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 2300 SEK (around US $270) 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 595 795 995 1295
Stockholm Pass with unlimited travel 715 1035 1235 1775

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?

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.

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 some of Stockholm’s museums are now free to visit. 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. At the Abba Museum, for example, you’ll still have to pay the usual 250 SEK entry fee.

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 995 1235
Entry to the Royal Palace 160 n/a n/a
Entry to Skansen 180 n/a n/a
9 x short subway trips 387 387 n/a
Entry to Vasa Museum 130 n/a n/a
Entry to Fotografiska 130 n/a n/a
Drottningholm Palace Boat & Tour 340 n/a n/a
Royal Canal Tour 200 n/a n/a
Total cost 1,527 1382 1235

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

So… if you managed to cover all of those attractions in three days, you would spend 1,527 SEK in total. So in this example, buying the Stockholm Pass works out cheaper than going it alone. But of course, results will vary depending on exactly what you want to see.

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.

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 or 2018, but we’ll update here as soon as we have something.

 

19 Comments

  • Julie says:

    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 says:

    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 says:

    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 says:

    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 says:

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

  • MY says:

    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 says:

    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 says:

    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 says:

    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 attractions per day AND if you can’t live without the hop on/hop off bus/boat. Bear in mind that while the latter is handy, the bus is not that convenient and Stockholm is a really walkable city.

    – Passes for three days or five days really start to make sense as long as you plan to be an active sightseer. If you do a couple of significant and relatively expensive attractions per day, it really starts to pay off. And once you get the hang of it, the hop on boat is especially handy, and the bus can be helpful (although it takes a very long circle route and is not a quick way to get around).

    – If you get the Pass, be strategic: The Pass doesn’t cover some great attractions, most notably Skansen, and the 20% discount on the Abba Museum doesn’t save all that much. So don’t do those attractions while the clock is ticking on your pass: do them before or after.

    – To get the most for your money while also seeing great attractions, be sure to use the pass for the following: Drottningholm Palace (covers boat trip, palace admission, theatre admission, Chinese Pavilion admission – a total of 525 SEK); Artipelag boat tour/museum admission); Under the Bridges canal boat tour; Vaxholm boat tour and museum admission. There are other archipelago options, too. In general, the boat tours are great fun and rather pricey, so the pass is helpful there.

    Watch out for confusion on the Hop On Buses: Your Pass includes a green bus and ONE company’s red bus (City Sightseeing) not the other’s red bus (Red Bus). The latter come more frequently, but your pass won’t work for them.

  • peachy says:

    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 says:

      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!

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