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Tunnelbana (Underground) Tips (45)

Stockholm Subway

The Stockholm subway system, called Tunnelbana or T-bana, consists of three lines, the green, red and blue, and the stations are marked with a sign showing a large blue T.

Some of the stations are colourfully decorated, like the one in this photo, at T-Centralen station.

We caught the subway a couple of times and found it clean, safe feeling and fairly straight forward.

The first time there was no ticket office attendant, and we couldn't see any ticket we travelled for free. The second time there was an attendant...but I think they may have sold us return tickets when we wanted one way...oh well, guess it made up for the free trip we had earlier that day!

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Apr 04, 2011

Explore Stockholm by Metro

The metro of Stockholm is called Tunnelbana (T-Bana) and consists of seven lines, which are grouped into three colours (green, red and blue). It was opened in 1950 and has at present approximately 100 stations, many of which are located in Stockholm's suburbs.

The metro network is divided into three zones, which are the basis for the price system. In 2004 tickets could be bought as paper coupons (1, 10 or 20 coupons) or as travel cards (1, 3 or 30 days).

On my trip in 2011 I used the reuseable electronic SL access card, which costs a fee of 20 SEK. All sorts of tickets can then be loaded on the card, which is also valid on the city buses and all other vehicles of Stockholm's public transport.


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Dec 07, 2013


The best way to get around in Stockholm. You can buy zone tickets if you don´t travel so much with the subway/metro or you can buy 1, 3, 7 or 30 day travelcards. With the travelcard you can ride how much you want. You can use the zone ticket and travelcards at the bus also.

You can buy tickets and travelcards at Pressbyrån, they are located evrywhere in Stockholm. Mostly by a Tunnelbana (subway/metro) station.

For prices wisit the website.


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Jan 18, 2009

Stockholms Tunnelbana - Subway

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.

Blue line
Kungsträdgården - Hjulsta
Kungsträdgården - Akalla

Green line
Skarpnäck - Åkeshov
Farsta Strand - Alvik
Hagsätra - Hässelby Strand

Red line
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)

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Feb 28, 2004
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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!

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Jun 03, 2004

The old Subway cars

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.

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Jan 22, 2004

The short train marks

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.

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Feb 15, 2004

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.

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Jun 03, 2004

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Moving inside Stockholm

Stockholm has an excellent public transport network operated by Storstockholms Lokaltrafik (SL), (website:; 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.

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Mar 11, 2003

Best option

The most convenient way to travel around Stockholm (especially if you're staying in a Hotel away from the main city center) is the subway.

Each trip costs 30SEK, while a 1 day ticket costs 100 SEK and a 3 day ticket costs 200 SEK.

These tickets are also valid for the connection to the airport by commuter train and bus, and some ferry connections (to Skansen for instance). It's best that you check if the ticket is valid before boarding.

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Aug 09, 2010


the city has a fairly extensive underground/subway network known as the Tunnelbana or T-bana. There are three lines identified by colour - red, blue and green - which all pass through T-Centralen, the station adjoining the main train & bus station. Stations are identifiable by the white circular sign with a blue T.

We bought a 3 day travel card for 200 SEK which we were also able to use on the buses and was valid for all zones on the Tunnelbana. It was valid for the full 72 hours from when it was purchased so we were able to use it on the fourth morning before it ran out which proved handy! We were staying a little out of the city centre and taking the underground at least twice a day, as well as several bus trips etc to see the sights. So having the card was definitely the best option for us. Other options are to pay single fares [20 Sek for inner city], buy books of 10 tickets [for single journeys in the inner zone], a single day travel card or, if you buy a "Stockholm Card", this gives you free travel as well as entry to around 70 of Stockholms museums and attractions.

We were a little confused at first [we did arrive quite late at night and were tired!] but once we got going we found the Tunnelbana easy to use and felt safe even travelling late at night. Speaking of which, the operating hours are until 3.30am Sun through Thurs and to 4.30am on Fri & Sat.

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Jan 03, 2011

T Bana Pass is the Way to Go

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.

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Jan 19, 2003

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