Stockholm: Travel Tips
By OUTTraveler Editors
GETTING TO STOCKHOLM
Stockholm is located at the heart of Scandinavia, with all of the region's important cities within comfortable reach. Stockholm has four international airports, all easily accessible to Stockholm Central Station. From these, all the major cities of northern Europe can be reached in less than two hours. Stockholm Arlanda airport is the major gateway for international air travel to Sweden. SAS flies nonstop from Chicago and New York (Newark) and has connecting flights from over 60 cities in the US. Check the Civil Aviation Authority's web site for all airlines that serve Stockholm.
Stockholm can easily be reached from Finland and the Baltic countries by large, high standard passenger and car ferries (think good food, shopping and entertainment) that berth at their own terminals close to the city center. The trip takes passengers through the spectacular Stockholm archipelago, with its 30,000 islands.
Rail travel from Copenhagen and the Continent to Stockholm is quick and comfortable. Journey times have been shortened with the opening of the Öresund bridge between Denmark and Sweden, which carries both rail and road traffic. Air travel between Stockholm and Malmö or Stockholm and Gothenburg has faced strong competition from the X 2000 high-speed train. The journey time by train from Malmö is around 4½ hours and around 3 hours from Gothenburg.www.sj.se
By Car or Coach
Visitors driving from Denmark can use the Öresund toll bridge between Copenhagen and Malmö. Another option is the 20 minute car ferry from Helsingør in Denmark to Helsingborg in Sweden. The bridge and the car ferry connect with the E4, a 550 km (340 mile) motorway to Stockholm.
TRAVEL WITHIN STOCKHOLM
The compact city means that most destinations are within walking distance and the city can easily be explored just by walking. But convenient, fast, and reliable public transportation options are readily available, from commuting ferries that also provide the added bonus of seeing Stockholm from the water to old-fashioned atmospheric trams.
The Stockholm Card
The Stockholm Card gives a great deal for discovering and getting around Stockholm. It gives access to unlimited use of all public transport (SL), sightseeing by boat, and 80 of the most popular attractions and museums. Info and prices, www.visitstockholm.com/en/stockholmcard/.
Travel to and From the Airport
Arlanda Express Train: The fastest, most convenient way to get from the airport to the center of Stockholm, the airport express train runs between Arlanda and Central Station with departures every 15 minutes. The trip takes just 20 minutes and the fare is SEK 280 one way. Look out for special offers.
Taxi and limousine: Always ask for fixed taxi rates, which range from SEK 440 to 475 from Arlanda to the city center.
The Stockholm Metro is almost 110 km long and has been called the world's longest art exhibition. In some 90 of the 100 metro stations, travelers can enjoy sculptures, mosaics,
paintings, installations, engravings and relief work. The blue line is especially worth seeing.
Buses are a great way to discover Stockholm. Many buses use environmentally friendly fuel such as ethanol and are easy to board and get off. Two lines popular with tourists are # 47(to Djurgården, passing attractions such as the Vasa Museum and Skansen Open Air Museum) and # 69(to the Kaknäs Tower).
The commuter rail system serves the entire county, from Märsta, 40 km north of Stockholm, to Nynäshamn, 55 km south of the city. Märsta also connects to Arlanda Airport by public transport, providing an additional option for the budget traveler.
Travel on old tramcars from the 1920s to 1940s while enjoying some of the most striking sights of Stockholm. The “Djurgårdslinjen” Museum Tram runs from Norrmalmstorg in the city center to the beautiful island Djurgården. There is daily service during the summer months and weekend service most of the year. www.ss.se
The Djurgården ferries serve Stockholm's inner harbor and are part of the city's public transport network. SL travel cards are valid on the harbor ferries between Slussen, Gamla Stan (the Old Town) and Djurgården, while the Stockholm Card is valid on the ferries between Nybroviken and Djurgården. Single tickets can also be purchased before boarding.
Taxi and limousine service
Always check the fare before departure — taxis from the main companies always display the name of the driver and the car identification in the front window. In addition to the main companies there are many small independent taxi companies. Visitors should be careful about using unauthorized taxis.
Taxi 020: +46202020 20, +4688504 00, www.taxi020.se
Taxi Stockholm: +4681500 00, www.taxistockholm.se
Taxi Kurir: +4683000 00, www.taxikurir.se
TopCab: +4683333 33, www.topcab.com
Flygtaxi: To and from airports only. (from Sweden) 0209797 97, (from abroad) +46844181 37, www.flygtaxi.se
Most international commercial firms and local operators have offices in Stockholm. The only documentation needed is a national driving license and a valid passport, which must be shown when signing the rental contract.