Stockholm Central Station

Stockholm Central Station (Swedish: Stockholms centralstation) is a railway station in Stockholm, Sweden. It is situated in the district of Norrmalm at Vasagatan/Central Plan. The station opened on 18 July 1871 and it had over 200,000 visitors daily,[1] of which about 170,000 were travellers (105,000 with commuter trains, 25,000 with Arlanda Express and 40,000 with other trains), until 10 July 2017 when the local commuter trains started to call at the Stockholm City Station which is located under the central station.

Stockholm Central Station
Stockholm Central Station September 2013.jpg
Stockholm Central Station in September 2013
Coordinates59°19′48″N 18°03′22″E / 59.330°N 18.056°E / 59.330; 18.056Coordinates: 59°19′48″N 18°03′22″E / 59.330°N 18.056°E / 59.330; 18.056
Elevation3 m
Owned byJernhusen
Operated byArlanda Express
Västra stambanan
ArchitectAdolf W. Edelsvärd
Opened18 July 1871
Preceding station   Arlanda Express   Following station
TerminusArlanda Express logo.svgtoward Arlanda North
Stockholm Railway Station, view from the bridge

In front of the central station stands a statue of Nils Ericson.


The station in 1890
Ljungström locomotive at Stockholm Central Station (1922).

The station was built between 1867 and 1871 with Adolf W. Edelsvärd as the architect. Until 1925 the tracks led into the station but during a renovation 1925-1927 the tracks were moved to the west and the former track hall was converted into a 119 meter long, 28 meter wide and 13 meter high waiting hall. During the renovation the station was extended to the south through the construction of the southern pavilion. This part of the station currently houses a conference facility. Next to the conference facility is the Royal waiting hall where the Royal Family waits when travelling by train.

In 1951 the facade towards Vasagatan was changed and given a more simplified look. In 1958 an underground passage to T-Centralen was opened. In 2017 the commuter trains moved to a separate station, Stockholm City Station, one kilometer away.

In 2011 Jernhusen, a real estate company in Stockholm, found a way to channel the body heat from the hordes of commuters passing through Stockholm's Central Station to warm another building that is just across the road.[2]


The front of the station being renovated during summer 2012. Reflecting this, the statue of Nils Ericson in front of the main entrance is wearing ear mufflers and accompanied with a text saying Jäsicken hvilket oväsen ("Oh my gosh what a noise").
The main station hall decorated for Christmas 2020.
A SL X60 commuter train on platform 10

The station consists of two parts:

  • The northern part, with tracks 1 to 7 facing north, forms a terminal station for the Ostkustbanan, Mälarbanan and Arlandabanan railways. Tracks 1 and 2 are reserved for the Arlanda Express, which have platforms level with the train floor allowing step free access. Track 3 is mostly used by Uppsalapendeln and tracks 4 to 7 are used for long-distance and regional traffic and overnight traffic to the north.
  • Tracks 10 to 19 in the western part constitute a passing station for Västra stambanan and local commuter trains. Tracks 10 to 12 are mostly used for long-distance and regional trains to the south, but can also be used for traffic to the north, while tracks 17 to 19 are mostly used for long-distance and regional trains to the north, but can also be used for traffic to the south. Most of the trains turn back after the Stockholm Central Station, but some trains continue towards the north. The tracks 13-16 are high-floor tracks used for SL commuter trains until July 2017, now used for regional and long distance trains.

On level with the Northern Railway Square are service depots for long-distance and regional trains. Terminating trains from the south arrive on tracks 17 to 19 where passengers alight, and then continue to the service depots to the north where they are cleaned and have their supplies refilled. Then they return south via tracks 10 to 12. Long-distance trains from tracks 4 to 8 are services in the same way near the Northern Railway Square.

Commuter train stationEdit

Platforms at the Stockholm Central Station

The Stockholm Central station was the busiest station on the Stockholm commuter rail, with about 53,000 boarding the trains and about as many disembarking every weekday (as of 2005). The commuter rail used two island platforms, one for tracks 13 and 14 (southbound trains) and one for tracks 15 and 16 (northbound trains). Each platform has entries with entry gates from the lower level and a ticket sales office on the upper level with an entry from Klarabergsviadukten. From 2017 the commuter trains moved to a separate underground station, known as Stockholm City Station.

