At the beginning of June 2004 I left Stockholm from the City Terminalen by bus to Oslo in Norway. One of the main bus operators is Swebus, which offer trips to and from most bigger towns in Sweden and Scandinavia; including Oslo, Copenhagen, Malmo, Gothenburg, Nyköping and Uppsala.
In 2004 my single ticket to Oslo cost 265 SEK, but much more expensive tickets of up to 380 SEK were available as well. The journey time was approximately 8.5 hours.
Stockholm's City Terminalen can be found just next to the Central Train Station in the heart of the city.
Buses are plentiful, clean, and go everywhere! We stayed in Nacka (please see Hotel/Accomodations Tip) and taking a bus was a breeze! From the hotel, it was only a very short walk across the street to the bus stop and honestly, I can't remember waiting for more than 5 minutes for the next bus during the entire time... It was only a ten minute ride including about 5 stops to Slussen where you can connect to other buses, the Subway to the Central Station, or behind your sojourn on foot as you are just across the water from Gamla Stan. You can also find a bus to nearly every part of this fabulous city and if you have a Stockholm card it doesn't matter if you go somewhere unintended... you can always go somewhere else whilst you enjoy the place you are!
We took a bus from Jamvagsg (just down the road from Central Station) - to Djurgarden - and back again. It wasn't very far (about 10-15 mins) and the driver was very helpful. The Kupongs (not a typo) are 15SEKs and you need two of them for each journey.
I would love to give you more information but the Kupong is all in Swedish. (And the cow has nothing to do with this tip either).
When flying with Ryanair, you land on Skavsta airport, some 80 kms from Stockholm. Bus transportation is perfect. No waiting, the bus is there, the driver helps you put your luggage on the bus.
The drive takes about 70 minutes and ends almost in the center of Stockholm. Very very convenient!
You can buy your e-ticket in advance here
The cheapest way to get from the airports to Stockholm City is with the airport bus - Flygbussarna.
You find the airport busses to Stockholm city at the following airports:
Bromma - 69 SEK - 20 minutes
Arlanda - 89 SEK - 40 minutes
Skavsta - 130 SEK - 80 minutes
Västerås - 130 SEK - 75 minutes
(Prices from January 2004)
You can also order connecting Taxis on the bus, to continue from the Stockholm City terminal to your final destination.
You can see the entire stockholm by bus. It´s a good transportation and always on time. You can buy zone tickets if you don´t travel so much or you can buy 1, 3, 7 or 30 day travelcard it allows you to travel as much as you want.
You can buy tickets and travelcards at Pressbyrån, they are located evrywhere in Stockholm. Mostly by a Tunnelbana (subway/metro) station.
For prices wisit the website.
DONT MISS MY VIDEOS OF THE BUS
Skavsta airport is located about 100km south of Stockholm and it takes about 1,5 hours to get there (with little to no traffic). This is the airport that a lot of low-cost airlines prefer to use.
To get to Stockholm from Skavsta there's 2 choices when it comes to shuttle buses: Flygbussarna and a new shuttle service offered by Ryanair called Fly by Coach. I've taken the shuttle with Flygbussarna and it was a very straight forward service. With them, you cannot buy the ticket from the driver using cash but there's a manned ticket booth by the exit of the airport. There's no need to pre-book the tickets but by buying them online you get to save some money and the tickets are valid for 3 months after the purchase date.
If you want to save money on the trip between Stockholm and the Bromma Airport you can use public transportation by taking the SL-bus.
Just outside the terminal building you can find the bus stand for line 110 to Alvik and 152 to Älvsjö. With bus 110 you can change to the green subway line in Alvik and with 152 to the blue subway line in Sundbyberg. Both trips take about 5 minutes and cost 30 SEK. All SL-cards are also valid. This to be compared with the airport coaches who takes 69 SEK for a trip to Stockholm City.
In the central of Stockholm you can see this bus. It's driven on hydrogen and the only exhaust fume is pure water. So if you want to get around in Stockholm in a environmentally friendly way, this is a really good choice. Something even better is that those busses are totally free during a test period in 2004.
Flying to Bromma, Västerås or Skavsta [the latter two operating flights by Ryanair might be cheaper, but the rest of the ride might be a bit of a problem. The prices for the bus tickets are about the same, but the travel time is different.
Bromma is a close suburb of Stockholm, so you can go to the Metro station Brommaplan & take a bus from there. It's a smaller airport, but it's a lot closer that the others. Västerås is a small airport about two hours' ride away from Stockholm. If your destination's Uppsala, it might be OK, but unless there is a super cheap ticket, I wouldn advise flying somewhere closer. Skavsta is the same, located near the city of Nyköping, a two hours' ride away from Stockholm. There are buses to Linköping, Norrköping, Södertälje aso. & a one-way ticket costs 130 SEK, while a return tickets costs 199 SEK [unfortunately there are no discounts].
There's a lot of places to fly to & a lot of options to choose from, so plan your trip in advance if you don't wanna find yourself in the middle of nowhere in the middle of night... ;)
There are few ways to get to Stockholm from Arlanda, the cheapest way (besides walking and biking), is the Flygbuss, a return ticket costs only SEK175 (I believe one way costs SEK 90), it takes about 40 minutes each way, which is not that bad, and the busses are quite comfortable and spacious. The Flygbuss boot is situated next to the exit from the terminal.
The bus leaves every 10 minutes (at least at day time), so one hardly needs to wait, it makes few stops on the way and its last stop is ofcourse at the central train station.
Since our travel cards were also valid on the local red buses we used them a couple of times to get around to some of the sights outwith the Tunnelbana system. They were frequent & easy to use. no 47 stops right outside Skansen and we took the 65 to Skeppsholmen. Both times we got the buses outside Central Station.
Trains are generally a more expensive way of travel in Sweden, with prices sometimes higher that flights & always more expensive than buses. Svensk Järnväg operates all the rides & is equipped with modern high-speed trains that take you to your destination in a blink of an eye. X2000 trains are a good way of traveling comfortable & quick in case you're afraid of flying or too lazy to take the bus. Sometimes there are youth discounts, so you can find the tickets for pretty cheap. The trains connect bigger cities on a daily basis & depart a couple of times a day, with a constant growth in deveoping the whole system. Enjoy the ride!
Because the metro in Stockholm does not really have a lot of stations and will make you walk a lot still, the bus is a very good alternative in the city. The busses of "Stockholms Innerstad Buslinjerna" are red and have a very thorough schedule. Every few hundred metres, everywhere in the city, there are busstops and at a lot of lines, every few minutes a bus will appear.
If you are in Stockholm and you do not want to care about paying for public transportation, you should buy a SL-card. This card will give you free transportation during the amount of hours you wish: 24, 48 or 72. Together with this card you can ask for a guide that shows you all the metrolines and the buslines. This is a good way to plan your trip. The easiest nevertheless is just to walk towards the busstop and see there what busses stop there. There will always be a bus that suits you.
Like all public transportation in Stockholm, the busses stop driving at 24:00. Bus there also are nightbusses on a few lines that operate from 1:00 until 5:00. You can find more info about these busses in the guide.
When arriving at Arlanda airport there will be a Flybussen just outside the arrival hall. You can buy the tickets at one of the ticket counters or in the bus itself.
A return ticket costs 190 SKr and the trip to/from Stockholm Central Station takes between 30 and 45 minutes depending on the traffic. It is very fast and very convenient!