Happy weekend everyone!
I hope you are all getting a chance to get outside and explore the Christmas Markets that Olivia recommended in her post. I was at the Kungstragården julmarknad yesterday with my best friend! It was so nice to drink some warm Glögg, watch the skaters and do a little Christmas shopping!
With the holidays coming up, I imagine that many international students will be heading home to spend some time with friends and family. I thought I would share some convenient and budget friendly ways to travel to Arlanda airport. While there are three airports that service the Stockholm area, Arlanda is probably the most common for international travellers.
There are many ways to travel from the city center to Arlanda. Using T-Centralen as a starting point, here are a few options:
Flygbussarna ($ Student ticket 89 SEK one-way)
The airport busses service the three different airports, and it takes about 45 minutes to get to Arlanda. Busses leave T-Centralen bus terminal regularly.
Arlanda Express ($ Student ticket 130 SEK one-way)
The Arlanda express is a high-speed direct train to and from T-Centraln and Arlanda airport. The journey is 20 minutes long. In my opinion, this is the easiest method of travel. However, once you lose your student or youth status, the price for a one-way ticket is 260 SEK.
Pendeltåg ($ SL Card + UL supplement ticket 60 SEK one way)
The Pendeltåg is the commuter train that is included with your monthly SL (metro) card. The only condition is that you have to add a small price supplement to your ticket when you take the Pendeltåg all the way from T-Centralen in the direction of either Märsta or Uppsala C. If you get on the train in the direction of Märsta, you need to get off at Upplands Väsby to change to a train that connects to Arlanda (Uppsala C direction). This is where you will need to make sure you have the supplementary ticket. The Uppsala C train will stop at Arlanda C directly. If you take the Uppsala C train from T-Centralen, then you need to purchase the supplementary ticket at the SL/UL window before you go onto the train platform at T-Centralen. This trip takes approximately 40 minutes.
Pendeltåg + Bus ($ Only your SL Card with no additional fees)
This option is something I have only recently learned about, but one of my friends travels to Arlanda this way, especially because she works in Solna already. Take the Pendeltåg from T-Centralen in the direction of Märsta, where you then get off to connect with bus 583. This should take about 55 – 60 minutes as long as your connections are smooth. There are no additional fees here so that means your SL card will get you door to door!
Ryan Air Bus (Flygbussarna) to Skavsta ($ Student ticket 119 SEK one-way)
Skavsta is another, and is used mostly by Ryan Air travelers, and there is an airport bus that leaves from T-Centralen. This takes about 1 hour and 10 minutes.
Tip: If you are travelling via Ryan Air for the holidays, make sure to check-in online in advance in order to avoid fees when checking in at the counter.
Let me know if you have any questions!
I hope that everyone travelling this season has a safe trip and enjoys their time away!