Airport Guide: Stockholm Arlanda Airport
Stockholm Arlanda Airport is the third largest airport in Northern Europe. Over the year, more than 20 million passengers arrive and depart at Stockholm Arlanda Airport. The biggest airport in Sweden is the one of the hubs of SAS and Norwegian and though has an amazing infrastructure consisting of shops, restaurants, lounges and hotels.
Stockholm Arlanda Airport is one of two airports in Stockholm. It is used by all international operating airlines including most members of the three large airline alliances. In total, Stockholm Arlanda Airport got four terminals (numbered 2 to 5) and three runways and though can handle hundreds of daily flights to national, international and intercontinental destinations.
The most daily flights are offered by SAS Scandinavian Airlines and Norwegian Air Shuttle, but charter airlines like Thomas Cook Airlines Scandinavia use Stockholm Arlanda Airport as a base, too.
Largest carriers at Stockholm Arlanda Airport:
- SAS: Several destinations in Europe and North America
- Norwegian: Several destinations in Europe and North America
- Thomas Cook Airlines Scandinavia: Holiday destinations
Shopping and eating at Stockholm Arlanda Airport
Due to its size, Stockholm Arlanda Airport is a real paradise for all shopaholics. There’s not only a wide range of newsagents, gift shops and duty free shops, but also several fashion, perfume and cosmetic outlets that are worth checking out. Not only shopping, but also dining is a pleasure with the restaurants and bars which can be found throughout the airport.
Be it fast food, regional, Chinese or Italian cuisine – every passenger will find something at Stockholm Arlanda Airport. There are also several cafés and bars which offer lighter snacks or just a good drink. Even though shops and restaurants are spread throughout the airport, you should be aware that most outlets are located at Terminal 5 or in the SkyCity (before security check).
Sleeping at Stockholm Arlanda Airport
When it comes to sleeping, Stockholm is generally quite expensive. Stockholm Arlanda Airport is no exception in that regard. That’s why several people prefer sleeping at the airport. Nevertheless, if you are looking for more comfort, there are also several hotels that are conveniently located next to Stockholm Arlanda Airport.
Both Clarion Hotel Arlanda Airport and Radisson Blu Sky City are located right at the airport. Besides the two four stars properties, there is another very special hotel. At Jumbo Hostel, guests can sleep in a real Boeing 747. Several other hotels including internationally renowned brands are located several kilometers away from the airport, but offer a complimentary shuttle.
Lounges at Stockholm Arlanda Airport
There are several lounges at Stockholm Arlanda Airport. SAS offers Star Alliance business class passengers and frequent flyers access to either the SAS Business Lounge or the SAS Gold Lounge, while all other carriers use third-party lounges.
These may also be accessed by paying a fee or holding a Priority Pass membership. At Terminal 2, passengers can find the Menzies Executive Lounge only. At Terminal 5, there’s a much wider choice including another Menzies Executive Lounge, Menzies Business Lounge and Arlanda Lounge.
Lounges at Stockholm Arlanda Airport:
- SAS Gold and Business Lounge (Terminal 5)
- Menzies Executive Lounge (Terminals 2 & 5)
- Menzies Business Lounge (Terminal 5)
- Arlanda Lounge (Terminal 5)
Transportation at Stockholm Arlanda Airport
Stockholm Arlanda Airport is one of only few airports in Europe which has a high speed train connecting the airport with the city center. Arlanda Express takes only 20 minutes to the city center. At the same time, Arlanda Express is also one of the most expensive airport trains in Europe.
Alternatives are the Stockholm Commuter Rail which takes 38 minutes, several different bus operators (Flygbussarna, Swebus and SL) or the local bus line 583 to Märsta and from there the commuter train to Stockholm. The latter option is the cheapest, but also the most lengthy. Other than that, you may also use a taxi to get to Stockholm, but the fares are even higher.