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Track maintenance in Stockholm

Before the trip

This is where you'll find information regarding how early you should arrive at the station, what refreshments we offer onboard the trains and services on the stations.

The Wasp's Waist renovation project – five tips for train travellers this summer

Travelling by train this summer? Here are some tips to help you and the other 26,999 SJ passengers during the Swedish Transport Administration's Wasp Waist renovation project.

In summer 2018, Stockholm's so-called Wasp Waist is closed for renovation. This track maintenance means all train traffic is suspended between Stockholm Central and Stockholm Södra, which, in turn, impacts train travel throughout Sweden. Here are a few tips to help you prepare for your journey:

1. Be prepared to change trains

The track maintenance means all SJ trains that normally depart for the south from Stockholm Central, or arrive from the south at Stockholm Central, will now stop at one of two commuter stations: Stockholm Södra or Flemingsberg. High-speed trains with stop at and depart from Stockholm Södra. InterCity and regional trains will stop at and depart from Flemingsberg station. If you are arriving from the south, or travelling to the south, you will need to change to a commuter train to get in or out of Stockholm Central.*

If you arrive from the north, or will be travelling northbound from Stockholm Central, you will not be affected by the track maintenance.

2. Say hello to commuter trains

Getting to or from Stockholm Södra and Flemingsberg stations is easy by SL commuter train. They depart from and stop at Stockholm City, the commuter train station that lies adjacent to Stockholm Central. The commuter train from Stockholm City to Stockholm Södra takes just 3 minutes. The trip to Flemingsberg takes 19 minutes. There are SJ hosts available to help you at both these stations. Just look out for the yellow vests with the SJ logo.

And don't worry; if you have bought a ticket for the whole route from SJ, we have calculated in enough changeover time for you to easily change trains.

3. Top up your trivia!

And while you're on your way, how about entertaining your travel companions with a little station trivia? Did you know, for instance, that in the mid-1960s Flemingsberg counted as a small town with a population of 260? Or that when Stockholm Södra station was built in 1860 it was the city's first railway station? In those days, the station was located at Medborgarplatsen, roughly where Söderhallarna stand today.

4. Wrap it up!

During the track maintenance period, SJ will be selling wraps, hearty sandwiches, and hot and cold beverages on board trains serving refreshments. If you are travelling by a SJ train with no refreshments service, passengers are advised to buy something at the station or bring along a picnic. Hot food cannot be preordered during the track maintenance period.

5. Give yourself a little space

Both Stockholm Södra and Flemingsberg are smaller stations than Stockholm Central, and all passengers cannot wait on the platform at the same time. This is why we advise our passengers to arrive no earlier than 10 minutes before the train is due to depart.

 

*Some trains will go another way, north of lake Mälaren, and can therefore depart from Stockholm Central as usual. The station information in the timetable and on your ticket is always correct. Read more.

Have you booked a long trip? Here's how to entertain yourself on the train! Click here!

Three FAQ before your trip!

This summer, all train traffic between T-Centralen and Stockholm Södra will be suspended while the Swedish Transport Administration renovates the Wasp's Waist. Here we're answering three FAQ to help you plan your trip.

How do I know whether the Wasp's Waist is closed when I travel?

During summer 2019, all train traffic between Stockholm Central and Stockholm Södra will be suspended from 24 June − 18 August, inclusive. When you book tickets via sj.se, the booking system clearly marks whether your travel date is during the Wasp Waist closure period and, if so, how you will be affected.

Which station will I go to when the Wasp Waist is closed?

While the Wasp Waist is being renovated, trains which normally depart for the south or arrive at Stockholm Central from the south will stop at Flemingsberg or Stockholm Södra commuter stations. But how do you know which of these two stations is for you? The answer is simple: If you are travelling by high-speed train, you will get on or off at Stockholm Södra. If you are travelling by InterCity or regional train, you will get on or off at Flemingsberg station.* Which station applies to you will be displayed when you book your ticket at sj.se.

If you have bought a ticket for the whole route from SJ, we have calculated in enough changeover time for you to easily change trains.

If you are arriving at Stockholm Central from the north, or travelling northbound from Stockholm Central, you will not be affected by the track maintenance.

Is the commuter train journey to or from Stockholm City included in my SJ ticket?

