Stockholm Buses and Trams
From: Stockholm Transportation
ABOVE: A vintage Djurgårdslinien tram passes the Gröna Lund amusement park. INSET BELOW: Major bus stops have electronic signs that tell how many minutes you'll need to wait until the next bus.
SL, the city's transit system, has several types of buses:
Red buses cover routes within the central city.
Blue buses connect the city center and major Tunnelbana stations with outlying areas.
In the early hours of the morning when the T-Bana or subway isn't running, night buses fill in for the sleeping trains.
You can buy bus tickets on board, at any transit station, or at Pressbyrån newsstands. A single-ride ticket is good for two hours of travel with unlimited transfers. Alternatively, you can use 10- or 20-ride ticket books, unlimited travel passes, or the Stockholm card for travel on SL buses. See my Tunnelbana page for ticket information and Web links.
Much of Stockholm's tram network became obsolete when theT-Bana was expanded in the 1940s and 1950s, and it was largely shut down when Sweden switched from driving on the left side of the road to the right side in 1967.
Today, vintage trams operate on the #7 Djurgårdslinien, which is convenient for travel from the city center to the Vasa Museum, Skansen, and other attractions on Djurgården. The trams run daily in the summer and on weekends or holidays in the off-season.
A handful of other tram and light-rail routes serve outlying areas. See Tram.se for details on the Swedish streetcar scene.
From April through September, Open Top Tours runs double-decker tour buses that connect the major tourist attractions in Stockholm. You can get or off the bus whenever you wish during a 48-hour period, and a discount is available with the Stockholm Card. (The same firm offers a variety of other bus, boat, and bike tours in Stockholm.)
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