Stockholm is a vibrant and multicultural city with deep historical roots, making it the perfect destination for a hop-on hop-off bus tour.
You can explore the flurry of cherry blossoms at Kungsträdgården or the artistic Royal Dramatic Theatre by simply hopping off the bus and rejoining the tour once you're ready to move on.
So whether you're visiting the city for 1 day or several, a hop-on hop-off bus in Stockholm is the perfect way to see all that this lively city has to offer.
Here's all you need to know about hop-on hop-off bus tours, one of the best options for sightseeing tours in Stockholm.
Stromma is one of the most popular companies to offer hop-on hop-off buses in Stockholm. The provider runs two buses — the Green Hop-On Hop-Off bus and the Red City Sightseeing Worldwide bus.
Despite the difference in their appearances, both buses follow the same itinerary and pass through the city's most significant landmarks.
The bus route begins at Strömgatan — one of the most architecturally fascinating parts of the city. From there, it moves on to the Royal Palace, located in Stockholm's Old Town.
This is the place to depart if you'd like to visit the Tre Kronor Museum, the Royal Treasury or the Nobel Prize Museum.
Continuing on, the bus stops at Slussen, where you'll find the main shopping hub in Stockholm — SoFo. The route continues to Stadsgården Cruise Berth, as well as Fjällgatans and Kungsträdgården.
You can also choose to depart at Strandvägen — home to a range of upmarket restaurants — or the Vasa Museum bus stop.
The next destination on the route will excite pop fans as the bus stops at Abba The Museum. Thrill seekers can also access Gröna Lund theme park from here.
Traveling through the inner city, this Stockholm hop-on hop-off bus stops at Skansen, Karlaplan Square and the Stureplan shopping district. Ding the bell to depart at the Hötorget flower and vegetable market.
Alternatively, hop off at the next stop — the Ice Bar — for one of Stockholm's coolest experiences. The final stops on the route are the Central Station, Rådhuset and Stadshuset.
Stromma hop-on hop-off buses in Stockholm take approximately 80 minutes to complete their loop and run every 45 minutes between 10 AM, and 3 PM.
Depending on the time of year you visit the Swedish capital, you may find these hop-on hop-off buses to be running daily or, during the winter time, from Friday to Sunday only.
You can choose from two ticket types on a Stromma hop-on hop-off bus in Stockholm — a 24-hour pass or a 72-hour pass. Whichever ticket you select, you'll receive a 20% discount if you book online in advance.
Adults will pay SEK280 (US$25) each for a 24-hour hop-on hop-off bus ticket. Children aged 6-15 pay half of the adult fare and up to five children aged 0-5 can travel with each adult free of charge.
You'll pay SEK392 (US$36) for a 72-hour pass, with unlimited use of the hop-on hop-off service.
The RED Sightseeing bus travels through the city of Stockholm, stopping at 22 of the most iconic spots in the city.
Once you disembark, get up close to the most majestic monuments by participating in the free audio-guided walking tour that the operator provides.
The hop-on hop-off bus route begins at Tegelbacken and travels first to the Gustav Adolfs Torg — a historic square that is home to the Royal Opera House.
The bus then journeys into the Old Town where you can discover the Royal Palace or step onto the island of Helgeandsholmen to explore the Swedish Parliament building — the Riksdagshuset.
Continuing along the route, the sightseeing bus stops at Southern Heights, as well as the boutique-lined streets of the SoFo neighborhood, during the summer months.
If you need to head back to your cruise ship, you can simply hop off at the Viking Line cruise terminal or the Frihamnen Cruise Line terminal.
On your bus tour of the city, you'll also have the option to disembark at Medborgarplatsen — known for its party scene — as well as Skeppsbron and the cherry-blossom-filled Kungsträdgården.
If you're more interested in the arts, hop off at the Royal Dramatic Theatre, which features five stages and showcases over 1,000 performances per year.
Alternatively, stop at Djurgården to amble around the Vasa Museum or Skansen to wiggle your hips at the ABBA Museum. Relax in front of Karlaplan's water fountain or enjoy a drink at one of Stureplan's trendy bars.
Witness the grandeur of the Hötorget Concert Hall, where orchestras dazzle crowds with enlivening crescendos.
Rounding off the bus route, you can choose to stop at the Ice Bar for a frosty brew, the City Terminal, Rådhuset Stockholm Courthouse or the City Hall.
If you purchase a hop-on hop-off bus ticket from RED Sightseeing, you'll have unlimited access to all tour buses during operational hours.
Buses run from 10 AM until 5:25 PM from Thursday to Sunday, and the final bus of the day starts its loop at 4 PM. The full route takes approximately 1.5 hours.
Each adult will pay SEK380 (US$35) for a 24-hour ticket. Children aged 12 and under travel free on all RED Sightseeing hop-on hop-off buses in Stockholm, while those aged 13, and over pay the full adult rate.
You can join a hop-on hop-off bus tour in Stockholm at any stop along the route. Simply jump on the bus to navigate the city streets with ease and alight when you see a sight that interests you.
Your ticket allows you unlimited use of sightseeing buses for the duration that it is valid, making hop-on hop-off buses one of the most budget-friendly ways to see the city.
Audio guides are included in Stockholm hop-on hop-off bus tours and range from 11 to 14 languages, including English. You'll also benefit from free Wi-Fi on board and in some cases, a free walking tour of the city.
RED Sightseeing also operates a hop-on hop-off boat in Stockholm that runs along the Söderström River.
The boat stops at eight destinations along the way and you can view many renowned sights from the water. These include the Royal Palace, Vasa Museum and Kungsträdgärden.
You can purchase a combination ticket, which provides you with unlimited use of the hop-on hop-off bus, as well as the boat, for a 24-hour period.
Hop-on hop-off buses in Stockholm are included in the Go City pass. This all-inclusive pass allows individuals to explore a plethora of museums and historic sights around the city, as well as embark on boat trips, and walking tours.
You can choose between a 1, 2, 3 or 5-day pass, and prices start from SEK444 (US$40.)