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Budget Hacks: Traveling in Sweden for Cheap

Sweden isn’t one of the cheapest countries in the world to visit, and the fact that this country has high prices often means that people choose not to visit. Though this is one of the most interesting and beautiful countries in the world, there are plenty of ways to travel here on a budget if you know where to look.

The following are budget hacks for traveling in Sweden on the cheap. Everything you need to know about sourcing cheap airport transport, free Wi-Fi, cheap food, and more.

Travel From Arlanda to Stockholm with Public Transport

Those flying into Sweden will most likely land at Arlanda airport. And the cheapest way to get to Stockholm city is via public transport. There is a bus called Flygbussarna that will cost $14 and you can buy tickets at the airport terminal — though you will save even more if you book your tickets online ahead of time.

The buses are very comfortable and most of them have Wi-Fi. It is roughly 45 minutes to get from Arlanda to the city. A taxi will take the same amount of time and charge you $60.

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Free Things to Do in Helsingborg

You don’t have to spend money to enjoy your time in Helsingborg; there are plenty of fun, free things to do. For instance, the beach is never far away and that is always a great way to spend your time, especially during summer. Helsingborg has around 25 kilometers of coastline.

Libraries in Helsingborg are also free and offer different kinds of events throughout the year. There are several libraries around the region, though a notable one is Stadsbiblioteket in Stadsparken where you can relax with a cup of coffee and a biscuit. Borrowing books is free of charge, you just need a library card, which is also free.

Free Wi-Fi in Cafe’s in Lund

If you find yourself in a hotel that charges for Wi-Fi, you can find it for free in many of the cafes in Lund. Though you should double-check that you don’t have to jump through hoops to get it before you make a purchase.

Most cafes offer free wireless internet for their customers, but some make you use their company gift card or rewards card in order to get their code. It’s not a system that is really advertised, so make a habit of asking if they have Wi-Fi and what you have to do to use it before you sit down.

Free wifi cafe

Street Food in Malmo

Malmö is famous for its food scene, and one of the best ways to sample the Swedish cuisine without spending too much is the city’s street food. On every street corner in Malmö is a korvkiosk. This is a sausage kiosk, or a hot dog stand — though the Swede’s take their hot dogs to a whole new level. A popular choice among locals is to take their dog wrapped in a soft flatbread with mashed potato. Ask for a tunnbrödsrulle to do as the locals do.

Follow these budget hacks for a cheap trip through Sweden and you’ll be sure to have fun without breaking the bank.

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Megan is an Australian Journalist who has been travelling and blogging since 2007, with the main aim of inspiring others to embark on their own worldwide adventure. Her husband Mike is an American travel photographer, and together they have made the world their home.

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  1. How to get free wifi and coffee in Sweden: use Regus card and ‘business lounge’, Regus status is often give for free with your airline loyalty program or premium credit card.

    • Thanks for the tip Vlad!

  2. Good to know. I wish there were more libraries that let people borrow books for free!

    • Totally agree with you Shannon – libraries are an amazing place to visit; great way to interact with locals, and often the architecture makes them landmarks of the city which tourists flock to anyway!

  3. Sweden is also an amazing country for getting outdoors. There are so many parks, woods, and lakes to explore. Where I lived in Stockholm, many of the parks had workout machines (made from wood, nothing fancy), but you could get in a few training sessions without paying a cent.

    • Great tip! I’ve noticed a trend in having public workout machines throughout city parks around the world but hadn’t noticed it in Stockholm. Spending time outdoors is one of our favorite ways to explore a new destination, the best part being it’s usually always free!

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