Your Guide to Public Transport in Stockholm

Let me explain you how to travel by public transport when visiting Stockholm, travelcards and prices and how to get around by underground, commuter trains, trams, buses and boats as there have been some modifications that simplified the system but still can be tricky for tourists visiting Stockholm.

Let’s get into detail!

El tunnelbana o metro de Estocolmo de camino a Gamla Stan <br> Foto: Israel Ubeda / sweetsweden.com

Tunnelbana – Stockholm’s underground system in Gamla Stan
Photo: Israel Ubeda / sweetsweden.com

What’s New About Public Transport in Stockholm

Public transportation or mass transit as other prefer to call it is managed by the company Storstockholms Lokaltrafik o SL. There are no longer ABC zones into which Stockholm was divided and thus a single ticket covers the entire city of Stockholm and outskirts. You pay a fix price and are able to travel for 75 minutes. Now you are able to travel even to Gnesta, Bålsta or Sigtuna without paying an extra fee.

Some travel categories like “helt” (complete) or “reducerat” (reduced) which granted you access to lower prices have disappeared completely. Now you belong to one of these 4 categories: vuxen, pensionär, student, ungdomadult, senior, student, youth (20 years or less!).

Children & Public Transport in Stockholm

If you are traveling with kids remember that they need not buy a valid transportation ticket if they are aged 6 years or less. There is no limit for the number of kids that can travel with an accompanying adult. During weekends, from Friday at 12 PM until Sunday at 12 AM every adult can be accompanied by up to 6 children aged 12 or less. This applies also to holidays and the previous day, midsommar and its previous day and from December 23rd at 12 PM until January 6th at 12 AM. So if you are planning to visit Stockholm during Christmas time or New Year your children under 12 need not pay for public transportation.

Public Transportation for Students

When staying in Stockholm as an Erasmus student – or any other kind of exchange program of studies for that matter – you will need a valid SL student card with its logotype on it and study at least 75% of your time so that you can get a 75% discount on public transportation. Unfortunately this discount for students is not available for the regular student traveler visiting Stockholm.

Tickets, Validity and Prices For Public Transport in Stockholm

In Stockholm you can buy single travel tickets for public transport or buy a travel card called SL-Access, top it up with the desired amount and travel until no more funds are available. This is called reskassa and its way cheaper even for the sporadic commuter. The SL-Access card costs 20 SEK (~$3).

Notice that this card is NOT the tourist visitor card Stockholm Pass which grants you access to museums, sights, attractions and boat trips. The SL-Access complements the Stockholm Pass offering a cheaper way to travel on public transportation in Stockholm. You can buy the SL-Access travel card along the Stockholm Pass or independently.

Tarjeta de transporte público en Estocolmo - SL Access <br> Foto: Israel Úbeda / sweetsweden.com

SL-Access, your public transport card in Stockholm
Photo: Israel Úbeda / sweetsweden.com

Single ticket prices for transportation in Stockholm are as follow:

  • Single ticket bought on board (when possible): 62 SEK (~ $7) adults; 41 SEK (~ 4.60) other categories
  • Single ticket bought through the mobile app, ticket vending machine or SL employee: 44 SEK (~ $4.95) adults; 30 SEK (~ $3.35) other categories
  • Single ticket bought with the credit from your previously topped up SL-Access travel card: 31 SEK (~ $3.35) adults; 21 SEK (~ $3) other categories.

As a tourist in Stockholm you will enjoy the sortiment of period tickets – travelcards – which will entitle you to travel for for 24 or 72 hours and 7, 30, 90 or 365 days. After a few years without any rise on their prices this year has seen a minimal increase.

The price for travelcards used on public transportation in Stockholm are as follow:

  • 24-hour travelcard: 125 SEK (~ $13.85) adults and 85 SEK (~ $9.20) others
  • 72-hour travelcard: 250 SEK (~ $27.65) adults and 165 SEK (~ $18.40) others. Notice that you get a day for free as the price matches two 24-hour travelcard but you are allowed to travel during 72 hours. If you are planning to buy a 24-hour or 72-hour period ticket you need not buy an SL-Access card because both period tickets exist in a paper version.
  • 7-day travelcard: 325 SEK (~ $36.25) adults and 220 SEK (~ $24.20) others
  • 30-day travelcard: 860 SEK (~ $95.55) adults and 570 SEK (~ $63.30) others
  • 90-day travelcard: 2500 SEK (~ $280) adults and 1650 SEK (~ $184.20) others
  • 365-day travelcard: 9010 SEK (~ $1005) adults and 6040 SEK (~ $672.35) others

* Prices updated on January 2018. Exchange rate may differ.

