Helsinki 20:00 - St Petersburg Finlya 23:27).
From St. Pettersburg to Helsinki - INT 781 RED/AE 781 GREEN (St Petersburg Finlya 6:40 – Helsinki 10:07), INT 783 RED/AE 783 GREEN (St Petersburg Finlya 11:30 – Helsinki 14:57), INT 785 RED/AE 785 GREEN (St Petersburg Finlya 15:30 – Helsinki 18:57), INT 787 RED/AE 787 GREEN (St Petersburg Finlya 20:30 – Helsinki 23:57).
There is once a day in one direction night train (green N'Z at idos.cz) between Helsinki and Moscow. These trains are with beds and maybe with seats too. These trains does tot stops so much between St. Petersburg and Moscow (only one station Tver). But of course, you need this visa and checking visa, passports or if you smuggle something, it is probably hard. And ticket checking can be hard too. These trains are by Russian train company. Vainikkala is the small village on border, there is border crossing FI-RU. Night trains (NZ 30 and NZ 31) stops at another St. Petersburg platform St Petersburg Ladogskii, but trains INT-AE during day start-end at St Petersburg Finlya.
Trains NZ 31 and NZ 32 between Helsinki and Moscow belongs Russian train company RŽD; Novaya Basmannaya 2, 107174 Moscow, Russia . Journey takes 14:32 hours from Helsinki to Moscow and 14:27 hours from Moscow to Helsinki. NZ 31 and NZ 32 stops at Pasila (Böle) and Tikkurila.
NZ 31 Night Train (Helsinki 18:47, Pasila (Böle) 18:52-18:53, Tikkurila 19:02-19:03, Lahti (Lahtis) 19:52-19:54, Kouvola 20:32-20:35, Vainikkala 21:30-22:15, Buslovskaja 22:23-22:33, Viipuri (Vyborg) 22:56-23:36, St Petersburg Ladogskii 1:18-1:53, Tver 6:50-6:51, Moskva Oktiabrskaia 9:19)
NZ 32 Night train (Moskva Oktiabrskaia 23:10, Tver 1:10-1:11, St Petersburg Ladogskii 5:46-6:01, Viipuri (Vyborg) 7:54-8:34, Buslovskaja 8:56-9:06, Vainikkala 9:14-10:14, Kouvola 11:09-11:11, Lahti(Lahtis) 11:58-12:00, Tikkurila 12:53-12:54, Pasila (Böle) 13:29-13:31, Helsinki 13:37)
DEATH BY EXAM
Only really big trains stations in big cities has waiting room with heating. Most of stations with commuter city trains around Helsinki and even most of stations with IC trains (even sometimes two-number ICs) are without waiting room. And waiting rooms in big stations are probably closed during night. There are quite lot of IC trains between Turku-Helsinki, Helsinki-Lahti or Helsinki-Tampere. The next train goes after one of two hours. But between Pori-Tampere or Tampere Turku is time to next train already 3-4 hours. Between Kouvola-Kuopio or Kouvola-Joensuu, is time to next train 3-4 hours. On the line Tampere-Vaasa-Seinäjoki -Oulu is time to next train 2-4 hours, not all trains stops in all stops. Between Kuopion and Oulu is time time to next train around 4 hours, there are around 3-4 trains per day. But not all trains stops in all stops. Between Oulu and Rovaniemi is interval to next train 3-4 hours and there is only one train per day in one direction between Rovaniemi and Kemjäarvi. Trains between Kemi and Kolari are really rare. Night trains goes only Helsinki-Tampere-Oulu-Rovaniemi, two trains per night in one direction. If you are kicked out from last train, then text train will go at morning.
Like in Sweden and Norway, Death during exam is possible in winter time, in case, that you fail, and waiting room is not in your station (or waiting room is closed during night).
Hitchiking can be difficult sometime, because there are not so many cars except between big cities. Some smaller road or roads in whole Lapland can be only with few cars and you can wait on the road many hours. Cars can goes only one per 1-5 minutes even in bigger roads. In smaller roads or in Lapland it can be one car per 10 minutes or even one car per hour (and temperature bellow -30 degrees). And people are in this time more afraid to take hitchhikers. And some roads can be closed during winter, because of snow.
But in winter in deep frost, you can go to police station and they should let you be there during night. And if you tell that you have no place to sleep and you refuse leave train in cold weather, conductor can call police and police let you be at station during night or even conductor let you travel, if you are polite. It works in Norway and Sweden too, during cold winter. The same in the bus. Bus driver can let you travel, if you are polite. You can get fine in train, it is Eur 80 plus ticket price, but if you are not finish, you don't need to pay.
Finland has coldest winters from all countries in Shengen - European Union (winter in north Finland is often colder than in Svalbard, but Greenland is much colder). Reason is position – Finland is quite far from Ocean and Scandinavian mountains blocked warm air from Atlantic. But most of Finland is flat with a lot of lakes and cold continental Arctic air from Russia can easily flow through lowlands. And of course, Finland is north, most south part of Finland is already 59.8 degrees, more north than whole Denmark and big part of Sweden-Norway. End of Baltic Sea is 65,8 degrees north and Oulu is already 65 degrees, Rovaniemi is by Arctic circle, Inari 68.9 deg, Ustjoki 69.9 deg and most north point of Finland by Nuorgam is 70.09 degrees north.
The actual temperature (UTC time, actualization every 3 hours) you can find here: meteomodel.pl/AKT/IMG/temp99.png , past weather and climate you can find here for many places in Finland you can find here: en.tutiempo.net/climate/finland.html The weather forecast you can find at yr.no for any town in Norway-Europe-World or at en.tutiempo.net too.
Winter temperature can go easily even around Helsinki bellow -20 or -25, sometimes around Tampere can be -30 degrees. Area around Kupio-Oulu is with snow since Autumn to April – May and sometimes snow blocked roads. Temperature is here between 0 and -20 usually, can be here -20 to -30, sometimes -35. Winter temperature in Rovaniemi area is from 0 to -30 normal winter temperature, it is various. But it can be here -40 during night and -30 during day. There can be a lot of snow, more than one meter, during winter and roads can be closed.
In Sami region is no train, only buses and cars. There is not so many cars especially in winter (tourist go there during summer). There is snow until May-June and winter temperature is -20 normal, sometimes bellow -30, but sometimes even bellow -40 and -35 during day. There are almost no cars on the roads in some regions and more than one meter snow, roads can be closed.
The day length in December is in December in south just from 9-10am to 2-4pm, but around Oulu is day length only 2-5 hours and long twilight. Around Rovaniemi is only 1 hour day length but 2-4 more hours twilight. There is whole December Sun behind Horizon in Inari, but few hours of twilight (Sun is not so deep behind Horizon). Day length in June is huge. Even in Helsinki Sun is only 3-5 hours behind horizon, but not so deep and whole night is little bit of light. Sun goes only around 1 hour behind horizon in Oulu in June. But Sun is not so deep behind horizon and there is a lot of light whole night. There is Arctic circle in Rovaniemi, it means that 21th June Sun just tough horizon around midnight. And in Inari, or more far north Sun never goes behind horizon, but Sun makes circle on the sky during day.
Finland is with plenty of lakes, it means a lot of mosquitoes in Summer. Situation around Helsinki is not so terrible, but there are quite a lot of mosquitoes in central Finland. And around Sami Land, Inari, Rovaniemi, there are huge swarms of mosquitoes. Mosquitoes does not bring any diseases, but huge swarms of mosquitoes all time, it is difficult.
Oulu- Kemi – Tornio - Kolari and back
Kemi is station, where the dancing line splits first branch to Rovaniemi, Kemijärvi, and second branch to Tornio, Kolari – most north station in Finland. The line from Kemi to Kolari goes through the road and rail road split little bit behind Kemi to Tervola, Muurola and Rovaniemi with road E 75 and second branch of railway and road goes to Tornio (border SE-FI and most north point of Baltic see), the rail-road continues to Kolari with road E8 by Sweden-Finland border. In small town Kolari rail-road ends and E8 continue to point NO-SE-FI in mountains and to Tromso in Norway, Atlantic coast. Arctic circle is between station Ylitornio and Pello, quite close to Pello.
There should be night train from Helsinki, Tampere to Kolari, by vr.fi (and it cost Eur 88). idos.cz first does not want to find train to Kolari, but now, if have found. It is night train with beds and wagon for cars Ex 269. But it looks like ex 269 does not go every day. Ex 269 goes from 29th April – 1st May, 15th, 17th and 18th July only. There can be some another trains too, but trains to Kolari seems to be very rare.
Trains for passengers are super rare, but there is rail-road in use. There can be some cargo trains, probably with wood. There is a lot of lakes, forest in this area and a lot of mosquitoes in Summer. So it can be possible to hind some HOBO (taking freight trains or freight hoping) and travel by train hoping on wood. The rail-road ends little bit behind Kolari, there can be some freight trains.
