Public transport in Stockholm
Public transport in Stockholm consists of bus, metro, regional/suburban rail, light rail, tram and 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.
- 1 Transport systems
- 2 Tickets
- 3 Contractors
- 4 Rolling Stock
- 5 See also
- 6 References
- 7 External links
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|
|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|
|872||Gullmarsplan – Granängsringen – Tyresö centre|
|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)||35||Bålsta – Stockholm – Nynäshamn||107 km||27|
|Commuter rail (Pendeltåg)||36||Märsta – Stockholm – Södertälje||74 km||24|
|Commuter rail (Pendeltåg)||37||Södertälje – Gnesta||30 km||6|
|Commuter rail (Pendeltåg)||38||(Tumba) - Älvsjö – Stockholm - Arlanda - Uppsala||46 km||21|
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. This is possible by having relatively expensive monthly tickets, for example about 2000 kr Stockholm-Uppsala (SL not included).
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 Bombardier's Flexity Swift; 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||22||Sickla udde – Solna station||18.2 km||25|
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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.
Local Bus and Pendeltåg
Bus 583 leaves Arlanda right outside the arrivals area. This bus takes you in 10 to 15 minutes to Märsta—the nearest town to Arlanda—where you then take the commuter train (Pendeltåg) to the Stockholm central railway station. If you need to go elsewhere in Stockholm or catch a train elsewhere, you can do it there. The Stockholm subway system (Tunnelbana or T-bana as it is known locally) also connects there. Don't get confused, because the railway part of the station is called Stockholm Central while the subway stop there is called T-Centralen. T-Centralen is an easy walk from the railway part of the station underground so you need not worry about the weather. The subway system is extensive and also connects to the local bus system. You can use several different types of tickets to use the entire system without paying again and again. You can purchase single trip zonal tickets which are good for an hour after you first start, though they often give you at least an extra 15 minutes on top of that, buy a strip ticket which works like a zonal ticket though more than one person can use it at once, and there are travelcards for various time periods from one day to annual tickets that can also be used by more than once person, though—unlike the strip ticket—not at once. Also, if you qualify because of being a senior or some other reduction status, you can purchase all of these tickets at a substantial discount to the regulare tickets. All of these are available at the Pressbyrån store in the Sky City part of Arlanda. You cannot purchase these tickets at the Pressbyrån store in the arrival area. From Monday through Friday, the Sky City Pressbyrån store is open at 7 am, coinciding with many early arriving international flights. On Saturday and Sunday, it does not open until 9 am. This route takes about 15 minutes to get to Märsta and then another 45 minutes to get to Stockholm Central. It is by far the least expensive way to go from Arlanda to Stockholm. Up-to-date prices can be found from [www.sl.se] also in English. It starts out in Swedish but you can choose Visitor and see it in English.
By one measure—single ticket price for a 10-kilometre (6.2 mi) journey—Stockholm has the most expensive-to-use public transport in the world, as of March 2009.
SL has two main forms of tickets, both are used in all SL public transport in the entire Stockholm County.
- Travel card — valid during a specified period of time, from 24 hours up to a year, depending on the card. The travel cards are not affected by the zone system, except when traveling across the Stockholm County border to Bålsta. All variants are sold at the SL Centers, SL's resellers sell only the most common ones.
- Zone tickets — valid during one hour after the start of the trip, 2–6 tickets needed per trip depending on the length. With the zone tickets if you change to another SL public transport you may do so with the same ticket as long as the next part of the trip begins within an hour from the time that is stamped on the ticket. The zone tickets are available in four different types:
- Cash ticket, purchased at the Metro or commuter rail barriers, or from conductors on those rail lines that have such. Note that you cannot purchase tickets on the buses.
- Pre-paid tickets, available in single units and in slips of 16 units. Both types are sold at SL resellers. In manned Metro and commuter rail barriers only the 16 unit slips are sold, single units purchased from there are of the cash ticket type.
