Getting there & away
Most long-distance buses arrive and depart from Cityterminalen, which is connected to Centralstationen. Here you'll find the Busstop ticket office (440 85 70; Cityterminalen; 9am-5.30pm Mon-Fri), which represents the big concerns such as Eurolines and Y-Bussen, along with many of the direct buses to the north.
Swebus Express (0200 21 82 18; www.swebusexpress.se; 2nd level, Cityterminalen) runs daily to Malmö (9¼ hours), Göteborg (seven hours), Norrköping (two hours), Kalmar (six hours), Mora (4¼ hours), Örebro (three hours) and Oslo (eight hours). There are also direct runs to Gävle (2½ hours), Uppsala (one hour) and Västerås (1¾ hours).
Ybuss (020 033 44 44; www.ybuss.se in Swedish; Cityterminalen) runs services to Sundsvall, Östersund and Umeå. You'll also find a number of companies running buses from many provincial towns directly to Stockholm.
The E4 motorway passes through the city, just west of the centre, on its way from Helsingborg to Haparanda. The E20 motorway from Stockholm to Göteborg via Örebro, follows the E4 as far as Södertälje. The E18 from Kapellskär to Oslo runs from east to west and passes just north of the city centre.
For car hire close to Centralstationen, contact Statoil (20 20 64; Vasagatan 16), or Avis (20 20 60; Vasagatan 10B).
Centralstationen (Stockholm C; 5am-midnight) is the central train station. At the domestic ticket office (7.30am-8pm Mon-Fri, 8.30am-6pm Sat, 9.30am-7pm Sun) there are special ticket windows, where you can purchase international train tickets between 10am and 6pm, Monday to Friday. If your train departs outside these times, you can buy a ticket from the ticket collector on the train.
Direct SJ trains to/from Copenhagen, Oslo and Storlien (for Trondheim) arrive and depart from Centralstationen, as do the overnight Tågkompaniet trains from Göteborg (via Stockholm and Boden) to Kiruna and Narvik; the Arlanda Express; and the SL pendeltåg commuter services that run to/from Nynäshamn, Södertälje and Märsta. Other SL local rail lines (Roslagsbanan and Saltsjöbanan) run from Stockholm Östrastationen (T-Tekniska Högskolan) and Slussen, respectively.
In the basement at Centralstationen, you'll find lockers costing Skr35 to Skr75 (depending on size) for 24 hours, toilets for Skr5, and showers (next to the toilets) for Skr25. These facilities are open 5am to midnight daily. There's also a left-luggage office, open daily, and a lost property office (762 25 50; 10am-6pm Mon-Fri).
Follow the signs to find your way to the local metro (T-bana) network; the underground station here is called T-Centralen.
Silja Line (22 21 40; www.silja.com) runs ferries to Helsinki and Turku. Viking Line (452 40 00; www.vikingline.fi) ferries run to Turku and Helsinki. Tallink (666 60 01; www.tallink.ee) ferries go to Tallinn (Estonia).
The main airport in Stockholm, Stockholm Arlanda (797 60 00; www.lfv.se), is 45km north of the city centre and can be reached from central Stockholm by both bus and express train.
Bromma airport (797 68 74) is 8km west of Stockholm and is used for some domestic flights. Skavsta airport (0155-28 04 00), 100km south of Stockholm, near Nyköping, is also used for domestic flights and some low-cost carriers.
The SAS (020 72 77 27) network serves 27 Swedish destinations from Arlanda, and has international services to Copenhagen, Oslo, Helsinki and a host of other European cities including Amsterdam, Brussels, Berlin, Dublin, Frankfurt, Geneva, Hamburg, London, Madrid, Manchester, Milan, Moscow, Munich, Paris, Reykjavík, Riga, St Petersburg and Tallinn. The airline also flies directly to Chicago, New York and Bangkok.