Stockholm has four airports. Stockholm Arlanda Airport is the biggest international airport, and Bromma is closest to the city. Skavsta and Västerås are located about 80 minutes south and west of Stockholm, respectively.
Arlanda Airport, www.swedavia.com/arlanda
Bromma Airport, www.swedavia.com/bromma
Skavsta Airport, www.skavsta.se
Västerås Airport, www.stockholmvasteras.se
The fastest way to travel between Stockholm and Arlanda is via the Arlanda Express. The train takes 20 minutes. Two bus companies, Swebus and Flygbussarna, serve all four airports. The bus from Arlanda takes 45 minutes.
From Bromma, the bus takes about 20 minutes; from Skavsta and Västerås, it takes about 80 minutes. You can also get to Stockholm Arlanda Airport via public transportation (SL) or using the Stockholm Card with the purchase of a supplementary ticket.
Arlanda Express, www.arlandaexpress.com
Address: Stockholm Arlanda Airport, Stockholm
Phone: +46 (0)10 109 10 00
Stockholm is often praised for its comfortable, efficient and safe transportation. Stockholm Public Transport, SL, is responsible for buses, underground trains, commuter trains, trams and certain ferry lines in Greater Stockholm.
The underground is the easiest way to get around town. The city is divided into three zones, and zone tickets are good for several trips within the hour. Tickets can be purchased at SL Centers, underground platform barriers, newsagent kiosks or via SMS. It's not possible to pay cash for tickets on board buses in Stockholm. Most bus stops have ticket machines that take both coins and cards.
Prepaid cards are the best alternative for those making few trips. It's also possible to buy 1, 3, or 7-day cards, which allow free travel in all zones during the validity period.
A trip on the number 69 bus or number 7 tram is a superb way to discover Stockholm. The lines go out to Djurgården and major attractions like Skansen and the Vasa Museum.
Stockholmers are always heedful of their beautiful surroundings, and this has led to many inner city buses running on eco-friendly fuels such as ethanol. The Stockholm underground is also known as the world's longest art gallery as so many of its stations are adorned with the works of different artists.
Phone: +46 8 600 10 00
Local boat transportation
Travelling by local ferries is a fantastic way to experience a city built on islands. Ferries are used by both commuters and tourists wanting to take a better look around.
There are ample ferry departures from Nybroviken and Slussen out to the leafy island of Djurgården. An SL Card includes ferries from Slussen and you can also buy single tickets on the quay.
Phone: +46 8 600 10 00
Ferries and cruise ships
Several major ferry lines serve the countries around the Baltic Sea, and Stockholm's harbors are centrally located. Stockholm is also a popular cruise destination and every year around 300 cruise liners from all over the world put in to the city. The approach through the beautiful Stockholm archipelago with its 30,000 islands is an experience in itself. Read more about ferries and cruising to Stockholm below.
There are many taxi companies to choose from in Stockholm. Approved taxis with metered fares always bear yellow number plates. Credit cards are readily accepted.
NOTE: Taxi prices are not regulated in Sweden; they may vary greatly. It is the customer’s responsibility to check prices beforehand. Check the price on the yellow-and-white label (pictured in the right corner above), which is usually on the rear door window, before entering the vehicle. The highest unit price of most taxis is between SEK 290 - 390.
The price on the yellow label is based on a 10 km, 15-minute journey. The price indicated on the taximeter is in Swedish kronor. For trips to and from Stockholm Arlanda Airport the major taxi companies have fixed prices of between SEK 450-500. Always ask the driver beforehand. In addition to the major taxi companies there are several independent firms; caution is adviced.
You can easily get hold of a taxi by calling a taxi company, hailing one on the street or by taking a one from a rank, e.g. at NK on Hamngatan. There is a manned taxi centre at Central Station that can help you with finding the right service, e.g. if you need child seats in the vehicle.
Several of the big Stockholm taxi companies have a very high proportion of eco-vehicles. A new rota system gives priority to cabs with low carbon emission levels.
Phone: 08-15 00 00
More Information: 08-728 27 00 customerservice
'Posten' no longer has post offices. Stamps are available for purchase at most kiosks, newsstands and convenience stores. Ask at the cash register.
Apoteket C W Scheele
Address: Klarabergsgatan 64, Stockholm
Phone: +46 77 145 04 50
Country Code: +46
Area Code: 08
Don't worry about roaming charges, there are plenty of free Wi-Fi spots around the city. Free WiFi Map for iPhone and WiFi Finder for Android are apps that can help you find free WiFi.
Stockholm is frequently ranked as one of the most connected cities in the world, and thanks to pioneering IT infrastructure Stockholmers are spoiled with high surf speeds. For example, Stockholm was the first city in the world to introduce publicly available 4G.
Here is a selection of locations with free WiFi:
Stockholm Visitor Center
Name: "Homerun Wireless Zone". Ask the staff for a code.
Stockholm Arlanda Airport
Name: "Airport-Guest" (Free for three hours)
Central Station Stockholm and Cityterminalen
Name: "All Station Guests"
Free WiFi for guests is very common in cafes and hotels in Stockholm. For example coffee chains like Waynes Coffee, Espresso House and Pressbyrån and hotels like the Radisson Hotels, Scandic Hotels, First Hotels and Nordic Choice Hotels, to mention a few. Ask the staff for details.
STOCKHOLM –ARLANDA 20 MINUTES
Arlanda Express is a fast, comfortable and environmentally friendly way to travel between Stockholm and Stockholm Arlanda Airport.
The journey takes maximum 20 minutes. Buy your ticket in our app, at arlandaexpress.com, in our ticket vending machines, at our ticket office in Stockholm or ticket counters at the airport.
Trains depart six times every hour during peak hours, and every fifteen minutes at other times.
For more information, timetable and fares please go to www. arlandaexpress.com
Sweden can be visited visa-free for up to 90 days by citizens of Australia, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Malaysia, Israel, UAE and most countries in America. If you are unsure whether or not you need to apply for a visa, we recommend contacting the embassy or consulate in your country. International (non-Schengen) travelers need a passport that is valid for at least 3 months after the end of their intended trip in order to enter the Schengen zone. Citizens of Schengen countries can travel without a passport, but must have a valid ID with them during their stay.
Best time to Visit
For many, the weather plays a big role when planning a trip and if you are one of them, you should visit Stockholm during summer, which is from May to August. The weather is warmest from May to August, and the daylight lasts longer. It is also in May as the flowers begin to grow and adorn the city beautifully. Although the temperatures can sometimes drop by night, so make sure to bring a sweater or a jacket.
If you do not think warmer weather plays such a big part, the winter is really beautiful in Stockholm, but it gets extremely cold from December to February. The snow begins to fall over the city and Christmas time is soon approaching. If you like snow, Christmas light, hot chocolate and gingerbread cookies, this is the best time to visit Stockholm.