Preparing for a city break used to mean stocking up on chunky guidebooks and confusing maps, most of which were probably outdated or incomprehensible. But these days, all the essential info can fit in your pocket, just a few clicks away – meaning more space in your suitcase for jumpers and thick socks.
With our guide to the best free smartphone apps, you'll have the city in the palm of your hand.
Stockholm Travel Guide Triposo - sightseeing guide
There are several guides to Stockholm out there, but Triposo’s is the highest-rated free app – you can pay to upgrade to the full version. It includes information on sights, museums and restaurants, mini guides for day trips out of the city and an offline map to help you find your way. Who needs a guidebook with all that know-how in the palm of your hand?
One Google Play customer, Janeesh John, said: “Really good. Very helpful for newcomers in Stockholm.”
StreetKäk - a guide to Stockholm's food trucks
Everyone has had at least one holiday ruined by spending hours trekking around the city in search of food, only to end up at an overpriced, overrated restaurant, miles from where you wanted to be. Stockholm’s restaurants are notoriously expensive, but the many street vendors and food trucks provide delicious food at wallet-friendly prices. Using Streetkäk, you can follow the food trucks in real time and find out their menus, prices and serving times.
User Sour Swede said: “You don't need more than this to find the best trucks!”
OnlinePizza - food delivery service
Another way of beating high restaurant prices is to order home delivery via OnlinePizza. Don’t be fooled by the name; the options include sushi, curry, burgers, pizza and even sweet treats, and you can read reviews of the restaurants near you to help make the decision. The app is in Swedish, but there are English instructions on how to use it – just make sure that your accommodation allows take-out!
Angie Renberg gave a positive review, saying: "Love. My feelings for this app can only be described through pizza."
Historiska Stockholmsbilder - Historic pictures of the city
Although Historiska Stockholmsbilder is in Swedish, you don’t need any knowledge of the language to use it – the pictures do the talking. The app works out your location and shows you historic photographs and artwork of the sites around you, so you can see how the city used to look.
Helena Karlfeldt said: “Great idea! Great way to see local history.”
Swedish Royal Palaces
The current and former residences of the Swedish Royal family are highlights for any visitor to the Stockholm region. You can get information about opening hours, prices, events and accessibility in the 10 royal palaces all in this handy app. Plus, it includes self-guided tours, complete with images and videos, to make sure you don’t miss a thing on your visit.
The app was only launched recently, but so far has been rated 4.2 out of 5 by its users.
Food Lovers Stockholm - Restaurant guide
Although food trucks and home delivery are great money savers, you’ll probably want to try a few meals out in Stockholm – and Food Lovers Stockholm will help you choose the best places to go. The independent guide from foodie insiders is packed with recommendations of where to eat, from fresh markets to cafes to fancy restaurants. It provides information, photos, opening hours and directions to the eateries.
Swedavia Swedish Airports
This app covers Stockholm’s Bromma and Arlanda airports as well as the eight other Swedavia airports in Sweden, giving you up-to-date information on everything from boarding times to airport shops. Additional features include the possibility to book and pay for parking ahead of departure, plan your journey into the city and read local guides to Stockholm.
Google Play user Martin Norin said: “Great app. Gives me all the information I need about my flight and the airport.”
Tourists should be aware that taxi fares in Sweden aren’t regulated – always check the yellow sign showing price per km to see how much you’ll be charged. Using the app for Taxi 020, a reputable firm with fixed prices, is a good way to avoid any unpleasant surprises. Alternatively, Uber is available in both Stockholm and Gothenburg.
Sony Khalesym rated the app five stars, saying “Very good application.”
Spontano – events in Stockholm
Spontano shows you the coolest events in the city, making it perfect for solo travellers or anyone who prefers not to plan and just go with the flow. You can even buy tickets within the app, and it offers unique perks such as upgrades or freebies. It includes sports, music, comedy and much more, so whether you fancy an underground club night or an outdoor yoga session, Spontano should be your first port of call.
The app has received a majority of five star reviews, including this one from Elias Carlsson: “Brilliant app Excellent design and always interesting venues for restless souls.”
SL Transit Map Stockholm - transport planner
The official app from Stockholm transport company SL gives you transit maps and timetables for the subway, commuter trains, trams and ferries. You can search for your nearest station and plan the most convenient route to your destination.
And a bonus: Stockholm Public Toilets
Finding a public toilet in Stockholm is no easy feat, but this app shows you the way to your nearest one, complete with opening times and Google Street View images. Free toilets are displayed in green and ones where you have to pay are marked blue.