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Stockholm archipelago

While many of them can be reached by road, others need a ferry. Many of those ferries call at central Stockholm.

38km

Ekerö

known freshwater archipelago in Lake Mälaren, with two World Heritage Sites: Drottningholm Palace (the residence of the Royal Family) and Viking Age settlement Birka. Drottningholm is 10 km from central Stockholm, and can be reached by public transportation within 30 minutes, or a 1-hour ferry trip.

16km

Sigtuna

a quaint town near Arlanda Airport, 40 km north of Stockholm.

37km

Norrtälje

and vast forests.

60km

Stockholm's northern suburbs

including three slopes for downhill skiing, and Viking Age heritage.

Södertörn

especially the Tyresta National Park, and the Nynäshamn port city.

37km

Södertälje

30km

Go next (Uppsala County)

Uppsala

city in Uppsala County, Sweden

63km

Uppsala County

county (län) In Sweden

78km

Go next (Farther away)

Gävle

and the famous straw goat during December.

156km

Södermanland County

such as Strängnäs and Mariefred and Trosa.

85km

Gotland

reachable by plane from Bromma Airport, or by ferry from Nynäshamn.

209km

Turku

reached by day or overnight ferry.

265km

Helsinki

reached by overnight ferry or airplane.

396km

Norrköping

urban area in Norrköping Municipality, Sweden

135km

Södertälje

urban area in Södertälje Municipality, Sweden

30km

Solna

Sundsvall

urban area in Sundsvall Municipality, Sweden

343km

Oslo

capital city and county in Norway

417km

Enköping

urban area in Enköping Municipality, Sweden

65km

Norrtälje

urban area in Norrtälje Municipality, Sweden

60km

Göteborg

Tallinn

capital of Estonia

378km

Sights

Gamla stan

urban district in Stockholm, Sweden

Norrmalm

urban district in Stockholm, Sweden

Stockholm Palace

royal palace in Stockholm, Sweden

Storkyrkan

Church of Sweden cathedral in Stockholm, Sweden

Riddarholm Church

medieval church building in Stockholm, Sweden

Drottningholm

urban area in Ekerö Municipality, Sweden

Ekerö

urban area in Ekerö Municipality, Sweden

Solna Municipality

municipality in Stockholm County, Sweden

Östermalm

urban district in central Stockholm

Södermalm

island and urban district in Stockholm, Sweden

Söderort

all urban districts south of Årstaviken, Stockholm, Sweden

Ericsson Globe

indoor ice hockey venue in Stockholm, Sweden

Stockholm Arlanda Airport

international airport serving Stockholm, Sweden

Uppsala

city in Uppsala County, Sweden

Kaknästornet

TV- and radio-tower in Stockholm, Sweden

Stockholm City Hall

municipal building in Stockholm, Sweden

Kungsholmen

island in the Lake Mälaren in Stockholm, Sweden

Swedish History Museum

museum in Stockholm, Sweden

Skeppsholmen

island of Stockholm, Sweden

Djurgården

island and urban district in Stockholm, Sweden

Vasa Museum

museum in Stockholm, Sweden

Nordic Museum

museum in Stockholm, Sweden

ABBA: The Museum

museum on Djurgården in Stockholm, Sweden

Lidingö

urban area in Lidingö Municipality, Sweden

Birka

archaeological site on the island of Björkö in Sweden

Royal Institute of Art

art school in Stockholm, Sweden

Konstfack

art college in Sweden

Södertörn

peninsula in Sweden

Stockholm archipelago

archipelago north of Stockholm, Sweden

Eriksdalsbadet

Nacka

part of Stockholm, Sweden

Friends Arena

Association football stadium in Solna, Sweden

Hovet

indoor ice hockey venue in Stockholm, Sweden

Stockholm

capital of Sweden

Royal Dramatic Theatre

theater in Stockholm, Sweden

Stockholm City Theatre

theatre in Stockholm, Sweden

Stockholm International Fairs

Västerort

all urban districts west of Tranebergssund, Stockholm, Sweden

Gröna Lund

amusement park in Stockholm, Sweden

Junibacken

museum in Stockholm, Sweden

Täby Racecourse

Nackareservatet

a nature reserve in Sweden

Bornsjön

Millesgården

Fotografiska

Hop On - Hop Off Boat

Under the bridges of Stockholm

Royal Canal Tour

Historical Canal Tour

Stockholm Grand Tour

Stockholm Panorama

Talk of the town

BikeSweden

Someday

guide to

Stockholm

Stockholm is Sweden's capital and largest city, with nearly a million inhabitants in the city proper, and 2.3 million within Stockholm County. The inner city is made up of 14 islands across Lake Mälaren and three streams into the brackish Baltic Sea, with the Stockholm archipelago with some 24,000 islands, islets and skerries. Over 30% of the city area is made up of waterways, and another 30% is made up of green areas. Air and water are said to be the freshest of any European capital.

