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16 Things You Need to Know Before Visiting Stockholm Sweden

If you are heading to Sweden and not quite sure your itinerary has everything on it? check out these 16 things you need to know before visiting Stockholm Sweden

Stockholm Arlanda airport is fancy

Fancy as in plants everywhere, shiny shiny floors, it just puts most airports that I’ve been to, to shame.

Be prepared to spend a lot of money

Stockholm is very expensive. We bought 2 half baguettes, a bottle of coke and a bottle of water and it came to £38. £38!!!!

16 Things You Need to Know Before Visiting Stockholm Sweden

It’s cold

Although I went at the end of the summer so I would have thought it would be slightly chilly. No, it was freezing. As soon as we walked out of the airport the Baltic blast hit us in the face so take warm clothing/layers.

It’s not all cashless

Before I went, I read too many blog posts about how you don’t need to take cash because nowhere accepts cash. That is not true. Yeah, the bigger restaurants such as Wagammas and Upper Crust, DON’T. But mostly everywhere else did. We didn’t take much cash with us because we were advised not too (but drama with the money we were given as it was out of date meant that we only had around £50 in cash anyway) but we managed to pay for most things on card and go to the cashpoint if need be. Obviously check with your bank provider to make sure you’re aware of any charges.

Alcohol is very expensive

Read before going to Sweden that it’s very expensive and you can only buy it in special supermarkets called Systembolaget. And yup, that’s right. I had one glass of wine and it cost £7.81.

16 Things You Need to Know Before Visiting Stockholm Sweden

Uber is cheap

When we arrived at the airport, we were a little confused about how to get to our accommodation via public transport (we had, had a long day). Having read that taxis are unregulated so can charge whatever they want, we didn’t want to get one of those, so I checked Uber. The journey took 1 hour and it cost us £54. Now, living in Cardiff and getting home after a night out would cost me around £7 for a 5/10 minute journey. Madness.

The rumours are true

There are beautiful tall, blonde haired blue eyed girls everywhere. Also hunks. Hunks everywhere.

The metro / Tube was the best form of transport for us.

Although we do tend to walk everywhere, but as we were staying just outside the centre we got the metro into where we needed to go. You could literally just hop on and hop off anywhere, which for me is the best way to explore.

Travel Card

At the airport we were advised that we could buy a Travel Card/pass for £15 each and that would last for 72 hours and the time would start from the first time you use it. I would 100% recommend this card to anyone that visits Sweden. It can be used on the Metro and buses. It was brilliant and well worth the money.

You have to go to Wayne’s Coffee.

It’s like starbucks, one of every corner. But seriously, I had this Spinach, Feta Pasty thing and it was amazing. So amazing, that I went back to the next day and the day after that. But enough about Wayne and his awesome feta pasty


Stockholm is basically made up of islands that’s all connected by bridges. Sounds beautiful right? It is! You can walk/taxi/boat/metro from one to another.

Everyone speaks English.

Although it is nice to pick up the important words from the places I travel too, it does make my life so much easier when English is spoken.

There is Wi-Fi everywhere.

Although its 2017 and having no data when travelling out of the UK is no more, it’s always nice when there’s Wi-Fi.

Did you know that Sweden has its own Royal family?

Nope, me neither and they do and the kind lives at the Royal Palace in Gamla Stan so be sure to check it out!

16 Things You Need to Know Before Visiting Stockholm Sweden

The delicacy in Sweden for me is Meatballs (IKEA RULES!)

I was so disappointed with the lack of meatballs. And I was also disappointed in how expensive is it to eat. I am a growing women, and I need a lot of food.


If you like Amsterdam for its Bikes and lack of public transport in the built up areas then you will love Stockholm. There are bikes everywhere, cute ones with little baskets on to put your dogs in.

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  • Reply Anonymous

    I will definitely refer back to this when I go to Stockholm. I've never been before! Great post.

    December 7, 2017 at 4:04 pm
  • Reply Joy Generoso

    I've never been to Sweden yet, so these information are very help before visiting the place. Good to know the UBER is cheap and the Wifi is everywhere.

    Liz Gen |

    December 7, 2017 at 4:36 pm
  • Reply Unknown

    Yikes those prices sound really awful. Though that was true in Hawai‘i as well, and we cut down our costs a lot by shopping at farmers markets and cooking at the rental. I wonder if there would be similar options here.

    December 7, 2017 at 9:37 pm
  • Reply Alexander Popkov

    Oh. I live nearby (Helsinki) and still did not explore all of the Stockholm. You tips are good are relevant. Some were new to me.

    December 8, 2017 at 5:06 pm
  • Reply Eric Gamble

    Dang, you arent selling me on Sweden at all…Expensive, Cold, & NO MEATBALLS??? Ugh! I have really wanted to visit Stockholm and Helsinki too but I would have to go during the peak of Summer!

    December 8, 2017 at 6:49 pm
  • Reply ritika singh

    We r just back from abisko and can relate to all the info .. Oh yeh it's so cold and expensive .. Wish I read this article before our visit .. Hehe

    December 11, 2017 at 4:56 pm
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