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Buy the metro pass if you are going to use Tunnelbana.First trip I took on underground line was a mile long,took about 15 minutes to purchase ticket at Ostermalmstorg near my hotel,after that purchased 3 day pass .Found long lines for underground tickets at most stations.Underground is clean with new railcars with signs telling next stop plus voice message for next stop.Very easy to find your way around city using underground.
Transportation and Art
The Stockholm underground is called "Tunnelbana" and the sign to look out for is a T. There are three major lines: red, green and blue, which at some point branch out.
A single ticket costs 20 Skr, but it is also possible to buy a 24 hour pass (60 Skr).
One special station that I would like to bring your attention to is Kungsträdgarden Station, the beginning (or end) of the blue line in the very center of Stockholm. They do have a wonderful art gallery inside with art from the 1950s. Very unusual, but very interesting! I read that other stations as well might have some artwork - so check it out!
Click here for a download of the Stockholm Tunnelbana Plan
Considering the constant modernization & the efficiency of the Subway System, the prices rise up rocket-fast! The prices of the tickets depend on your destination, so you're gonna pay different prices riding the T-bana for two stops, respectively ten. That way of transportation [buying single tickets] can take a lot of your money, since you would spend 40 SEK on a single ride from T-Centralen to Brommaplan!
I would advise taking daily tickets, according to how long you're staying in the city. A 72-hour-ticket is a really good option, since it allows you to take an unlimited number of rides on the subway, buses & trams, as well as boats to Djurg?rden & some other places [operating during summer months only]! The only thing you have to do is validate you magnetic card before entering the Metro system & enjoy the ride... ;)
Metro? Yes, please...
Another fabulous thing about the Stockholm Subway System is Metro. I believe everyone knows that it's a daily newspaper, also present in many other cities, meant to fill the citizen in all the events around them, mostly & usually strongly connected to the city & its life. But what I'm not sure everybody knows it that it originates from Stockholm itself! This free daily newspaper, once being just a Stockholm phenomenon, was first launched in Stockholm in 1995 to become the largest & fastest growing international newspaper in the World! It started to export its contents internationally, so now there are 55 daily editions of Metro available all around the World, from more than 70 cities across Europe to numerous cities across North & South America & Asia! At present it's available in more than 15 languages, including Chinese, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Korean, Portuguese, Polish, Spanish and, naturally, Swedish.
This newspaper has more than one million readers in Sweden, which makes Metro’s readership nearly twice that of the biggest selling newspaper in the country. But that isn't so shocking, since nearly 90 percent of all adults in the nine-million Sweden read at least one newspaper a day, putting it to the top of the worldwide print media consumption statistics! Do I need to say more? ;)
- Arts and Culture
The Stockholm Subway System has a lot more than simply transport to offer. The whole system is turned into a huge exhibition place, with artist from all around created artwork to put up in the metro. Every station is decorated in a different style, from painting to photography, the floor is different, the chairs are unique... It is said that it's the biggest open exhibition in the World, stretching itself through the whole Stockholm Subway System! It's always interesting to look out the window & examine all those drawings & different aspects of art. It just makes you think that there's a lot more that just paint & textile out there...
The Stockholm Subway System
Stockholm's Metro or T-bana is one of the best public transportation systems in the whole World! It has three lines & connects the suburbs as well as the whole city to the city center. The blue line connects Kungsträdgården with Hjulsta & Akalla, the red line connects Fruängen & Norsborg with Ropsten & Mörby centrum & the green line connects Hässelby with Skarpnäck, Farsta & Hagsätra. All the lines cross Centralen at one point & from there you can change to the remaining metro lines or take other means of transportation,
The trains of the same-colored line stop at the same stop, only one coming after the other [e.g. both the train to Akalla & Hjulsta are on the blue line & will both stop at Rådhuset station]. Just check the displays at the stations because they show the following few trains coming, as well as how long you have to wait.
The entrances to the T-bana are marked with a big T & there's always a couple of them all coming down to the same station [e.g. both the entrances from Vasagatan & Sergels Torg will take you to T-Centralen station]. As the matter of fact, it's more important if you're leaving the metro system, since you have to follow the directions to different streets, squares or institutions.
I think the T-bana in Stockholm is easily manageable, since there are displays all around the place as well as in the trains & there is also audio guidance helping you get to your destination ['mot' in Swedish means 'to(wards)' & 'nästa' means 'next']. Use the opportunity to explore the city taking the metro, since it's the fastest & the most comfortable [although not the cheapest] way of transportation in this fairly big city.
Buy a Monthly pass for your more than 4 day trip
Stockholm public transport is absolutely brilliant. One negative point though, if you decide to buy ticket everytime you hop on bus or train, its sickeningly expensive. There is another option of buying coupon strip but still it goes expensive.
