|New taxi station (with queues) at terminal 5|
Photo by Roger Malmgren
There are many ways to get from the Arlanda International Airport
to Stockholm. You have public transportation such as busses
and commuter trains
, as well as a high speed train called the Arlanda Express
. These are great options, depending on your budget and time constraints. But, by far, the most convenient way to get to the city is by taxi... mainly because this is a door to door service while the other types of transportation take you only as far as a train or bus stop.
There are, however, some things to consider when taking a taxi. Taxis aren't regulated in Sweden which means that the prices for taxis can vary quite a bit. The vast majority of taxis have similar fares, but a few small taxi companies charge up to double as much as the larger companies. Fortunately, you really don't have to worry about this when taking a taxi from the taxi queues
at Arlanda. In order for their cars to use the queues at the aiport, the taxi companies need to sign a contract which states that the maximum price they can charge to downtown Stockholm is 675 SEK. But be aware
- this is for taxis in the queues. Some unscrupulous taxi drivers will try and stop you before you get outside and ask if you need a taxi. They are not standing in the queues and are therefore not contractually obliged to take a maximum of 675 SEK and can legally charge what they want as long as they have their prices on a sticker
(I have heard horror stories of people having to pay up to 3,000 SEK). So stick to the ones in the queues! This price is for a car that seats up to 4 persons and within a special zone
(that includes central Stockholm). Each of the larger taxi companies has their own marked queue at the airport. These include Taxi Stockholm
, Taxi Kurir
and Sverige Taxi
. These all take approximately 500-600 SEK (fixed rate) give or take, just double check with the driver before getting into the taxi to get the exact price. Then there is another queue marked "all other companies". Here you will find the smaller companies which will take a variety of prices. You can pay for taxis with your credit card. Just remember that they are not allowed to take more than 675 SEK if they were in the marked queues. Click here for more information about taxis at Arlanda.
Photo by Daniel Asplund
Another option is to book a taxi where the driver meets you in the Arrival Hall holding a sign with your name on it. There is an additional fee of 27 SEK (certain terminals) added for this service. If you are staying at the Hotel Rival
, contact me to book this type of taxi service.
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