Fri Oct 1 16:02:07 CEST 2004
Just thought I'd share some information for those of you coming to the
conference from outside Stockholm.
100 Swedish "Crowns" = 11 Euro
= 7.5 Pounds
Bjarne has put up a couple of maps at
The conference is in Älvsjö, the Erlounge afterwards is
downtown. Älvsjö is marked on the map (a red star), downtown
isn't, but it's roughly where the D of "Djurgården" is, near
the top right of the upper map.
There are four airports within range of Stockholm.
* Arlanda is the main airport, the big airlines fly there. You can get
from Arlanda to Stockholm by
- "Arlanda Express" train. Leaves every 15 minutes, takes about
25 minutes, costs 180 sek
- "Flygbuss" bus. Leaves every 10 or 15 minutes, takes about 45
minutes, costs 90 sek. There is also _one_ flygbuss which goes
directly to Älvsjö. It leaves at 9am, i.e. you'll miss the
start of the conference.
- Taxi. Won't save you any time, but it will cost more. I'd guess
400kr to town, 600kr to Älvsjö.
* Bromma. Used mainly for domestic flights. There's a flygbuss (20
minutes, 70sek), and also normal public transport, e.g. you can
take bus 152 to the station and then the train to Älvsjö, all in
about 45 minutes.
* Skavsta and Västerås. Used by Ryanair, e.g. there are several
flights to and from London (Stansted/Luton) every day. Again,
take the Flygbuss to town, it's the only sensible option.
Bjarne tells me that Hotell Älvsjö is already booked out.
Robert Raschke said he had to ring several hotels to find one with
Some tips from previous years were Hotell Bema, which is a less
expensive small hotel in town and Hotell Formule 1, which is one
of those "freeway" hotels.
Stockholm is not a good place to get around by car.
Public transport is excellent, though not cheap. If you're here for
more than just one day, buy a strip of 20 "tickets", they're called
"rabattkuponger" in Swedish. They cost 140kr and work on the subway,
the commuter train and buses. You can buy them at the ticket booth
in any subway station.
When you get on a bus, or enter a subway station, you get your
ticket stamped, more stamps get you further, e.g. Älvjsö costs
three stamps. If you pay cash, it'll cost you 45kr. Two people
can use the same ticket strip when travelling together, but you
get twice as many stamps...
To get from Central station to Älvsjö, find the commuter train
"Pendeltåg". All southbound pendeltåg lines stop at Älvsjö.
Central station is a bit of a maze, if you manage to get from
the flygbuss to the Pendeltåg in under five minutes, give yourself
a gold star. ;-)
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