A few key points that you should keep in mind if you are cruising to or from Stockholm:
Most cruise passengers arrive in Stockholm at one of two places: Arlanda Airport (Stockholm serves as the initial port of departure for many cruises); or for those arriving by sea, the city center.
If your cruise is departing from Stockholm, plan to arrive at least a day before your cruise so that you can take in the sights before setting sail. Ideally, arrive two days early to see more of what Stockholm has to offer.
If you spend an extra day or two in Stockholm, be sure to pick up the Stockholm Card, a money-saving program that provides free or discounted admission to attractions and transportation within greater Stockholm.
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Q: Where Do I Find My Ship?
A: Stockholm has seven locations for docking. Most ships transit the archipelago to dock in the city center. Others dock at Nynashamn, an hour’s transit away.
Q: How Do I Get From The Airport To The City Center?
A: Most cruise lines offer transfers, but if you want to transfer on your own, Stockholm’s city center can be reached from the airport in about 20 minutes on the Arlanda Express for about $25 per person. Trains leave every 15 minutes between 5:35 a.m. and 9:05 p.m. There are frequent bus services operating between the airport and the city from 6:40 a.m. to 9:45 p.m. Travel time is 40 minutes.
Q: How Do I Get From My Ship To The City Center?
A: If your ship docks at the city center, make your way to the Grand Hotel, a 30-minute easy walk from the terminal. Along the way, stop at the medieval old town, Gamla Stan, with its charming cobblestone streets, museums, shops and restaurants, Here at Gamla Stan, you’re standing on one of 14 islands that make up this city that appears to be floating on water. Locks at Gamla Stan separate Lake Malaren (60 miles long) from the Baltic Sea.
Q: Is There A Package That Provides Admission To Various Attractions, All For One Price?
A: The Stockholm Card includes admission to museums and attractions, free travel on local public transport, free parking at municipal car parks in the city, free sightseeing by boat on selected departures during summer and an illustrated guidebook with maps and several other offers. The card can be purchased at Tourist Information Centers in Stockholm, at SL centers (SL=local transportation network), some hotels and a few sights (City Hall and the Royal Palace). The card can also be ordered on-line at www.stockholmtown.com. Choose between a 24-hour, 48-hour or a 72-hour card. Cards are available for children at reduced rates.
Q: Where Do I Find Information Once In Stockholm?
A: Stockholm has a tourist information at Sweden House, Kungstradgarden, Hamngatan 27 – and during the cruise season, near the docks, at Frihamnen 638 and at Stadsgarden 165/167.
Q: How Do I Find Information On The Web About Stockholm?
A: www.stockholmtown.com and www.stockholmcruise.com (be sure to click the icon for English if the web site appears in an unfamiliar language).
Q: Where Can I Kayak In Stockholm?
A: If you’re staying in Stockholm for more than a day, do what the locals do whenever they get an opportunity: Get out to the archipelago, which stretches nearly 50 miles east of Stockholm. Many of the islands are uninhabited, rocky outcrops that are homes to birds.
Q: Is It Possible To Bicycle In Stockholm?
Yes. Rent three-speed bikes at Skepp & Hoj (near the bridge at the Vasa Museum) and pedal through Djurgarden, once a Royal deer park that is now home to Ekoparken, the world’s first city national park.