Stockholm Journals

Stockholm Transport

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A September 2010 trip to Stockholm by LenR

Station Photo, Stockholm, Sweden More Photos
Quote: Sweden's capital has probably one of the best public transport systems in Europe, especially if you look at the total length of rapid rail - T-bana (Metro), suburban rail and light rail - for a relatively low number of inhabitants. Here are some hints on how to use public transport.

Arlanda Airport

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Inside Photo, Stockholm, Sweden
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Stockholm-Arlanda is Sweden’s largest airport and an important hub for both the Stockholm region and Scandinavia. We arrived here by plane from Copenhagen. It has connections to 167 destinations around the world and good ground transport services to and from other parts of the Stockholm region. The airport has four terminals. Terminals 2 and 5 are used for international flights. Domestic flights are from Terminals 3 and 4. This is not the only airport serving Stockholm so check where your flight will land particularly if it is a budget airline.The airport has plenty of facilities. There are 35 stores, 33 restaurants, 3 hotels, 2 banks, 1 pharmacy and a chapel within the complex. You will f...Read More

Metro.

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Station Photo, Stockholm, Sweden
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We found the Stockholm Metro (T-bana) to be the fastest and most efficient way to get around Stockholm. It has 100 stations, of which 47 are underground and 53 above ground. There are seven lines in three groups identified by a color: the Green, Red and Blue Lines. The first part of the metro was opened in 1950, when an underground tram line from 1933 was converted to metro standard. The system is well known for its decoration of the stations, especially the newest line (blue) which is a real art gallery. When you're waiting for a train at a Stockholm Metro station have a look around you. You're in one of the world's largest and most impressive museums. For the price of a Stockholm Metro t...Read More

Central station/train

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Night view Photo, Stockholm, Sweden
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Stockholm Central Station is the largest railway station in Sweden and it is where you will arrive if you travel to Stockholm by train. The station was opened in 1871. Today the station is the largest travel centre in the Nordic region with over 250,000 visitors daily. It is also the busiest station on the Stockholm commuter rail system. The city bus terminal is connected to the station by underground walkway as is T-Centralen, the adjoining metro station.Central station is divided into several sections. The northern part, with tracks 1 to 7, constitutes a terminus station for various railways. Tracks 1 to 2 are reserved for the Arlanda Express, while tracks 4 to 7 are used for long-distan...Read More

Hop on – Hop off and other ferries

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Various watercraft Photo, Stockholm, Sweden
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Stockholm is a maritime city, so we found ourselves on ferries on several occasions. Especially during the summer season, ferries offer convenient shortcuts between the major islands. In the city centre, you'll see antique Djurgården pedestrian ferries zigging and zagging through the harbour almost constantly. These antique ferries carry some 2.4 million passengers a year, primarily in summer.The Djurgården-Skeppsholmen-Slussen line is open year-round. From mid-May through mid-August, ferries also run at 20-minute intervals between the main Djurgården pier, the Vasa Museum, and Nybroplan near downtown Stockholm. This route operates on weekends only during early May, late August, and Septem...Read More

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City bus Photo, Stockholm, Sweden
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Stockholm has an extensive system of buses but we didn’t use them much because we found the T-bana or walking was better for most areas we wanted to go to. The exception was the route from the Stallmastaregarden Hotel to the central city. Buses can be slow when caught in traffic in the central area but you can also get around fast elsewhere, because they can use special bus tracks on many roads. The city's transit system has several types of buses. These include Red buses which cover routes within the central city, Blue buses which connect the city center and major Tunnelbana stations with outlying areas, and in the early hours of the morning when the T-Bana or subway isn't running, ...Read More

Tram

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On-board Photo, Stockholm, Sweden
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Stockholm in common with many other cities has made small additions to its tram network in recent years. Much of Stockholm's original tram network became obsolete when the T-Bana was expanded in the 1940s and 1950s, and it was largely shut down when Sweden switched from driving on the left side of the road to the right side in 1967. The most obvious addition is the extension of trams to Serels Torg in the central cityThe Djurgården Line (line 7) was a heritage tramway running between Norrmalmstorg and Waldemarsudde. It was restored as a heritage tram line in June 1991 and operated on a non-profit basis by members of the Swedish Tramway Society . This was extremely popular with visitors bec...Read More