Arriving

Arlanda Airport

Arlanda Airport (ARN IATA) 40 km north of the city is Sweden's largest airport, and the destination for most flights to Sweden. It consists of four terminals under the same roof. There are several means of traveling between Stockholm and Arlanda:

By rail
The dedicated Arlanda Express Train leaves from the basement level of each terminal (Arlanda South/Södra and Arlanda North/Norra) and runs non-stop to Stockholm Central Station in 20 minutes, departing every 15 minutes during daytime. Tickets are sold at kiosks at the platform or on-line (100 kr surcharge for ticket purchase on board). One-way tickets cost 280 kr for adults, 140 kr for students, 150 kr for youths <26. Two-way tickets cost 540 kr for adults, 280 kr for students, 300 kr for youths <26. Discounted weekend return tickets are available on-line. The trains have free Wi-Fi.

Regular trains serve the airport through a third station, Arlanda Central, beneath Sky City between terminal 4 and 5. Commuter trains (pendeltåg) in Stockholm County are run by the public transport company SL (see also the #Get around) section. Line J38 of the commuter train from Uppsala C via Stockholm Central Station to Älvsjö (with Stockholm International Fairs) calling at all stations between, with peak hour services continuing to Huddinge and Tumba. The train runs twice an hour and takes 38 minutes to Stockholm Central Station. Tickets can be used and bought at the entrance to the station, though everyone over the age of 18 has to pay the Arlanda passage supplement fee of 75 kr for passing between the trains and the airport terminal at Arlanda. A one-way ticket including the Arlanda passage supplement fee to Stockholm city costs 125 kr (110 kr for people under 20 or over 65). For 210 kr (or 90 kr for youth) you get a 24-hour travel card (this is reduced to 190 kr for adults and 70 kr for youth if you already have an SL Access card). These prices all include the Arlanda passage supplement fee. See SL's web page for local transport tickets.

There are faster regional trains on the Linköping - Stockholm - Gävle route, which cost 278 kr (2nd class) to central Stockholm if bought on the spot, though if booked approximately 45 days in advance, they can be as cheap as 95 kr. They take 20 minutes, like the Arlanda Express, but only operate hourly (with several strange gaps). Also, many inter-city trains bound for cities such as Umeå, Mora or Östersund, call at Arlanda. It is not, however, permitted to use these trains to travel from the airport to central Stockholm. See SJ's web page for regional/intercity rail tickets.

By local bus and rail
The cheapest and usually slowest ride between Arlanda and Stockholm is by SL bus to Märsta, and changing to commuter train. Local bus 583 (from outside the terminals) connects the airport to Märsta railway station, connecting with frequent commuter trains (line J36 which arrives on platforms 15/16) to central Stockholm in 65 minutes, for a regular public transport fare, which is 60 kr for a one-way trip. Several kinds of discounted tickets can be purchased at the airport, making this route the cheapest, but the slowest, way to get to and from Arlanda; the pre-paid SL Access cards are valid for the whole journey. See Stockholm County#Public transport for more details on the SL services and ticketing system.

By airport coach
Flygbussarna company run frequent bus service between airport terminals 5, 4 and 2 (terminal 3 via terminal 2) and City Terminal (Cityterminalen), just next to the Central Station in 45 minutes. Adult single ticket cost 119 kr (99 kr for people under 25), and adult return ticket cost 215 kr (179 kr for people under 25) if purchased on-the-spot. There is a discount if you purchase your ticket online or with your smartphone (some devices have a smartphone-friendly ticket). Tickets can be bought from ticket machines at the stops at T5, T4 and T2, and in the arrivals halls at T5 and T4 and from some 7-Eleven shops. You can't buy tickets with cash on board, but credit cards are accepted and during normal hours agents sell tickets at the airport stop. They stop elsewhere in Solna (Ulriksdal/Järva Krog, Frösunda, Haga Norra, Haga Södra), and Vasastan (Norra Stationsgatan and Sankt Eriksplan) before arriving at Cityterminalen.

