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About Stockholm

The capital of Sweden, Stockholm is the most populated city of all the Nordic countries. As a result, it has become a significant cultural and economic center for the country and region. It is sometimes even referred to as "the capital of Scandinavia". Stockholm is located in the southeast of Sweden and is formed out of 14 islands right where the Baltic Sea meets Lake Mälaren. The city is abundant with natural space as 60% of the geographical area of Stockholm is comprised of luscious green parks, forest or water. Its archipelago is the second largest in the Baltic Sea and extends out much further than the city itself.

Quick Guide to Stockholm

  • Must Know: Stockholm's public transportation network is essential to traveling around the city outside of the Old Town
  • Must See: Visit the Vasa Museum to see the world's only almost fully intact 17th century ship
  • Must Do: Wander around the Old Town and see Stockholm's 13th Century Cathedral.
  • Did you know? Stockholm's subway is colloquially known as "the world’s longest art gallery"

How to Get to Stockholm

Stockholm Arlanda Airport is the main international airport serving the capital and is located about 37 km north of the city. It forms a major hub for Nextjet, Norwegian Air and Scandinavian Airlines. By far the easiest way to get to Stockholm Central is by taking the Arlanda Express train service. The journey takes about 20 minutes and costs SEK 260. A journey on the local commuter trains is also possible but takes nearly twice as long. For the cheapest method, visitors can take the bus 583 to Märsta and then to take the commuter rail service from there. There is also the option of taking one of the coaches operated by Flygbussarna, Swebus or SL which do a regular route to and from the airport.

Stockholm Skavsta Airport is an international airport located about 100 km south-west of Stockholm. Flygbussarna run hourly coach services to the city center that take around 90 minutes to complete the journey. The fare for this connection is SEK 149 one-way. Taxis must be booked in advance and take around 80 minutes to complete the journey, with an average price of around SEK 1.400.

Stockholm Central is the busiest train station in the country, and sees around 200,000 people onto their journeys every day. The station is comprised of 17 platforms and offers domestic and international trains. The major rail providers serving the station are SJ / Storstockholms Lokaltrafik. The station is right in the center of town. A selection of buses, metro trains and commuter trains are available for onward travel.

Cityterminalen is the largest bus station in the country and sees about 800 buses depart and arrive every day. Connections from here are available to practically all large cities and many smaller towns & villages throughout Sweden, as well as international connections. Major bus providers operating to and from the station include Swebus, Eurolines, Flygbussarna, and Nettbus. Cityterminalen is located next to the Central Station - putting it right in the center of the city. Further public transportation connections as well as taxis are available.

Getting to Stockholm

The SL public transport system is extensive and efficient with all different modes of transport covered, including boats. The metro system is often referred to as "the world's longest art gallery" and if you get off at Solna centrum station be sure to check out the moose! The system is very popular among both locals and tourists, and the T-Bana system covers most of the city. For the bits where it doesn't reach, buses are always an option. Overall, the SL has a zone system from A-C, which also covers the T-Bana network entirely.

Stockholm is a great city to cycle around and explore - especially in the summer. While the local population still only uses bicycles for 10% of their trips, there are bike lanes covering the entirety of the city. In general, these lanes are well marked and efficient. For those with a bike, don't worry, Stockholm is a very pedestrian friendly city. Areas like the Old Town are probably best explored on foot.

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