ON THE GO
Traveling by plane
SAS (SK) flies to Stockholm Arlanda from almost every domestic airport in Sweden. BRA (DC) (Internet: www.flygbra.se) and Norwegian (DY) (Internet: www.norwegian.com) fly to domestic airports.
On the way by car / bus
According to youremailverifier, Sweden has a good road network and traffic jams are rare. In remote regions you should drive particularly carefully and carefully because of the game movement (especially moose). Sweden’s longest motorway, the E4, connects Helsingborg on the Danish border via Stockholm and Uppsala with Gävle on the Gulf of Bothnia.
The more than 4000 petrol stations mostly accept credit cards, they often have 24-hour petrol pumps and ATMs that accept 100, 50 and 20 Skr (banknotes). Unleaded gasoline is widely available.
Bus: Samtrafiken (Internet: samtrafiken.se) and Swebus (Internet: www.swebus.se) operate express bus routes and regional bus routes across the country. Post buses run in the north. There are inexpensive and reliable connections to all cities. On the weekends (Fri-Sun), many bus companies offer tickets at reduced rates, and discounts for children are also granted.
Taxis are available at all airports and in the cities. There are also long-distance taxis. The surcharges for night and public holidays vary depending on the company.
Rental cars are available in most cities. Documents:Driving license from your own country and vehicle documents. The minimum age for drivers is 18 years, for motorcyclists 17 years. If the vehicle is not owned by the driver, he must be in possession of a power of attorney. For nationals of EU and EFTA countries, the car registration number is used as proof of insurance. Nevertheless, EU and EFTA citizens are advised to take the international green insurance card with them in order to make it easier to record accidents in the event of damage and to enjoy full insurance cover. Otherwise, the statutory minimum liability insurance cover applies.
– Drinking and driving is subject to heavy fines or prison sentences;
– The alcohol limit is 0.2 ‰;
– Penalties must be paid immediately;
– Cars and motorcycles must also turn on the low beam during the day;
– Motorcycle helmets are mandatory for motorcyclists;
– Children under 7 years of age are only allowed to ride in the car if a child seat or child safety belt is available;
– It is compulsory to wear seat belts;
– A red warning triangle should be carried;
– From October 1st to April 30th it is allowed to drive with snow chains.
More information from the Swedish automobile clubs Motormännens Riksförbund (M) (Internet: www.motormannen.se) and Kungliga Automobilkluben (KAK), (Internet: www.kak.se) both in Stockholm.
Within built-up areas: 40-60 km / h or 30 km / h in residential areas and near schools;
on country roads: 70-100 km / h;
on motorways: 110 km / h (120 km / h on signposted routes).
Traveling in the city
The local public transport system is good. The Stockholm transport network Storstockholms Lokaltrafik (SL) (Tel: (08) 600 10 00. Internet: www.sl.se) includes buses, underground trains (T-Banan), S-Bahn and suburban trains. Trading cards, network cards and special tourist cards can be bought in advance, and single tickets are available from the bus driver. Drivers of cars with Swedish license plates have to pay a city toll from Mon-Fri to drive into central Stockholm and Gothenburg.
In Stockholm and some other cities you can take excursions with the ships of the line the transport company (see vacation spots & excursions). There are trams in Gothenburg and Norrköping.
The Stockholm Card grants free entry to more than 75 museums and sights, free travel on public transport, free sightseeing boat tours, free parking and several discounted price offers. The Stockholm Card is offered with a validity period of 24, 48 or 72 hours.
On the go by train
The route network of the Swedish Railways (SJ) (10550 Stockholm. Tel: (0771) 75 75 75. Internet: www.sj.se ; timetables: www.tagplus.se) covers around 9000 km, including the Helsingør – Helsingborg ferry route.
In southern and central Sweden, trains run between the larger cities every hour. Two night trains run daily to the sparsely populated, wooded areas north of the Arctic Circle. Most night trains have seat, couchette and sleeping cars.
SJ’s high-speed high-speed trains run on the routes Copenhagen-Malmö-Gothenburg, Copenhagen-Malmö-Stockholm and between Stockholm and Gothenburg, Stockholm and Falun, Karlstad, Sundsvall and Östersund.
A trip on the Inlandsbanan (Internet: www.inlandsbanan.se) from Mora via Östersund to Gällivare north of the Arctic Circle is nice.
Reservation of seats is recommended and is compulsory for the high-speed trains and night trains. Further information and tickets at www.sj.se and the DB, ÖBB and SBB.
Note on rail travel
Special tickets: Various fare reductions are available for families and individual travelers. The InterRail Sweden Pass is valid throughout Sweden (with almost all railway companies) and, with a supplement, also for the X2000 trains. The InterRail Rail Sweden Pass is also valid on the routes to / from Oslo, Narvik and Copenhagen on the direct SJ trains.
Eurail passes (Internet: www.eurail.com) are also valid in Sweden, for details see p. Germany.
Discounts: There are discounts for families, students, young people (under 26 years of age), pensioners and groups. Outside of rush hour there are cheaper tickets for the 2nd class for certain trains.
Ticket sales: Train tickets are no longer sold on the train.
On the way by ship
Various European shipping companies call at the Swedish seaports regularly (see above).
Gotlandlinjen (Internet: www.destinationgotland.se) operates between Nynäshamn, Oskarshamn and Visby on the island of Gotland. Ven-Tobacco (Internet: www.ventlösungen.se) operates between Ven and Landskrona / Helsingborg. Cruises on the Göta Canal (Internet: www.gotakanal.se), which connects the great lakes in central Sweden, are offered from mid-May to the end of August. The journey from Stockholm to Gothenburg takes 4 days. Excursion boats operate on the countless lakes (especially in the north). More information from the regional tourist offices.