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Stockholm Arlanda Airport Guide

Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or you are just quickly passing through, our Stockholm Arlanda Airport Guide is a great place to start planning your visit.  Here, you’ll find information on services and facilities available inside the airport – including details about airport lounges, WiFi, mobile charging points, lockers, 24-hour food options, nearby hotels, and everything in between.

I slept at the Terminal 2 between two desks and nobody annoyed me until 5am – when the desks opened. -alesssia

ARN Airport Overview

Stockholm Arlanda Airport guide
(Photo by SleepingInAirports / November 2019)

To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, here is a quick run-down about what to expect during your time at Stockholm Arlanda International Airport.

What to Expect

Stockholm Arlanda Airport (code: ARN) consists of four terminals: T2, T3, T4 and T5. International flights depart from T2 and T5, with T5 being the newer and larger of the two. Domestic flights depart from T3 and T4. The terminals are connected by walkways, shuttle busses and the Arlanda Express, a train that ultimately connects to the city centre.  Amenity-wise, there are many restaurants, shops and activities for travellers, including unlimited free WiFi. Terminal highlights include the in-airport bakery at RC Chocolate, the outdoor pool at Hotel Arlanda, and the wedding services at the air traffic control tower. Be aware that the only 24-hour restaurant is the Landside 7/11 in T5.  For added comfort, while you wait, economy class passengers can access first-class lounges in T2 or T5 – some of which have showers!  See Airport Lounges in the guide below for locations and access information.

Sleeping in Arlanda Airport

Stockholm Arlanda receives generally good reviews from airport sleepers. Except for T3, the entire airport is open overnight yet remains relatively quiet until 5:00 AM when departures begin. Staff are reputed to be generally tolerant of airport sleepers, with a few people writing in to say that security staff were both helpful and made them feel safe. There are plenty of seats and lounge chairs to spread out on, with the greatest concentration in the upstairs area of SkyCity. A few reviewers also mention sleeping on the benches at closed restaurants and shopping areas or around Gate F33, where it is particularly comfortable and quiet. That said, if you stay overnight here, layers or a warm blanket will serve you well, as it can get chilly. Explore our guide to sleeping in Stockholm Arlanda Airport or read traveller airport reviews for more tips. For more comfort and privacy, there are hotels directly connected to the airport and others nearby that are connected by shuttles. See the Airport Hotels section below for locations.

Good to Know

Got a long layover? Pay the day fee (SEK 100) for Hotel Arlanda and enjoy the fitness facilities and the outdoor pool. Your fee includes change- room access, towels, water and fruit!

To help us keep this guide up-to-date, you can add or update information or write a review to submit airport tips and photos. You can also visit the airport’s website for current information.  For more airport information, continue scrolling down to explore more in our Stockholm Arlanda Airport Guide.

In this guide we may refer to locations as “landside” and “airside”. Landside is the public area of the terminal located in the non-secure zone, before security. Airside is the secure area of the terminal that you must reach by going through security.  For more information on Europe’s Schengen Area, click here.

Airport Hours

The airport is open 24 hours. Terminal 3 closes at night.

Arlanda Airport Hotels

Quick Facts

Nearest Hotel:  At the Airport
Sleep Cabins or Pods: Yes
Day Rooms: Yes
Nearby Hotels with Free Shuttles: Yes

When the prospect of sleeping on the floor or in a chair gives you nightmares, there is good news for those who are looking to sleep at Stockholm Arlanda Airport in comfort.   If you are on a layover, you must pass through immigration/security as there is no transit hotel or accommodations on the airside.  On the landside, three conveniently located hotels connected to the terminal offer short-term and overnight rates.   Off-site, several hotels within a 10-minute drive provide free airport shuttles.

Hotels at the Airport

  • Clarion Hotel Arlanda – Connected to SkyCity, between Terminals 4 and 5.   » Check Rates
  • Radisson Blu Sky City – Within walking distance of all terminals.  Day rooms are available for 4 or 8 hours.  » Check Rates
  • Comfort Hotel Arlanda Airport – Connected to SkyCity and Terminal 5.  » Check Rates

Hotels near Arlanda Airport

  • Radisson Blu Arlandia – Free airport shuttle is available.  » Check Rates
  • Jumbo Stay – A genuine 747 Jumbo Jet that has been converted into a hostel. Private rooms and a 4-bed mixed dorm are available. Accessible by free transfer bus ALFA, which departs every 15 minutes from 5:00 AM – 12:00 AM and according to flight schedule from 12:00 AM to 5:00 AM.  » Check Rates

For more options, visit Tripadvisor to see a list of hotels in Stockholm, search for deals and read traveller reviews.

