THE cost OF traveling SWEDEN

Last Updated: 3/30/22 | March 30th, 2022

Sweden is one of the most beautiful destinations in the world. I fell in love with it so much, I ended up moving there for a summer.

But it’s also one of the most expensive places to visit.

Most backpackers and budget travelers skip Sweden (and Scandinavia in general) because of its cost. If they do visit, they normally just pop into Stockholm for a couple of days before retreating to a lot more affordable destinations.

That’s understandable but also unfortunate, because Sweden has a lot to offer.

While the country is expensive, there are plenty of ways to save money and visit on a budget.

Here’s a summary of one of my trips, what I spent (as well as updated costs/prices) to help you plan your trip, and ways to save money. because it’s absolutely possible to go to Sweden without breaking the bank — you just need to get creative.

How much did I spend?

I was in Sweden for 19 days, and I spent a total of 11,357 SEK (Swedish kronor) or $1,892.83 USD — roughly $100 USD per day (the exchange rate was about 6 SEK to 1 USD; it varies and now stands around 9 or 10 to $1 USD). The numbers break down this way:

Accommodation: 2,320 SEK

Food: 2,289 SEK

Alcohol: 3,072 SEK

Transportation: 1,898 SEK

Attractions: 100 SEK

Phone: 549 SEK

Miscellaneous 1,129 SEK

Total: 11,537 SEK

My spending was pretty high for one basic reason: I went out a lot. My friends in Stockholm took me out a lot of nights, so a large portion of my budget went toward that.

When every beer you have is 54 SEK ($9 USD), even having only two or three really adds up. (I must also note that a lot of clubs have entrance fees, so about 500 SEK of my “alcohol” budget went to that.)

Moreover, while I ate cheaply, I only cooked my own meals three times during my trip. cooking would have lowered my costs significantly, but friends were always taking me places to eat.

Lastly, I also stayed with friends for a lot of of my trip. had I paid for accommodation every night, my accommodation costs would have risen a lot more.

Hvor mye trenger du?

While I spent $100 USD per day, you can do it cheaper. It will never be a incredibly budget-friendly country, but it absolutely doesn’t need to cost a fortune.

If you stick to complimentary or cheap activities, like enjoying nature and taking complimentary walking tours, you can keep your daily spending low without missing out.

Moreover, if you Couchsurf or camp, skip the alcohol, and cook all or a lot of of your meals, you can lower this even further!

To help you plan your trip, here are some normal prices in Sweden:

Hostel dorm: 250 SEK

Camping & national parks: Free

Casual restaurant meal: 125–250 SEK

Cheap restaurant meal: 75-100 SEK

Pizza: 65-99 SEK

Cheap hot dogs and sausages: 20-35 SEK

Fast-food combo: 85 SEK

Beer: 65 SEK

Bottled water: 25 SEK

Stockholm transit: 38 SEK one-way, 160 SEK for a 24-hour pass, 415 SEK for a 7-day pass

Bike rentals: 200-250 SEK per day

Ferry to Gotland: 295 SEK (one-way)

Stockholm-Gothenburg train: 185-330 SEK (one-way)

Museums: 80-195 SEK

Liseberg (theme park): 95 SEK

If you’re on a backpacker budget, you’ll need around $80 USD per day for food, accommodation, and some cheap activities. If you camp, skip the booze, or Couchsurf you can lower this quite a bit.

If you’re a mid-range traveler seeking to stay in a Airbnb or hotel, eat out for a lot of meals, go out a few times, and visit some attractions, you’ll want to budget around $175 USD per day.

Budget ideas for Sweden

There are ways to make Sweden cheap, but they take some work. considering that food and accommodation are very expensive, Couchsurfing or cooking your meals are the most evident ways to cut down your costs.

But if staying with strangers or cooking isn’t your thing, here are some other ways to save money:

1. drink beer – Alcohol isn’t cheap in Sweden, as it’s heavily taxed. However, beer is quite cheap. If you stick to beer, you can save yourself a lot of money when you go to the bars.

Additionally, you can get your own alcohol from Systembolaget (the government-run liquor store chain), which will be much more affordable than getting drinks at the bar or club.

2. avoid clubs – a lot of clubs have a cover 200 SEK (or more). Don’t waste your money!

3. limit how often you eat out – eating out is very expensive, especially at sit-down restaurants. If you want to eat out without spending a lot of money, stick to Thai, middle Eastern, and pizza places.

