Open for commercial travel in the 1960s, the Stockholm Arlanda Airport (ARN) has grown into the largest aviation facility in Sweden and functions as an important international flights hub in Europe. This airport now sees over 20 million passengers transit through its doors each year, and if you are flying to Sweden from Australia it is highly likely that you will be directed to Arlanda. Situated less than 40km from the capital of Stockholm in the south, and the riverside city of Uppsala in the north, this is a convenient airport to fly into.
There are four terminals in total at Arlanda, but these are number as 2, 3, 4, and 5. You’ll find that terminals 3 and 4 are generally used for domestic flights, whilst 2 and 5 are reserved for international routes.
The airport is pretty modern and has a comprehensive range of facilities, such as free WiFi throughout the terminals, several computer kiosks, a post office, and mobile phone charging stations. If you’re feeling hungry while in the airport, there are lots of different types of restaurants, from sit-down dining types to fast food outlets, as well as a number snack bars. You can also keep yourself amused whilst in transit by browsing the many shops that are clustered in SkyCity, including a great duty-free area. For your banking needs, there are two full-service branches, as well as ATMs, and foreign exchange counters. Other extras include a medical centre, a hairdresser’s, a gym, and a pharmacy.
Airlines operating connecting flights from Australia to Stockholm include Qatar Airways, Qantas, Emirates, Thai Airways, British Airways and Air China.
· For travellers wanting to drive to Stockholm, you will need to take the E4 south, and then take exit 163. For Uppsala, hop on the E4 north, and take exit 186. Expect the journeys to take 45 minutes and 35 minutes respectively. You can hire a car with Skyscanner's search tool, or go to the airport’s car rental centre where several agencies are represented, including big brands like Avis, Budget and Hertz.
· You can take a train from the airport to a number of destinations in Sweden, but if you are headed to Stockholm this is one of the fastest ways into town. A rail journey to the city centre only takes 20 minutes, and costs around 260SEK ($37) for a single ticket.
· Both buses and coaches leave from the terminals of Arlanda, and there are several routes into the city. Generally the coaches are a bit more expensive and cost around 100SEK ($15) per passenger. If you are taking a lot of luggage, you may find that booking airport transfers to and from the airport is a more convenient option.
· Taxis are expensive in Sweden, but the fare is capped at a maximum rate of 625SEK ($90) if you are travelling anywhere in Stockholm’s city limits (or Uppsala’s).
Please note that information is correct as of November 2016
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