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With expensive parking fees in Stockholm, the best way to get around in Stockholm is by using public transportation means.
Stockholm is nowadays divided into 3 zones: A, including the whole subway system, B, including the "kommun" that are closest to zone A, and C, including the "kommun" that are farthest away. How far you're going will determine the price of your ticket, and generally buying the single ticket beforehand is cheaper than at the station. The alternatives are:
(1) Stockholm card: 24, 48 or 72 hours. The price includes entrance fees to museums.
(2) SL card: 1-day, 3-day, 7-day, 30-day cards. Covers only the public transportation.
(3) "Remsa", coupon strips: 16 coupons.
(4) Single ticket: the price will depend on how far you're going. Those can NOT be bought on the bus anymore.
Traveling within one zone costs 2 coupons, within 2 zones 3 coupons and within 3 zones 4 coupons.
You can buy the Stockholm card online at Stockholm Town.
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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
Buy your SL tickets at Arlanda airport here:
- Pressbyrån (name of a newspaper shop), Sky City/Arlanda (between terminals 4 and 5 [walkable] and any Pressbyrån in terminal 5)
- 7-Eleven, Arlanda terminal 4
- All the information desks in terminals 2 and 4 and the tourist information center at the arrival hall in terminal 5
- Pressbyrån, Arlanda arrival/international hall
This because you're not allowed to buy tickets from the bus drivers anymore and they won't let you on without a valid ticket, not to mention that you'll get fined if a controller asks to see it and you can't show it.
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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
Explore Stockholm by bus
Stockholm's bus network consists of blue and red buses, which cover routes between the metro stations and to the city suburbs. Tickets can't be bought from the driver, but have to be bought in advance from kiosks (Presbyran) or be loaded on the electronic SL access card.
A useful bus service for tourists is no. 69 which stops near the TV-Tower Kaknastornet and also leads along the popular Djurgarden district.
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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.
Stockholm via Public Transit
Stockholm has an excellent public transport system, including the subway (T-Bana), buses, trams, and even boats.
UPDATED Fares as of November 2011: SL has a complicated fare system involving "units" or "coupons." Travel within 1 zone (see a T-Bana Zone map to view the zones) requires the use of 2 "units," while travel among 2 and 3 zones costs 3 and 4 "units" respectively. A "coupon" will cost you SEK 22 purchased on the spot, or SEK 18 if it's pre-paid. Alternatively, if you purchase fare in cash at the gate (or by text message), it costs SEK 36 for travel within 1 zone, valid for an hour after first use. You also can purchase a pre-paid "slip" of 16 "units," costing SEK 200, which will give you eight 1-zone rides, 5 1/3 2-Zone rides, and four 3-Zone rides. Also remember that you can't purchase tickets on buses -- you must buy them beforehand. Got all that? :-)
Fortunately for tourists, there are a number of passes you can purchase. Many times, if you purchase a hotel package, a "Stockholm Card" or "Stockholm a la Carte" card will be included with your room. These cards offer use of public transit (except for the ferries to Djurgården and Skeppsholmen), as well as admission to many museums. The Stockholm Card may also be purchased at the tourist office, or online. Cost is SEK 425 for 24 hours, SEK 550 for 48 hours, and SEK 650 for 72 hours.
The best deal for most tourists is probably still to purchase a 24 hour travelcard, which costs SEK 115 and includes the Djurgården and Skeppsholmen ferries. For longer stays, you can also buy tickets for 72 hours (SEK 230), 7 days (SEK 300). Check the website for details if you wish to purchase a longer-duration pass. You can purchase these at several T-Bana stations, including T-Centrallen, as well as news stands that display the "SL" logo.
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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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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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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.
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.
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.
Metro and bus
The public transport in Stockholm is one of the best systems in Europe, with over a hundred metrostations and numerous busstops you can get almost everywhere with public transport. I recommend buying a Stockholms Kortet (Stockholm card) which is really worth it's price. With this card you can visit almost all museums for free, and you canuse the public transport system for free as well!
Travel to/from Arlanda Airport at no extra cost!
It is not very well known that you can use the Stockholm public transport (SL) cards to get to and from Arlanda airport. Most visitors to Stockholm will probably get one of these cards (in 24 hr, 72 hr, or 7-day versions) for travelling around the city (see other tips here). And it is possible and quite practicable to use ordinary public transport to get to/from the airport and the city centre, thus avoiding the need to pay extra for the Arlanda Express (220 kronor single) or Flygbussarna (99 kronor single).
From the city centre you need to get a SL commuter train (pendeltåg) from Stockholm C to Märsta, and then bus 583 or 583X from there to the airport. It takes less than an hour from Stockholm C to Arlanda T5, and costs nothing with a SL card.
Trains from Stockholm to Märsta run every 15 minutes and take 36 minutes. They use the pendeltåg platforms on the far side of the station (direction Märsta). Buses from Märsta station (the bus stands are just outside the station) also run every 15 minutes and are timetabled to connect with the trains. Bus 583/583X takes 12-14 minutes to get to Arlanda T5 (then stopping at terminals 4 and 2).
SL cards cost SEK 100 (24hr), 200 (72hr), or 260 (7-day) and can be purchased at the SL Centre in Stockholm C (the main railway station), or at Pressbyrån shops close to most T-bana stations, and at the airport.
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...
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