If you are interested in traveling by train between Arlanda airport and Stockholm central station you can do it by paying an extra fee. If you already have a valid ticket or enough money in your travelcard to do a single journey you will only need to pay a 120 SEK (~$13.85) fee. Otherwise you can buy an airport valid single ticket for 150 SEK (~ $17.25) adults or 140 SEK (~ $16.10) other categories. Those under 18 need not pay an extra fee and can travel to Arlanda airport on a regular single ticket.

With single tickets you are allowed to travel for 75 minutes and with travelcards during the indicated validity period. 24-hour and 72-hour travelcards work in 24-hour periods, that is, upon activation at 2 PM on a given Monday it will be valid until Tuesday 2 PM or Thursday 2 PM respectively. 7-day travelcards count calendar days. Upon activation at 11:50 PM on a given Monday night it will be valid until 11:59 PM on a Sunday night. Is it so? Yes. It experienced it myself when trying to use the cheapest way to travel to Arlanda aiport and not being able to do it because my card had already expired.

What You Can Do in Stockholm With a Travel Ticket

With a valid ticket you can use the underground trains, buses, trams (basically line nr. 7 from Sergels torg square to the Island of Djurgården and Waldemarsudde Museum which is the only tram and great to visit museums in that area of Stockholm), commuter trains (up to Uppsala – paying a fee – Märsta, Gnesta, Södertälje or Nynäshamn) and boats between some stops on the central islands in Stockholm. These are the five boat lines included in your ticket:

  • nr 80 Frihamnen to Nybroplan through Allmänna gränd on Djurgården beside Gröna Lund amusement park. This bus line is perfect if you are arriving in Stockholm on a cruise and during the port of call want to visit the museums in Djurgården. This is the red route from point 1 to point 3 in the next map.
  • nr 82 from Slussen to Allmänna gränd on Djurgården with a stop-over on the island of Skeppsholmen. This bus line is also used very frequently to get to the museums in Djurgården from Södermalm or Gamla Stan. This is shown as a blue route from point 5 to point 2 through point 4 in the map.
  • nr 84 from Nybroplan to Hammarbysjöstad – available from spring time only – useful to visit Stockholm’s most ecofriendly and sustainable neighborhood known as Hammarbysjöstad. My map features this route in fuchsia from point 3 to a place outside the map.
  • nr 85 from Klara Mälarstrand in the surroundings of Stockholm Central Station and Stockholm’s City Hall bound for Kungholmstorg whose deck is located a little bit beyond Stockholm City Hall. Orange route from point nr 6 in the map to point nr 7, Söder Mälarstrand, and then Kungholmstorg.
  • nr 89 connecting Ekerö, the island where Drottningholm palace is located (although ver far away from the boat stop), to the island of Lilla Essingen in central Stockholm. This boat line works on working days only. Not featured in the map as it is not used by tourists.

Public Transportation Boats in Stockholm Included in Your Travelcard
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If you wish to visit Stockholm from the water you will find a lot of boat sightseeing tours and excursions in Stockholm & the archipelago included in the tourist visitor card Stockholm Pass. See my article on How to Buy Your Stockholm Pass With a Discount.

Where to Buy the SL-Access card

You can buy your SL-Access card at the counter on underground stations, SL-centers and kiosks (Pressbyrån, 7-eleven, etc) as well as at some hotels. If you are looking for a reseller near your accomodation in Stockholm, browse through the map located at Stockholm transportation official website, click on the map on the Symbols layer and choose Sales point to show all of them. In this screen capture I chose two Pressbyrån kiosks located near the central station and Cityterminalen where the airport transfer buses depart and arrive.

Donde comprar tarjeta transporte público en Estocolmo

Donde comprar tarjeta transporte público en Estocolmo

Identifying Stations and Stops

Underground stops are marked with a big T sign standing for the Swedish word tunnelbana, train stations with a big J for järnvägen, tram stops with an S for spårvagn and the commuter trains are usually know as pendeltåg. Moreover, bus stops show an H sign for hållplats and boat decks are marked with the Swedish word brygga.

