Metro & Bus System

Metro & Bus System — Stockholm is often praised for its efficient and safe transportation.  Stockholm Public Transport, SL, runs the buses, Metro train, commuter trains, trams and certain ferry lines in Greater Stockholm.

The Metro is the easiest way to get around town. The city is divided into three zones, and zone tickets are good for several trips within the hour. Tickets can be purchased at SL Centers, underground platform barriers, newsagent kiosks or via SMS. It’s not possible to pay cash for tickets on board buses in Stockholm. Most bus stops have ticket machines that take both coins and cards.

Prepaid cards are the best alternative for those making few trips. It’s also possible to buy 1, 3, or 7-day cards, which allow free travel in all zones during the validity period.  Here are the fares:

Travelcards Full Price (SEK) Reduced Price (SEK)
24 Hours* 115 70
72 Hours* 230 140
7 Days** 300 180


* Available on both single use travelcards and SL Access cards.

** Only available with an SL Access card. If you don’t have an SL Access smart card already, there will be an extra 20 SEK fee for the card itself. You can re-use an SL Access card that you have obtained at a previous visit.

7 days travelcards, and travelcards for longer periods of time, are valid from 00.00 on the first day of travel until 04.30 on the day after the travelcard expires. The 24 hour and 72 hour travelcards are valid for the chosen number of hours from the time of first use.

Travelcards are transferable and can be used by several travellers, but only one at a time.

All travelcards are valid for travel on the Djurgården ferries between Slussen and Djurgården (operated by Waxholmbolaget).

Zone Tickets

Zone tickets are ideal if you just make the occasional journey with public transport during your stay in Stockholm. Zone tickets are available from ticket machines and from SL Center and ticket agents, and come in different types.

The SL area is divided into three zones: A, B and C. You can buy single zone tickets for travel in one, two or three zones from our ticket machines and via Text-me-a-ticket (a text message ticket to your mobile phone).

Change before time runs out

What all types of zone tickets have in common are that you can travel as much as you like until the ticket expires. The ticket is valid for travel in the number of zones you have paid for. If your journey involves any interchanges, you have to make the final change before the ticket expires.

Choose the right zone ticket for you

Prices vary, where a pre-paid ticket is cheaper than one bought at the ticket barrier. Note that you cannot purchase a ticket onboard the buses.

Zone Tickets* Full Price (SEK) Reduced Price (SEK)
1 zone 115 70
2 zones 230 140
3 zones 300 180

*These prices apply for zone tickets on single use travelcards, “Text-me-a-ticket” and vending machine zone tickets.

A trip on the number 69 bus or number 7 tram is a superb way to discover Stockholm. The lines go out to Djurgården and major attractions like Skansen and the Vasa Museum.

This link shows the city’s Metro and bus routes:


Stockholm residents are always mindful of their beautiful surroundings, and this has led to many inner city buses running on eco-friendly fuels such as ethanol. Stockholm’s Metro also has the world’s longest art gallery (showcasing the works of different artists).