Many budget airlines, such as Ryanair and Wizzair use the airport Skavsta as their gateway to Stockholm. Skavsta is actually located near the city of Nyköping, approximately 100 km southwest of Stockholm.
In October 2013 I flew for the first time of my life with Ryanair from Weeze in Germany to Skavsta. The price for the return flight of 82 Euro and the convenient flight times were just unbeatable, even when taking the extra costs and times for the airport transfers into account.
The airport is well connected to Stockholm's City Terminalen by at least hourly bus services of the company Flygbussarna. For me it even looked like they actually didn't operate according to a timetable, but just on demand. Always when one bus was full, there was immediately another bus ready for picking up passengers.
The trip took approximately 80 minutes and in October 2013 the cheapest return price was 268 SEK if booked in advance and online. These online tickets are open tickets and valid for 3 month. Fares are more expensive when bought at the airport or the bus station.
Skavsta airport is also served by local bus #515 from Nyköping, which is located on the Linköping to Stockholm railway line.
Skavsta Airport: http://www.skavsta.se/
In May 2004 I flew with the airline Germanwings from Cologne to Stockholm's Arlanda Airport, which is located about 40 km north of the city.
The Airport can be reached by train with the Arlanda Express within 20 minutes from the Central Station. Another option is a frequent bus connections (Flygbussarna) between the Cityterminalen and the airport.
In 2004 a single train ticket cost 180 SEK, whereas the coach fare was only 89 SEK.
Arlanda Airport: http://www.arlanda.se/
Arlanda Express: http://www.arlandaexpress.com/
We flew to Arlanda, Stockhlolm from Heathrow with SAS (Scandinavian Airlines). The flight was on time and they served standard airline food - what more can you ask really?
Oh there was a really cute baby in front of us who amused us for a while - like babies do. He was sweet and happy and didn't whinge and whine the whole way there - and he was being looked after soley by his dad who made a fantastic job of amusing him! This sort of service probably isn't available on every flight though :)
SAS provided the best fare when it came to choosing which airline to fly with - I think they had an offer on at the time.
The main airport in the Stockholm area is of course Arlanda. But it's actually one airport much closer to the city, just some kilometers from the city center. The airport is called Bromma, and you can get here with busses from Stockholm Central station (20 minutes) or with taxi.
You can fly to Bromma from international destinations like Brussels, Århust and Copenhagen, and from domestic destinations like Malmö, Göteborg, Ängelholm, Trollhättan;, Visby and Umeå
Arlanda airport is the main Swedish airport with most international and domestic flights.
There are four flight terminals at Arlanda.
Terminal 2 - International flights (BA, Finnair)
Terminal 3 - Domestic flights to smaller airports (Skyways)
Terminal 4 - Domestic flights to larger airports (SAS)
Terminal 5 - International flights
The fastest way to get to and from the airport is with the Arlanda Express train which takes 20 minutes between Stockholm City and the airport.
This train leaves every 15 minutes in both directions and a single trip cost 190 SEK (April 2005).
If you are not in such a hurry, you can instead take the busses.
The bus leaves outside each terminal, during peak hours every 10 minute. The 40 minute trip to Stockholm cost 89 SEK (November 2003).
If you want to you can also take a taxi, you will find the taxi stand outside each terminal. Make sure that you will get a fixed price, and you shall never pay more than 445 SEK to the central parts of Stockholm. (April 2005) From Stockholm to Arlanda some taxi companies have fixed price.
One taxi company that I can recommend is Metro Taxi +46 8 140 000. The operates in the north part of Stockholm, and with them you can get a fixed price of 350 SEK both from and to Arlanda. (April 2003)
Be aware of the fact that the main Taxi company, Taxi Stockholm (+46 8 150 000) is quite expensive. They take 445 SEK from Arlanda and between 475 SEK and 790 SEK from Stockholm depending on from where you go and how big car you need. (April 2005)
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Dont worry. When you come to Stockholm airport (arlanda) it might seem big but it´s easy to get to Stockholm city. If your not in hurry you can take the bus or a express train to city center without paying a fortune on taxi. See my other transportation tips to Stockholm.
See my videos of Arlanda. Arrival hall and Departure hall.
Arlanda is the largest airport in Scandinavia. It handles 18.3 million travelers last year.
