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Public Transportation

Public Transportation

Stockholm is often praised for its comfortable, efficient and safe transportation. Stockholm Public Transport, SL, is responsible for buses, underground trains, commuter trains, trams and certain ferry lines in Greater Stockholm. The underground is the easiest way to get around town. The city is divided into three zones, and zone tickets are good for several trips within the hour. Tickets can be purchased at SL Centers, underground platform barriers, newsagent kiosks or via SMS. It's not possible to pay cash for tickets on board buses in Stockholm. Most bus stops have ticket machines that take both coins and cards. Prepaid cards are the best alternative for those making few trips. It's also possible to buy 1, 3, or 7-day cards, which allow free travel in all zones during the validity period. Another alternative is the Stockholm Card, which allows free travel and free entry to 80 museums and attractions in the city. Stockholm Cards are valid for 24, 48 or 72 hours. A trip on the number 69 bus or number 7 tram is a superb way to discover Stockholm. The lines go out to Djurgården and major attractions like Skansen and the Vasa Museum. Stockholmers are always heedful of their beautiful surroundings, and this has led to many inner city buses running on eco-friendly fuels such as ethanol. The Stockholm underground is also known as the world's longest art gallery as so many of its stations are adorned with the works of different artists.
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Taxi

There are many taxi companies to choose from in Stockholm. Approved taxis with metered fares always bear yellow number plates. Credit cards are readily accepted. NOTE: Taxi prices are not regulated in Sweden; they may vary greatly. It is the customer’s responsibility to check prices beforehand. Check the price on the yellow-and-white label (pictured in the right corner above), which is usually on the rear door window, before entering the vehicle. The highest unit price of most taxis is between SEK 290 - 390. The price on the yellow label is based on a 10 km, 15-minute journey. The price indicated on the taximeter is in Swedish kronor. For trips to and from Stockholm Arlanda Airport the major taxi companies have fixed prices of between SEK 450-500. Always ask the driver beforehand. In addition to the major taxi companies there are several independent firms; caution is adviced. You can easily get hold of a taxi by calling a taxi company, hailing one on the street or by taking a one from a rank, e.g. at NK on Hamngatan. There is a manned taxi centre at Central Station that can help you with finding the right service, e.g. if you need child seats in the vehicle. Several of the big Stockholm taxi companies have a very high proportion of eco-vehicles. A new rota system gives priority to cabs with low carbon emission levels.
WiFi spots

WiFi spots

Don't worry about roaming charges, there are plenty of free Wi-Fi spots around the city. Free WiFi Map for iPhone and WiFi Finder for Android are apps that can help you find free WiFi. Stockholm is frequently ranked as one of the most connected cities in the world, and thanks to pioneering IT infrastructure Stockholmers are spoiled with high surf speeds. For example, Stockholm was the first city in the world to introduce publicly available 4G. Here is a selection of locations with free WiFi: Stockholm Visitor Center Name: "Homerun Wireless Zone". Ask the staff for a code. Stockholm Arlanda Airport Name: "Airport-Guest" (Free for three hours) Central Station Stockholm and Cityterminalen Name: "All Station Guests" Free WiFi for guests is very common in cafes and hotels in Stockholm. For example coffee chains like Waynes Coffee, Espresso House and Pressbyrån and hotels like the Radisson Hotels, Scandic Hotels, First Hotels and Nordic Choice Hotels, to mention a few. Ask the staff for details.
Gay & lesbian Stockholm

Gay & lesbian Stockholm

Gay and lesbian life in Stockholm is like the city itself: easily accessible, hugely fun, highly varied and warm and welcoming. Over the last few years, Stockholm has emerged as one of the world's favourite gay and lesbian destinations, winning awards and topping "Where to go" lists across the planet. Stockholm Pride in July-August is the highlight of the year. It has grown to become one of Stockholm’s largest annual festivals, as well as the largest Pride celebration in Scandinavia. In a city as open as Stockholm, there has never been a need for a special "gayborhood". Lesbian, gay, and gay-friendly establishments are scattered throughout the city and rainbow flags fly high in many of Stockholm’s central districts.
Stockholm Visitor Center

Stockholm Visitor Center

At our centrally located tourist information center, you will recieve personal service and help with almost anything to do with your stay in Stockholm. We'll point out things you don't want to miss, offer tips, advice, and inspiration and we are happy to help you book rooms and guided tours, or simply show you how to get to places. We also sell tickets to events, Stockholm Cards and offer free WiFi. You can also contact us on Facebook. Become a fan of Visit Stockholm and post your question on the wall.
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Airports

Stockholm has four airports. Stockholm Arlanda Airport is the biggest international airport, and Bromma is closest to the city. Skavsta and Västerås are located about 80 minutes south and west of Stockholm, respectively. Arlanda Airport, www.swedavia.com/arlanda/ Bromma Airport, www.swedavia.com/bromma/ Skavsta Airport, www.skavsta.se Västerås Airport, www.stockholmvasteras.se The fastest way to travel between Stockholm and Arlanda is via the Arlanda Express. The train takes 20 minutes and costs about SEK220 per person. Two bus companies, Swebus and Flygbussarna, serve all four airports. The bus from Arlanda costs about SEK100 and takes 45 minutes. From Bromma, the bus costs about SEK80 and takes about 20 minutes; from Skavsta and Västerås, it costs about SEK150 and takes about 80 minutes. You can also get to Stockholm Arlanda Airport via public transportation (SL) or using the Stockholm Card with the purchase of a supplementary ticket. Arlanda Express, www.arlandaexpress.com Flygbussarna, www.flygbussarna.se Swebus, www.swebus.se SL, www.sl.se The Stockholm Card, www.visitstockholm.com/stockholmcard
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