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A smoother start to your journey

The Christmas travel season has kicked off in earnest at Stockholm Arlanda Airport, and between December 20 and 23, there will be many travellers in the terminals. Remember to be at the airport well in advance.

Merry Christmas

8 quick tips – follow our checklist

1. Check your passport – read more about passports here.
2. Which terminal are you flying from? A list of our airlines and terminals.
3. How big can your hand baggage be? Check with your airline.
4. Check in at home – save your boarding card on your mobile or print it out when you get to the airport
5. If you're taking your car – pre-book your parking here to get a guaranteed space
6. Get real-time updates on your departure via Messenger.
7. Download Swedavia's app – you can save your flight here and quickly see if there are any changes. App Store or Google Play
8. Arrive well in advance – see what your airline recommends.

Frequently asked questions before Christmas

What are the opening hours of Stockholm Arlanda’s shops and restaurants during the Christmas and New Year’s holidays?

Are you flying out of Terminal 2, 4 or 5? Make sure to check about opening hours. Most shops and restaurants are open as usual. 

Terminal 2:

In Terminal 2, all shops and restaurants are open as usual.

Terminal 4:

On Christmas Day, December 25, WH Smith is open until the last departure of the day. All other shops and restaurants are closed.

Terminal 5:

On Christmas Eve, December 24, all shops and restaurants are open until 5:00 p.m. Taste of Scandinavia, WH Smith, Forex and Duty Free Store are open as usual.


Christmas Eve, December 24 (Monday): 9:30 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
Christmas Day, December 25 (Tuesday): closed
Boxing Day, December 26 (Wednesday): 9:30 a.m.–8:00 p.m.
New Year’s Eve, December 31 (Monday): 9:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
New Year’s Day, January 1 (Tuesday): 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Twelfth Night, January 5 (Saturday): 9:30 a.m.– 5:00 p.m.
Twelfth Day, January 6 (Sunday): 9:30 a.m.– 8:00 p.m.

Are there any Christmas celebrations at Stockholm Arlanda?

Between December 13 and 21, there will be Christmas activities at Stockholm Arlanda in Terminal 5 between Gates 1 and 4. Santa Claus will offer taste samples, and there will be a toy train set for young children to play with.

What do I do if I want to take along a stroller, skis or golf bag?

Contact your airline to find out what their rules are. Keep in mind that your special-size baggage must be dropped off at the special check-in counter, where you show your boarding card. When you return home to Stockholm Arlanda, you will pick up your special-size baggage from a separate baggage belt.

Can I take wrapped Christmas presents with me in my hand baggage through the security checkpoint?

Always pack wrapped Christmas presents in baggage that will be checked in. If security staff do not see what it is or see, for instance, that the package contains a set of knives, it would be a shame to have to open those Christmas presents at the security checkpoint at Stockholm Arlanda instead of around the Christmas tree.

Will you be parking your car at the airport?

To be guaranteed a space in the parking facility you want to park in, we recommend that you pre-book. Read more and pre-book here.

Frequently asked questions

When should I be at the airport?

When a lot of people are flying the same time, it’s a good idea to get there well in advance. Contact your airline to see what they recommend for your flight.

Here are all the airlines at Stockholm Arlanda.

Can I take a transfer bus when I have a stopover?

Yes, if you arrive at Terminal 4 and your connecting flight leaves from Terminal 2 or 5 and if your baggage has been checked to your final destination, then you can take the transfer bus. In that case, you do not need to go through security screening again.

Read more about our transfer bus here.

Where can I see the waiting time at the security checkpoint?

You can see waiting times at the airport’s security checkpoints online and in Swedavia’s app before you travel to the airport. You can also see them on screens by the security checkpoint.

Read more about how to get through security screening smoothly.

Where are the children’s play areas at the airport?

You can find play areas in all terminals at Stockholm Arlanda Airport.

How to find the play areas.

Should I check in from home?

Yes, if you have the opportunity, then it’s a good idea to check in from home so that you can get your boarding card on your mobile phone or print it out in advance. Check with your airline before your journey.

You can read more about check-in here.

Can I take baby food with me?

Yes, you can take jars of baby food and formula that you need on the flight in your hand baggage. You’ll need to take the baby food out of your hand baggage so that it can be screened separately.

You can read more about security screening here.

Changing flights with our bus transfer

Are you landing in Terminal 4 and continuing on via Terminal 2 or Terminal 5? Is your baggage checked in to your final destination? Then you can take our bus transfer, which goes straight to your new terminal, without having to go through security screening again. The bus goes in only one direction. 

Getting on

Terminal 4 – Gate 30D
Monday-Friday 5:45 a.m.-11:00 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday 6:00 a.m.-11:00 p.m.

Getting off

Terminal 5, bus stop 11Y – Gates 11-24
Terminal 5, bus stop 10C – Gates 1-10
Terminal 5, bus stop F5 – Gates F26-F69
Terminal 2, bus stop 61C – Gates 62-87