Picknick on the beach

Affordable Stockholm

Contrary to popular belief, Stockholm is no longer expensive. In fact, it’s now the least expensive capital city in Scandinavia. So, what can you do in Stockholm when traveling on a limited budget?

First of all: Explore the city by using the public transportation network. Try bus 2 or 4 from Södermalm to the Radio House or Norrtull and see the whole city. The Stockholm subway system is known as the world’s longest art gallery.

Included in the public transportation system is also the boat M/S Emelie to Hammarby Sjöstad - one of the most environmentally friendly parts of Stockholm and Sjövägen with boat traffic lines in Saltsjön and Mälaren.

Take a trip to Fjäderholmarna in the archipelago. They are the closest islands to the city and really worth a visit.

Don´t miss that there are a few museums in Stockholm that are for free. The Maritime Museum and Bonniers Konsthall always has interesting exhibits and there is always something fun happening at Kulturhuset. The Woodland Cemetery (Skogskyrkogården) and the grounds of Drottningholm Palace are both UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

A great way to explore the city is by bike. Stockholm City Bikes rents bicycles for a small fee, and there are stations located all over town where you can pick them up and drop them off.

Many places have fine views of the water and wide views of the city. Why not take along a picnic basket? Södermalm has Fjällgatan with a view of the inlet into the harbor and Djurgården, Monteliusvägen has a view of Gamla Stan and City Hall and Fåfängan’s view is out toward the archipelago.

Lunch prices in Stockholm restaurants are generally very reasonable. You can normally get a well-made “dagens lunch” (lunch of the day) for less than a hundred kronor, with a choice of meat, fish or vegetarian.