The airport handles 67 different airlines of which 57 are international. Planes fly from Arlanda to 167 different destinations, 127 are international flights. Passengers are smoothly moved through 4 terminals and through 49 gates. Two runways handle the bustling traffic. For your shopping needs there are 35 shops and 25 restaurants.
To get from Arlanda to Stockholm, go to Terminals 2,4,5. There are over 300 departures a day from the airport to the city. At peak times the buses leave every 10 minutes. The trip to the central transportation center in the city is about 40 minutes during peak traffic.
By far the most airplanes towards Stockholm arrive at Arlanda Airport, just a bit the north of the city. But in the modern low-budget-airline era, the airlines are searching for cheaper airports to land. Stavsta Airport, near Nykoping, is an airport like that. The arrival hall is very simple, don't expect high class tax-free shopping malls, you have to walk to the planes and climb stairs to get in and the most important: the trip towards Stockholm still takes about one and a half hours.
If you don't mind less luxury and a bustrip of 90 minutes and you want to safe some money to spend in Stockholm, you should search for this airport. Airlines that fly to here are Ryan Air, Wizz Air and Fritidsresor.
The busservice that goes to the city is provided by Flygbus Sarna: http://www.flygbussarna.se/koncernen/
I flew to Vasteras on Ryanair from Stansted and overall I'd have to recommend it within reason.
I've heard it getting bad press for the distance and cost of the airport transfer. And yes, it's not great that you land an hour and a half away from the city and have to hand over a pile of money to get from the airport into Stockholm. BUT
I got a very cheap flight (ý35.22 return including taxes) so even once I add on the SEK199 for the airport transfer coach, I'm nowhere near the cost of a direct flight from the UK to Arlanda.. My time is precious (I only had a weekend) and the transfer did eat into it a little, but for me it was a price worth paying for a dirt cheap flight, and I'd do it again next weekend if I could.
One thing I'm not sure about though. When the flight landed two coaches took us into Stockholm. For the transfer back I got onto the first coach as I'd been at Cityterminalen for ages. But the coach was full and there were people left at the bus station. I don't know whether a second coach came or whether they had to get an expensive taxi, and I'd rather never be in the position to find out!
And the price of my flight went up considerably after I booked it. If I'd had to pay ý150 for the flight then put up with the transfer I probably wouldn't be so complimentary.
We went from Stuttgart/Germany to Stockholm/Arlanda airport.
One thing you have to know is that Stockholm has 3 different airports: one is almost in the city, Arlanda is halfway between Stockholm and Uppsala and the Ryanair airport is even further away from the city. So if you plan your trip make sure you know which airport you will land at and depart from!
Arlanda airport has 5 different terminals, so it is a good thing if you know which terminal your flight leaves from, since the distances between the different terminals are quite large!
By plane : The airport is Arlanda, 40 km in the north of Stockholm.
There is a shutle bus between Sotckholm station and the airport every 15 minutes in front the airport exit (Flybussarna). 70 Sk / 40 minutes
If you are pressed by the time you can take the Arlande Express Train. 120 Sk / 20 minutes or the taxi (350 Sk).
If you want more information (SAS): www.scandinavia.net
Coming to Stockholm? Coming by plane? Here is how to get into the city:
The two airports close to Stockholm are Arlanda and Skavsta. Arlanda is just north-west of Stockholm, som 40 kilomotres, and this is of course the biggest airport in Sweden, with both domestic and international departures and arrivals. Arlanda looks like a construction site, and is constantly the subject of alterations or extensions. It is a quite manageable airport though, you will find your way around.
To get into Stockholm from Arlanda there are basically three choices: taxi, train or bus. Bus will be the cheapest, about 7 US$, train costs a bit more, but is faster; 20 minutes compared to 40 minutes by bus.
The buses depart from just outside the entrance gates. Trains are accessed below ground level, you can follow the signs or ask your way. Taxis run from just outside the entrance. Buses and trains to Stockholm are really frequent.
Skavsta is located south of Stockholm and the bus ride here takes some 80 minutes. Buses depart from the airport to Stockholm and vice versa quite often and the fare is about 20US$.
We flew from Scotland to Stockholm with Ryanair who use Skavsta airport. Its further out of the city but flights were very cheap. Its also a nice small airport that you couldn't get lost in if you tried! Always a plus in my book. There are Ryanair run coaches to the City Terminalen bus station. Its 150 SEK return but they were running a 2 for 1 offer so it ended up only costing us 75SEK each