Stockholm's Airport Express is Crazy Efficient, Crazy Expensive
Oh, Scandinavia: beautiful cities, beautiful people, beautiful landscapes, one hell of a budget buster. The Nordic countries have a lot to offer, but be prepared to recoil from time to time at the sheer cost of doing, well, anything. Oslo tends to take the crown when it comes to being unfriendly on your wallet, but Stockholm gets you before you’ve even arrived.
Getting from Stockholm Arlanda Airport (ARN) to the city center is possible by taxi (bad idea), bus (the cheapest option) or, most conveniently, via the Arlanda Express, departing from underneath the airport terminal directly to Stockholm Central Station. Fast it is, with the journey taking about 20 minutes; convenient, also. A regular adult return will set you back 490 Swedish Krona though – that’s just over $72 dollars. It makes the £34 ($58) for the notoriously expensive Heathrow Express in London look positively reasonable.
Thinking you’ll take a quick taxi to complete the journey to your hotel after a long flight? So did we, which cost us another $35 dollars for a ten-minute ride. Investing the time to figure out the extensive, reliable, and much more affordable bus network is worth it; making our way back to Stockholm Central Station only cost us a few dollars.
Don’t let this discourage you from heading out to Stockholm though, as the city is worth a visit; just do your research on what fits your budget before you go.