From & to Arlanda Airport: Stockholm Arlanda Airport (ARN) is located about 45 km northeast of the city center. Yellow buses, called Alfa and Beta, run between the airport’s terminals and parking lots free of charge.
The Arlanda Express train is the quickest way to get into the city. SL commuter trains can also get you to Stockholm Central Station quickly, but aren’t as easy to navigate. The Flygbussarna Airport Coach bus is an easy option, but can be a bit slower. Taxis and ride services are fast and convenient, but more expensive. Taking SL public transport buses to commuter trains isn’t recommended due to how long it takes.
Taxi: Taxis can be hailed throughout Stockholm, but it’s best to agree on a price before starting your trip. Taxis in Stockholm are deregulated, so prices can be steep if you’re not careful. The fare should be visible on the meter, and it’s recommended that you get a receipt.
Companies in town include:
– Taxi Stockholm (+46 8 15 00 00)
– Taxi Kurir (+46 8 15 00 00)
– Taxi 020 (+46 20 20 20 20)
Public Transport: Storstockholms Lokaltrafik, known as SL (+46 8-600-10-00) operates the city’s system of metro trains, buses, commuter trains and trams, as well as some ferries and boats. The website has timetables, maps and ticketing information.
The T-banan (metro) is the quickest way to get around most of the city. Djurgården island has no metro but can be reached by tram, ferry or bus. The city’s most widely used ferry service is the Djurgården ferry running between Gamla Stan, Skeppsholmen and Djurgården. The commuter train, run by SL Pendeltåg, is not generally useful for visitors.
Driving: Few residents use cars in the city center, due to Stockholm’s compact size and excellent public transport system, and also because driving can be confusing due to the large number of one-way and closed-off streets.
Finding parking spots on the street can be a challenge, but there are many central parking lots, which charge around 60–90 SEK per hour.
On foot: Stockholm’s compact size and generally flat terrain make it an easy city to navigate on foot. Walking is also an ideal way to get a feel for the city and to enjoy its waterfront views.
Popular waterside strolls include those along Strandvägen boulevard in Östermalm, the Norr Mälarstrand on Kungsholmen island, the loop of the small central island of Skeppsholmen, and all along the southern edge of Södermalm. On Djurgården, numerous footpaths weave through leafy parkland and past major visitor attractions. Many of the narrow cobblestone streets in Gamla Stan (Old Town) are pedestrianized.
By bike: Many Stockholmers use bicycles to get around, even in the coldest months. Most city streets have bike lanes.
The central island of Djurgården is a popular place for a leisurely bike ride, with various cycling paths threading through parkland and along the water.
City Bikes (+46 77-444-24-24), Stockholm’s bike-sharing program, is available between April 1 and October 31. Bikes can be borrowed for 3 hours and returned to any City Bike station. Three-day and season City Bike cards can be purchased at newspaper kiosks, hotels and tourist offices. Season cards can also be purchased at a discount online, and cost around 250 SEK, while the 3-day cards cost about 165 SEK.