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Do I have enough time to make a connection?

Our flight is arriving on an International flight at Stockholm (ARN) at 1400. I'm looking at a connecting flight that departs at 1640. Is this cutting too close? Can I make it through customs and catch this flight on time?

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15573 posts

Immigration should only be about 10 minutes, customs will be at your destination. I think 2 hours and 40 minutes is plenty of time.

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192 posts

So as long as I don't leave the airport I don't have to go through customs on my original International flight from the US?
I'll just go through once I get to Spain?

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20597 posts

Notice the operative word in Sam's advice is SHOULD. There are some assumptions - the plane is on-time, you get off the plane quickly, weather is good, etc. Remember you go through both immigration and customs. Two completely different activities. Customs is a walk through the Green door - nothing to declare. Immigration is where you passport, etc., gets checked. I would like a back up plan. Are you flying on one ticket? If you miss, then they will take care of us. A bit inconvenient but you will get to Spain.

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15573 posts

Correct. I changed there on the way to Venice a couple of years ago.

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2409 posts

This is an easy, much less busy airport than the major hubs. Barring any major issue, this should be a breeze for you with plenty of time to eat as well, if need be.

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192 posts

We are not flying on one ticket. We have roundtrip tickets to Stockholm. Then we decided to start our vacation in Spain instead and are now purchasing our tickets there. I have no back up plan :(

Posted by
4438 posts

Is this a connection on one ticket or are you contemplating flying on two separate tickets. You did not mention the airlines or destinations.

On one ticket, you should be fine. Make sure to check the terminals that your flights use. Most international flights use the main terminal which is Terminal 5, but a handful of airlines (BA is one) use Terminal 2, and domestic flights are generally out of Terminal 4.

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15573 posts

If you are buying a separate ticket, suggest you spend a night in Stockholm. There is no guarantee your flight comes in on time. If you miss the flight to Spain, you'll be vacationing in Sweden until you can book a new ticket at last minute rates, besides loosing the value of the original ticket to Spain.

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I missed the post where you said you were flying U.S. to ARN to Spain on separate tickets.

1) You will go through immigration in Stockholm
2) If you have checked baggage, you will need to pick it up at baggage claim, go through customs, and then recheck and go back through security
3) Depending on the airlines involved, you may need to change terminals
4) If you don't have a checked bag, will you have a boarding pass for your second flight?

Keep in mind that if your first flight is delayed and you miss your second flight, you may have to buy new tickets.

Normally 2:40 would be fine, but you have no control over airline delays so it really depends on how much risk you want to take.

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544 posts

Since you're going on separate tickets you for sure want to spend the night in Stockholm to be safe.

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192 posts

We don't have checked bags.
I can pay 12.50E per person for missed flight insurance and fly out on the same flight the next day. :) It will just throw off my arrival in Barcelona.
I'm looking to spend around $150 if I stay the night in Stockholm and fly out the next day. Plus 1 day loss in Barcelona.
What can we do in March from 2pm - 2pm the next day in Stockholm? (besides sleep :) )