So the suggestion is, if you are going to live for more than 4 days in Stockholm and will use public transport lot (like commuter train/pendeltåg, underground/tunnelbana or bus) buy yourself a monthly pass. You can use this pass on all types of transport services. Just before going you can return this pass to SL centre in central station and they deduct SEK 40 for per day you have used it. This saves a LOT of money. Make sure to take your identification with you, like passport for example.
Subway fares in Stockholm.
The price system is a bit complicated. Stockholm in divided into zones. If you cross from one to another, you have to use three coupons. Within one zopne it costs two coupons. 20 coupons like that on the pic costs 145 SEK (may 2005).
Proper underground service
I found the Stockholm Underground to be just fine! Getting around is easy and the trains usually run on time.
When you're not sure about the fares, as we were, you can simply go up to a counter and the clerk will explain the amount due, and then you can walk on.
The Tunnelbana is a great way to travel as it is easily accessible and efficient. Single trips may not be cheap. But it is definitely worthwhile to get a card that allows one to travel around the city unlimited times. We were there for 2 days and places like university campuses (Stockholm Uni, KTH), Sergel Torg, Slussen and Gamla Stan were within reach. There are also some interesting artwork at some stations. Worth taking a look.
- Budget Travel
The Stockholm Card
The Stockholm Card gives you free entry to 75 museums and attractions, free travel by public transport, free sightseeing by boat, free parking as well as several other bonus offers. You decide whether you want a card that is valid for 24, 48 or 72 hours. The card will not be valid until it is stamped with the time and date the first time you use it. Two child cards can be purchased per adult card. The card is valid once per attraction and entitles you to unlimited travel by metro, bus and commuter train.
24 h SEK 260
48 h SEK 390
72 h SEK 540
24 h SEK 100
48 h SEK 140
72 h SEK 190
Children's cards may be purchased together with adult cards. Max. 2 children's cards per adult card. Children ages 7-17.
Tourist information offices
Hotel Centre (Hotellcentralen), Central station
Tourist Centre, Kulturhuset, Sergels Torg
Nacka Information & Tourist office
Norrtälje Tourist office
Nynäshamn Tourist office
Södertälje Tourist office
Sigtuna Tourist office
Värmdö Tourist Office
SL Center Central station - lower level
- Museum Visits
- Castles and Palaces
The "T" means Tunnelbana, or subway
It is easy to recognize subway stops because they are all marked with a big "T". T stands for "Tunnelbana" or "tunnel railway". Almost all lines converge at some point or another at the stop called T-Centralen, located in the heart of Stockholm.
It is important to know that many lines branch off, so you have to make sure the train is actually going to where you need to go. For example, if you are in the heart of the city at T-Centralen and want to go to Medborgarplatsen (the main square of Sodermalm), then any train on the green line will take you there because that stop is before the green line branches off. However, if you want to go further south on the green line, then look to see what stop you need, then look to see what is the last stop along THAT BRANCH of the green line. Then wait for the train that is going to that END stop so that you reach your destination.
In every subway stop, there is a digital sign telling you how many minutes until the next train is coming. If the next train does not follow the branch you need, simply wait a few minutes until the correct train comes. It sounds complicated, but it's not, and if you get confused at all, ask anybody. Everybody speaks English and is very friendly and willing to help.
Subway is a great way to get around!
Stockholm has a very extensive subway system. Subways are called "Tunnelbana", and they are generally clean, sfe, and very efficient.
If you buy an individual ticket, the price is 30 Swedish krone, which I found to be quite expensive. That is almost 4 Euros! I ended up buyng a strip ticket at the subway counter which cut the price in half. You can buy a strip ticket of 20 for example, which costs 145 Swedish krone. That strip will give you 10 rides (each trip requires 2 strips) and it cuts the cost from 30 Krone to 14.50, so it is certainly worth it!
Also good to know is that once you validate your ticket for a particular journey, it is valid for an hour. You can use it in any subway or bus an hour later. That means you can get out at one stop for a short while, then go back and continue using the same validated trip 30 minutes later. you can get out of the subway, take a bus for 30 minutes, and go back in another subway and continue travelling. You can even use the ticket to go back to your original destination!
I made the mistake of buying the strip ticket only on my third day in Stockholm, so could have saved alot of money had I bought it to begin with. Think about it!
Clean with interesting stations
I walked most of the time in Stockholm, but did go on the underground a couple of times.
The station I used most often as Kungstradgarden. As you go down towards the platform there are some archealogical discoveries displayed to the side of the walkway.
The trains all seemed fairly clean and efficient (then again, the last underground system I went on before that was London so most things would seem good!) and got me pretty close to where I wanted to be on the occasions I didn't fancy walking.
Tunelbanna Metro Subway
The Stockholm subway is almost 110 km long and consists of three lines, the green, red and blue. Subway stations are marked with a blue T. The Stockholm subway has been called the world´s longest art exhibition, since so many stations are richly decorated, particularly along the blue line. A comprehensive guide is available at the SL-Center and from tourist offices (guided tours are arranged regularly).
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