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Getting around in Stockholm: info, costs and advice

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Located along the east coast of Sweden, Stockholm is spread over fourteen islands which crop up where Lake Mälaren meets the Baltic Sea. The city center is therefore nestled in the water, and precisely in the bay of Riddarfjärden. Seat of the Swedish government and parliament, place of residence of the head of state and city where the Nobel Prize is awarded each year, Stockholm is the largest city in Scandinavia, as well as the economic and cultural reference center of Sweden.

Rich in parks and green areas, the city bursts out in all its beauty in summer, although it can still be visited all year round. However, those who want to enjoy its winter charm must deal with very low temperatures and very few hours of light. Whatever time of year you decide to visit it, here is one guide on how to get around Stockholm: info, costs and advice!



Index

  1. Useful Tips
  2. How to get from the airport to the center of Stockholm
  3. How to get around on foot
  4. How to get around by bicycle
  5. Con i mezzi pubblici
  6. By car
  7. User questions and comments

Useful Tips

Definitely, the best way to enjoy Stockholm is on foot or by bicycle. The city in fact has many cycle paths that will allow you to turn it around in complete safety. However, its unique geographic conformation can make you feel disoriented, so for a first approach we recommend a guided bike tour, in order to identify the landmarks and at the same time learn about the history and anecdotes about the main cities and attractions. If you don't like cycling, opt for a guided walking tour.

To reach more distant points or to visit the numerous islands of the archipelago, Stockholm offers a efficient public transport system, managed by a single company, the SL, which includes metro, buses, regional trains, trams and even some ferry lines. We recommend the day pass for the Hop-on Hop-off tourist train, a fun and original way to explore the city and get to the main attractions easily!
Finally, for an original and decidedly typical perspective, we recommend the amphibious bus tour in water and on land, fun and certainly unique!



  • Recommended solutions and means: walking, cycling, ferries
  • Solutions and means not recommended: car
  • City cards and season tickets recommended: Stockholm Pass (from 719,00 SEK / € 69,10 -), Travel Card (from 155,00 SEK / € 15,00)

How to get from the airport to the center of Stockholm

Stockholm is served by well four airports! Excellent connections also from Italy, with numerous direct flights from the main cities!

The most used are theArlanda International Airport, where most of the national airlines land, followed bySkavsta International Airport, mainly used by low cost airlines such as Ryanair and Wizzair. Finally there are the airports of Bromma and Vasteras, much smaller than the previous ones, used instead for internal routes.

Arlanda International Airport

Arlanda International Airport is the largest in Scandinavia! Once you have landed, the fastest way to get downtown is the train, with the Arlanda Express line (20 min). Alternatively, you can take advantage of the bus of the Flygbussarna line, with longer travel times (40 min). Finally, there is no lack of taxi, outside the arrivals terminal, and private transfers to be easily booked online before departure.

  • Distance from the center: 42 km; travel time: 30 min
  • By train: Arlanda Express line / ticket cost: 280,00 SEK (€ 27,90)
  • By taxi: average cost SEK 450,00 (€ 45,00) / travel time: about 40 minutes
  • By shuttle bus: average cost SEK 99,00 (€ 9,50) / Flygbussarna line
  • Private transfer: Private Transfer from / to Arlanda Airport (ARN)

Skavsta International Airport

If you land at Skavsta International Airport, the train is the slowest means of transport compared to the bus: the nearest train station is in Nyköping, about 7 km away. To reach it you need to take the local bus 515 or a taxi (10 min). The duration of the train journey from Nyköping to Stockholm Central Station is 1 h 30 min. The most convenient solution is the bus of the Flygbussarna (80 min).



  • Distance from the center: 100 km / travel time: 80 minutes
  • By train: SJ Regional lines, Train 216 / ticket cost: from SEK 95,00 (€ 9,15)
  • By taxi: average cost 1.500,00 (€ 145,00) / travel time: 80 min
  • By shuttle bus: average cost SEK 139,00 (€ 13,30) / Flygbussarna line

How to get around on foot

The best and cheapest way to visit Stockholm's Old Town is on foot. Bring a map and put on comfortable shoes, and you will be ready to explore the beautiful medieval alleys of the city, where you can discover hidden corners and unexpected views, fully immersing yourself in the magical atmosphere of Stockholm. The most characteristic neighborhood is Old Town, very collected and made up of a maze of alleys.

However, its singular geographic conformation can make you feel disoriented: for a first approach and not to miss any corner and to get to know the history of the city and all its secrets, we recommend a guided walking tour, in order to identify the points of reference. Audio-guided tours are also available, but the support of a guide can always allow you to get advice and practical information directly from an expert.

