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Hop-On-Hop-Off Stockholm Bus Tours

Updated: July 22, 2023

This post covers each of the hop-on-hop-off bus tours available in Stockholm, including details about ticket prices, services included, and potential discounts.


This company is well known across the world for providing an excellent hop on hop off bus tour, and they are currently offering this service in Stockholm.

There are a total of 24 stops on this bus tour including The Royal Palace, Skansen, the ABBA Museum, the Royal Opera, and many other notable sites.

City Sightseeing offers this tour in 11 languages: English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Chinese, Russian, Swedish, Finnish, and Estonian.

Tickets are available for either 24 hours or 72 hours, and you can combine your bus tour with a boat tour during the summer months to save some money.

Adult tickets come with free admission to Gröna Lund, an excellent family-friendly amusement park that everyone can enjoy!

Ticket Prices

  • 24-Hour Hop on Hop off Bus Tour
    • €35/Adults | €18/Children
  • 72-Hour Hop on Hop off Bus Tour
    • €45.60/Adults | €22.80/Children
  • 24-Hour Hop on Hop off Bus Tour + Boat Tour
    • €47.46/Adults | €23.73/Children
  • 72-Hour Hop on Hop off Bus Tour + Boat Tour
    • €54.90/Adults | €27.45/Children

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This hop on hop off bus tour runs from 10:00 am - 19:00 (7 pm) each day during the summer months and 10:00 am - 16:00 (4 pm) during the winter.

It takes about 1 ½ - 2 hours to complete the tour.

Ticket holders can board the bus at any stop and begin their tour wherever they wish.


Like their competitors, this company also offers hop-on hop-off bus tours for 24 hours.

This tour has a total of 20 stops, including sites like the Vasa Museum, City Hall, the Royal Palace, Old Town, and Skansen.

Stockholm Red Bus tours are offered in 14 different languages including English, Spanish, Swedish, Chinese, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, and Russian.

One of the nice things about this tour is that it’s actually free for kids under 12 if their parents or guardians have a ticket. 

Ticket Prices

  • 24-Hour Hop on Hop off Bus Tour
    • €35/Adults (13+)

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This hop on hop off bus tour runs from 10:00 am - 18:00 (6 pm) during the summer months and 10:00 am - 17:00 (5 pm) during the winter.

The tour typically takes about 2 hours to complete, giving you at least 5 hours to explore the city at your own pace.

The main difference between Stockholm Red Bus and other competitors is that they don’t offer any additional benefits like extra tickets for fun activities.

Aside from that, this is a very similar hop on hop off bus tour!


This hop on hop off bus tour is easy to pick out from the rest because they use distinctive green buses for their outings.

Open Top provides a total of 19 stops in Stockholm including popular sites like Riddarholms Church, the Royal Opera, the Royal Palace, the Old Town, and many other notable locations.

Audio commentary will be provided in 8 languages including Spanish, Swedish, English, Finnish, French, German, Italian, and Russian.

Open Top Stockholm Guide Languages

Tickets are available for either 24 hours or 72 hours at a time, giving you the option to decide how much time to spend exploring the city.

Ticket Prices

  • 24-Hour Hop on Hop off Bus Tour
    • €47.46/Adults | €23.73/Children
  • 72-Hour Hop on Hop off Bus Tour
    • €54.90/Adults | €27.45/Children

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The Open Top Hop on Hop off Bus Tour runs from 10:00 am - 17:00 (5 pm) each day and it will take roughly 1 ½ hours to complete the tour, giving you at least 5 hours extra to explore the city!

Although this is the cheapest option, it doesn’t include as many advantages as the other services, so you might want to pay a few more euros to enjoy a few additional activities while you’re in Stockholm.


In this section, we will cover all of the different opportunities to save money with hop on hop off bus tours.

We include details about tourist passes and combo packages you may want to consider.

Tourist Passes

Each hop-on hop-off bus tour is included on at least one Stockholm tourist pass, allowing you to easily save money on this activity. 

If you’re planning to visit more than a few attractions or enjoy any additional activities, you may want to consider using this type of service.

Here are each of the passes you can use to get a discount:

Both services are all-inclusive tourist passes, which means that it includes admission to dozens of popular activities and attractions for a specific amount of time (1, 2, 3, or 5 days). 

