SJ (formally SJ AB) is a government-owned passenger train operator in Sweden. SJ was created in 2000, out of the public transport division of Statens Järnvägar, when the former government agency was divided into six separate government-owned limited companies. In 2018 SJ carried 31.8 million passengers.[6]

State-owned enterprise
PredecessorSwedish State Railways
Founded1 January 2001
Area served
Sweden. Also Norway: Ofoten Line to Narvik, Kongsvinger Line to Oslo; and Denmark: Öresund Line to Copenhagen.
Key people
Crister Fritzson (CEO)[1]
Siv Svensson (chairman)[2]
ProductsRail transport
Revenue7.8 billion SEK (2017)[3]
OwnerGovernment of Sweden[4]
Number of employees
approx. 4500 (2017)[5]
SubsidiariesSJ Götalandståg
SJ Norge
SJ Norrlandståg


SJ's operations fall broadly into subsidised and unsubsidised services. The unsubsidised services was until 2011 monopoly and consist mainly of the X 2000 higher speed train network. The subsidised trains are awarded through competitive bids. However, some trains fall in between these categories, since public transit agencies can pay SJ to allow transit pass holders access to SJ's trains.

SJ received a government bailout a few years after its creation, but has since had profit margins of up to ten per cent. All train operators in Sweden pay low track access charges to the track authority, Trafikverket.

Rolling stock

SJ higher speed services (SJ Snabbtåg)

X2 serves for higher speed trains, with a top speed of 200 km/h, and tilts during high speed turns. The trains serve the Stockholm-Gothenburg (Västra Stambanan), Stockholm-Malmö-Copenhagen (Södra Stambanan and Öresund Line), Stockholm-Sundsvall and, seasonally, Stockholm-Strömstad, Stockholm-Oslo and Stockholm-Östersund-(Duved) lines. There are about 40 X2 sets in service. X55 is a newer train introduced in 2012. The interior is mainly modern style, and the train has a top speed of 200 km/h and serves Stockholm-Östersund-(Duved) (Mittbanan-Norra Stambanan)-Stockholm-Uddevalla (Västra Stambanan and Bohusbanan) to advance to Gothenburg for night parking-Stockholm-Sundsvall-Umeå (Ostkustbanan, Botniabanan), Gothenburg-Malmö (Västkustbanan) and Stockholm-Karlstad (Västra Stambanan), Stockholm-Falun/Mora (Dalabanan).

SJ InterCity

InterCity trains are Rc-hauled trains, often many 2nd class cars. Most InterCity trains also have a bistro car.

SJ Regional

SJ Regional services include double-deckers (X40), pull and push trains, X12, X14 and X52 cars. The trains do not serve meals or drinks. The trains do not usually travel distances over 4 hours, except Stockholm-Karlstad on Fridays, Coast to Coast and Stockholm-Gothenburg via Örebro. Not all trains have first class, and these trains are usually used as commuter trains. A normal order in a pull train is AB7-BF7-B7 or B7-BF7-B7 or AB7-B7-BF7-B7. These trains are not usually longer than 4 cars, except Uppsalapendeln (Stockholm-Uppsala) which often has 8 cars and is a push and pull.

Image Type Class In fleet Usage Notes
Electric locomotive SJ Rc6 100 Night-train, Intercity, Regional Mostly painted black, a few in old dark-blue livery.
Electric multiple unit SJ X2 44 Higher-speed (X 2000) Painted grey. To be modernised.
Electric multiple unit SJ X12 7 Regional Refurbished 2012-2014. Painted grey.
Electric multiple unit SJ X40 43 Regional Painted grey.
Electric multiple unit SJ X55 20 Higher-speed (SJ 3000) Used on higher speed lines to northern Sweden, Karlstad and Uddevalla from Stockholm. Painted grey.


SJ Night train

The SJ Night train (Swedish: SJ Nattåg) are Rc locomotive-hauled trains with both sleeper wagons as well as standard wagons. All services except for the Stockholm-Malmö route have a bistro wagon. The night-trains are operated on the following lines:[7]

  • Gothenburg-Duved
  • Gothenburg-Boden-Luleå (PSO)
  • Stockholm-Narvik (PSO)
  • Stockholm-Malmö

SJ InterCity

The InterCity services are Rc-hauled trains with standard-seating carriages in both first and second class. There is always a bistro wagon available in the trainset.[8]

Lines with InterCity service:

  • Luleå-Narvik
  • Stockholm-Falun
  • Stockholm-Gothenburg
  • Stockholm-Karlstad-Oslo
  • Stockholm-Malmö
  • Stockholm-Mora
  • Stockholm-Östersund-Duved

SJ Regional

Regional services chiefly in the area around lake Mälaren. Operated with either Rc-hauled trainsets, X12/X14 or X40 EMUs. Food and drinks are not sold on board. The X40 is equipped with free 4G WiFi in cooperation with TeliaSonera. Both first and second-class are usually offered.[9]

SJ higher speed trains

SJ higher speed trains (Swedish: SJ Snabbtåg) are X2 or X55 trains operating on the main routes in Sweden. The train is equipped with WiFi and has a bistro.[10]

SJ Norge

On 7 June 2020 SJ Norge will commence operating services on the Meråker, Nordland, Rauma and Røros Lines, plus regional services in Trøndelag county under a 10 year contract with the Norwegian Railway Directorate.[11][12]

Identity document required for travel

From September 2009, the train operator SJ requires an identity document from passengers with a pre-paid ticket (which is mandatory on many trains). These have to be a Nordic ID card or any passport.[13] This is due to an effort to stop private trading of train tickets.


See also


  1. "Bolagsstyrning – SJ". Retrieved 4 February 2019.
  2. "Bolagsstyrning – SJ". Retrieved 4 February 2019.
  3. "About SJ". Retrieved 4 February 2019.
  4. "About SJ". Retrieved 4 February 2019.
  5. "About SJ". Retrieved 4 February 2019.
  6. "SJ - Annual and Sustainability Report 2018" (PDF). 2018. p. 4. Retrieved 6 September 2019.
  7. "SJ Night train".
  8. "Our trains – SJ".
  9. "Our trains – SJ".
  10. "Our trains – SJ".
  11. Tendering begins for train services in northern Norway International Railway Journal
  12. SJ wins north Norway operating contract Railway Gazette International 17 June 2019
  13. "General terms and conditions of travel – SJ". Retrieved 4 February 2019.

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