Tunnelbana – a journey through Stockholm’s subway stations

Most of Stockholm’s subway stations (a.k.a. Tunnelbana) have a unique design. And that’s more than a good reason to do your own Tunnelbana tour!

Some of the stations are inspired by video games, some by nature, some by history, and some are the result of pure imagination.

Inspired by Petya who took a DIY tour around Stockholm’s subway station, we decided to spend some time riding the subway when we visited Sweden’s capital two years later.

The improvised Stockholm Subway Surfing

So this was the initial subway stations’ tour that Petya and friends did. Here are the recap and some recommendations. During our visit to Sweden in 2017 we managed to see some of them and here is the video we made from our photos.

For those of you, who plan to visit Stockholm, we recommend using the blue metro lines, since there were a lot of beautiful stations there. My personal favorite is “Solna centrum”. (This is the one in green and red and a lot of nature motives.) Also, the red line between the stations “Stadion” and “Universitetet”  has some gorgeous art treasures.

Exploring the subway stations, or as I like to call it Subway Surfing, is a great activity for the afternoon and evening, since most of the attractions and museums in Stockholm are already closed by 5 p.m. Just don’t get too carried away, as we did on our first night of Subway Surfing, or you might end up waiting for half an hour for the next train to come…

The Tunnelbana tour

So when we (Bibi and Nace) visited Stockholm in 2019, we knew that spring weather may empower us for indoor activities, and with the forecast of rain on our last day, it was decided: we were doing the Tunnelbana tour.

We researched the most photogenic and picturesque subway stations and with a note on our phones with cameras ready, we bought two tickets from the SL-journey planner and tickets app (on Google Play and App Store). Here’s the note with the stations we wanted to visit:

T-Centralen – blue line, red line, green line
Hötorget – green line
Odenplan – green line
Thorildsplan – green line
Östermalmstorg – red line
Stadion – red line
Tekniska Högskolan – red line
Mörby Centrum – red line
Solna Centrum – blue line
Solna Strand – blue line
Tensta – blue line
Kundsträdgärden – blue line

We will leave you with the joy and curiosity to create your own itinerary and enjoy the Stockholm subway stations’ tour as you like. Here’s the photo gallery of our journey.

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12 Responses

  1. Joe
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    Wow! This is almost like looking at an art gallery, making it a destination in its own right. Definitely more interesting than your average tube station 🙂

    • Petya Yakimova
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      Yeah! It is also cheaper than almost everything in Stockholm. It is practically free since you need a travel card anyway to get around the city.

  2. Looks like Stockholm is worth a visit for just the tube stations!

    • Petya Yakimova
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      Really cool, aren’t they?

  3. I’ve been to Stockholm but don’t remember seeing this! I think I didn’t take the subway a lot. But I think it’s such a great idea for people who have to take it all the time! And visiting these stations in the late afternoon is a great idea!!

    • Petya Yakimova
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      When were you in Stockholm? I noticed that the newest stations are the prettiest, so maybe they weren’t made yet when you were there. Also the more distant ones are pretty cool, so it really depends where you were using the subway from and to.

  4. Love artistic subway stations. Lisbon subway stations are kind of art galleries and these ones on your post are also amazing.

    • Petya Yakimova
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      Yeah, it is cool to see art being expressed in the most unusual ways.

  5. traveldejavu0
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    Couldn’t agree any more. don’t worry if you don’t get a chance to visit everything in the city. make sure you see this amazing subway stations. such a great visuals there 🙂

    • Petya Yakimova
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      Well said. 🙂

  6. I would take the subway just to look at the art. So pretty!

    • Petya Yakimova
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      Yep, we did that a lot, too. 🙂

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