Public Transportation, Stockholm
The public transportation system in Stockholm is excellent! There are trams, buses and the metro (tunnelbana), which will easily get you from one place to the other!
We did have a Stockholm map, which we bought at the airport (so it was not the tourist information one) and our map had the buslines in it, which was very helpful! After we lost that map, we just took a picture of a map in one of the tunnelbana stations and thanks to digital photography we were able to use this as our guide!!!
I would highly suggest to buy a day pass (valid 24 hours) or a 3 day pass (valid 72 hours from the time of purchase), so you don't have to worry about buying tickets, getting them stamped etc.
About ordinary tickets with bus, metro, shuttle trains, trams, about different zones etc you can read here:
If you want to ask SL about anything, you can call here: tel. 08-600 10 00 ,send a fax to: 08-5559 25 40, go to: http://www.sl.se/scripts/kontakt/kontakt.htm and click on: "Fråga oss" and then send a mail. I am sorry to say, I can't find an ordinary mailaddress. You can also write to:
102 71 Stockholm
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.
Arlanda airport has transportation options in various price ranges.
The fastest option in the express train called Arlanda Express. This train takes you from the airport to Stockholm central station is just 20 minutes. However, you need to pay SEK 240 / 460 (one-way/return) for the high speed. You can find some special prices for weekend trips. Trains leave about every 15 minutes.
The express bus operated by Flygbussarna is still quite fast, but much more affordable. The trip takes about 45 minutes with some extra stops in northern Stockholm, terminating at the central bus terminal (Cityterminalen) next to the central train station. Buses leave every 15 minutes, tickets cost SEK 119/219 (one-way/return), but you can save some money by booking in advance online. Note that cash payments are not accepted on the buses, you need to pay by credit card instead.
The next option is to catch a local train from Arlanda to central Stockholm. This route takes about 40-50 minutes, and you will need to change trains at Upplands Väsby. Trains leave every 30 minutes. Tickets cost SEK 100 (one-way), or if you already have a regular local transportation ticket or pass, you need to pay a supplement of SEK 60.
The cheapest option is to catch a local bus and train to Stockholm. For that, get on bus 583 at any of the terminals towards Märsta station, and change there to the local train called Pendeltåg to central Stockholm. The journey takes about 60 minutes, buses and trains leave every 15 minutes. A single ticket costs SEK 60 (one-way), but if you buy a 1-, 3- or 7-day pass at the airport, you can already use that for this trip, without paying anything extra.
This was the cheapest way to get into the city last year, in fact, included in your SL Access card – if you have one.
This is how you go:
1) Get SL (Stockholm Local Transport) Access card. For this you have to go to the City (between Terminals 4 and 5, as far as I remember) and find Pressbyrån (a newsstand that also sells all sorts of useful stuff). This is a real headache! Or maybe I was just tired after the flight and a bit slow, anyway, it took me about an hour to find the establishment
2) Take bus # 583 to train station Märsta. If you arrive in Terminal 5, you go out and to the left to bus stop 15 (see photo). I guess they go every 20 minutes, but better see the timetable. It says it’s only 20 minutes from the airport to the train station, nut for me it seemed like an hour.
3) Change to train at Märsta. If it’s raining, you are in trouble – crossing the bus parking to the station with your luggage in one hand, your umbrella in another hand and your SL card apparently in your teeth. The timetable promises you are at Stockholm Central Station in about 40 minutes.
4) Change to bus / metro to your hotel / rented flat on the same SL card.
This is real cheap, but not so quick, nice or easy. They say they are coming up with a direct train from Arlanda to Stockholm this year, let’s hope for that.
P.S. Most important - to find your way back, and it's not that easy with many exits at the Central Station!
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!
Metro T13 from Ropsten is easiest way to get to Old City. It's only 300 meters from terminal and station is called Gärdet.
Also, it's very handy to get Stockholm Card and use it on metro, ferries and buses.
You get free access almost everywhere 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.
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....
If you don't plan to get a Stockholm card which is expensive and I didn't liked it because I am not that fond of visiting museums, ask the ticket guy in subway station for a day pass, 104 Swedish Krone for 24 hours and 20 Krone extra for the card itself. Remember to have Swedish Krone with you because they don't accept any other currency and your credit card will not work there.
Trams and light rail lines are few, but espacially tram heritage route 7 is very usefull. It starts from T-Centralen (it's end stop so you donät need to worry about directions) and goes to Djurgården, where are nice attractions like Gröna Lund, Vasa and Nordic Museum and Abba museet. It's included to travel card and Stockholm card, you meet some of Stockholms nice views from the tram and get just wihout walking to "game area".
The only cons is that, even trams operate with large schedule, there are so much tourists in the city, that the trams are very occupied in rush hours and the aircondition is lousy, reserve some wipers and water with you, so you survive the trip.
Trails are mainteined by SL but operated by Swedish Tramway Society.
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.
Airplane. The international airport is called Arlanda and there are frequent buses to Stockholm City, right outside every terminal. This is the cheapest alternative, and also a very easy one. Nowadays there is also a faster train, but it costs the double.
Get a 'förköpshäfte' to get around town on bus and subway.
Or buy a tourist card for several days that also gets you into museums. Ask at 'Sweden House', or Sverigehuset, opposite NK (a departmentstore everyone knows).
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.