If you are travelling on a SJ Monthly pass, SJ 90-day ticket or SJ Annual pass (without Resplus), a SL commuter train ticket will be included during the track maintenance period. If you have bought one of these tickets, you will receive a code via email or text message. Use the code to collect your SL ticket from any Pressbyrån in Stockholm.

If you are travelling on a Movingo ticket, this ticket is, as always, valid on SL commuter trains. If you have loaded a SL Barrier opener function in your SL Access card, use it to pass through the barriers. If you purchased your Movingo as an app ticket, present your digital ticket to a station host at the barrier booth.

If you do not have any of the tickets listed above, you will need to buy a separate SL ticket for the commuter train leg (unless you have a SL card, obviously).

 

*Some trains will go another way, north of lake Mälaren, and can therefore depart from Stockholm Central as usual. The station information in the timetable and on your ticket is always correct. Read more.

Useful info!

From commuters to parents − here's a little sweet info for those travelling while the Wasp's Waist is closed this summer.

For families:

A drop in blood sugar can happen to any of us. Luckily, tummies can still be filled on SJ trains that normally offer refreshments even during the track maintenance period. We'll be selling wraps, hearty sandwiches plus hot and cold drinks. If you are travelling on a SJ train without refreshments, both Flemingsberg and Stockholm Södra stations offer an adjacent Pressbyrån, cafés and restaurants. Food cannot be preordered during the track maintenance period.

Please also note that both Stockholm Södra and Flemingsberg stations have smaller platforms that the train station at Stockholm Central. If you don't want to be caught in a crowd, we recommend waiting to enter the platform until 10 minutes before the train is due to depart.

For business travellers:

If you are travelling south from Stockholm Central, or if you are arriving at Stockholm Central from the south, your journey will involve an additional change. It may be useful to calculate on your journey taking longer than usual and adjusting your schedule accordingly. The correct arrival time at your final destination is obviously displayed on your ticket. I.e., if you are travelling to Stockholm and need to change to a commuter train at Flemingsberg, the additional time it takes to reach Stockholm City is calculated into your arrival time.

If you are travelling on a Movingo ticket that is normally valid on SL's commuter trains, you can use that ticket for the journey to or from Stockholm City. If you have loaded a SL Barrier opener function in your SL Access card, use it to pass through the barriers. If you purchased your Movingo as an app ticket, present your digital ticket to a station host at the barrier booth.

For passengers in wheelchairs:

If you need station assistance to and from the train while the Wasp Waist is closed, you can book help in the usual way. Ring and book no later than 24 hours before departure by calling +46 771-75 75 75, touchtone 5. Read more about disability assistance here.

Travel checklist

Are you packing for a train trip? Here's a checklist. Don't forget to bring …

… a charger. Ever planned a TV-series binge between Malmö and Umeå only to find your computer battery level is already at 8%? Don't forget to pack chargers for your devices! If you need to charge several items at the same time, you can always bring an extension lead.

… earplugs. If you have trouble shutting out the world, earplugs can make a huge difference − or a pair of noise-cancelling headphones if you prefer the hi-tech version.

… entertainment for the children. Travelling with children is an opportunity for quality time − especially when they don't have their own room to retreat to. Check out which travel toys are suitable for train journeys, pack a deck of cards or download a quiz app on your tablet.

… the bistro. You don't have to love The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy to appreciate the beauty of a fantastic sandwich. A snack break makes every trip a little sweeter. SJ's bistro carriages have a lot to offer such as sandwiches, wraps, salads and candy. Hot food, sadly, is not available during the renovation period − but perhaps that's no big loss during the summer.

… passport? Sometimes one travels to Karlstad, other times to Kazakhstan. If you're planning a longer trip, you might need your passport or a visa. Remember that some countries require your passport to be valid for at least a further six months after your departure date. An extra tip for those of you who like to be prepared for all eventualities is to take a photo of your passport's ID page in case you lose it.

… sleep mask. Taking the night train or fancy a nap on a day train? A sleep mask will help you enjoy a deeper sleep.

… ticket and ID. Last but not least: your ticket. Regardless of whether you have a paper or digital ticket, make sure you keep your ticket handy and don't forget to bring along some form of ID.

Ticked everything off? Then you're good to go! Enjoy your trip!

Useful information for passengers travelling to, from, or through Stockholm this summer