How to get around by bicycle

The bicycle, in addition to being the preferred means of the inhabitants of Stockholm, is one of the simplest and most fun ways to move around the city. Getting around by bike is simple: the Swedish capital has one long and extensive network of cycle paths which cross all central districts, passing by attractions and museums, parks and along its canals.

You can find many shops that they rent bikes, but you can also take advantage of the convenient public bike sharing system, the City Bikes. The 3-day pass costs 165,00 SEK (€ 15,65) and entitles you to unlimited rides of up to 3 hours each. Collection / depot stations are scattered throughout the city and there is no shortage of service points where you can inflate your tires for free. For a first approach to the vehicle and to familiarize yourself with Stockholm's viability by bike, we always recommend a guided bike tour, to get around and discover the city in complete safety!



Con i mezzi pubblici

The Swedish capital has a widespread public transport system, thanks to which the movements in the city are fast and efficient, although not exactly cheap (like a bit of everything in Sweden). The metro is the most convenient way to get around the city, but in addition to this you can take advantage of the bus and tram lines, as well as taxis. All public transport uses it same fare system. Stockholm is divided into three zones: the zone ticket is therefore valid for all means of transport in that zone within one hour. I am particularly advantageous subscriptions, from 24 hours or 72 hours, which allow you to move around all areas and by all public transport during the period of validity.

An experience unique and fun, but at the same time useful for getting around the city, especially if you are traveling with children, is the Hop-on Hop-off tourist train: by purchasing the day pass you can get off and on at the stops as many times as you want, without any limit, and so easily reach all the attractions on your itinerary!

Metropolitan

The Stockholm Metro, known as T-bana or Tunnelbana, consists of 3 lines: blue, red and green. Undoubtedly it is the most medium convenient and quick to move around the city. It is also considered the longest art gallery in the world: in 90 stations you can admire mosaics, sculptures, installations and other works of various kinds created by more than 100 modern and contemporary artists.

There are 100 metro stations in total and cover the whole city. The single ticket (valid for 75 min) is by zones, the price and coverage varies according to the areas to be reached; tickets can be purchased at the automatic machines and at the SL Center. Combined tickets include several possibilities, such as some areas of Upssala. The basic price for 2 zones of 66,00 SEK (€ 6,35).

  • Downloadable map: Stockholm-metro-map
  • from 5: 00 to 1: 00
  • Ticket / single ride cost: for one zone 37,00 SEK (€ 3,55); combination ticket formulas from 66,00 SEK (€ 6,35)
  • Cost of ticket booklet / season ticket: 24h Travel Card SEK 155,00 (€ 15,00), 72h Travel Card SEK 310,00 (€ 29,80)

Bus

In Stockholm there are approx 50 lines of buses that cross the whole city, reaching Djurgården and all the main tourist attractions of Stockholm. The red buses are the oldest while the blue ones, most used by tourists, they are also more modern. The bus is certainly slower than the subway, but much more so panoramic. The lines most used by tourists are the line 47, which goes to the Gröna Lund and the Vasa museum, and the line 69, which goes to Kaknästornet.

It is not possible to buy tickets on board, we therefore recommend that you get your single ticket or season ticket first. During the week, after the last subway ride, the substitute rides are activated night buses, in operation until 5:00 in the morning.

  • 24 hours on 24
  • Ticket / single ride cost: SEK 44,00 (€ 4,15)
  • Cost of ticket booklet / season ticket: 24h Travel Card SEK 155,00 (€ 15,00), 72h Travel Card SEK 310,00 (€ 29,80)

Tram

In Stockholm there are also 4 tram lines that will allow you to visit the city in a completely new way. In particular, we point out tram 7, a vintage tram which starts from the center up to Waldemarsudde, and will take you to the green island Djurgården allowing you to admire its main tourist attractions.

As for buses, even on trams it is not possible to buy a ticket from the driver; you must therefore get it in advance or use a prepaid pass / card. The rates are the same as for the metro.

  • Downloadable map: Stockholm-tram-map
  • from 5:00 am to midnight
  • Ticket / single ride cost: for one zone 37,00 SEK (€ 3,55); combination ticket formulas from 66,00 SEK (€ 6,35)
  • Cost of ticket booklet / season ticket: 24h Travel Card SEK 155,00 (€ 15,00), 72h Travel Card SEK 310,00 (€ 29,80)

ferry

Being a city developed on islands, could a ferry system be missing? Stockholm has aexcellent and extensive network of connections by sea, managed by both public and private companies. Ferries are used by both commuters and tourists who want to admire the city from another point of view. Most ferries depart from Nybroviken and Slussen piers. The SL Card includes ferries from Slussen and you can also buy single tickets on the quay.

