Stockholm is a port city with lots of historical charm. You’ll have a variety of attractions and experiences waiting for you from the moment you disembark. Before doing so, be sure to note which of the 5 main ports around Stockholm your ship is docking! The general rule of thumb is that the smaller the ship, the closer you’ll be docked to the city center. However, this isn’t always the case. Be sure to double-check your cruise itinerary for your ship’s exact docking location.
There are several main piers in central Stockholm. In the summer Stadsgården, Skeppsbron and Frihamnen are the ports favoured by the international cruise liners. Below you find more information on each pier.
Old Town (Gamla Stan)
Skeppsbron: This dock is located right along Old Town steps away from the Royal Palace. Smaller cruise lines mostly use it, such as: Lindlbad Expeditions, Hurtigruten, Seadream Yacht Club, Seabourn, and Windstar Cruises.
Mooring buoy: This dock is located nearby Skeppsbron. Tenders come ashore right in the old town; easy walking distance to many attractions.
Near Old Town (South):
Stadgården: This dock is just south of Old Town, and has a terminal building. It is also next to Fotografiska (the Photography Museum), which is a popular destination for locals and tourists alike.
North Of the city center:
Frihamnen: This industrial port is located on the northern side of the city and is the most popular dock for cruise ships. There is a large cruise terminal where you can find services like Wi-Fi and cafés.
Värtahamnen: A little further north, this dock serves Azamara Club Cruises.
Transportation from the pier to the city center
Try the Hop-On Hop-Off Boats or buses with Red Sightseeing. Stops are located nearby cruise terminal and the buses always connect with the arrival of cruise ships. The sightseeing boats are leaving just beside the cruise ship at Stadsgården and the Old Town area.
You’ll be able to see Stockholm at your own pace. Each Hop-on Hop-off bus or boat ticket is valid for 24 or 72 hours, so no need to worry about missing anything. The tours also offer audio guides in 14 different languages. Be sure to take a look at the timetable and routes.
Tourist Information Centers
There are smaller tourist information desks available at Stadgården and Frihamnen terminals. You have larger Info Centers in Old Town (Galma Stan), Central station, and Gallerian Mall near Kungsträdgården. Look for “Stockholm Info” sign.
There are many hotels available all over the city, as well as “Vandrarhem” a Swedish budget friendly housing option, much like a hostel, although many of them more resemble a traditional Bed & Breakfast. If you want advice on where to stay, you can visit one of Stockholm info tourist Informations.
There is a wealth of great restaurants in Stockholm as the city is increasingly becoming a culinary capital with multiple Michelin starred restaurants and White Guide eateries. If you are looking for a mix of high-end, casual dining, bars and cafés take a look on websites like www.Stockholminfo.com to inspire you.
It’s often a good idea to call ahead or book online for dinner at restaurants, especially over the weekend. If you prefer a more involved experience, Stockholm Adventures offers a Swedish Cook-A-Long course, where you can prepare a traditional Swedish three-course dinner along side a chef and then enjoy it with the group in the dining room.
The most popular shopping areas for tourists in Stockholm are Old Town (Gamla Stan) and along the long pedestrian street of Drottninggatan. You’ll be able to find a wide range of souvenirs, visit the most common retail chain stores in Sweden, and maybe even see an interesting street performance. If you are looking to shop fashion, the best places to visit are Gallerian Mall in the city center (a variety of mid-range stores) and NK department store, a Swedish institution that happens to be located right next door. Only a short walk from NK and Gallerian you find the Stureplan area where you’ll find higher-end fashion and posh cafés.
The currency in Sweden is the Swedish Krona (SEK.) Bank and credit cards are widely accepted throughout the city, even in small shops, so no need to worry. Also, many of the souvenir shops in Old Town and tourism or sightseeing companies also take Euros and US Dollars. If you need to exchange currency, there are places throughout the city to do so; the most well known of them is “Forex” (bright yellow sign). There are also ATMs (cash machines) widely available throughout the city, most often owned by banks. If you are trying to find an ATM, keep an eye out for a blue sign that says “Bankomat.” As for tipping in Sweden, it is not expected but appreciated.