Travel in the archipelago

There are many ways to get around the Stockholm archipelago. By boat is perhaps the first thing that comes to mind and most of the larger islands are served by Waxholmsbåt or other regular boat services. Many of the tours depart directly from Stockholm city centre and take you to the outer archipelago and open sea. You can also get to many places by bus, train, car and even by bike. Enter your starting point and destination in the travel planner "Resrobot", to receive a suggestion on how to best use public transport to get there. Welcome to the archipelago!

Travel by public transportation

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Public transport on water
Waxholmsbolaget runs the regular public transport boats and operates daily services to hundreds of destinations in the Stockholm archipelago.

You buy your ticket onboard the boat. Waxholmsbolaget accept all credit cards (except Diners), cash and Access credit (Reskassa). You can also buy season tickets valid for 5 or 30 consecutive days.

Ticket information, route planner and timetables are available at timetables. Feel free to contact the Customer Service, +46 8 600 10 00 or if you have any questions regarding departure times.

Where is the boat going?
When several boats arrive at a jetty at the same time it can be confusing. Please ask a member of the boat's crew if you are unsure of wich boat goes to your destination. Larger islands often have several jetties. Those jetties are sometimes served by different boat routes. Be sure to note which jetty you want to go to, and make sure your boat goes to the right one.

Don’t forget the semaphore
The round foldable sign on the jetty is called a semaphore. The semaphore should be placed in its vertical position while you are waiting for the boat. This signals to the captain that someone wishes to embark.

Here you will find information on how to travel in the archipelago by boat:


Water taxi
If you would rather travel with a reserved water taxi, the local tourist offices can assist you with information on which companies to choose from. 


Stockholm Public Transport, SL, is responsible for buses, underground trains, commuter trains, trams and certain ferry lines in the Greater Stockholm area.

In order to travel with the SL services you will of course need a ticket. There are tickets and travelcards for shorter and longer periods of time. Nearly all tickets are loaded on to a SL Access card, which is an electronic smart card.

Tickets can be purchased at the SL Centers, newsagent kiosks or via textmessages.  It is not possible to pay cash for tickets on board buses in Stockholm. Prepaid cards are the best alternative for those making fewer trips. It is also possible to buy 1, 3, or 7-day cards, which allow free travel in all zones during the active period.

Plan online - The easiest way to plan your journey is to use the planning tools on the SL homepage Choose between real time departures if you are on the go, or scheduled departures if you want to plan ahead.

Timetable booklets are free of charge and you can pick them up at train stations or onboard the bus, as well as at the SL Centers. SL Center is a travel information center that is located around the Stockholm town.

You can download a timetable at the Swedish section on The timetables are in Swedish, but should be fairly easy to understand if you have a basic understanding of Swedish.

Here you will find information on how to travel in the archipelago by bus:



Many islands are connected to the mainland via bridges or road ferries. The local tourist offices will gladly assist with information how to drive to and between the islands. On Trafikverket you find timetables to the road ferries operating in the Stockholm archipelago. Read more on About STA Road ferries.