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!
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, ungdom – adult, 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 (1.90 € / $2.10 /£1.60).
Notice that this card is NOT the tourist visitor card Go City Stockholm Pass which grants you access to museums, sights, attractions and boat trips. The SL-Access complements the Stockholm card offering a cheaper way to travel on public transportation in Stockholm.
In 2022 you cannot buy the SL-Access travel card together with the Go City Stockholm Pass.
Single ticket prices for transportation in Stockholm are as follow:
- Single ticket bought on board (when possible): 50 SEK (4.75 € / $5.20 / £4 ) adults; 34 SEK (3.25 € / $3.50 / £2.75) other categories
- Single ticket bought through the mobile app, ticket vending machine or SL employee: 37 SEK (3.50 € / $3.85 / £3) adults; 25 SEK (2.40 € / $2.60 / £2) other categories
- Single ticket bought with the credit from your previously topped up SL-Access travel card: 37 SEK (3.50 € / $3.85 / £3) adults; 25 SEK (2.40 € / $2.60 / £2) 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: 155 SEK (14.65 € / $16.10 / £12.40) adults and 105 SEK (9.95 € / $10.90 / £8.40) others
- 72-hour travelcard: 310 SEK (29.35 € / $32.10 / £24.85) adults and 210 SEK (19.90 € / $21.75 / £16.85) 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: 405 SEK (38.30 € / $42 / £32.45) adults and 270 SEK (25.50€ / $28 / £21.65) others
- 30-day travelcard: 930 SEK (88 € / $96.35 / £74.55) adults and 620 SEK (58.65 € / $64.25 / £49.70) others
- 90-day travelcard: 2770 SEK (255.45 € / $287 / £222) adults and 1810 SEK (171.25 € / $187.55 / £145) others
- 365-day travelcard: 9770 SEK (924.25 € / $1012.45 / £783) adults and 6550 SEK (619.65 € / $678.75 / £524.95) others
* Prices and exchange rate updated on February 2020. 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 (11.35 € / $12.45 / £9.65) fee. Otherwise you can buy an airport valid single ticket for 157 SEK (14.85 € / $16.25 / £12.60) adults or 145 SEK (13.75 € / $15 / £11.60) 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.
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.
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 Go City Stockholm. See my article on How to Buy Your Go City 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.
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.
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.
Thanks for the useful article. Just some advice needed. We are 4 adults traveling to Stockholm for 5 days. Would you advise a 7 day travel pass or to top-up using an SL-card? We are staying in Ostermalm.
I’d recommend the 7-day travel card. The price would be 405 SEK + 20 SEK (the card itself) x 4 adults -> 1700 SEK.
A single trip ticket bought in the app costs 37 SEK.
With the 7-day card the numbers are 1700 SEK / 37 SEK / 4 adults / 5 days = 2.29 trips per adult per day.
With a top up the card and you 4 taking public transport 3 times / day = 37 x 4 x 3 x 5 = 2220 SEK. That’s 30% more expensive.
So if you are going to take any public transportation more than 2 times in a day the 7 day travel card is recommended.
And you could use it to travel between Arlanda and Stockholm by public transport and save some money.
Thanks for the useful article.
I’m going to be at Stockolm next week.
My plan is to go from the airport to the city center by Flygbussarna. Is this a good option?
Then, I need to go to Vendelso. Does the SL single ticket is valid until Gudo, Vendelso? And this tickets are valid from Gudo until the Tyresta National Park?
yes. Travel with the underground from Stockholm T-Centralen to Gullmarsplan and there take bus 807 toward Brandbergens centrum. Stop at Gudö.
With 807 and then 834 buses you can reach Svartbäcken bus stop which is a 10-min walk away of Tyresta by where the main entrance to Tyresta National Park is located.
Hi. we arrive tommorow with ferry at Hamnpirsvägen 10, and from there we want to go to city center and have only few hours..
Q. is there near a bus station and what bus should we take and until where/what station?
Q. Can we pay the ticket at the driver? and if so, does he accept euro or we need to have local currency?
yes that’s the address of Värtahamnens port of alls. Your nearest station is Värtahamnens färjeterminal (on Google Maps). Walk there and take bus 76 toward Norra Hammarbyhamnen and stop at Karl XII:s torg. It takes 13 minutes. You can’t buy at the driver. Download the app (iOS / Android) and buy the ticket there or buy from the vending machines at the cruise terminal with credit card.
From Karl XII:s torg you can walk to Gamla Stan (The Old Town) and even to other popular places like Drottninggatan.
I am traveling to stockholm tomorrow, i need information on travelling from Arlanda Airport to Tyrgatan precisely, i am not going anywhere else just to tyrgatan and back to the airport. Is it advisable/possible to use the single ticket or SL Access card? And will it be enough to board Pentaltäg linje 40 to Odenplan and bus 4to Odengatan. This is the route google suggested i take.
best thing is to take bus 583 in ARlanda to Märsta. There at Märsta station board pendeltåg 42X or 41 depending on what goes first. Get off at Stockholm Odenplan and there you can take some of the following buses:
6 towards Ropsten stop at Vallhallavägen and walk some 200 meters
4 towards Radiohuset stop at Vallhallavägen and walk some 200 meters
2 towards Sofia stop at Jarlaplan and walk 450 meters
It should take around 1h and 15min since boarding bus 583 in Arlanda so theoretically a single ticket could be used for each way.
Thank you so much
7 days purchased Is not slated on the SL ACCESS CARD. Why?
During train travel if the ticket is expired did I need to book another ticket or shall get down in the same train on my desired stop and while catching next train shall I book?
Thanks for the important travel information on Stockholm city. I need some more information to plan my travel. I will visit Stockholm and some other European cities with Eurail Global pass. Please advise me whether I can travel by Arlanda Express from Arlanda Airport to Stockholm Central Station with a valid Eurail Global pass without buying any ticket. Secondly, can I travel free in any public transport in the city using the Eurail Global pass or is there any concession on the travel card for Eurail Global pass holders?
no, it is not possible to travel on the Arlanda Express between Arlanda and Stockholm because it is a private company where just the Arlanda Express tickets can be used.
Here you will find the EUrail Global Pass benefits in Sweden.
I don’t think it can be used in the city but between cities in Sweden and Scandinavia.
I am planing arrive to stockholm in next weekend. How I shut use a group ticket in app, valid for 72 houres with one child free pass (2 adoults 1 student, one 9 years old weekend free). Do the gates will open in metro for this child, and how I can get thru this gates? I need approach 3 times my mobile to the reader or simply one time and gates will open 3 times for whole crew?
I’m searching web page – screen record – mention in part Where to Buy the SL-Access card. Where and which ticket are possible to buy.
Can I pay ticket – where? – with credit card?
There are machines available where you can buy the tickets!
Hi! Thank you for the information on this article and all the work you put into this site to keep it updated, I’m finding very usefull to plan the trip I’ll take in May.
Is it possible to use a single ticket to drop on and off at single stations and visit the artistic decorations of each one dedicating the 75′ ride to this tour or you need to validate the entrance and exit each time (maybe because the part of the station itself is outside the turnstiles) or on the opposite would it be possible to see stations just going down te stairs of a station without the need of a ticket to enter inside the tube?
Thank you so much
Hi! You need a ticket to enter the station and yes you can drop in and off of stations during 75 minutes.
The single 75 min bus ticket. Can I catch a bus for 20 mins then get off, wait for another bus , wait time 10 mins, then catch this second bus using the same ticket even though the journey will be 45 mins which means that my 75 min single ticket expired part way through my journey ?
Thank you so much!