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): 64 SEK (6.10 € / $6.90 / £5.30 ) adults; 42 SEK (4.10 € / $4.50 / £3.50 ) other categories
  • Single ticket bought through the mobile app, ticket vending machine or SL employee: 45 SEK (4.30 € / $4.80 / £3.75) adults; 31 SEK (3 € / $3.35 / £2.60) other categories
  • Single ticket bought with the credit from your previously topped up SL-Access travel card: 32 SEK (3 € / $3.44 / £2.65 ) adults; 22 SEK (2.10 € / $2.36 / £1.80) 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: 130 SEK (12.40 € / $13.95 / £10.75) adults and 90 SEK (8.60 € / $9.65 / £7.45) others
  • 72-hour travelcard: 260 SEK (24.80 € / $27.95 / £21.50) adults and 170 SEK (16.25 € / $18.25 / £14.10) 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: 335 SEK (32 € / $36 / £27.70) adults and 225 SEK (21.50€ / $24.15 / £18.60) others
  • 30-day travelcard: 890 SEK (85 € / $95.60 / £73.60) adults and 590 SEK (56.40 € / $63.40 / £48.80) others
  • 90-day travelcard: 2580 SEK (246.50 € / $277.15 / £213.30) adults and 1700 SEK (162.50 € / $182.60 / £140.60) others
  • 365-day travelcard: 9310 SEK (889.45 € / $1000 / £769.75) adults and 6240 SEK (596.15 € / $670.30 / £515.95) others

* Prices and exchange rate updated on April 2019. Current 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 (11.50 € / $12.90 / £9.90) fee. Otherwise you can buy an airport valid single ticket for 152 SEK (14.50 € / $16.35 / £12.60) adults or 142 SEK (13.50 € / $15.25 / £11.75) 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 tram line nr. 7 from Sergels torg square to the Island of Djurgården and Waldemarsudde Museum and a great way 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 accommodation 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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About Israel Úbeda

Since 2002 traveling to Sweden and sometimes even living in the country. Some years ago I decided to share my love for the country and its tourists destinations here. Welcome!

83 Comments

  1. Hi Israel,

    I plan to get a 72-hour Travelcard but need some clarification. Are there any advantages (price difference) if I buy the card when I arrive at the airport, compared to if I buy ahead of time and have it mailed to me at home here in the USA? I plan to arrive on May 28 — if I buy in advance and have it mailed to me, do you know if that will be enough time for the travelcard to arrive?

    • Hi Richard

      The only option to buy the travelcard in advance is buying it along the Stockholm Pass, the tourist visitor card.
      There is no price difference. Nowadays for the travel card I recommend buying it upon arrival at Arlanda or in Stockholm.

      However with the Stockholm Pass it is more advisable to buy it online as you can save 10% depending on the dates.

      Israel

  2. Dear Israel,

    we are a group of three and we’ll be visiting Stockholm 6-9 June. We will probably rent a car from the airport (and drop it off there as well afterwards), because we want to visit Lodingo, Upsala etc. Could you recommend a good paid parking facility in the city center, somewhere near Berzelii park? Also, have you used AIMO, would you recommend their services? Thank you in advance!

    Kind regards,

    Orlin

    • Hi Orlin,

      Lidingö and Uppsala are easy to reach by public transportation in case you want to save some money hiring a car. You will spend a lot in parking in Stockholm. But I digress. A good parking in central Stockholm is Parking Gallery by Kungsträdgården. Less than 10 minutes away from Berzeli Park. But around 85 SEK / hour!

      I haven’t used AIMO so I can’t tell about it but it looks great and cheap as parking fees (when parking in a bunch of selected spots) and congestion fees are included in the price. 600 SEK / 24 hours with parking included is awesome.

      Regards,

      Israel

  3. Hello. I’m hoping you can help me as I am confused. The 72-hour Travelcard (a.k.a. SL Access) that costs 260 SEK gives me UNLIMITED access to public transport, right? Why do I need to “top it up with the desired amount and travel until no more funds are available”? How can it run out of funds if it’s unlimited?

    • Hi Susan let’s see if I can help you providing a better explanation.

      The SL-Access is a card which you top up with money OR with period tickets. So you can have two different kinds of traveling:
      – If you top it up with money a fixed amount will be withdrawn after every trip until you reach zero crowns.
      – if you top it up with a period ticket your card will be working until the ticket (24/72 hours or 7 days) expires

      On top of that there are travelcards (24/72 hours) in paper format so you don’t need an SL card if you are choosing one of these.

      Hope it is clearer now.

      Israel

      • Okay… Let me see if I got this straight. So the travelcard that this (https://sl.se/en/eng-info/fares/travelcards/) refers to is not a “card” at all, more like a “load” that you put into an SL Access card? If we buy the 72-hour travelcard that costs 260 SEK, it will be in paper format?

        I’m contemplating whether to buy a Stockholm Pass and add on a 72-hour travelcard, or just buy the travelcard at the station nearest to where our cruise docks. That way we’d be able to use the travelcard to commute to our hotel right away instead of having to go and get it from the pick up center first. Or can we have the travelcard emailed to us ahead of time?

        Would you have any recommendations? We don’t need the Stockholm pass until our second day in Stockholm, but we need the travelcard upon arrival. Thanks.

        • Hi Susan

          Exactly. 260 SEK in paper.

          I’d buy the Stockholm Pass online separately (and get the discount) and the travelcard upon arrival (there is no discount available for this one).

          I guess you are arriving at Frihamnen port of calls (correct me if I am wrong). There is a Visit Stockholm’s tourist office right by the berth where you will be able to buy the 72-hour.

          Regards!

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