How do you travel on a budget in Sweden? You take the bus. There are buses to and from almost every single town and village in all of Sweden. Given that a bus may not be the optimal choice for transport if you are going from Malmö to Kiruna, but for more humane distances…
Taking a bus in Sweden is not only a comfortable and cheap way of getting around; it’s a great way to see the country. If you, for example, fly from Gothenburg to Stockholm to Malmö, chances are you would not get to see much besides these cities. On the other hand, taking the bus from Gothenburg to Stockholm and then from there on to Malmö you would get to see almost the whole south of Sweden. Saving money in the process.
Sweden is by no means a cheap country and anyone looking for a cheap vacation will need to think outside the box in order to experience as much as possible for their money. The question is how important it is to have stayed, and visited all the clubs, in Stockholm’s inner city. If one chooses to do so an empty bank account is a guarantee even before the last PIN-code digit hits the ATM display. On the other hand, taking the bus into the countryside offers a lot of experiences and that at much better prices.
Sweden has a rich cultural heritage and the tourism in the countryside is a lot better than what most people think. If you really want a vacation of shopping and rich nightlife then there is nothing for it but to cough up the dough, but if what you want is to see Sweden, the trip doesn’t need to be that expensive. Here are the best tips:
1) Skip July through mid August. This is when everyone else is on vacation, and the tourist industry knows to set their prices accordingly. If you want to see Sweden in the summer the end of August is perfect. The weather is usually better then too.
2) Do not go skiing in Sweden, at least not downhill. If you live in the north of Sweden, that is one thing, but otherwise it takes just as long to get to the Alps. Where the prices and skiing are better.
3) You do not need to stay at a hotel. There are hostels and rooms for rent where the standard can be at least as good as a hotel and the food often better.
4) Avoid the tourist traps. There is always a cheaper and just as good, if not better, alternative to the “recommendation” close to places of interest. You may have to walk for a bit, but more often than not that is the worst case.
5) Beer, wine and spirits are painfully expensive in Sweden. If you are travelling from abroad you would do well to stock up on provisions.
6) Food in Sweden isn’t cheap either. There are no shortcut’s here, but most hostels will provide a kitchen or food preparation area. Cooking your own food saves money!