By taxi
Major taxi companies operate on a fixed price basis between Arlanda and central Stockholm. Prices at the taxi stands range from 450 kr (Transfer Taxi) to 520 kr. Generally, you can freely choose among the waiting taxis, or ask the operator for a specific company. Beware of the smaller, expensive, taxi companies. Each taxi has a yellow and white price tag (per 10 km and 15 minutes) on the right rear window; prefer cabs where the price is no more than 350 kr. A taxi ride to central Stockholm takes approximately 40 minutes. With some companies, you can get a lower price if you pre-book your ride. See the Taxi section below for some general advice on taxi travel in Stockholm.

By car
See the airport's webpage for information on car rental at Arlanda Airport.

Bromma Airport

Bromma Airport, (BMA IATA) (see Västerort for amenities) is a smaller airport 8 km west of central Stockholm, mainly used for domestic flights, but also Copenhagen, Aarhus, Oslo, Skien, Tallinn and Brussels.

From Bromma, airport coaches get you to the City Terminal at 79 kr, taking 20 min. Alternatively local bus 152 to Sundbyberg station, and from there a commuter train to Stockholm Central (25 min in total), for a basic public-transport fare.

Skavsta Airport

Skavsta Airport (NYO IATA) is 100 km (62 mi) southwest of Stockholm, at the outskirts of Nyköping, making this airport's branded name "Stockholm-Skavsta" rather far-fetched. The airport is mostly used by Ryanair and Wizzair, with flights from cities such as Belgrade, Berlin, Brussels, Budapest, Dublin, Edinburgh, London, Madrid, Rome, Tallinn, Vilnius, and Warsaw. Budget air travellers landing here might find the transfer costing more time and money than the flight.

The most practical option is Airport coaches to/from the City Terminal in Stockholm. Adults 139 kr online or 159 kr at the bus terminal one way; 278 kr online, 285 kr at the bus terminal round trip. The trip takes about 80 minutes. A sometimes cheaper option is to take take local bus 515 or 715 to Nyköping rail station (alight at Nyköping Centralstation), from where SJ regional trains (timetable, direct services run to stations marked in white) on the Linköping - Stockholm - (Gävle) route connect to Stockholm (Gävle trains also serve Arlanda, thus providing a direct rail connection to Arlanda airport). The fare starts 26 + 49 kr (16 + 49 kr for youth under 20) and tickets can be bought the following two ways:

Schedules for public transportation is available at the Resrobot webpage.

Västerås Airport

Västerås Airport (VST IATA) is 100 km west of Stockholm in Västerås, and serves Ryanair flights to/from London (Stansted). Like Skavsta, Västerås can be reached in two ways: Airport coaches go to/from the City Terminal in Stockholm. 139 kr one way, 249 kr round trip, takes about 80 minutes. Alternatively you can take the public taxi shuttle (order can be made online, but the site is as of 2016 in Swedish only) that runs between the airport and Västerås rail station in 6–7 minutes, departing from outside the terminal 20 minutes after each flight arrival and costing 50 kr one way. From there regional trains on the Stockholm - Västerås - Örebro - Hallsberg - Göteborg route (timetable, M-F = Mon-Fri, L = Sat, SoH = Sun + holidays) connect to Stockholm in 53 min at a price of 59 kr, resulting in a total fare of 10 kr. Total travel time Västerås Airport - Stockholm is 65 minutes, but this option is as much as 25 minutes faster, since the airport coach departs 10 minutes later from the airport and arrives there 10 minutes earlier.

By train

Starting in 2018 and continuing until 2020, the tracks south of Stockholm Central Station are under repair during several summer weeks. During late June to mid-August, some trains are re-routed. Long-distance south-bound trains (including trains from Copenhagen, Gothenburg and Oslo) turn around at Stockholms Södra (on Södermalm). Regional turn around in Flemingsberg. North-bound trains operate as usual.

The main station, Stockholm Central (Norrmalm), serves both commuter and long-distance routes. It is in lower Norrmalm, connected to T-Centralen, the central hub for the Stockholm Metro, and Cityterminalen, the long-distance bus station. The national rail company SJ, has a store inside the station and a travel planner with ticket booking service on its web page.

Internationally, there are services from Copenhagen (Denmark) (5 hr) and Oslo (Norway) (4½-5 hr) with several direct connections daily. A daily sleeper train is available from Narvik (14 hr). From Trondheim, a quick change in Storlien and Sundsvall is needed (10 hr).

There are numerous direct domestic services to Stockholm from most major cities. There's high-speed SJ 2000 and SJ 3000 services from Gothenburg (3 hr), Malmö (4½ hr), Sundsvall (3½ hr) and Östersund (5 hr). Conventional trains mostly follow the same routes, and run slightly slower, but can slash prices considerably. Most other mid-sized cities in Sweden have a train connection with Stockholm. Malmö has an overnight service as do the northern cities of Luleå, Kiruna and Umeå. In fact, this service originates in the far northern Norwegian town of Narvik and offers spectacular views of Lapland along its journey to Stockholm.

