Discovering the Stockholm Subway Art Gallery

Discovering the Stockholm Subway Art Gallery

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Stockholm is a city with many secrets.  One of those is its extensive free art gallery in the subway.  Hiding beneath its busy streets lies a network of some of the best art in the city.  For the cost of a single subway ticket you can zip around the stations, and admire rainbows of colour, eerie caves and mysterious sculptures.  On a recent visit to Stockholm, I thought I’d check out some of the stations and discover the Stockholm Subway Art for myself!

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Stockholm Subway Art - T-Centralen Station
Stockholm Subway Art – T-Centralen Station

Reportedly the world’s longest art exhibit, Stockholm’s subway art consists of 110 kilometres of track, with over 90 of the 100 stations being decorated with mosaics, paintings and installations by more than 150 artists.  Began in the 1950s, the stations are an eclectic mix of styles and are well worth exploring.

Stockholm's Subway Art - Solna Station
Stockholm’s Subway Art – Solna Centrum Station

According to Visit Stockhom, these are the best stations to visit for their art.  Most can be easily reached with a single subway ticket which allows unlimited changes within 75 minutes for 36 SEK.  However, if you plan to do a lot of travelling within the city, then I’d recommend a 24 hour or 72 hour ticket for 115 or 230 SEK respectively, which also gives you more time to take photos of the stations!  I prefer shots without people, if you’re the same then time your visit to avoid rush hour and other peak times.

Blue line:                                        Green line:                           Red line:
Kungsträdgården                        Hötorget                                 Tekniska Högskolan
T-centralen                                    Thorildsplan                          Stadion
Rådhuset                                        Bagarmossen
Solna Centrum
Tensta

Stockholm Subway Art - Thorildsplan Station
Stockholm Subway Art – Thorildsplan Station

My favourite was the rainbow at Stadion, and the Super Mario inspired Thorilsplan, as well as the pretty blue & white vines at T-centralen.  Take a look for yourselves, which is your favourite?

Stockholm Subway Art - Stadion Station
Stockholm Subway Art – Stadion Station
Stockholm Subway Art - Kungsträdgården Station
Stockholm Subway Art – Kungsträdgården Station
Stockholm Subway Art - T-Centralen Station
Stockholm Subway Art – T-Centralen Station
Stockholm Subway Art - Tekniska Högskolan Station
Stockholm Subway Art – Tekniska Högskolan Station
Stockholm's Subway Art - Even the escalators deserve to be photographed
Stockholm’s Subway Art – Even the escalators deserve to be photographed
Stockholm's Subway Art - Kungsträdgården Station
Stockholm’s Subway Art – Kungsträdgården Station
Stockholm Subway Art - Stadion Station
Stockholm Subway Art – Stadion Station

Thank you to Visit Stockholm for providing my subway pass.

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23 thoughts on “Discovering the Stockholm Subway Art Gallery

  1. Have heard a lot about stockholm from a friend who lives in the city but never heard about this art gallery. All the pictures have come out really well and am definitely visiting on our trip to Sweden.

  2. All of these look so cool, I’m struggling to pick my favourite of the bunch!! Street art is one of my favourite ways to explore a new city, I’ll definitively remember this post should I ever find myself in Stockholm!

  3. I love Stockholm underground’s art and even have a similar blogpost to yours. Just stations are not all the same. I highly recommend everyone to see that.

  4. Super cool art! Looks like it is really empty during the non-rush hour. I would not mind a couple of people on my photos, but I can imagine during the rush hour they would completely cover up the art.

  5. This is so amazing. Absolutely breathtaking and I would love to see it. I love how there were no people in the pictures and you could see the art so well.

  6. I like the rainbow best as well!

    What a great idea to brighten up a space that traditionally tends to be quite stark and boring. Stockholm is not on my current travel schedule, but one day I will get there to have a look.

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