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If you are in Stockholm for a short break, the SL 1-day or 3-day card ("tre-dygn kort") is worth considering. It is valid for 24 or 72 hours from the time of purchase, and entitles you to travel on the whole SL bus, tram, T-bana and commuter rail (Pendeltåg) network throughout Stockholm county. This means that you can use it to get to and from Arlanda Airport too (but not on the Arlanda Express or Flygbussarna).
The SL card is also valid on the Djurgården historic tram route and the Djurgården ferries (you don't get these with the Stockholm Card).
The 1-day card costs SEK 100, and the 3-day SEK 200. You can buy them at the SL Centre at T-Centralen or at many Pressbyrån kiosks near T-bana stations. Unfortunately, you cannot buy these cards from the ticket machines or the ticket inspectors at T-bana stations.
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The best way to get around in Stockholm is by public transport. I have to admit though that I mostly try to walk around as I see much more that way, but when distances get a bit longer the metro (Tunnelbana / T-Bana), the bus and even the ferries are a great alternative. Public transport in Stockholm is very organized and a good way to travel. On this website you can find more information about the Tunelbana and the bus lines, times and prices: http://www.sl.se/
There are several ways to pay for a ticket: buy for every seperate trip you make or maybe buy a short time travelcard for instead:
- A typical one way ticket (valid 1 hour) costs 20:- kronor (1 zone).
- A 1-day card (24 hours) costs 90:- kronor and a 3-day card (72 hours) costs 190:- kronor.
These short time travelcards are valid for an unlimited number of trips on the regular bus and metro lines within Stockholm county; for trams and ferries to Djurgården, and for admission to the Tram Museum. These day cards seems worth while the price and pay themselves back quite quickly.
Another alternative might be the Stockholm Card where you get free transportation plus you get a discount or free entrance fee to several of Stockholms musea. Check this website to get more information which musea are included in this deal: Stockholm Card. A 24 hour card costs 290: kronor-, 48 hours 420:- kronor and 72 hours 540:-. I am not sure if this deal is worth while though. I've considered buying it a few times, but after some quick calculations I was never cheaper off with it. But maybe if you plan to visit several more expensive musea in one day you're off cheaper with the card.
Here is a link to a good map with an overview of Stockholms public transport system (PDF-file): Map
Getting Round in Stockholm
Getting round in around city of Stockholm is easy. The bus and subway timing are quite accurate. Just click on the following website : http://www.sl.se/english and you will have the time schedule and direction and type of transportation you need to take or transit you need to make to the location you wish to go from your origin location. This webpage is so useful.
Public Tranportation in Stockholm
The public transportation in Stockholm is one of the best organized systems in the world! The underground & the bus network together with the tram & the train network connect every part of the city & make all the places easily reachable. Even to get to the outer suburbs it would not take you longer than half an hour and, considering the size of the city, that is pretty amazing. You can get a Stockholm card, daily or weekly tickets or single tickets to take the bus, the metro or the tram, the ticket valid for all three. Trains also connect the suburbia with the city center, making it easier & quicker to travel.
The underground system covers the whole city, but the buses make a thicker network & are more appropriate to reach smaller places like hospitals, churches or schools. Trams, although pretty old, still function & serve their purpose & having a ride is a great way to explore the city in a different way...
What kind of ticket shall I buy?
You must count how long time you will stay and then compare different possibilities: If you stay 2-3 weeks it maybe will be good for you to buy an ordinary 30-days card, I don't know, just count.... Or if you just will travel only certain days it maybe is better with a sort of Stockholm Card or ordinary tickets such with 20 coupons for example called Rabattkuponger. 20 such coupons costs 145 kr, so each coupon will cost 7:25 kr. If you go from outside Stockholm to the centre for example you need 4 coupons and within one hour you can travel as much as you want for that. So just count and compare....
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Metro & buses
Stockholm is very well served as far as concern public transports. Metro (Tunnelbana) and buses can take you everywhere in the city with the same ticket. Some of the metro stations are very nice, more than 70 stations over the 100 are decorated by artists and could be insert into the Must See Activity Tip.
Subway often expresses the spirit of the city..
In Stockholm I have found,obiouvsly,an excellent
service,clean(for a subway..),modern and useful.
A good net that allows you to move easily through
the city;quite fast and comfortable the trains..
The only thing I have not understood is the various
kinds of tickets that you can buy,depending on where
you buy them...I will investigate...