Ex 269: (Helsinki 20:52, Pasila (Böle) 20:57-21:00, Tikkurila 21:41-21:44, Riihimäki 22:19-22:22, Hämeenlinna (Tavastia) 22:46-22:48, Tampere (Tammerfors) 23:36-23:59, Seinäjoki 1:53-1:56, Kokkola (Karleby) 3:36-3:39, Ylivieska 4:30-4:32, Oulu (Uleaborg) 5:52-6:22, Kemi 7:45-7:48, Tornio Itäinen 8:13-8:16, Ylitornio 9:08-9:12, Pello 9:59-10:02, Kolari 10:48)
From Kolari to south (to Helsinki) goes only few trains, like Ex 270 and Ex 272. Ex 270 goes only 29-30th April and 17th June and Ex 272 goes only 1st May and 15th, 18th June. Both are night trains with beds and wagon for cars.
Ex 270: (Kolari 18:20, Pello 19:07-19:09, Ylitornio 19:57-19:59, Tornio Itäinen 20:49-20:51, Kemi 21:16-21:20, Oulu (Uleaborg) 22:38-23:10, Ylivieska 0:43-0:46, Kokkola (Karleby) 1:45-1:49, Seinäjoki 3:28-3:31, Tampere (Tammerfors) 5:35-5:43, Toijala 6:08-6:10, Hämeenlinna (Tavastia) 6:35-6:37, Riihimäki 7:00-7:02, Tikkurila 7:46-7:48, Pasila (Böle) 8:24-8:26, Helsinki 8:32) .
Ex 272 : (Kolari 18:20, Pello 19:07-19:09, Ylitornio 19:57-19:59, Tornio Itäinen 20:49-20:51, Kemi 21:16-21:20, Oulu (Uleaborg) 22:38-23:10, Ylivieska 0:43-0:46, Kokkola (Karleby) 1:45-1:49, Seinäjoki 3:28-3:31, Tampere (Tammerfors) 5:35-6:22, Toijala 6:49-7:01, Hämeenlinna (Tavastia) 7:26-7:53, Riihimäki 8:16-8:18, Tikkurila 8:58-9:00, Pasila (Böle) 9:29-9:31, Helsinki 9:37).
Tornio is big crossroad, border SE-FI on Baltic coast. There is no train to Sweden, but main road to Lulea, first Swedish train station. But Tornio is not the same like station Tervola after Kemi on the way to Rovaniemi. Tervola is already behnd crossroad.
TO SAMI LAND AND FINMARK
To Sami land and lakes, Ivalo, Inari, and Finmark – Norway (Tromso, Alta, Nordkapp, Kirkenes, Vardoe)
There is no no dancing line more far in Lapland, to Sami region. The last town with good train connection is Rovaniemi. North edge of Rovaniemi is on Arctic circle. Only once a day train go to Misi and Kemijärvi, but theese stations are out of main road E75, Rovaniemi is the best. Kemijärvi is close to big lake in Lapland.
There is bus going from Rovaniemi to Inari and probably some busses goes from Inari to Norway too. But buses are quite empty, not so often and it can be difficult to take bus for free.
Hitchhiking on the road from Rovaniemi should be good, but ammount of cars is dubious. Road E75 goes from Rovaniemi to crossroad in village Vikajärvi. Road No. 82 goes from Vikajärvi to east, to big lake and Kemijärvi, Misi is about 10 km south from this road. The main road E75 continues to nort, to Sami region. E75 is main road, but not with lot of cars. Population density is very low and villages and towns are only small (Rovaniemi is last big town). Distances between villages and towns is quite big. But a lot of tourist goes to north in warm half-year.
First bigger town (not small village) is Sodankilä, around 67,4 degrees north. There is crossroad in Sodankilä. E75 goes south to Rovaniemi and north to Inari, E63 goes first to south-east but after a while to south – to Kemijärvi. The road No. 80 goes to Kittilä and from Kittilä to south-west to Kolari. Road No. 79 goes from Kittila to south to Rovaniemi and to north-west to bbig lake Jerisjärvi and to town Muonio. Muonio is on Swedish Border and there is E8 to Norway-Sweden-Finland point and Tromso.
E75 continues more north from Sodankilä to big lakes around 68,0-68,3 degrees north (lakes are few kilometers from road), there is no town, only small village Vuoma-Vuosto. Here really low population density is. There is small town or village Ivalo, around 68,55 degrees north. There is river in Ivalo, plenty of lakes and plenty of mosquitos around. From Ivalo goes too road No. 91 to East-South to Russian border, but porobably almost to cars on this road.
Little bit north from Ivalo (counple of 10km), around 68,75 degrees are two big lakes. Ukonjärvi lake close to road in east side and Rahajärvi in west. And finally, the Inari is around 68.9 degrees north, at E75, there is town Inari, town of sami culture. It is about 350 km north from Arctic Circle and Rovaniemi. There are hotels and museum, which can be good for dumpster diving and you can try even free breakfast in hotel. There is big lake close to Inari – Juutuanvuono, river or bay through Inari, many small lakes and plenty of mosquitos in Summer. Inari is in the middle of Sami culture and Lapland, many tourist from south goes there. But winter is terrible there. There is even airport in Inari, but in is not possible get in without ticket and it is non-ecological.
From Inari E75 continues to Finish-Norway border. At 69,135 degrees – there is crossroad E75 to north and road no 92, parking Kaamanen, 3-4 km north from Kaamanen village. There is river and lot of small lakes. Road No. 92 goes to Norway, North-West_West direction and just behind NO-FI border road No. 92 connect with E6 in vilage Karasjohka. From Karasjohka road E6 continue by Norway-Finish border to small villages in NO-FI border Utsjoki.
E75 continues from Inari and Kaamanen to north to Norway-Finish border – Utsjoki. There is river by this way and some small villages, lot of lakes. Utsjoki is around 69,9 degrees north. In Utsjoki E6 and E75 from Inari meet. There is meeting of river by FI-NO border with river from Inari and a lot of lakes.
Road No. 92 continue in Finmark-Norway far from Ocean to Masi in Finmark and from Masi to Alta in Norwegian coast. In Alta E6 and road No. 92 connect again. From Karasjohka road E6 continue in Norway in northwest direction to Olderfjord (70,5 degrees north) and from Olderfjord E6 goes West-South to Alta.
From Ustjoki continue NO-FI border by river to East and road E6 (together with E75) is in Norwegian side to northest point in Finland – Nuorgam in Finland and Hillagura in Norway. It is around 70,09 degrees north. There are just few houses or cabins in Finish side and small road only. There is in Filnand four-star hotel Nuorgamin Lomakeskus (Eur 100 per night, ehm). This hotel can be good for dumpster diving.
From Nuorgam – Hillagura E6 continue in Norway to villages by fjord Skippagurra and Varangerbotn. Varangerbotn is last crossroad. E6 continues from Varangerbotn to south-east, to Hesseng and Kirkenes (one of fearthest town in Norway, close to Russiam, there is airport in Kirkenes). Hesseng is crossroad close to Kirkenes.
From Hesseng E6 goes to Kirkenes and E105 to Elvenes and Norway-Russia border (it is around 3 km from Hesseng). After Elvenes is crossroad just around 150 m before Russian border, close to lake. E105 goes to Russia (Visa needed) and small road No. 886 goes to east and north by lakes to most east point in Norway (69.734 north, 30.890 south). But in this area – the road is just couple of tenths of meters by Russian border. Sastle and cliff (69.79 north, 30.79 east), border and ocean (). Road No. 886 continues by small lake and by Russian border to Grense Jakobselv and Oskar II's Kapell castle. It is something, where border RU-NO and Ocean meet (69.878 north and 30,822 East) There are just few houses, if any and a lot of military watch close to border. Probably road No. 886 is mostly for military.
From Varangerbotn E75 continue to East, to Vadsoe, Kiberg, Svartnest by north coast of fjord and finally to Vardoe (70,37 north, 31,105 south).
The road E75 goes from Inari by river to Ustjoki, where is another river by NO-FI border and in Norwegian side E6 to East to Kirkenes and to West-South by NO-FI border to vilage Karasjohka, where is crossroad with road No. 92 (from E75 and Kaamanen village in finland to Masi in Finmark and Alta in Norwegian coast). From Karasjohka road E6 continue north-west to Olderfjord (70,5 degrees north) and from Olderfjord southwest to Alta. Olderfjord is north crossroad and village. E6 continue to Alta or another direction to Karasjohka and by NO-FI border to Ustjoki (crossroad with E75 to Inari).
But from Olderfjord to north continues E69 to north by coast of Atlantic to Repvaeg, Kaefjord and from Kaefjord around 2 km long tunnel to Mageroeya island. There is village Honningsvaeg and more north skarsvaeg. E69 continue on this island to Nordkapp (71.1717 north, 25.8763 East by Google map), which should be nordest point of Norway and Europe. But on the map it looks like nordes point is myse around 3 km west-west north – Knivskjellodden (71.18547 north, 25.67638 East by Google map).
Oulu – Kemi – Tornio – Kolari – SAMI LAND - Kilpisjarvi (Mallan Iounnonpuitso, SE-NO-FI point) – Tromso, Finmark
Oulu – Kemi – Tornio (SE-FI border and Lulea) – Kolari – Kittila – Muonio – Hetta – Karesuvanto – Kilpisjarvi (Mallan Iounnonpuitso, SE-NO-FI point), Skybotn (Lyngen Fjord) – Alta – Tromso – Narvik – Nordkapp.
