Stockholm Central is the name given to Sweden’s busiest railway station, but I came to regard it as Stockholm’s hub for all public transport that doesn’t involve crossing water.
The main entrance is at Vasagatan/Centralplan which welcomes you with a statue of the Swedish engineer, Nils Ericson. Once inside you’ll find that you’re on an upper level with various retail outlets and the Tourist Information Office.
There are long distance and commuter trains as well as the Arlanda Express that operate out of the station, but I didn’t use any of them this time. Instead I used the Tunnelbana (metro) frequently which meant running the gauntlet of travellers making their way on a lower level between the metro and commuter train platforms.
On the same level is the SL office which can supply you with Travelcards which are a convenient way of using the public transport system around Stockholm. It’s convenient but not particularly cheap, but that goes for most things here.
Also located here is the Cityterminalen - or bus station, which sounds like a great idea so that all the various transport options can be connected together.
You may have detected a slight hesitation in my wording there, and that’s because one place to accommodate all the travellers in a city as large as Stockholm doesn’t make it easy for first time visitors.
You need to know for a start which mode of transport you’re looking for. Is it long distance trains, commuter trains or the Arlanda Express? Or do you need the T-Centralen for the Tunnelbana metro, or the Cityterminalen for long distance buses?
We arrived at rush hour on a Friday evening and to locate the SL centre wasn’t easy - and not particularly helpful I might add, but we managed it of course.
By the end of our stay we had used Central Station extensively and got the hang of it, but there’s no doubt in my mind that better international signposting would help enormously for first time visitors to negotiate the rabbit warren that is Stockholm Central.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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 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
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.