Public Transportation, Stockholm
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.
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!
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
Stockholm is a city with fina public transport that consist of Ferries, Subway, buses and trams. If you plan you day well you should be able to commute in all these modes of transport seemlessly with the same ticket.
I purchased the weekly ticket that can be used for everyhting and it worked out well, I do remember that it wasn't cheap for the week, however a lot less expensive if I had to buy individual tickets.
Stockholm central can be crowed specially at peak office travel times.. at other times its fine. If you are travelling out of the city you have to rent a car and its considerabally lot more expensive..
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.
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).
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.
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..
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.
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.
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.
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.
Det ar mycket latt att ta sig runt kommunalt i Stockholm. Tunnelbana, pendeltag samt bussar tar dig runt hela Stockholm och lite till.