There is big road around baltic sea from Oulu to Kemi, Tornio Itäinen (SE-FI border) and Lulea in Sweden. It is one station and 58 minutes between Oulu abd Kemi. But after Kemi usually all trains goes to Rovaniemi. Trains to Tornio Itäinen and more north to Ylitornio, Pello and Kolari are extremely rare.
But there is road E4 from Oulu to Sweden. It is probably not so easy to find good place in Oulu, hitchiking from Kemi is better. Direction is to Tornio Itäinen, where is cropproad. E4 goes to Haparanda (first village in Sweden) and Tore (crossroad – E4 to Finland, E10 to north-west Kiruna, Narvik, and E10 to Lulea). Lulea is first train station in Sweden.Trains from Lulea goes to close town Boden, which is on long dancing line (Stockholm – Gavle – Hudiksvall – Sundsvall – Umea – Boden – Kiruna – Narvik). E10 and E4 together continue to south by baltic coast to Umea.
But we want to go from Kemi to North, by FI-SE border. So you take E4 only to Tornio Itäinen, and there is road E8 to Ylitornio, Pello and Kolari, the same line like train. In pello – road goes little bit away from FI-SE border. If you cath the train (it is not so easy), it does not matter, where you will be kicked out, it is always by road E8.
There are many small towns and villages by SE-FI border until Kolari. First crossroad is in Pello already. Road E8 goes from Tornio to Kolari, SE-FI-NO point and Tromso, Road no. 83 to East to Sinnetä (crossroad with road No. 79 trom Kittilä in north to Rovaniemi in south-east). There is small road no. 99 behind border in Sweden. Road No. 83 is already behind arctic circle. Road E8 continue from Pello to Kolari and it is from Pello to Kolari one train station. Kolari (67,33 degrees north) is the northest Finish train station, it is one of four dancing lines, which cross Arctic circle. Buses and cars goes from Kolari further. There should be busses, but probably not so often and it can be not so easy to sneek. In Kolari stops flat land and some small hills begins.By road E8 mountanis. There are bigger hills around Muonio.
There is from Kolari main road E8 by SE-FI border to Norway and smaller road No. 80 to small town Kittilä. Road No. 80 continue from Kittilä to south-east to Sodankilä (Crossroad with E75 to Rovaniemi and Inari, E63 to Kemjäarvi in south and Road. No 80 to Kittilä). From Kittilä Road no. 79 goes south to Rovaniemi and North-West to Muonio (E8, Swedish Border, big lakes and national park is close).
By main road E8 after Kolari, next bigger town and crossroad is Muonio (sround 67,95 degrees north). There are big lakes around and crossroad with road. No 79 to Kittilä. National park Pallas Yllästunturi with lakes and mountains is just around 10 km east from Muonio. From Muonio E8 by river anf FI-SE border continue to small town Palojoensuu (68.28 degrees north). There is crossroad in Palojoensuu E8 and road No. 93. Road No. 93 goes east to small town Hetta and from Hetta far north to FI-NO border (Geadgejlärvi lake) and road continue in Norway-Finmark (Siebe, Kaoutokeino, long river-lake, crossroad with roads No. 92 and 93 at 69,19 North). Road 92 goes to east-east-north to Kárášjohka (E6 by NO-FI border) and road 93 goes to north to Masi and Alta on coast – fjord.
There is a lot of national parks and only few small villages around Palojoensuu and Hetta. And long lake by Hetta. There are only small towns or villages by road 93 and pretty long distance between villages. Not so many cars probably goes there. E8 continue from Palojoensuu by river and SE-FI border to crossroad and small town Kätkäsuvanto (68.44 derees north). There is in Finland national park Tarvantovaaran erämaa around 10-15 km north-east from Kätkäsuvanto with small mountains. From Kätkäsuvanto goes E45 through border to Sweden to Vittangi and Svappavaara (small town, crossroad with E10 ). E10 goes from Svappavaara to Kiruna (only around 50 km west-west-north) and to Narvik, or to south goes E10 to Gällivare.
From Kätkäsuvanto E8 continue not so far to Markina with lot of small lakes in valley and more far to north-west by FI-SE border to area with bigger and bigger hills and mountains and plenty of lakes in valleys, to Kilpisjärvi. Kilpisjärvi (69.05 North) is small town in valley between mountains and close to two lakes. The point of three borders (Norway-Sweden_Finland) is around 10 km west from Kilpisjärvi. There is hotel in Kilpisjärvi – Kilpisjjärven Retkeilykeskus (Kilpisjärvi hiking center). The lake and mountains more than 1000 m high are really close. It can be possible to dumpster diving behind hotel. Town is small, but shops can be good too. There is bus station too, but buses do not go so often and t can be difficult to sneek. The place of SE-FI-NO border (69.05997 north,20.5485 east) - Treriksröset - meeting is by the another big lake Kolttajärvi. Mountains are joust around 500-1000 m high, but in this Arctic area mountains are already without trees and snow can be on the top quite late. There is big difference in winter between valleys and mountains. Mountains makes border between cold air from Russia and warm air from Atlantic. The difference by 600 meter high difference can be 20 degrees. In January 2016 – there was -43 in Kilpisjärvi in valley, but -25 on the mountain. Some specific valleys in mountains in Finmark or Finland can be with Arctic wave super cold, up to -50 degrees.
From Kilpisjärvi E8 continue North-West to Norway, to Atlantic coast. The nest village in Norway is Helligskogen by another lake and road E8 continue in valley through relative high mountains. There is Helligskogen Vandrerhjem hotel, there can be dumpster diving possible. Next village-town is Skibotn by Skibotnutløpet fjord, in the middle of mountains, but already on atlantic coast. Lot of mountains and lot of fjords are in this area. There is gas station is Skibotn and it is important crossroad, the rod E8 from Finland meets there with road E6. E6 continue to south-south-west to Tromso, Bjerkvik and Narvik. From Skiboth E6 and E8 continues together about 15 km to another small town by fjord coast Nodrdkjostbotn.
There is crossroad in Nodrdkjostbotn. E8 continues about 60 km to Tromso north-west by fjord coast and E6 continues south to Bjerkvik, Narvik and Lofoten islands (and E6-E8 goes north from Nodrdkjostbotn to Skibotn, Alta and to direction Nordkapp).
Bjerkvik is important crossroad with E6 from south to north Norway with road E10 from Kiruna (Sweden to most of Lofoten Islands).
From Skibotn the road E6 goes to north of Norway – to Alta (69.95 north) and there is crossroad E6 with road No. 93 to East-South inside Finmark to Masi (end of big fjord-lake) and Kárášjohka close to Finish border. E6 goes from Kárášjohka by NO-FI border to Ustjoki, where is crossroad with E75 from Inari. E75 and E6 sontinues from Ustjoki by river and NO-FI border to Nuorgam (northest Finish poind) and to fjord, crossroad Varangerboth. From Varangerbotn E75 continue by north coast of Fjord to Vardoe (island) and E6 by south coast of fjord to Kirkenes.
From Alta north-East and from Kárášjohka north-west E6 goes to nordest point Olderfjord (70,47 degrees north). There is E69 from Olderfjord to nordkapp and E6 to Alta and Kárášjohka and Ustjoki.
But from Olderfjord' to north continues E 69 to north by coast of Atlantic to Repvaeg'Bold text, Kaefjord and from Kaefjord is aabout2 km long tunnel to Mageroeya island. There is village Honningsvaeg and more north skarsvaeg. E69 continue on this island to Nordkapp (71.1717 north, 25.8763 East by Google map), which should be nordest point of Norway and Europe. But on the map it looks like nordes point is myse around 3 km west-west north – Knivskjellodden (71.18547 north, 25.67638 East by Google map).
Narvik is around 20 km from Bjerkvik by the coast. E10 goes from Kiruna to Narvik by the same way like rail-road with lot of stops. And this is nordest-railroad in Europe without Russia. One of nordest point E10 (68.443 north, 18.609 east) and railway (68.43405 north,18.5986 east) is close to big lakes, north-west from tornehamn and Björklidens Golfklubb in Sewden (there is hotel and maybe some good dumpsters too). The second northest possibility is E10 (68.4343, 18.2513) and railway (68.4305, 18.2482) is close to Vassijaure station (68.4290, 18.2603). In Norway is far north station Haugfjell (68.4405, 18.0180) and nordest rail point close to this station (68.4441,18.0481) and Narvik (68.4416, 17.4414). And by fjourd and Atlantic coast, most north place of dancing line was found. Northest railway (68.4516,17.483) resp. (68.4502,17.5420) and northest E10 is on another place before coast (68.5163,17.8727). NO-SE border on the track is (68.4300, 18.1057) and by E10 (68.4352, 18.1068).
