Stockholm commuter rail

Stockholm commuter rail (Swedish: Stockholms pendeltåg) is the commuter rail system in Stockholm County, Sweden. The system is an important part of the public transport in Stockholm, and is controlled by Storstockholms Lokaltrafik. The tracks are state-owned and administered by the Swedish Transport Administration, while the operation of the Stockholm commuter rail services itself has been contracted to MTR Nordic since December 2016.

Stockholm commuter rail
Stockholms pendeltåg
OwnerStorstockholms Lokaltrafik / Swedish Transport Administration
LocaleStockholm County;
Södermanland County;
Uppsala County, Sweden
Transit typeCommuter rail
Number of lines7
Number of stations53
Daily ridership390,000[1] (weekday 2019)
Annual ridership120 million (2019)[2]
Began operation22 April 1968[3]
Operator(s)MTR Nordic
Train length107–214 metres (351–702 ft)
Headway3-4 minutes (central section)
System length241 km (150 mi)
Track gauge1,435 mm (4 ft 8+12 in) (standard gauge)
Average speed60 km/h (37 mph)
Top speed160 km/h (99 mph)


An X60 train in Sundbyberg

Local trains have been operated on the mainline railways around Stockholm since the late nineteenth century. At the beginning, local rail services were part of the Swedish State Railways, but in the late-1960s, the responsibility for these services was transferred to Stockholm County, which incorporated it with the ticketing system of Stockholm Transport. New trains were bought, stations were modernised, and the Stockholm commuter rail network was developed with an aim of making it more metro-like. Originally the system was branded as SL förortståg (English: SL suburban train), and later as SL lokaltåg (English: SL local/commuter train). Only in the 1980s did the system officially become known as Stockholms pendeltåg.

In its first year of operation there was only one route which went from Södertälje södra (now Södertälje Hamn) to Kungsängen via Stockholm Central Station. On 1 June 1969, the system was extended to Märsta via a branch located after Karlberg Station (sv) and a new service was created in which trains on the Kungsängen branch terminated at Stockholm C instead. In 1975 another branch line opened to Västerhaninge, with a single-track shuttle service to Nynäshamn. Trains on the Kungsängen branch now terminated at Västerhaninge instead of Stockholm C and which now forms part of the modern line 35.

From 1986 until 1996, important improvements were made to the railways around Stockholm. Single-track stretches were upgraded to double tracks, and some double-track stretches were upgraded to four-track, allowing the commuter trains to run with less interference from other rail services. The service frequency was gradually increased, and from 2001 most stations on the network are served by trains at regular 15-minute intervals, with additional trains during rush hours.

In 2001, the northwestern arm of the network was extended from Kungsängen to Bålsta. A southern infill station at Årstaberg was inaugurated in 2006, in order to connect with the then new Tvärbanan light rail system. A new station at Gröndalsviken opened on the southeastern Västerhaninge-Nynäshamn shuttle on 18 August 2008.

Since 9 December 2012, it has been possible for Stockholm commuter rail trains to stop at Stockholm Arlanda Airport. Journeys take 38 minutes from Arlanda C station to Stockholm C, and 18 minutes from Arlanda C to Uppsala C.[4][5] Discussions on the expansion began in December 2007. The airport has had express service from Stockholm Central through Arlanda Express since 1999, and was also reachable by bus from Märsta station. The implementation required negotiations between Stockholm Transport and Arlanda Express, who had operating rights for the tracks.[6]

A rail tunnel underneath central Stockholm began construction in 2008 and opened on 10 July 2017. This new tunnel, known as Stockholm City Line (Citybanan; lit. ‘the city line’), is intended for the exclusive use of the Pendeltåg system, and will split commuter traffic onto separate tracks from long-distance trains while travelling through the city. This would ease the rail systems' congestion problems, and permit Stockholm Transport to schedule more frequent service. It will also allow more frequent service for other trains, increasing the capacity for large parts of the Swedish rail network since many trains go to and from Stockholm. Two new underground stations, Stockholm City Station (located under T-Centralen, both stations with connections to Stockholm Central Station) and Stockholm Odenplan Station (sv; located under Odenplan metro station, replacing Karlberg Station) were built as part of the Citybanan project.[7]

A new station called Vega (sv), located on the Nynäs Line in Haninge Municipality between Skogås and Handen stations, opened on 1 April 2019 after almost four years of construction. Vega was also the name of a small halt on the Nynäs Line which existed between 1929 and 1973, although it was built at a different location from the current Vega station.

