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 1500 SEK (around US $165) on a three-day visit. But is it really worth buying? And 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!
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 even simpler to use.
What’s included with the pass?
The Stockholm Pass includes free admission to some of the city’s top attractions. This gives you a good opportunity to cram in lots of sightseeing without worrying about what it costs to get into each attraction. Here are some of the places you can access for free with the pass:
- Vasa Museum
- The Royal Palace
- Nobel Museum
- Drottningholm Palace
- Skansen open-air museum
- Nordic Museum
- Storkyrkan Cathedral
- Gröna Lund theme park
- Artipelag art gallery
- And many more
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. Once you have the card you will also get free access to some of the most popular bus and boat tours, including:
- ‘Under the Bridges’ tour
- Boat trip to Drottningholm Palace
- Guided archipelago tour
- Hop-on, hop-off bus tours
- The Royal Canal Tour
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. Passes for kids are half price, but there aren’t any discounts for students.
|1 day||2 days||3 days||5 days|
|Stockholm Pass with unlimited travel||770||1095||1295||1845|
Costs (in Swedish kronor) are for one adult (aged 16+) and are correct at the time of publication.
Where do I collect the Stockholm Pass?
Once you’ve paid 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. If you don’t fancy collecting the pass, you can always choose to get the mobile version instead – this is usually a much quicker and simpler option.
No phone? You can always buy the Stockholm Pass in person when you reach Stockholm. It’s sold at some of the big hotels and selected 7-Eleven stores.
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|
|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.