The inner city is made up of 14 islands connected by some 50 bridges on Lake Mälaren, which flows into the brackish Baltic Sea, and passes the Stockholm archipelago with some 24,000 islands and islets.
Stockholm is a cosmopolitan place with both classical and modern architecture, and a captivating Old Town, Gamla Stan. Over 30% of the city area is made up of waterways, and another 30% is made up of green spaces. Air quality is third best of the European capitals – behind Berlin and Copenhagen.
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Swebus runs buses to and from the City Terminal, 1-4 times/hour Mon-Fri, 1-2 times/hour on Sat-Sun. The journey takes 35-45 minutes. Adult tickets cost 99 SEK/178 SEK return. Student and senior tickets cost 72 SEK each way. A ticket for youth under 20 costs 60 SEK each way. Four children up to age 16 travel free with full paying adult. You can’t buy tickets with cash on board, but credit cards are accepted. There are multiple outlets at the airport to buy your ticket electronically. You can also buy your ticket e.g. on the Swebus site on the internet, by phone (0771-218 218), at 7-Eleven, Pressbyrån and Swebus ticket offices.
By regular rail: Regular trains serve the airport through a third station, Arlanda Central, located under Sky City between terminal 4 and 5.
Line 38 of the Stockholm suburban rail, pendeltåg, runs from Uppsala via Stockholm Central Station to Älvsjö (with Stockholm International Fairs), stopping in the northern suburbs, with peak hour services continuing to the southern suburbs of Huddinge and Tumba. The train runs twice an hour and takes 37 minutes to Stockholm, and local transport tickets can be used and bought at the entrance to the station, though everyone 18 of age has to pay a station access fee of 75 SEK (though young adults with a teenage appearance can easily claim to be under 18 and get through – the staff usually won’t check your ID if you’re confident about this). A one-way ticket to Stockholm city costs 125 SEK including the station access fee (110 SEK for people 18-20 and 40 SEK for people under 18, though again, people 18-20 can easily get a 40 SEK ticket by claiming to be under 18). For 210 SEK (165 SEK for people 18-20 and 90 SEK for people under 18) you can get a 24-hour travelcard (if you already have a plastic SL Access card, this is reduced by 20 SEK). These prices all include the station access fee, if applicable.
There are also faster regional trains on the Linköping – Stockholm – Gävle route, which cost 278 SEK (2nd class) to central Stockholm if bought on the spot, though if booked approx. 1-2 months in advance, they can be as cheap as 95 SEK. They run non-stop and take 20 minutes, like the Arlanda Express, but only operate hourly (with several strange gaps), but if you are on time the regional train can be much cheaper than Arlanda Express, though not quite as cheap as suburban rail or SL bus. Finally, long-distance trains from Stockholm operate to points in central Sweden, like Umeå, Mora or Östersund. It is not, however, permitted to use these trains to travel from the airport to central Stockholm.
Gävle trains also serve Arlanda, thus providing a direct rail connection to Arlanda airport. The fare starts 26 + 49 SEK (16 + 49 SEK for youth under 20) and tickets can be bought the following two ways:
1. Buy a combined ticket from Skavsta to Stockholm at SJ:s website which is both valid on the local bus and the regional train.
2. Pay for the local bus onboard with your VISA or Mastercard (cash is NOT accepted) and buy the train ticket at Nyköping station.
Travel time from Skavsta is 80 min to Stockholm and 100 min to Arlanda airport.