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Making the Most of Stockholm, Sweden

Making the Most of Stockholm, Sweden


GETTING THERE

At press time, it was not known where the Magic will dock. On her last visit she berthed at Frihamnen, and a repeat seems likely. Located 3 miles north east of Stockholm in an industrial area, this is mainly used for ferries crossing the Baltic. Municipal buses run into the city, and the metro (subway) is another option—take a bus to the Gärdet station. There’s a conveniently located tourist information office at Frihamnen, and taxis are plentiful, if pricey. Expect to pay at least 150 SEK for a journey into the city center. The Magic docks in Stockholm three times in 2017. All Ashore/Aboard times vary, but you'll have about 8 hours in port. No visa is required to enter the country. Sweden is not part of the Eurozone, and uses the Swedish Krona as its currency. Some, but not all, shops and restaurants will accept Euros, although taxis can be paid for in Euro.

GETTING AROUND

Once you’re in central Stockholm, walking is the best way to get around. For attractions in the outlying islands, such as Djurgården, you’ll need to take a boat. The ferry runs from Nybroplan, which is a 10-minute walk from the Royal Palace, and conveniently docks right outside the Vasa Museum. Single journey tickets cost 45 SEK/30 SEK ages 7-19, ($5/$3.50) and can be purchased at the ferry terminal. If you need to get further afield in Stockholm, the Tunnelbana, the city’s subway service, is an easy way to travel around. Single tickets cost 36 SEK/$4, although if you plan a few trips, a 24-hour ticket at 115 SEK/$13.50 is a better value. Taxis are plentiful, and can be hailed in the street, but like many things in Stockholm, they are expensive, so either check for a meter or agree a fare first. Approved taxis with metered fares have yellow number plates and usually accept credit cards. Look for a price on a yellow label when you board your taxi, which is based on a 10 km, 15-minute journey.

SAFETY

Stockholm can be surprisingly warm in the summer, and one of the biggest dangers in the city is forgetting the sun screen. Even if it’s a cloudy day, or your plans include heading out on the water, it’s worth lathering up, as the wind can be as damaging to your skin as the sun. Because Stockholm is located on the water, mosquitoes can be a problem in the summer months, so ensure you have insect repellent with you. The metro system is generally safe to use, although it is sensible to avoid empty carriages. Do keep an eye out for pickpockets if you are in a crowd, as while not a common problem, it can happen, particularly in busy areas.

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