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 – out of service indefinitely since Jan 1 2019 – 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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19 Comments

  1. Kimberly Ramnath-Salick

    Hi,
    We are visiting Stockholm for 2 days. From your post I am convinced that the 72 hour paper pass is the way to go. The only part I am not clear on is whether we can use this for the trip from the airport to Stockholm via Commuter train.
    Appreciate your help.

    • Hi Kimberly yes you can buy a 72-hour paper card upon arrival in Arlanda and travel to Stockholm using bus 583 and commuter train as explained here.

      For the option of taking the commuter train directly in Arlanda you need to pay an extra fee which I wouldn’t.

      I hope this can help you. Feel free to ask any other doubt you may have.

      Have a great stay!

      Israel

  2. Nathan Ojieabu

    Hello,
    Thanks for the advice above. However, I have some questions to ask.
    1. We will be staying at STF af Chapman & Skeppsholmen Hostel, Norrmalm for 2 nights and then move over to an apartment in Norra Botkyrka, Stockholms län for the remaining 5 nights. I will be grateful if you can point us to grocery stores (not necessarily big ones) around STF af Chapman & Skeppsholmen that will be open after 7 pm on 24th through 25th since we will be arriving about that time. We don’t want to stay hungry and as well we don’t want to spend much eating out.

    2. How far and easy is it to navigate from Arlanda airport to STF af Chapman & Skeppsholmen Hostel, Norrmalm? Could you help with a description? Also, how can we navigate to Norra Botkyrka, Stockholms län from the Hostel?

    3. Are the main tourist attractions and fun places easily accessible from both of our reserved accommodations by public transport? We will be thankful if you suggest fun places to us as well.

    4. We chose Stockholm for many reasons notably because of the opportunity to take a cruise ship to Åland from Stockholm at a next to nothing rate. The ship is set to take off from Värtahamnen (don’t know this place by the way, lol). Please, could you brief me on that since I don’t know much about it?

    Thanks so much for the anticipated favourable reply.Sorry for the long post as well.

    • Hi Nathan,

      1) It can be really difficult to find something open on that night. I advise you to stop by Central Station and check Coop Centralen or Hemköp (towards the exit at Sergels Torg). Otherwise try to find something to eat at 7/11 and the likes also at Central Station.

      2) On that night I would recommend you to take the airport bus from Arlanda to Stockholm Cityterminalen. From there take the bus nr 65 at Klarabergsviadukten towards Östasiatiska Museum which is on Skeppsholmen island 100 meters away from the Ap Chapman hostel. I checked this now. There won’t be any bus that night. You need to take the blue metro line to Kungsträdgården (2 min ride) and walk from there (800m or 8 minutes) or take a taxi directly at Stockholm Central Station (watch out for the fares!). I put your walk on a map here.

      Norra Botkyrka is a part of the municipality with the same name. It’s difficult to know how to get there without knowing more exactly where to but I think metro line red towards Norsborg might be what you are looking for. You have other stops at the end of the same line: Hallunda, Alby, Fittja that also belong to Norra Botkyrka.

      3) Yes if you buy the 7-day ticket you can easily travel through the city. From Af Chapman you can get to Skeppsholmens deck (link to Google Map) and board a boat towards Djurgården Island where the main museums are (ABBA, SKansen, Vasa, Vikingaliv, Nordiska, etc). From Botkyrka, let’s say Norsborg, it will be a 35-minute ride to Gamla Stan, the Old Stockholm, and 40 min to central Stockholm.

      4) Värtahamnen is one of the main port of calls and it is located on northeastern Stockholm. Here a link to the destination on Google Maps. If you are traveling from Botkyrka the best way is to take the red metro line to the other end at Ropsten and then board bus nr. 76 towards Norra Hammarbyhamnen and get off at Värtahamnens Färjeterminal. It can take more than an hour from Norsborg to Värtahamnen.

      You need to take into account that the underground will be operating with fewer departures on 24th from 19:00 and there will be no night trains on the night between 24th and 25th. On 25th and 26th trains depart on a Sunday schedule (less departures). The same happens with buses. It might happen that bus 56 towards Af Chapman

      Enjoy your trip.
      Cheers,

      Israel

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