Public Transportation, Stockholm
When you are coming from Helsinki take the Silja Line ferry. It has been the nicest ferry I have ever been on....it´s like on Love Boat!
I have been there with my car and I found it hard to find my way sometimes. Traffic is quite a lot and there are some onewayroads when you not expect them...Signs have been irritating as well.....You also have to pay to park in the streets....!So it might be better to find a parking lot (not so easy as well!) and take the subway!
The Vandrarhem Zinkensdamm has a garage, but book in advance....it has been full!
Especially if you are staying in Stockholm for more than a few days, buy a månadskort. They cost 500 SEK, but allow unlimited travel on all buses and trains in the Stockholm region, as well as a couple of ferries.
Individual tickets for buses, trains and tunnelbana cost SEK 8, but there are cheaper options that are a better idea if you're planning to spend some time in the city.
Strip tickets similar to those used elsewhere in Europe are a good idea if you're in town a couple of days. A 20-coupon strip costs SEK 110 (two to five strips need to be validated for each trip depending on the length of your journey). Once you have validated your strip ticket you can travel for up to one hour.
Many travellers buy the SL Tourist Pass, which allows 24-72 hours transport within the Stockholm region. The 72-hour SL Tourist Pass also allows free admission to Gröna Land and Kaknästornet and 50% discount off the admission price to Skansen.
The SL Tourist Pass costs SEK 70 for a 24-hour pass and SEK 135 for the 72-hour pass.
The regular SL Pass is more popular with locals. This pass costs SEK 450 and is valid for 30 days travel in the Stockholm region.
The Stockholm Card is another transport pass aimed at tourists. This card costs SEK 220 for one day, SEK 380 for two days and SEL 540 for three days. It is valid for travel on buses, trains and tunnelbana and also allows entrance to around 70 museums and other attractions.
You can save money using the Stockholm Card if you're planning some hardcore sightseeing, although many travellers find it cheaper to buy the SL Tourist Pass and pay the admission fee to get into museums, particularly students who get reduced admission anyway.
Although the bus system is confusing to many travellers, there are a few routes that are useful to travellers including the frequent inner city routes 1, 3 and 4 and route 65, which run from Centralstation to Skeppsholmen.
Night buses run between 1am and 5am every day and are a useful option when the tunnelbana closes down for the night.
If you have your car with you you better keep it parked somewhere during your stay. The traffic in Stockholm is quite annoying and you get lost all the time because there are too many islands ;-) Better use busses and the subway (Watch out for a sign with a T - not with a U!!!) Unfortunately the public transportation is not exactly cheap!!!
Close to the town hall, the Stadshuset, you can park your car at the water (see picture) for approx. 70 SEK for 24 hours. Cheaper than anywhere else in the city I think!
Public transportation in Stockholm is outstanding. The have an extensive subway system and buses. Usually, you won't need to transfer to a bus, though. The subway system is very easy to understand if you have any clue about how to read a map. You can also count on doing a lot of walking, as this is one of the main attractions.
TRAINS & BUS. The public Transport is EXCELLENT and on time. No worries. You'll find your way very easy. You can get Tunnelbane & Bus books at the information centre (SL) in T-Centrale or on the internet. Tipe in www.sl.se, variety languages. There is bicycle shop's everywhere if you want to hire a bicycle aswell.
It depends where you want to go, but the trains (tunnelbana Metro & Commuter Trains [Pendeltåg]) & busses are the best way to travel.
Then between the islands there is alot of different Ferry's to choose from. Then there is alot of Taxi's but they are very expensive.
Busses, trains, and underground trains are very effective. Before going to Stockholm, check out the site 'www.sl.se' for all info on tickets, arrival times etc. (it is in English too).
There are very good bicycle roads to get around in town centre and around town.
OTHER TRANSPORTATIONBY UNDERGROUND
Stockholm is justifiably proud of its underground railway, known as T-banan (the 'T' stands for 'tunnel' all stations are identified by the 'T' sign). The T-banan is spotless, with almost 100 stations covering more than 95km (60 miles). The commuter trains (pendeltåg) take you very quickly to the suburbs of Stockholm as well as down to Nynäshamn, where you can board the ferry to the island of Gotland.
Travelling by bus is usually quite cheap compared to rail but the traveling time is longer. There are weekend-only services on a number of key routes.
The public transportation is really great in Stockholm. You can go to the same place three times and never travel the same way twice. This can be confusing to those like me, with no internal compass, travelling with those like SwedishChef, who can't get lost if they try. My advice: Go to Central Station to the information booth and buy a map. The maps they have there show all the land transportation lines: train, bus, and subway. The people there are very helpful and can probably help you find your way to anywhere. They also have brochures for all the major sights which tell you everything you need to know.
Using the public transport system is by far the easiest way to get around. The SL passes are valid on busses, subway trains, commuter trains, the number 7 tram during summer weekends (depending on card), as well as the town pedestrian ferries (one month or longer validity only). Passes are available in 24HR, 72HR (both with rebated/free entry at tourist spots around town), 30 Day, 1 quarter, and 1 year durations. If you're staying more than 3 days but less than a week, it may be worth your while getting a strip of 20 pre-paid tickets (one trip costs 2-5 tickets depending on zones crossed). For more info see htp://www.sl.se
The local public tranportation is great, but sometimes crowded enroute to popular destinations. The Arlanda Express and Airport buses are both fine transport between the airport and Stockholm (the buses are cheaper, of course). If it's rush hour and you have to be somewhere at a certain time, take the Arlanda Express - it's clean, comfortable, and relaxing to ride (and we all need less stress while traveling, right?).
Stockholm has a quite well organized traffic system. Buses are running on time tables and they are quite on time. The subway system is very good, and all subway stations has a different look and feel and they are a piece of Art each. (Some say, the Stockholm subway is the worlds longest museum.) But anyway, if you are at a subway station, look around carefully, as you might find some nice and funny things around. (Like some overized hiking boots on the ceiling. :)
For more information (timetables, prices, etc.) visit www.sl.se
Public transport is working rather good in Stockholm. It is easy to use and most easy in most places is to use the Tunnelbana which is the local subway system that will take you just about anywhere.
If the weathers bad or if your feet are aching, public transportation is excellent. The fastest way to get around is by subway, but the buses run quite smoothly as-well.