Thursday, July 09, 2015
playing tourist in my own city
I've talked about taking one of those hop on hop off buses in Stockholm with a friend for ages now and finally we did. Unfortunately we ended up chosing the wrong bus company for it, Red Buses Sightseeing. The tour was crap in so many ways and you can read all about it in my Yelp review.
So if you're looking forward to having a good tour, with a great audio guide and a clever ride in Stockholm, whatever you do do not chose Stockholm Red Buses. You will be sorely disappointed and miss out on great sights and good information.
Felt like a mystery shopper when I did the tour and discovered just how bad it was and I will certainly email the company and tell them just how bad it was + give them tips of improvement. I've done many hop on hop off-tours in other European cities and they have all been great, some more than others and I can safely say that absolutely none has been as unprofessional and irrelevant as this one.
As far as I know there are two other companies doing the hop on hop off tours in Stockholm, the green buses by Strömma and the other red buses by City Sightseeing, surely they can't be equally bad to the Stockholm Red Buses? Obviously I haven't tried the City Sightseeing-buses in Stockholm, but I have enjoyed them in other European cities, hopefully they are as good here.
Despite having thrown away 280 SEK on a rubbish bus tour it was a lovely day. All due to the friend-company, the unusual view from the top of a bus and the great lunch we had afterwards.
You'll most likely have a lovely visit to Stockholm, but chose your bus tour company carefully. Actually you will probably have a better tour around the city with a regular bus and plan your own intinerary.
In fact I've put together a little list on Yelp on what to see, do and experience in Stockholm - in Swedish, but feel free too Google translate it even if it won't be as accurate you'll probably get the idea.
Welcome to Stockholm!