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 was dancing by night IC dance floors in autumn 2016. Sometimes (train from Germany to Rome), they do not check during a trip. But all coupes can be full and locked and you have to stay in corridor (conductor will easily see you) or WC. Empty coupes are not locked. But generally - conductor has in tablet, which coupe is reserved and where should be free. And they check sometimes. Night trains are always with police.
PeterOB went to sea in Italy near Venecia and Padova in June 2015 and he was dancing a lot in this area. Another trip was in autumn 2016 from Insbruck to Palermo in 24 hours. It was scariest dance action ever. But who want to sleep in cold Alps, if we can go to ball ?
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.
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. And regional dance floors close to big city (Milano, Bolzano, Etc.) are best – conductor often do not check tickets for whole journey. 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, but in some places, where regional dance floors ends – number of passengers is not so big. Some regional trains are quite crowded near big town. Conductor asks for ticket usually 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 – another passengers wants go to WC too. 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. In trains close to Bolzano – there are a lot of police because of immigrants. They as for ID only dark persons and they do not ask ticket. It is in regional train Bolzano – Brennero and EC Trains Verona – Bolzano – Insbruck – Munich.
Some faster regional dance floors ( RGV in Sicily, Austrian REX from Insbruck to Bolzano and back) have not so many stops and regional dance floors with long distance have not so many stops like trains close to big city.
Next type of dance floor is FB FRECCIABIANCA . This type of train have probably two conductors 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 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. It is not like in Treno Alta Velocita (AV at departure table), where conductor have in tablet, which seat is free and which seat should be checked.
You can wait until your wagon is complete checked and you stay sit on toilet without locked doors (like shitting). Of course, you can use short distance ticket trick or play that you was already checked, just sit calmly. If you are find that you travel without ticket, conductor ask you for buy ticket first. But you have no money. So conductor usually just kick you oft of train 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 dance floors are Treno Alta velocita . If you want to enjoy fast and scary dancing, this is good type of dance floor for it There are four types of dance floors Treno Alta Velocita (AV at departure board). Dancing is really scary and fast, somewhere 200-250 kph, somewhere (Between Roma and Napoli or Between Firenze and Bolonga, the speed is up to 300 kph). 300 kph is maximum dancing speed by law in Italy. But the 360 kph dancing speed is planned since 2018. There are a lot of dance floors Treno Alta Velocita between Bolonga – Firenze – Roma – Napoli , usualy once 15-30 min. There is no stop between Napoli and Roma Termini byt Treno Alta Velocita (it is 4 stops with EC trains) and stops with AV trains are usually Milano, Bolonga, Firenze, Roma Tiburtina, Roma Tremini, Napoli Centrale (CLE) . Some AV trains goes between Bolonga and Padova and Venezia , some trains AV stops in Arrezo , but some AV trains do not stop between Bolonga and Rome or some AV dance floors does not stop between Milano and Rome (trip takes around 130 min).
Trains AV (Treno Alta Velocita) goes between Bolzano - Rome - Napoli (Grey AV dance floor at departure board), stops are Bolzano, Tremto, Roverto, Verona, Bolonga, Firenze, Roma Tiburtina, Roma Tremini, Napoli Centrale (CLE). Some AV dance floors continues one stop from Napoli to Salerno.
Some AV Trains goes from-to Brescia and Verona and some from-to Torino or Milano .
High-Speed dance floor - Treno Alta Velocita FR FRECCIAROSSA (Trenitalia). This train is blue-green-white and blue at departure paper, with AV at departure board. There are 2-3 conductors, they first go through train fast without checking and they checking tickets once 1-2 stations. They come suddenly sometimes – one conductor in one side of coach and they have in tablet which seat is free, checked, should be checked. It is to late to escape, they do not let you. You can watch, when conductors are near, then you go to toilet and you do not lock the door and you sit like shitting. But there are lot of cleaning workers – they check toilets 1-2 times between stations, before and after conductors go. And some passengers goes to toilet too. So you should make timing before conductor go and after cleaner goes (if cleaner will see you in toilet first time, he usually let you be, but it is dubious). When the conductor will go back and you will be at corridor, you could be checked – so you should to sit on free seat fast after checking. If you will be found without ticket, you will be probably kicked out, but some conductors want to write fine, not so often, or they ask for ID (if you give ID card instead of passport, it is better). PeterOB was dancing in this type of dance floor a lot. Sometimes – he successfully hide during checking, sometimes, he was found and he was kicked out. But he jump back on another side of long train, cleaner of toilet found him and conductor write his ID card.
FA FRECCIARGENTO is similar high-speed dance floor Treno Alta velocita, like FR FRECCIAROSSA , but this type is grey in departure plan (big yellow paper).
There are another 'luxury High Sped dance floor for mans in suit with wifi, drinks and food in every coach and strewards from Trenitalia – Red Treno Alta Velocita with runung lupus - FR FRECCIAROSSA ? This train is red with running lupus and it is red in departure paper, with AV at departure table. There is streeward in red suit in every wagon and he ask ticket, if your appearance is not usual, streeward ask you for ticket before departure (many people are there in suit or good dressed of course). There is team for cleaning and checking WC before and some times after ticket checking and conductors in blue suit for departure echo. Streeward has in tablet, which seat is checked, free, should be checked, and he goes every station and it is one streward per wagon, so this train is most difficult and probability of fine is biggest. PeterOB tried this type of dance floor but when he get in, streeward ask him for a ticket, it is really difficult, this train.
There is another type of high-speed dance floor – Treno Alta Velocita – Purple Treno Italio (not Trenitalia) train with running lupus (purple Treno Italiano at departure paper, AV in departure table). This train has two conductors in blue suit for departure signal and some conductors in red suits for ticket checking. There is one red conductor per few wagons, not streeward in every wagon. It is similar – red conductors goes almost every station, he has in tablet, which seat should be checked, is free,was checked and if you are in corridor and you go back, conductor probably check you, if you pass around him calmly, you can be successful, but next station, you can be checked. This train is relative expensive (Eur 39 from Rome to Verona). You can try to hide in toilet, but there is cleaning team too, and they look inside toilet before and sometimes after checking too. It is quite difficult to hide inside toilet in all Treno Alta Velocita. If you are captured, you can be just kicked out or probability of fine is here bigger than in blue or grey Treno Alta Velocita (Freccigarossa). PeterOB has bad luck in this train. He traveled two stations and first stations, he joust passed calmly around conductor. But in next station conductor ask him for a ticket. He told that he is in bad train and conductor asked him, where he get in. First, conductor wanted to make ticket or fine. He told just bad station and conductor got upset and he went away. PeterOB stand in toilet, when train stand in some regional station and when conductor checks tickets again. He just get of in his next station, but unfortunately, police was already in station and they took his ID.
Next type of train is EC train (IC Train) . EC trains are usually international (from Germany, Austria or France, or Switzerland to Italy, these trains usually does not belongs to some Italian dancing company, but there are Italian conductors inside Italy, they changed at border. These trains go for long distance. Distance between stops is usually 20-100 km. Interval to next train is 1-4 hours (better use regional train usually, but it depends, where you are), ticket price about Eur 1 per 8-10 km, speed in normal, usually 100-150+ kph. EC trains have sometimes a lot, not so much passengers and two conductor s. EC trains are quite long, you can hide between passengers during entering the train. There are usually enough passengers. Conductors go once 1-3 stations, and they check only new passengers. Sometimes, there is conductor crew change at border with Austria or Switzerland, in Messina (In-Out from Sicily) or is some big cities (Rome, Napoli) and new conductors checks all passengers again. Toilets are not usually checked, especially if you do not lock the door (but passengers are going to WC too). If you are found that you have no ticket, you will be just kicked out. But some places in south Italy have not so many trains per day. There are a lot of coops in trains from Italy to Austria, Switzerland, Germany, they check ID of dark passengers, because of immigrants. Coops look everywhere – toilets, under seats, etc. They do not check tickets. If you will be found without ticket by conductor, you will be just kicked out.
N ight dance floors ICN or ECN , they go during night. Interval between stops is about 50-100 (or even 300+) km and journey length is quite long, usually more than 1000 km. There are only 1-2 night trains per night. Night trains can go from-to Germany or France , usually to Rome or Milano and some trains go from Rome or Milano to Sicily (Siracusa, Palermo) , or from Sicily to Milano or Rome. This trains have a lot of stops in Sicily, and close to Milano and Rome, but between Sicily ( Villa S. Giovanni is station in main Italy with ferry to Messina in Sicily) and Rome night trains have not so much stops (train from Sicily to Rome stop in Villa S. Giovanni and next stop is Formia and Latina close to Rome. Another night train from Sicily stops at Villa S. Giovanni and next stop is Salerno and Napoli) PeterOB was dancing in night trains. Night trains have beds only and there is reservation for coupes or beds and some coupes are booked with passengers and some coupes are free. You can go in some free coupe with open door and close the door. Conductor usually do not look inside coupe. But if the passengers in some stop later have reserved this coupe, they will go inside and they can call conductor. And if you will go from some coupe to another coupe, some passengers can give echo to conductor.
Conductor has in tablet, which coupe have reservation and which coupe should be free. But some conductors do not check ticket during whole journey, but they often check in regulary, not like few years before, it was free.
