Stockholm: 8 Frequently Asked Questions and Their Answers
What is the time zone in Stockholm?
Sweden uses Central European Time (CET), which is GMT+1. During daylight savings time, Central European Summer Time (CEST) is used, GMT+2.
What is the currency in Sweden?
The currency in Sweden is the Swedish krona.
Should I use cash or credit card?
Stockholm is an almost completely cashless society. Be aware that there are some places that will not accept cash; it is unlikely that you will need cash when traveling in Stockholm, even taxis and vending machines accept credit cards. Tips can also be given using credit card, although there is not a big tipping culture. It is typical to just round up the bill if you feel the service has been good. If you do wish to use cash, there are ATMs and foreign exchanges available throughout the city.
Is Stockholm a safe city?
Like many Nordic cities, Stockholm is generally very safe. Just use usual common sense, looking out for your personal belongings when in crowded places and stay aware of your surroundings.
Will I need an adapter plug for my electrical appliances?
As with most of Europe, Sweden uses the Type C electrical plug (Europlug).
What is the best time of year to visit Stockholm?
Stockholm is very different depending on what time of year it is. Most people will say the best time of year to visit Stockholm is June to August when it is warm and sunny, however, it is also very beautiful in winter. It is really dependent on what type of holiday you want and what in Stockholm you want to see and do. There is a seasonal guide to activities in Stockholm further on in this book.
What clothes should I bring with me?
People in Stockholm are typically quite stylish but favor muted colors. If you want to fit in with the crowd, keep it simple with black, white and grey. Due to its proximity to the water, Stockholm can be quite breezy, so even in summer, it’s best to have layers to keep warm. In winter it’s important to wrap up with a good winter jacket, hat, and gloves. The pavements can be quite slushy and icy so make sure you bring a pair of sturdy winter boots.
Can I use my SL travel card to travel to the airport?
If you are traveling to Bromma airport it is possible to use SL public transport and therefore your SL travel card. However, SL travel cards are not valid on airport coaches or the Arlanda Express. You can use the regular commuter rail service to reach Arlanda airport using your SL travel card, however, you must pay a supplement of SEK 120. The journey takes approximately 40 minutes.