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Flygbussarna: from the airport to the city centre of Stockholm

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Flyggbussarna

Whether you arrive at Arlanda, Bromma or Skavsta (Stockholm’s 3 airports), the easiest and most affordable way to get from the airport into central Stockholm is by airport buses or Flygbussarna.

Download the Flygbussarna app and buy your tickets in advance. This is the cheapest option. You can then simply board the bus and show the app to the driver or scan it yourself at the machine in the bus. Both at the airport and in the station you will also find a payment terminal where the instructions are in both Swedish and English, just like in the app.

Flyggbussarna

Payment is only possible by card, as in many places in Sweden. Purchase your tickets at the vending machine as it is not possible to buy tickets at the driver anyway. My experience is that the drivers at Bromma do not always (want to) speak English fluently. Mostly domestic flights arrive at Bromma.

The buses run at regular intervals and on board you can follow information about the next stop and the estimated time of arrival on the screens. The driver will also keep you informed. It is compulsory to wear a seat belt on the bus. There is WiFi on board, but personally I just put it on 4G because this is just a bit smoother. I think Flygbussarna is the ideal way to travel from the airport to central Stockholm.

From Bromma to Stockholm Centralen

In Bromma they are fully renewing the airport and the surrounding area. Bromma is a small airport so you can’t get lost. Follow the sign to ‘Utgång’ and you will soon see the Flygbussarna stop, within walking distance of the arrivals hall. You can be at Stockholm Central Station in just 20 minutes.

Flyggbussarna

From Arlanda to central Stockholm

There will be a separate article with all the options to get from Arlanda, the largest airport in Stockholm to the center of the city, but the Flygbussarna are also recommended here. It is not the fastest option, but in terms of price it is not too bad.

In Arlanda you have to pay attention to what bus you should take. Usually there is a steward at the bus stop who will be happy to help you.

From Skavsta to Stockholm

Low-cost airline Ryanair flies to Skavsta, about 100 km south of Stockholm. Flygbussarna takes more than one and a half hours.
Update: as of November 2021, Ryanair will move all its activities to Arlanda.

From Stockholm Centralen to the airport

You can also easily travel to Stockholm airports with Flygbussarna. You will find the bus terminal in the central station, Cityterminalen. You are supposed to wait inside. The doors will not open until the bus arrives. It is a double door and the second door will not open until the first door has closed behind you.

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If you’re flying from Bromma, you should be present only 1 hour in advance. For a flight at 8 pm I dare to take the 6:40 pm bus. I take the risk that we get stuck in traffic and I miss my flight. My experience is that the late flight to Brussels has delays regularly.

If you go to the bus terminal via Kungsgatan, you can see where you need to be in the photo below. But you have to go through Cityterminalen.

Flyggbussarna Busterminalen

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8 July 2021
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Tram 7 to Djurgården

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tram lijn 7 Djurgården

One of the nicest public transport routes in Stockholm (apart from the ferries) is tram line 7 to Djurgården. The line has recently been extended from the stop Klarabergsgatan at T-Centralen (the central station) to Waldemarsudde, the final stop at Djurgården.

There will be an extension of this line in the future and this in both directions (both to Kungsholmen and to Lidingö).

Lijn 7 Djurgården

Historical trams

The first trams in Stockholm were horse trams (1877). From 1946 most tram lines were replaced by the metro. Currently there are only about 5 tram lines left in the Stockholm area.

In addition to the regular trams that have been running on this line since August 21, 2010, there have also been additional rides with the historic trams between Norrmalmstorg and Waldemarsudde since 1991. This historic line 7N is good for a ride of approximately 3 km.

Historische trams lijn 7 Djurgården

Djurgårdslinjen is in charge of the tram rides with historic trams (line 7N). These trams run on Saturdays and Sundays from the third weekend from April to mid-December. They run daily in July and August.

The oldest tram is from 1910. The most recent is from 1954. You can find an overview of the trams here.

Café tram

Cafétram Djurgården Stockholm

You can also ride the Café tram at special times. In addition to hot and cold drinks, you can also order pastries like kanelbullar on this tram.

Tram 7 practical

During the corona pandemic, people are asked to avoid public transport as much as possible. The historic trams are still running, but you cannot ride along for the time being.

Tram 7 op Djurgården

For line 7, an regular ticket for public transport is sufficient. (Except for special rides). Plan your route and check the current timetable here. At busy times extra services are provided by line 7E.

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Tram 7 Djurgården Stockholm
12 January 2021
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Does it snow in Stockholm?

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Sneeuwt het in Stockholm

Does it snow in Stockholm in winter? A question that has no simple answer. Let me put the question differently: does it snow in England in winter? Sometimes yes, sometimes not – I hear you. Well, that’s the way it is in Stockholm. Stockholm is of course a lot more north and the average temperature in the winter months is usually lower than in most of the UK. The lower temperature also increases the chance of snow.

ice skating Vasastaden

Does it snow in Stockholm? Yes, but not always

Yes, it snows in Stockholm in winter, but not always. If you want to be sure to have a winter wonderland covered in snow, it is best to go a lot further north. Snow can fall in Stockholm from the end of October and I also had snow in Stockholm at the end of March / early April. Whether the snow will remain depends on the weather conditions. On this site you can check the weather forecast for Stockholm.

Pebbles

Just like here, it can get quite chaotic in Stockholm (/Sweden) when it has snowed. They do not sprinkle salt when it has frozen but use pebbles. Quite annoying if the small stones get stuck between the grooves of your shoes – but more environmentally friendly. After the last ice night, all pebbles are wiped up again.

Stockholm in winter

Slask

Snow in Stockholm is melting quite quickly. It then becomes a big slush, also called ‘slask’. That’s the reason you won’t make it with your sneakers. In the winter months I always bring waterproof shoes, preferably with an anti-slip sole and lined with wool. In my shoes I put a special sole that reflects the heat. Because even if it doesn’t snow, it can be damn cold. I also use those soles at home – I just don’t like cold feet.

Slask

“Vinterunderhållas ej”

In Sweden you will regularly see a sign with “Vinterunderhållas ej” on it during winter. This means that that road (sometimes a staircase or a slope) is not cleared of snow, ice, … during the winter. If you see such a sign, be extra careful. Ditto for the sign: “Svag is” at the edge of a pond, for example, which literally translates as “Weak ice”.

Riksdag in snow

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Does it snow in Stockholm?
28 September 2020
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