Stockholm Pass: is it worth buying?

If you’re planning a trip to Stockholm, you might have already seen adverts for the Stockholm Pass. It’s an all-in-one discount card that guarantees you free entry to dozens of attractions across the Swedish capital, and has a few organised boat and bus tours thrown in for good measure.

According to the official website, buying the Stockholm Pass could save you more than 1200 SEK (around US $147) on a three-day visit. But is it really worth buying? And importantly, will it actually save you a big wad of kronor when you’re trying to see Stockholm’s best bits? Read our review to find out!

Is the Stockholm Pass worth buying?

Wait up! What is the Stockholm Pass?

The Stockholm Pass is a little card that you can carry around in your pocket or wallet. Show it at one of the participating attractions in Stockholm – or at the start point of one of the included city tours – and you’ll be waved through with the rest of the paying visitors. Once you scan the Stockholm Pass at the first attraction, the time remaining on the card starts running down automatically. There is also a mobile version which is simple to use.

What’s included with the pass?

Apart from giving you access to attractions and tours, the Stockholm Pass comes with a free guidebook offering more info on things to see and do. You can see a full list of the included attractions on the Stockholm Pass website.

Unfortunately the pass doesn’t include use of Stockholm’s public transport network. That means that if you buy the Stockholm Pass, you may end up doing a fair bit of walking to get around, or paying again for public transport to get between attractions.

A good solution is to buy the Stockholm Pass with the ‘travelcard’ add-on, which gives you unlimited use of the city’s boats, buses, trams and local trains.

How much does the Stockholm Pass cost, and where do I get it?

There are several different versions of the pass, with validity periods of between one and five days. Passes are available on the Stockholm Pass website.

1 day 2 days 3 days 5 days
Stockholm Pass 645 845 1045 1345
Stockholm Pass with unlimited travel 770 1095 1295 1845

Costs (in Swedish kronor) are for one adult and are correct at the time of publication.

Once you’ve paid up you can either have the pass sent to your home address (there’s a charge of between 60–80 SEK) or you can pick up it for free when you arrive in Stockholm. The collection point is the tourist info desk in the Åhléns store at Klarabergsgatan 50.

The million-dollar question: is it worth buying?

Well, yes – especially if you are visiting for the first time and want to see as much as possible.

If you have a few museums, galleries and attractions on your radar then the Stockholm Pass is definitely worth buying (get it here) and could save you money. Armed with a pass, you can also avoid queuing for tickets at each attraction.

On the other hand, if you only want to check out a couple of Stockholm’s big attractions, but will spend most of your time wandering around, eating, drinking, shopping, and generally getting a feel for the city, you might not save as much with the Stockholm Pass.

Not all of Stockholm’s big paid-for attractions are included with the Stockholm Pass (at the Abba Museum, for example, you’ll still have to pay the usual 250 SEK entry fee) but overall it can be a great way to save money when exploring.

Take a look at the example itinerary below to see whether you could save money by buying the Stockholm Pass. We’ve added some of the real must-see attractions that are included with the pass, such as the Vasa Museet, along with a couple of smaller sights and tours.

Three days in Stockholm: would you save cash?

The DIY option Stockholm Pass Stockholm Pass w/ travel
Upfront cost n/a 1045 1295
Entry to the Royal Palace 160 n/a n/a
Entry to Skansen 195 n/a n/a
9 x short subway trips 396 396 n/a
Entry to Vasa Museum 130 n/a n/a
Entry to Fotografiska 145 n/a n/a
Drottningholm Palace Boat & Tour 330 n/a n/a
Royal Canal Tour 220 n/a n/a
Total cost (SEK) 1576 1441 1295

Costs (in Swedish kronor) are for one adult and assume a three-day trip to Stockholm. All prices correct at time of publication.

If you visited these attractions during a three-day stay you would spend 1,576 SEK in total. So in this example, buying the Stockholm Pass works out cheaper than going it alone, and it also gives you the flexibility to add in more attractions if you get time. But of course, results will vary depending on exactly what you want to see.

The Stockholm Pass: our verdict

You could save a nice stack of cash by getting the Stockholm Pass. The best advice we can give is to work out exactly what you want to see and then add up the totals, just like we did above.

If you’re doing a fair bit of sightseeing and want to check out big must-see attractions like the Vasa Museum, you’ll probably find that it’s much cheaper to buy the Stockholm Pass rather than going it alone. The easiest option is to order the pass online and have it shipped to your home, or collect it when you arrive in Stockholm.

You may be able to lower the cost of the Stockholm Pass by finding a discount code online. So far we haven’t been able to track down a code that’s valid in 2018 or 2019, but we’ll update here as soon as we have something.

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Hi,

I am thinking of buying the pass for the one day when my cruise stops at the port. I see that it is discounted online if I buy today- but is the pick up location walking distance from the cruise terminal? Looks like all the collection places would be 20min away…

Rose Kenney
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Rose Kenney

Suggestions for a day(or two) pass on June 1&2? What are best sites to pursue to save the most?

Also, best recommendations for transportation to/from sites?

Rathika Ramadoss
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Rathika Ramadoss

Just a small update. I bought a single day city pass 2 days ago and thought it was worth it. The going cost right now is 535SEK and that price includes a 24 hour pass for the city metro which by itself costs 120SEK. So for 415SEK, I was able to see the Vasa Museum and go for Vaxholm tour and museum plus skyview the next morning. Paid for itself.

Nat
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Nat

I will be travelling on 4 may 2017 in stockholm.
My plan ahead and buy the pass .
can you help me about code for ticket?
Thank you

Katie
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Katie

Hey – Just curious about how the pass works for day trips – do they not sell out? How do you reserve your spot?

MY
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MY

i am so mess…
could like to clarify, is that Stockholm travel card 5 days costly SEK1775 included the entry the attractions or it only for the fare?

Shaun Antle
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Shaun Antle

Hi there, just wondering if you have come across any promo codes for the pass as of yet? 🙂 I’m heading there May 1-7.

Nawarut
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Nawarut

Thank you!! I noticed that if we buy the pass by July 31, there is a 10% discount which is great!!

But how long is the validity on the pass? I plan to visit Stockholm in Nov.

Scott
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Scott

My wife and I just returned from a nine-day trip to Stockholm in July 2016. We bought a five-day (actually 120-hour) Stockholm Pass. My verdict is that the Pass was well worth it for us, but bear in mind the following: – The one-day or two-day pass is almost certainly not worth it unless you plan to have a really, really busy day. Right now a one-day pass is 595 SEK per person, and a two-day pass is 795 SEK per person. The only way that would be worth it is if you do at least two expensive and time-consuming… Read more »

Patrick Bentley
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Patrick Bentley

Skansen is covered now 2017

peachy
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peachy

Thank you! This has been helpful. We are from the Philippines and we’ll be travelling from March 27 – 30 in Stockholm. I guess it would be cheaper for us to do it ourselves. 🙂

Eddel
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Eddel

Hi Peachy,

How was your travel? Fellow filipina here. 🙂
Was it still a hassle free experience without the bus? Is it cheaper to do it without the pass? Hope you can share some tips.

Thanks!