Travelling to the airport doesn’t have to involve complicated transfers or a tedious wait at the terminal. These top tips will ensure that your journey to Stockholm’s Arlanda Airport is enjoyable and hassle-free.
Arlanda is Stockholm’s main international airport and Sweden’s largest. Like so many major airports, it’s located a little out of town; it’s around 40km north of the city centre. The good news is that Arlanda is well-connected to central Stockholm and easy to reach by car, train, or coach, with journey times as short as 20 minutes.
The fastest route: Arlanda Express
You won’t find a quicker airport connection than the Arlanda Express. This high-speed train route operates from Stockholm Central Station, shuttling you directly to the airport in just 20 minutes. It’s an efficient and reliable service, with trains leaving every 15 minutes between 04.35 and 00.35 daily. Make the most of the free WiFi by checking in for your flight en route, and look out for patrolling servers with complimentary buns and hot coffee.
An eco-friendly choice: Flygbussarna Airport Coaches
Departing from Cityterminalen bus station every 10 minutes throughout the day, the majority of Flygbussarna’s coaches run on Swedish-grown rapeseed oil. Their eco-friendly choice of fuel has earned the approval of Sweden’s Society for Nature Conservation. It’s a great choice for morning flights, since the more leisurely pace affords scenic views of the countryside on your way out of Stockholm. Cityterminalen is next to Stockholm Central Station, so if you’re worried about cutting it too close to your departure time with the 45-minute bus journey, you can always opt for the Arlanda Express instead.
Comfort and convenience: travel by car
Depending on traffic, the drive to Arlanda should take about 40 minutes. Even if yourrental car is missing a sat nav, you’re assured of a straightforward route out of the city via the E4 motorway leading to the airport. Try to avoid travelling during the morning and evening rush hours, when it’s likely to take you up to an hour to reach the airport by car. Since taxis generally operate on a fixed charge basis, you don’t need to be concerned if you do get stuck in traffic – but be sure to check around for the best rate before you set off, as these tend to vary.
At the airport: what to do once you’re there
If you find yourself at the airport with time to spare, there’s plenty to see and do. Arlanda is bright, clean and comfortable, with a wide range of shops and eateries found before and after security. Pop into Designtorget for the best in Scandinavian design and contemporary gifts, or sample regional delicacies at Deli bar and shop. Grand Café Stockholm in the Terminal 4 arrival hall is the airport’s only 24-hours facility – other shops and restaurants are only open between the hours of the airport’s first and last flights – so if you’ve got a long wait on your hands, you might prefer to book an overnight stay near the airport. Our newly renovated Radisson Blu Arlandia Hotel, Stockholm is conveniently located just four minutes from the airport via a complimentary shuttle service.