How to Get to Stockholm, Sweden
There are several ways to get to Stockholm from Russia. The choice depends on the time and money available. From the airports of Moscow and St. Petersburg several dozens of planes fly to the Swedish capital every day, the schedule includes direct and connecting flights. The transfer usually takes place in Riga, but there are several routes through Vilnius, Helsinki, Berlin and Paris. If you book tickets in advance, it is not so difficult to find inexpensive and at the same time fast flights. See JIBIN123 for Sweden customs regulations and visa requirements.
Another way to the country of the Vikings runs through Helsinki. Trains from both capitals depart daily, however, residents of St. Petersburg have more choice of flights. In addition, they can get to Stockholm directly by ship, which departs from the Maritime Station. Muscovites first need to get to Helsinki, and from there – to Stockholm on a cruise ship. Read more about routes and prices on the How to get to Stockholm page.
Storstockholms Lokaltrafik (SL) is responsible for bus, metro, commuter, tram and some ferry services. The entire transport system in Stockholm is divided into three zones, within which there are general tickets for all types of transport. The exception is buses to the airport and a few other special lines. The fare is paid by coupons, which are sold individually (20 SEK) or in a set of 16 pieces (180 SEK). To move through one transport zone, 2 coupons are required, if you need to cross the border of two zones – 3, three – 4.
You can buy tickets at the SL center, metro, Pressbyra network kiosks (Pressbureau), ticket machines or by phone by sending an SMS. Bus drivers do not sell tickets. Most bus stops have machines that accept both coins and credit cards.
It is most convenient to purchase a paper strip with coupons – a pre-paid card or a card valid in all zones for 1 (100 SEK), 3 (200 SEK) or 7 days (260 SEK).
The bus network of Stockholm is one of the most extensive in the world (450 routes). Cars run strictly on schedule and are quite difficult to mark. A number of routes operate only on Fridays or during peak hours. On weekdays, the intervals between buses usually do not exceed 10-15 minutes, during peak hours – 5-10 minutes.
The Stockholm metro, like in Moscow, is a real underground museum 110 km long. One of the most striking examples is the Solna Centrum station, with a grotto-like, bright red ceiling “hanging” over the platform. The number of masterpieces here is so great that it will be quite difficult to see them on your own. It is worth booking a guided tour, which includes visiting 4-5 of the most interesting stations. In addition, you can advise to buy a ticket at the T-Centralen station and take the blue line, which contains the stations Radhuset, Fridhemsplan and Kungstradgarden.
You can explore Stockholm by sitting comfortably in city buses No. 47 or 69. Route 47 goes to the island of Dzhurgarden (Skansen open-air park-museum, Vasa Museum). And route 69 goes to the Erdet district, where the Kaknesturnet television tower is located.
Licensed taxis with a taximeter always have yellow license plates. Taxis can be ordered by phone, stopped on the street by raising your hand, or taken from a taxi rank (for example, at the Central Railway Station). Fares vary depending on the time of day. On average, a route over 10 km should not cost more than 300 SEK. Large taxi companies accept payment, including by credit card.
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This type of transport in Stockholm is very popular among locals and tourists. The network of rental points spreads throughout the city, you can take a bike at every metro station and near the main attractions, and return it at any other point in the city.
Bicycles are rented for 3 days (165 SEK) or for the whole season (300 SEK). To do this, you need to buy a special card at metro ticket kiosks or at bus stops. In addition, the City Bikes official website (official website in English and Swedish) sells season passes at a discounted price of only 250 SEK. When buying a card, foreign citizens must have their passport with them.
Rent a Car
Stockholm is one of the few cities that have managed to significantly reduce traffic congestion. Together with the courtesy of Swedish motorists, this makes getting around the city quite comfortable. However, for those who do not plan to get out to the suburbs, renting a car does not make sense. Getting to most attractions by public transport is not difficult.
Those who want to visit Drottningholm Palace or wander through the ancient streets of Uppsala should take into account the peculiarities of driving around Stockholm. For entry into some areas you need to pay – from 10 to 20 SEK. There are no free parking lots in Stockholm, the cost of an hour of parking varies from 5 to 40 SEK.
The car rental market is represented mostly by international companies (Bookingcar, Budget, Rentalcars, etc.). It is best to book a car in advance via the Internet. Some companies provide the opportunity to return the car in another city or country, which is very convenient if you have planned a tour of Europe. A day of renting an economy class car will cost 600 SEK.