T de tunnelbana - el metro de Estocolmo <br> Foto: Israel Ubeda / sweetsweden.com

T stands for tunnelbana – Stockholm’s underground
Foto: Israel Ubeda / sweetsweden.com

Stockholm Public transport maps

You can find PDF maps for the entire transportation network in Stockholm on SL official website. For instance: map for commuter trains and underground, underground only, commuter trains only, tram, bus lines in the heart of Stockholm, or in the south of the city and from bus terminals to know the different departure locations.

Planning Your Trips

If you are interested in planning your trips in advance or during your stay you can use the planner on SL website. Providing the current location and the destination you will be given the best and the fastest way to travel between these two points.

This is my complete guide on how to use public transport in Stockholm. I hope I didn’t forget anything. If you have any questions, suggestions or want me to help you plan your stay write me a comment below.

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10 Comments

  1. Jeff Carver

    Thanks for posting such a great guide to public transportation in Stockholm. We will be here for a month and were struggling to figure out what was the best option.

  2. Thank you Jeff for your comment. Nice seeing that I am reaching English-speaking visitors!
    For you the travelcard filled with a one-month ticket is the best solution.

    Cheers,
    Israel

  3. Hi! You’re really helpful! Omg thanks a lot! Im going to Stockholm next month and im still learning on how to explore stockholm and the surroundings… i wanna ask about the travel card and sl card, so im planning to go to stockholm for 3 nights, thinking on buying the 72hours travel card, and im also planning to do daytrip to sigtuna and uppsala, the 72 hours travel card cover for it right? I dont need to top up? And if i buy the 72hours travelcard then i dont need to buy the sl card right? Thanks!

  4. Hi Del,
    I am glad to hear that my article was helpful to you.

    There is the travelcard called SL-Access card which you can top up with either a) period tickets (24, 72 hours, 7 days and so on) or b) money (that will be spent upon using the card for traveling). If you are sure that all your usage of the card happens within 72 hours then you can buy a 72-hour paper ticket. No need for the card. The only difference is that you will get a piece of paper instead of a topped up card and thus you will need to show it at every bus, metro, train, etc instead of just touching the sensor with your card.
    You can reach Sigtuna with the 72-hour ticket but not Uppsala. You need to pay a bit extra. I explain how to get to Sigtuna and what to see here.

    Regards,

    Israel

  5. ray kurth-nelson

    this was VERY EXCELLENT! Thank you very much.

  6. Glad that it could help you, Ray!

  7. Excellent. I really appreciate those helpful hints. I’ll be in Stockholm in two days. Is 72-hour card valid for a journey to Waxholmsbolaget? Thank you in advance :)

  8. Hi Belgin, thank you for your compliment. Great to have been of help.

    No. The company Waxholmsbolaget is a private one. In 2018 there is a cooperation between Stockholm Public Transport company and Waxholmsbolaget but it is only during certain time periods and for holders of longer period cards (30 or 90 days). They could use their normal SL card to travel aboard Waxholmsbolaget’s boats. But this is not intended for tourists.

    If you are planning to go to the archipelago you should either make use of boat tours offered in connection with the Stockholm Pass or buy a single / two way journey to your desired island. Even a so called island-hopping pass (in Swedish båtluffarbiljett) where you can use all the boats in the archipelago during 5 days.

    Regards,

    Israel

  9. Hi, I googled Stockholm Pass and at the travelcard section is stated that it is valid until 30/9/2018. I will be in Stockholm from 29/9/18 till 2/10/2018. If I bought the card and activate it on 30/9, does it mean that I can’t use the travelcard for 1/10 and 2/10?

    • Hi Baizura. It is really strange. First time I see this kind of message at the Stockholm Pass official website.
      The travelcards they offer can be bought separated once you arrive in Stockholm so I wouldn’t bother to buy together with the Pass. If you bought ask for a refund and buy the Pass without the travelcard. Then upon arrival at a 7-eleven or Pressbyrån kiosk at Arlanda airport buy a 72-hour papercard (if it covers your stay completely)

      Regards!

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