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2tides | Travel to Stockholm

Travel to Stockholm

Understandably we recommend you to take the train. As it is the most environmental friendly and comfortable option. It can also be very cost efficient if you book well in advance. But if you have no other choice than to fly to Stockholm, we have 4 different airports to fly in to. You can also arrive by ferry or with bus.

When in Stockholm, we recommend you to use public transport, which is excellent and efficient. It is often also faster than to tackle the traffic jams of the capital.


By air to Stockholm

Stockholm-Arlanda Airport is Sweden’s largest, located 42 km north of central Stockholm. Arlanda Airport has been recognised as being the world’s most climate-friendly airport by the Airport Council International Europe. The airport works actively with environmental issues and carbon offset.

Arlanda Express is the fastest way into the city centre from Arlanda Airport. It only takes 20 minutes from the airport to the Central Station. There are two stations at the airport, Arlanda Södra (south) with access to terminals 2, 3 and 4 and Arlanda norra (north) under terminal 5.

Stockholm-Bromma Airport is closest to central Stockholm. Bromma is located about 10 km west of the city centre. The airport is served primarily by domestic flights, and is an important domestic hub. Brussels Airlines is one of the foreign operators that fly to Bromma (Stockholm). Airport buses take 20 minutes from the airport to the Cityterminalen. SL buses are the cheaper alternative and connect with the subway. For further information about public transport, please visit the SL website. Taxis are also available.

Stockholm-Skavsta Airport is located in Nyköping, 100 km south west of downtown Stockholm; it is served primarily by the low-fare airlines Ryanair and Wizz Air. Airport buses take 80 minutes from the airport to Cityterminalen in central Stockholm.

Stockholm- Västerås Airport is located in Västerås 100 km north west of central Stockholm; it is served mainly by the low-fare airline Ryanair. From the airport it takes 75 minutes to reach Cityterminalen in central Stockholm by airport bus.



Airport buses run from all four airports and are the easiest way to reach Cityterminalen in central Stockholm. Airport buses also stop at other bus stops in Stockholm and the inner suburbs. Buses from Arlanda Airport run regularly while those to and from Bromma, Skavsta and Västerås airports connect with arrival and departure times.


Rental car

Most major international car rental companies have offices and rental locations at all of Stockholm’s airports. It’s possible to book ahead of time or at the airport. To rent a car you will need a national driving license and a valid passport. Stockholm’s inner city has road tolls for Swedish-registered vehicles, so be sure to ask if tolls are included in the price.


By train to Stockholm

Getting to Sweden by train from Europe is quick and easy. The stately-owned railway company `SJ` operate most long-distance routes to Oslo, Copenhagen, Berlin and domestic routes in Sweden. The X2000 express train from Malmö in southern Sweden takes around 4.5 hours to Stockholm, and around three hours from Gothenburg in the west of Sweden.

You can look up trips and buy tickets for all rail companies at the SJ website.


Centralstation Stockholm

Central Station is the natural hub for travellers. Local and long-distance trains arrive and depart from here. The Cityterminalen bus station is right next door, and you can find the underground subway system here.

You will find a police station, a bureau de change, ATMs, lockers, public conveniences, internet, and several restaurants, cafes and shops inside or just outside the central station.

At the Cityterminalen, airport buses and domestic buses come and go 24/7.

Arlanda Express departs from the north side of Central Station. The lower hall has a walkway that connects to Central Station, commuter train platforms and the central underground station. The SL-Center is located here, where you can buy Stockholm Cards and tickets for local transport.

You can also find a taxi centre outside the main Central Station entrance on Vasagatan, where you can get assistance finding a taxi with e.g. child seats.

By bus to Stockholm

Swebus Express has the largest choice of bus connections to and from Stockholm but there are several other companies large and small to choose from, like Bus4You and Ybuss. Cityterminalen is Stockholm’s central bus station; you’ll find all departures listed on Cityterminalen´s website.


Swebus Express

Biggest scheduled express bus services in Sweden. You can travel all over the country, plus to Norway, Denmark and Germany in comfortable, modern coaches. Tickets may be purchased at their website, by telephone or at Swebus ticket desks at the bus station.


SL – Stockholm Public Transport

Stockholm is often praised for its comfortable, effective and safe transportation. SL, is responsible for buses, subway, commuter trains, trams and certain ferry lines in Greater Stockholm.

The subway is the easiest way to get around in the city. 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 (Pressbyrån). It’s not possible to pay cash for tickets on board buses in Stockholm.

Prepaid cards are suitable for anyone staying more than one day. It’s possible to buy 1, 3, or 7-day cards, which allow free travel in all zones during your validation period. Another alternative is the Stockholm Card, which allows free travel and free entry to 80 museums and attractions in the city. Stockholm Cards are valid for 24, 48 or 72 hours.



There are many taxi companies to choose from in Stockholm. Approved taxis with metered fares always use yellow number plates. Credit cards are readily accepted.

Sweden does not regulate prices; they may vary greatly.

— It is the customer’s responsibility to check prices beforehand. Check the price on the yellow label, which is usually on the rear door window, before entering the vehicle. —

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 journeys to and from Arlanda Airport the major taxi companies have fixed prices. Always ask the driver beforehand. In addition to the major taxi companies there are several independent firms; caution is advised.

Several of the bigger taxi companies have a high ratio of eco-vehicles. A new environmental system gives priority to taxis with low carbon emission levels.