Lola A. Åkerström rounds up some of the most useful apps for visiting and exploring Stockholm.
While there are lots of wonderful apps worth mentioning, we’ll only be focusing on apps that are in English or have English translation options since most travelers to the city aren’t fluent in Swedish.
Taxi Stockholm allows you to find taxis within your area and the cost of transportation including allowing you to book a pickup time. You can also check out Uber as an alternative. Other options on Google Play include Taxi 020 and Taxi Kurir.
Download Taxi Stockholm from iTunes.
Stockholm Commute (SL)
The Stockholm Commute app searches all transport types available – bus, metro, train, tram and boat – on Stockholm’s public transport system (Stockholms Lokaltrafik – SL) to make your trip around the city easier. With the app, you can plan a trip between two addresses / stops, search for departure times, get timetables for stops in real time, locate the nearest stop via GPS, subscribe to notifications on traffic status and potential problems as well as get maps for all metro and commuter rails. You can view tickets and balances on your travel card. You can also look into the app Transit Map Stockholm from iTunes for those with iPhones.
Download Stockholm Commute (SL) from Google Play.
This game-based app takes travelers through some of Stockholm’s known and unknown music and sound locations. From clubs and shops to music scenes, cafés and museums, this free app lets you discover some of Stockholm’s hotspots for music and sound experiences. As you explore Stockholm, Stockholm Sounds presents selected music and sounds as challenges to identify, tells stories related to specific locations, and lets you claim points to get rewards as you progress within the game.
Food Lovers Stockholm
This app is a guide for food lovers and it shares some of the best food, wine and culinary experiences in Stockholm. Ranging from fine dining to fast food, the app includes their chosen best restaurants, cafes and fresh produce markets, maps and practical information such as opening hours, site links and contact information as well as photos.
Download Food Lovers Stockholm from iTunes.
Stockholm Map and Walks
This app is a collection of self-guided walking tours to see the best Stockholm has to offer and it comes with detailed tour route maps and navigation features to guide you as you explore the city on foot. The app includes turn-by-turn walking directions from one sight to the next, auto tracking of your movement on the map, a built-in compass to show you the direction, and a detailed city map.
Not that you’ll need to learn Swedish to enjoy your time in Stockholm because almost everyone here speaks good English but if you’d like to learn a few phrases to help you integrate a lot better, you can check out this free app which uses a flashcard style. Nemo targets words and phrases most often used in conversation. For beginners, there are curated essential lists like “If You Only Learn 10 Things”, “If You Only Learn 50 Things”, and “If You Only Learn 100 Things” lists. There are also tools for intermediate and advanced learners like more conversational modules and speech studio technology.
Spotted by Locals
Spotted by Locals is a city guide app with blog type articles and reviews written by locals in 57 cities. These locals write insider tips that give a broader picture of their cities than one might get through the typical travel app. The app allows you to purchase city guides and access these reviews of various activities from bars and restaurants to arts and culture. “The Spotted by Locals Stockholm guide is ideal for us slow travelers and locals who wish to dig a little deeper into the city,” shares Kendra Valentine, STS contributor.
Streetkäk is an app that makes it easier for locals to locate street food trucks in real time as they move around the city. With the app, you can see where food trucks are serving in real time, see food trucks’ locations and opening hours for coming days, get latest offers from the nearest food trucks, check the menus and pictures, and follow the food trucks on Facebook and Twitter. Learn more about Streetkäk in our interview here.
Upptäck Stockholm (Discover Stockholm)
With the app, Discover Stockholm, you can discover some of the city’s best places with over 1,500 options to choose from. You can head out to one of the city’s beautiful nature reserves, find running tracks and hiking trails, take the kids to one of the city’s nearly 300 playgrounds, and more. The app uses the travel planner in Google Transit, which allows you navigate using public transportation.
Historiska Stockholmsbilder (Historic Stockholm Photos)
Quite possibly the coolest app on this list, you can easily find what used to be located at the place where you’re currently standing at. With this app, you can find historical photographs, artwork and drawings of Stockholm based on your current location. The images are retrieved from www.stockholmskallan.se Stockholm’s cultural heritage site which is a collaboration between various archives, libraries, museums, and educational resources in Stockholm. The app is managed by the City of Stockholm.