Uppsala Central Station

Coordinates: 59°51′31″N 17°38′46″E / 59.85861°N 17.64611°E / 59.85861; 17.64611
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Uppsala Central Station
The old station building, opened in 1866.
General information
LocationUppsalaUppsala Municipality
Coordinates59°51′31″N 17°38′46″E / 59.85861°N 17.64611°E / 59.85861; 17.64611
Elevation7 m (23 ft)
Owned byJernhusen
Operated byTrafikverket
Distance65.8 km (40.9 mi) from Stockholm C
ArchitectAdolf W. Edelsvärd
Opened20 September 1866
20199,300 boarding per weekday[1] (Stockholm commuter rail)

Uppsala Central Station is a railway station in Uppsala, Sweden. It lies on the East Coast Line, which runs south to Stockholm and north to Gävle and Sundsvall. It is also the southeastern terminus for the Dala Line which runs northwest ending in Mora. There are frequent commuter services to Stockholm. Long-distance trains, such as the SJ 3000, connect Uppsala to the northern parts of the country. Many trains, including the Stockholm commuter rail (Pendeltåg), also leave the main line to connect Uppsala with Stockholm-Arlanda Airport. Next to the station is a hub for the regional coach services operated by Upplands Lokaltrafik. Many local bus routes run through or near the station grounds as well, and there is a large area set aside for bicycle parking.

Located just beside Uppsala Central Station is Uppsala East Station, the western terminus of the Upsala-Lenna Jernväg heritage railway, which was relocated closer to Uppsala C in 2012.


Original station building with depot c. 1870

Old station building (1866–2011)[edit]

The old station building was designed by Adolf W. Edelsvärd, who described its architecture as "Dutch Renaissance-style".[2] Along with the accompanying railway, the station was opened in September 1866 by king Charles XV.[3] Originally, the building had an adjoining rail depot with a tower in each corner, however this was demolished in 1918. The building has been expanded twice, once in 1889 and again in 1918. The ground floor was renovated completely 1934–35.[2] In 1986, the building was listed (protected as a cultural heritage) by the Swedish Government.[4] After the station building became defunct in 2011, a brasserie opened in the building.[5]

Renovation (2005–2011)[edit]

From 2005 to 2011, the station site was renovated to build the Resecentrum (Travel Centre) which opened in December 2011. This project included: a new station building, just to the south of the existing one — constructed 2009–2010; an underpass under the tracks for pedestrians and bicycles; Stadshusgatan, a busway on the west side of the station, so that passengers no longer need to cross Kungsgatan to reach southbound buses (northbound buses remain on the near side of Kungsgatan); Stationsgatan, a new road extending Storgatan on the east side of the station; a new car park, and more bicycle parking; a new public square, and various beautification projects.[6] The total cost of the project exceeded US$200 million.[5]

According to an opinion poll, published in Uppsalatidningen on 14 January 2011, where 1,247 people had been asked whether they believed that the new centre was important for Uppsala as a cultural centre and university town, and for the commercial activity in the area, 47% of the respondents stated that they believed it to be "very important" and 34% answered "fairly important".[7]

Underpass flooding (2018)[edit]

On 29 July 2018, the station's pedestrian underpass was flooded due to heavy rain after a long dry period. Several people decided to use the underpass as a swimming pool, bringing floats, snorkeling gear, and water pistols.[8] This received international media coverage.[note 1] The underpass was closed due to fears that the water posed a risk of electrocution.[12] Later that night, the water was pumped out.[13]

Future plans[edit]

In 2018, it was announced that the number of southbound tracks (towards Stockholm) would be doubled, from 2 to 4.[14] At an estimated cost of 6.7 billion Swedish kronor (€660M as of July 2021), construction is set to begin in 2026.[15] To accommodate the increased traffic, the station complex will be widened and new platforms built.[16]


Preceding station Stockholm commuter rail Following station
Terminus 40 Knivsta
Preceding station SJ Following station
towards Falun Central or Mora
Dala Line Arlanda Central
Gävle Central East Coast Line
Gävle Central
towards Duved
Northern Main Line
Terminus Uppsalapendeln Knivsta
Preceding station Vy Tåg Following station
Gävle Central
towards Luleå or Narvik
Night Trains to Upper Norrland Arlanda Central


SJ operates northbound high-speed rail services to Sundsvall, Umeå, Östersund, and Duved using the SJ 3000.[17][18] Inter-city rail services run west to Falun and Mora, north to Gävle and Ljusdal, and south to Stockholm and Linköping.[19][20] Regional services run to Stockholm, with an approximate frequency of 2 trains per hour, and occasionally to Örebro as part of the Mälartåg network.[21][22][23] SJ also runs night trains to Umeå and Duved.[17]

Upplands Lokaltrafik[edit]

Upplands Lokaltrafik (UL) operates the Upptåget commuter rail service. It runs north on the East Coast Line with trains to Tierp and Gävle using the ER1 double-decker train. It also serves Sala on the Dala Line using the older X52.[24] It primarily uses the northbound terminating platforms. Twice weekly, it also continues south to Stockholm Arlanda Airport.[25] The company also operates the local and regional bus services at the station.

