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Stockholm-Arlanda Airport has four terminals: Two international (T2 and T5), and two domestic (T3 and T4). From the south to the north, the layout is as follows:

Terminal 2

This is a small international terminal. The only Star Alliance airline in terminal 2 is Croatia Airlines. In addition, this terminal also serves most Oneworld airlines (BA, AY, IB), most Skyteam airlines (KL, AF, OK, DL), plus some others like Easyjet, AtlasGlobal, Vueling, Wow, and Nextjet.

There are short walks within the terminal. Check-in is located on the 3rd floor. Desks 1-30 for KL, AF, BA and OK are located in the south-eastern end of the terminal, while desks 51-60 for AY and IB are located in the north-western end of the terminal, close to the entrance for T3.

The single security control is on the 3rd floor, close to check-in desk 30. There is a priority lane for security. Walking from check-in to the gates should take 1-4 minutes (plus security).

After security, most shops and restaurants, as well as jetway gates 62-68 for Schengen flights, are located on the 3rd floor. The Schengen area also includes bus gates 61A-C on the 2nd floor, which are also used for bus transfers to and from terminal 5 and from terminal 4. The stairs down to these gates are located opposite gate 64. The Schengen area also includes a restaurant and the Menzies Aurora Lounge on the 4th floor. This is the only lounge in this terminal.

Both passport control points to leave and enter Schengen are located on the 4th floor. The extra-Schengen area includes jetway gates 86-87 on the 4th floor, and bus gates 70-72 on the 2nd floor, which are also used for bus transfers to and from terminal 5. There are no lounges, restaurants or shops in the extra-Schengen area, only a single vending machine.

Terminal 3

This is a tiny domestic terminal which mainly serves Nextjet turboprop flights to tertiary Swedish destinations.

Check-in is on the 3rd floor, the single security control and gates 53-59 are located on the 2nd floor. There is no lounge, and no bus transfer to and from other terminals. Planes are usually parked within walking distance from the gates.

Terminal 4

This is the main domestic terminal, which serves SK and Norwegian.

Check-in is on the 2nd floor. There are two security control points on the 3rd floor: The main point can be reached directly upstairs from the check-in desks, while the fast track control point can be reached from the southern end of Sky City.

SK has a single lounge on the 4th floor, opposite gate 38. There is an SK transfer desk, which is located close to gate 34. Jetway gates 31-44 are located on the 3rd floor, while bus gates 30B-30D are located on the 2nd floor, which are also used for bus transfers to terminals 2 and 5. The stairs leading down to these gates are located at gate 31.

The entrance to the Stay&Fly capsule inspired hotel is located near the check-in desks on the 2nd floor.

Sky City

Sky City is a building located between terminals 4 and 5 which includes offices, shops, restaurants, a drug store, the Radisson Blue Sky City Hotel, the Sky Bridge which leads to the Clarion Hotel Arlanda, and the entrance to the underground Arlanda Central Station which serves all trains except the Arlanda Express. (The Arlanda Express train to Stockholm Central Station leaves from two different stations: Arlanda North under terminal 5, and Arlanda South located under and between terminals 2 and 4.)

Terminal 5

Terminal 5 is the major international terminal which serves SK and all other Star Alliance airlines except Croatia Airlines, plus QR from Oneworld, SU and RO from Skyteam, and all other airlines not flying from terminal 2.

All check-in desks are located in the departure hall on the 3rd floor. SK and partners (LH, OS, LX, AI, FI, BT) check in at desks 71-90 at the north-eastern end of the departure hall, Norwegian has desks 1-12 at the southern end (close to Sky City), while check in for other airlines are never set in stone.

There are two security control points: One is at the southern end next to check-in desk 1, which includes a priority lane. The other is at the north-eastern end next to check-in desk 90, which includes a separate fast-track point. After having passed through this northern control point, all passengers must go through the large duty-free store. All gates can be reached through either security point.

The gates are divided into three piers: The formerly named pier B, the formerly named pier A, and the officially named pier F.

Pier B (former, unofficial name)
Pier B includes 3rd floor jetway gates 11-16, which are used for Schengen flights. Many Norwegian flights depart from these gates, plus usually A3 and TP from Star Alliance, and some occasional flights from SK, OS, or LX. There is no lounge in pier B. When the gate number includes a B, e.g. gate 14B, it means that its used for smaller airplanes that cannot dock at the jetway, or as a bus gate.

Pier B also includes 3rd floor jetway gates 17-20, which are used for extra-Schengen flights. The most frequent airlines here are TK, UA, SU, Norwegian, charter airlines, plus an occasional SK flight, and others. There is only a single cafe in the extra-Schengen area. This area also includes gate 24 on the 2nd floor for bus transfers to and from terminal 2 and pier F.

There is a new gate for bus transfers at this pier called 11Y, but as I have never been there, I cannot comment on what transfers are available there.

