Is there a relatively inexpensive way to travel regional trains from malmo (or copenhagen) to gothenberg and then to Stockholm? How much would the regional trains cost each way if bought at a machine a few hours before?
From Malmo to Goeteborg, there are quite a few trains that are not X2000/SJ Hi-Speed. When using the DB schedule search from Goeteborg to Stockholm, you'd have to select Means of Transport = All without ICE to see the slower regional train options for that route, which should have cheaper tickets for sale at the station. The site doesn't sell Swedish tickets.
If buying tickets through the Swedish railway's site, you'll notice a big difference between fare choices for the fast trains: "Non-rebookable" (cheapest, and often sell out in advance), "Rebookable" (these are the rates shown on our train-fare map above), and "Refundable" (much higher fare, but unrestricted).
Sounds like a good route! You should definitely be able to get between those cities pretty cheaply. Train fares tend to rise in the days leading up to departure so you should try to book ahead if you can. A couple of months in advance will get you the cheapest rate, but If you happen to be young or a senior you can get cheap train tickets online 24 hours before departure.
Otherwise, a really good alternative is to take the bus. There are a couple of companies running cheap and comfortable services between Malmö, Gothenburg and Stockholm – free wifi included!
I actually just wrote a detailed guide to getting to and from Malmö by public transport here, which explains all of the possibilities. There are similar guides for Stockholm and Gothenburg on the same site. And you'll find general tips on getting cheap train and bus fares in Sweden here.
Let me know if you have any questions and enjoy Sweden :)
Yes, i think im going to fly into Copenhagen then on to Stockholm and then to Oslo.. It looks like if booked ahead a few months i should be able to snag some $30-$40 high speed tickets. That would be great!
Great stuff Bryan, enjoy