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.
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
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.
In Terminal 2, all shops and restaurants are open as usual.
On Christmas Day, December 25, WH Smith is open until the last departure of the day. All other shops and restaurants are closed.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Frequently asked questions
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.
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.
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.
Terminal 4 – Gate 30D
Monday-Friday 5:45 a.m.-11:00 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday 6:00 a.m.-11:00 p.m.
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