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 almost 1000 SEK (around US $120) 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? We ran the figures 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.
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 does not 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 with unlimited travel||710||1025||1225||1755|
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 25–50 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?
Really, it all depends on what you’re planning to do in Stockholm.
If you’re only visiting for a short time and want to squeeze in lots of paid-for tours and activities, the Stockholm Pass is definitely worth buying (get it here). Armed with a pass, you can also avoid queuing for tickets at each attraction – though that’s rarely a problem.
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However, if you just 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’re not going to save cash by buying the Stockholm Pass.
It’s also worth remembering that many of Stockholm’s museums are now completely free to visit all year round (we’ve got a helpful list here). The Nobel Museum is also free for everyone on Tuesday evenings, and a couple of free walking tours are also offered in Stockholm.
Remember too that not all of Stockholm’s big paid-for attractions are included with the Stockholm Pass. Skansen, one of the city’s most popular year-round attractions, is left out. And at the Abba Museum, you’ll only get a 20% discount on the usual admission price.
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 Royal Palace||150||n/a||n/a|
|9 x short subway trips||324||324||n/a|
|Entry to Vasa Museum||130||n/a||n/a|
|Entry to Fotografiska||120||n/a||n/a|
|Entry to Storkyrkan||40||n/a||n/a|
|Royal Canal Tour||190||n/a||n/a|
Costs (in Swedish kronor) are for one adult and assume a three-day trip to Stockholm. All prices correct at time of publication.
So… even if you took nine short-distance journeys on the public transport network, and managed to cover all of those attractions in three days (and we wouldn’t recommend trying), you would only spend 954 SEK in total. So in this example, buying the Stockholm Pass works out more expensive than going it alone. But of course, results will vary depending on exactly what you want to see.
Stockholm Pass discount codes
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 2017, but we’ll update here as soon as we have something.
The Stockholm Pass: our verdict
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 lot of sightseeing you might find that it’s cheaper to buy the Stockholm Pass. Order it here and have it shipped to your house, or collect it when you arrive in Stockholm.