Cheap Flights to Stockholm, Sweden
- Area City : 188km² (73 sq mi)
- Area Codes : +46-8
- Currency : Swedish Krona (SEK)
- Population City : 935,619 (2016)
- Official Language : Swedish
- Time Zone : CET (UTC+1) Summer: (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
- Airport : Stockholm Arlanda Airport (ARN)
ARN is one of four airports in Stockholm and located 40km north of Stockholm city. Transport for passengers from ARN to downtown Stockholm comprises:
- The Arlanda Express train that departs every 15 minutes taking 20 minutes and easily located underneath the arrivals terminal;
- Flygbussarna Airport Coaches leave every 10 to 15 minutes taking between 35 to 45 minutes and also provide a door to gate minibus shuttle service;
- Public commuter trains depart twice every hour from Arlanda Central Station in Sky City with a travel time of 43 minutes to Stockholm Central Station;
- Taxis take approximately 40 minutes depending on the time of day with fares varying between numerous taxi operators. Recommended operators include Taxi Stockholm, Taxi Kurir and Taxi 020.
- Car rentals companies at ARN include Hertz, Europcar and Budget.
Travellers in South Africa can fly from Cape Town to ARN with one or more stops with the following airlines:
- Lufthansa (via Frankfurt) 15h 30m+
- Ethiopian (via Addis Ababa) 15h 45m+
- Turkish (via Istanbul) 16h 45m+
- KLM, Finnair (via Amsterdam, Helsinki) 16h 55m+
- Qatar Airways (Via Doha) 17h 5m+
- SAS (via Amsterdam) 17h 10m+
- Air Malta, Brussels ((via Amsterdam, Brussels) 17h 10m+
- British Airways (via London) 17h 15m+
- South African Airways (via Johannesburg) 17h 20m+
- Air Namibia (via Windhoek) 17h 20m+
- Air France (via Paris) 17h 25m+
- CSA (via Prague) 17h 25m+
- Croatia (via Zagreb) 18h 5m+
- Austrian (via Vienna) 18h 10m+
- Emirates (via Dubai) 18h 40m+
- Kulula (via Johannesburg) 19h 5m+
- TAAG, TAP Portugal (via Luanda, Lisbon) 20h 10m+
Additional airlines touching down at ARN’s terminals include:
- Air Baltic
- Air Berlin
- Air China
- Air Europa
- Air India
- Air Serbia
- Alba Star
- CSA Czech
- Delta Air Lines
- Iran Air
- Royal Air Maroc
Reasons to Visit Stockholm, Sweden:
- Nicknamed Venus of the North amongst others, Stockholm was founded in 1252 by Swedish statesman Birger Jarl. The city is capital to Sweden and Stockholm County and comprises 14 islands and on its Baltic Sea archipelago has over 50 bridges. Stockholm today is Sweden’s media, political, cultural and economic heart and is home to some of Europe’s highest ranking universities, it also hosts the yearly Nobel Prize ceremony from its concert and city halls.
- Stockholm is an awe inspiring city and expensive but affords visitors a plethora of attractions comprising museums, galleries, landmarks, historical sites, parks and gardens and for entertainment numerous theaters for opera, concerts and performing arts. Stroll through Gamla Stan (the Old Town), one of Europe’s best preserved and biggest medieval cities with cobblestone streets and yellowish-brown buildings, museums, landmarks, shops and restaurants to stop for respite and a delicious meal.
- For accommodation there are plenty of expensive hotels but many offer all-year reduced weekend rates and daily from about mid-June to mid-August. A number of affordable hotels are located close to Central Station while mid-range hotels can be found in Norrmalm, north of the Old Town. For travelers on tight budgets there are 1 and 2-Star hotels and City Backpackers Hostel. When hunger pangs strike there are establishments for burgers, fast foods, pastries, seafood, steaks and delectable Swedish dishes. A popular spot for indoor and outdoor early evening events is Djurgården and for night revellers the city has a variety of nightclubs, bars and jazz venues. For shopaholics the city is full of wonderful stores, many with steep prices for items and especially Swedish glass. A favourite amongst many is shopping in Gamla Stan with antique stores and Västerlånggatan, the main street, ideal for just browsing.
When to Visit Stockholm, Sweden:
Summer from June to August for the warmest temperatures with around 12 hours of sunshine is the best time to visit but is also the most expensive. Average temperatures range with highs of 21°C and lows of 13°C with the warmest days around mid-July.
