The capital of Sweden, Stockholm is the most populated city of all the Nordic countries. As a result, it has become a significant cultural and economic centre for country and region, with it even sometimes being referred to as "the capital of Scandinavia". Stockholm is located in the south-east of Sweden, and is formed out of 14 islands right where the Baltic Sea meets Lake Mälaren. The city is abundant with natural space as 60% of the geographical area of Stockholm is comprised of green areas or water. Its archipelago is the second largest in the Baltic Sea and extends out much further than the city itself.
Must Know: The public transport system is efficient and vast, making it easy for visitors to get around.
Must See: Visit the Vasa Museum to see the only almost fully intact 17th century ship ever to be uncovered.
Must Do: Wander around the Old Town and see the 13th Century Cathedral.
Did You Know: The city’s subway is know as the world’s longest art gallery.
Stockholm Arlanda Airport is the main international airport serving the capital and is located about 37km north of the city. It forms a major hub for Nextjet, Norwegian Air and Scandinavian Airlines. By far the easiest way to get to Stockholm Central is by taking the Arlanda Express train service. The journey takes about 20 minutes and costs SEK 260. A journey on the local commuter trains is also possible but takes nearly twice as long. For the cheapest method, visitors can take the bus 583 to Märsta and then to take the commuter rail service from there. There is also the option of taking one of the coaches operated by Flygbussarna, Swebus or SL which do a regular route to and from the airport.
Stockholm Skavsta Airport is an international airport located about 100km south-west of Stockholm. Flygbussarna run hourly coach services to the city centre that take around 90 minutes to complete the journey. The fare for this connection is SEK 149 one-way. Taxis must be booked in advance and take around 80 minutes to complete the journey, with an average price of around SEK 1.400.
Stockholm Central is the busiest station in the country, and sees around 200,000 people onto their journeys every day. The station is comprised of 17 platforms and offers domestic and international trains. The major rail providers serving the station are SJ / Storstockholms Lokaltrafik. The station is right in the centre of town. A selection of buses, metro trains and commuter trains are available for onward travel.
Cityterminalen is the largest bus station in the country and sees about 800 buses depart and arrive every day. Connections from here are available to practically all large cities and many smaller towns & villages throughout Sweden, as well as international connections. Major bus providers operating to and from the station include Swebus, Eurolines, Flygbussarna, and Nettbus. Cityterminalen is located next to the Central Station - putting it right in the centre of the city. Further public transportation connections as well as taxis are available to and from here.
The SL public transport system is extensive and efficient with all different modes of transport covered, including boats. The metro system is often referred to as "the world's longest art gallery" and if you get off at Solna centrum station be sure to check out the moose! The system is very popular among both locals and tourists, and the T-Bana system covers most of the city. For the bits where it doesn't reach, the bus is always an option. Overall, the SL has a zone system from A-C, which also covers the T-Bana network entirely.
Stockholm is a great city to cycle around and explore - especially in the summer. While the local population still only uses bicycles for 10% of their trips, there are bike lanes covering the entirety of the city. In general these lanes are well signposted and the system is efficient, with different categories of lane.
Stockholm is a very pedestrian friendly city. Areas like the Old Town are probably best suited to be seen on foot, however other parts of town also place great emphasis on safe road crossing.