- Text message tickets, must be purchased before one gets on board the transport. Valid for 1 hour and 15 minutes to allow for some margin to purchase it beforehand.
- Vending machine tickets, purchased at ticket machines that can be found at some bus stops and some Metro and commuter rail stations. Payment can be made either with debit cards or with coins, in which case exact change is required.
|Traveling with zone tickets
within Stockholm County
|Number of zones
|Number of zone
|Traveling across the
Stockholm County border
SL's zone system
The zone system consists of three zones, named A, B and C, with Zone A in the middle containing the entire Metro system, covering the Stockholm City Centre and the innermost of the suburbs. Zone B covers a band outside Zone A, containing many of the outer suburbs. In Zone C lies the outermost parts of Stockholm County.
For travel across the Stockholm County border, e.g. with the commuter train to Bålsta or Gnesta, two additional zone tickets is required, in the case of Bålsta even with the travel cards. There are special travel cards though that allow for travel to and from Bålsta without having to deal with the additional zone tickets. Also note that the SMS tickets and machine tickets cannot be used for travel across the county border.
SL's ticket prices
|This article is outdated. (December 2013)|
The prices for the most common tickets are the following. The reduced price is for persons under the age of 20, or over the age of 65.
|Ticket name||Full price||Reduced price|
|Cash ticket, per unit||25 SEK||14 SEK|
|Pre-paid ticket, per unit||18 SEK||11 SEK|
|Pre-paid ticket, slip of 16 units (IE Maximum of 8 trips)||200 SEK||110 SEK|
|Text message ticket 1 / 2 / 3 zones||36 / 54 / 72 SEK||20 / 30 / 40 SEK|
|Vending machine ticket 1 / 2 / 3 zones||36 / 54 / 72 SEK||20 / 30 / 40 SEK|
|Card name||Full price||Reduced price|
|1-day / 24-hour card||115 SEK||70 SEK|
|3-day / 72-hour card||230 SEK||140 SEK|
|7-day card||300 SEK||180 SEK|
|30-day card||790 SEK||490 SEK|
|90-day card||2,300 SEK||1,400 SEK|
|Season card, May–August||2,400 SEK||1,450 SEK|
|Annual card, January–December||8,300 SEK||4,990 SEK|
|30-day card||560 SEK|
|90-day card||1,540 SEK|
The 1-day and 3-day travel cards are available in two variants, valid either from midnight of the day they are valid from, or 24 or 72 hours respectively from the moment they were purchased.
Upcoming ticket system
|This section's factual accuracy may be compromised due to out-of-date information. (November 2010)|
SL is in the process of introducing a new ticket system, called SL Access, but there have been delays and several postponements and it has from time to time been uncertain when the system will be introduced. SL blames quality problems with the system, and Social Democratic members of the board of directors at SL have wanted to investigate whether it is possible to cancel the contract with the supplier, the ERG Group. In April 2008 SL contracted IBM to complete the installation of SL Access before the end of 2008.
When the new system is taken into use, the current system consisting of magnetic strip cards and stamped coupons will be phased out. The system has been in a limited public trial in the Stockholm Metro, and on the buses on Lidingö. The new system will be based on RFID smart cards. The new system will also make differentiated travel card schemes possible, e.g. local travel cards for certain areas which can be made cheaper than the travel card that is valid for the entire Stockholm County. The ticket prices will be generally raised in conjunction with the introduction of the new ticket system.
With the Waxholmsbolaget archipelago boats the ticket structure is essentially
- Cash ticket paid on board, price dependent on trip length
- 30-day period cards
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Arlanda Express tickets
The Arlanda Express train between Stockholm central station and Arlanda airport has its own relatively expensive tickets. The normal price is 240 kr 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 kr 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. The contractors used by SL are as of May 2015 the following:
- Stockholms Spårvägar
- Spårväg City (7), Lidingöbanan.
- Stockholm Metro.
- Stockholm commuter rail.
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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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