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Arlanda Airport

Inside Photo, Stockholm, Sweden

Stockholm-Arlanda is Sweden’s largest airport and an important hub for both the Stockholm region and Scandinavia. We arrived here by plane from Copenhagen. It has connections to 167 destinations around the world and good ground transport services to and from other parts of the Stockholm region. The airport has four terminals. Terminals 2 and 5 are used for international flights. Domestic flights are from Terminals 3 and 4. This is not the only airport serving Stockholm so check where your flight will land particularly if it is a budget airline.

The airport has plenty of facilities. There are 35 stores, 33 restaurants, 3 hotels, 2 banks, 1 pharmacy and a chapel within the complex. You will find food and beverages for every occasion. You can eat a business lunch, fast food or a fancy dinner, or enjoy a simple cup of coffee. You can also shop well-known brands from a wide selection of footwear, clothing, perfumes and cosmetics, either before or after your flight.

Regardless of whether you travel domestically or internationally from Arlanda, you can purchase perfume and cosmetics at prices that are lower than in Stockholm city. If you are travelling outside the EU you can also buy alcoholic beverages and tobacco products at tax free prices. Upon your departure from Sweden, prior to check-in, go to the Global Refunds office for goods inspection in the departure hall in Terminal 5 or the Forex office in the departure hall in Terminal 2. There, simply present your goods and your Global Refund Cheque will be validated. Then you can redeem your cheque at Global Refund’s office in the transit area (after the security checkpoint) in Terminal 5 or at Forex in the departure hall in Terminal 2.

For those travelling to the airport from Stockholm city there are many alternatives, such as the high-speed train Arlanda Express, airport coaches called Flygbussarna, commuter and long-distance trains, and local buses. Trains are often the fastest, most comfortable way of getting to and from Stockholm-Arlanda Airport. They are also the most environmentally friendly mode of transport. You can choose among high-speed trains, long-distance trains and local trains.

The Arlanda Express is a high-speed train that goes non-stop between the airport and Stockholm in 20 minutes. At the airport, you can buy tickets for the train at the information counters or from the ticket dispenser machines located next to the escalators/lifts leading down to each station. There are escalators/lifts down to the train from all terminals.

Flygbussarna airport coaches and Swebus buses serve all terminals. Tickets can be purchased at the Arlanda Visitor Center in Terminal 5 or at information desks in Terminals 2 and 4. On weekdays there are about 100 departures of the airport coaches between central Stockholm and the airport. During peak traffic, the coaches depart at least every ten minutes. The airport coaches have machines at the terminals and at bus stops where you can buy tickets. You can also pay on the bus but only with a credit card. The cheapest way is to buy a ticket on the internet before you leave home.

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