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Skeppsholmen bridge, Stockholm
 

Practical info Stockholm, Sweden

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. Driving in Stockholm is easy compared to most large cities, and drivers need to be aware of toll passages and an overall scarcity of parking. Walking or cycling are often the best options for sightseeing in the city centre. 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. Stockholm has a broadly continental climate, with warm summers and cold winters, but given its northerly position the weather is milder than many visitors expect. The climate in Stockholm is tempered by the mild Atlantic currents, but the city is also exposed to cold fronts from the north and east.

Time

GMT +1 (GMT +2 from the last Sunday in March to 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 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. Sweden is an almost cashless society so most major credit cards are accepted throughout Sweden, while mobile payment apps are very popular.

Communication

The country code for Sweden is +46. There is good coverage across the country for mobile telephones, and many Swedish networks are partnered with international providers to ensure seamless connectivity. Internet cafes can be found in all the cities and towns and public wifi is available in certain areas.

Emergency number

112 (General).

Travel documents and health

Everything about travel documents

Everything about health and KLM Health Services

Public holidays

Climate

Stockholm-Arlanda International Airport

www.swedavia.com/arlanda

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 from the airport to Stockholm Central Station takes 20 minutes. 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. 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.