If all coupes with beds are occupied, you can try to hide in toilet, washing room or just stay in corridor. Conductor goes after big station between stations with long time or after 2-3 stations, which are not so far. PeterOB traveled in night train from Munich to Rome, and all coupes were occupied, so he stay in corridor. And conductor did not check ticket during journey, but in Verona – train split to Milano and Rome and conductor was outside, he found him. Peter OB was traveled in another night train from Sicily and he was hiding in free coupe. But new passengers came and some passengers give echo to conductor. PeterOB was kicked out and conductor gave echo to another night train.
Main station Roma Termini has ticket checking before entering on platform (In Roma Termini probably always, in Roma Airport during day usually, but who knows). There are fences around and some doors are for exit and some doors are for getting on platform. But conductors sometimes (usually during day) are in every door and they check hardly tickets. PeterOB tried to get to platform and he was always pulled back. PeterOB saw it only in Roma Termini station. In many another stations (include Bolzano, Verona, Napoli, Padova, Venezia) is free access on platform, only in Roma Termini not. If you are in Roma Termini, do not go out or close to exit (be hidden between many people in platform). There is big departure table and you can check departures for trains and their stops and type of train (R, IC, ICN, EC, AV). If you want to get in platform, you can buy cheap ticket for 1-2 stations in Treno Regionale and you go in any train, or you can get by Roma public transport (Tram, Bus) to station Roma Tiburtina with free entry and take some train to Roma Termini (it is one stop and plenty of trains goes there).
Generally – black dancing in Italy very easy (more Easy than in maybe all European countries). Classic hitchiking is very difficult in Italy but PeterOB think that Spain is worse. There are no places for stay on the road in North Italy, 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 hitchike in fuel station, 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. In Sicily – hitchikng is still not so easy, but better. And some regions are really easy. Police usually just pass around, sometimes, they check ID, because of immigrants and lot of criminality there. Sometimes – police can send you to bus station.
One more think. Dumpster diving is sometimes easy in Italy and trashes behind supermarket are usually accessible. Trashes behind hotels, pensions or restaurants are good too. Some food is too in small trashes in street. And in summer are markets in center of town and there are many garbage – fruits and vegetables at the end of market (in afternoon or evening), because some fruit or vegetable can not be sold next day. Distance to supermarket can be sometimes long. There are public transport – buses, trams in Cities and it is easy to take it for free in big city. Fine is not so high and you will never pay. But in smaller cities are entering only by front door (and you have to buy ticket from driver) in buses. If you ask in some shop, they usually give you some leftovers too, but it is not so easy in big supermarket.
There is long journey from North to south , from Bolzano to Palermo (Stops with AV trains - Treno Alta Velocita). You usually change train at Roma or Napoli. There is ferry for trains to Sicily. Let’s explore stops for long journey dance floors (Not Treno Regionalle). Long journey trains (AV, IC, EC) goes usually once a 15 minutes - 4 hours (depends, where you are) and there are some night trains.
Stops with Treno Alta Velocita between Bolzano-Roma(Napoli) are: Bolzano/Bozen, Trento, Rovereto, Verona Porta Nuova, Bologna Centrale, Firenze S,M.N. (sometimes Firenze Campo di Marte), (simetimes Arrezo), Roma Tiburtina, Roma Termini, Napoli Centrale (CLE) . Second Variant Bolzano/Bozen, Ora/Auer, Mezzocorona, Trento, Rovereto, Verona Porta Nuova, Orvieto , Roma Tiburtina, Roma Termini .
As you can see, AV trains are without stop between Napoli and Roma and the stops are not always the same for all long journey (and quite fast) trains. AV trains goes between Napoli and Roma every 15-60 minutes usually during day and it is about 70 minutes between Roma and Napoli with 290-300 kph in big part of journey.
Stops from Roma-Napoli to Palermo (IC train) are: Roma Termini , Latina , Formia , Aversa, Napoli Centrale , Salerno , Sapri, Paola, Lamezia Terme Centrale , Villa S.Giovanni –----- Crossing Sea –---- branch to west Messina Centrale, Milazzo, Barcellona-Castroreale, Capo d'Orlando-Naso , S.Agata di Militello , Cefalu, Termini Imerese, Palermo Centrale , Branch to South - Messina Centrale, Taormina-Giardini, Giarre-Riposto, Acireale, Catania Centrale, Lentini, Augusta, Siracusa .
Some IC or ICN trains have more stops between Salerno and Villa S. Giovanni . And there are AV trains to Villa S. Giovanni too, but with more stops and it runs so often. IC trains goes not so often between Salerno and Villa S. Giovanni. ICN trains are better, some has no stop between Villa S. Giovanni and Salerno or even no stop between Villa S. Giovanni and Formia. Stops in Sicily are always the same, in Messina train split to two branches (first to west – Palermo and second to south – Siracusa and Catania (Etna)).
Villa S.Giovanni is point, where train goes to Ferry, in is about 3 km by ferry to Messina in Sicily only and it can be not so expensive. But train goes on a ferry and you travel for free. There are conductor changes after ferry and trains in Messina split to direction Siracusa (south-east Sicily) and Palermo (west Sicily). If you catch train from-to Sicily, there is no ticket checking during crossing sea, but police often checks ID (migrants, criminality, drugs), and sometimes dogs are searching drugs in train - mostly direction from Sicily. There is really lot and hard ID checking on way from-to Sicily and searching for drugs smuggling too .
Stops with EC from Geneve: Geneve, Lausanne, Montreux, Sion, Brig, Domodossola, Gallarate, Milano Centrale, Brescia, Peschiera del Garda, Verona Porta Nuova, Vicenza, Padova, Venezia Mestre, Venezia Santa Lucia
FB or AV trains from Milano only stops: Milano Centrale, Brescia , Desenzano del G./S., Verona Porta Nuova, Vicenza, Padova, Venezia Mestre, Venezia Santa Lucia
FB or AV trains from Torino stops: Torino Porta Nuova, Torino Porta Susa, Vercelli, Novara, Milano Centrale, Brescia, Peschiera del Garda, Verona Porta Nuova, Vicenza, Padova, Venezia Mestre, Venezia Santa Lucia .
EC 59 through Switzerland (Basel – Bern – Milano), stops are: Basel SBB, Olten, Bern, Thun, Spiez, Visp , Brig, Domodossola, Gallarate, Milano Centrale .
Trains from Germany (Munchen) to Austria and Italy and stops:
EC 89 DB-ÖBB EuroCity
München Hbf 13:37, München Ost 13:44-13:46 GO, Rosenheim 14:14-14:16, Kufstein 14:39-14:41, Wörgl Hbf 14:49-14:51, Jenbach 15:04-15:06, Innsbruck Hbf 15:23-15:27, Brennero/Brenner 16:02-16:14, Fortezza/Franzensfeste 16:44-16:46, Bressanone/Brixen 16:55-16:56, Bolzano/Bozen 17:27-17:31, Trento 18:02-18:04, Rovereto 18:17-18:19, Verona Porta Nuova 18:58 . (GO – only exit, no tickets for entering, BO – only for boarding, but GO and BO are not interesting of free travelling, you can get in or out anywhere).
EC between Munchen and Verona in both directions goes once a two hours always with the same stops in both directions. There is a lot of police checking in direction to Germany . Police goes in train before Bolzano and after Bolzano, Brennero too and they check all places (Toilets, under seats, etc.). A lot of coops are in Bolzano and Brennero station, on the platform, and they are on platform even for regional trains to Brennero. It is because of immigrants – they check only dark and black persons, many immigrants still try to get in Austria or Germany by train and they are in Brennero or Bolzano station, they are looking in toilet or under seat too. But police do not check tickets.
CNL 40485 Apus München Hbf 21:08, Rosenheim 21:43-21:45 BO, Kufstein 22:07 BO, Wörgl Hbf 22:15-22:17 BO, Jenbach 22:32-22:33 BO, Innsbruck Hbf 22:58-23:05 BO, Brennero/Brenner 23:42-0:02 GO or BO Impossible ???, Bressanone/Brixen 0:38-0:40, Bolzano/Bozen 1:07-1:09, Trento 1:41-1:43, Verona Porta Nuova 2:37-7:15 GO, Peschiera del Garda 7:30-7:32 GO, Desenzano del G./S. 7:41-7:43 GO, Brescia 8:01-8:03 GO, Rovato 8:17-8:29 GO or BO Impossible ???, Milano Centrale 9:12
Another branch goes from Verona to Rome. Train goes from München Hbf and train splits in Verona to two branches. Branch to Rome - CNL 485 Lupus : Verona Porta Nuova, Bologna Centrale 4:20-5:08 GO, Firenze S.M.N. 6:07-6:25 GO, Arezzo 7:03-7:05 GO, Chiusi-Chianciano Terme 7:34-7:36 jGO, Orvieto 8:00-8:02 GO, Roma Termini 9:22)
CNL 40463 Pictor München Hbf 23:36, München Ost 23:44-23:46 BO, Salzburg Hbf 1:19-1:34 GO or BO Impossible ???, Schwarzach-St. Veit 2:23-2:26 GO or BO Impossible ???, Spittal-Millstättersee 3:26-3:27 GO or BO Impossible ???, Villach Hbf 3:51-4:45 GO or BO Impossible ???, Tarvisio Centrale 5:04 GO or BO Impossible ???, Tarvisio Boscoverde 5:08-5:18 GO, Udine 6:23-6:25 GO, Pordenone 6:58-7:00 GO, Conegliano 7:22-7:24 GO, Treviso Centrale 7:46-7:48 GO, Venezia Mestre 8:12-8:14 GO, Venezia Santa Lucia 8:24
As you can see CNL 40485 Apus and CNL 40463 Pictor , there are some stops, where you can not get in or get off. But it is only for booking tickets. If you travel for free, you can get in or of anywhere. It is quite strange, but probably because of immigrants and police control. There are probably coops between Italy and Germany in trains and a lot of controls.
