A Trip to Sweden - Day One
Day 1 - Saturday, 20 July 2019:
- Started the day early as flight was at 08:30 at Stansted.
- Took the train to London Bridge and walked to Liverpool Station and caught a Stansted Express
- Resistance bands in the bag caused a search in the bag which caused delay. Had to run 5-10 minutes to the gate. But it wasn’t necessary after all as had to wait for the boarding to begin.
- Flight was pleasant despite the middle seat. Thanks to Archer and iPad!
- Flight took 15 minutes less than estimated.
- There were no e-passport gates which was a bit disappointing. Had to wait about 30 minutes for passport check.
- Finding the Flygbussarna coach to Stockholm City was quite easy. Using the app is easy as well. You can also add the coach tickets to Apple Wallet so very convenient to use.
- Coach from Skavsta airport to Stockholm City took 1h 25m (The flight from England took 1h 40m!)
- 2 important tasks of the first day: Collect Stockholm Pass and Travel Cards and check in to the hotel
- Visitor center is very close to the central terminal so within minutes I was able to collect my Stockholm Pass.
- For hotel, I underestimated walking 6K with 2 bags. It took about 1 hour. Had some trouble with a road begin closed and Google Maps trying to send me go through the fences but thanks to a nice lady who showed me a way around it I managed to find the hotel.
- I had forgotten about 3pm check in time but fortunately when I arrived at the hotel it was 3PM on the dot!
- Hotel was everything I was looking for. The only negative thing about it is its location. In order to get to the city centre you have to take tram first then change to metro. It takes about 30-40 minutes to get to Stockholm City. It wasn’t that bad after getting used to it. It can be an issue if you’re planning to stay up late as the latest tram to Sickla Kaj is at 01:12 but for me it wasn’t an issue.
The hotel room had a fully-equipped kitchen including a fridge and even a dishwasher! There was a Lidl in 2-minute walkiong distance so I first took a trip and filled the fridge.
They also have a laundry which was helpful because I ran out of clean clothes at some point.
Another good thing about the hotel is the information leaflet which includes all the useful information you need such as nearest stores and public transportation.
- Right across Lidl there was Sickla Kaj tram station. On my first day I made a rookie mistake and forgot the Stockholm Pass guide which has a map for public transportation.
- I took the tram to Solna Station but instead of changing where I later started to change, I kept going until I noticed I was going further away from the city centre. I decided to get out at Lilje station which happens to be next to a fantastic park and lake called Trekanten.
- Spent a few hours around the lake took the train to Stockholm City.
- As I consider my first day general reconnaisance mission, I just walked around the city.
Stockholm Pass usage
I’m going to calculate how much I would have spent individually and will compare the total to Stockholm Pass & Travel Card prices to see if I had a good deal or not.
For Stockholm Pass I paid SEK 1331,1 (normally SEK 1,479 but there was 10% discount at the time) and for travel cards paid SEK 520.
At the end of the trip I’ll compare to what I would have spent without the Stockholm Pass.