A city of islands filled with an assortment of architectural and cultural gems, Stockholm offers an incredible landscape and a host of unique attractions. Summer months from June – August are the peak tourist season in Stockholm. Enjoy average temperatures of 65 – 70 degrees Fahrenheit and long days with the sun setting as late as 10.00 p.m. Participate in several festivals such as the Midsummer Festival celebrating Swedish culture, Taste of Stockholm festival of food, and Popaganda, a pop / rock music festival, amongst many others. Expect airfares and room rates to be at their highest during this time. The fall and spring seasons are chillier, with average highs barely reaching 50 – 60 degrees Fahrenheit. If you don’t mind the cool, crisp weather, visit between April – May or September – October, when the crowds are less and room rates are more reasonable. Winters are brutally cold; average temperatures fall as low as 20 – 25 degrees Fahrenheit, and days are much shorter, with the sun out for barely a few hours each day. However, this is a great time to get attractive deals on flights and hotels. You can also enjoy the year-end festivities, quaint Christmas markets, and the beautiful lighting and decorations if you travel to Stockholm around Christmas or New Year’s.
Direct international flights from the U.S. to Stockholm are offered by SAS and Norwegian. Other airlines that offer flights with 1 or more stops include British Airways, Lufthansa, Air China, Air India, Icelandair, Ethiopian Airlines, KLM, Austrian Airlines, Ukraine International, Delta Air Lines, Iberia, SATA, Air France, Finnair, Royal Air Maroc, Air France, American Airlines, Aeroflot, Air Siberia, Swissair, Brussels Airlines, Vueling Airlines, United Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Emirates, LOT, WOW, and Turkish Airlines.
ARN is located in the Sigtuna municipality of Sweden, near the town of Märsta, approximately 23 miles north of Stockholm city center. There are several options to travel from the airport to Stockholm. To travel between the airport terminals 2, 3, and 5, use the Arlanda Express for free.
Flygbussarna-operated Airport Coach buses run between Stockholm Arlanda Airport and the Stockholm city center every 10 minutes during most of the day. The route has stops along the motorway and at St Eriksplan. Adult one-way fare is 99 SEK and the ride takes approximately 45 minutes.
Shared ride vans and shuttles
For more flexible options, Flygbussarna offers a Door to Gate service that takes you to your exact destination. The rides cost 289 SEK per person for a shared ride van or 979 SEK for a non-stop van or shuttle.
The Arlanda Express provides a non-stop service between the airport and Stockholm with a ride time of 20 minutes. Buy your tickets at the airport’s information desks or from the Arlanda Express self-service machines. The adult one-way fare is 280 SEK.
You can also ride the-SL operated commuter trains to reach Stockholm. Trains depart from Arlanda Central Station in SkyCity which is located between Terminals 4 and 5. The journey time to Stockholm Central Station is 38 minutes, and the one-way fare costs 151 SEK, including a passage fee that is applicable for passing to and from all trains and the airport.
Taxis are available outside all terminals. Since the fares are regulated, the maximum price for reaching any destination in Stockholm, or the neighboring town of Uppsala is 675 SEK. Many of the taxi companies offer a fixed price of 450 – 500 SEK for a trip to Stockholm city center and the ride time is approximately 35 – 40 minutes.
Most of the car rental offices are located at the airport’s on-premise car rental area, except for Sixt which is located off the airport and can be reached via the complimentary parking bus Alfa. To get to the other rental car counters, use the airport provided parking bus Beta from Terminals 2, 4, and 5. Try looking for deals on car rentals with momondo.
Stockholm is fairly big and it’s not possible to explore the entire city on foot. However, some of the popular tourist attractions such as Gamla Stan (Old Town), Djurgården island park, and the Fotografiska museum are within a couple of miles from each other. Walking is a convenient option to visit these places. For reaching other parts of the city, here are the various options for transportation.
Stockholm Public Transport, SL, operates an efficient system of buses, underground trains, commuter trains, trams and certain ferry lines in Greater Stockholm. You can opt for a single journey ticket that is valid for unlimited travel on all SL services for 75 minutes. The adult fare is 44 SEK. You can also consider investing in a 24-hour travelcard for 125 SEK or a 72-hour travelcard for 250 SEK and enjoy unlimited travel across all SL transportation for the duration of the card. Don’t miss exploring the Stockholm underground, which is known as the world’s longest art gallery due to the works of different artists adorning many of the stations.
Several taxi companies operate in the city and offer metered fares. You can easily identify an authorized taxi by its yellow number plates. While fares are not regulated for the city rides, the highest unit price for most taxis will be 290 – 390 SEK. Do make a note that the price indicated on the yellow label of the taxi is based on a 10-kilometer, 15-minute journey. Rideshare options such as Uber are also easily available throughout the city.
Stockholm is a highly environment-conscious city and prides itself on its sustainable living and eco-friendly initiatives. The city has a number of dedicated cycling lanes and paths. Between April – September, you can make use of the bike-share program, City Bikes. A 3-day pass costs 165 SEK and allows you access to over 140 bike stations with a maximum ride time of 3 hours per ride.
One of the most beautiful Scandinavian cities spread out over 14 islands in Lake Malaren, Stockholm features grand public buildings, rich history and culture, a plethora of museums and castles, and a quaint, old town dating back to the 13th century. The city also offers a host of trendy bars, restaurants, and exclusive boutiques. Here are a few suggestions to get a true taste of Stockholm.
Go off the beaten path
If you wish to include some off-the-beaten-path activities in your itinerary, stroll near the waterside along Strandvägen, the most glamorous street in the city. Make a trip to Hornstull Marknad, a stylish flea market that takes place every Saturday & Sunday from April until the end of September. Wander about at the Rosendals Tradgard plant nursery-cum-café in the heart of Djurgården. Explore hidden parts of Stockholm at Fargfabriken, an old paint factory that now functions as a cultural feast of art and architecture. Be a part of unique cultural festivities such as binding birch wreaths, raising the leafy maypole, several games, and folk music and dance when you visit Skansen. Skansen is the first open-air museum and zoo in Sweden and is located on the island Djurgården in Stockholm.