Stockholm Layover Guide (ARN)

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Stockholm Arlanda Airport (ARN) is an international airport located in the Sigtuna Municipality of Sweden. It is near the town of Märsta which is 37 km (23 mi) from Stockholm. The airport serves the cities and towns within Stockholm County and the province of Uppland. The airport was officially opened in 1962 and has since become a major gateway for international air travel. Stockholm is the cultural, media, political, and economic center of Sweden as well as the capital city. It is known for its modern designs, Scandinavian cuisine, Viking history, nature, and tourism.

Can you leave Stockholm Airport (ARN) airport during a layover? Do you need a visa?
It's possible to leave Stockholm Arlanda Airport during a layover. You would need a visa depending on your nationality to pass through immigration and customs control. However, some nationalities have visa waivers.(more info).

Tours, Things to do, Sightseeing

Stockholm Organized Tours

Stockholm Archipelago Cruise with Guide

Climb aboard a classic archipelago ship and cruise the waterways of Stockholm on a 2.5-hour sightseeing tour. Cruise along the coast of the second-largest archipelago in the Baltic Sea. Experience the untouched nature of the city’s unique archipelago. Enjoy refreshments and food available for purchase onboard. » book this tour

ABBA The Museum: Skip-the-Line Entrance Ticket

Enter the spectacular ABBA The Museum on the island of Djurgården in Stockholm and enjoy an out-of-the-ordinary experience. At this museum you are an important part of the experience, so by the end, you will end up feeling like the 5th member of the band. Discover what you look like in their legendary stage costumes, and sing at the legendary Polar Studio, formed by ABBA musicians Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson. Even experience the exciting 3D avatars and enter the stage with the band. » book this tour

Stockholm Old Town Walking Tour

Experience early life in Stockholm on this exciting walking tour of the historic Old Town. Listen to colorful stories and legends as you past historic landmarks and regal palaces. Choose a private tour to have your own guide and go at your own pace. Enjoy a fun and educational tour of the Old Town. Walk over cobbled streets and along narrow alleys and see Riddarholmskyrkan, the statue of Stockholm’s founder and fantastic palaces from the 1600s. Listen to stories and legends about the city and some of the people who have lived here. » book this tour

Stockholm Things to do / Sightseeing

Gamla Stan

Take a trip back to medieval times at the famous well-preserved former capital of Stockholm. Dating back to the 13th century, the center is where Stockholm was founded in 1252. It’s an environment full of attractions and historic sites that features restaurants, churches, cafés, museums, bars, and shops for handicrafts and souvenirs. The Nobel Prize Museum is found here. Best described to have the quality to pass for an outdoor museum, historically valuable and rich with colorful compact medieval buildings.

Time required: Half day.

Airport to here: 20 minutes via taxi and an hour via public transport.

Vasa Museum

Centered around the 17th-century relic of a 64-gun warship called The Vasa, constructed under the reign of King Gustavus Adolphus, the 10-room exhibition features a display of the revived ship that sunk in 1628 and has been restored maintaining its original material and a collection of artifacts onboard that were also recovered when it was lifted to surface in 1961 which are included in the exhibition. Also featured is a multilingual documentary about the ship and its recovery from ruin.

Time required: 2 hours.

Airport to here: 20 minutes via taxi and an hour via public transport.

Royal Palace

Tour the official residence and royal palace of the king of Sweden and the royal family. It holds over 600 rooms and five museums — Gustav III’s Museum of Antiquities, Museum Three Crowns, and The Treasury which houses a collection of highly precious coronation treasures presented to the King and Queen by the Archbishop and several alluring significant crowns are displayed here. The Museum Three Crowns is dedicated to the original palace building that was destroyed in a fire and exhibits a replica model of the original. Other highlights include the state bed-chamber of Gustav III’s, Oskar II’s writing room, and Queen Christina’s adorned silver throne in The Hall of State.

Time required: 2-3 hours.

Airport to here: 35 minutes via taxi and an hour via public transport.


An awesome space to discover contemporary photography collections that curate four unique annual exhibitions and 20 other small shows which guarantee a terrific experience. Works of famed photographers like Guy Bourdin and Irving Penn are featured in exhibits here. On the top floor of the gallery is the award-winning restaurant of Fotografiska, run by famous chef Paul Svensson with a menu that focuses on green seasonal dishes. The building also consists of an academy, bistro, café, bar, conference rooms, museum shop, gallery, and event spaces.

Time required: 2 hours.

Airport to here: 35 minutes via taxi and an hour via public transport.

Grona Lund

Get into some fun at Sweden’s oldest amusement park, founded in 1883. The park is a popular venue for summer concerts where artists like ABBA, Paul McCartney, Bob Marley, Sting, and The Cardigans have all played. The park features 30 attractions with rides such as the Eclipse, Insane, Twister, Blue Train, Flying Carpet, and more amongst other kiddie rides. New roller coasters are introduced every few years. Some of the favorite rides to try are the upside-down ride ‘Insane’ and the Flying Carpet.

Time required: Half day.

Airport to here: 20 minutes via taxi and an hour or 30 minutes via public transport.


A haven for fashion-oriented individuals to shop from its string of chain stores, malls, old-school department stores, and flagship stores for international brands. Here you’ll find fashion and design shops to source mainstream Swedish fashion. Simply referred to as ‘City’, it’s generally a cultural hub that features opera and ballet at the Royal Swedish Opera, art exhibitions and modern dance at and orchestral performances at the Stockholm Concert Hall.

Time required: 2 – 4 hours.

Airport to here: 15 minutes via taxi and 48 minutes via public transport.

Take A Canal Trip For A Better View Of The City

Join an exciting guided boat sightseeing cruise through the city on its waterways starting at the City Hall and takes you around the Kungsholmen island and other historical buildings and landmarks of Stockholm — all of which’s history and background you’ll be provided with while on the tour from the foundation of its origin to current times. Join the Historical Canal Tour as a recommendation.

Time required: 1-2 hours.

Airport to here: 35 minutes via taxi and 55 minutes via public transport.

Things to Do in Stockholm Airport (ARN)

Relaxing and Sleeping

Airport Lounges and Relaxing
There are several lounges in each terminal. » view all lounges or buy a lounge pass or membership online

Hotel and Sleeping
There are many options for hotels close to the airport including a couple of transit hotels in the airport. » view all or book an airport hotel online

Rest Area and Sleeping in Airport
There are no designated rest zones in the airport.

WIFI/Internet and SIM Card

WIFI/Internet: Connect to the “Airport-Guest” network for free wifi.

SIM Card: There are several shops within the airport that sell SIM cards. » buy a global sim card for Stockholm, Sweden that you can use for other countries as well!

Transportation to/from airport

Taxi: Taxis are available directly outside all terminals of the Stockholm Arlanda Airport, at taxi stands.

Train: The Arlanda Express runs non stop between Stockholm and Stockholm Arlanda. (more info).

Bus: There are many buses that link the airport with the city. (more info).

Shuttle: There are several private shuttles run at the airport.

Car rentals: There are car rental options that can be booked online with given rates and availability. » view available cars or rent a car now online

Parking: A safe and secure parking facility is available. You can book your parking slot online.

Luggage Storage & Lockers

Bagport offers left luggage and clothing storage in Terminal 5. Additionally, there are left luggage lockers in SkyCity in other terminals of the airport. » book a luggage storage or locker at Stockholm Airport (ARN) online (subject to availability).

Money Exchange and Withdrawal

- Stockholm Airport (ARN) ATMs, currency exchanges and banks