Subways are great. They shuffle people around cities with the greatest of ease and relative efficiency. I mean, say what you want about the London Underground (it’s hot, dusty, cramped, I could go on…), but I dare you to try getting across town faster in a car.
That being said, subways stations aren’t typically places you want to linger. They’re simply a part of a greater artificial organism that transports you from point A to B.
That is, unless you happen to be in Stockholm.
Having been fortunate to schlep around many subways systems around the world, I can say with confidence that Stockholm’s T-Bana is the most beautiful I’ve seen.
I’m no geologist, but it’s pretty clear from riding the T-Bana that what lies beneath Stockholm is solid rock. Tunnelling through to create the city’s subways lines must have been a massive undertaking, but left an impressive network of what are essentially caves.
Instead of smoothing out the rough edges, painting the walls a soothing neutral colour or plastering them with tiles, Stockholm took a more artistic approach to its subway stations.
A few, like T-Centralen, stick out in particular.
The T-Bana is a pretty extensive network, but I managed to photograph a few of the most notable stations during my recent trip to Stockholm.
Solna Station was one of my favourites. I love how deep the red is and how it contrasts with the green landscape.
This archway connecting the two platforms at Station Station really show off the texture of the rock (and the rainbow is a nice touch too!)
The artwork didn’t stop above ground. Thorildsplan is an overground station featuring a Nintendo theme.
If you only have time to visit one of these stations during a quick trip to Stockholm, make it T-Centralen. For a complete list of notable stations, check out this page from Visit Stockholm.
You can purchase subway tickets at designated machines inside each station or at a ticket desk. Prices are as follows:
SEK 115 (9 GBP) for 24 hours
SEK 230 (18 GBP) for 72 hours
SEK 300 (24 GBP) for 7 Days