September 18, 2012

Skavsta Stockholm Airport

Arriving early in the morning by bus...
I'm back from my long weekend in Rome! This time I flew with Ryan Air, using the Skavsta airport. As we all know, Ryan Air keeps their prices down by using smaller airports among other "shortcuts". Stockholm is no exception! Skavsta airport is located just outside of the town of Nyköping, about an hour and 20 minutes drive from downtown Stockholm. I have written a few times about Arlanda, the main international airport, but I thought that this was the perfect opportunity to write about Skavsta...
Small departure hall servicing Ryan Air and other "budget" airlines
Flying with Ryan Air has become quite popular and I get more and more questions about how to get from Skavsta to Stockholm. You have basically one choice... bus (if you don't rent a car)! It might not sound too fun to sit on a bus for that long, but the system is quite efficient, convenient and affordable. The busses are modern, with AC, reclining seats and W/C onboard, and travel between Skavsta and City Terminalen, located in downtown Stockholm. City Terminalen is adjacent to the main train station as well as subway station (T-Centralen) connecting you to the Rival Hotel and the rest of the city. The bus company is called Flygbussarna and a round trip adult ticket currently costs 259 SEK (price list). Tickets can be purchased at ticket machines or at the ticket counters at both the City Terminalen and Skavsta airport. They can even be purchased online in advance (a bit cheaper too). The bus schedule is timed to coincide with arriving and departing flights and their schedule can be viewed on their website. If you are thinking to yourself... "ha, I'm too fancy to take the bus. I'll just take a taxi"... well, just be aware that you are looking at around 1,400 SEK one way! You do have the option of taking a taxi (7 minutes, 200 SEK) to Nyköping train station and then by train to Stockholm. But you really won't be saving much time or money. Click here for more information about transfer options.
Speaking of Ryan Air... they recently interviewed me for an article in their in-flight magazine about the hotel's neighborhood (Södermalm) which includes some great tips. Click here to read the article.

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