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Stockholm is one of the most beautiful Scandinavian cities, spread out over 14 islands in Lake Malaren. Its grand public buildings, rich cultural history, museums, castles and an old town dating back to the 13th century are well contrasted by a host of trendy bars, world class restaurants, modern galleries and exclusive boutiques. Summer months from June – August are the best time to visit Stockholm. With daylight till almost 10 p.m. and temperatures around 20 degrees Celsius, this is also the high season and an expensive time to visit. March – May and September – October are cooler months with average temperatures of 9 – 10 degrees Celsius. Airfare and room rates will also be cheaper and if you want to avoid the busy season, the shoulder months of spring or autumn may be a good time to visit. Winters are harsh and the sun sets as early as 3 p.m. Visit in winter only if you are interested in winter sports or keen to enjoy a picturesque Christmastime in Stockholm.
Direct international airlines flying between the UK to Stockholm include British Airways, Norwegian Air International, easyJet, SAS, Ryanair, Norwegian, and Monarch. Other options with layovers are available with KLM, Aeroflot, Aegean Airlines, Lufthansa, Icelandair, Czech Airlines, Air France, Vueling Airlines, WOW air, Finnair, Pegasus Airlines, and many more.
There are several travel options from Stockholm Airport to downtown Stockholm.
Flygbussarna buses between Stockholm Arlanda and the Stockholm city centre run every 10 minutes during most times of the day. The route has bus stops along the motorway and at St. Eriksplan. A single trip costs 119 SEK per adult and a full paying adult can bring up to 4 children (up to age 16) free of charge.
Arlanda Express trains run non-stop between Stockholm Arlanda Airport and Stockholm Central station in 20 minutes. A single ride costs 280 SEK for adults from 26 years upwards and 150 SEK for youth between 8 – 25 years.
Taxis are available directly outside all terminals. Pricing is deregulated and operating companies decide their own rates, so choose the taxi company that suits you best. The unit prices are typically indicated by large black figures on a yellow background. Stockholm city falls within the marked zone where the maximum price for trips is 675 SEK and most taxi companies charge between 450 – 500 SEK for a trip to the city centre.
All major car rental companies are present at Stockholm. You can use the airport transfer buses to travel from your arrival terminal to the car rental offices free of charge. You can also find the best deals for car rentals with momondo.
Buses, Trains and Trams
Stockholm Public Transport, SL, has a punctual and efficient system including buses, underground trains, commuter trains, trams and certain ferry lines in Greater Stockholm. Bus #69 bus or tram #7 that go out to Djurgården are good ways to get around and explore major attractions in Stockholm. For multiple trips, consider buying the 24-hour, 72-hour or 7-day cards which allow free travel in all zones. The Stockholm underground is also known as the world’s longest art gallery due to the works of different artists adorning many of the stations.
There are many taxi companies to choose from and approved taxis with metered fares always bear yellow number plates. While fares are not regulated, the highest unit price for most taxis will be 290 – 390 SEK. Remember that the price indicated on the yellow label of the taxi is based on a 10-kilometre, 15-minute journey.
Stockholm is a highly environment-conscious city with great emphasis on sustainable living and eco-friendliness. It boasts of numerous biking lanes and paths. Through City Bikes, you can borrow a bike from any of their 140 public-sites with a 3-day pass which costs 165 SEK. Rent a Bike allows hourly rental for a city bike at 80 SEK per hour and mountain bike at 100 SEK per hour but requires a 3000 SEK deposit.
Stockholm is a city built on islands; hence ferries are a fantastic way to experience the main areas, Djurgården and Hammarby Sjöstad, providing a scenic alternative to the bus. There are ample departures from Nybroviken and Slussen.
UK citizens must have a passport, but no visa is required for up to 90 days. Passport endorsed British Citizens, European Communities, British Dependent Territories Citizens or British Subjects only need a passport.
For foreign nationals, please check the Schengen Visa Info website.
If you happen to visit Stockholm during the mid-summer holidays, you will find the city quiet as most locals head to the countryside to celebrate the break with family and friends. If you want to be part of the festivities, you should definitely visit Skansen, which hosts several traditional events such as binding birch wreaths, raising the leafy maypole, several games, and folk music and dance. If your itinerary allows time for the “non-touristy” things to do, stroll along the water on Strandvägen, the most glamorous street in the city, visit the ultimate hipster Hornstull Marknad flea market, wander about at the Rosendals Tradgard,a plant nursery cum café in the heart of Djurgarden or discover a hidden part of Stockholm at the old paint factory, Fargfabriken, which is now a cultural feast of art, architecture, parties and club nights. Avoid staying at Gamla Stan where room rates and restaurant prices tend to be more than what they would be elsewhere in the city.