Stockholm might be a rather upcoming and unknown destination to most of us. However, I found it one of the most welcoming cities in Europe. Swedish people are friendly, the public transport is extensive and you’ll easily find a lot of nice restaurants and cafés. There are, however, some thing to take into account. I’ll tell you what you should know before visiting Stockholm!
First of all: Stockholm is expensive. Although flights are rather cheap (if you fly Ryanair, for example), other things are expensive. Alcohol is by far the most expensive thing in the city and you’ll easily pay €10 for a glass of wine. On the other hand, almost all restaurants offer free water, so you’ll be able to save some money if you ask for a glass of water. Food and sweet treats will be moderately priced, with around €3-€4 for a piece of cake, and €20 for a meal. Lunch will cost you around €10-€15. A metroticket costs a little over €3 for 75 minutes. You can also opt for a day pass if you plan on taking the metro multiple times a day. The most famous museum, the Vasa museet, costs around €15.
About the weather and how to plan your days
Stockholm lies in Northern Europe, making it a rather cold destination. Although temperatures can rise to 25 degrees in the summer, you might want to travel at another time to avoid tourists. We visited Stockholm in the beginning of April and had very cold weather, with temperatures around 0 degrees. We even had a little bit of snow, so definitely take along a scarf and beanie if you’re not traveling in the summer. Be sure to check the weather right before you leave, since it can change from day to day.
Although Stockholm is quite touristic, a lot of things are closed on Sunday and outside of the summer season. Be sure to plan your activities beforehand, to avoid having to search for hours for a nice restaurant. Not all activities take place as much in the summer as during the rest of the year, so be sure to check timings before you leave. Extra tip: some musea offer free entrance on various days, so make sure to take advantage of this!
How to get around Stockholm
Stockholm consists of fourteen islands. Although it might seem as if everything lays far apart, most things are easily within walking distance. Depending on where you’ll stay, you can also opt for taking the public transport. This is quite extensive and consists of busses, trains, metros, trams and even boats. This might seem complicated, but it is fairly easy to get around the city with the use of a map. Although you’ll see most of the city by wandering around, the underground metro system offers some beautifully decorated stations. Even without a ticket, you’ll be able to admire this art, so be sure to have a look at this too!
When visiting Stockholm, chances will be great that you land on the Skavsta airport, which lays outside the city. Although the Arlanda airport lays much closer to Stockholm, you’ll save a lot of money by flying into Skavsta airport with a low cost airline. There are different methods to get to the city centre, but we opted for the bus. Just outside the airport, you’ll find the Flygbussarna bus, which will take you into the city centre in about 80 minutes. A return ticket will be cheaper than a single ticket, costing around €30 euros. You could also opt for a taxi or a train, but the bus will by far be the cheapest option.
Despite being a rather expensive city, I’d definitely recommend visiting Stockholm. The city offers some stunning views and has a welcoming vibe to it. You can easily spend four days in the city, and even more if you plan on visiting some museums. Hopefully, after reading this article, it is clear what you should know before visiting Stockholm!
Have you ever been to Stockholm?