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QUICK GUIDE: How to get to Arlanda Airport while the train isn’t running

Trains to Arlanda Airport were halted after an Arlanda Express train derailed. Here's how to reach the airport from Stockholm this week.

QUICK GUIDE: How to get to Arlanda Airport while the train isn't running
A derailed Arlanda Express train. Photo: Pontus Lundahl/TT

An Arlanda Express train between central Stockholm and the airport derailed on May 27th. Around 70 passengers had to evacuate the train and two received minor injuries. The company operating the train said it believed traffic would be halted for five to seven days.

In the meantime, Stockholm’s SL commuter trains between Stockholm and Uppsala will travel via Märsta instead of via Arlanda C, and there will be fewer trains operating between the stations of Märsta and Ulriksdal.

Here are some of your options.

Train + bus

If you already have an SL period ticket, such as a monthly card for travelling within the Stockholm region, this is the cheapest way of travelling as it is included in your fare. If you don’t have an SL card, a single ticket costs 39 kronor (29 kronor for students, pensioners over the age of 65 and young people under the age of 20).

Take the train from Stockholm City to Märsta, then bus 583 to Arlanda. The bus will call at Terminals 2, 3 and 5, and the whole journey takes about an hour. Bear in mind that some trains on this route are cancelled due to the derailment, so plan ahead.

You can plan your journey via SL’s app.


The Flygbussarna airport express bus travels from Stockholm C to Arlanda and there are more buses than normal running due to the cancelled trains. You should still make sure you allow plenty of time for travel as it is likely more people will be taking the bus.

The bus takes about 45 minutes and costs 149 kronor or 129 kronor online.


To avoid being ripped off, you should only use taxis that carry a yellow sign which looks like this and contains information on pricing.

Before you get in the car, ask the driver how much it is going to cost: taxis that have an official agreement with airport operator Swedavia should charge no more than 750 kronor (in a car with 1-4 people) or 1,200 kronor (in a car with 5-8 people) from central Stockholm.

Bolt and Uber also operate in Stockholm.

Own car

Take the E4 motorway north from Stockholm. Head towards Sundsvall and get off the motorway at Arlanda Airport (it’s signposted). It takes about 40 minutes depending on traffic; if you reach Knivsta, you’ve gone too far.

The cost of parking varies depending on how long you’re staying. Check your options here.

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Swedish motorway landslide: What happens next?

A landslide on the E6 motorway between Gothenburg and Oslo has been described by the local municipality as “a severed artery”. What’s next and when can we expect the road to be repaired?

Swedish motorway landslide: What happens next?


Between 10,000-12,000 vehicles usually pass the affected stretch of the E6 motorway near Stenungsund each day, on the major road leading from western Sweden to the Norwegian capital.

Normally, the drive between Gothenburg to Oslo would take around three hours in normal traffic.


However, now that the E6 is closed between Stenungsund and Ljungskile in both directions, affected travellers have two alternative routes, which both take longer.

The first option – and the option recommended by the Swedish Transport Administration – is to take the E45 motorway via Trollhätten instead, changing to the E18 at Åmål, which will take between four and a half and five and a half hours, depending on traffic.

The second option is to take the smaller 650 road, bypassing the closed section of the E6 and rejoining at Ljungskile, which you can expect to take between three and a half to four and a half hours, again depending on traffic.

These durations are only guidelines, however, and it’s worth bearing in mind that the diversion of traffic from the E6 could cause sizeable delays on both routes.


It’s clear that it will take some time to repair the E6, considering the road has moved up to 50 metres in some places.

The Swedish Geotechnical Institute was working on Monday to assess the damage caused by the landslide in order to determine how much of the area needs to be closed for repairs.

“We’ve not managed to finish that analysis, but it’s definitely a very large amount of earth,” HannaSofie Pedersen, head of strategic climate adaptation at the Swedish Geotechnical Institute, told Swedish news agency TT.

After this analysis has been carried out it should be possible to assess the area inside the safety cordon.

“The correct area needs to be closed off, so the area outside the cordon is completely safe, without an increased risk of new landslides,” Pedersen told TT.

The chairman of Stenungsund municipality, Olof Lundberg, told Sveriges Radio that he wants repairs completed within six months in order to minimise the effects of the road closure on the region.

“Large areas of western Sweden will suffer because of this,” he told the radio, while admitting that six months was an “optimistic” goal.

“It’s too early to say [when the road will be fixed]” Swedish Transport Administration press officer Pär Aronsson told The Local on Monday, stating only that it would take “a number of months”.

When asked whether Lundberg’s six-month goal was realistic, Aronsson said that the Transport Administration was unable to comment, but that it “would become clearer” once they were able to take a closer look at the site.

How could it affect the region?

One of the roads closed off due to the landslide is the E6 exit at Stenungsund, which is considered especially important for industry in the area, Sveriges Radio reports.

Stenungsund municipality chair Lundberg also pointed out that the diversions, which add around 45 minutes to commuters’ journeys, will affect many locals.

“This is an artery through Bohuslän up to Norway,” Lundberg told the radio. “It’s going to be difficult.”

He added that the municipality would most likely need government support for the repairs, although he wasn’t sure exactly what – or how much money – it would need.

“Initially at least, it looks like we will be able to manage quite a bit by ourselves, but as time goes on we’ll have to look closer at what sort of help we might need.”