Places to Visit Stockholm, Sweden:
- Stockholms Old Town Gamla Stan is a major attraction that includes the Swedish Royal Palace where visitors have five museums to explore including the daily Change of the Guard ceremony.
- Indulge in a free guided tour of the Neoclassical Swedish Parliament located on the tiny island of Helgeandsholmen and watch parliamentary sittings from a glass gallery.
- The Vasamuseet is a world famous maritime museum that showcases the remains of the warship Vasa that sank shortly after her launch on her maiden voyage in 1628.
- The Storkyrkan (the Royal Cathedral of Sweden) is Gamla Stan’s oldest church built as a chapel during the 12th century and rebuilt as a basilica after being destroyed by fire in the 14th century. Its exterior is a fine sample of Baroque style while its interiors are in Gothic style. The showpiece undoubtedly is the sculpture of St George and the Dragon.
- The Nobel Museum displays works of Nobel laureates with short films and clips, acceptance speeches that include Martin Luther King Junior’s speech.
- The Theatre of Death is an exhibition presented by the Royal Armoury and portrays royal funerals from the 16th to the 20th century including the arrangements required for royal funerals.
- The Museum of Medieval Stockholm displays the remnants of an enormous archaeological excavation during the 1970s imparting the city’s medieval history from the 13th to the 16th century.
- A must experience for visitors not opposed to heights is taking a Rooftop Tour that affords an unusual way of seeing the city by walking, with a guide, on the rooftops of Gamla Stan.
- Riddarhuset (the House of Nobility) is a beautifully Baroque designed building, built in 1640 and once the meeting place for Swedish nobility.
- Established in 1950, the Stockholm Metro is renowned for its art work and deemed the longest art gallery in the world.
- Drottningholm Palace located on the fringe of the city is a World Heritage Site and the Royal Family’s private residence.
- Take time out in the Royal National City Park established in 1995 that has lovely picnic spots, an amusement park, unique landscapes and more.
Getting Around Stockholm, Sweden:
Visitors can get around by bus, the subway (T-bana), commuter train and trams, all operated by Stockholm Public Transport (SL). Most convenient for commuters, where subway lines end, buses take over. With routes divided into zones one ticket is applicable for all public transport in the same zone, within one hour of the ticket being stamped.
The tourist season ticket (with special discounts) is a one-day card valid for 24 hours that affords unlimited travel by bus, T-bana and commuter train within the city including passage by ferry to Djurgården. The majority of tourists prefer the 3-day card, valid for 72 hours in Stockholm and the adjoining county. This card affords admission to Gröna Lund, Kaknästornet and Skansen with children up to the age 7 travelling for free with an adult.
Also great for visitors is a personal discount card, the Stockholm Card allows unlimited travel by subway, bus and local trains all over the city and Stockholm county (excluding airport buses). It also offers holders a sightseeing tour with City Sightseeing where passengers can get on and off as many times as they please. These tours operate daily from the middle of June to middle of August. Also included is a boat trip to the Royal Palace of Drottningholm at half price, admission to attractions and to 75 museums. These cards can be purchased at the Tourist Centre in Sweden House, the Central Station, Hotell Centralen, tourist information desks at City Hall and other places.
The T-bana (Subway):
This is one of the easiest ways to get around with the city divided into three zones and zone tickets applicable for several journeys within 75 to 120 minutes. Purchase your tickets at ‘SL Centres’, newsagent kiosks, underground platform barriers, via sms or the ‘SL’ app.
Cash may not be used to purchase a ticket on the bus.
Taking a taxi is costly and in this city, the most expensive globally. They can be waved down in the street when their dome light is illuminated or booked telephonically.
A ferry can be taken from Skeppsbron on Gamla Stan to Djurgården if not in the mood for walking or travelling by bus. They depart every 20 minutes Mondays to Fridays from 07h45 to midnight and on Saturdays and Sundays depart about every 15 minutes from 09h00 to midnight.
Ideal for cycling is on Djurgården and bicycles can be rented from Djurgårdsbrons Skepp o Hoj that operates from May to August from 09h00 to 21h00 daily.
There are a number of parking garages located in the city centre and on the outskirts. Vehicles can also be parked in marked spaces Mondays to Fridays from 08h00 to 18h00 with rules indicated on display signs.