How To Reach Sweden
This is that country in the Scandinavian region of Europe which has one of the best qualities of life, low working hours a week, and higher efficiency when it comes to the quality of work. The country that gave the world brands like H&M and Volvo, Sweden is a mix of coastal as well as lake ecologies with forests as well as mountains breaking its terrain now and then. The medieval old towns here are caressed by the newer, taller buildings today and its work-life balance is pleasantly disrupted by tourism in the area. Already ready to take a trip to Sweden? Here’s how you can reach the country.
You can fly into Sweden from almost anywhere in the world and this is one of the best ways to reach the country from anywhere outside Europe. Sweden’s capital Stockholm boasts of a major international airport - Arlanda, which is connected to most European cities as well as some American, Asian and Russian cities. The nearby country of Denmark has better and more frequent connections to destinations outside Europe, so you can even choose to travel to Copenhagen in Denmark and then make your way into Sweden through a connecting flight. Mumbai and Delhi have regular connecting flights to Stockholm, with airlines like Air India, Ethiopian, Emirates, Qatar etc.
Roads are very well paved and maintained in all of Scandinavian region, and Sweden is no exception. You can travel to Sweden by road from all neighbouring countries like Denmark, Norway, Finland, Poland, Estonia, Germany etc. Buses also run regularly with operators like Eurolines, Nettbus and Flixbus. These routes connect central as well as western Europe to this northern land. If you are one of the adventurous lot then a road trip can also be one choice to tour Sweden or even all of Scandinavia.
Eurail makes it a point to connect all of Europe, be it the farthest south or far up in the north. Sweden finds itself on this extensive network and gets trains from almost all of Western and Central Europe, along with some Balkan countries. Most rail lines frequently operating are from destinations like Poland, Estonia, Germany, UK, neighbouring Denmark and Norway. Direct trains also run between Copenhagen and Stockholm if you wish to fly into Copenhagen first and then travel to Stockholm. Other popular routes are Copenhagen-Malmo, Berlin-Malmo, Oslo-Stockholm-Gothenburg etc.
Sweden is surrounded by a beautiful coast and makes for a great docking ground for ships and cruises coming in from European cities. The main Swedish ports include Stockholm, Gothenburg, Malmö and Helsingborg. The local ferries also cross between these ports to ferry visitors and locals alike. Most ferries that come in from abroad hail from Finland and Germany.
A tip for the curious, to be smart saver while getting around in Stockholm you must buy a Stockholm Card online or through any tourist office. This card will get you around the city for free - on ferries, buses, trains. Other modes of travelling within cities include bikes and bicycles, the two humble feet, and at times, if you are feeling lazy, then Taxi (hired, hailed or booked). Swedish trains are also pretty amazing and a result of smart engineering. The state-owned railways are Statens Jarnvagar or SJ, along with other private operators competing - Oresundstag and Arriva. Road trips can also be enjoyed well in Seden due to light traffic and great roads, while Swebus should be your choice for bus travel.