Stockholm Transportation Tips by travelfrosch
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The Djurgården 4 to Skeppsholmen
If you want to get from Djurgården to Skeppsholmen, be sure to take the "Djurgården 4" from the ferry dock. Like the other ferries, cost is SEK 30, SEK 20 for children and Seniors. SL 1 day, 3 day, 7 day and longer time cards/passes are valid. SL single (1 hour) cards, Stockholm Card, and Stockholm a la Carte are NOT valid.
Phone: +46 8 679 5830
Connex sleeper car
From Stockholm, the Connex railway offers transportation to Narvik, Norway via Boden and Kiruna. This train also stops right at the lovely Abisko National Park, north of the Arctic Circle. Through June 2013, there is one direct overnight train per day to Narvik from Stockholm (departing Stockholm at 5:58 PM), and another with a connection in Boden (departing Stockholm at 10:12 PM). Travel time northward is just under 22 hours for the direct train, 20 hours for the train with the connection in Boden. The overnight train departs Narvik at 11:38 AM, while the train to Boden departs at 10:42 AM (transfer in Boden for an overnight train to Stockholm). Travel time southward is just under 22 hours for the direct train, and just over 20 hours for the train with the connection in Boden.
Eurail and Scanrail are both valid for the base fare, but note that night trains departing before 7PM require the use of 2 Flexi days. Also, reservations are required and cost extra. I strongly recommend you book sleeping accommodations (at least a couchette) for this long trip. Note: Connex, the company that ran the train when we traveled in 2006, has been taken over by Veolia Transport.
If you're traveling in the summer, advance reservations are critical. Foreign tourists can go to the Veolia Transport ticket booking website (www.bokatag.se , then click on the British Flag for English). You'll be given a booking code -- don't forget it. When you get to Stockholm, go to an automated kiosk, punch in your booking code, and the machine will print out your tickets.
Other Contact: http://www.veolia.se (Swedish)
Phone: +46 (0)771 26 00 00
A subway train arrives
Stockholm has an excellent public transport system, including the subway (T-Bana), buses, trams, and even boats.
UPDATED Fares as of November 2011: SL has a complicated fare system involving "units" or "coupons." Travel within 1 zone (see a T-Bana Zone map to view the zones) requires the use of 2 "units," while travel among 2 and 3 zones costs 3 and 4 "units" respectively. A "coupon" will cost you SEK 22 purchased on the spot, or SEK 18 if it's pre-paid. Alternatively, if you purchase fare in cash at the gate (or by text message), it costs SEK 36 for travel within 1 zone, valid for an hour after first use. You also can purchase a pre-paid "slip" of 16 "units," costing SEK 200, which will give you eight 1-zone rides, 5 1/3 2-Zone rides, and four 3-Zone rides. Also remember that you can't purchase tickets on buses -- you must buy them beforehand. Got all that? :-)
Fortunately for tourists, there are a number of passes you can purchase. Many times, if you purchase a hotel package, a "Stockholm Card" or "Stockholm a la Carte" card will be included with your room. These cards offer use of public transit (except for the ferries to Djurgården and Skeppsholmen), as well as admission to many museums. The Stockholm Card may also be purchased at the tourist office, or online. Cost is SEK 425 for 24 hours, SEK 550 for 48 hours, and SEK 650 for 72 hours.
The best deal for most tourists is probably still to purchase a 24 hour travelcard, which costs SEK 115 and includes the Djurgården and Skeppsholmen ferries. For longer stays, you can also buy tickets for 72 hours (SEK 230), 7 days (SEK 300). Check the website for details if you wish to purchase a longer-duration pass. You can purchase these at several T-Bana stations, including T-Centrallen, as well as news stands that display the "SL" logo.
Phone: +46 8 600 1000
The many flags of Djurgården
A convenient and pleasant way to get around Stockholm is the Djurgården ferry. Boats depart from Slussen to Djurgården, right next to the amusement park. Skansen, the Vasa Museum, and the Nordic Museum are within walking distance. Ferries depart every 15-20 minutes weekdays, every 20-30 minutes weekends. The boats still run off-season, but less frequently. Some ferries will also stop at Skeppsholmen.
1-way fare is SEK 40, SEK 25 for children and Seniors. SL (public transport) 24-hour and 72 hour cards are valid, as are weekly, monthly, and annual passes. SL single (1-hour) cards, the Stockholm Card, and Stockholm a la Carte are NOT valid.
Phone: +46 8 679 5830
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