Low cost flights with Ryanair and Sterling to Sweden

Update 29/10/08 – Sterling Airways has gone bust with flights grounded and passengers stranded.

In addition to the national carriers (BA and SAS), other airlines that operate between the UK and Sweden are Ryanair and Sterling. There were others, but these two budget options withstood the test of time and high oil prices. While Ryanair is infamous for using out-of-the-way airports, its hubs in Sweden are actually well connected to the cities they serve. Both Skavsta close to Stockholm and Gothenburg-Save , which is also known as Gothenburg City Airport are served by bus coaches that meet all incoming flights. The trip from Skavsta to Stockholm Central takes about 90 minutes and costs 150/249SEK one-way/round trip on Flygbussarna.

The same bus company operates between Gothenburg City Airport and the city proper, the ride takes about 30 minutes and costs 60/110SEK one-way/round trip. Discounts for children and students are available, and you can also purchase a 10-trip card. You can buy your bus tickets directly on the Flygbussarna website using a credit card.

Sterling, the other budget airline operating between the UK and Sweden, flies to major hubs of Stockholm-Arlanda and Malmö-Sturup. While Sterling’s prices can’t match the rock-bottom offers of Ryanair, the convenience of arriving at a major airport is one of the reasons why it gets my vote.

Here is a list of departure points in the UK and destinations in Sweden for both Ryanair and Sterling.

Ryanair flies to Skavsta-Stockholm (NYO) from: Edinburgh, Birmingham, and Liverpool. From Glasgow Prestwick and London Stansted it has flights to both Skavsta and Gothenburg City Airport (GSE).

Sterling flies from London Gatwick to Malmö Sturup (MMX), Gothenburg Landvetter (GOT) and Stockholm Arlanda (ARN). Additionally, there are flights to Arlanda from Edinburgh and Nottingham – East Midland.

written by Anna Etmanska