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Getting There -- Throughout the year (but more often in the summer), boats operated by several companies depart from in front of the Grand Hotel at Södra Blasieholmshamnen. Most of them are marked VAXHOLM and usually continue to Sandhamn after a stop in Vaxholm. Be sure to ask before boarding.

The trip from Stockholm through the archipelago to Sandhamn takes 3 1/2 hours each way and costs 150SEK ($30/£15) one-way. The ferry trip to Vaxholm from Stockholm takes less than 40 minutes and costs 85SEK ($17/£8.50) one-way. There are no car ferries. If you plan lots of travel around the archipelago, consider buying an Inter-Skerries Card for 300SEK ($60/£30). The card allows 30 days of unlimited travel anywhere within the Stockholm archipelago for much less than the cost of individual tickets. Vaxholm-bound boats depart every hour during the summer (about five times a day in winter) from the Strömkagen, the piers outside the Grand Hotel. For information, call the steamship company Vaxholmes Bolaget (tel. 08/679-58-30; www.waxholmsbolaget.se).

Buses depart from the Central Station daily (unless inclement weather prevents it) every 30 minutes beginning at 6am. The last bus from Vaxholm leaves at 1am. A round-trip fare is 55SEK ($11/£5.50).

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.