Arlanda Express, Stockholm
We flew from London to Stockholm with British Airways, and landed at Stockholm's main airport, Arlanda.
The easiest way to get into the centre of town is to jump on the Arlanda Express - a train to central Stockholm.
The station is located right at the airport, just follow the signs from your terminal. There are yellow ticket machines on the platform where you can easily purchase your tickets (they take credit cards or cash). Then it is a mere 20 minute fast trip into town - there are around 6 departures an hour. The station is located in the heart of the city...conveniently close to Nordic Light Hotel where we stayed!
The ease of catching the train, the speed of the trip and the cleanliness/comfort would have to make this one of the most stress-free airport-to-city trips I have ever had. Worth every cent!
The Arlanda Airport is located away from the city of Stockholm by probably 40km or more. There are various ways to get from the airport to Stockholm or the reverse... The fastest of these is the Arlanda Express which is a pretty fast train ride from the Central Station. I seem to remember a 15 to 20 minute travel time. It's a little more expensive than by bus but you pay a premium for the speed and time saved.
If you have the time, the bus ride to and from the airport is not unpleasant and gives you an opportunity to see the countryside and approach into Stockholm. You should probably allow 45 minutes to an hour for this method of transportation as the bus makes a number of stops along the way.
You can always take a taxi but I think because the airport is located so far away from Stockholm proper, this would be pretty expensive... didn't try it myself as there seemed other and better choices!
We chose the Arlanda express and found it to be a good choice for running on time and the quick journey! It was very clean, comfortable and in excellent condition, nothing like we have at home, so quite a different experience for us!
Fast, about 20mins to Stockholm, the train's run about every 20mins.
At the time we were there, there was a special on which we tried to get from the Ticket machine upstair's, and then at the Platform before we boarded. After lot's of trouble, I eventually asked a Swedish man who could speak English to help.
Yes, the special was available on our day, but he tried everything, and in the end said it must only be available on Swedish card, it wouldn't accept our credit card's. So, looks like Tourist's dipped out!
SO BEWARE......NO special for us, luckily, we could buy our ticket on the train, [we had no choice], and for that privelige, we had to pay an extra 50sek each per ticket, what a rip - off!
For all the important information please check the english website below.
The fastest way to Stockholm Central from Arlanda Airport is by the Arlanda Express train.
The train departure every 15 minute in each direction. A normal single way ticket costs 180 SEK (February 2004). On weekends and public holidays you will get a ticket for two persons for only 200 SEK. Up to four children under age 17 can follow for free to someone who have bought one of those two tickets.
You can buy tickets in the ticket office at the Central station, from the ticket machines or at the train. If you buy the ticket on the train it will cost 50 SEK extra.
The arlanda express gets you into Stockholm in about 20 minutes. It was fairly expensive for the roundtrip - about $45. (which is about the same cost as in Norway) I'm told that there is a bus that goes to basically the same place in Stockholm but don't have any information about it.
Another convenient way to get to or from the airport is by train. It is faster than the bus (only takes 20 minutes as opposed to 40 minutes with the bus) but also more expensive. The bus costs 89 Swedish Krone and the train costs 120 Swedish Krone.
Normally the train leaves every 15 minutes but on Sundays and in summer there are different hours, so it's best to check the website for the schedule when you will be there.
Train is called "Arlanda Express".
The Arlanda Express is the best way from Arlanda airport to the city centre (and vice versa). Trains leave every 10-15 minutes and the journey takes only 20 minutes. Cost is 200 SKr one-way for adults - two adults can travel together for 220 SKr on weekends. The city terminus of the Arlanda Express is the central train station, well connected with metro lines.
Quick and simple way to main train station in Stockholm.Trip took about 22 minutes.Train as plenty of luggage storage area where you are near your bags,and can watch that nobody bothers them.Train was clean and comfortable Finding train at airport was easy,there are many signs showing way to train station I think the station is under terminal 5(not 100% sure).Tickets are purchased at the yellow vending machines.Prices vary on different days and for one way or round trip.
Weekend price .............................................. 240 SEK
Single journey. Two adults travelling together.
Bring up to four children 0-17 yrs for free.
Applies Sat-, Sun- and holidays.
