Travel to Stockholm

Flying to Stockholm

British Airways, Scandinavian SAS and Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA are among the airlines that offer flights to Stockholm from the UK. Prices can rise noticeably during peak holiday periods - Easter weekend and Christmas.

Flight times

From London - 2 hours 30 minutes; New York - 7 hours 45 minutes; Los Angeles - 14 hours 10 minutes; Toronto - 12 hours 10 minutes; Sydney - 24 hours 10 minutes.

Travel by road

Summary:

In Sweden, traffic drives on the right and drivers give way to the right. National speed limits are 110kph (68mph), 90kph (56mph) or 70kph (43mph), depending on road and traffic density. Speed limits inside built-up areas are 50kph (31mph) or 30kph (19mph) in school areas. The minimum driving age is 18 years for car drivers and 17 years for motorcyclists. The use of dipped headlights is compulsory in the daytime for cars and motorcycles, as are crash helmets for motorcyclists. Drivers must also carry an emergency warning triangle. Studded tyres can only be used from 1 November to the first Monday after the Easter holiday. The road quality is generally very high.

A national driving licence and vehicle registration documents must be carried at all times. The Swedish authorities do not require drivers to carry a Green Card but it is advisable, as it tops up the level of cover provided to that of the driver's domestic policy.

Motormännens Riksforbund, the Swedish automobile association, can provide further information (tel: (08) 690 3800; www.motormannen.se). Assistancekåren (tel: (08) 627 5757; www.assistancekaren.se) provides a 24-hour breakdown service for motorists in Sweden.

Emergency breakdown service:

Assistancekåren (tel: 020 912 912).

Routes:

Stockholm is integrated within the European motorway network, but Oslo is the only other European capital within convenient distance for direct overland access. The European motorway, E18, leads to Oslo, while motorways E20 and E6 lead to Oslo via Gothenburg. European motorway E4 heads south to Malmö for ferry connections to Copenhagen and to Uppsala in the north. There has long been talk of a ring road around the city.

Driving times:

From Uppsala - 1 hour; Gothenburg - 5 hours 50 minutes; Malmö - 7 hours 40 minutes.

Coaches:

The Cityterminalen, Klarabergsviadukten 72 (tel: (08) 762 5997; www.cityterminalen.com), situated next to Stockholm Central, is the terminus for international coach connections. Eurolines (tel: (08) 30 12 45; www.eurolines-travel.com) provides coach links to more than 500 European cities and towns, including Amsterdam, Berlin, Copenhagen, Paris and Rome. Coaches from the City Terminal serve most destinations within Sweden as well, although services to the far north are limited. Swebus AB (tel: 0771 218 218; www.swebus.se) runs services out of the capital.

Travel by rail

Services:

The city is the hub of the Swedish rail service and, as such, enjoys efficient connections with all parts of the country. Stockholm Central station is located on Vasagatan. As well as left luggage and other standard facilities, the station also contains Stockholm Central Post Office with all its facilities, bureau de change and tourist information.

Operators:

Swedish State Railways (SJ) (tel: 077 175 7575; www.sj.se) is the efficient and well-organised national rail carrier for the country. Tagkompaniet (tel: 077 1444 111; www.tagkompaniet.se) also operates a franchise in Greater Stockholm. 

Stockholm has international rail links to Copenhagen and the rest of Europe, via the tilting X2000 high-speed train which connects Stockholm with other major European cities without a ferry connection. Trains also run to Oslo in Norway. The X2000 trains also travel to Gothenburg.

Journey times:

From Copenhagen – 5 hours; Oslo – 6 hours; Gothenburg – 3 hours.

Travel over water

Summary:

Easy access to the sea and the waterways of the Stockholm Archipelago, as well as inland waterways such as the Göta Canal between Stockholm and Gothenburg, make the city an ideal destination for boat travellers. The port authority, Ports of Stockholm Group (tel: (08) 670 2600; www.portsofstockholm.com), looks after the ports in Stockholm, Nynäshamn and Kapellskär. In Stockholm, ferries dock at Frihamnen, Stadsgarden and Vartahamnen, depending on the size of the vessel. There are immigration facilities for ferry passengers and Stockholm Information Service booths offering information, hotel booking and car hire.

Ferry services:

There are frequent ferry services to other Baltic ports. Tallink Silja (tel: (08) 222 140; www.tallinksilja.com) has regular ferry services to Riga, Helsingfors, Åbo, Åland and Tallinn. Viking Line (tel: (08) 452 4000; www.vikingline.fi) travels to Mariehamn, Långnäs, Turku and Helsinki, as well as to Tallinn via Helsinki. Polferries (tel: (08) 5206 8660; www.polferries.pl/en/home) runs a Gdansk- Nynäshamn service.

Nearest port:

Stockholm.

Transport to the city:

The city centre is within easy walking distance from Stockholm port. Taxis are readily available. Nynäshamn, situated 60km (37 miles) south of Stockholm, is linked to the city by the 73 road, as well as by rail, while the E18 road links the city with Kapellskär, 90km (56 miles) north to Stockholm.

Transfer distance:

5km (3.1 miles).

Transfer time:

10-15 minutes.




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