So you’re changing trains in Stockholm, passing through on a cruise, or on your way to another fantastic Swedish destination. What do you do with all that luggage you’ve brought with you?
Sometimes you just need a quick place to stash your bags for a few hours, a day, or even overnight. Whether you’re popping in on a day trip, stopping by on an archipelago cruise, or just in town for a few hours on a layover, the question remains: what about your bulky suitcase or wheelie-bag?
Fortunately, there are plenty of lockers around Stockholm where you can store your valuables safely and then pick them up a few hours (or even days) later.
Stockholm Central station
Stockholm’s main transport hub is the giant Stockholm Central station, on Vasagatan in Norrmalm. Here, there are many lockers (förvaringsboxar) of various sizes that you can rent for a minimum of four hours and a maximum of seven days.
The majority of lockers are distributed between the lower floor beside the SL (Stockholm public transport) customer care centre and the first floor, next to the Panini restaurant. Look out for the signs that say Stockholm City Station, where commuter trains and city buses depart.
The rate you pay depends on the size of your luggage and how long you want to leave it for. Small lockers (36cm width x 44cm height x 60cm depth; 14.1″ x 17.3″ x 23.6″) cost 60 SEK for four hours, 70 SEK for 24 hours. Large lockers (46cm x 60cm x 85cm; 18.1″ x 23.6″ x 33.4″) cost 80 SEK (four hours) and 90 SEK (24 hours). You can pay with credit cards or coins.
If your luggage exceeds these dimensions, you’ll have to go to the manned storage desk on the lower floor besides the SL centre. But note that the desk is only open from 9am to 6.30pm.
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Other lockers are available at the Cityterminalen bus station, adjacent to Stockholm Central station. The terminal is where intercity buses and the Flygbussarna buses from the airport arrive and leave from.
The lockers are located between gates four and five on the first floor, and between gates 15 and 18 on the second floor. At the latter, you can also stash oversized luggage such as golf bags in large lockers (29cm x 185cm x 56cm; 11.4″ x 72.8″ x 22″) at a cost of 120 SEK for 24 hours.
Stockholm’s Arlanda Airport has luggage storage facilities, which are useful if you’re heading off for a weekend in Kiruna or Gothenburg and want to leave your heavier bags at the airport. They will also look after bulky items, such as children’s car seats, and items that are prohibited in Sweden, like firearms (not that you’ll need any of those), or special documents.
The left luggage office is in Terminal 5, on level 1, and is open daily from 5am–11pm.
Prices depend on the item and the size. Car seats cost 30 SEK and documents are 60 SEK. Standard luggage (max size: 80cm x 50cm x 30cm; max weight: 30kg per item) costs 80 SEK, while bulky items (larger than the standard size and weight) cost 120 SEK.
Åhléns City Stockholm
The Åhléns City Stockholm department store, at Klarabergsgatan 50, also offers luggage storage.
It has a few different types of lockers where you can safely store your bags while you shop or eat. The lockers are located on Level 2, and cost approximately 35–70 SEK, depending on the size.
Many of Stockholm’s museums will store your luggage at little or no cost while you peruse the exhibits. They also have cloakrooms and storage spaces available. Here are some handy central options:
Armémuseum (The Army Museum), Riddargatan 13, Östermalm, has free luggage lockers. Open winter Wed–Sun 11am–5pm, Tues 11am–5pm; summer daily 10am–5pm.
Bonniers Konsthall, Torsgatan 1. Open Wed noon–8pm and Thurs–Sun noon–5pm.
Historiska Museet (The Swedish History Museum), Narvavägen 13–17. Open Sept–May Tues & Thurs–Sun 11am–5pm, Wed 11am–8pm; June–Aug daily 10am–5pm.
Nationalmuseum, Södra Blasieholmshamnen. Open Tues, Wed, Fri–Sun 11am–7pm, Thurs 11am–9pm.