Public transport in Stockholm
Public transport in Stockholm consists of bus, metro, regional/suburban rail, light rail, tram and an archipelago boat operation in Stockholm County, Sweden. The bus and rail is organized by Storstockholms Lokaltrafik (Stockholm Transport, literally: Greater Stockholm Public Transport), SL, which is owned by the Stockholm County Council. The operation and maintenance of the public transport systems are delegated by SL to several contractors. The boat traffic is handled by Waxholmsbolaget.
There is a vast number of bus lines in Stockholm County. There are three different kinds of bus lines that differ from regular bus lines.
- Inner-city blue bus lines
- Suburban blue bus lines
- Service bus lines
The blue bus are in the inner city variant trunk lines traversing large parts of the Stockholm inner city, and in the suburban variant acting as important feeder lines between the suburbs and public transport hubs in central Stockholm, or providing crossway connections between suburbs. These are called blue bus lines because the buses that operate on them are painted blue, in contrast to the red color of the regular buses. The service bus lines are especially adapted for elderly people, and are found in certain residential areas. Along some parts of these lines instead of regular bus stops there are areas where one can halt the bus just by waving at them.
Blue bus lines
|1||Frihamnen – Hötorget – Fridhemsplan – Stora Essingen|
|2||Norrtull – Odenplan – Slussen – Sofia|
|3||Södersjukhuset – Slussen – Fridhemsplan – Karolinska Hospital|
|4||Gullmarsplan – Fridhemsplan – East Station – Radiohuset|
|6||Ropsten – East Station – Odenplan – Karolinska Institute|
|172||Norsborg – Huddinge – Högdalen – Skarpnäck|
|173||Skärholmen – Älvsjö – Bandhagen – Skarpnäck|
|176||Mörby station – Solna – Ekerö centre – Stenhamra|
|177||Mörby station – Solna – Tappström – Skärvik|
|178||Mörby station – Helenelund station – Kista – Jakobsberg station|
|179||Sollentuna station – Kista – Spånga station – Vällingby|
|471||Slussen – Nacka – Orminge centre – West Orminge|
|474||Slussen – Gustavsberg centre – Ålstäket – Hemmesta|
|670||East Station – Danderyds sjukhus – Vaxholm|
|676||East Station – Danderyds sjukhus – Norrtälje|
|873||Gullmarsplan – Tyresö centre – Nyfors|
|875||Gullmarsplan – Tyresö centre – Tyresö church|
The Stockholm Metro consists of three groups of lines, which are each referred to as a singular line.
|Blue line||10, 11||Kungsträdgården – Hjulsta/Akalla||25.5 km||20|
|Red line||13, 14||Norsborg/Fruängen – Ropsten/Mörby centrum||41.2 km||36|
|Green line||17, 18, 19||Åkeshov/Alvik/Hässelby strand – Skarpnäck/Farsta strand/Hagsätra||41.3 km||49|
The Stockholm metro has been called 'the world's longest art gallery', with most of the network's 100 stations decorated with sculptures, mosaics, paintings, installations, engravings and reliefs.
|Saltsjöbanan||25, 26||Slussen – Saltsjöbaden; Igelboda – Solsidan||18.5 km||18|
|Roslagsbanan||27, 28, 29||Stockholm East Station – Näsbypark/Österskär/Kårsta||65.0 km||39|
|Commuter rail (Pendeltåg)||40||Uppsala C – Arlanda C– Stockholm City – Södertälje centrum||25|
|Commuter rail (Pendeltåg)||41||Märsta – Stockholm City – Södertälje centrum||24|
|Commuter rail (Pendeltåg)||42||Märsta – Stockholm City – Nynäshamn||21|
|Commuter rail (Pendeltåg)||43||Bålsta – Stockholm City – Nynäshamn||28|
|Commuter rail (Pendeltåg)||44||Kallhäll – Stockholm City – Älvsjö||21|
|Commuter rail (Pendeltåg)||48||Södertälje centrum – Gnesta||6|
Regional and intercity rail
There are regional and InterCity trains going on the mainlines between Stockholm and cities outside the county. These cities include Uppsala, Gävle, Eskilstuna, Linköping, Västerås. These train are run by SJ on their own, and SJ tickets or special combination tickets called TiM (SJ+SL) are valid. The trains are run for a profit by SJ, without tax support.
