Review: Get a Stockholm Pass?
Stockholm is a beautiful but expensive city. Thus it is always a good idea to think about ways to save money :). The Stockholm Pass promises free entry to more than 60 attractions and free bus and boat tours.
I recently visited Stockholm for the second time and used the Stockholm Pass and checked out several attractions that are included in the pass. Keep scrolling if you are wondering if the Stockholm Pass can help you saving money or if it is just a waste of money.
Is it Worth to Get a Stockholm Pass?
I had a card for 48 hours (about 84€) and one of the first things I did was to hop on a bus.
Hop-on and Hop-off buses (regular prices around 42€) are the red and green buses. However, this ticket is only valid for the green ones (or the red ones which have a green sign on the window and which are not that many). In winter, the buses don’t go that often and you might have to wait pretty long for it. I couldn’t find a timetable on the bus stop and I actually had been waiting for one full hour before I could hop on a bus.
The tour itself is pretty good, stops at many important sights and you get the opportunity a very good overview of the city.
Boat tours are always my favorite tours. In winter, there was just one tour I could take (around 26€}, but in summer there are many tours and you can do quite a lot of (I assume) wonderful boat tours. This made me actually regret not having booked my flight for summer and I cannot wait to get back then and do loads of boat cruises.
I got a beautiful overview and impressions of the different islands (Stockholm consists of 14 islands). The tour lasted about 90 minutes and saved me 26€.
I fell in love with the royal palaces, especially with Drottningholm Palace, which is a bit offsite the city center but totally worth the “long” way (the ticket is unfortunately NOT included in the Stockholm Pass, and I bought a day ticket for about 16€), so it did not save me any money :/ A stunning surrounding and an interesting interior made me love this place a lot.
The Royal Palace in Gamla Stan is worth a visit as well – the interior is just impressive (the Royal Palace is located in the Old Town of Stockholm), with the Stockholm Pass you don’t have to pay for the entry (about 16€).
The Vasa Museum came as a positive surprise – I am actually not a museum fan, and just went there because it was included in the Stockholm Pass. BUT I actually really liked it. I stayed longer than expected and think, it is a must-see when in Stockholm (entry about 14€). You can tell, how proud the people of Stockholm are – they speak very fond of the ship and call it “she”.
The Sky View was actually a bit disappointing. I am totally into viewpoints, ferris wheels and so on, but I wouldn’t do that again. It takes a pretty long time to get there and just lasts for about 20 minutes (about 16€). The view from the top of Sky View in Stockholm was not that great either.
I am not that much into museums but the Skansen Open-Air Museum was pretty interesting and it is also included in the Stockholm Pass.
Okay, here is the thing: I am totally scared of birds, butterflies and so on. Seriously, they can freak me out if they are flying above me and get too close. BUT I still went to the Butterfly House (just for you guys :). It is quite a long way from the city center (you have to use public transport, the Hop-on and Hop-off bus doesn’t stop there).
I also got a bit lost in the big park, where the Butterfly House is located. It is extremely humid inside the house and I didn’t feel comfortable at all. It seemed that many families with kids were having an awesome time, though, and it is a good spot for families. The aquarium, which belongs to it, was nice, but couldn’t convince me 100% either (15€).
So, it is worth to get the Stockholm Pass formerly known as Stockholm Card? I would say: yes. You can save a lot of money if you get a Stockholm Pass and plan your day(s) and trips carefully.
Ask yourself which attractions you would like to see and how much time you have. I would advise thinking carefully what kind of ticket you would like to get (24, 48, and 72h options). However, I assume that it is even more fun and a better option to save money in summer (from March-September) while there are much fewer attractions in winter.
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Disclaimer: The Stockholm Tourism Board provided me with the Stockholm Card (it doesn’t exist anymore, but is pretty similar to the Stockholm Pass) but this review wasn’t compulsory and the opinion is my own :).
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