The commuter trains go on their own tracks along Ostkustbanan via Tomteboda, and after Karlberg Station they go underneath the other tracks to avoid conflict with long-distance and regional trains. After the centre, they join the Stockholm connection railway to the south, which has had two tracks since 1871. In 2006, a decision was finally made to construct Citybanan, a new track in a tunnel, and Stockholm City Station, a new station for commuter trains below T-Centralen. The construction was started in January 2009 and was completed in 2017.


A bus terminal called Cityterminalen is located adjacent to the main station, directly connected by a short pedestrian tunnel.

Local services offered by SL stop at various bus stops close to the main station's exits.

Metro stationEdit

Services on all lines of the Stockholm Metro network are provided on a separate station named T-Centralen. An underground pedestrian passage connects it to Stockholm Central Station.


Bicycles outside the station
Ringen ("the ring"), in the centre of the ground floor, is one of Stockholm Central station's most distinctive interior features. Citizens of Stockholm like to refer to it as Spottkoppen ("the spittoon").
  • Arlanda Express
    • Stockholm-Arlanda Airport
  • SJ
    • Intercity services
      • Falun via Uppsala, Avesta Krylbo, Borlänge
      • Karlstad via Katrineholm, Hallsberg
      • Gothenburg via Södertälje Syd, Katrineholm, Hallsberg, Skövde, Herrljunga
      • Mora via Uppsala, Avesta Krylbo, Borlänge
      • Östersund via Uppsala, Gävle, Bräcke
      • Sundsvall via Uppsala, Gävle
      • Malmö via Norrköping, Nässjö, Lund
    • Night train
      • Luleå via Uppsala, Gävle, Sundsvall, Umeå
      • Narvik via Umeå, Boden, Gällivare, Kiruna
      • Storlien via Uppsala, Gävle, Sundsvall, Östersund, Åre
      • Malmö via Norrköping, Nässjö, Alvesta
    • SJ commuter rail services
      • Arboga via Södertälje Syd, Strängnäs, Eskilstuna
      • Hallsberg via Södertälje, Katrineholm
      • Linköping via Södertälje, Nyköping, Kolmården, Norrköping
      • Gävle via Uppsala, some service continues to Ljusdal
      • Gothenburg via Västerås, Örebro, Hallsberg, Skövde, Herrljunga, Alingsås
      • Uppsala
      • Västerås via Enköping,
      • Hallsberg via Enköping, Västerås, Arboga, Örebro
    • X 2000, also called "SJ Snabbtåg" since 11 December 2011, Express Intercity services
      • Åre via Uppsala, Sundsvall, Östersund (seasonal during ski season in Åre)
      • Arvika via Hallsberg, Karlstad
      • Borås via Skövde, Herrljunga
      • Malmö via Norrköping, Nässjö, Lund
      • Copenhagen via Norrköping, Nässjö, Lund, Malmö
      • Gothenburg via Katrineholm, Skövde
      • Oslo via Karlstad, Arvika
      • Nässjö via Norrköping
      • Sundsvall via Uppsala, Gävle
      • Uddevalla via Skövde, Herrljunga
      • Strömstad via Skövde, Herrljunga, Uddevalla (during summer holidays)
  • Veolia Transport
    • Night train
      • Åre (Seasonal)
      • Berlin via Copenhagen, Hamburg (Seasonal)
  • Flygbussarna (bus departing from Cityterminalen)
      • Arlanda
      • Bromma
      • Skavsta
      • Västerås
Preceding station SJ Following station
Arlanda Central
towards Falun Central or Mora
Dala Line Terminus
Arlanda Central East Coast Line
Arlanda Central
towards Duved
Northern Main Line
Märsta Uppsalapendeln
Terminus Mälaren Line and Western Main Line Sundbyberg
Southern Main Line Södertälje Syd
Värmland Line Södertälje Syd
towards Oslo Central
Western Main Line Södertälje Syd
Preceding station Vy Tåg Following station
Arlanda Central
towards Luleå or Narvik
Night Trains to Upper Norrland Terminus


  1. ^ "Stockholm". Jernhusen. Archived from the original on 7 January 2008. Retrieved 13 January 2008.
  2. ^ Xanthe Hinchey: "Harvesting energy: body heat to warm buildings" in BBC News, 9 January 2011

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