I woke up bright and early and got ready for a short flight over to Stockholm. I had luckily packed my bag the night before so waking up around 530AM to get to the airport wasn’t too terrible. I wanted to take the airport shuttle that I had taken from the airport into the city but unfortunately they have very specific hours that they run and the earliest shuttle was half an hour later than I would have felt comfortable with to get to the airport. So I opted for an Uber. I usually ask the hotel concierge to get me a taxi from a company they trust but the cost from the Banks Mansion to the airport would have been about three times the amount of an Uber. And if I had wanted to, taking the train to the airport would have been super easy and the cheapest option but the idea of having to wake up an hour earlier than I originally planned seemed like too much of a hassle.
I grabbed my stuff, checked out of my hotel and while I was still on wifi, I called myself an Uber and I waited. One of the things that always worries me about utilizing the ride sharing apps in other countries is that I don’t personally utilize the international data plans and so my connectivity to the world is limited to where there is wifi. So when I call the ride sharing apps, if I lose wifi then I can’t track where the cars are and if they get lost or cannot find me, then it causes me problems. In addition, if I am in a hard to find area in general, then there’s a high chance that the Uber or Lyft may not show up since they cannot call me. As I stood in the lobby waiting for my ride, I just stared out the window looking for a car that I wasn’t entirely sure I would recognize since I don’t know European vehicles as well.
My car eventually showed up and we drove through the relatively quiet and deserted streets of Amsterdam to the airport. We arrived at the airport and I went through the quick security lines and headed straight to the airport lounge. I know that I’ve mentioned before that I have lounge access through my Priority Pass so I wanted to spend some time there getting food before my flight so that I didn’t have to worry about finding food while I waited for my flight. Eventually it was time to go to my gate and I got ready to board my flight to Stockholm to close out the rest of my trip.
One of the great things that I love about flying the international airlines is that regardless of how long your flight is (if you’re not on a budget airline), you still get a snack. I always forget this but KLM provided us a sandwich for the an hour and a half flight to Stockholm which was great because I didn’t need to worry about food until I showed up in Stockholm. The flight from Amsterdam to Stockholm was relatively short and easy. Since I had woken up so early for the flight, I didn’t have to worry about trying to keep myself entertained on the flight and i was able to completely pass out for the entire ride to Stockholm. We arrived in Stockholm and I boarded the Flygbussarna bus to the central terminal. The bus is relatively easy to find and a decent option to get into the city from the airport. When you arrive at the airport, exit the terminal toward the public transportation and you can find the bus. Just make sure you get on the one going toward city center since there are a few options.