Ticket price? 15sek for a single way(1.70e),
but you can buy a "more favourable" daily ticket..
Reach all corners of the city
The underground (look for the blue T on a white sign) is very extended and takes you to most places you want to go once IN town. It is complimented by buses where it doesn't run and you can buy a 24 or 72hrs tourist card (valid from time of validation) or a 'strip' with several tickets for SEK 145 which then have to be stamped for each journey. The good thing with a monthly or tourist cards is that there are no zones involved so you can go from one end of County Stockholm to another for the same price. If you buy strips, there ARE zones and then you pay 2 tickets on your strip for a central journey. You can also go by Djurgårdsfärjan - the little ferry to Djurgården - if you have a monthly card. All cards can be bought at the SL local transport centre at the Central Station and most can also be bought in either the underground entrance booths or in the Pressbyrån kiosks often attached to stations and other hubs.
Note that a peculiar thing about the underground is that often, staff in these booths are on lunch breaks etc. and then there is a sign up, telling you to go through the gates and enjoy your journey for free. This is unless a ticket officer turns up (rare), in which case you explain where you boarded the train. And they wonder why the have a bad economy!? :-))) This is of course only an advantage if you've bought the strips that need stamping...Staff is also often very generous with the time stamped on the strips and often just wave you through even if the ticket says you're five minute's over time.
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Bus to/from the airport
The cheapest way to get from central Stockholm to the airport (or the other way around) is to take the bus called "Flygbuss". These buses run every day, every 10 minutes or so, to and from the airport. Th ride takes 40 minutes, there is room for your suitcases, and the price (one-way) is just 89 Swedish Krone. A taxi will cost about 400 Swedish Krone--so a big difference in price.
The buses arrive in the city center at T-Cenralen, the transportation heart of the city, so if you do not have too much luggage, you can get to where you need to go by continuing with the subway (Tunnelbana).
I really found it to be very convenient! Buses run from 6:40 AM - 10 PM from the airport and from 4 AM - 10 PM from central Stockholm.
Two tram lines in the city
There are two tram lines in Stockholm, one of which is interesting for tourists. This is the historic tram number 7, called Djurgardenslinjen, and it passes most of the sights of interest in the Royal Garden (Djurgarden). It runs between Norrmalmstorg and Waldemarsudde.
A one way ticket will cost 20 Swedish Krone but if you have the 1- or 3-day SL tourist pass for public transportation, the fee is included in that ticket.
For more information, see the website about Stockholm trams
SL Public transportation
It's easy to get around in Stockholm. Just ask anyone or the information people walking around in the metro or the bus drivers and they will point you in the right direction. Check the schedules for metro and buses or get your whole trip planned on the website of SL. It's expensive to use single tickets though, so some kind of card is advisable.
Travel with SL
Price (according to Lithuanian) is very high. However it would be cheeper if you'll buy 20 prepaid cupons (110 SEK) or 24h-card (80 SEK). Otherwise one trip will coest 20 SEK. All scedules you can get in the station near the entry in a small book with a name of the line, in e.g. red line - roeda linjen. There are all scedules and short info (in swedish). Allways have your valid ticket suplementary fee is 600 SEK. One trick. If you have stamp on your prepaid cupon that you'll travel one zone (there are 5 zones) then you can come back one zone, or continue journey without any other stamp that hour. There is no additional fee for the luggage
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City has a very well developed and organized transportation. Subway is really good, it is safe and clean and trains run quite often. Some stations are quite simple but others are worth seeing. There are also fast trains (overland trains) that can bring you from the Central Station to Stockholm suburbs.
Three day card
If you are visiting Stockholm for just a couple of days. The cheapest subway and bus card you can get is a three day card for 150 SEK.
Do not fall for the tourist card (220SEK for 24 hours) unless you are planning to visit a lot of museums. (which will enable you to get in for free)
Below you will find a good commuter site unfortunatly it is only available in Swedish now. An English site is coming shortly.
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Notes on local traffic
Subway is one of the major human traffic carriers in Stockholm. Together with bus network it is managed by SL - Stockholms Localtraffik. Due to that, common payment system is valid on all trains and buses in the city. The system also includes suburban trains and some innercity boats. Local traffic in Stockholm area is AWESOME. Incredibly good network, precise schedule, division onto zones, optimization by load - we can go on and on, but the size of the tip is limited. I will write a comprehensive report in a special travelogue - please look for it (If you did not notice yet, travelogues are the best place where you can read valuable information on my pages).
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