Located about 40km from Stockholm City, Stockholm Arlanda Airport is the largest airport in Sweden, and one of the largest in the Nordic countries. Serving almost 70 airlines flying to major destinations, Arlanda Airport is considered a major international gateway to the larger regions of Sweden. It is also noted for its certified climate work, with lower carbon emissions, water conservation, and energy efficiency ranking among its top priorities. Arlanda Airport has four terminals: Terminals 3 and 4 operate domestic flights, while Terminals 2 and 5 handle international flights.
The Airport can be reached from the city centre by a 20-minute ride on the high-speed Arlanda Express train, which stops underground, beneath the arrival terminals. Commuter trains travel 38 minutes to Arlanda Central Station in SkyCity, which is between Terminals 4 and 5. There are also long-distance SJ railway trains from the Lake Mälaren Valley around Stockholm and the countries Dalarna and Norrland. Flygbussarna Airport Coaches also connect the City Terminal to Arlanda Airport, taking about 40 minutes. In lieu of its environmental efforts, the Airport is served by eco-taxis. Due to unregulated fares, it is advisable to research on and use well-known services.
At the Airport, Arlanda Express can swiftly take you between Terminals 2, 3, and 5 at no cost. Alfa and Beta transfer buses also provide shuttles between terminals. Terminals 4 and 5 are closely linked by SkyCity, a space open to the general public.
What to do and see
For travellers here on short transit, Arlanda Airport has many spoils to offer. From luxury boutiques to toys for the children, any amount of last-minute shopping can be done here. Play areas abound to keep the kids entertained, while a range of services like hairdressers and a chapel are also provided.
To spend some more time discovering Stockholm before your flight, head to Djurgården 26.5km from the Airport. A tiny island likened as the city’s Central Park, here is where you can visit the Tivoli Amusement Park and the outdoor Vasa Museum. Rent a bicycle for a breezy ride around the island, stroll along the waterfront, or go skiing in this serene island in the winter.
About 28km from Arlanda Airport is the historic Uppsala Castle, easily the most popular attraction of Uppsala. Built in the 16th Century, this castle was the site of many events in Swedish history. Trace the records and tales of the country’s rise as a European power in this castle, which is now the Uppsala Art Museum. The Castle sits atop a hill peak, giving its visitors a handsome view of the surrounding city of Uppsala.
If you’re spending the night at the Airport, retire to a unique form of comfort at Jumbo Stay, the world’s only hotel that puts you up in a genuine jumbo jet. The grounded aircraft is divided into rooms tailored to different types of travellers, with its cockpit lined with the luxuries of a television room and sun terrace. Jumbo Stay has its own Jumbo Bar and souvenir shop to remember your interesting visit by. Grab a coffee and enjoy the view from the jet’s built-in viewing terrace.