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Train and Travel Passes & Clothing Tips

Hi
I am in Stockholm for 5 nights later this month. Are there any travel passes (for within the city commute) that the group may recommend which may offer discount on not only within the city travel but also on entrance in key sightseeing attractions.

Also, I realize that weather is unpredictable (and more so recently), what would be the general advise on what to pack in terms of clothing for 3rd week of July. How hot, cold or wet we need to be prepared for ? Will appreciate some tips on that front

thanks

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There are no combined passes that offer both transportation and entrance. But for transportation, a 7 day pass costs 430 kr and gives you unlimited travel in and around Stockholm*.

There are some passes that include entrance to museums but they are not worth the cost in my opinion. Either they are pretty expensive or there are many sights that are not included. If you plan on many short visits to museums and other attractions it might be worth to consider them though.

Regarding weather, it is almost impossible to give advice at the moment. Even if it is a trip this year. It might be 30° and sunny, or it might be 15°, thunderstorms, and heavy rainfall.

*Unlimited travel on all SL-traffic within Stockholm county. Buses, trams, metro, commuter trains and ferries. Not valid on transportation run by other companies. For trains to and from Arlanda there is an extra fee.

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I researched the Stockholm GoCity Pass and when I actually checked the attractions we planned on visiting, I decided that it was not worth it for us. I have also been researching the SL Access card for transit and watched a few videos on YouTube that were helpful but it still seems a little confusing as far as how it works. Badger's idea of the weekly pass is appealing although we will only be there 3-4 days. Seems like it could simplify having to buy single tickets and load on the app. I still need to spend some time figuring it out. One of the Youtube videos I watched is this one:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rl0uCEyiOFA&list=PLdfGbtYuRpoPXbJrgAKU_ktEjc_QA3Dxn&index=39

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I looked at the sightseeing pass last year but determined it would be a bad purchase for me. I bought the weekly transit pass and concentrated all my city transit usage in the last 7 full days of my 12-night stay. I only did a bit better than breaking even as I recall. Stockholm is a particularly pretty city, and I preferred to walk.

Transit is definitely needed for Millesgarden, and most people would use it for eastern Djurgarden--if they're interested in museums located beyond the westernmost tip of that large island. For other sights, your hotel location will be important. There's also the question of how you feel at the end of a long day of sightseeing. Are you more likely to say, "My feet hurt; let's grab a bus or the Metro" or "Ohh, more nice buildings; let's walk that way"?

For summer trips in northern Europe, I pack so I'll be comfortable at 50F on a rainy day. I'm cold natured, so that means a pair of light merino wool long johns (though the upper half is rarely used), at least one pair of nylon slacks that sort of shed water, a light fleece jacket, a waterproof rain jacket and waterproof shoes. On the other end of the spectrum, the temperature could get up into the 80s. Most of my tops are lightweight cotton.

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All great advice. Thank you all. I am there for 5 nights and am staying pretty central near the Central Station. so most sites should be walkable. Given the limited nights and limited metro need to go anywhere, I will pay as I go as it will be difficult to justify the upfront cost. Is SL a good app to purchase tickets or are there other good third party apps?

thanks

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No, there are no good third party apps. Why would you complicate things by using third party apps?

But if you have a contactless Visa or Mastercard you can tap it at the ticket gates to buy a single ticket.

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We bought the 72 hour SL green card. Two seniors, cost $42.73. Worth every penny. We bought it at Central Station, at the SL office, from a helpful human, and we paid by card. The Stockholm metro system is great, and many stations have wonderful art! The app was good at planning our journeys. This card did not offer attraction discounts, but we really got our money’s worth.

Clothing tip: layers and don’t forget a rain jacket! I was there end of June/early July for four days. We had one really nice day, sunny and around 68, a couple “light rain” days, still in the 60s, one heavy rain day. We were also told that the week before it had been up to 86! We loved the light rain days, as we were grateful not to have to walk around in hot temperatures. As it was, some museums were quite stuffy. I wore short sleeve shirts, always had a scarf and very lightweight jacket and raincoat with me. Have fun!

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Sheila, thank you for your tip on the weather! I will definitely count on rain but hope for sun and carry a packable jacket and hat.