I have been somewhat sceptical about tourist cards in the past but after experiencing the Copenhagen Card, followed by the Stockholm Card, I have become a convert. Clearly they are not for everyone and if your ideal way of visiting a city is spending most time in shops, restaurants and bars, you shouldn’t consider one. On the other hand if travelling around and doing lots of sightseeing is on your agenda the Stockholm Card is invaluable. It saves both time and money but also eliminates any frustration with language that you might otherwise experience.
The Stockholm Card comes complete with a guide to 80 attractions. You can browse excellent museums with art, aristocrats, Vikings, the Nobel Prize, technology and design. No-one is going to want to visit 80 attractions but there are likely to be many which will appeal and the guide provides addresses, contact numbers, transport arrangements, free admission and descriptions on each of them so you can make your choice and plan a visit.
With the Stockholm Card, you are entitled to an unlimited number of free trips on subways, buses, commuter trains, and trams all over Stockholm County. We used it on each one of these modes. The Card does not work at automatic turnstiles such as in the subway so you need to show the card to the ticket collector on duty, while on buses just show it to the driver. The Card also offers unlimited free trips on the Hop-On Hop-Off sightseeing boat which allows you to tour the sights in an easy, comfortable and fun way.
The offers just keep coming and one that I like is Stockholm on Two Wheels. Here experienced guides will take you from Gamla Stan to famous sites like Stockholm City Hall, outlook points, and the beautiful island of Djurgarden. Stockholm is a safe cycling city that has many bicycle tracks and roads without car traffic. A bicycle and helmet loan, and a rain poncho if needed, are included and the tours are in English. Another great opportunity is the Historical Canal Tour. This only operates in summer but it takes you around the island Kungsholmen past Langholmen, Sodermalm and Gamla Stan.
The Card gives a discount on a number of other tours including the Royal Canal Tour, the century-old steamer to Drottningholm, the Royal Family’s private residence, the 75-minute Stockholm Panorama bus tour, and the Open Top bus tours where you can start and stop the tour at any stop you like.
The Guide book has maps showing the location of all attractions together with a Metro map. I defy you to get lost. That in itself is worth plenty. The card is valid for 24, 48 or 72 hours from the first time you use it. Child tickets are valid with an adult ticket. Costs change so check the web site for current prices.