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Basic information

  • Area: 188 km² (72.6 sq mi)
  • Calling Code: +468
  • Currency: Swedish krona (SEK)
  • Population (EST): 829,417
  • Official language: Swedish
  • Time Zone: CET (UTC+1)

Stockholm – Getting Around


It is easy and convenient to rent a bike in Stockholm and the city has provided ample cycle paths in order to experience the city on wheels. Often a faster mode of transport than bus or subway it offers a visitor beautiful views of the city and the opportunity to stop and explore at any time.



Built on a number of islands local ferry services are an easy way to get around Stockholm. There are frequent trips departing from Nybroviken and Slussen that carry passengers out to the island of Djurgården. SL tickets cover departures from Slussen and the Stockholm Card allows free travel from Nybroviken.


A comprehensive bus system is in place in Stockholm and can be used to access those areas of the city not serviced by the tunnelbana. Travelling by bus is an excellent way to view this beautiful city.

Stockholm Card

The Stockholm Card is a city pass that offers free entry into over 80 attractions. It also allows free unlimited public transport on all of the city’s buses, trains, subways and trams. During summer months it also provides free access to the hop on- hop off bus and boat tours around the city. Valid from 24 to 120 hours the card can be bought online, or from one of many vendors in the city.


There are several taxi companies in Stockholm, they can be pre-booked, hailed in the street or found at a taxi ranks around the city. Taxis in Stockholm are a more expensive means of transport, however all approved taxi companies are metered and always have yellow number plates.



You must buy an SL ticket before boarding the bus, train or tram; it is not possible to purchase tickets from drivers. Stockholm is divided into three zones and tickets can be bought for travel within or between zones and are valid on all forms of transport. Coupons are used for travel and the number used is determined by the distance travelled. Strips of 16 coupons are available to buy for those making infrequent trips and day passes valid for 1, 3 or 7 days can be bought for those wishing to use the system more regularly.


The underground train system in Stockholm is extremely efficient and one of the best ways to get around the city. There are 100 stations covering most of the city and trains run from 5am to 1am on weekdays and throughout the night during weekends.