Welcome to our Sweden page! Here are some of the places we visited and the guidelines we followed during our trip to Sweden. Note: we only visited Stockholm, so these may not apply beyond there, and this list is far from comprehensive. We always recommend you do your own research before traveling.
OUR BLOG POSTS
At the beginning of 2017, I asserted that I was going to travel to Europe at least once that year, and somehow I ended up receiving two separate invitations to do just that! Stephanie, one of my close friends, had a friend living in Stockholm, Sweden and invited me to come along on her visit. We would start our journey …
BEFORE YOU GO
Bring a refillable water bottle; not only is it a great choice for the environment, but purchasing water on your trip can also get expensive, especially in Sweden. The tap water here is drinkable and some of the cleanest in all of Europe, so it’s a no-brainer.
ON YOUR WAY
We took the Arlanda Express (for 280 SEK or ~$40 USD at the time) to and from the airport, which took about 40 minutes to and from Stockholm Central Station.
WHILE YOU’RE THERE
Sweden’s currency is the Swedish Krona; I was able to purchase some through my bank before my trip. Most places will take credit card, but in a pinch, it’s always good to have some cash on hand. I usually get out around $200 USD in local currency before any trip.
Purchase the Stockholm Card if you plan on spending a lot of time in Stockholm and doing some sightseeing. I don’t think we ended up doing this on our trip, but it was recommended, as the card gives you access to the city’s public transportation system and free entrance into many of the museums and canal tours.
If you don’t opt for the Stockholm Card, getting a week-long metro pass (assuming you will be visiting for more than one day) is a better deal than purchasing several 24 hour passes.
The subway stays open throughout the night, so cabs, which typically cost more, aren’t worth it unless absolutely necessary. Uber is another alternative, which tends to still be cheaper than taxis if you don’t want to wait for a train.
We traveled in October, and it was pretty chilly, especially at night. Make sure to pack warm clothes or visit between May and September if you’re looking for warmer or sunnier weather.
Take a free walking tour through Free Tour Stockholm. They offer different walks throughout the day, lasting around two hours each, and they are available in English. Unfortunately, we didn’t get to do this on our trip, but we heard good things about these!
Stockholm is rated one of the most expensive cities in the world, and eating out in Stockholm is no exception. It’s better to stick to outdoor grills on the side of the street versus eating at larger restaurants. As an alternative, lunch buffets are an economical way to eat out and are popular with the locals.
Stick to beer when drinking, as it’s much cheaper than mixed drinks or wine at bars and restaurants. Or, you can buy your own alcohol at the government-run Systembolaget.
Avoid the clubs, as most of them require a hefty cover.
Stockholm is ranked one of the safest cities in the world, and we could tell! We felt very safe walking around here and had no issues whatsoever meandering around and exploring.
We would love to hear your tips for Sweden! Feel free to leave your ideas for us in a comment below.
XOXO Travel A-Broads