Getting from Arlanda Airport to Downtown Stockholm

So you’ve touched down, been to the bathroom and breezed through passport control. Welcome to Stockholm! All that’s left for you to do is get into the city centre.

The good news is that there are a few different options available for the 40km journey from Arlanda to Stockholm’s downtown area – some are cheaper than others, but all of them will get you into the centre in less than an hour. Read on to find the option that suits you best, whether you’re looking for the cheapest or fastest option!

Getting from Arlanda to Stockholm city

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The fastest way: take the train

If you’re in a rush and need to get from Stockholm Arlanda to the city centre as fast as possible, the speedy Arlanda Express trains are a good choice. The modern carriages will whizz you from the airport to Stockholm’s main train station in just 20 minutes.

Tickets for the Arlanda airport shuttle are on the pricey side, though: if you’re 26 or older you’ll pay a whopping 280 SEK for a one-way ticket. Decent discounts are available online if you book a long way in advance (order tickets 90 days ahead for the very best price).

Cheaper SJ trains make the same journey in around 21 minutes. You can buy tickets for these trains on the ACP Rail website (search for ‘Stockholm Arlanda Airport to Stockholm Central’).

The cheapest way: take public transport

Not worried about time and just want to get into Stockholm city centre as cheaply as possible? Take the public bus! This option isn’t the fastest (it takes about an hour to reach central Stockholm), but with a one-way journey costing as little as 31 SEK, it’s by far the cheapest way to get into the city.

Bus #583 departs from outside Terminal 5 at Arlanda every 15 minutes or so, bound for Märsta station. Get off when you reach Märsta (this part takes around 15 minutes) and then switch to a 42X commuter train heading for Nynäshamn. The bus stops right by the train station, making transfers quick and easy.

The commuter train stops at Solna and Stockholm Odenplan, before arriving at Stockholm City (it’s the last stop, so you really can’t miss it). You can make this whole journey using a single public transport ticket – this guide has all the info you need to get a ticket.

Cheap direct option: hop on the airport bus

The cheapest direct transfer we’ve found is by Bus4You/Nettbuss. The journey takes 45 minutes but goes straight from Arlanda to City Terminalen in the middle of town. One-way tickets cost as little as 59 SEK and can be bought online. The site appears in Swedish first but there’s a button that lets you translate it into English.

Alternatively, special airport buses run from Arlanda to the main bus terminal in the centre of Stockholm, with departures every 10–15 minutes from around 4am–10pm. One-way tickets cost 119 SEK and can be bought on the bus (credit and debit cards only). Want to buy your ticket before you arrive? You can buy online through Viator.

The bus ride from Arlanda to the city takes around 45 minutes and there’s free wifi onboard. Apart from the main route, there are also Flybussarna services to less central parts of Stockholm, including Hornstull and Kungsholmen.


The laziest way: grab a taxi

Taking a taxi isn’t the quickest option and because of the rip-off costs involved we’d suggest giving it a miss. The 35-minute ride from the airport is very expensive – on average you can expect to pay around 520 SEK ($65) for a one-way journey to Gamla Stan.

There’s also a small chance that you might end up getting scammed (the city’s taxi market is not regulated and drivers have been known to overcharge tourists on the way into Stockholm from Arlanda).

That said, a taxi might be worth considering if you’re sharing the journey with a few friends, or have a lot of luggage and want to avoid carrying your bags onto a bus or a train. To find a cab simply head to the rank outside the airport. Try to agree a price with the driver at the front of the queue. If the first person you speak with won’t give you a fixed price (fast pris in Swedish) just try another driver.

Uber has arrived in Stockholm but fares are pretty much identical to regular taxis, so unless you have a good coupon code you won’t save a lot of cash.




The VIP way: take private van (or helicopter)

Luxurious private vans are available to book online.

Need to travel from Arlanda to Stockholm even faster? You can always charter a helicopter with this company, which has a helipad right in the middle of the city, in Gamla Stan.

The long-term alternative: join a car club

If you fly to Arlanda several times a year then you might want to consider joining a car club. There are a few with vehicles based at Arlanda, which you can then drive into the city – try Sunfleet and Car2Go.

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Actually the cheapest way to to take the commuter train from Central Station to Märsta and then bus 583 to the Arlanda airport. It cost a regular metro ticket price. If you have a 24hr, 72 hr or 7-day pass, it’s included, so no additional fee.