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Guidebook Updates for Sweden

When we learn of critical changes to the information in our guidebooks on Sweden, we post them here. (Of course, it's still smart to reconfirm critical transportation and sightseeing details locally.) Armed with a Rick Steves guidebook and these late-breaking updates, you're set for a great trip!

Across Sweden

  • If your passport is due to expire within six months of your ticketed date of return from Europe, you need to renew it. Allow plenty of time to renew or get a passport, especially while a backlog of applications is causing significant slowdowns — see the US Department of State's travel site for current estimated processing times.
  • Bring proof of vaccination, and be sure to check the latest Covid entry requirements for Sweden right up to your date of travel.

For books printed before July 2021, the following may also apply:

  • Eurail Select Passes are no longer being sold (but similarly priced Global Passes still are) — see our 2019 rail-travel update.
  • NSB railways and Nettbuss bus services have a new name: Vy and Vy Buss.

Kalmar

For books printed before June 2018, the following may apply:

  • Hamnkrog restaurant has closed.
  • O'Reilly's Irish Pub has closed.
  • The Co-op supermarket at Södra Långgatan 8 has closed.

Stockholm

  • The Stockholm Pass has been replaced by the "Go City Pass," which has similar but not identical offerings (and does not have a transit option).

For books printed before July 2021, the following may also apply:

  • Kaknäs Tower is permanently closed to the public.
  • To reach Thielska Galleriet from Odenplan, take bus #67 (not #69).
  • Stockholm no longer has a City Bikes program.
  • Sushi Yama Express at Nybrogatan 18 has permanently closed.
  • The Stockholm Pass no longer covers Skansen.

For books printed before June 2018, the following may also apply:

  • The military parade now starts running daily earlier in the year (late April) but no longer takes place daily in September (Wed and Sat–Sun only).
  • The English Bookshop has moved to the Södermalm district at Södermannag 22.
  • Royal Sightseeing is now called Red Buses and offers hop-on, hop-off bus and boat tours.
  • Strömma's 1.25-hour Old Town walking tour now leaves from Gustav Adolfs torg.
  • Mat and Bar café has closed.
  • The City Hall has a new website: www.stockholm.se/stadshuset.
  • Buses #3 and #50 stop at City Hall.
  • The route for bus #71 has changed and no longer works for travelers arriving by cruise ship.
  • Ferries to Turku, Helsinki, Tallinn, and Rīga now depart from Värtahamnen port.
  • The Scandic Kungsgatan hotel has closed.
  • HTL Kungsgatan is now called "Scandic No. 53" and has new contact info: +46 8 5173 6500, no53@scandichotels.com.
  • Columbus Hotel is now called "NOFO Hotel/NOFO Loft" and is a hybrid hotel/hostel (info@nofo.se).

Uppsala

For books printed before July 2021, the following may apply:

  • Uppsala University's Gustavianum (historic collections including Viking discoveries and scientific instruments) is closed for renovations until fall 2023.
  • The tourist information office on Kungsgatan 59 has closed. Instead, staffed InfoPoints move around the city, offering maps and brochures.

For books printed before June 2018, the following may also apply:

  • The Uppsala Card is no longer available.

Växjö and Glass Country

For books printed before July 2021, the following may apply:

  • Lessebo Paper Workshop has a new website: lessebohandpappersbruk.se.
  • Växjö's three main museums (House of Emigrants, Smålands Museum, Swedish Glass Museum) share this website: www.kulturparkensmaland.se.
  • Växjö's hostel is under new management as Evedals Vandrarhem.
  • Grill Bryggehuset in Kalmar has closed.
  • Växjö tourist information office has moved to a location within city hall, at Västra Esplanaden 18, a 10-minute walk from the train station.

For books printed before June 2018, the following may also apply: