Getting Around Stockholm
The best way to get around Stockholm is by the excellent public transportation system; several bus lines, metro, commuter rails, trams and ferries cover the big city very efficiently. Biking is another popular option for getting around, as the city boasts numerous bike lanes and paths. Neighborhoods like Gamla Stan are certainly walkable, but the expansive city is tough to cover solely on foot. Although we don't recommend driving, rental cars are available at the Stockholm Arlanda Airport (ARN) – about 30 miles north of the city. But it's easier to take the commuter rail or the Arlanda Express high-speed train into town instead. Taxis from the airport to the city center charged a fix fare of 450 to 500 kronor (about $52 to $58).
Stockholm's metro boasts 100 stations that can take visitors to various points of interest downtown as well as many areas in the outskirts, between the hours of 5 a.m. to 1 a.m. during the week days and all night on the weekends. There are two types of tickets suited for visitors: zone tickets and travel cards. Zone tickets for zone 1 cost 36 kronor (about $4) and enable visitors to travel as much as they want around the zone until the ticket expires (which is marked on your ticket). Ticket validity depends on the zone traveled (there are three in Stockholm), with some lasting upward of two hours, while others are just 75 minutes. There are also travel cards which can be purchased for 24- and 72-hour time frames. Twenty-four-hour travel cards cost 115 kronor (around $13); 72-hour travel cards will set you back 230 kronor (approximately $27) when purchased at transportation stations. You can get a discount if you purchase your travel card in advance. Both the zone tickets and travel cards are valid on all SL transportation, including buses, trams, light rails and select rail and ferry services in addition to the metro.
The bus system contains a number of lines that make stops all over the city, often servicing areas like the Djurgården neighborhood that fall out of the metro's reach. There are also night buses running early into the morning, which offer visitors a late night alternative to expensive taxis. Fares are the same as the metro as zone tickets and travel cards are valid on buses as well. Standard zone 1 tickets cost 36 kronor (around $4). It's important to note though that bus tickets cannot be purchased onboard.
Ferries service the archipelago's main locations, including the Djurgården and Hammarby Sjöstad islands, providing a scenic alternative to the bus. The boats run year-round and admission to ferries between Slussen (right next to Gamla Stan) and Djurgården are included if you purchase a travel card. Otherwise, tickets to the ferries can be purchased at the quay.
When the weather is nice, try to take advantage of the many bike paths and lanes that snake through the city. Rental companies are scattered throughout, with most bikes costing 250 kroner (about $30) a day. One of the more popular neighborhoods to explore via bike is Djurgården, which is conveniently home to some of the city's most popular activities. Check the Visit Stockholm website to learn more about your biking options in the city.
Stockholm's taxis are expensive, with 10 kilometer, or 6-mile journeys costing upward of $38. It's always a good idea to get a price estimate before getting inside (check the price on the car's yellow-and-white label, which is usually on the rear door window), and make sure your taxi has a yellow license plate – meaning it's an authorized cab. Taxis without the yellow plates are unauthorized, illegal and considered dangerous. Stay away from svarttaxis in particular and stick to well-known companies like Taxi Stockholm and Taxi 020. You can call ahead for pickup or easily hail one on the street. Your hotel concierge can also help you hail a cab. Uber also operates in Stockholm.
We don't recommend driving in Stockholm. The public transportation system is timely, efficient and clean, and can take you just about anywhere you need to go in the city. But if you must, rental car companies like Sixt, Avis and Hertz (among others) are stationed at Stockholm airport and throughout the city.
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