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Getting There

By Plane -- You'll arrive at Stockholm Arlanda Airport (tel. 08/797-60-00; www.arlanda.se for information on flights), about 45km (28 miles) north of the city on the E4 highway. A long, covered walkway connects the international and domestic terminals.

Depending on traffic, the fastest, but not necessarily the cheapest, way to go from the airport to the Central Station within Stockholm is on the Arlanda Express train (www.arlandaexpress.com), which takes only 20 minutes and is covered by the Eurailpass. This high-speed line is the finest option for the rail traveler. Trains run every 15 to 20 minutes daily from 5am to midnight. If you don't have a rail pass, the cost of a one-way ticket is 220SEK ($44/£22) for adults and 110SEK ($22/£11) for seniors and students 8 to 25 (those under 8 ride free). For more information, call tel. 771/72-02-00.

A slower (about 40 min.) but cheaper option involves taking a bus from outside the airport terminal building. It will take you to the City Terminal (www.flygbussarna.com), on Klarabergsviadukten, for 99SEK ($20/£10).

A taxi (www.flygtaxi.se) to or from the airport is expensive, costing 435SEK to 600SEK ($87-$120/£44-£60) or more.

By Train -- Trains arrive at Stockholm's Centralstationen (Central Station; tel. 07/717-57-575 in Sweden) on Vasagatan, in the city center where connections can be made to Stockholm's subway, the T-bana. Follow the TUNNELBANA sign, which is sometimes abbreviated to merely the capital letter "T" in blue ink on a white background, enclosed in a blue circle.

Only large towns and cities can be reached by rail from Stockholm's Centralstationen.

By Bus -- Buses also arrive at the Centralstationen city terminal, and from here you can catch the T-bana (subway) to your final Stockholm destination. For bus information or reservations, check with the bus system's ticket offices at the station (tel. 08/600-10-00; www.flygbussarna.se). Offices in the station labeled BUS STOP sell bus tickets. For travel beyond Sweden, call Euroline (tel. 08/762-59-60; www.eurolines.com).

By Car -- Getting into Stockholm by car is relatively easy because the major national expressway from the south, E4, joins with the national expressway, E3, coming in from the west, and leads right into the heart of the city. Stay on the highway until you see the turnoff for Central Stockholm (or Centrum).

Parking in Stockholm is extremely difficult unless your hotel has a garage. Call your hotel in advance and find out what the parking situation is, as most hotels do not offer parking. However, if you're driving into the city, you can often park long enough to unload your luggage; a member of the hotel staff will then direct you to the nearest parking garage.

By Ferry -- Large ships, including those of the Silja Line, Kungsgatan 2 (tel. 08/22-21-40), and the Viking Line, Centralstationen (tel. 08/452-40-00), arrive at specially constructed berths jutting seaward from a point near the junction of Södermalm and Gamla Stan. This neighborhood is called Stadsgården, and the avenue that runs along the adjacent waterfront is known as Stadsgårdshamnen. The nearest T-bana stop is Slussen, a 3-minute walk from the Old Town. Holders of a valid Eurailpass can ride the Silja ferries to Helsinki and Turku at a reduced rate.

Other ferries arrive from Gotland (whose capital is Visby), but these boats dock at Nynäshamn, south of Stockholm. Take a Nynäshamn-bound bus from the Central Station in Stockholm or the SL commuter train to reach the ferry terminal at Nynäshamn.

Visitor Information

The Stockholm Tourist Center, Sweden House, Hamngatan 27, off Kungsträdgården (Box 16282), S-10325 Stockholm (tel. 08/508-285-08; www.stockholmtown.com), is open year-round June to August Monday to Friday from 9am to 7pm, Saturday 10am to 5pm, and Sunday 10am to 4pm. Maps, brochures, and advice are available for free, and tickets to sporting and cultural events, tourist cards, the Stockholm Card, and books are for sale. The staff will also reserve rooms for you, on-site, at hotels and youth hostels.

The largest organization of its kind in all of Sweden is the Kulturhuset, Sergels Torg 3 (tel. 08/508-315-08; www.kulturhuset.stockholm.se). It was built in 1974 by the city of Stockholm as a showcase for Swedish and international art and theater. There are no permanent exhibits; instead, the various spaces inside are allocated to a changing array of paintings, sculpture, photographs, and live performance groups. Kulturhuset also serves as the focal point for information about other cultural activities and organizations throughout Sweden and the rest of Europe. Inside are a snack bar, a library (which has newspapers in several languages), a reading room, a collection of recordings, and a somewhat bureaucratic openness to new art forms. Open Tuesday to Friday 11am to 7pm, Saturday and Sunday 11am to 5pm. No admission is charged.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.