Getting Around Stockholm: From Bikes to Boats

July 22, 2015
Getting Around Stockholm, Travel Info

Stockholm is a big city but there are many ways to explore it on and off the beaten path. While it’s easy to view the historical city center on foot, some more remote areas can be accessed by public transport, which also includes boats and commuter trains. And for those who are up for some exercise, city bikes are available throughout the summer. Getting around Stockholm can quite easy.  Here are some tips for you next trip.

Getting Around Stockholm: From Bikes to Boats


It’s easy to discover a big deal of Stockholm’s city center just by walking. The Old Town (Gamla Stan) is a small island in the heart of the city and exploring its romantic Medieval streets is one of the must-dos. Take a stroll around the cobbled streets and colorful houses, have a cup of coffee in one of the cozy cafes, buy presents in the dozens of souvenir shops and visit the Royal Family at the Royal Palace. The Old Town is also a good starting point for visiting the Town Hall (where the Nobel banquet takes places), various museums, the main shopping street or the nightlife in Södermalm, which are all in the walking distance.


Except for being an easy and fast way to get from one end of the city to the other, Stockholm’s subway is also an art collection. Many of the stations are decorated with paintings, sculptures or windows with historical items on display. You might learn more about the art from a plate at each station or by joining a free guided tour. When traveling regularly, it is useful to buy a one-, three- or seven-day public transport (SL) ticket, which can be used for the subway, buses, commuter trains and even boats.


Stockholm is spread over 14 islands and many of them are connected by boat traffic. If you have an SL ticket, you can also use it to travel by boat from the city center to Djurgården where many tourist attractions including Skansen, Vasa Museum and the ABBA Museum can be found. Traveling by boat is a two-in-one solution because it gets you where you need to go and it enables you to see the city from a completely new perspective.

Boat transport in Stockholm
Boats are part of the public transport in Stockholm.

Getting Around Stockholm: From Bikes to Boats

Commuter Trains and Buses

Stockholm has a good network of commuter trains and buses that make it possible to explore the suburbs, again within the SL ticket. Many beautiful castles are located on the outskirts of the city. Commuter trains and buses will take you to Rosesberg and Steninge Palace or Sigtuna, the second oldest town in Sweden. After buying a supplementary ticket, it’s possible to get as far as to Uppsala. It’s a lively historical town and the Uppsala University, founded in 1477, is the oldest university not only in Sweden but in Northern Europe.


From April to October, city bikes are available for rent. There are two types of tickets, a three-day and whole-season, and they can be bought at the visitor centers, news stands or 7-Elevens. Cycling in Stockholm is rather safe, most roads have a separate line for bicycles and there are some really nice trails along the waterfront or through the National City Park, the first of its kind in the world. The city park is spanning across forested and green areas, palaces and museums. It’s a great place to escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. The city bikes are parked in about 140 stations around the city and can be borrowed for up to 3 hours.

About Patricia Pecnerova

Patricia is a 20-something from Slovakia. She was an expat in the Czech Republic and Spain, studying Biology, and exploring Central and Southern Europe. Now the research has taken her to Sweden and Stockholm has become her new home for the next couple of years. She is using this opportunity to discover Scandinavia, its nature, culture, customs and food.

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