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transit card/pass Copenhagen and Stockholm

Are the transit card/pass/travel cards that one can purchase for public transportation in Copenhagen and Stockholm all timed, so that once you start using it you start the clock ticking and only have 24, 48, or whatever hours you purchased, to use it? Nothing available like the metro card in Paris that you can load with tickets for use anytime, with no expiration?

We'll be in each city for a week but there would be intermittent days when we would not use public transportation. We are slow tourists and typically don't fill our days with multiple journeys.

Many thanks!

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For Stockholm, both kinds are available. You can buy a 7 day pass, or you can load a card with a bunch of single tickets. Or just buy single tickets in the app or in a machine.

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I used (and highly recommend) the Copenhagen Card last September (as well as in 2017) which includes outstanding public transportation and great attractions. Once the card is activated it is good for 24, 48, 72, etc. continuous hours. The clock does not stop but I found it well worth. The metro system is top notch, timely, clean, and very easy to navigate. Getting into the attractions was a breeze.

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There are 24-hour, 72-hour, and 7-day travel cards in Stockholm. The first two are valid for the indicated number of hours; the last is good for seven calendar days. The 24-hour card costs SEK 165 (about equal to 4-1/2 single tickets); the 72-hour card, SEK 330 (about 8-1/2 single tickets); the 7-day card, SEK 430 (about 11-1/2 single tickets).

Because of Stockholm's geography (spread across a lot of islands, with considerable distances sometimes involved), I used more public transit than I usually do. Among the places I'd consider beyond walking distance from most lodgings in the city are Millesgarden (well to the northeast on Lidingo) and Thielska Galleriet and Waldemarsudde in central and eastern Djurgarden. Liljevalchs and other (and better-known) destinations in western Djurgarden are easier to reach on foot, but still possibly beyond the distance most folks would choose to walk if not staying in the southern part of Ostermalm.

I stayed on Gamla Stan, which is very centrally located, but I went to quite a few obscure, distant places. I think I ended up buying a 7-day pass for my 12-night stay and pushing all my excusions requiring transit into the 7-day validity period of the pass. I was pleased at how much I got around a city with expensive transit tickets for such a moderate cost.

Some of the Metro stations in Stockholm have interesting art. I took several rides just for the purpose of seeing the stations.

Edited to add the critical worlds "in Stockholm" to the first sentence.