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How many days for a citytrip to Stockholm?

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You ‘ve made the decision: your next city trip will be Stockholm! The planning can begin. How many days should you stay in Stockholm? There is no clear answer to this. Much depends on your interests. Let’s assume that it is your first time in Stockholm. With the tips below we will together find out how many days in Stockholm you should plan when you are visiting the city for the first time.

Stockholm is a relatively small capital, but there is a lot to see. I recommend to visit as much as possible on foot. If you also want to visit some attractions just outside of the city, I would suggest taking public transport. Public transport in Stockholm is well organized. 

Stockholm

How long in Stockholm?

Personally I would recommend going for at least 3 nights so that you have at least 3 full days in Stockholm. 3 days really seem like the minimum to enjoy the various aspects of the city. With 4 full days you will have some extra space to see something of the surroundings or to do everything at a slower pace.

Choose which islands you want to visit and make sure to reserve at least half a day for each neighbourhood, count a few extra hours if you like to visit museums. An absolute must see is the Vasa Museum. Reserve half a day to discover the museum at your leisure. I have been there 4 times myself and am still discovering interesting facts!

Stockholm is one third water and one third green. Nature is never far away. Just wandering around and enjoying Stockholm is the best thing I know. Save time for wandering and relaxing. Laid back is a word that fits nicely with Stockholm. Don’t overfill your program, but make sure you also have time for fika!

That little extra for your city trip in Stockholm

Would you like to make a trip to the archipelago? Then plan a city trip of at least 4 full days. The archipelago of Stockholm has 30,000 islands so plenty of choice. The nearest islands, Fjäderholmarna, are about 20 minutes sailing.

Other interesting trips in the Stockholm area (and for which you would like to plan an extra day) are Skogskyrkogården, Birka, Sigtuna and Drottningholm Castle  (the castle where the Swedish royals live). And if you would like to visit Skansen or Gröna Lund, I would reserve an extra day for that too and thus prolonging your city trip.

Only 1 day in Stockholm?

Do you only have 1 day in Stockholm? No worries! Limit yourself to the highlights. Here you will find an example program if you can only spend 1 day in Stockholm. Bet you would like to return soon?

Let’s face it: a city trip to Stockholm is always a good idea. I have been there so often – of course I have a few favorite addresses that I like to return to but I also try to discover new places all the time.

So, how many days you should spend in Stockholm is not easily to be decided. In 3 days you will have enough time to see the highlights. If you want to see a little more, go for 5 days. You have 10 days? Then you will probably still not even get bored with all the tips on this site.

How many days would you recommend for a city trip to Stockholm?

Bromma Stockholm Airport

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Stockholm has 4 airports: Arlanda is the largest, Skavsta and & Västerås are around 100 km from the city and are mostly low-cost airlines airports and then there is Bromma. Bromma is only about 8 km from the centre of Stockholm. It is at this airport that most Belgians will land. The flights from Brussels Airlines go to Bromma. This airport has mainly domestic flights and some flights from London as well. 

 Bromma Airport - Stockholm

The arrival hall has recently been renewed. You don’t have to wait very long to get your luggage here, mainly thanks to the small size of the airport. There is a restaurant (both before the security check and after), a newspaper kiosk and after the security check there is a mini-tax-free shop as well.
Special mention for the always clean and nice toilets!

From Bromma to Stockholm

Flygbussarna

There are several options to go from Bromma Stockholm Airport to the center of Stockholm. Personally, I find the Flygbussarna the easiest. You are in the city centre in less than 20 minutes. I recommend downloading the app in advance and buying your return ticket online, then you have the best price. On the spot you can only pay by card (there’s a ticket vendor and you can also buy a ticket with the driver).

Public transport or taxi

Of course you can travel by taxi to the center (or wherever) from Bromma. A taxi ride Bromma-Centralen costs about 35 euros. Depending on the traffic, it will take 15 to 20 minutes.

The cheapest alternative is public transport. Buses 110 and 152 take you in half an hour to the city center. Bus 152 leaves every 20 minutes and takes you to Sundbyberg (direction Liljeholmen) where you switch to Pendeltåg, line 35 or metro line 10. For about 4 euros you’re in  the city centre in half an hour.

Return journey

How much time do you need for your return journey? Well, the bus takes 20 minutes and it’s advised to be at the airport 1 hour in advance. I have never actually known a queue at the security check, the Flygbussarna are also nice on time and let’s be honest, there is nothing to do at Bromma. I usually take the bus around 1 hour and 20 minutes before my flight leaves and have actually already considered taking a bus later. Mind you – Take me to Sweden is not responsible if you miss your flight! I usually don’t have to check in luggage, I know my way at Busterminalen as well as in the airport and I could live with missing my flight. Call it a calculated risk.

Present and past of Bromma

Bromma was the first airport in Europe to have a paved runway. The airport opened in 1936. Because the runway was too short for intercontinental traffic, Sweden built the Arlanda airport some 20 years later. The future of Bromma is uncertain. The city expanded and there are now more people complaining about noise pollution. Yet Bromma is still a popular airport for domestic flights and business flights to London and Brussels.