There are long-journey EC trains between Germany-Austria-Italy, belongs to DB-ÖBB dancing company . These trains starts in Italy at Verona, or Bolonga or Venezia. EC train between Munchen hbf and Verona goes once a 2 hours with the same stops, some EC trains goes from-to Bolonga or Venezia. Stops are:
Bologna Centrale, Verona Porta Nuova, Rovereto, Trento, Bolzano/Bozen, Bressanone/Brixen, Fortezza/Franzensfeste, Brennero/Brenner, Innsbruck Hbf, Jenbach, Wörgl Hbf, Kufstein, Rosenheim, München Ost, München Hbf
Or some trains does not go from Bolonga, but from Venezia, or from Verona only. Stops from Venezia:
Venezia Santa Lucia, Venezia Mestre, Padova, Vicenza, Verona Porta Nuova, Rovereto, Trento, Bolzano/Bozen, Bressanone/Brixen, Fortezza/Franzensfeste, Brennero/Brenner, Innsbruck Hbf, Jenbach, Wörgl Hbf, Kufstein, Rosenheim, München Ost, München Hbf
There are a lot of border checking between Italy-Austria-Germany in direction to Germany, because of Immigrants. And there are a lot of coops in train and on platforms.
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. But ticket checking is not so often, just after bigger cities. You can use short distant ticket trick (not in local train L) or you can try WC method or something else. If you will be captured, you can be kicked out of the train or you can get fine NOK 1150 (about Eur 130), it is reduced to NOK 950 (about Eur 105), if you pay directly. But it is true, that you do not have to pay if you do not live and work in Noway. But there are not so many people in train and conductor can check whole train in one or two stops. Time between stops is usually 10-30 min and 10-50 km (bigger distance in north). If you are kicked out, then many stations can be without waiting room especially in north or in some small stop, many stops are request only (north from Oslo and Trondheim, around Roros, Tynset). There are 3 trains a day and one night train (with not all stops) between Oslo and Trondheim. But there are more trains with shorter journey and more stops. You can wait 2-6 hours or whole night for next train and some stations are without waiting room. Winter temperature in this region, it is various. Temperature is usually from +5 to -15 with west wind and a lot of rain and snow. Bout some stations are further from sea, even in mountains and temperature can drop to -20 or even to -30. It can cause death during exam in case that you fail and waiting room is not in your station (and waiting rooms can be close during night).
Fist type is Orange doors - local dance floor L (you can find this type of train by letter L in station departures table and if you look to idos.cz , this type of dance floor is market like R, and you can see at 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 (You can buy ticket in train in blue door area, for example if control is coming – it is good idea to sit in orange part, but close to blue part. Or you can sit in first wagon and you will see ticket inspectors in platform (group of people with uniforms), when train is arriving). Conductor is most of time in blue 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, maybe once a 15-30 rides, few ticket inspectors 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. But you can get penalty from them – they are there for giving fines. 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 1150 (About Eur 130), but it is pretty rare to get penalty from Ministry of transport (Ministry of Norwegian dancing).
The same penalty NOK 1150 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 during boarding or during ride. 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. There are buses in another side of fjord than Oslo and in Oslo outer zones. In direction from Oslo usually nobody checks tickets but in direction to Oslo from outside – there is no ticket shop and you have to go around driver and show or buy tickets. You can try to tell that you have Euro only or ticket in phone and empty battery.
Around Oslo - a lot of local orange dance floors go, usually every 1 hour (sometimes once a 2 hour, but somewhere once a 20 minutes) 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 about 70-110 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. Toilet is not easily visible, it is usually in middle of dance floor.
Next type is R dance floor (Regional ?, R at departure board, REG at idos.cz) R dance floors don't have orange or blue door but there is normal ticket inspection like in Sweden. Some R trains are with orange door everywhere, but it does not mean anything. R-trains are quite crowded close to Oslo, between Oslo and Hamar, close to Trondheim. Conductor usually check tickets after big town and not so often during a trip after. Many stops can be request only. But if not so many people come into train, there is long journey without ticket checking. And you can try just sleep, read a book, like you were already checked (it does not work at first checking). Conductor almost don't care who is new. Distance between stops is about 10-20 (50+) km and interval to next train about 2-12 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 at idos.cz all stops. Trains around Oslo are quite crowded, and there is quite lot of people around bigger town. There are small R trains too, with few passengers only and many stops by request. Conductor almost do not check tickets during a trip, only at begin or after bigger town. On the other side, it is easy to find, who is new between few passengers. Conductor just walk through train often and if there is checking of all passengers, they say in Norwegian Biljet Kontrol in train speaker, with some talking around. You can try to stay on the WC during checking, conductor usually do not checks toilets (You can leave door unlocked and sit like during shitting). 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 5 km). There are no cheaper tickets “Mini Pris” for shorter distances. Mini Pris tickets are for distances like 100+ km at nsb.no and it cost more than 200 NOK always (around Eur 25). But you can find ticket for 300-500 km long journey with MiniPris 250-300 NOK (30-40 Eur). Standard price for 300-500 km can be 600-900 NOK (around 70-100 Eur).
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 (L without checking, R at www.idos.cz) with orange door and it is 5 stops by regional train (R at departure table, REG at www.idos.cz) from Moss to Halden (last stop in Norway) and 3 more stops to Goteborg. There are regional 4 trains a day from Oslo to Goteborg wit not so many passengers inside (Ticket inspection can be just after Oslo resp. Goteborg, maybe after Halden and Moss), from Oslo 7:01,13:01,15:28. It is 10 stops, journey from Oslo to Goteborg has duration 3:40 – 4:00 hours. Back from Goteborg to Oslo trains go: 4:35,6:55,13:00,17:55, journey has duration 3:47-3:57 hours. This train is probably mostly for SE-NO or NO-SE ride, because stops in first country are only for boarding and stops in second country are only for getting off.
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. F-train goes from-to Oslo Airport and Oslo central station. Ticket cost NOK 90 (about Eur 10) and PeterOB does not know anything about ticket control in F-train.
Swedish high-speed dance floor SJ Snabbstaag' between Stockholm and Oslo, stops are (Oslo - Kongsvinger (NO) - Arvika (SE) - Karlstad (SE) - Kristinehamn - Degerfors - Hallsberg - (Katrineholm) - (Södertälje Syd) - Stockholm) Only few SJ Snabbtaags stops in Katrineholm or 'Södertälje Syd' It is 8 stops (for one trains 9 or 10 stops). There was high-speed dance floor without stop between Stockgolm and Karlstad (3 hours between these stops), but not anymore (4 stops total) Concrete schedule changes quite lot every day-week. One train goes in Morning (early, except Saturday), one in late morning and 1-3 trains in afternoon. You can find concrete dance floor at idos.cz Generally, number of High-Speed dance floors between Oslo and Stockholm goes 4-5x in Friday, 2x in Saturday, 3x in other days in each direction There is sometimes identity checking on platform in Oslo after leaving train from Sweden because of immigrants. 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 Snabbstaag - blue dancers stayed in Bistro area and they was drinking coffee. But sometimes, they check between Oslo and Arvika, especially in train from Oslo. 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. It can be difficult to get from Arvika, because next SJ Snabbstaag can get echo and local Swedish dance floors between Karlstad - Arvika - Konsvinger (NO) have lot of stops (only few trains stops at Lerot, Os, Lene, Bransberg). From Konsvinger to Oslo goes local train L and there are more trains (SJ Snabbstaag and regional with more stops) and you can hide between many passengers or in tolilet.
Norway is very long country with very low population density in the north Distance to next village can be 50-100+ km, and there are not so many people in north villages. Not so many cars go to north and you can wait long time on the road. If you go to North, there are 24 hours light in June and many mosquitoes and rain in Summer, temperature about 5-15degrees. But in winter is more difficult – only pretty short days and various weather. Landscape close to ocean has a lot of wind and snow with not so deep frost, but sometimes, especially in some mountain parts temperature can be bellow -30 (Region Roros – Tynset – Koppang – Rena – Elverum is famous for temperatures bellow -20 or even bellow -30 (it can be -35 in Tynset or Roros). It is valley, where cold heavy air from Sweden flows). Everyone want to take train instead of standing on the road in strong frost, BUT only around Oslo, Trondheim or another big city, local trains goes often and many trains are without ticket checking. Journey to North is difficult, even through Roros – Tynset - Elverum mountains area (Death during exam is possible in winter time, in case that you fail, of course, seriously).
