Expat in Stockholm Sweden

Insider’s guide for visiting Stockholm on a budget

Stockholm is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, but at the same time it is one of the most expensive ones. If you are visiting Stockholm on a budget, there are some ways how to avoid ruining your bank account…

1. Taking a walk is always free

There are many places in Stockholm that are best explored on foot – Gamla Stan (the Old Town), the waterfront boulevard on Strandvägen, the shopping centre around Sergels Torg or the nightlife hotspot Södermalm.



2. Visit Stockholm’s parks

One of the things that I like most about Stockholm is how much nature you can find everywhere. The Royal National City Park is the world’s first national city park. It encompasses many of Stockholm’s green areas. Every park is a bit different. You can find the Royal Library and a statue of Carl von Linné in Humlegården, Haga Palace, the Chinese Pavillion, the Echo Temple and the Turkish Kiosk in Hagaparken, Skansen, the amusement park Gröna Lund, the Nordic Museum and many other things in Djurgården.

Humlegården Park

Humlegården Park

3. Museums for free

Museum admissions in Sweden cost around 100 SEK, but most of the museums have a certain time when it is possible to visit for free. It’s usually in the evening, but if you can adapt your plans a bit it will save you lots of money. Below is a list of free admissions:
Army Museum – Tuesday 5pm-8pm
Nobel Museum – Tuesday 5pm-8pm
Nordic Museum – Wednesday 5pm-8pm
History Museum – Wednesday 4pm-8pm and Friday 11am-5pm
Moderna Museet – Friday 6pm-8pm
Medieval Museum – always free
City Museum – always free

Nordiska Museet

Nordiska Museet

4. Metro art

Stockholm’s metro is often labeled “the longest art gallery in the world”. It’s because over 90 of 110 metro stations have been decorated with different kinds of paintings, sculptures, reliefs… You can join a guided tour of the metro art or visit some of the stations on your own while exploring the city. All metro stations should have a small information board, where it says who designed the place. Some of the stations worth visiting: Stadium, Tekniska Högskolan, Universitet, Rådhuset, Kungsträdgården, Solna Centrum. Check out a nice video of the metro art here.

Rådhuset station. Source: Tobias Lindman/Flickr.com

Rådhuset station. Source: Tobias Lindman/Flickr.com

5. The Woodland Cemetery

Skogskyrkogården, the Woodland Cemetery, is a UNESCO World Heritage site. It is a cemetery designed at the beginning of the 1900s and except for the basic purpose as a cemetery, it connects nature and architecture. There are guided tours, but you can just wander around for free. It might sound creepy to go visit a cemetery, but Skogskyrkogården is a fascinating place – with its high pines, green grass, modernistic architecture and old tombstones.

The Woodland Cemetery. Source: Holger.Ellgaard/Wikimedia Commons

The Woodland Cemetery. Source: Holger.Ellgaard/Wikimedia Commons

6. See the city from a boat

If you have the SL card for public transport, you can also use it for Stockholm’s city ferries. One connects Slussen and Djurgården, another goes from Lidingö and Nacka to Nybroplan near Östermalmstorg. It is really nice to save some walking and you get to see the city from a different perspective.

A view from the Djurgården ferry.

7. Fika to go

Going for a cup of cappuccino can be pretty expensive. Around the city centre count with 30-40 SEK and if you want to have a proper fika with a cake or a bun, at least twice as much. A good option is to substitute some of the fikas with a take-away coffee. If you find a Pressbyrån (which is impossible not to, since they are everywhere), buy a coffee and get a cinnamon bun, a croissant or whatever pastry for additional 5 SEK. Then you can take a seat somewhere by the lake or sea and enjoy a nice view for free.

Fika on the waterfront.



  • Reply wikingellis

    I love it :) I am from this city and I think you found great things to do! Some ferries are even for free (between södermalm and hammarby sjöstad) Cheers!

    March 24, 2015 at 22:14
    • Reply patriciatravelstheworld

      Thank you! I am glad that you agree with my suggestions. And thanks for the tip about free ferries, I didn’t know that :)

      March 24, 2015 at 22:42
  • Reply Wilbur's Travels

    A beautiful city indeed, love the metro stations and the woodland cemetery. I have been a few times and remember the first time in the late ’80s staying in the af chapman youth hostel, a masted ship moored right in the centre. Another bargain! Wilbur

    March 24, 2015 at 23:16
    • Reply patriciatravelstheworld

      Good idea! There are a few boat hostels in the city centre. Might be useful for the next post :)

      March 25, 2015 at 07:33
  • Reply realplacespeoplestories

    Love this tips. Stockholm is very expensive indeed, so some tips about going there on a budget is really useful! :)

    April 1, 2015 at 14:57
    • Reply patriciatravelstheworld

      Thank you! I think that getting insights from an insider always makes things easier, so I wanted to help as well :)

      April 1, 2015 at 18:45
  • Reply darwinontherocks

    Walking is really perfect to discover Stockholm’s beauty :-)

    April 5, 2015 at 11:54
    • Reply patriciatravelstheworld

      It’s so convenient that most of the Stockholm’s must-sees are in walking distance! :)

      April 5, 2015 at 12:38

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