Flights to Sweden

by Charlotte  

Forty-five airlines fly in and out of Stockholm’s Arlanda International Airport (ARN), which has 113 direct scheduled destinations in 38 countries. See Airports for more information on Sweden’s international and domestic air hubs.

Flights from the United States
There are direct flights between Stockholm and a few major US gateways. US Airways flies directly from Philadelphia, while SAS Scandinavian Airlines, Continental and Malaysia Airlines offer direct routes between New York/Newark and Stockholm. SAS also operates direct daily flights from Chicago.

SAS’s main hub is Copenhagen, which offers direct flights to Seattle, Chicago, Washington D.C., New York and Atlanta. There are approximately 12 flights a day between Stockholm and Copenhagen and seven to Gothenburg. Copenhagen Airport, Kastrup, is a 20 minute train ride across the Östersund sound to Malmö, and may be a better option for anyone traveling to the south of Sweden.

Iceland Air offers flights from Boston, Baltimore, Minneapolis, New York (JFK), Orlando and Washington D.C. via Reykjavik. There are often specials that allow you the possibility to book a stop over in the Icelandic capital. FinnAir also has a direct flight from New York to Helsinki, with a connecting flight to Stockholm. Be on the lookout for cheap campaign fares on both Iceland Air and FinnAir.

There are also several American and international carriers (often with code shares) that offer flights to Stockholm with connections in other major European cities. Flights are available on American Airlines/British Airways via London, KLM/Northwest via Amsterdam, Lufthansa/United via Frankfurt or Munich, Delta/Air France via Paris, and Swiss International Airlines via Zurich or Geneva.

Budget airlines
Stockholm is also serviced by Skavsta Airport, located 60 miles south of town. It’s main passenger airline is the budget carrier Ryanair, with cheap flights to the rest of Europe. (Ryanair also flies into Västerås Airport, about one hour from Stockholm, from London Stansted). Skavsta also services several charter flights as well as Wizz Air, which has daily departures to Poland and Hungary. Danish carrier Sterling is another option for low-cost flights.

Sample fares
Prices are higher in the high season (mid-May through mid-September) and lower in the off-season, with a peak for holiday travel around Christmas and New Year’s. Prices from the US west coast are usually higher than those from the east coast. Expect to pay USD 800-1000 for a flight from Los Angeles (LAX) to Stockholm (ARN) in February, and closer to USD 1200-1500 in July. A round-trip ticket from New York (JFK) to Stockholm will run USD 550-700 in February and USD 1000-1200 in July.

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