Pier A (former, unofficial name)
Pier A is solely used for Schengen flights. This is where you will find many flights from SK, LH, OS, LX, LO, FI, and charter airlines. Pier A includes 3rd floor jetway gates 1-10. When the gate number includes a B, e.g. gate 4B, it means that its used for smaller airplanes that cannot dock at the jetway, or as a bus gate.

Gate 10C on the 2nd floor is used for bus transfers from terminal 4, and to and from terminal 2 and pier F.

There are three lounges on the 4th floor next to gate 1: The SK Gold Lounge for Star Alliance gold card holders, the SK Business Lounge for Star Alliance business class and SK plus passengers, and the Menzies Business Lounge for TP, Priority Pass and airlines not within Star Alliance. These SK lounges are the only Star Alliance lounges available in terminal 5.

There is an SK transfer desk located next to gate 1, just opposite the stairs leading up to the lounges. This transfer desk handles airlines such as SK, LH, OS, LX, CA, TG, AI, QR, FI, BT, and a few others. There is no transfer desk which serves Star Alliance members not handled by SK, i.e. SQ, A3, TP, ET, UA, TK.

Pier F (official name)
Pier F is divided between gates F26-F39 on the 3rd floor for Schengen flights, and F58-F69 on the 4th floor for extra-Schengen flights. The passport control to leave Schengen is located on the 3rd floor, immediately before reaching the pier.

This pier is used for all SK long-haul flights, most SK flights outside of Schengen, most other long-haul flights from airlines such as TG, SQ, AI, CA, ET, EK, and QR, some other Star Alliance flights from e.g. LH, and charter airlines.

Bus gate F5 within Schengen on the 2nd floor is used for bus transfers from terminal 4, and to and from terminal 2. Bus gate F1 on the 2nd floor outside Schengen is used for bus transfers to terminal 2 and pier B.

Gates F26 and F34 are always used as bus gates, while several other gates may occasionally also be used as bus gates, most notably F30 and F38.

There are two lounges in pier F: The Menzies Executive Lounge on the 3rd floor for Schengen departures, and the Stockholm Arlanda Lounge on the 4th floor for extra-Schengen departures (mainly AI, SQ, EK and QR).

Landside transfer

To transfer between the terminals, the following options are available landside, meaning that you have to enter Schengen and leave the secure area, which entails going through security again in the terminal of your departure:

Walking It is recommended to walk indoor. To walk between T5 and the other terminals, you need to walk through the 3rd floor of Sky City. When you pass through T4, you need to go down to the 2nd floor at one end of the terminal and up to the 3rd floor again in the other end of the terminal there are elevators available. Approximate walking times: T2-T3 3 minutes; T2-T4 5 minutes; T2-T5 10-15 minutes; T3-T4 5 minutes; T3-T5 10-15 minutes; T4-T5 5-8 minutes.

Train It is possible to use the Arlanda Express train for transfers between T2/T3 and T5 and v.v. The train leaves from underground stations at both ends. During most of the day, there are trains every 15 minutes. The journey itself takes 1 minute.

Bus There are three landside buses for the long-term parkings which can also be used for transfers from T5-T4, T5-T2, and T4-T2. To reach T3, take the bus to T2 and walk from there. Note that these are one-way buses, so it is not possible to use these buses the other way, e.g. T2-T5. Bus number 4 leaves from bus stop 4 with 8 departures per hour, while buses number 3 and P1 leave from bus stop number 3 with 4 departures each per hour. Buses number 3 and 4 also stop in front of Sky City.

Airside transfer within Schengen

Bus transfer is available between three terminals: T2, T4 and three separate gates in T5. Note that it is not possible to take this bus to T4, only from T4. This bus departs from gate 61C in T2, gate 30D in T4, gate 11Y in T5 (for gates 11-20), gate 10C in T5 (for gates 1-10), and gate F5 in T5 (for gates F26-F69). You may have to press a button to call for the bus. From T4 you need to press a button to call a bus and the waiting time could be up to 10 minutes (done that on Feb.16 2018) - it might be faster to walk if you are in a hurry.

Airside transfer outside of Schengen

Bus transfer is available between both international terminals. The bus leaves from and arrives at gate 70 in T2, gate 24 in T5 (for gates 17-20), and gate F1 in T5 (for gates F58-F69). Note that if you board the bus at gate F1, you will need to go through security before being allowed on the bus. Also note that if you arrive with the bus to gate F1, you will need to go through security before reaching gates F58-F69. There is no security control at gates 70 and 24. You may have to press a button to call for the bus.

Note that due to the way the terminals have been built, all passengers arriving from outside of Schengen will have to go through security for any transfer, including passengers arriving from EU countries like the UK or Ireland.
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Old Jul 2, 05, 9:35 am
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I am booked on SK 3670 FRA-ARN and SK 945 ARN-ORD.
Arrival time in ARN is 0930 / departure time is 1015...

Will I get my connecting flight in just 45 minutes!??

