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Stockholm

Skeppsholmen bridge, Stockholm

Practical Info about Stockholm

Getting around the city

Stockholm is easy to navigate, with an excellent public transport system made up of buses, metro lines, trams, and ferries. The metro is generally the most convenient way of getting around the city. Tickets are valid for all types of transport and can be purchased from stations and newsagent kiosks. One and three-day passes are good deals for those planning to travel a lot, and the Stockholm Card provides free public transport and free entry to many museums for tourists. Metered taxis are available but are among the most expensive in the world. Driving in Stockholm is easy compared to most large cities, but drivers need to be aware of toll passages and an overall scarcity of parking.

Time

GMT +1 (GMT +2 from the last Sunday in March to the Saturday before the last Sunday in October).

Electricity

Electric current is 230 volts, 50Hz. Standard European two-pin plugs are used.

Currency

The Swedish monetary unit is the Kronor/Krona or Crown (SEK), which is divided into 100 öre. Banks exchange money during business hours from Monday to Friday. At other times money can be changed at airports, ferry terminals, post offices and Forex exchange offices, which are open daily. There are numerous ATMs throughout the country, most of which accept MasterCard and Visa. Most major credit cards are widely accepted for payment throughout Sweden.

Communication

The country code for Sweden is +46. Public telephones are available and there is good coverage across the country for mobile telephones, which use different GSM 900 and 1800 networks. Internet cafes can be found in all the cities and towns.

Emergency number

Emergencies: 112

Visa and health information

Everything about visa and health information

Public holidays

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2015 2016
New Years Day 1 Jan 1 Jan
Epiphany 6 Jan 6 Jan
Good Friday 3 Apr 25 Mar
Easter Monday 6 Apr 28 Mar
Labour Day 1 May 1 May
Ascension Day 29 May 14 May
Whit Sunday 24 May 15 May
Swedish National Day 6 Jun 6 Jun
Midsummer Eve 20 Jun 19 Jun
All Saints Day 31 Oct 5 Nov
Christmas Day 25 Dec 25 Dec
Boxing Day 26 Dec 26 Dec
New Years Eve 31 Dec 31 Dec

Climate

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Stockholm has a humid continental climate, with mild to warm temperatures in summer, and winters that are cold, but not as cold as many foreigners expect. In the coldest winter months, between December and February, average temperatures range from about 14°F (−10°C) to 30°F (−1°C), although temperatures do sometimes drop to below −4°F (−20°C). Average temperatures in summer, between June and August, range between 55°F (13°C) and 77°F (25°C), but temperatures can reach 86°F (30°C). Snowfall usually occurs from January to March, and temperatures are cold enough that visitors will want to pack really warm clothes. Rainfall can occur throughout the year, though the summer months of July and August tend to be the wettest. Stockholm receives about 18 hours of daylight in midsummer, and only six hours in midwinter.

Stockholm-Arlanda International Airport

www.arlanda.com

Getting to the city

For those travelling to and from the airport there are many alternative modes of transport including high-speed trains (Arlanda Express) and airport coaches/buses (Flygbussarna), as well as commuter and long-distance trains. Long-distance SJ trains leave from Arlanda Central Station, where the SJ railway company offers long-distance train tickets and schedule information. The Arlanda Express train to Stockholm Central Station runs roughly every hour between 5am and 1am daily. Buses go to the city roughly every 10 minutes, taking about 40 minutes to make the journey. Taxis and rental cars are also available.

Car rental

Car rental companies represented at the airport include Avis, Europcar and Hertz.

Airport taxi's

Taxis are available directly outside all terminals at the airport. Most taxi companies offer a fixed rate for the trip to the city centre, which should take about half an hour.

Transfer between terminals

Complimentary shuttles operate between the terminals.

Facilities

The airport is well supplied with banks, bureaux de change, ATMs, restaurants, bars and shops. The SkyCity centre inside the airport complex provides every conceivable amenity for travellers, including a luxury hotel and health club. All the terminals have lounge areas with power points for recharging mobile phones and laptop computers.

Parking

Parking is accessible from all four terminals. Costs range from SEK 50 to SEK 80 per hour, and SEK 130 to SEK 360 per day. There are discounts for booking online in advance, and as prices range dramatically depending on the parking lot it is advised to visit the website to find out which parking best suits your needs.

Internet

Free wifi is available for three hours in the airport.