A sprawling archipelago jutting out into the Baltic sea, Sweden’s capital makes a dramatic location for a walking tour, but if you want to make the most of your sightseeing time, here are a few tips for how to get around in Stockholm.
1. Trains and trams
Stockholm is rightly proud of its public transport network, run by Storstockholms Lokaltrafik (SL) and renowned for being one of the fastest and most reliable in Europe. Buses, trains, Subway trains (T-bana) and trams serve all areas of the city, including the airport. All transport requires pre-bought tickets, although a better deal is to buy an SL Card, available for a number of different time periods or buy a Stockholm Card, a special tourist pass that allows unlimited use of public transport along with free boat tours, discounts and admission to over 80 museums and sights in Stockholm.
Stockholm’s fresh sea air and waterfront location offers the perfect surroundings for a Stockholm cycling tour and bicycles are almost as abundant as cars on the streets of the city center. Dedicated cycle lanes and respectful traffic make getting around easy, although there are a few steep hills to get your heart rate up. Through the summer months Stockholm City Bikes offer citywide bike loan by pre-purchasing a key card that enables you to pick up and drop off your cycle at stands all over the city. Alternatively, a plethora of bike rental outlets are available, and there’s a wide network of out of town cycle routes for those wanting explore further affield.
Stockholm is a popular stop for cruise ships running through Scandinavian waters and it’s easy to get to many of its neighboring countries by ferry. A popular way to spice up a sightseeing tour is to take a Stockholm City Hop-on Hop-off Boat Tour that runs around the city’s principal islands, Gamla Stan, Skansen, and Skeppsholmen. Regular ferries also traverse the waters to Djurgården and Skeppsholmen from the mainland – free to those with an SL card.
Get into the city with a Stockholm airport transfer.