Direct service between the United States and Sweden is operated by SAS in cooperation with United Airlines and other members of Star Alliance. Non-stop services offered from Newark, NJ and Chicago to Stockholm (via Copenhagen from Seattle and Washington, DC).
Continental Airlines offer non-stop service to Stockholm from Newark, NJ and Delta Airlines offer non-stop service between New York, JFK and Stockholm.
Most European airlines, Icelandair and Finnair to mention a few, fly to Sweden from North America via connection in Europe.
During the summer the weather in Stockholm is mild and pleasant. Pack casual summer clothes, like a few medium-weight sweaters, a light jacket or raincoat.
An overcoat is necessary in the autumn, winter and spring.
Comfortable, low-heeled shoes are important, not only for the countryside, but also for sightseeing along cobblestone streets.
Swedes like fashion. However, they avoid standing out in glitzy attire and will never abandon their jeans for too long.
In the restaurants and for business, a jacket and tie are expected for gentlemen. Trousers are acceptable for women on any occasion, including business.
The monetary unit in Stockholm is the krona (plural “kronor”) and equals 100 öre. Bank notes are printed in values of 20, 50, 100, 500 and 1,000 kronor, coins 1, 5 and 10 kronor. There is no limit on the amount of Swedish and foreign currency taken into Stokholm. Sweden has yet to ratify the Euro treaty.
Major credit cards (some restriction may apply to American Express) are widely accepted throughout Stockholm at banks, hotels, stores, restaurants, taxis, car rental companies, and for air, ship and rail tickets. Please note! In order to pay or withdraw cash with your credit card it requires that you have a card with chip and PIN (Personal Identification Number). The older magnetic-stripe cards won’t work. You can get cash with your Visa, MasterCard, Maestro or Cirrus card at any “Bankomat” or “Uttagsautomat” ATM.
Travellers’ cheques are generally accepted as payment throughout Stockholm. Change will be given in Swedish kronor. Please note that a nominal fee is charged when using the cheques as payment.
Languages: Swedish; recognized minority languages: Sami (Lapp), Finnish, Meänkieli (Tornedalen Finnish), Yiddish, Romani Chib (a Gypsy language).
Emergency phone calls Dial 112 for emergency assistance from police, fire brigade, ambulance etc. Emergency calls from pay phones are free of charge.
The general practitioner system does not apply in Stockholm. Instead, you visit the nearest hospital clinic ("Akutmottagning" or "Vårdcentral"), taking your passport and European Health Insurance (EHIC) with you or you will be charged the full cost of the treatment. With an EHIC, you will still have to pay part of the cost, which is not refundable. You will also have to pay the full cost of dental treatment up to a fixed limit, and most of the cost above this limit. Any reductions will be made before you get your bill.
Most hotels and other accommodations in Stockholm maintain contact with a nearby doctor who can be summoned quickly in case of illness. Municipal authorities supply emergency medical care, and hotel staff can direct guests to local emergency centers or hospitals.
Citizens from North America and other countries from outside the EU/EEA countries must pay for the medical treatment. Make sure that you are covered by your health insurance and bring necessary documents on your trip.
Citizens from within EU/EEA countries and some other countries with which Sweden has a special agreement are entitled to the same medical services as the Swedes.
You can go to any public hospital. In-patient care is free, but you will have to pay part of the cost of any outpatient care. There is a fixed, non-refundable daily charge.
Prescriptions are dispensed at pharmacies (“Apotek”), which are generally open during normal shop hours. A 24-hour service is available in the major cities. You will have to pay the full cost of any prescription drugs up to a limit, and part of any costs above this limit. If you are on medication, make sure you have an adequate supply before leaving for Sweden.
Dental surgeries or clinics are indicated by " Tandläkare" or "Folktandvård" signs. An emergency service is available in major cities out of hours.
An outstretched hand in Stockholm more often welcomes a handshake than a tip. A service charge is automatically included in most Stockholm hotel bills. Tipping for special services provided by hotel staff is fine, but is not expected and is simply a matter of personal taste. At restaurants, a service charge is included in the bill, but a small gratuity is expected for evening meals. Taxi drivers should be given a few extra kronor. Porters and cloakroom attendants often charge fixed fees. Doormen at hotels and restaurants are tipped modestly.
Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) offers more nonstop flights from the US to Scandinavia than any other airline and is the easiest way to reach Stockholm. SAS operates non-stop service from New York (Newark), Chicago, and Washington, D.C. to Stockholm and from San Francisco to Copenhagen. For the past 4 years, SAS has ranked among the world’s most punctual airlines according to flightstats.com.
