Stockholm On a Budget
Stockholm is the beautiful capital city of Sweden, and it is actually comprised of 14 islands and over 57 bridges.
With its charming architecture and rich cultural history coupled with its new modern design, this is the classic tale of old meets new. Getting around the city is easy with public transportation, but the unique setting on the water makes it more appealing to explore on foot.
Many make the decision to skip this location due to its expensive reputation, but with careful planning, visiting Stockholm doesn’t have to break your budget.
Here are some tips to cut expenses and make your experience in this great city a lot more (fun) and affordable.
Tip 1– Take advantage of FREE- Parks and green spaces are free to visit. This is a great opportunity to relax and take in the beauty of your surroundings. Grab a picnic lunch and save a bit on dining out as well. In the winter, many parks offer free ice skating, and there will always be a great opportunity for people watching, or interacting with the locals. Check out a free city walking tour, which takes a couple of hours, but is a great way to get your bearings, and learn a little about the history of this lovely place. In addition, select museums offer free days (or hours) where you can save on the cost of admission, so do your research and plan accordingly.
Tip 2– Book Early- While most accommodations are on the expensive side, there are budget friendly options too. Some even discount your nightly rate the longer you stay, so keep that in mind as you are planning. It never hurts to ask for a discount, but be prepared for either answer. Hostels are another option for the solo traveler. Don’t be turned off at the thought, as even these have a variety of price points, and some are actually pretty luxurious. Keep in mind what location you plan on spending your time, and if you can’t find a budget friendly room nearby, factor in how much your transportation will cost to get there.
Tip 3- Consider the Stockholm Pass- While admittedly touristy, this pass will save you quite a bit of money on your sightseeing. Your admission will be covered to over 60 attractions, making this quite the money saver. In addition, your pass includes free bus and boat tours through the city, islands, and canals, as well as a free guidebook to help with your planning. This is the perfect way to see it all, without paying full price.
Tip 4-Drink the Water- Bottled water is expensive, but the tap water tastes great here. Available for free in many restaurants, this is the way to go to keep hydrated while you are sightseeing. Bring a refillable water bottle with you, and act like a local, while saving on plastic.
Stockholm is not typically on the radar of budget minded travelers, but with some tweaks to your planning process, and careful consideration of your expectations, it can be a wonderful waterfront city to explore.