If you want to save a lot of money with these passes, you’ll have to use them for as many different activities as possible.

The more you do with the pass, the more money you’ll end up saving!

Here are a few of the additional attractions included with these tourist passes: 

  • Hop on Hop off Boat Tour
  • Nobel Prize Museum
  • The Nordic Museum
  • The Viking Museum
  • Skansen Aquarium
  • The Royal Palace
  • Royal Canal Tour
  • Vasa Museum
  • Skyview
  • And more!

Depending on how you use these passes, you should be able to save between 10% - 50% off general admission prices.

For more details, please read our post covering Stockholm City Passes.

Combo Packages

Every hop-on hop-off bus tour is included in at least one combo package with a boat tour or cruise.

There are also some combo deals that include other activities.

This is a great alternative to a tourist pass if you’re not interested in visiting a lot of attractions.

City Sightseeing Bus & Boat Tour

Stockholm Red Buses & Boat Tour

Hop-on-Hop-off Bus & Boat Tour

Hop-on-Hop-off Bus & Boat Tour + Skansen


There are many good reasons to consider taking a hop-on hop-off bus tour, but this service won’t be fun for everyone.

With that in mind, this section will provide some pros and cons to give you a sense of what you may or may not like about this type of outing.


Here are a few benefits of taking a hop-on hop-off bus tour that you might want to consider before purchasing a ticket.

Stockholm Hop on Hop Off City Sightseeing Bus

Good Overview

If you’re looking for a quick overview of the city that will provide basic details about Stockholm and help you get your bearings, this type of bus tour should do the trick.

Explore at your Leisure

One of the best things about these hop on hop off bus tours is that you can jump off at any location and spend some time looking around at your own pace.

When you’re done exploring one area, you can hop back onto the bus and head to the next destination!

Reasonable Prices

Tickets typically last for at least one or two days, and you’ll usually pay far less for the second day than the first.

You can expect prices to range from €30-€45 on average.


Although most people will enjoy this type of tour, there are a few things you might not enjoy as much that you want to think about before buying a ticket.

Stockholm Hop On Hop Off Tour

Not Highly Detailed

If you’re looking to learn a lot about the history of Stockholm, you may want to consider another type of tour.

While the commentary provided on a hop-on hop-off bus tour can serve as an excellent introduction to the city, it is by no means extensive.

Inefficient Sightseeing

The whole idea behind a hop on hop off bus tour is to take your time and jump off to look around at your leisure.

If you don’t have much time to explore the city, this isn’t going to be the most efficient tour you can take.

Instead, we recommend either a fully-guided bus tour or a walking tour of Stockholm.

No Assigned Seating

Hop on hop off bus tours offer first-come, first-served seating, so there’s a chance that you might not get to sit next to a window – or you might get standing room only!

If you want to ensure you have someplace to sit throughout your outing, consider a fully-guided bus tour instead.

How much do hop-on hop-off Stockholm tickets cost?

Stockholm hop-on hop-off tickets, including access to top attractions such as Kungsträdgården, ABBA the museum, and Fotografiska, vary in cost from $18 to $35, often offering free cancellation.

How long does a Stockholm hop-on hop-off tour take?

The duration of a Stockholm hop-on hop-off tour can range from a quick visit to selected highlights such as the Nordiska museet or the Stockholm Palace, to an all-day exploration depending on your own itinerary.

Are hop-on hop-off Stockholm tours easier than public transportation?

Yes, Hop-on hop-off Stockholm tours offer an effortless travel experience compared to public transportation, especially for tourists who wish to visit sites like Skeppsholmen or the Venice of the North, all with a flexible frequency.

Are Stockholm hop-on hop-off tickets valid 24/7?

Yes, Stockholm hop-on hop-off tickets are usually valid for 24 hours, allowing you to explore the city at your own pace, from the bustling Nybroplan to the serene Tegelbacken, any time you want.


About The Author

Stephen Pickhardt

Stephen is the CEO of Free Tours by Foot and has overseen the transformation of a local walking tour company into a global tour community and traveler’s advice platform. He has personally led thousands of group tours in the US and Europe, and is an expert in trip planning and sightseeing, with a focus on budget travelers. Stephen has been published and featured in dozens of publications including The Wall Street Journal, BBC, Yahoo,, and more.
Updated: July 22nd, 2023
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