On moving to Sweden, you will probably wonder how to travel around the country. Find out, in this article, all that you need to know on the Swedish transport system.
Like most European countries, Sweden also has a developed transport network. So if you are moving there, you should have no trouble at all in traveling from one region to another, including rural areas. Moreover, the major Swedish cities also have their own transport networks so as to ease their respective populations' everyday life. Tickets are generally accessible, but these can be more expensive in the case of some specific trips.
Bus and trains
The bus and transports service is known as Lanstrafiken. As each major city has its own transport network, you should easily be able to distinguish between these. Malmö, which is the main transports platform for the the Scania region, is served by Skanetrafiken. Stockholm, for its part, is served by Storstockholms Lokaltrafik while Göteborg is served by Vasttrafik.
Swedish Railway is the country's main train company. It provides several types of services:
- rapid trains which go around Sweden (but which are more expensive)
- intercity trains
- local trains (which commute within Göteborg and Stockholm)
- night trains (which connect Narvik to Malmö).
In general, ticket prices vary according to the type of train, class, travel schedules and purchase date.
Stockholm, the capital city, has a subway network which is known as Tunnelbana (T-Bana). The network consists of 7 lines which serve a total of 100 stations. These can easily be spotted thanks to a color system (green, red and blue) depending on different zones (1, 2 and 3).
Sweden also has a wide taxi network. Note, however, that fares cannot be negotiated with the driver. In fact, taxis operate according to a pre-established fee schedule. But you can still inquire on the fare before boarding the vehicle to avoid surprises.
If you wish to travel throughout Sweden, but with a limited budget, why not turn to coach buses? Indeed, the country hosts several coach bus networks with rather comfortable vehicles.
Besides international flights, Swedish airline companies also provide regional and domestic flights. So if you wish to save time, why not travel by plane? However, fares are much higher than those of trains and coach buses.
Biking is very popular in Sweden. In fact, roads are marked in such as way as to preserve cycling lanes and protect bikers.
Stockholm is an archipelago that you can explore by ferry. Indeed, for a breathtaking sightseeing tour, you will be delighted to cross canals and main lakes which make wonderful maritime routes.
Expat.com – Transports in Sweden Forum
Storstockholms Lokaltrafik – the National Transports Network sl.se
Swedish Railways www.sj.se
Swebus Express www.swebus.se
Svenska Buss www.svenskabuss.se
Nettbuss Express www.nettbuss.se
Stockholm Arlanda airport www.swedavia.com
Rederiaktiebolaget Göta Kanal www.gotakanal.se