Single ticket, adult ......................................... 220 SEK
From 26 yrs
Return ticket, adult ....................................... 420 SEK
Valid for one month since purchase.
Child.................................................................. 0 SEK
Up to four children 0-17 yrs,
accompanied by person
travelling on fullprice ticket.
Not applicable on student
or SAS Travel Pass.
Single ticket, child/youth 8-25 yrs ............... 110 SEK
Single ticket, senior citizen ........................... 110 SEK
From 65 yrs, must be verified.
Single ticket, student ..................................... 110 SEK
Sold at ticket counters only. Valid CSN-, ISIC-,
Mecenat-, Membit- or Studentkortet required.
Return ticket, senior/student ........................ 220 SEK
Valid for one month since purchase.
Goign to Stockholm from the airport take the Arlanda Express. Book online and you dont need a ticket just the card you booked with. Great train clean, easy to find and everthing is in english. Free WI-FI on board.
Cost was average for the fast direct trains in Europe. Fellow travelers drove in Taxi took 75 minutes to hotel. Trains takes 20 to central station and 5 from station to hotel via Taxi.
We arrived at the airport ARN, the Taxi driver was 450 S around 55 Euro, we were three people, this is a flat rate and all taxis should honor it. For us the express to the central station would have been more expensive at 25 euro per person plus the additional transport to the Hotel Bern, which by the way is FAB. Agreed that it is an expensive city, cocktails are around 20 Euro a piece.
Only had a few hours to spend in Stockholm rather than wait around in the Airport so took the Arlanda Express into the city. trains run every 15 minutes and take only 20 minutes. Station at airport is convenient and in the city is right by the Central station. Journey is fast comfortable and well worth the money. Managed to leave some bags in the left luggage at the Airport which made walking round Stockholm more comfortable.
To get simply into the city the best mode is by train.
The Arlander Express takes just 20 mins from the airport to the central station downtown, where for convenience the new Radisson Blu Waterfront Hotel is right longside the station
This train is not cheap something like $60 return but is very fast
This is the fastest and easiest way to get downtown from the airport. The signs in the airport to the train are very good and you can buy tickets using your credit card from automated machines in the airport. The trains typically run every 15 minutes typically, are spotless and even have a nursing room on board. As they reach speeds of almost 200 km/hr, it only takes about 20 minutes to get down town. A one way adult (older than 26) ticket cost 260 SEK which might seem expensive (everything in Sweden is relatively expensive in Stockholm) but during the Christmas period (December 11 2014 – Jan 6 2015) there were great deals to be had: you could get two tickets for the price of one or three one-way adult tickets for 380 SEK. I believe buses are cheaper but do take a bit longer.
Fastest and easiest way from/to Arlanda to/from Stockholm is Arlanda Express. The train takes you in 20 minutes from middle of the airport to Central Station.
Price info (May 2013).
- Single ticket 260SEK/490SEK return
- One way weekend for two 380SEK
- Prebooked (Thu-Sun) weekend Return 325SEK (only online!)
- pensioner and students 130/260 (not online, only ticket counters).
- in you don't have ticket IN TRAIN YOU PAY MORE!!! (100SEK!!!), take it in advance!!!
(Current taxi price seemed to be like 520SEK, to three persons make it cheaper, unless weekend tickets are used. Taxi might take 60-90mins depending of your destination and traffic conditions.)
Check and follow the prices, take always a look to their web pages, check what kind of tickets are available on your traveling days, there's a new competitor and that can have some influence to pricing plan. For example now they offer:
"Buy an e-ticket in May, and get 20% discount on your summer trip! The receipt contains a discount code. The code entitles you to 20% discount on one purchase when booking and travelling between 1 Jun-31 Aug 2013. Applies on e-ticket purchases on arlandaexpress.com".
My recommendation (I don't exaxtly know what is the proce of this new (45min) train, so it might be worth of checking). If you plan to use public transportation a lot, buy Stockholm card or some travel card and continue to your hotel with subway. You can get em from Infos in Arlanda and the time count starts from first journey (You have to present Stockholm Card in subway gate office, they write the starting date/time to the card there).
You don't need to check the timetable they start operation 4:35Sto/5:05Arl and end 0:35Sto/1:05Arl and in rush hour every 10 minutes (other times 15mins, but late 30mins).