Travel to Stockholm

Flying to Stockholm

Airlines operating direct flights to Stockholm from the UK to include British Airways, Norwegian, Ryanair and SAS. If travelling from the USA, you can take direct flights with SAS and Norwegian. Prices can rise noticeably during peak holiday periods, including school summer holidays, Easter weekend and Christmas.

Flight times

From London - 2 hours 15 minutes; New York - 7 hours 15 minutes; Los Angeles - 14 hours 30 minutes (including stopover); Toronto - 9 hours 20 minutes (including stopover); Sydney - 24 hours (including stopover).

Travel by road

Summary:

In Sweden, traffic drives on the right and the minimum driving age is 18 years. Speed limits are 110kph (68mph) on motorways, 70kph (43mph) on other roads outside urban areas, and 50kph (31mph) in towns and cities.

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 are only permitted from 1 October and 15 April, unless road conditions warrant their use outside of these dates.

You must carry a national driving licence and vehicle registration documents at all times. The Swedish authorities do not require drivers to carry a Green Card, but it is advisable.

Assistancekåren (tel: +46 8 627 5757; www.assistancekaren.se) is the country's main motoring organisation and can provide additional information on driving in Sweden.

Emergency breakdown service:

Assistancekåren (tel: 020 912 912, in Sweden only).

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.

Driving times:

From Uppsala - 1 hour; Gothenburg - 5 hours; Malmö - 6 to 7 hours.

Coaches:

The Cityterminalen, Klarabergsviadukten 72 (tel: +46 10 455 3397; www.cityterminalen.com), situated next to Stockholm Central, is the terminus for international coach connections.

Eurolines (tel: +46 40 330 570; www.eurolines.se) provides coach links to hundreds of European cities and towns. Coaches serve most destinations within Sweden as well, although services to the far north are limited. Swebus AB (tel: +46 771 218 218; www.swebus.se) runs services out of the capital.

Travel by rail

Services:

Stockholm 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:

SJ (tel: +46 771 757 575; www.sj.se) is the efficient and well-organised national rail carrier for the country. Tagkompaniet (tel: +46 771 444 111; 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 - 5 hours; Gothenburg - 2 hours 50 minutes.

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: +46 8 670 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:

Tallink Silja (tel: +46 8 222 140; www.tallinksilja.se) has regular ferry services to Riga, Tallinn, Helsinki and Turku.

Viking Line (tel: +46 8 452 4200; www.vikingline.fi) travels to Mariehamn, Turku and Helsinki, as well as to Tallinn via Helsinki.

Polferries (tel: +46 8 5206 8660; www.polferries.pl/en/home) runs a Gdansk - Nynäshamn service.

Transport to the city:

The city centre is within easy walking distance of 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.




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