We collected our luggage and followed the signs that says "Arrival".
Imagine our shock, when we go through 3 doors & arrived at the arrival hall with directions to the airport bus & trains. We didn't go through the passport control. In my mind, I'm thinking "oh no! Are we going to be arrested? Did we take a wrong turn and miss the passport control?"
A quick check on the internet shows that if you are arriving from another EU country, you don't need to go through passport control. Phew!
We decided to take the Arlanda Express because it's the quickest way to get to the city. We only have a day in Stockholm and didn't want to spend too much time on public transport. It cost SEK 280 (SGD 56) for 2 people for one way trip on weekends. So it's a pretty good deal. Usual price is SEK 490 (SGD 98) round trip each. Yes, everything is so expensive here!
We stayed at Radisson Blu Waterfront Hotel. Service at front desk was very welcoming and positive.
Room is of good size and the view is good!
The only less than positive thing is that the beds are really soft and pillow are too flat but sleepiness took over and I slept like a baby.
Since we didn't have anything planned, we took a walk to Gamla Stan. And by pure stroke of luck, Mel's friend stays in Stockholm and was able to show us around even though she only found out we arrived on the day itself. She showed us the expensive shopping area in Stockholm, ice skating in the park and we settled for dinner at a popular and cozy local restaurant in the hip part of town.
I was really glad for them to show us around and surprisingly, the Swedish we have met so far are really nice. We read on travel forums that Swedish can appear to be cold and unwelcoming. I hope this good luck will last throughout the trip.
We didn't have a tram card and it seems that we need to get a tram card, similar to ez-link card we have in Singapore but the locals think we don't have to. We just need to walk really close to them so they can sneak us through the gates. As a law-abiding Singaporeans, we were a little hesitant. We offered to get tickets but they said its very common and there's nothing to worry about. They told us that sometimes they felt people sticking to their backs when passing through the gantry. Haha.