Tunnelbana (Underground), Stockholm
The subway (Tunnelbanan) is the best way to get around in Stockholm. Around Stockholm there are exactly 100 subway stations on three lines. The subway lines is mentioned by colours and meet eachother at the station T-Centralen (Central Station) in the central of Stockholm.
Kungsträdgården - Hjulsta
Kungsträdgården - Akalla
Skarpnäck - Åkeshov
Farsta Strand - Alvik
Hagsätra - Hässelby Strand
Norsborg - Ropsten
Fruängen - Mörby Centrum
There are two special tourist travel cards:
3 day ticket - 180 SEK
1 day ticket - 95 SEK
In the travel cards it's included travels with Subway, Busses, Local trains, Tram lines and the Djurgården boats.
With the 3 day ticket you also get different kind of special price to tourist attractions, like a free entrance to Gröna Lund and Kaknästornet.
If you are staying longer in Stockholm you can buy a month ticket for 600 SEK.
If buying a single ticket you have to pay for the number of zones that you pass. The subway system is divided in different zones, the cheapest ticket is 30 SEK, and you have to pay 15 SEK more for each zone you pass. So if you are taking more than one trip, avoid buying single tickets, it can become quite expensive.
(Fares valid from March 1, 2003)
Depending on the time at the day the subway can run with different length on the trains. And on small stations the train stop can be really quick, so to make sure that you don't have to run to catch the train, it's always safe to stand between the short train marks on the floor. One of them is shown down to the left on the picture.
This tip is mainly for all the train enthusiasts.
Most subway cars in the Stockholm subway are quite new, and all look the same. The new model is called C20.
But if you are interested in older subway cars you might though be lucky. Some older cars from the 1970's and 1980's are still in regular traffic. And it's most likely that you find them on the red or blue subway lines. In a few years all such old cars will be replaced with new ones, so take the chance to take a trip with then while they still are in traffic.
The cars on the photo is a C9 from 1976-1977 and a C14 from 1985-1989.
At least if you are going around town.
The Stockholm Metro is "left-sided", which means that if you stand on the platform facing the tracks you can expect the train to come in from your left side going towards your right.
In most cities it is the opposite way, or so I have heard.
Prices vary with how far you go, inner city rides cost about 2 US dollars.
The Stockholm subway is also an ongoing art exhibition. Out of 100 stations, around 80 continously have art on exhibit.
Stockholm has an excellent public transport network operated by Storstockholms Lokaltrafik (SL), (website: www.sl.se/international; tel: 600 1000) that comprises a metro, suburban trains, buses and trams.
Stockholm's metro system is called the tunnelbana and consists of three lines running through the city centre with connections to the suburban train network. Most travellers find this the easiest way to get around.
The tunnelbana runs between 5am and 1am (later on weekends) with trains running about once every five minutes.
Stockholm has a fast, efficient and clean subway system, called tunnelbana. It has only three lines but is well complemented by tramways and buses on the surface. To find the nearest station, look for the big "T" signs.
We purchased a weekly pass even tho we were only staying 4 days. The Tunnelbana is the subway system in Stockholm. The city has a great transportation system. The cental terminal in the city is also the main terminal for all trains, all buses and the subway trains.
We traveled thru out the city with ease. Each terminal in the system is decorated in a different way. All terminals were clean, well lit, and had great signage.
As you might not know that the city of Stockholm is composed of Main land and the Islands which have been connected by bridges. So, the T - Bana has special routes on which it moves. There are different coloured routes and If you have live on T-bana BLUE route and you have to go to Green T-bana route then there is no direct way. You have to go to City first ( T- Centralen ) and from there catch another T-bana of Green Route.
In Sweden the underground train is known as ''T-bana'' and for going to the platform of T-bana you have to stand for a lot of time on elevators because they are toooooooo much underground. Coming from Switzerland where local trains are always above the grounds and go underground for very less time, this experience was really 'strange' and 'very astronishing'.
Stockholm metro is called the T-Bana or Tunnelbana and it is said to have very good service. Although I did not take any metro, the stations seemed pretty clean
The best way to utilise public transport is buy purchasing travel cards. We bought ours from the central station but I guess you can buy them at other places as well.
The best way to get where you want is the Subway.
Other possibilities: Bus there is a good bussystem and by boat, if for example you want to visit Skansen.
The metro in Stockholm was fantastic, although the ticket system is a little hard to work out at the start... ;) We used the metro a lot once we worked it out...
In the subway we even found an advertisement for the Världsutställningen (Expo 2000) back home in Hannover!!! OK OK not so helpful, I know ;)
The subway system will get you around in Stockholm. It is easy to find the way. Buy a tourist ticket for one day or three days.