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 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 under 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 295 SEK for a one-way ticket.

Decent discounts are available online for advance bookings, however. If you book at least seven days ahead, you can get the Early Bird Simple rate (it’s non-flexible and non-refundable), which brings the fare down to a more reasonable 195 SEK.

In addition, you can get good youth rates on the Arlanda Express. Those aged 8–25 pay 165 SEK one-way, though you’ll need to show proof of your age.

SJ trains also make the same journey in around 20 minutes. They are usually cheaper than the Arlanda Express, unless you’re able to book the advance rate. Under 25s also get discounted fares.

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 public transport.

The local commuter stopping train runs from Arlanda Central to Stockholm City station, next door to Stockholm Central. It takes around 40 minutes and costs 152 SEK. Timetables and tickets are available online.

But the very cheapest way of all is to take the public bus. This isn’t the fastest option (it takes about an hour to reach central Stockholm), but with a one-way journey costing as little as 32 SEK, it’s certainly the cheapest way to get into the city.

And discount rates for under 20s and full-time students with a valid ID start at 22 SEK.

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 #41 or #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 bus transfer we’ve found is by Flixbus. The journey takes 40–45 minutes depending on the time of day and goes straight from Arlanda to City Terminalen in the middle of town. Buses run every 30 minutes or so from 6.30am–11.15pm.

One-way tickets cost from as little as 48 SEK and can be bought online. Bear in mind that the fare increases the more seats are sold, so at busy times you’ll pay a lower price if you can book in advance.

The fare includes one piece of luggage, plus one piece of hand luggage, though you can buy additional bags for around 20 SEK.

In addition, Flygbussarna airport buses run from Arlanda to the main bus terminal in the centre of Stockholm, with round the clock departures.

They leave every 10–15 minutes from around 6.30am–midnight, less frequently through the night. The ride from Arlanda to the city takes around 45 minutes and there’s free wifi onboard.

One-way tickets cost 99 SEK and can be bought online in advance or on the bus (credit and debit cards only). Alternatively, you can can buy online through Viator.


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 and no faster than the train.

Most taxi companies have fixed rate fares of between 500–600 SEK into the centre of the city, so a one-way journey to Gamla Stan is likely to set you back around 550 SEK (£46).

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.

Just starting your trip? Don’t forget your insurance!

Stockholm is a safe place but you still need travel insurance. A good policy can make a world of difference if things go wrong. For lots of different reasons, including the fact that they will cover you even if your trip has already started, we recommend World Nomads. You can get a quick quote below:


See also:

Surviving a layover at Stockholm Arlanda
The Stockholm Pass: is it worth buying?
110 cheap and free things to do in Stockholm

 

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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.