Two weeks ago I made my first trip to Stockholm via Skavsta Airport NYO when I arrived from Gdansk, Poland GDN on Ryanair. The deal for my travel was a $9 one-way fare from Gdansk to Stockholm NYO compared to $60 to fly into Stockholm Arlanda ARN on Norwegian.
I wanted to go into Stockholm City anyway for a stay at Clarion Hotel Sign before my flight home to California the next day on Norwegian Airlines from Stockholm ARN to Oakland, California OAK.
Flygbussarna airport transportation from Skavsta NYO to Stockholm City Terminal cost 139 SEK ($15.68 USD) for an 80 minute bus ride compared to 99 SEK ($11.16 USD) for Arlanda Airport ARN to Stockholm City Terminal on a 45 minute bus ride.
Skavsta Airport NYO
Skavsta Airport NYO is 100 km southwest of Stockholm near the city of Nyköping, Sweden. This is a small, rural airport. Currently there are about 24 nonstop flights with Ryanair and Wizz Air flying to airports across Europe from Stockholm Skavsta NYO.
My Ryanair flight touched down at 4:00pm. Outside the terminal there were several Flygbussarna airport coaches. As I understand it, the bus to Stockholm City leaves about 35 to 40 minutes after flight arrival. There are other bus routes, so look for signs.
Flygbussarna coaches at Stockholm Skavsta Airport NYO.
Flygbussarna Stockholm Skavsta NYO airport bus routes.
Flygbussarna credit card kiosk at the NYO airport bus stop sells tickets.
Flygbussarna tickets can be purchased online. There is also a kiosk inside the airport arrivals terminal. Tickets are valid for a ride up to 3 months from date of purchase. Online ticket price was 139 SEK ($15.68 USD).
Bus Ride to Stockholm City Terminal
The driver checked me in. Suitcases are stored in the outside compartments of the bus. There were sufficient seats on the bus for me to have two seats to myself. A toilet is on the bus if needed during the 80 minute bus ride.
I used the bus trip to snap some Sweden landscape photos.
A statistic I read during my trip is Sweden has more McDonald’s restaurants per capita than any other country in Europe with about one location for every 40,000 residents. In the USA there are about 1 McDonald’s per 23,000 residents.
One night last July in Stockholm, I got a little angry when I walked a couple miles across the city one night at 9pm and only found what I consider to be affordable takeaway hot food at McDonald’s and Max Hamburgers. Both undesirable choices, but less than half the price of food I saw anywhere else at Stockholm restaurants.
Stockholm is a city built on islands. Sea water is all around.
Where this is sea, there are boats.
I learned on a walking tour in Gdansk, Poland that there are very few rocks in that area of Poland on the Baltic Sea coast. Historically, large rocks were a resource imported to Gdansk from the rocky coast of Sweden.
There is a lot of rock around Stockholm. The subway system is mostly natural rock wall tunnels.
This rocky hillside is covered with trails and benches. The light of day at sunset illuminated this landscape and architecture of Stockholm.
The airport bus paralleled the same train tracks bringing trains and Arlanda Express into the city center.
Clarion Hotel Sign was built on a site that borders the train tracks in central Stockholm, about 300 meters from the Arlanda Express train station. My rooms have always faced the city park on the opposite side of the hotel from the train tracks.
Clarion Hotel Sign
Flygbussarna bus stops are at an elevated street level above the Arlanda Express station. In Stockholm, I departed the bus and headed downstairs following signs to Arlanda Express. Out the station doors and a few minutes walk left to Clarion Sign had me in my hotel room about 2 hours after landing at Stockholm Skavsta NYO.
Clarion Hotel Sign is 10,000 Choice Privileges for a reward night.
View from Clarion Hotel Sign of Arlanda Express station (track level of nearest building on left side) and Flygbussarna bus station (upper level right side of same building).