Storstockholms Lokaltrafik[edit]

Storstockholms Lokaltrafik (SL) operates frequent commuter rail services to Stockholm and Södertälje using the X60 as part of the Stockholm commuter rail network.[26]

Vy Tåg[edit]

As of 13 December 2020, Vy Tåg operates night trains to Narvik and Luleå after taking over from SJ.[27]




  1. ^ "Fakta om SL och regionen 2019" (PDF) (in Swedish). Storstockholms Lokaltrafik. p. 52. Archived (PDF) from the original on 27 December 2020. Retrieved 2 April 2021.
  2. ^ a b Dellbeck, Johan (2008-06-23). "Uppsala centralstation" (PDF). Upplandsmuseet (in Swedish). ISSN 1654-8280. Retrieved 8 April 2021.
  3. ^ Beckman-Thoor, Karin; Blombäck, Liselott (2014). "Uppsala stad C 40 A Riksintresseområde för kulturmiljövården" (PDF) (in Swedish). Länsstyrelsen i Uppsala län. p. 55. ISSN 1400-4712. Retrieved 8 April 2021.
  4. ^ "Uppsala Stationshus". Bebyggelseregistret (in Swedish). Retrieved 8 April 2021.
  5. ^ a b Williams, Ingrid K. (2012-08-10). "In a Swedish City, Reinvention Under Ancient Spires". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 9 April 2021.
  6. ^ "Uppsala resecentrum".
  7. ^ http://pdf.direktpress.se/flashpublisher/magazine/6011?page=11 Uppsalatidningen
  8. ^ Lundberg, Jonathan (30 July 2018). "Här arrangerar Sarah, 27, stort poolparty – i regnfylld tågcentral". Aftonbladet (in Swedish). Retrieved 9 April 2021.
  9. ^ Lee, Jan (2018-08-01). "Rain floods Swedish train station; commuters turn it into swimming pool". The Straits Times. Retrieved 9 April 2021.
  10. ^ Benabs, Ana (2018-07-31). "Des Suédois transforment une station de métro en piscine géante après de fortes pluies". France 24 (in French). Retrieved 9 April 2021.
  11. ^ "Flooded Train Station In Sweden Turned Into Swimming Pool. Pics Are Viral". NDTV. 2018-07-31. Retrieved 9 April 2021.
  12. ^ "Översvämning på tågstation i Uppsala". Svenska Dagbladet (in Swedish). 2018-07-29. ISSN 1101-2412. Retrieved 9 April 2021.
  13. ^ Ekström, Alexander (29 July 2018). "Skyfall och översvämningar på flera platser". Aftonbladet (in Swedish). Retrieved 9 April 2021.
  14. ^ Gedda, Niklas (31 May 2018). "Regeringen vill ha fyrspår mellan Uppsala och Stockholm". SVT Nyheter (in Swedish). Retrieved 12 July 2021.
  15. ^ Trafikverket (3 June 2021). "Fyra spår Uppsala". Trafikverket (in Swedish). Retrieved 12 July 2021.
  16. ^ Iselidh, Astrid; Skagerström, Tobias (18 February 2022). "Stationen i Uppsala ska breddas – för att ge plats åt fyra spår". SVT Nyheter (in Swedish). Retrieved 18 February 2022.
  17. ^ a b "Tågtidtabell 41" [Train Timetable 41] (PDF). Resrobot (in Swedish). Retrieved 8 April 2021.
  18. ^ "Tågtidtabell 42" [Train Timetable 42] (PDF). Resrobot (in Swedish). Retrieved 8 April 2021.
  19. ^ "Tågtidtabell 44" [Train Timetable 44] (PDF). Resrobot (in Swedish). Retrieved 8 April 2021.
  20. ^ "Tågtidtabell 81" [Train Timetable 81] (PDF). Resrobot (in Swedish). Retrieved 8 April 2021.
  21. ^ "Tågtidtabell 51" [Train Timetable 51] (PDF). Resrobot (in Swedish). Retrieved 8 April 2021.
  22. ^ "Tågtidtabell 58" [Train Timetable 58] (PDF). Resrobot (in Swedish). Retrieved 8 April 2021.
  23. ^ Söderman, Christoffer (2018-06-27). "Så kommer de nya tågen i Mälardalen se ut". SVT Nyheter (in Swedish). Retrieved 8 April 2021.
  24. ^ "Tåg i Region Uppsala". Region Uppsala (in Swedish). Retrieved 8 April 2021.
  25. ^ "Tågtidtabell 45" [Train Timetable 45] (PDF). Resrobot (in Swedish). Retrieved 8 April 2021.
  26. ^ "SL Pendeltåg Tidtabell Linje 40, 41" (PDF). Storstockholms Lokaltrafik. Retrieved 8 April 2021.
  27. ^ Brännström, Leif (10 February 2020). "Norrmännen tar över all tågtrafik i norra Sverige". Expressen (in Swedish). Retrieved 8 April 2021.

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