Central Station, Stockholm
In October 2013 I left Stockholm by train to Uppsala and returned on the same route. During the day the two cities are connected by at least one train per hour; at peak times even more.
The trip took 38 minutes and a single ticket cost 108 SEK at the train station (SJ counter) or 84 SEK if bought online.
I also used a suburban train from Stockholm's Central Train Station to get to Solna, which is home to the Swedish national stadium "Friends Arena". Solna is located in the limits of the SL local transport network, therefore local public transport tickets can be used on these trains.
The Central Train Station can be found just next to Stockholm's bus station called City Terminalen. Both stations are situated in the district of Norrmalm in the heart of Stockholm's city centre.
The main travel connection point in Stockholm is Centralen (the Central Station). From here you can access:
* All commuter trains (SL)
* All subway lines (SL)
* The Arlanda Express trains (A-Train)
* Busses to Arlanda (Flygbussarna)
* The long distance trains (SJ, Linx, Connex)
* The long distance busses (at Cityterminalen)
* Many local busses (SL)
At Centralen you can also exchange money at the Forex office, find a post office, train ticket sales and an internet café.
Central station is located in the very center of Stockholm, and is connected to the main subway junction called "T-Centralen", making it easy to arrive or depart by train and also connect to the subway line. The train to and from the airport also leaves from here, as do the buses to and from the airport.
It is important to know that the counters to buy domestic tickets are only open from 7:30 AM - 8 PM weekdays, 8:30 AM - 6 PM on Saturdays, and from 9 AM - 7 PM on Sundays.
For international tickets, you have to buy them during the week from 10 AM - 6 PM. If you don't get your tickets in advance, you can buy them on the train, but it is more expensive.
For information about trains schedules and fares, go to www.sj.se
Stockholm Central Station (Swedish: Stockholms centralstation, Stockholm C) is the largest railway station in Sweden. The station is situated in the district of Norrmalm at Vasagatan. The station was opened July 18, 1871. Today the station is not only the largest station in Sweden, but also the largest travel centre in the Nordic region with over 250,000 visitors daily.
Central Station is located in the city centre and is the main train station for the city. As well as being the terminus for trains from all over Sweden, its also terminus for the Arlanda Express from Arlanda airport, the largest of those serving the city.
Across the street [can be reached without going outside] is the City Terminalen, the bus terminal. We arrived here by coach from Skavsta airport. T-Centralen is the adjoining Tunnelbana station [through which all three lines pass] and some of the local buses have stops on the surrounding streets.
The central station is as central as can be (well, I guess that holds true for most central stations...). It has both train station, bus terminal and tunnelbana (underground station with all three metro lines) in one place.
Plus you can change money here and store your luggage in lockers.
This was the one place that we went to one way or the other on each one of our four days in Stockholm!
I'll be compiling here a list of services available at Stockholm's central station, as I see how frequent the questions come up in the forums. The information here is accurate as of the time of writing and can change at any given moment.
Lockers: there's a locker service on the upper floor (on the way to platforms 1 to 10), some are almost in front of Burger King, the others are in a hallway next to a flight of stairs that will take you to the commuter train, some of the SJ platforms and the subway.
The lockers cost 40 SEK for a small locker and 50 SEK for a big one. I haven't used them, but the big ones don't seem to me as the kind that will fit a large suitcase, more like a typical carry-on bag but I haven't seen how deep they are.
The lockers can be paid with coins only (5 and 10 SEK denominations) and next to the ones on the hallway, there's a change machine called "VÄXLARE".
Money exchange: there's 2 services: X-change and another one (whose name I can't remember at the moment), and they're both on the upper floor, by the main entrance/exit.
Toilet/shower service: there's a service on the upper floor, on a hallway next to a flight of stairs. Last time I used the toilet service it cost 5 SEK, and I think they have a shower service for 20 SEK.
The Centralstationen is both the central point where the subways meet, and the central point where all trains meet.
From here there are direct trains to everywhere in Sweden. Main routes include, Sundsvall, Uppsala,Göteborg, Malmö.
Direct trains to Oslo depart several times a day, connections to Kopenhagen are possible as well.
There are 3 types of trains in Sweden, the X2000, Intercities and Local trains. The Intercities travel long-distance, the X2000 as well but is a fast train with speeds over 200km/h. Seat reservations are needed in the X2000 and possible on the Intercity.
Connections are somewhat limited but Malmö and Göteborg have connections almost every hour and delays are vitually non-existent.
Leave your heavy haversack at the lockers in the central station when you have not checked-in to any accommodation and intend to move around the vicinity.
We left our luggage at the lockers and visited Uppsala by Swebus, which is about an hour ride from Stockholm.
Central Station is really the transportation hub of the entire region. It's pretty much guaranteed that you'll pass through here on you way into and out of Stockholm. Central Station is the main terminus for regional and national train service, and it is also next to the city's main bus station as well. As "T-Centrallen," it's an interchange for several subway routes, and the Arlanda airport express buses and trains come in and out of the station.
The rotunda in the Central Station Concourse works well as a place for a rendezvous in Stockholm: if you are an international spy, and you need a place to "make a drop," this is a good place to do it. The Concourse is a bustling place, lots of people constantly coming and going. Better keep a close eye on your luggage here. There are several public internet stations at Central Station. Unfortunately, management seems to have a hard time keeping the computer terminals working, and getting the right change for the ticket machine can be daunting. But after you've passed on that vital piece of microfilm to your contact, this is a good place to go online and inform your control that you've completed your mission.
Stockholm Central Station staff advise to hire taxis from the 'Vasagaten' rank i.e. in the front of the station, because these taxis are under more Authority restriction than those at the other station entrances. There is also a 'controller' to help visitors obtain the best rate, although he does charge for that. Therefore if the elevator takes you from the platform onto the bridge, which is the case for international trains, go back down into the main concourse and follow the signs for Vasagaten.
The Centralstation is the link to everywhere by rail in Sweden. It's very well organized and attached to the bus central station, which let changes to be done quick and easy. It's very well located, close to the financial district, but close as well to the main commercial streets that lead to the Old Town.
You can buy tickets in machines or in the office. I recommend machines, because there is no queues and most of credit cards are accepted.
If you need internet there are some computers you can use (paying). I've used the luggage lockers as well, and it worked properly. My bag was there when I returned!
Travel by bus in Sweden is inexpensive and hassle-free. There is an excellent network of express services between the larger towns and cities in south and central Sweden, and between Stockholm and towns in the north.
The largest bus operator is Swebus Express, which has 300 destinations throughout the country. Children under 6 travel free, if accompanied by an adult, while young people under 25, students with a valid student card (CSN, SFS or ISIC) and senior citizens have a 30% discount.
There are both trains & buses to the Central Station from the airport. It's about 40 mins by bus & 20 mins by express train.
This is also the station where I took the local train to Uppsala.