STOCKHOLM — Overview

Stockholm is the capital of Sweden and its most populated city. It is one of the most beautiful capitals in the world and it is built on 14 islands connected by 57 bridges. There are some magnificent public buildings and most sights are within easy reach. The first National City Park in the world was established in Stockholm and it provides a welcome relief from the crowds found elsewhere. Stockholm has a rich history and offers world-class museums and sights.

Stockholm was founded around 1250 and has one of the best preserved medieval city centres in the world in Gamla Stan. You can walk through small winding streets lined with stores full of handicrafts, antiques, art galleries and cafes. The Royal Palace and Stockholm Cathedral are also located in Gamla Stan.

The green island of Djurgården is home to some of the city’s most popular attractions. Visit the world-famous warship the Vasa, the world’s oldest open-air museum Skansen, or Astrid Lindgren’s Junibacken. Stockholm is a great city to view from the water especially since it is built on fourteen islands. Stockholm also offers a wonderful archipelago with 30,000 islands, islet rocks and skerries.

Getting There
The easiest way to arrive in Stockholm is by air. The Stockholm-Arlanda Airport is 40 kilometres north of the city centre. There are several ways to get into the city centre from the airport. You could catch a taxi and there is a fixed price from the airport into the city. Pricing can be found on the window of the taxi but make sure you agree to the price before heading off. There are several express buses that run frequently including the Flybussarna which takes around 40 minutes but you can only pay by credit card on board this bus. Another bus is the Swebus that takes around 35 to 40 minutes. You can buy your tickets for this bus at the airport or online but you will have to pay by credit card if you buy the ticket on the bus.
For more information about the buses visit the websites: http://www.flygbussarna.se
or http://www.swebus.se/SwebusExpress_com/Airport-transfer

You can also catch a train from the airport either by the Arlanda Express Train or a regular train. The Arlanda Express Train departs from the lower level of the airport every 15 minutes and takes 20 minutes to arrive at Stockholm Central Station. There is a ticket kiosk on the station or you can buy your tickets on the train or online.
For more information about the Arlanda Express Train visit the website: http://www.arlandaexpress.com
For more information about regular trains visit the website: http://www.sl.se

You can also arrive in Stockholm from other parts of Europe and Scandinavia and other cities within Stockholm by bus or by train.
For more information about international trains to Stockholm visit the following website: http://www.sj.se
For more information about international buses to Stockholm visit the following website: http://www.swebus.se
or http://www.eurolines-travel.com

It is possible to arrive in Stockholm by cruise ship or via the Baltic Sea Ferries from other cities in Scandinavia and other parts of Europe. There are many companies offering these cruises. To find out more about the ferries visit the following websites:
http://www.finnlines.com/ferry-trips
http://www.stenaline.co.uk/ferry
http://www.scandlines.eu
http://www.tallinksilja.com/en/web/int/book-a-cruise
http://www.dfdsseaways.co.uk
http://www.vikingline.fi/index.asp?lang=en
http://www.finnlines.com/ferry-trips
http://www.stpeterline.com/en/OnBoard/News.aspx
http://www.polferries.pl/en/ferry
http://www.unityline.pl/en/
http://ttline.com
http://www.faergen.dk/ruter/bornholmerfaergen.aspx
https://www.birka.se/1/en-gb/start/start.php
http://www.kzp.kolobrzeg.pl/en

Getting Around
Stockholm Public Transport, SL, is responsible for buses, underground trains, commuter trains, trams and certain ferry lines in Greater Stockholm. The underground is the easiest way to get around the city and it is divided into three zones. Zone tickets can be used for several trips within the hour. Tickets can be purchased at SL Centers, underground platform barriers, newsagent kiosks or via SMS. You cannot pay cash for tickets on board buses in Stockholm but most bus stops have ticket machines that take both coins and cards.
For more information about public transport in Stockholm visit the website: http://sl.se/english

If you are going to make a few trips by public transport then prepaid cards are the way to go. You can also buy 1, 3, or 7-day cards, which allow free travel in all zones during the validity period. Another alternative is the Stockholm Card, which allows free travel and free entry to 80 museums and attractions in the city. Stockholm Cards are valid for 24, 48 or 72 hours.
For more information about the Stockholm Card visit the following website: http://www.visitstockholm.com/en/stockholmcard/

Traveller's Tip

A trip on the number 69 bus or number 7 tram is a great way to discover Stockholm. The lines go out to Djurgården and major attractions like Skansen and the Vasa Museum.