More and more travelers are flying to Sweden arriving in Skavsta Airport, located in Nyköping in Södermanland County, about 110 km south of Stockholm. The large influx of tourists contributed to Skavsta being the 5th most important airport in Sweden with more than 2.5 million passengers in 2017.
With Ryanair and Wizzair routes from the UK and many other cities in Europe you can fly cheap to Skavsta from Edinburgh, London-Stansted, Paris Beauvais, Budapest, Vienna, Prague and many airports in Germany and Poland just to name some destinations. That is why I thought of writing about the best ways to get from Skavsta airport to the city center of Stockholm.
From Skavsta to Stockholm by Airport Shuttle Bus
The Flygbussarna shuttle buses travel from Skavsta airport to the Cityterminalen bus station located in the center of Stockholm. The trip takes about 1h 20 minuntes and the price is 159 SEK (~15 € / $16.50 / £12.70) for adults and 139 SEK (~13 € / $14.50 / £11.15) for travelers under the age of 18.
These buses are synchronized with the arrival of flights so you need not be afraid of missing them. It is also possible to travel by shuttle bus to other nearby destinations such as Linköping or Norrköping from which to continue the journey to other parts of Sweden.
From Skavsta Airport to Stockholm by Public Transportation
To go from Skavsta airport to Nyköping you can take a taxi at the airport (usually have a fixed price of 250 SEK (~25€ / $28 / £21) or the local bus 515 (timetable in a PDF) to the train station. The bus takes 10 minutes from the airport to the Nyköping C train station and 15 minutes to the bus station called Nyköping busstation.
You can buy the ticket at the Pressbyrån kiosk or inside the bus but there only with a card or through the app for Appstore or Google Play. If you buy it with the app you have a 20% discount and the price is SEK 26 (~ 2.40 € / $2.70 / £2.10) for adults and SEK 18 (~ 1.70 € / $1.90 / £1.45) for children under 20 years. Children up to 7 years travel for free.
Once in the center of Nyköping you can get off at Nyköping C to get on a regional train to Stockholm. The duration of the train journey is just over an hour. The price of the train tickets starts at 115 SEK (~ 10.70 € / $12 / £9.20) for adults and from 99 SEK (~ 9.25 € / $10.25 / £7.90) for children under 26 years. Up to two children under 16 can travel for free for each valid adult ticket. So the total price of the train trip can cost around 11 € / $13 / £10 counting the most favorable prices.
As the prices of trains in Sweden are not fixed you might want to check on this website how much this local bus + regional train combined ticket would cost you. Input Skavsta flygplats and Stockholm Central into the location fields and you will see that prices usually are between 150-200 SEK (~13.95 € to 18.60 € / $15.70 to $20.65 / £12 to £16)for the entire journey. If you want to take advantage and go sightseeing in Nyköping you should only buy the Nyköping – Stockholm C route and buy the 515 bus ticket separately.
You can also get off at Nyköping busstation and get on a Flixbus shuttle bus from Nyköping to Stockholm. The price is from 7.90 € / $9.99 + a fee of $2.00 / £6.99 but you must keep in mind that buses may go to different locations in Stockholm. Some go to Cityterminalen, others to Solna and others to Liljeholmen. The bus takes between 1h 10 min and 1h 45 min depending on the final destination. To the center of Stockholm, Cityterminalen, the duration is 1h 25 min. So a trip with the 515 bus and Flixbus could cost you about 10 € / $12 / £8.50 provided you get the cheapest possible prices for all journeys.
So this way with the Flixbus aerobus and the 515 bus may be the cheapest if you buy it in advance and get the best train and bus fares. Check the prices and schedule here.
From Skavsta Airport to Stockholm by Rental Car
At the airport you can also rent a car in one of the many companies available. Upon leaving the airport you will find the E4 motorway which takes you directly to Stockholm.
Depending on the time your flight arrives, you may want to spend the night at the Connect Hotel Skavsta, a 100 meters away from the airport, and continue your trip the morning after which you could also use to visit Nyköping*.
Oh and if you fly back home from Arlanda you might want to check this cheap way to get to Arlanda airport from Stockholm.
* Links with this symbol are at the moment just available in English by Google Translate