A private service named Blå Tåget travels the route Gothenburg-Stockholm-Uppsala on weekends. It is s slower than regular trains, taking a lengthy 4½ hours to reach Stockholm, but has plush seatings and offers a free glass champagne in first class. Meals are served in a proper restaurant on board and Wi-Fi is included in the price.

By bus

The City Terminal is the main bus terminal, wall to wall with Stockholms Central, and the T Centralen metro station. There are multiple daily departures to most other cities in Sweden, as well as a few international routes. Swebus Express operates routes to Copenhagen and Oslo with several daily departures, and a twice-weekly service to Berlin. Eurolines has some departures to Copenhagen. Flexibus offer connections with Copenhagen, Hamburg, Hannover, Cologne, Wuppertal and Berlin among other cities.

By boat

Stockholm is served by international luxury cruise ships (see cruising the Baltic Sea), and the local Baltic Sea ferries ("ferry" is quite a misnomer, most are giant ships). The Baltic Sea ferries link Stockholm to Helsinki, Mariehamn and Turku (these ships are locally known as finlandsbåtar, "Finland boat"), Riga and Tallinn every day. They are by far the cheapest way to travel between these cities. Even if you intend to use the boats to travel to or from Stockholm, it is almost always cheaper to book a round-trip cruise (kryssning), which can be as cheap as 80 kr (!) for a full 4-person cabin and rarely (even for a weekend cruise in high season) exceeds 400 kr for the cheapest 4-bed cabin. A one-way ticket for a cabin, in comparison, usually exceeds 1000 kr.

There are three cruise ship terminals:

In northern Östermalm there are Värtahamnen and Frihamnen, one kilometre to the east from the former. These two are used by Tallink; Frihamnen for ships from Riga, Värtahamnen for ships from all other destinations (Turku, Helsinki, Tallinn, Mariehamn)

Värtahamnen is 400 metres from the Gärdet metro station; the route is signposted. For Frihamnen, go to T-Karlaplan, take bus 72 from the avenue to Filmhuset, and then bus 76 to Magasin 3, which is outside that terminal. If you have a lot of luggage, or if your cruise ship is docked at Magasin 9, you may want to consider other means of transport.

Stadsgårdshamnen, Stadsgården, is in Södermalm, with an astounding view of the inner port area. Most importantly, it's used by Viking Line for ferries to Mariehamn, Helsinki and Turku and their 22-hour cruises to Mariehamn. Also Birka Cruises make 22-hour cruises to Mariehamn, departing from Western Stadsgårdsterminalen, about 700 meters from Slussen (right in front of Viking's terminal). If you travel on a "real" cruise ship, such as Holland America Cruises you will probably also dock here.

To get there from the city center, go to T-Slussen and go for the bus terminal. Take the 401–422, 442–449 or 471 bus one single stop to Londonviadukten and the port will be on your left. Alternatively normal town buses 53 and 71 link Slussen and the Viking Line terminal, albeit via the backstreets. Public transport tickets are not sold on board buses, but the tourist office in the terminal sells them (at least day passes). Alternatively, you can walk to Slussen (it's little more than a kilometre) and buy the tickets you need there.

Yet another convenient but more expensive alternative is the shuttle buses operated by Flygbussarna that go directly from the terminal to the central bus station (Cityterminalen) in the city center. The price for a ticket on these are 55 kr (single) and 90 kr (return) and tickets are sold on board, at Flygbussarna's and Viking Line's booths in the bus station, and if you want to buy the ticket on the bus you can do it but only pay with a credit card. There are multiple departures from the port 15–60 minutes after the ferry arrives and from the station 1–3 hours before the ferry departs. If you are driving to the boat, follow the signs to Slussen, then Stadsgårdsterminalen (Slussen is confusing even for locals, so don't feel embarrassed if you end up spinning in the intersection a few times) and then Finland/Viking Line.

Some cruise ships call at Nynäshamn 50 km south of Stockholm. The ferry terminal is served by SL commuter trains. There are also buses which are slightly faster, costing 109 kr for adults.

By car

European routes E4, E18 and E20 converge in Stockholm. The few north-south bridges across lake Mälaren tend to be congested around rush hour. Roads in and around Stockholm are a toll zone (more exactly, "congestion tax"), and also foreign-registered vehicles are required to pay it – see more in the Get around section below.

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