Baring My Budget: Stockholm

October 22, 2007

in Budget, City Tips, Europe, Information, Reader Tips, Sweden, Travel

Three days in Stockholm, including flights to/from Berlin, cost me 800 SKR. How did I do it? I lay my budget bare after the jump.

Transportation Costs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

+ Flights to/from Berlin (RyanAir): .02 euro cents

+ Additional zone to airport in Berlin, return: 2.60 euros

+ 3-day transportation ticket: 190 SKR

+ Bus, Nyköping-Stockholm: 108 SK

+ Bus, Stockholm-Skavsta Airport: 150 SKR

Subtotal: 2.62 euros and 448 SKR

Food and Drink Costs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

+ Groceries: 216 SKR + 6.28 euros

Subtotal: 6.28 euros and 216 SKR

Admissions Fees . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

+ Skansen Entrance Fee: 60 SKR

+ Vasa Museum Entrance Fee: 40 SKR

Subtotal: 100 SKR

Other Costs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

+ Gifts for my hosts: 3.15 euros

+ Luggage storage: 30 SKR

Subtotal: 3.15 euros and 30 SKR


TOTAL: 794 SKR and 12.05 euros

(at the present writing, $1 = 6.5 SKR = 0.70 euros)

 

Freebies included:

+ three nights accommodation (with Hospitality Club)

+ bus ride from Skavsta to Nyköping (the driver didn’t want to accept my euros as payment, even though they are valid on the bus from the airport, so he let me ride for free)

+ Medieval Museum

+ city walking tour as outlined in my guidebook

Like London, this trip followed my typical no-budget rules: free accommodation, ride public transport (63 SKR/day), eat only groceries (72 SKR/day), BYOB (2 euros/day), do lots of cheap or free activities. A daily budget of 150 SKR ($25) is fairly respectable considering prices in Stockholm are incredibly high (hostels in the city typically cost at least $30/night). It would have been even cheaper had I brought most or all of my groceries from Germany; in this case, I only packed two lunches’ worth of sandwiches, some fruit, some cake for breakfast, and my own beer (added at the airport duty-free, still cheaper than Sweden).

Since no readers offered up any Stockholm advice for the Reader Tips Contest, I’ll have my own for you later this week.

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