More No-Budget Tips for Stockholm and Nyköping

February 7, 2008

in Airports, Cheap Activities, City Tips, Information, Lodging, Museums, Public Transport, Sports, Sweden, Travel, Web Tips

I returned from my second trip to Sweden last week and gathered a few more tips for no-budget travelers headed to Stockholm via Nyköping (Skavsta Airport). Find them after the jump.

Half-price tickets are being offered on Swebus Express till February 10, good on nearly every route they run. Round-trip Nyköping-Stockholm can run you as little as 108 kr (~11 euros) for students, 136 kr (~14 euros) for adults with advance purchase.

Forgot something on Swebus? Call 036 290 8080.

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+ It is entirely possible to sleep in Skavsta Airport, but if you’d like your own bed for the night and don’t have time or money to travel to Stockholm, you can take the bus to the nearby town of Nyköping (pronounced nee-sher-ping) for 2.50 euros. The newly opened Railway Hostel in the, you guessed it, train station offers beds in a shared room for 20 euros/night. I haven’t personally tried it, the website unfortunately doesn’t have pictures and it’s too new to have reviews online. Have you stayed there? Feel free to leave your comments below.

+ If you’re going to be sticking around for awhile or if you fly through Skavsta often on your way to Stockholm and want to save money on the bus, your best option for ground transportation to Nyköping is to buy a Discount Card (Rabattkort) for 100 kr, which gets you 120 kr worth of travel (or, at current prices, approximately 6 bus rides). This can be purchased from the driver with cash; for card payments, use euros to get to town and buy your Rabattkort at the bus station. Also a money-saving option for couples or groups.

+ The museums in and around the Nyköping Castle are free and have lots of elements geared toward children. Learn more about the legendary Christmas banquet of 1317 and the dungeon key that was fished from the river hundreds of years later . . . Free tours of the King’s Tower are offered in English daily in summer, Saturdays and Sundays in winter, at 2 p.m.

+ Children might enjoy skating at the little rink on the corner of Stockholmsvägen and Östra Storgatan — bring your own skates. There is a hot dog shop nearby for refreshments afterwards.

+ In cold and warm weather alike, children and adults may welcome a swim at the local pool, Hjortensbergsbadet, with indoor and outdoor pools, diving boards, waves, waterslides, jacuzzi and more. Adult entry 50 kr, children 30 kr.

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+ Visit the world’s largest IKEA store, just south of Stockholm. Free buses depart from the corner of Regeringsgatan/Jakobsgatan M-F every hour on the hour between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. The free bus travels back to Stockholm every hour on the half hour.

Kungsträdgården skating rink+ Ice skating is free on the Kungsträdgården if you bring your own skates! Rentals are also available at the rink: 40 kr/hr for adults, 20 kr/hr for kids. The rink is open M-F 8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays till 8 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

+ The Södermalm area (sometimes called SoFo) across the river from Gamla Stan (Old Town) — walk along Hornsgatan and Götgatan to Folkungagatan, for starters — is packed with funky galleries, secondhand shops and novel clothing and bag designers, as well as a fair mix of bars, salons and other stores. I found a great deal in Emmaus (Götgatan 14) on handmade used tableware, but others will probably appreciate the selection of vintage coats and dresses in this and neighboring shops more. Closest T-bana stations are Slussen or Medborgarplatsen.

+ From Slussen, walk on Hornsgatan to the Maria Magdalena Church and turn right. Meandering through the small streets towards the river, you should soon find a narrow way next to a kindergarten leading to viewing platform and walking path, affording excellent views of Gamla Stan, Riddarholmen and the City Hall building. There are spaces here designed for you to enjoy your picnic lunch while taking in the vista. Schedule it in before your feet are too exhausted from shopping!

What have I overlooked? Leave your advice in the comments.

If you haven’t already, you might want to read

No-Budget Tips for London and Stockholm, Revisited

Baring My Budget: Stockholm

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1 Jack from 02.07.08 at 6:40 pm

Now that’s one thing I love about Stockholm, the free ice skating!

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