Le more interesting lines for tourists they are 80, 82, 85 and 89 and their tickets are included in the Stockholm Card. In addition to the simple transport service, guided sightseeing cruises are available, or the particular tour on the amphibious bus in the water. Sports enthusiasts can also enjoy wonderful guided kayak tours in the city center, an experience absolutely to live!

  • by 7: 30 21 to: 00
  • Ticket / single ride cost: variable price based on the company and the route you choose. Average price of a cruise SEK 100,00 (€ 9,50)
  • Cost of ticket booklet / season ticket: some cruises included in the Stockholm Pass (from 719,00 SEK / € 69,10)

Taxi

Taxis are acomfortable alternative to means of transport, especially at night when most public transport is not serviced, but of course they are the most expensive means. There are numerous taxi companies, but rely on the official ones with a license and a taximeter, they are recognizable by the yellow license plates. The most reliable companies are Taxi Stockholm, Taxi Kurir, Taxi 020.

Taxi fares are not regulated; before getting on board always check the price list which, fortunately, is displayed on the windows. The rates refer to a distance of 10 km (about 15 minutes). Take the figure as a unit of measure to estimate your total ride. The basic rate is SEK 48,00 (€ 4,60) plus SEK 14,00 (€ 1,30) per km traveled. You can pay by credit card. You can hail taxis on the street, book them over the phone or find them parked near stations and hotels.

  • 24 hours on 24
  • Ticket / single ride cost: basic rate SEK 48,00 (€ 4,60) + SEK 14,00 (€ 1,30) per km traveled

By car

For an itinerant trip to discover Sweden it is highly recommended to rent a car but, to get around the capital, the choice is not among the most convenient. However, if you have your own transport, know what driving in Stockholm is very easy and enjoyable, traffic proceeds on the right, trams must be overtaken on the right and other vehicles on the left.

At peak times, as in all cities, the traffic becomes more intense. In the city you have to respect the 50 km / h, respect them because the checks are frequent and very strict. Having said that, two factors must be taken into consideration: the presence of various pedestrian areas and scarcity of parking.

ZTL

In Stockholm there are many areas closed to vehicle access based on certain parameters. In principle we can say that there are two ZTL rings called Congestion tax, where you pay a toll of around € 2,00 for transit. To view the specific areas, consult the map and you can find all the information about it on the official website of the city of Stockholm.
We see below the restrictions of the various areas:

Low Emission Zone

Limited traffic zone in place in the coverage of Hornsgatan (road): from 15 January 2020 cars, mini buses and vans with a minimum standard of Euro 5 can circulate, from 1 July 2022 with a minimum standard of Euro 6.
Vehicles that comply with the environmental standards of the area do not need adhesives; vehicles that have the exemption already agreed on the basis of the rules in force before 2007 must highlight theexemption sticker on the windshield. Penalty for offenders of 1.000,00 SEK (€ 95,00).

No entry into Gamla Stan

Stockholm has adopted a particular access regulation that covers Gamla Stan, the Old Town. All car traffic is prohibited every day from 11:00 to 6:00. There is also a ban on coaches in Slottsbacken from the beginning of July to the end of September. Penalty for offenders of 1.000,00 SEK (€ 95,00).

Stockholm CS - Paid access

In the center of Stockholm, access is regulated by payment: prices vary according to the time of day and the time of year. They range from a minimum of 11,00 SEK (€ 1,00) to 45,00 SEK (€ 4,30), up to the maximum daily rate per vehicle during the high season peak of 135,00 SEK (€ 12,85) for the city center and Essingeleden together. If the tax is not paid on time, a surcharge of 500,00 SEK (€ 47,50) is applied. You can find all the info on the official website of the city of Stockholm.

Stops and parking

There are few car parks, almost all paid and with exorbitant rates. The structure of the car parks is based on a hierarchical system of price ranges, ranging from blue ticket (SEK 25,00, € 2,40 / hour) at greenback (10,00 SEK, € 1,00 / hour). The time slots are usually from 9:00 to 18:00 (green and white tickets, Saturday) and from 9:00 to 20:00 (red and blue tickets), but some areas may have longer slots (such as h24 or 9 : 00-21: 00). Saturdays are generally free in the green and white areas and partially paid in the red and blue areas. Sundays are almost always free. Check from time to time and area by area. The payment it can be done via parking meter (prepayment), sms or via smartphone app.

In the rare free areas you can park for a maximum of 24 hours, then there is the obligation to move the vehicle. Except for Saturdays, Sundays, holidays and days before holidays. Finally, be very careful also to park regularly: for example, never park less than 10 m from an intersection or pedestrian crossing and parking in the opposite direction to that of travel is prohibited.

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