When living in Sweden, you might not experience it as an expensive country. After all, you are earning Kronor. But what about the traveler who wishes to explore Sweden on a budget?
Sweden has always been considered to be one of the most expensive European holiday destinations. However, thanks to the fact that Sweden did not switch over to the Euro currency, Sweden has gradually moved down to a similar pricing level as other European countries. Of course, there are still ways to get the best out of your trip to Sweden without counting pennies. Here are some ways of saving money in Sweden:
When you are planning your trip to Sweden, it is best to book your flight well in advance. Of course, there are some great last minute deals available, but it’s always a risky gamble. Booking your ticket directly through the airline online is the cheapest option by far since travel agents add fees to your booking price.
Location and Accommodation
Sweden doesn’t have a lot of them, but there ARE budget hotels in Sweden. Some hotels are happy to provide discounts if you plan on staying for longer periods of time. Youth hostels and self-catering units provide a more economical option, assuming you don’t spend the remainder of your funds on food. The facilities in Swedish hostels are excellent, by the way.
You should keep the location of your hotel or hostel in mind when making the booking. Even if central locations are more expensive, you will be saving a lot on public transport. Calculate those fees into your hotel costs and you might be better off staying at a central location. Hotels have the benefit of usually including breakfast in your package.
If you want to travel within Sweden, traveling by train is worth a mention. The sleeping cars on the train are clean and quiet, and also cheaper than a hotel room.
Do you wish to explore the city and its surroundings? Save a ton of money and burn some calories by getting on a Citybike! Sweden is one of the most bike-friendly countries, as can be seen with the clearly marked bicycle lanes.
Using the public transport system shouldn’t be too expensive either if you do your research. When you are traveling in a group of two or more, you can purchase a discounted family pass. Student discounts are also available to people under the age of 25. Stockholm, for instance, offers the Stockholm Card, a pass that entitles you to save on public transport, as well as free entrance to certain museums and attractions.
Good Food, Good Prices?
When going on holiday, most of your budget goes into accommodation and food. Wining and dining nicely in Sweden can be especially pricey, with main courses going for about 250 Kronor.
If you choose the self-catering option, the supermarkets and local fresh produce markets are the way to go. Most of them offer different promotions every week. Alternatively, many restaurants do offer great lunch deals at a fraction of their dinner pricing, so plan lunch as your main meal of the day.
Alcohol is VERY expensive in Scandinavian countries. Its tax is based on the percentage of alcohol it contains, so beers and ciders will be more affordable. The upside is that you are allowed to consume alcohol in public areas in Sweden, so you are free to buy your favorite bottle of wine and enjoy a night in one of the lovely parks.
Missing your family and friends back home? Make use of the free wireless service at most cafes. Sometimes you will have to place a purchase to make use of the service, but it will save money by not making expensive phone calls.
Avoid Pointless Purchases
This seems overly obvious to some, but consider how much a gift shop will charge you for a souvenir. When money is tight, don’t buy something you don’t need on your holiday. If you really wish to take gifts back home, opt for something small at the local markets.