What if I travel to…Stockholm, Sweden? ($25-$45/day)


Stockholm is the most expensive city I have traveled to, even above London. Transportation from the airport is the first punch, followed by many more gut wrenching decisions of to eat or not to eat. I have been to Stockholm on two separate occasions, both in the winter of 2017, and loved the city but could not afford to enjoy it. My hostel was full of others who felt the same, and after two or three days I noticed that many of us were spending more time socializing inside then out in the city, which is quite rare in a hostel with dozens of occupants.

  • Stay at Citybackers for the best location, cheapest digs, and unlimited free pasta (this is huge in a city where the grocery store can run you $5 a meal). Ask the hostel staff if you can take their recyclable glass and cans to the store for credit to stretch the dime furthest. I was able to pay for lunch and snacks my last day with just a small grocery bag worth.  Free ice skate rentals and sauna in the winter.
  • If you love beer, never go to a bar. The cheapest drinks are at the Systembolaget, state run liqueur stores that cannot even sell cold beer because it is unfair marketing and do not open until about noon while closing at 1900.
  • Don’t bother with cash, everywhere takes visa
  • Ice skating in the city center is a must in the winter months, and as its a free activity it makes it even more spectacular


  • Walk everywhere, the public transport is great but expensive and the city can be traversed in an hour in any direction
  • Eat at Max for local fast food at a decent price, located just one street away from Central Station
  • Check out old town and the palace for a look at a less modern Stockholm. If during the holiday season you will find several decent Christmas markets with free samples


  • Do not, I repeat, do not try surströmming. It a local food staple that consist of canned fermented fish, and is the foulest thing I have smelt or tasted on four continents.
  • Check out the multitude of museums around the city, many of which are free and all of which are a chance to get out of the cold
  • Fly into Skavsta airport for the cheapest flights but expect an hour bus ride (WiFi for free) to the city and an additional 15 euro round trip over the journey to a different airport (my flight from London to Stockholm was 11 USD and later round trip to Nis was 35 USD)
  • Lunch buffets are popular in the city and for about 15 euro you can get all you can eat at various locations

One thought on “What if I travel to…Stockholm, Sweden? ($25-$45/day)”

  1. I have been living in Stockholm for some years now and can agree that it is a bit expensive. That is especially true to tourists who only stay for a short time. For us who live here, it is easier to adapt your life to when it is affordable to do things. 🙂


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