The Cheapest Way to Travel Between Arlanda Airport and Stockholm

Traveling between Arlanda airport and Stockholm city center can be done in many different ways as everyone who has visited the city knows. Sometimes you prioritize how quick you want to arrive to the heart of Stockholm and other times price is the only that matters. Let me explain you the cheapest way to travel between Stockholm and Arlanda … unless you have a friend who picks you up, of course.

This travel option is also very interesting if you are on a stop over and have just a few hours or if you are planning to visit Stockholm in 3 days.

(German speaking visitors can read Der günstigste Weg vom Arlanda-Flughafen zum Zentrum von Stockholm)

How to Travel Between Arlanda and Stockholm

Arlanda to Stockholm By Taxi

The fare is around $60 from the airport to the city and a little bit cheaper the other way around. If you need a bigger taxi or a van then price can go up to $90. Ask for a fixed fare because taxis in Sweden are not regulated and if you jump into the wrong taxi you’ll pay a loooooot. A private taxi for 3 people can be booked online for around $130.

Arlanda to Stockholm on the Arlanda Express train

You can get an adult ticket for the Arlanda Express fast train for around $40 although there are a lot of options to travel cheaper if you are a couple, a family, a student or you are traveling at certain times. You should check their website for a complete explanation.

Arlanda to Stockholm on Flygbussarna shuttle buses

With Flygbussarna airport shuttle buses a single trip will cost you around $12 (you can book online here) and a little pricier with Swebus at around $15 for a single trip.

Regarding the duration of the trip, Arlanda Express is the fastest one at about 20 min. It takes around 50 minutes for shuttle buses to get to Stockholms Cityterminalen located beside Stockholm’s Central Station. On a taxi or bus the duration of your trip may vary depending on traffic jams and road work in the northern part of Stockholm.

An old 24-hour paper travelcard <br> Photo: Israel Úbeda / sweetsweden.com

An old 24-hour paper travelcard
Photo: Israel Úbeda / sweetsweden.com

Using Public Transportation to Get From Arlanda to Stockholm or Back

The option to get to the center of Stockholm by public transportation is very interesting for those planning to get around in Stockholm by means of the commuter trains, underground trains, buses and trams. If you plan to do so you can use your ticket to travel cheaper. For instance if you buy your Stockholm Pass tourist card with the extra public transportation add-on and let them ship it to you at your home or pick it up at the Arlanda Visitors’ Center on terminal 5 at the airport. You find more information about the Stockholm Pass here.

If you are unsure of buying the Stockholm Pass but you do want to use the public transportation to get to the museums, attractions and sights in Stockholm go to the 7-eleven, Pressbyrån kiosks at Arlanda Airport or visit the visitor center to buy an SL-Access card for a period of 24, 72 hours or 7 days. You can get them on paper or fill a physical chipped card that you can top up during your stay. Prices go from around $14, $27 and $36 respectively. You’ll find more information on public transportation in Stockholm here.

This public transport cards are valid from your first use.

How to Get The Public Bus And Commuter Train to Stockholm

Make your way to the airport entrance and look for where bus nr 583 stops. Usually the stop is located between terminals 4 and 5 and the stop number is 15/16 but that may suffer from variations.

Wait for the bus and get on the bus destination Märsta Station. Travel time is around 18 minutes. Buses depart often and even beyond midnight but you should check the schedule for the bus line 583 here.

Bus bound for Märsta Station <br /> Photo: Israel Úbeda / sweetsweden.com

Bus bound for Märsta Station
Photo: Israel Úbeda / sweetsweden.com

If you are lucky, once you arrive at Märsta Station it will not be long until a commuter train (pendeltåg in Swedish) departs. You should wait for train nr. 42X that travels through Stockholm’s Central Station. Travel time is around 40 minutes. The schedule for the commuter train 42X during winter season can be found here.

With shorter commuting times your trip to Stockholm should take less than an hour but if you miss the train and have to wait for the next one it could be up to 1 hour and 20 minutes.

Pendeltåg train to Stockholm Central Station <br> Photo: Israel Úbeda / sweetsweden.com

Pendeltåg train to Stockholm Central Station
Photo: Israel Úbeda / sweetsweden.com

Even Cheaper: From Arlanda Airport to Stockholm Without SL-Access

If you are NOT interested in using public transportation DURING your stay but still you’d like to take advantage of it to get to Stockholm at the cheapest fare possible you need to go to one of the kiosks at Arlanda airport and buy a one-time single ticket (in Swedish called engångsbiljett) costing only 43 SEK (around $5) which will entitle you to travel in the way I explained above. You will need a similar one-time ticket for you return trip to the airport. That makes $10 for a sneak peek at Stockholm.

If you are staying longer you can always combine the different travel card and ticket options so that you have enough credit or a valid ticket when returning to the airport after your holidays. A 7-day ticket is well worth its price and it’s the option I recommend even for those staying in Stockholm for 4 and up to 7 days.

So this is the story about the famous bus 583 and the commuter train 42x that will take you to the city center at the cheapest possible fare so that you can spend your money visiting attractions, eating good food and discovering what makes Stockholm unique and tourism in Sweden different.

If you have any questions, doubts or suggestions feel free to leave me a comment below.

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8 Comments

  1. ALFREDO MOSELEY OCHOA

    Hola, requiero transportarme del Aeropuerto de Stockholm, a la Stockholm Freeport Cruise Terminal, el vuelo llega el domingo 30 de Julio a las 21.50 horas. Que recomiendan?

  2. Hi, thanks for the great information. Super helpful!
    I have 2 questions, if I may:
    1. I travel to Stocholm SKVASTA airport. Do you know the cheapest way from there to Stockholm center.
    2. I leave Stockholm from Arlanda airport; are there kiosks in center Stockholm where I can buy the engångsbiljett to travel from center to Arlanda?
    Thank you!!

  3. Hi, in some places in your blog you mention that there is an extra fee to pay when travelling from Arlanda Airport to central Stockholm. Does this apply to the description above for bus 583 and train T36?

  4. Hi Marco
    Thank you for your comment because I realized the information provided was not updated in English (it was in the Spanish article though)

    I have updated it now. Train number is 42X instead of 36.

    The extra fee is for those passengers that have the SL-Card and want to travel directly by train from the airport. That is between the stations Arlanda C and Stockholm City.

    By using the bus to Märsta and getting on the train at Märsta you skip the fee.

    Regards

    Israel

  5. Great post! I plan to take the 583 + commuter with my husband Do you know if we can take our luggage (2x 23kg + 2x 8kg). Are we allowed to take luggage on the 583 and the commuter 42X? Is there a space for luggage? Any extra fees for tacking luggage? Thank you.

  6. Hi Camila,
    Your 8kg bags shouldn’t be a problem. The 23-kg bags can be a little more tricky on the bus (if crowded). No problem on the commuter though. There aren’t extra fees. I always recommend this cost-effective alternative to people traveling lightly :D
    Otherwise for your commodity you might consider Arlanda Express offer 2 people x 300 SEK during the summer an getting to the city center in 20 minutes.

    Regards,

    Israel

  7. HI, this has been so useful. Just one question:-

    Can one purchase the ‘engangsbillett in advance for use on a following day?

    Thanks again for all the information!

    • Hi Linda,
      Yes. These tickets have their last valid date printed on the back. The only tickets that must be used within 75 minutes after purchase are paper tickets bought from the ticket machine. Note that at the ticket machine regarding single tickets you have two options:

      1) buy a paper ticket (validity as stated before)
      2) fill your Sl-Card with asingle ticket. No problems with validity.

      Regards,

      Israel

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