4. Refill your water – The tap water here is some of the cleanest in the world, so bring a reusable water bottle so you can ditch the single-use plastic and save money in the process. LifeStraw is my go-to bottle, considering that it has a built-in filter to make sure your water is always clean and safe.

5. book in development – Booking trains or buses 3-4 weeks in development can get you around 40–50% off the price. last-minute tickets are always incredibly expensive, so don’t leave your purchase to the last minute.

The least expensive train company is MTR, while Flixbus will have the least expensive prices for buses.

6. get a rail pass – If you plan to do a lot of traveling around, get a rail pass before you get to the country. You’ll end up saving a few hundred dollars off the high cost of travel.

This can be a good alternative to booking in development if you’re like me and plan everything at the last minute.

7. purchase a Stockholm Card – This pass gives you access to the city’s public transportation system and complimentary entrance to 99% of the museums and canal tours, over 60 attractions. It’s well worth the money and will absolutely save you a lot a lot more than it costs if you plan to see a lot of sites while in Stockholm. It is 669 SEK for a one-day pass or 1,569 SEK for a five-day pass (which is a much better deal).

8. get a metro card – If you don’t plan to get the Stockholm Card, make sure you get a week’s metro pass. At 415 SEK for a week’s worth of public transportation, it’s a better deal than paying per ticket (Göteborg and Malmö also offer multiday passes)

9. avoid taxis – Public transportation is exceptional in Sweden. With a little planning, you can avoid the overpriced taxis, as they will spoil your budget in a flash.

10. take pleasure in the complimentary outdoors – Hiking and camping are complimentary in Sweden. You can pretty much pitch a tent anywhere, thanks to the country’s freedom to Roam laws. If you’re an avid outdoorsy person, that indicates you can pay essentially nothing for accommodation.

11. stick to buffets – Lunch is the best time to eat out in Sweden. Buffets and restaurants have set meals for around 105 SEK. It’s the best deal you can find and one utilized a lot by locals. (Don’t miss Hermitage in Stockholm for a cozy, home-cooked meal!)

12. Take a complimentary walking excursion – complimentary excursion Stockholm runs the best walking excursion in the city. It covers all the highlights and lasts around two hours, so you can see everything on a budget. just remember to idea your guide at the end!

13. visit the complimentary museums – The national Museum, the history Museum, and the medieval museum in Stockholm are complimentary to enter, as is the natural history museum in Göteborg. lots of museums are also complimentary to students and people under 20, so be sure to ask if there are discounts!

Like the rest of Scandinavia, Sweden isn’t the most budget-friendly destination. but it has so much to offer, including some of the most beautiful landscapes in Europe, that you really shouldn’t pass it up.

By following the ideas above, you can make a visit here much a lot more affordable. It will take some planning, but it’s absolutely worth the effort. After all, I tried to step here for a reason!

Note: visit Stockholm gave me a complimentary city pass for all the museums and three nights of complimentary accommodation.

Book Your trip to Stockholm: Logistical ideas and Tricks
Book Your Flight
Use Skyscanner to find a cheap flight. It is my favorite search engine because it searches web sites and airlines around the globe, so you always know no stone is being left unturned!

Book Your Accommodation
You can book your hostel with Hostelworld as it has the greatest inventory and best deals. If you want to stay somewhere other than a hostel, use as it consistently returns the least expensive rates for guesthouses and hotels. My favorite places to stay are:

City Backpackers


If you’re trying to find a lot more places to stay, here for my favorite hostels in Stockholm. If you’re wondering what part of town to stay in, here’s my neighborhood breakdown of Stockholm!

Ikke glem reiseforsikring
Travel insurance will secure you against illness, injury, theft, and cancellations. It’s detailed protection in case anything goes wrong. I never go on a trip without it, as I’ve had to use it lots of times in the past. Mine favorittbedrifter som tilbyr den beste servicen og verdien er:

Safety Wing (for everyone below 70)

Insure My trip (for those 70 and over)

MedJet (for ytterligere evakueringsdekning)

Looking for the best companies to save money With?
Sjekk ut ressurssiden min for de beste selskapene å bruke når du reiser. I list all the ones I use to save money when I’m on the road. They will save you money too.

Want a lot more information on Stockholm?
Be sure to visit our robust destination guide on Stockholm for even a lot more planning tips!

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