Airport Lounges

Pay-per-use, Single Visit Passes & Lounge Memberships

Regardless of what class of service you are flying, there are lounges that you can enter by paying at the door, purchasing a lounge pass or through a lounge membership program. Visit the individual lounge page for more details about the lounge itself and learn how to gain access with just an economy class ticket!

Terminal 2
  • Pearl Lounge – Location: Airside.  Access only for Schengen & Non-Schengen Departures.  Lounge Access: Prepaid lounge pass • Lounge membership programs.
Terminal 4
  • Pearl Lounge – Location: Airside, Pier C, Gate 37.  Lounge Access: Lounge membership programs.
Terminal 5
  • American Express Pop-up Lounge – Location: Airside, between the A and F Piers, Mezzanine Level.  Lounge Access: Centurion and Platinum card members.
  • Pearl Lounge – Location: Airside, A-Pier.  Lounge Access: Prepaid lounge pass • Lounge membership programs.

Related Pages: Arlanda Airport Lounges

Drinking Water

A reader tells us there are currently (April 2024) no water bottle refill stations, but you can use the tap water in the restrooms to refill your bottles.  The reader says “All water from taps are safe to drink, the quality is very good and only have a very low level of chlorine.”

Food & Drinks

Most food concessions throughout the airport operate according to flight schedules. The Barino Italian Inspired Cafe (Sky City, Landside) and Eatery Garden (Marknadsplatsen) are open 24 hours.  Vending machines are available in T2 and T3.

Luggage Storage & Lockers

Bagport offers left luggage and clothing storage. Rates: unknown Location: T5, landside, Level 1 Hours: 5:00 AM – 11:00 PM. Additionally, there are left luggage lockers landside in SkyCity, T2, T4 and T5. Rates vary from SEK 30-50 per 24-hour period.

Mobile Charging

According to a traveller review (Oct 2016), mobile charging outlets are available in SkyCity and at Terminals 4 and 5 gates.

Rest & Relaxation

There are no dedicated sleeping areas, quiet areas or rest zones. If this information has changed, click here to update this guide.

Showers

Unavailable. If this is not correct, click here to update this guide.

WiFi/Internet

Free WiFi is available at Stockholm Arlanda Airport for up to 3 hours or 100 MB. Connect to the “Airport-Guest” network. If you require more time or data, you can buy additional access with a credit card at the following rates: SEK 49 for 1 hour or SEK 129 for 24 hours.

Pro-Tip: Be careful with your internet usage; it’s free for 100MB or 3 hours. After that, you get kicked out, and it is not possible to renew without paying.

Sidewalk Express offers pay-per-use internet stations. Location: 2,4,5, and SkyCity, landside.

More Airport Information

More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover

Chapel – Find peace and solace at the airport’s interfaith chapel. If you need a priest, a Church of Sweden priest is available Monday through Friday. Location: T5, landside Hours: 5:00 AM – 10:00 PM.

Family Services

  • Baby Care Facilities – A baby changing room is available landside in SkyCity, between T4 and T5. Diaper changing tables are available in all restrooms throughout each of the terminals. Strollers are available for use in the airport, free of charge, from check-in to the gate. Airport strollers can be picked up in T2, T4 and T5. Passengers of T3 can pick up a stroller from T2.
  • Children’s Play Area – Your kids will love these whimsical travel-themed play areas! Locations – Airside at: T2, Gate 67 • T3, Airside • T4, Gate 31 • T5, Gate 3.

Faxing & Printing – Faxing and printing services are available at Bagport and the VIP lounges. See Luggage Storage & Lockers for location and hours.

Fitness – You can pay to use the gym, sauna, jacuzzi, and other facilities inside the SATS Fitness Centre in the Radisson Blu for a one-time visitor fee of SEK 200. Location: SkyCity, landside, Radisson Blu SkyCity Hotel, 5th Floor. Hours: 5:00 AM – 10:00 PM (Mon-Fri) and 7:00 AM – 9:00 PM (Sat-Sun). You can also pay to use the swimming pool, sauna and gym at the Clarion Hotel Arlanda. Hours: 5:00 AM – 9:00 PM.