SAS has launched its new service class concept to create the most modern flight experience. SAS Go (Economy) – For customers who want to have a lot. It always includes a checked bag at no extra charge, as well as several services to save time, including internet check-in. SAS Plus (Premium Economy) – For customers who wish to have even more. It includes two checked bags at no extra charge, SAS Fast Track, lounge access to SAS lounges, complimentary meals and drinks onboard as well as 200% EuroBonus points; all of this is on top of the benefits offered by SAS Go. SAS Business - For customers who want the best of everything, we offer extensive ground services such as easy check-in options, fast track security, where available, lounge access, and the in-flight experience includes Business Sleeper, Scandinavian cuisine and personal entertainment system.
Ferries and Cruise Ships
Stockholm is a popular cruise destination - every year around 300 cruise liners from the four corners of the earth put in to the city. The approach through the beautiful Stockholm archipelago with its 30,000 islands is an experience in itself.
Stockholm was recently named Europe’s Best Cruise Destination at the prestigious Cruise International Awards for 2013. Cruise liners mainly put in to Stadsgårdskajen and Frihamnen. The harbors are located close to attractions and sights and have public transport connections.
There are also regular services from Finland, Poland and the Baltic states with large passenger and car ferries docking at their own terminals in the Stockholm area. During crossings you can enjoy good food, shopping and entertainment.
Getting from Arlanda Airport to Stockholm City Center
Arlanda Express offers the fastest and possibly cheapest way (depending on how many people are traveling and what special offers are active) to travel between Stockholm’s city center and Arlanda International Airport, but taxis offer the most convenient way to travel between the airport and your hotel or cruise ship. You’ll pay a fixed price of around SEK520 depending on the company you use.
Public Transportation in Stockholm
Stockholm is often praised for its comfortable, efficient and safe transportation. Stockholm Public Transport, SL, is responsible for buses, underground trains, commuter trains, trams and certain ferry lines in Greater Stockholm.
The underground is the easiest way to get around town. The city is divided into three zones, and zone tickets are good for several trips within the hour. Tickets can be purchased at SL Centers, underground platform barriers, newsagent kiosks or via SMS. It's not possible to pay cash for tickets on board buses in Stockholm. Most bus stops have ticket machines that take both coins and cards. Prepaid cards are the best alternative for those making few trips. It's also possible to buy 1, 3, or 7-day cards, which allow free travel in all zones during the validity period. Another alternative is the Stockholm Card, which allows free travel and free entry to 80 museums and attractions in the city. Stockholm Cards are valid for 24, 48 or 72 hours.
A trip on the number 69 bus or number 7 tram is a superb way to discover Stockholm. The lines go out to Djurgården and major attractions like Skansen and the Vasa Museum.
Stockholmers are always heedful of their beautiful surroundings, and this has led to many inner city buses running on eco-friendly fuels such as ethanol. The Stockholm underground is also known as the world's longest art gallery as so many of its stations are adorned with the works of different artists.
There are many taxi companies to choose from in Stockholm. Approved taxis with metered fares always bear yellow number plates. Credit cards are readily accepted. Sweden does not regulate prices; they may vary greatly. It is the customer’s responsibility to check prices beforehand. Check the price on the yellow label (pictured above), which is usually on the rear door window, before entering the vehicle. The highest unit price of most taxis is between SEK 290 - 390.
Local Boat Transport
Travelling by local ferries is a fantastic way to experience a city built on islands. Ferries are used by both commuters and tourists wanting to take a better look around. There are ample ferry departures from Nybroviken and Slussen out to the leafy island of Djurgården. An SL Card includes ferries from Slussen and you can also buy single tickets on the quay.
A valid passport entitles EU and North American citizens to a three-month stay in Sweden. Citizens of other countries should check with a Swedish diplomatic representative in their home country.
The Schengen Agreement
Sweden is part of the Schengen Agreement, an agreement on unrestricted travel for persons in Europe. This co-operation only regulates the control of persons as travellers, and does not affect EU regulations for the free transport of goods, services and capital.
Travel in the Schengen area is equivalent to domestic travel in terms of the control of persons. You therefore do not need to show your passport when travelling between the Schengen countries, but you still need to bring your passport since you need to be able to confirm your nationality in various circumstances when visiting another Schengen country.
Travellers to or from the Schengen area will go through a personal control, both on arrival and departure. Identity will be checked, as well as the validity of the passport. Travellers will also be checked in relation to a joint police register (Schengen Information System).
Stockholm enjoys a generally temparate climate, thanks to the Gulf Stream. Above the Arctic Circle, winter can be crisp and invigorating. In the south, winter is generally mild with an average of temperature above 0C/32F degrees, but temperatures can vary markedly in different parts of the country. Stockholm's northerly position has a definite summer advantage in that temperatures are rarely extreme and humidity levels are not high.