BACKPACKER INDEX: US$111.76
Stockholm hotel prices
Hotels in Stockholm are expensive all year round by nearly anyone’s standards. The high season generally runs from June through August and also around the Christmas holidays, with low season the rest of the year. Unfortunately, even with the so-called budget hotels in Stockholm it’s hard to find a good deal or promotion, so this is a city where you might consider staying at a hostel instead. Most of them have reasonably priced private rooms, although also with few amenities.
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Stockholm has a reputation for being expensive, and it absolutely deserves it. This is among the priciest cities on the planet for a tourist, to the point that it can break the budget of a backpacker even if they are just there for a quick look.
Hotels in Stockholm are generally quite nice and many of them are luxurious so it’s not like the visitor feels ripped off, though it is frustrating that finding a simple and cheap room is nearly impossible. The hostels are a decent value, as are private rooms in those hostels, which might be a better alternative for those trying to save money.
The attractions and the transportation are also priced at a level that puts them at the top end for all of Europe. The touristy parts of the city center are fairly compact so a person can just walk around and admire the wonderful shops and attractive locals, but once you want to actually do something it’s going to cost quite a bit.
Food, of course, is also quite pricey, with even simple meals or fast food costing more than far nicer fare in southern or central Europe. Hot dog carts are easy to find, and with these you can at least get an okay meal at an affordable price. Drinking is also quite expensive, with Sweden taxing alcohol heavily as a way to try to get the locals to lay off a bit, and it’s hard to know how well that policy has worked.
Stockholm attraction prices
|Royal Palace||This 300-year-old building is a popular stop for many tourists.||adults||23.51|
|Sightseeing boat tour||A company runs hop-on, hop-off boat tours all around Stockholm, with a 24-hour pass.||adults||18.81|
|Vasa Museum||This popular museum's main attraction is a well-preserved Viking ship.||adults||20.38|
|ABBA The Museum||After years of planning this museum dedicated to Sweden's most famous musical export is open.||adults||30.56|
|child with adult||7.05|
Stockholm Transportation prices
|Taxi from ARN airport to city center||70.53 - 81.50|
|Express train from ARN to city center||40.75|
|Express bus from ARN to city center||15.52 - 18.65|
|3km taxi ride in Stockholm||12.54 - 15.67|
|Subway ride in Stockholm||5.64 - 8.46|
|All-day travelcard for public transport||18.03|
Stockholm food and drink prices
|Budget breakfast||Most hotels include breakfast in the rate. If not, you've your options are fast food or paying a lot.||6.27 - 10.97|
|Budget lunch||Many casual restaurants have a daily lunch offer that is a pretty good deal.||7.84 - 14.11|
|Budget dinner||Meals at nicer restaurants will cost more than this. Smorgasbords are common in Stockholm and often within this range.||10.97 - 18.81|
|Beer (pint)||Beer, even in local bars, is expensive in Stockholm, and at clubs and nice restaurants it's outrageous.||6.27 - 10.19|
|McDonald's Big Mac||Stockholm gives you a chance to buy one of the most expensive Big Macs in the world.||7.68|
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|Airports||Stockholm-Arlanda Airport (ARN), Stockholm-Skavsta Airport (NYO), Stockholm-Bromma Airport (BMA)|
Avg temps & precip
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Stockholm has a milder climate than most would expect considering how far north it is. Summers are definitely the most enjoyable time to go, with warm long days and comfortable evenings. Spring and fall are naturally cooler, and even though the temperatures are usually comfortable you’ll find that many of the outdoor attractions are closed anyway. Winters are fairly cold and it does snow and build up a bit, but you’d be unlucky if you arrived when it actually disrupted anything.
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