In Stockholm: The T-Bana

The metro in Stockholm is a great service that is really easy to navigate. I will be honest, after I got off the flight I tried to get the overground train which would have got me to rural Sweden instead of the city centre. I went to one of the very lovely station workers and had to get pointed in the direction of the metro. Once you get pointed in the right direction it is really easy to get around! I have done a post on whats the best things to buy to get around Stockholm, check it out here.

Along the central line you can find gorgeous artworks in the tbana stations. Here are just a few!

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In Stockholm: Getting Around The City

So getting around Stockholm is really very easy. Here are the ways I got around Stockholm from the Airport to going to random stops on the tbana.

 

Arlanda airport to the City Centre

So there is the Arlanda Express which gets you into the city in 20 minutes at the last minute cost of SEK 540/€56, *Note if you book early enough in advance you can get a big discount of the Arlanda Express check it out here. The Arlanda Express is twice as expensive as a slower cheaper train that takes 40 minutes and there is also a bus that will take you to the city centre. I took the Arlanda express because although it was really expensive, I was dealing with an injury and I wanted to get into Stockholm as quickly as possible.

Getting Around the City

One thing I like to know is what’s the best tickets to get when I go to a city so I can travel as easily and as cost effectively as possible! Here are the three that I used to get around Stockholm.

phoebegill161005001As I got off the Arlanda Express at Central Station I went to the information desk to ask what’s the best card to get for the metro. The guy gave me this card allows you access to anywhere in the SL network, metros, trams etc. This access card is like the Leap card in Ireland or Oyster card in London and wasn’t exactly what I was looking for but was a great addition to what I actually wanted that I found in my TBex goodie bag. The card costs SEK 20 and then you add how many journeys you want on the card. phoebegill161005004This travelcard is what I actually wanted. I was in Stockholm for 4 days so I liked that I had the back up of the access card but this kind of travelcard was perfect. You can get a 24 hour ticket (115 SEK/€12), a 72 hour ticket (SEK 230/€23) or a 7 day ticket on you Access card (SEK 300/€31). Read more information here. phoebegill161005006Lastly I want to talk about the Stockholm Pass. I got this for free in my TBex goodie bag and I have to say I used it a lot, see that damage? The man who drove the tour bus asked me what did I do to it I used it so much. This card gets you two days of unlimited hop on hop off bus and boat tours.  Discounted and free in to attractions and  points of interest. For a full list check it out here. I actually got three days out of this pass because I was cheeky but they do scan your ticket at attractions so be smart about how you use it. The Stockholm Pass costs SEK 975 (€101) which is expensive but if you use this pass properly and organise yourself so you get free in to most or all of the museums you want and get the bus and boat tours everywhere you need, you can really save a lot of money. phoebegill161005007I did get these two last tickets for free but I used them and got a lot out of them. I really recommend them. Stockholm is really expensive but I loved every minute of my trip because of how easy it was to navigate and I didn’t have to worry if I had enough money on the cards because they were both unlimited.

If you have any questions please leave them below!

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In Stockholm: Gamla Stan, Old Town

There is something so wonderful when you can explore the old areas of a city, it can bring you back in time with the classic architecture, small streets and gorgeous squares. Gamla Stan has to be one of my favourites! phoebegill160714149This beautiful area is crammed full of cafe’s, bars, restaurants, cute quirky shops and so many tourist shops for all you fridge magnet and Swedish tat needs! Wandering around this busy little area, exploring the beautiful golden streets is so so lovely! phoebegill160714190I didn’t know what was around the next corner and that was really nice, I just walked around and then I stumbled upon this charming little square, Stortorget. I sat down outside the Nobel Museum and just took a minute. So many people coming in and out of the square, sitting having a drink or eating outside. It is such a beautiful place to watch the sun leave the square and take a rest after a day of walking around Stockholm.phoebegill160714663Skirting the outside of Gamla Stan is the parliament buildings and the Royal Palace where you can find the Royal Jewels, well worth a visit to admire the sparkly diamonds. This area is steeped in history and there is so much to see! I want to be back strolling around in the warmth of the evening watching the sun set.

There was lots more I could have done in this area but in all honesty I needed an excuse to come back, I really want to see Stockholm in Winter and a little less crowded. So until then.

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In Stockholm: Kungsträdgården

Kungsträdgården is a really pretty park in central Stockholm. It’s a beautiful tree lined strip with seating, a pretty green areas and fountains. This is a busy area with couples, groups of friends, lots of dog walkers and is generally filled with mirth! PhoebeGill160714671Take note during the summer from April 23rd to August 31st there is a military foot parade that happens every day, they walk from the Army museum and will pass the Kungsträdgården at around 12pm. It’s similar to the changing of the guards in London. It is a great thing to see. In other months of the year it only happens on specific days so check before you go to Stockholm or just be surprised like I was.  PhoebeGill160714208There is a Tbana stop just beside this area and the tram lines are at the top of the park so it’s really easy to get to. It has lots of outdoor eating and cafes so it’s a perfect place to stop at. There is also a stage area where outdoor concerts are held in Summer and in Winter there is an ice rink.

You definitely have to check it out when you go to Stockholm. It was such a pretty area to relax and take in the sunshine!

Happy Travels!