Stockholm is absolutely beautiful, it's historical and cultural, offers a great variety of things to do, delicious food and cozy bars. But it's also known for being a very expensive place to visit. Most people don't choose to visit Stockholm if you have a very tight budget or need a lot of cheap options. It's too expensive, at least that's what most people would say. But there are ways to visit Stockholm on a Budget and I'm going to tell you how.
Visit Stockholm on a Budget
Now I don't mean to imply that Stockholm isn't expensive, it is. But that's no reason why you should take it off you travel list, there are plenty of ways to visit Stockholm without breaking your bank. I would know, it just happens to be my hometown.
I grew up in Stockholm, meaning I learned how to cope on a student budget (and on no budget before I even got a student one). Let me share some tips and tricks with you!
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Accommodation in Stockholm is quite expensive, and there's not an overload of cheap hostels around. There are many ways to find affordable accommodation these days. See if you can stay with friends or friends of friends, or use one of the many sites out there like Couchsurfing, Air BnB or HomeAway to avoid the cost. Another option in Stockholm Interhostel, it's not the finest hostel in the world, but it is cheap, prices start from 149 SEK.
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Drinking and partying
Stockholm has some great night clubs, we don't claim to be the best partiers in the world, but we still know how to party. Most nightclubs are located in the area called Östermalm, it's the most expensive area in Stockholm (Plus it's really beautiful, so make sure to head out here and take a walk around). My favourite club is Trädgården and Under Bron, located at Hammarby Slussväg 2. It's got a more hipster vibe, great music, a photobooth, and plenty of nice people.
Drinking at nightclubs and bars is quite expensive, so to save some money, make sure to pre-drink! Sweden has alcohol monopoly, so head to a Systembolaget (make sure to check opening times) and get all that you need. If you do want to drink out, there are some cheap places, Soft Kök och Bar is located right by T-Centralen and it's not the most fancy place or anything, but you can get cheap beer.
Eating out can quickly ruin your budget, so eating at home is a hot tip. If you stay in an Airbnb or do some Couchsurfing, you can most likely cook in your kitchen.
Södermalm (the south part of Stockholm) has some really nice options and it's cheaper there than around Östermalm.
Another tip is the leave the city centre all together, there are plenty of nice restaurants outside of the city and the prices are not as high. There are a lot of places 10 to 20 minutes away by Subway. I explain transportation and areas to visit in my tips to visit Stockholm on a budget below.
That being said, Italiano Papa, located at Riddargatan 9 in central Stockholm, is a great Italian restaurant with not the cheapest but also not the most expensive prices. If you like tapas you really should try Basso Tapas Bar at Råsundavägen 110 in Solna. It's one of my favourite tapas restaurants, It's a pretty small but has really friendly staff, amazing sangria, and delicious tapas. A must try if you like tapas!
Another popular choice is the Stockholm food halls and food trucks. Anywhere you don't have to sit down to eat will save you money. Stockholm is known for serving gourmet street food.
Tips to Visit Stockholm on a Budget
There are plenty of things to do that won't bankrupt you, Stockholm is really beautiful (especially during summer time) and really walking friendly, so just walking around and hanging out at parks isn't a terrible way to spend your day.
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Take a free walking tour – If you don't want to walk around aimlessly, take a walking tour! Learn about the history and the different areas of the city.
Leave central Stockholm – As soon as you get out of the city centre, prices drop. There are plenty of pretty areas 10-20 minutes away on the subway. A good place to visit would be Solna, you can find Mall of Scandinavia, Friends Arena, beautiful parks like Hagaparken and Ulriksdals Slott, and it’s only 7 minutes from central with the subway.
Take advantage of the free parks – Stockholm has some beautiful parks worth a visit. Check out Rålambshovsparken, Gärdet, tantolunden or if you take the subway 10 minutes on the blue line, to Solna, you can find Ulriksdals Slott or Hagaparken.
Visit museums – Stockholm has a lot of interesting museums to offer, and they´re free!
Get transportation passes – You can buy different types of transportation cards, see what fits you the best or ask at Pressbyrån and they will help you out. Friday – Sunday the subway run all night and it will save you money to avoid taking a taxi.
See the city from above – If you want to get a good view of the city, it’s much better to do it for free than paying for it. Go to Södermalm (take the subway to Slussen) and go up Katarina Hissen or simply walk up yourself. You can go up to Mosebacke and from there find places with a perfect view of the city. Use google maps to find your way!
Skinnarviksberget – Another good place for a fantastic view of the city.
See the archipelago on the cheap – Tickets are 50 to 150 SEK ($8–23) depending on what island you visit. Use Waxholmsbolaget for the most affordable tickets. From October to March, tickets are half off.
Michelle Serra was born in Stockholm, Sweden, she is a chocolate loving, coffee drinking traveller who is currently living in London. She has been travelling around Europe, Asia, Central America, USA, and lived in Barcelona, Hong Kong, Stockholm, and London. Follow her adventures on wishesofwanderlust.com