Having just had my wallet and budget for Copenhagen torn to pieces I was ever so cautious landing in Stockholm for a few days. Sweden was to be the turning point for my major expenses but that didn’t mean I could just cut loose as I knew all too well if things got crazy here I’d spend my entire time in the Baltic States making up for it.
Again greeted with yet another new currency to learn in the Swedish Krona. Only slightly more expensive than the Danish Krone but still just as confusing to work out how much things were really costing me until it was too late. Luckily I made a point of visiting the supermarkets here and cooking as much as possible to try and help offset the costs. Having not had much in the way of cooking facilities to date I was determined to make the most of the small kitchenette this hostel called a cooking area.
Transport in Stockholm was all on me as I walked everywhere. Sure it might of taken me forever to walk out to see the Vasa Museum and Skansen but the alternative was to spend money and I was going to save anywhere possible. My only expense in this area was the 952 SK ticket on the night ferry to Helsinki. I booked last minute of course and got lucky actually getting a spot, next time I’ll pre-book that one to save a few bucks.
Hostels in Stockholm are EXPENSIVE like really EXPENSIVE, 250SK a night is almost $40 AUD. If I ever come back I’m going to be making as many couchsurfing friends as possible because while my hostel was nice and all the cramped space just didn’t warrant that kind of cost. Especially when there was no laundry facilities, and the 3 showers sandwiched in behind the tiny kitchen area seemed like they were really baths just with no sides on them as they flooded the floor so often.
I skipped getting the local tourist attraction card as while it would have allowed entry to the majority of the museums and sights, the up front cost was too much to try and see everything in the few days I had. Instead I fronted up for the following sights in town. Stockholm Palace (Combo Ticket 140SK) the Armoury (75SK not really worth it) along with the Vasa Museum (110SK), Skansen (100SK).
Food in Stockholm was very much of the supermarket variety. I grabbed small things here and there while out exploring but at the end of the day there was always a visit to the supermarket down the road for supplies. Sure a roll with a bit of meat and cheese isn’t much but when its costing you 1/4 of what lunch cost, you do it.
I was also lucky on my second last night to have a big cook up with a couple of new friends after they found out what I had planned to cook. God bless those lovely dutch doctors as it was the best feed I’d had for awhile.
How does 150 SK ($17 AUD) for someone to shave your head and call it a haircut sound? or 100SK ($11.41 AUD) to pay the only known laundrymat in all of central Stockholm for a wash and dry? oh and don’t get me started on the cost of booze. In its defence the night I caught the ferry to Helsinki shouldn’t count as it was always going to be expensive.
Otherwise the beer consumption was kept to a minimum as it was just too expensive to warrant it. I had finally found a place that for the most part I couldn’t bring myself to spend that much money on a beer, especially when I knew it was going to be nice and cheap in Estonia.
Total Cost for Stockholm
Five days in Stockholm came in at a total of 3713 Swedish Krona or 570.55 AUD (at an exchange rate of 6.5 Krona = 1 AUD). The average was just on 742 Krona ($114 AUD) a day which again made my planned budget look like a shy boy attempting to ask the hot girl out on a date.
Sure Copenhagen was more expensive but while there I lashed out on everything from meals to seeing sights I wouldn’t normally have done. Stockholm I was cautious, only spending when needing too and always looking for the cheaper option. Had I spent the same here as back in Denmark… well it would have been a budget disaster.
To compare the costs to today’s exchange rate, leaving Australia now (November 2014) it would cost you $573.67 AUD. Yes you are reading that right, even some years later the exchange rate is just the same as what I had then.
Did I enjoy Stockholm? oh yes indeedy. Starting with the train ride up from Copenhagen to the ferry following along the coast as I left the country you can’t deny Sweden is a beautiful country. I honestly wish I’d had more time and money to have stopped off along the way to Stockholm or even venture up past it for awhile.
Alas it wasn’t to be so I think that will all have to wait for another time when I can really sink my teeth into what Scandinavia has to offer. Who’s up for Norway, Sweden and Finland next year??
Note: Some costs for the first day were converted from Danish Krone for uniform pricing.