Upon arrival at the hotel, I quickly got myself back out the door to buy food for dinner and the next day’s flight long-haul flight to Oakland on Norwegian Airlines. Coop Centralen supermarket is on the lower level of Stockholm Central train station, below the street level McDonald’s.
After several trips to Stockholm, I found this to be the best place to buy hot food. But you have to get there before too late in the evening.
I purchased a whole hot roasted chicken for 52 SEK ($5.87 USD). I had purchased broccoli and brie in Gdansk and purchased hummus nd a baguette for about $5.00 in Stockholm.
On the way back to the hotel, I stopped by Systembolaget, Sweden’s government run liquor store to purchase a couple bottles of Eriksberg 500ml bottles of lager for 16.80 SEK ($1.90 USD). One of the aspects I don’t like about Sweden and Norway is real beer with alcohol is only sold through government stores. Supermarket beer is limited to 3.5% alcohol. The lowest price I have seen for a beer in Stockholm is 52 SEK for Czech beer in a Sodermalm pub.
Over the past couple years I have learned that I’d rather wait until I find a Systembolaget in Sweden rather than waste money to buy low alcohol beer at around the same price.
Back in my hotel I ate dinner, drank some beer, worked on some writing and passed out.
The next morning Clarion Hotel Sign breakfast buffet filled me up early, more writing, packing and out the door to catch Flygbussarna to Stockholm Arlanda ARN.
Around noon, after checking in for Norwegian and boarding pass in hand, I found a little quiet spot in Arlanda airport, near the Arlanda Express escalator to the train cave. I drank my remaining Eriksberg, ate as much broccoli and hummus I could stuff in my body and carried the remaining broccoli, brie cheese and baguette on the plane for my 11 hour trip.
On the bus, I came up with a step-by-step guide for how to efficiently transit overnight through Stockholm airports. My routine may not help you as much as it will help me remember.
Stockholm Airports Overnight Transit Guide
Perfecting Stockholm transit travel.
1. Flygbussarna 139SEK ($15 USD) Stockholm Skavsta Airport NYO to Stockholm City Terminal.
2. Clarion Hotel Sign reward night for 10,000 Choice Privileges points ($45 during Daily Getaways annual sale).
3. Central Station Coop Market for hot roasted chicken 52SEK ($6), hummus ($3), broccoli ($2).
4. Systembolaget for real beer, not fake market beer. ($3.80) for 2 500 ml bottles Eriksberg.
5. Eat, drink, write, sleep at Clarion Hotel Sign and eat free hotel breakfast. Take city walks if time.
6. Buy Flyggbussarna bus ticket online or through app Stockholm city center to Arlanda Airport ARN 99 SEK ($11). Bus every 10 minutes.
8. Binge watch movies, preferably Norwegian language movies with English subtitles on Norwegian 11-hour flight home.
In February, I binge watched a six part 6-hour Norwegian thriller series Mammon.
Two weeks ago on my last Norwegian flight to Oakland, I watched a six part 4.5-hour Norwegian TV series Kampen Om Tungtvannet / The Heavy Water War about the World War II effort to sabotage heavy water production for the Nazi nuclear weapons development program run by Werner Heisenberg.
I really enjoy Norwegian flights on the 787 Dreamliner. No hassle on carry on luggage, frequently plenty of seats to get a vacant seat beside me and good inflight entertainment movies.
Also plenty of connectivity for USB power to charge phone and AC outlet for laptop computer.
A couple hours of sleep, some food and before I knew it, Oakland came into view. A weekend rate Costco rental car for $40 and a couple hours later I was home in Monterey, a bit tired in early evening with a 9-hour time difference from Sweden.
Seeing Monterey Bay is always a welcome homecoming.
View of Monterey Bay from Monterey Airport MRY.
Feb-March Trip Report: San Francisco, London, Amsterdam, Sofia, Athens, Warsaw, Gdansk, Stockholm, Oakland
- Best Western Bonum Gdansk, Poland $39 suite