Stockholm, Sweden

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Tunnelbana Blue Line station at Kungsträdgården. Photo by David Pirmann, October 2010.

For a city of its modest size, Stockholm (population 1.2 million) has a hugely varied rail transport network. Aside from the heavy-rail commuter and long-distance trains, there are a number of light rail operations in the Swedish capital.

First and foremost is the Tunnelbana metro system, which consists of three colour-coded lines and 100 stations. Of the three main 'trunk' lines, the southern ends of the Green and Red lines and the northern ends of the Blue and Red lines split to serve two or three branches. Whilst all stations in the central area are below ground, many of those in the suburbs are on the surface.

There are several light rail lines located throughout the city. The longest of these is the Tvärbanan, running from Alvik metro station in an east-west direction across the southern part of the city. The Nockebybanan (line 12) operates from the Alvik metro station in western Stockholm to Nockeby. This line runs modern low-floor cars similar to those on the Tvärbanan. The Lidingöbanan runs from the Red line metro station at Ropsten, across a lift bridge onto the island of Lidingö. Finally, tram line no. 7 serves the island of Djurgården from a terminus a few blocks from Central Station at Sergels Torg. Run as a museum operation from 1991, this line has recently been converted to full time operation using a small fleet of Flexity Classic low-floor trams.

There are several suburban rail operations as well, ranging from heavy rail to an unusual narrow gauge line in the north of Stockholm. Operating east from Stockholm to the suburbs of Saltsjöbaden and Solsidan is the Saltsjöbanan line. In the north of Stockholm is a narrow-gauge commuter operation known as the Roslagsbanan. Finally there is the Swedish state railways commuter operation known as the Pendeltåg, which operates through downtown Stockholm via Central Station.

Despite Stockholm's status as a medium-sized city, it has a great deal to see both rail-wise and otherwise, and is blessed with a superb location. Various time-based travelcards are obtainable for use on all the above-described systems.

Djurgården Line

Lidingöbanan Line

Nockebybanan Line

Saltsjöbanan and Roslagsbanan Lines

Tunnelbana (Metro)

Tvärbanan Line

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