Information Desk – You will find an Information Desk in every Terminal except Terminal 3. Hours: unknown.

Luggage

  • Luggage Storage & Lockers – see “Luggage Storage & Lockers” above.
  • Luggage Wrapping – Available at Bagport. See Luggage Storage & Lockers for location and hours.

Massages – Massage services are available at Aktivera Kliniken. Location: Landside, SkyCity, Entrance F, Level 6. Hours: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM (Mon – Fri only). Massages, acupuncture and more are offered at Flygterapeuterna. Location: Landside, SkyCity, Entrance B. Hours: 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM (Mon – Fri only).

Medical Services

  • Medical Services – Vaccinations and medical consultations are available at the Airport Sky healthcare clinic. Location: SkyCity, landside, Entrance A, 5th Floor Hours: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM (Mon – Fri). AktiveraKliniken offers naprapathic medicine and massage therapy. Location: SkyCity, landside, Entrance F, Level 6 Hours: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Therapeutic massage, medical podiatry, acupuncture and chiropractic treatments are available at Flygterapeuterna. Location: SkyCity, landside, Entrance B, take stairs from the Airport Fashion Men store. Hours: 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM (Mon – Fri).
  • Pharmacy – A wide range of health and beauty products are available at Apoteksgruppen. You can even get your prescriptions filled in their SkyCity location! Locations: SkyCity, landside Hours: 7:00 AM – 8:00 PM (Mon-Fri), 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM (Sat) and 9:30 AM – 8:00 PM (Sun) • T5, airside Hours: 5:00 AM – 9:00 PM (Mon-Fri & Sun), 5:00 AM – 7:00 PM (Sat).

Money

  • ATMs / Cash Machines – Need cash? ATMs are available. Fees may apply, so check your bank’s fee schedule and daily withdrawal limit if you are travelling internationally. You may also want to notify your bank of your travel plans. Locations: Airside in T2, T4 and T5, • Landside in SkyCity. A machine in the T5 Departure Hall dispenses both Swedish Crowns and Euro.
  • Banking Services – SEB offers full-service banking. Location: SkyCity, landside.Hours: 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM (Mon-Fri).
  • Currency Exchange – Currency exchange and Western Union money transfers are available at the airport:
    • Landside: Forex (T2 and SkyCity) • SEB (T5 and SkyCity) • X-Change (T5 – three locations). Hours: vary according to location, with many opening as early as 5:00 AM.
    • Airside: Forex (T5). Hours: 5:00 AM – 10:00 PM.

Shopping – Duty-Free stores are available airside in T2, T4 and T5 (Schengen and non-Schengen). A variety of retail shops are also available. Most shops open an hour before the first flight departure and close just after the last flight departure of the day. There is a 7/11 that is open 24 hours a day for last-minute snacks and drinks. Location: T5, Landside.

SIM Cards – A reader has asked us to include where to buy SIM Cards. If you know, click here to update this airport guide.

Smoking Rooms – Available in Terminal 2 (entrance A) and Terminal 5 (near gates 3, 13, F65, and level 3 after the large duty-free).

Spa & Salon Services – Hair styling and styling products are available at Flygfrisören. Location: SkyCity, landside Hours: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM (Mon-Fri – outside of these days by appointment only).

Things to do & see

  • Airport Tours – Find out what happens at the airport during a behind-the-scenes airport tour, available to groups only (sorry, solo travellers).
  • Weddings – When you want to exchange vows and board a plane for your honeymoon shortly afterwards, there is nowhere more convenient than the airport. Stockholm Arlanda offers various wedding services, including a reception in one of the airport’s Swedish-designed VIP Lounges, a ceremony in the control tower or a church service performed in the airport’s chapel. Contact the airport for more information.
Airlines
Stockholm Arlanda Airport is served by the following airlines: Aegean Airlines • Aeroflot • Air Arabia • Air Baltic • Air Cairo • Air China • Air Europa • Air France • Air India • Air Leap • Air Serbia • AIS Airlines • Amapola • Atlas Global • Austrian Airlines • Belavia • Blue Air • British Airways • China Eastern Airlines • Corendon Airlines • Croatia Airlines • Czech Airline • EasyJet • Emirates • Ethiopian Airlines • Eurowings • Finnair • Iberia • Icelandair • Iran Air • KLM • LOT • Lufthansa • Nordica • Norwegian • Nouvelair • Novair • NYX Air • Pegasus Airlines • Qatar Airways • Royal Air Maroc • S7 Airlines • SAS • Singapore Airlines • Sun Express • Swiss • TAP Portugal • Tarom • Thai Airways • Transavia • TUIFly • Turkish Airlines • Ukraine International Airlines • United Airlines • Vueling • Wings of Lebanon.
Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport

Bus

Arlanda airport is accessed by several local and long-distance bus lines. Passengers can take a bus to or from Stockholm, Uppsala, Västerås, Malmö and points beyond. The most popular bus services to/from Arlanda Airport are:

  • Air Shuttle – The Air Shuttle travels from the City Terminal Bus Station in central Stockholm to Arlanda Airport (total trip time: 35 minutes)
  • Flygbussarna – These highly eco-friendly buses run on RME bio-fuel, a fossil fuel made from rapeseed. Services are available to Stockholm city center, Bromma Bus Station and Liljeholmen.
  • Night Bus to Stockholm and Uppsala – SL (Stockholm Transport) night bus 592 runs between Arlanda Airport and central Stockholm.
  • Uppsala Airport Coach – UL (Upplands Lokaltrafik) airport bus route 801 runs between Arlanda and Uppsala.
  • Nettbuss Bus4You Västerås – Like Flygbussarna, Nettbuss operates a fleet of eco-friendly buses that run on RME-biofuel. Nettbuss provides a nonstop service between Arlanda Airport and Västerås.
  • Swebus Airport Service – Swebus runs four bus lines from Arlanda Airport (all terminals) to Uppsala and Örebro, stopping at several points in between.

To plan your trip, visit the Arlanda Airport website.

Car Rentals

Alamo • Avis • Budget • Enterprise • Europcar • Hertz • National and Sixt car rental agencies operate at Arlanda Airport’s car rental area. To find out how to access your rental car, visit the Arlanda Airport website.

Car Sharing

Car sharing is an economical and eco-friendly way to rent a car for a brief period. Car-sharing stations are located throughout the city and are open 24 hours a day. Vehicles can be picked up at one station and dropped off at another. Car2Go and Sunfleet have vehicles available for use from Arlanda Airport.

Hotel Shuttles

A few nearby hotels provide airport shuttle service: Best Western Plus Park Airport •  Hotel Good Morning ArlandaQuality Hotel Arlanda XPO.

See also Airport Hotels above.

Taxi

Only approved eco-taxis can operate from the Arlanda Airport taxi stands. Fares are not fixed, and all taxis must clearly display their highest fare (comparative price) on both sides of the vehicle. This allows passengers to quickly compare pricing before selecting a taxi. There is no need to take the first taxi in the queue. The maximum price for trips within the marked zone boundaries is SEK 675 (price valid for up to 4 passengers travelling to a single address as of June 2019). Taxi dispatchers are available if you require assistance or need to order a wheelchair-accessible vehicle.

Train

Most trains access the airport from Arlanda Central Station, located between Terminals 4 and 5, in an area called SkyCity. The Arlanda Express accesses the airport directly from all terminals. The following trains provide service to and from Arlanda Airport:

  • Arlanda Express – A high-speed train that runs a non-stop route between Stockholm Central Station and Arlanda Airport (total trip time: 20 minutes).
  • Commuter Trains – Commuter trains run from Arlanda Central Station to Stockholm Central Station or Uppsala.
  • Long Distance Trains – Passengers can take a long-distance train from Arlanda Central Station to Uppsala, Malmö, Gävle and points beyond.

To plan your trip, visit the Arlanda Airport website.

Last updated: 2024-02-29

This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning.  All information, including rates and hours, is subject to change at any time without notice.   The information in this airport guide is based on information collected and/or received from the airports, lounges, hotels, transportation providers, and their websites. We are not representatives of any of the above-mentioned service providers. To report errors or to add/update any items mentioned in the guide: update the airport guide or  write a review.