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See Stockholm’s best subway stations using just one ticket

See Stockholm’s best subway stations using just one ticket

I finally found the perfect activity to satisfy both my own and my husband’s travel obsessions: a self-guided tour of the Stockholm subway.

He enjoys finding out about trains and transport systems, exploring subways and finding out how a city functions. Sure, it’s a weird obsession to have, but it’s kind of interesting too.

I, on the other hand, like to take photos of things.

Considering this, I got fairly excited when I stumbled upon some photos of arty subway stations on the Visit Stockholm Instagram account. Finding these would be the perfect not-so-romantic way for us to spend our morning exploring the city as a couple.

I quickly listed the most interesting stations to check out, and planned a route that would take us to them all within the timeframe of one subway ticket. A ticket costs 36 SEK (about 4.00-4.50 USD) and is valid for 75 minutes of subway travel.

Here’s my recommendations for a self-guided tour of Stockholm’s best subway stations. It’s a fun way to spend an hour getting some snaps to post on your Instagram feed. And by the way, I’ve added a map at the end of the post!

Stockholm Subway Central Station

Stockholm Subway Central Station

T-Centralen (Central Station)

Start at T-Centralen (Central Station) and head towards the Blue line. The rocky walls here were painted in white and blue by artist Per Olof Ultvedt.

The upper levels have silhouettes of workers, as a way of honoring the many men who constructed the station. The lower levels are painted in the same style but with calming leaf-like patterns, which is meant to lower the stress level of the station’s 167,000 daily commuters.

Stockholm Subway Kungsträdgårdsgatan

Stockholm Subway Kungsträdgårdsgatan

Kungsträdgårdsgatan station

From Central Station, hop on the Blue line and get off at Kungsträdgårdsgatan (don’t you dare ask me to try and pronounce this).

This station is arguably the most impressive. The design is supposed to represent an archeological dig and features actual artefacts from Makalös Palace, which once stood in the same location. It also has some geometric-style patterns on its floor and ceiling, installed by artist Ulrik Samuelson in 1977 and 1987.

Stockholm Subway Rådhuset

Stockholm Subway Rådhuset

Rådhuset station

Kungsträdgårdsgatan is the end of the Blue line, so go back in the other direction and hop off at Rådhuset.

This station was designed by Sigvard Olsson and was my fave from our makeshift tour – the red rock juxtaposed with the modern escalators gave the whole place a surreal look. It felt like we were wandering through a futuristic cave.

Take note when you’re in the station that this is the fourth deepest in the metro system. You’ll be standing at 20 meters below sea level!

Stockholm Subway Fridhemsplan

Fridhemsplan station

Continue on the Blue line in the same direction, and get off at Fridhemsplan. We only intended to use this as a station to change from the Blue line to the Green line, but the station itself is actually pretty cool, too.

Stockholm Subway Thorildsplan

Stockholm Subway Thorildsplan

Thorildsplan station

From Fridhemsplan, change to the Green line and go one stop to Thorildsplan.

This is the only outdoor station on our itinerary, and it also has the most recent artwork. In 2008, Lars Arrhenius added the pixellated tiles arranged to show characters and scenes in the style of video games such as Super Mario, Space Invaders, and Pacman.

To get back to Central Station from here, get back on the Green line but head in the other direction.

Stockholm Subway Map

Click here for a larger map

My itinerary starts and ends at Central Station, but you could start at Kungsträdgårdsgatan instead.

I’ve been all about fun facts lately, so here’s a few tidbits that you might find interesting about the Stockholm subway system!

  • Over 90 of the city’s 100 subway stations are decorated, with installations from over 150 artists.
  • The Stockholm subway has been called the ‘world’s longest art exhibit’ – it stretches for 110km.
  • 53 of the stations are above ground, the remaining 47 are under ground.
  • Nearly 900,000 passengers use the subway system every day.
  • If you’re in Stockholm during the summer, you can tag along on one of these free guided art walks. I didn’t do one of these, but it looks like it could be a great option if you are interested in having commentary.

Which of these subway stations are your favourite? Have you got any other tips for visiting Stockholm’s best subway stations? Share your thoughts with us in the comments!

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Ashlea Wheeler

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15 Responses to “See Stockholm’s best subway stations using just one ticket”

    • Ashlea Wheeler

      Thanks Andrew and Emily! I had no idea about the stations until I found them on the Instagram account, they’re not really listed in any city guides as something of interest to see while you’re in the city. It’s something I’m interested in doing, for sure 😉

  1. Karin

    Great post and great photos, I am amazed you managed to get photos with so few people in them.

    • Ashlea Wheeler

      Thank you! We went exploring around midday so it was in not a busy time for commuters, but still the stations were fairly empty. It wasn’t hard to wait until people moved out of the way for photos 🙂

  2. Chloe Logan

    This is such a fun post–I’m sad I didn’t get to explore as many as I wanted. Would you mind if I link to this story in an upcoming post I’m doing about cheap Stockholm activities? Let me know! 🙂

  3. Mary Combe

    Thanks Ashlea, followed your advice and had a great time hopping on and off the trains taking photos. Thanks again for doing the research. Mary

  4. Kristine

    Oh! The station looked amazing! I’ll be adding this activity to my Possibly-to-do-in-Stockholm trip =) Thanks for the write-up!

    • Ashlea Wheeler

      The stations were all amazing in Stockholm! If you’re planning on catching the subway around, then you’ll likely see some of them as you pass through. I still think it’s worth taking an hour to go out of your way to see a few more, though! I hope you have a fabulous time in Stockholm, Kristine 😀

  5. Chantal

    Your blog is exactly what I was looking for and it definitly should be in all the guides of Stockholm. I told my friend who lives there I wanted to see the stations and she didn’t understand. I guess the people who use the subway everyday just don’t see its beauty anymore! Thank you!

    • Ashlea Wheeler

      Thanks for your comment, Chantal! I suppose the people of Stockholm must become oblivious to the stations after a while, but as visitors we can recognise how artistic and interesting they are! Enjoy your trip to Stockholm 🙂

  6. Raul

    I just came from Stockholm. The station is Kungsträdgården by the way. I can’t pronounce it either, but it’s great.


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