January 13, 2012

Ferry to Djurgården Island

(EDIT: the ferry terminal has moved from Slussen 100 meters north due to renovations) I wrote about this in one of my first blog entries, nearly 2 years ago, but I thought I would repeat it as it is one of the most useful tips for tourists in general and Rival Hotel guests in particular. Plus, I took some pretty pictures of the ferry in the winter light the other day!
If you look at a map of Stockholm, you will see that the city is made up of a myriad of islands (14 in central Stockholm alone). This can seem daunting when considering how to get from point A to point B, especially when getting to the island of Djurgården which is a little further away and has no subway station. Djurgården is of particular interest to visitors as it is the home of such places as the Vasa Museum, Skansen, Waldermarsudde and plenty of beautiful parklands. Thankfully there are a couple of convenient ferries that connect the island with the center of the city making traveling easy!

Picking up passengers at Slussen/Gamla Stan
Of special interest for our hotel guests is the ferry that runs from Slussen (10 minute walk from the hotel) to Djurgården with a stop at Skeppsholmen (where you will find the modern art museum). The trip just takes 8 minutes and the ferries run year round, every day until about 7pm and depart approximately every 15 minutes. A one-way ticket costs 45 SEK, with discounts for seniors and youths, and tickets can be purchased at the dock. The fare is included in SL cards, though not with SL paper coupons or the Stockholm Card. For more information, click here to visit their website.

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