If you want to go more and more north, it is not easy. Remember that you can check all stops during journey and time-table for all European countries (not in East Europe) at www.idos.cz. Select „Vlaky“ - trains. It help a lot for planing journey. If you select „Pouze přímá spojení“ - it means no train change during journey between two stations. It will choose only direct trains from A to B. Idos.cz works for trains like this in Europe, not for buses (for buses only in Czech Republic and Slovakia and some buses in Europe, usually long journey buses).
You can look on nature and landscape pretty easily now before you will go to train – by cabwiev on youtube. The rail road from Trondheim to Bodoe is here (just put the code into Youtube URL) – Spring ( tnsQ8DjD6YE ), Summer ( TY1sbKvjNcY ), Fall ( 0Tpq2mLtXDc ), Winter ( 9pVWfzsgLoQ ). More CabViews - Nordlandsbahn 1920x1080 h264 ( 831Drz4YQdQ ), BergensBanen ( z7VYVjR_nwE ), from Oslo to AAl ( 7o7ecadHJmU ). From Halden to Oslo, Goteborg-Oslo rail-road (Nu8z33KYPAA), Bergen-Oslo (xisVS_DKpJg), Nordic Dancing from Sweden – between Kiruna and Narwik (r7XJo6qzyCE), in winter in north Sweden (39RB_IGEA2k) and (_QftmL-KDVs) and (dvxe9U8otTo) and (qr4Ghzcs0g8). And more. Whole URL is youtube.com/watch?v= CODE
From Oslo to Trondheim goes R dance floor (REG at idos.cz) with fewest stops (much more R-trains with more stops and a lot of passengers goes between Oslo and Lillehamar). Train from Oslo to Trondheim goes at 8:02,14:02.16:02,22:46. It is 16 stops and duration is 6:29-6:47 hours. But the night train has 18 stops and stops Hunderfossen ,Kongsvoll are only by request at night. Night train wait long time in some stops and journey takes 8:08 (22:46-6:54). There are beds inside night train. You need only for night train seat reservation. For blackriding – day trains are probably more easily, because there are more passengers, no seat reservation and beds (You can try to hide one or two more person together into sleeping bag or under blanket and 2 or 3 persons can go on one-person ticket). You have more possibilities to hide, but night train should be difficult. Back from Trondheim to Oslo trains go 8:23, 13:28, 15:30 and night train 23:30. Day trains have 16 stops and duration is 6:34 to 6:40. Night train has 18 stops, seat reservation obligatory, long standing on some stops. Duration is 7:30 (23:20-6:50).
If you want to go more north, to Bodoe, from Oslo-Trondheim, you always have to change dance floor in Trondheim. Lets search for dance floors from Trondheim to Bodoe. Blue-Black Dancing here can be pretty difficult. You have only one train during day and one train at night. Daily dance floor R or IC (REG 471 at idos.cz) goes from Trondheim S 7:38 and arrives to Bodoe 17:28, so it takes 9:50, almost 10 hours. It is 26 stops and 11 stops are with request only. There are high probability for changing conductors during journey. But conductor all check tickets probably after Trondheim resp. Bodoe and probably not or just few times between, but you can try just pretend sleep, conductor do not remember after long time and he does not care so much, who is new.
This is most north Norwegian dancing line by NSB, and it goes through Arctic Circle (66.55 degrees or 66 degrees 33 minutes) Arctic circle is between Mo i Rana and Bodoe, ore exactly between Mo i Rana (66.3905 north) and Loensdal (66.7432 north), northest stations Valnesfjord (67.2995), Tverlandet (67.3019), Moerkved (67.2838), Bodoe (67.2864), northest point of track loks to be by fjord coast (67.3305 north, 15.1567 east). This is onle of four nancing lines in EU-Shenghen, that's goes through Arctic circle. Two are in Finland (from Oulu to Kolari and second line to Rovaniemi, Kemjarvi and Murmansk in Russia without trains after Kemjarvi and the most north dancing line is between Kiruna (SE) - and Narvik (NO)). But there is not so much cold around Bodoe and Mo i Rana, because of Atlantic ocean. Temperature is here in winter around zero, sometimes -10, sometimes even 5-10, only rarely temperature drop to -20, but here is lot of wind, rain and, snow, lot of clods and Aurora is not so good visible. Summer is with lot of rain, temperature 10-15 degrees and never-ended light.
Stops are: (Trondheim S 7:38 ,Vaernes 8:10-8:11 ,Stjoerdal 8:16-8:17 ,Levanger 9:06-9:07 ,Verdal 9:18-9:19 ,Steinkjer 9:44-9:46 ,Joerstad 10:16-10:17 R ,Snaasa 10:23-10:24 ,Grong 10:50-10:53 ,Harran 11:04-11:05 R ,Lassemoen 11:17-11:18 R ,Namsskogan 11:41-11:42 R ,Majvatn 12:03-12:04 R ,Trofors 12:36-12:37 ,Mosjoeen 13:06-13:09 ,Drevvatn 13:34-13:35 R ,Bjerka 13:55-13:56 ,Mo i Rana 14:17-14:20 ,Loensdal 15:39-15:40 R ,Roekland 16:00-16:01 R ,Rognan 16:14-16:15 ,Fauske 16:37-16:46 ,Valnesfjord 16:53-16:54 R ,Tverlandet 17:10-17:11 R ,Moerkved 17:17-17:18 R ,Bodoe 17:28) R means request stop. Daily train has a lot of stops and regular checking is probably not so often, probably not so many passengers. You can try to hide between passengers or in toilet. You do not need reservation for daily train.
Night train goes 23:40 from Trondheim S to Bodoe 9:15. Type of train is IC or R-Regional (REG 475 at idos.cz). It is 20 stops and 8 stops are request only. Journey takes 9:35. Train stops only for 1-4 minutes at station. There are beds inside and seat reservation obligatory.
Stops are: (Trondheim S 23:40 ,Vaernes 0:05-0:06 ,Stjoerdal 0:10-0:11 ,Levanger 0:50-0:51 ,Verdal 1:03-1:04 ,Steinkjer 1:27-1:29 ,Snaasa 2:06-2:07 R ,Grong 2:37-2:40 ,Namsskogan 3:27-3:28 R ,Trofors 4:24-4:25 ,Mosjoeen 4:54-4:58 ,Bjerka 5:42-5:43 R ,Mo i Rana 6:05-6:08 ,Loensdal 7:26-7:27 R ,Roekland 7:47-7:48 R ,Rognan 8:01-8:02 ,Fauske 8:25-8:30 ,Valnesfjord 8:37-8:38 R ,Tverlandet 8:56-8:57 R ,Moerkved 9:03-9:04 R ,Bodoe 9:15)
Back from Bodoe to Trondheim – situation is the same. One daily train REG 472 and one night train REG 476 only (IC or R at departure board and REG at www.idos.cz). The daily dance floor goes from Bodoe 12:27 to Trondheim S 22:05. Duration is 9:38. It is 26 stops with 11 request stops. There are probably not so many people in train and there is probability of conductor changing during journey.
Stops are: (Bodoe 12:27 , Moerkved 12:32-12:33 R, TVERLANDET 12:40-12:41 R, Valnesfjord 12:56-12:57 R, Fauske 13:08-13:11 , Rognan 13:31-13:32 , Roekland 13:39-13:40 R, Loensdal 14:06-14:07 R, Dunderland 14:48-14:56 , Mo i Rana 15:28-15:31 , Bjerka 15:51-15:52 , Drevvatn 16:11-16:12 R, Mosjoeen 16:38-16:41 , Trofors 17:11-17:12 , Majvatn 17:45-17:46 R, Namsskogan 18:07-18:08 R, Lassemoen 18:31-18:32 R, Harran 18:43-18:44 R, Grong 18:58-19:07 , Snaasa 19:33-19:34 , Joerstad 19:37-19:38 R, Steinkjer 20:13-20:16 , Verdal 20:37-20:38 , Levanger 20:53-20:54 , Stjoerdal 21:32-21:33 , Vaernes 21:34-21:35 , Trondheim S 22:05) R means request stop.
Night train from Bodoe to Trondheim – situation is the same. There are beds and seat reservation obligatory, probably not so many passengers. You can try to hide in the dark coupe and pretended sleeping, but chance of success is dubious (or more persons inside one sleeping bag or one blanket can go with one ticket). Night train goes from Bodoe 21:10 to Trondheim S 7:47. It is REG 476 at idos.cz. Duration is 10:30 and it is 20 stops, 8 request stops include. Train wait at stops from 1 to 13 minutes.
