Europe Trip Planning

Touring Stockholm with the Stockholm Pass

After our roaring success with the Copenhagen Card, we were excited to tour Stockholm with the Stockholm Pass.  Similar in function to the Copenhagen Card and other city cards, The Stockholm Pass allowed entry into many city attractions with one price. It’s a great way to see a city’s most popular attractions, plus find some hidden gems you may not have heard of.

When we purchased, the cards were 398 SEK per child and 795 SEK per adult for a 72 hour card. There was a promotion offering 10% savings. With the savings, we paid 2147 SEK or about $250. Prices have gone up since last summer, but it seems they often run promotions to save a little.

Unlike the Copenhagen Card, we opted not to include the public transportation. This is because the pass included a hop on/hop off bus and boat. It seemed like it would be easy to get around the city with this feature. We also figured that on the off chance we needed public transportation that it would be cheaper than adding it on the card. The additional cost would have been about $95.

In hindsight, I wish we had just added it on our cards. The hop on/hop off transportation was not as comprehensive as public transportation. It didn’t reach as many places (like our Langholmen hotel) and the route were a circle. Getting from point A to point B was simple, but not so easy to get from point A to point G. When we did purchase public transportation, we seemed to lack understanding of how Stockholm’s system worked. I think we always overpaid, or didn’t use our transfers properly. In all, it would have been about $95 to add the transportation for all four of us. We didn’t spend that much, but we would have availed ourselves of the trains and busses more if we had the pass.

The Stockholm Pass had different points to pick up the card. We opted for the Ahlens department store due to extended pick-up hours. It was near the train station. The travel desk was really and truly in the middle of the department store. It was a little weird dragging our luggage past shoppers and around housewares displays. But, getting the actual cards was not an issue. We simply showed our vouchers and were on our way.

We also received a helpful brochure with all included sites.

Was it worth it?
Just as with the Copenhagen Card, I kept careful track of  our site-seeing and associated costs. Here’s what we were able to see:

Skyview– 150 SEK/adult and 100 SEK/child

Canal Tour– 200 SEK/adult and 100 SEK/child

Skansen-180 SEK/adult and 60 SEK/child

Hop on/hop off-450 SEK/adult and 225 SEK/child

Vasa Museum-120 SEK/adult

Royal Palace-160 SEK/adult and 80 SEK/child

Riddarholmen Church– 50 SEK

Storkyrkan-40 SEK

Not including the hop on/hop off, we came out slightly ahead with the Stockholm Pass over paying separately for each attraction. While we never would have used the hop on/hop off transportation otherwise, we came out way ahead when factoring that cost in. Overall, I like the city cards since it makes it seem more fun to visit a lot of attractions and try to get my money’s worth.

A note about the hop on/hop off busing
The hop on/hop off buses were truly the bane of our time in Stockholm. The buses were large, red double-deckers. They were easy to find, except when they weren’t. It turns out that another hop on/hop off company also operates large, red double-decker buses in the city. We had a really hard time telling the difference between the two companies and often asked questions and directions to the wrong guides. I mean, often the lines were right next to each other and the routes were very similar. We wouldn’t understand the benefit of looking so similar and confusing tourists.

Next time…
I would definitely opt for the public transportation option and avoid the hop on/hop off as much as possible.

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