How to make your Sweden trip a bit cheaper.

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Scandinavia is kind of notorious for being expensive. I have heard it so many times from people who have and have not been there. Having lived in Sweden for last one year, I have to admit that I have also suffered from it, and being a student it can hurt you all the more.

Here are some tips and lessons which I have learnt the hard way and hope may help some of you out there in saving some moolah.

1) Accomodation: My personal preference is STF (Svenska Turist Föreningen). I have always used their guest houses and hostels. They have numerous hostels around Sweden. Their website is
The prices are usually decent. One aspect I really like about the STF hostels is their location. They are usually well connected yet situated in very scenic locations. FYI, some of the hostels may not have breakfast included in the rates. So clarify all these things before hand.

2) Travel: Train travel is most common mode of transport between cities in Sweden. The website for booking train tickets is Again if you book in advance you can save a lot. Plus there are discounts for under-25 years old passengers and students. So don't forget to avail of these when buying the tickets. If you buy tickets with student discount remember to take your student ID along while traveling. Within big cities, such as Göteborg and Stockholm, tourist passes of varying validities are available. In Göteborg these can be bought from the Central Station (there may be other locations also) and in Stockholm from SL info counters at the Central Station (there may be other locations also). Such passes provide unlimited travel within the validity period and can save you a bit of money if you plan to see lots of spots in the city. In case of Göteborg and Stockholm, the pass will also work on ferries to travel to islands.
The best way to travel to and from airports is by flyggbussarna. Check out for information on the airport bus timings and drop/pickup points.

3) Alcohol: There is no way you can save money on this, its scandinavia mate ;), other than by not drinking which I donot think is an option.

4) Food: This may not be a big issue at times, but for longer trips and excursion this can definitely be a factor. Some of the STF hostels have guest kitchen facilities. Check if one in which you may wish to check in has it. If you plan to stay for longer duration or wish to do bulk shopping for an excursion/ hiking trip then buying from supermarkets will definitely save you some bucks. Super market chains such as ICA ( and Hemköp ( can be found all over Sweden. Check out the 'butiker' links on their website to find out about the location of their shops.

I guess you read this coz you were planning to come to Sweden. I hope that this helps you a bit. Have a nice trip to Sverige, I am sure you will love that place.

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