Stops are: (Bodoe 21:10 , Moerkved 21:15-21:16 R, TVERLANDET 21:23-21:24 R, Valnesfjord 21:40-21:41 R, Fauske 21:54-21:58 , Rognan 22:18-22:19 , Roekland 22:26-22:27 R, Loensdal 22:57-22:58 R, Mo i Rana 0:13-0:20 , Bjerka 0:40-0:41 R, Mosjoeen 1:30-1:40 , Trofors 2:09-2:10 , Namsskogan 3:15-3:28 , Grong 4:23-4:26 , Snaasa 4:53-4:54 R, Steinkjer 5:37-5:40 , Verdal 6:02-6:03 , Levanger 6:14-6:15 , Stjoerdal 7:04-7:05 , Vaernes 7:06-7:07 , Trondheim S 7:47) R is request stop.
Around Roros - Tynset - Koppang. There are just small trains with one conductor and one WC, not so many passengers. One journey is Hamar-Elverum-Rena-Koppeng-Tynset-Tolga-Os-Roros Highlands starts after Rena and there is tack in valley from Koppang to Roros. Many stops are request only and not so many people in train are between Koppang and Roros. There is a lot of snow during winter (30-100 cm) and the cold heavy Arctic air is flowing from Swedenin this valley . Temperature sometimes drops bellow -20C often, sometimes bellow -30C (In extreme case daily maximum can be bellow -25C and minimum bellow -35C), Tynset is coldest place. There are six trains per day in one direction. Most of stops are with waiting room but waiting rooms are closed at night. Last train from Roros to Hamar goes around 4pm. It is possible to be kicked out there or even next train can get echo and you can be alone in station. Situation on track Roros-Trondheim is worse. Almost all stops are request only and there is a lot of stops. Some stops can be without waiting room too. There are three trains per day in one direction between Trondheim and Roros. Tynset-Roros Area has coldest winter days in Norway and death during exam is possible there in case that you fail.
There is no dancing line further north from Bodoe in Norway , Bodoe is the most north town or stop, where you can get by train through Norway by NSB – Norwegian dancing company (and it can be difficult and dangerous in winter). There is one railway from Trondheim to Storlien (Border SE-NO) and Ljusdal (and rail-road continue to Gavle and Stockholm or to Sundsvall). It is pretty long with many stops, not so many passengers and almost no cars between Norway and Sweden there. There is another railway in Sweden from Stockholm to Gavle, Sundsvall, far to north (Umeaa, Boden, Kiruna - SE, Narvik – NO).
Buses and cars continue from Bodoe to Narvik, Tromso, Hammerfest, NordCapp You can try buses – in Sweden is often only possibility pay by card or phone, no by cash, but in Norway is possible to buy ticket by cash. So you can try to say, that you have Euro only. Drivers might let you take bus for free. But it is question, how it works in long distance buses. You can try too quickly show phone, where is something like fake ticket on display (they do not check it so hard) or you can try to snick inside back door. But of course, population density is pretty low and distance between towns can be more than 100 km. There are not so often buses going, and not so many cars for hitchhiking. You can wait many and many hours on the road. Because of ocean, winter temperature is usually between +5 and -20, but with strong wind and rain, snow often. And sometimes, temperature drop bellow -30 during arctic wave. There is pretty short daylight and no Sun during December, and non-stop light in June. Some truck with food goes from south to north of Scandinavia and you can catch some truck too.
There is ship line around fjords (Bodoe – Lofoten – Narvik – Tromso Alta – Hammerfest (close to Nord Cap) – Vardoe – Kirkenes (East Finmark, close to Russian border)). But ship could be quite expensive, especially cabins. Ticket just for walkers can be cheaper, but it cost still quite a lot. Maybe, you can hitchhike a car and hide inside car. And Short Distance Ticket Trick (like in train) should work. You can try to buy ticket only for short distance, and continue further. There are usually restaurants, buffets and bars inside ships. And people leave leftovers on tables or in some special places. You can usually eat quite lot of leftovers – bread, salates, main dishes, starters etc. PeterOB ate lot of leftovers on ferry in Baltic Sea.
Food is quite expensive in Norway and more and more expensive in the North, especially in Svalbard. Some shops have trashes accessible, but many shops lock it. Situation with trashes is bad in south, quite good in north or in cold areas Roros-Tynset (not so many dumpster divers there) or in smaller tovns. And the shops throw away a lot of food. It might be not so easy to find good shop for dumpster diving, if you do not know terrain before. More and more trashes are locked especially in south of Norway or Sweden – shitty supermarkets. Good trashes behind Coop and other supermarkets are in coldest winter area – Roros, Tynset.
You can go by train in Sweden, it is log journey Stockholm – Gavle – Ljusdal – Ostresund – Duved – Aare – Storlien(Border SE-NO) ,Storlien is on the border Sweden-Norway, it is relative close to Trondheim. It is pretty easy to get to Gavle by train, but from Gavle to Duved is not so easy – only 4 trains a day in one direction, with a lot of stops (around 15-18). It can be very difficult too. There are not so many passengers and some stops are without waiting room. And winter temperature can drop to -30C. Death during exam is possible here.
There are R dance floors from Storlien to Trondheim and Heimdal (REG at ww.idos.cz), but only two trains a day by NSB dancing company. From Storlien (Border SE-NO) trains go 9:40 – 11:09 (REG 382) and 18:40-20:12 (REG 384), it is 8 stops to Trondheim and 3 more stops to Heimdal . Many stops are for request only. But conductor probably does not check tickets so often, maybe just after bigger town, if anytime. Duration is 1:28-1:31 from Storlien to Trondheim resp. From Storlien to Heimdal 9:40-11:24 resp. 18:40-20:29. Duration is 1:44 rep. 1:49.
Heimdal – Trondheim - Storlien(Border SE-NO) trains go REG 381 Heimdal 7:30 – Trondheim S 7:48-7:50 - Storlien(Gr) 9:25 resp. REG 383 - Melhus Skysstasjon 16:17 – Heimdal 16:26-16:29 - Trondheim S 16:46-16:50-Storlien(Gr) 18:25
Complete station list: (Melhus Skysstasjon 16:17 , Heimdal 16:26-16:29 , Marienborg 16:35-16:36 R , Skansen 16:40-16:41 R , Trondheim S 16:46-16:50 , Vikhammer 17:01-17:02 R , Hommelvik 17:11-17:12 R , Hell 17:18-17:20 , Hegra 17:26-17:27 R , Gudaa 17:49-17:50 R , Meraaker 17:58-17:59 R , Kopperaa 18:06-18:07 R , Storlien(Border NO-SE) 18:25) R means Request stop. Both trains (morning and afternoon) and both directions have the same stops.
There are a lot of R and R trains between Heimdal and Trondheim, even L trains without checking (once a hour during night and once 5-30 min during day) whole day and night. Some trains are local (L at departure table, R at www.idos.cz) with orange doors area and no ticket checking. Orange trains (L at departure info and R at www.idos.cz) goes pretty often here, with a lot of stops and some stops are request only. Local orange trains go from Steinkjer – 9 stops to Aasen(N) - 11 stops to Trondheim S, 3 stops to Heimdal and 1 more stop to Melhus Skysstasjon. Or it can be from Heimdal 4 stops to Lundamo. But at night local orange trains do not go, only regional trains once a hour (R at departure table and REG at www.idos.cz). But it is pretty easy to dance during day by local trains L (R at www.idos.cz) Steinkjer - Aasen(N) – Trondheim S - Heimdal - Melhus Skysstasjon - Lundamo. And conductors probably not so much checks tickets at night.
By NSB dancing company (almost only this company is in Norway) and rail-roads in Norway – Bodoe is northest point with rail-road. BUT there is long dancing journey in Sweden: Stockholm – Gavle – Sundswall – Umea – Boden (Luleaa) – Kiruna – Narvik There are a lot of trains and 3 or 4 stops from Stockholm to Gavle. It is prety eassy to get there. From Gavle to Sundsvall is 3 stops by high-sped dance floor SJ Snabbstaag, or long journey dance floor SJ Nattaaget or Arctic cirle train. From Sundwall to Umea is 4 more stops with SJ AB and many stops with local trains. And many stops can be without waiting room (stops for local trains, stops with long-journey trains should be with waiting room) and winter temperature can be -35. Only few trains a day (2-3) continues to Boden(Luleaa) and more North-West to Kiruna. Distance between stops can be 20-100 km and it takes quite long time to next stop. There are local trains too, with a lot of stops and not so many passengers. Some stops can be without waiting room and winter temperature is usually from +5C to -20C but sometimes temperature drop to -40C. And you can wait many hours for train. The area between Kiruna and Narvik is with mountains, it is very beautiful area, but with a lot of snow, grass, wetland and mosquitoes. Winter temperature here is from +5C to -25C normally, but sometimes -40C. There are only 2 trains per day in one direction and only one train per day in one direction in some stops. There are not so many passengers and there are small villages only. But conductor probably does not check ticket almost there and you can pretend sleeping.
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 (and waiting room can be closed during night). 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 can be without waiting room). But there is railway from Oslo to Trondheim and from Trondheim Bodoe (Bodoe is before Arctic circle, it is quite close to Arctic crcle) and there is NO train to 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 a lot of mosquitoes during summer, but mosquitoes do not bring any diseases).
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.