Operation of the Stockholm commuter rail lines has been contracted to private companies since 2000. The first franchise holder was Citypendeln (sv), which operated the Stockholm commuter rail from 2000 until 17 June 2006. From 18 June 2006 until 10 December 2016, the network was operated by Stockholmståg (sv), a subsidiary of SJ AB, the former Swedish State Railways company. Since 11 December 2016, MTR Nordic has operated the services on a ten-year contract with an option to extend for a further four.[8]


Stockholm commuter rail network map
Line Stretch Travel time Length Stations
40 Uppsala C  Arlanda C  Stockholm City  Södertälje centrum25
41 Märsta  Stockholm City  Södertälje centrum24
42X Märsta  Stockholm City  Nynäshamn26
43 Bålsta  Stockholm City  Nynäshamn28
43X Kallhäll  Stockholm City  Nynäshamn24
44 Kallhäll  Stockholm City  Tumba15
48 Södertälje centrum  Gnesta0:3130 km6
Entire commuter rail system[9]241 km54

After the rerouting of December 2017, there are two lines on most railways, with different destinations. On top of this, some trains are from this time quick skip-stop trains, 42X and 43X (named with an X after the line number), which skip around four stops per tour.

The shorter line 48 in the southwest connects Gnesta to Södertälje. Line 40 connects Uppsala C in the north to Södertälje in the southwest via Arlanda C, Upplands Väsby and Stockholm City Station, this branch from Uppsala C to Upplands Väsby (where it joins line 41 to Södertälje) used by Line 40 utilises the existing infrastructure of the Arlanda Line and a part of the East Coast Line sharing tracks and platforms with regional and long distance trains.

The line to Nynäshamn beyond Västerhaninge is mostly single track with passing loops. Previously, short platforms and limited passing places meant that a change of train had to be made in Västerhaninge, but as of 2013 the line has been improved with longer platforms and additional loops, and all services are now run through to Stockholm and Bålsta.

Trains operate every 30 minutes from 5 am to 1 am every day, with 15-minute intervals during the daytime. Additional trains during rush hours give an average of 7½ minutes intervals for many stations, and trains every 4½ minutes on the central parts. Line 40, 48 and the outer parts of the railway to Nynäshamn (from Västerhaninge) are served less frequently, with up to one hour between trains on weekends.

390,000 passengers use Stockholm commuter trains on an ordinary weekday (counting connecting passengers double). This is almost half of the total number of train passengers in Sweden, the metro and trams not included.[citation needed]


There are 53 stations in the network, four of which are beyond the borders of Stockholm County. Eight stations connect with regional and long-distance trains, three connect with the light-rail tram system Tvärbanan, and four stations have access to the Stockholm metro. Several stations are important interchanges to local buses.

Most stations are of a similar style, with an island platform in a ground-level location with one or two exits, turnstiles, and a staffed ticket office. A few interchange stations have multiple platforms. The stations south of Västerhaninge and Södertälje are smaller, and have no ticket vending facilities; passengers buy their tickets from the train conductor on these parts of the network. The smallest station is Hemfosa, which has approximately 100 boarding passengers per day.

Stockholm commuter rail logo

The stations are marked with a J symbol, which just stands for the generic term "järnvägsstation" (i.e. railway station) and is similar to the T symbol used by the Stockholm underground railway stations ("tunnelbanestation").

Rolling stock

An ice covered X1 train

Since the opening of the Stockholm City Line (Citybanan) on 10 July 2017, only one train type, the X60 Coradia Nordic trains from Alstom is currently used on the network, due to the use of platform screen doors on the Citybanan. A total of 71 X60 trains were delivered between 2005 and 2008 to replace secondhand X420 trains previously operated by Deutsche Bahn in Germany, and which were imported into Sweden by the then-operator Citypendeln to temporarily increase capacity on the Pendeltåg network. A full-length train with two X60 units measures 214 metres (702 ft). In 2016, 46 trains of a new generation of the Coradia Nordic family called X60B entered service to replace the X10 trains originally delivered between 1983 and 1993.[10] The maximum speed of the X60 and X60B trains is 160 km/h (99 mph).


An X10 train towards Märsta
  • X1 (from 1968 until 2011)
  • X10 (from 1983 until 2017)
  • X20/X23 (from 2001 until 2002)
  • DSB Bn passenger coaches hauled by SJ Rc locomotives (from 2001 until 2003)
  • X420 (from 2002 until 2005)

See also


  1. "Verksamhetsberättelse 2019" (PDF). Stockholm County Council. 2020. p. 48. Retrieved 12 February 2020.
  2. Nytt SL-rekord – över 861 miljoner resor på ett år
  3. "Atlas - Svenska Spårvägssällskapet".
  4. "Nu startar pendeltågslinjen till Arlanda och Uppsala". Storstockholms Lokaltrafik. Archived from the original on 8 September 2013.
  5. "Commuter rail service now available at Stockholm Arlanda". Swedavia. 7 December 2012. Archived from the original on 6 October 2014. Retrieved 20 January 2017.
  6. Sidenbladh, Erik (18 December 2007). "SL utreder pendeltåg till Arlanda". Svenska Dagbladet (in Swedish). Retrieved 27 July 2008.
  7. "Om Citybanan" (in Swedish). Swedish Transport Administration. Retrieved 24 March 2017.
  8. MTR to operate Stockholm Pendeltag Railway Gazette International December 9, 2015
  9. "Fakta om SL och regionen 2019" (PDF) (in Swedish). Storstockholms Lokaltrafik. p. 10. Archived (PDF) from the original on 27 December 2020. Retrieved 3 April 2021.