With its 760 km of bicycle lanes and relatively flat landscape, Stockholm is a veritable paradise for cyclists. The city has one of the most advanced cycling networks in the world, so it is not only easy but also safe to visit the city's major attractions on two wheels.
Much like Amsterdam, Stockholm has a bicycle ‘system’, which means that its cycle infrastructure is respected in the same way as other transport networks. Signposted bicycle lanes stretch across the city, and there are plenty of spots to park up, with train stations providing ample space and the city's generally more relaxed attitude towards 'informal' parking. The rules of the road are similar to those in most western European countries, though cyclists below the age of 15 are required by law to wear a helmet. Here's how to make the most of this cycling smörgåsbord.
Cykelstallet in Kungsholmen is a top place to rent road bikes, mountain bikes and even ice skates in the winter months. The shop have a wide selection of spare parts and accessories for bikes should you require any maintenance on your trip.
With 100 years of experience, Gamla Stan Cykel has become something of an institution on Stora Nygatan in Stockholm's Old Town. The shop sells a range of new bicycles from top international brands like Skeppshultcykeln and Brompton, as well as older bikes which have been lovingly restored onsite. You can also hire 3-speed bikes, which come complete with helmet, lockwire and a basket. The shop provides free maps of the city, and tips to help you avoid the main tourist spots.
Rent A Bike
Rentabike, located right on the waterfront on Strandvägen boulevard, offers a wide variety of tours and cycling maps, and tailored advice on the best route for you. You can rent a bike for up seven days too, so no need to rush back to the shop before closing time.
Stockholm Adventures runs group bicycle tours from May to September, during which cyclists get to see key sites such as Gamla Stan and the Royal Palace, as well as explore the city's many islands.
Located in Östermalm, Bike Sweden has one of the most comprehensive bicycle ranges in the city. If you're looking for a city, mountain, touring, racer or electric bike, you'll find it here, and the shop has plenty on offer for families too, with child seats, children's bikes and 'follow me' attachments also available for hire.
Bikehike is a three hour trip around Djurgården island in the centre of Stockholm. The route is traffic free and the tour includes an introduction to the history of both the the island and the city. Stockholm Adventures runs group bicycle tours from May to September, during which cyclists get to see key sites such as Gamla Stan and the Royal Palace, as well as explore the city's many islands.
After a long day on two wheels, head back to your comfortable room at the Radisson Blu Arlandia Hotel, just a 30 minute drive away from the city centre.
Ready to discover Stockholm? Then Radisson Blu Arlandia Hotel provides the perfect home base.