What Lies Beneath: Inside Stockholm’s Amazing Metro Stations

 
Solna Station

Solna Station in Stockholm, Sweden.

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.

Stockholm T Bana

Painted tunnel of T-Centralen

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.

Stockholm T Bana

T-Centralen

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.

Stockholm T-Bana

Radhuset Station

Stockholm T-Bana

Solna Station

Solna Station was one of my favourites. I love how deep the red is and how it contrasts with the green landscape.

Stockholm T-Bana

Stadion Station

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!)

Stockholm T-Bana

Thorildsplan Station

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