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I have done HEL-ARN-ORD a few times with a 45 minute connection in ARN. I have never had any problem making the connection. You should be ok, unless the FRA-ARN plane is delayed a lot - and in that case SAS will be responsible for the missed connection. There is quite a bit of walking to the new F gates however, so don't plan on visiting a lounge.

Last time my flight from HEL was 15 minutes early and the ARN-ORD was 20 minutes late, so instead of a 45 minute connection, I actually had a 80 minute connection.
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Thanks for this quick reply...
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45mins is fine in ARN as long as you don't have to change terminals. Last week we were 1 hour late MUC-ARN and the LH crew kept telling pax to swedish domestic destination that they should be fine in reaching their gates with only a 30 minute gap. It seems they never waited for their luggage and made the the treck to T4.
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30 min connection time

Originally Posted by oliver2002
45mins is fine in ARN as long as you don't have to change terminals. Last week we were 1 hour late MUC-ARN and the LH crew kept telling pax to swedish domestic destination that they should be fine in reaching their gates with only a 30 minute gap. It seems they never waited for their luggage and made the the treck to T4.
Advise needed, My huge company's very efficient travel agency booked me with a 30 min sonnection time at ARN, Arriving with SK13 from LLA 17:25 and departing with SK579 to CDG 17:55.
With nothing more then some hand luggage, do you think it is possible to make the sprint from T4 to T5?

methink someone will be wery varm after the short Arlanda jogging tour...

Anyone know what the minimum allowed connection time dom. - intl. at ARN is?

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45 minutes is no sweat at ARN.

Have done 45 mins connections to SK 945 ARN-ORD arriving late from OSL many, many times... Since the poster is arriving from FRA, the hike takes 5-10 minutes, never lines at passport control like it is at CPH.

You will be fine, even if you get in 20 minutes late!
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If there's no delay or one not more than 15 to 25 minutes, I've made such connections at ARN -- generally without breaking a sweat or even sprinting.
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Originally Posted by tommy777
45 minutes is no sweat at ARN.

Have done 45 mins connections to SK 945 ARN-ORD arriving late from OSL many, many times... Since the poster is arriving from FRA, the hike takes 5-10 minutes, never lines at passport control like it is at CPH.

You will be fine, even if you get in 20 minutes late!
I acctually just hijacked an old tread... ...in order to reduce the number of keystrokes needed... Sorry for any confusion caused.
My connection time is 30 min, not 45, so if I am a little bit late I might have problems...
Or do you still agree on that a possible connection time is 30 min is possible?
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Originally Posted by magnusm
I acctually just hijacked an old tread... ...in order to reduce the number of keystrokes needed... Sorry for any confusion caused.
My connection time is 30 min, not 45, so if I am a little bit late I might have problems...
Or do you still agree on that a possible connection time is 30 min is possible?
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If the flight is not delayed and you are seated close to the front of the plane, it's do-able.

Is there a flight that goes to CDG any later just in case you misconnect? ARN is not a bad place to be for a day.
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30 mins would be fine for an international transfer in T5 (like tommy777 said OSL-ARN-ORD).
But transfering from T4 to T5 with only 30 mins sounds very short IMO.
The CDG flights usually leave from the A-pier which means you need to go from T4 through SkyCity and pretty much the entire T5 to reach the gate, and then add security to that.

If you know where to go and are prepared for a bit of running you should make it, just.
But there is no marginal for any delays whatsoever.
And do try to get a seat as far forward as possible from LLA so you're quickly off the plane.
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Is there a flight that goes to CDG any later just in case you misconnect? ARN is not a bad place to be for a day.
According to the timetable, the 17:55 flight is the last SK non-stop to CDG. He can connect via CPH, but that flight leaves only 15 minutes later, and gets into CDG 90 minutes later. There is also an AF flight leaving about an hour later.

I agree with jacob_m, it'll be a very tight connection if he has to go all the way to the new F-gates in T5 (about a 10-minute walk + security). But I thought SK still operated flights from the old T5 gates? That would save a few precious minutes.
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Well the CDG flights usually leave from the A-pier, not from the F-pier which is mostly used for non-Schengen flights.
If the flight had left from the F-pier (like a US or UK-bound flight) I doubt it would have been doable.
But in this case the OP will still need to go all the way to the SAS check-in area at the very end of the T5 departure hall for the security check.
So it's still quite a hike...
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Won't SK put him up on the AF flight or otherwise reroute in a case of incoming delay? Without luggage, there may be some hope.
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Thanks for all replies, I will put my trainers on during the approach to ARN.
And if that plan fails, I will turn on the puppy eyes and beg for the AF flight.

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Old Feb 15, 06, 10:59 am
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Advice on tight connection: 35min at ARN...

I'm looking at the following:

07:00 LHR - 10:30 ARN SK1530
11:05 ARN - 14:50 LED SK732

This would be a Friday in March.

It looks very tight to me. What do you think? How reliable is 1530 out of LHR? What are the options in case of a misconnect? Something very convoluted through FRA I imagine...
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