Light rail and tram
There are three regular light rail lines and one inner city tram line in Stockholm and only two of them, Nockebybanan and the new Tvärbanan are connected and share depot and rolling stock. The LRV primarily used on these lines are a localized version of the Bombardier Flexity Swift; CAF Urbos trams have also been ordered.
|Spårväg City||7||Sergels Torg – Waldemarsudde||3.2 km||12|
|Nockebybanan||12||Nockeby – Alvik||5.7 km||10|
|Lidingöbanan||21||Ropsten – Gåshaga Brygga||9.2 km||14|
|Tvärbanan||30||Sickla Station – Solna Station||18.2 km||26|
|Tvärbanan||31||Alviks Strand – Bromma Flygplats||6|
|Sjövägen||80||Frihamnen – Nybroplan|
|Djurgården ferry||82||Slussen – Skeppsholmen – Allmänna gränd|
|Riddarfjärdslinjen||85||Klara Mälarstrand – Riddarholmen – Söder Mälarstrand – Kungsholmstorg|
|Ekerölinjen||89||Tappström – Klara Mälarstrand|
The rapid public transport to and from the airports in Stockholm are handled a bit separately than the regular land based public transport as handled by SL, thus they have their own tickets and pricing structure. It is also possible to take regular public transport to and from the airports, but that typically means one has to change between some buses or trains and the trip takes more time.
Flygbussarna provides an airport bus service to and from all four airports associated with Stockholm: Stockholm-Arlanda Airport, Stockholm-Bromma Airport, Stockholm-Skavsta Airport, and Stockholm-Västerås Airport.
Arlanda is since 2012 served by the commuter train (Pendeltåg) to Stockholm and Uppsala. The trip takes 38 minutes to Stockholm Central Station and 18 minutes to Uppsala. As of 9 January 2019[update] there is a supplemental fee of 120 SEK for passing through the railway station at the airport.
SL has two main forms of tickets. Both are used for all SL public transport within Stockholm County.
- Travel card — valid during a specified period of time, from 24 hours up to a year, depending on the card.
- Single journey ticket — valid for 75 minutes from activation, within Stockholm County. Single journey tickets are mainly purchased with credits loaded onto an SL Access card.
In either case, the ticket is loaded onto an SL Access RFID card that is scanned at the start of the first journey.
Regardless of the ticket used, journeys by the Stockholm Commuter Rail Pendeltåg to Arlanda Airport, or crossing the county border to Uppsala and Knivsta, incur additional costs. As mentioned above, the additional cost for using the railway station at Arlanda airport is 120 SEK (can be paid upon arrival). Travelling to Uppsala or Knivsta with SL from Stockholm County requires a valid Uppsala County (UL) ticket in addition to the usual SL ticket.
- Note: Applies to SL Stockholm Commuter Rail (Pendeltåg) train only. Other operators have their own tickets including Arlanda Express. (SL Stockholm Commuter Rail (Pendeltåg) as well as National and Regional trains stop at Arlanda Central Station (Arlanda C) while Arlanda Express stops at Arlanda South (first stop): Terminal 2, 3 and 4 and Arlanda North (second and last stop): Terminal 5.)
SL's ticket prices
|Purchase method||Adult fare||Discounted fare|
|SL credits ("reskassa")||38 SEK||25 SEK|
|App, ticket machines, ticket booth, ticket agent||38 SEK||25 SEK|
|Bought from a conductor (only on tramline 7)||51 SEK||34 SEK|
|Card name||Adult fare||Discounted fare|
|24-hour card||155 SEK||105 SEK|
|72-hour card||310 SEK||210 SEK|
|7-day card||405 SEK||270 SEK|
|30-day card||950 SEK||620 SEK|
|90-day card||2,770 SEK||1,810 SEK|
|365-day card||9,770 SEK||6,550 SEK|
|30-day card including Arlanda passage||1,190 SEK||890 SEK|
In addition, there are tickets available for school students under 20 years old, as well as tickets valid both for SL and UL.
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With the Waxholmsbolaget archipelago boats the ticket structure is essentially
- Cash ticket paid on board, price dependent on trip length
- 30-day period cards
In addition you can buy single and return tickets using the travelcard
Arlanda Express tickets
The Arlanda Express train between Stockholm central station and Arlanda airport has its own relatively expensive tickets. As of January 2019,[update] the normal price is 295 SEK one way. Tickets can be bought in vending machines near the platform, or electronic tickets on the internet. They can be bought on board the train for a 100 SEK surcharge. There are discounts for children, students and retired people. There are multi-journey tickets, and a one-year tickets for unlimited travel.
SL does not themselves directly operate any traffic, instead all the traffic is handled by contractors.
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In Stockholm it costs $4.88 for a single journey of 10km on public transport, the highest cost in a study of 73 cities by UBS, a Swiss bank.
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