Stockholm is not a cheap city, but that doesn't mean it can't be a Cheapo friendly city. With and little bit of knowledge, a little bit of planning, and a little bit of help from our trusty tips, you can enjoy glorious Stockholm without risking bankruptcy.
Stockholm Budget Tips
We always recommend stopping by a tourist office in any city as soon as possible.
The Stockholm Tourist Centre, located in Sweden House at Hamngatan 27, is a great place to get information. The Stockholm Information Centre is full of extremely knowledgeable staff, ready to answer questions both basic and complicated. It also functions as a clearinghouse for day trips and regional getaways. Staff can help you plan trips out of the city. It is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.
Museums Prices and Passes
Museums in Stockholm are not as expensive as you might fear they would be. Still, as a currency converter check on the prices below will demonstrate, these admission prices are not ultra-cheap.
Admission to some of Stockholm's most popular museums, priced for adults and children:
Royal Palace: SEK 140 (adults)/SEK 70 (reduced) all four components; SEK 100 (adults)/SEK 50 (reduced) each component
National Museum: SEK 100 (adults)/SEK 80 (reduced)
Modern Museum: from SEK 80 (adults)/SEK 60 (reduced)/free (ages 18 and under)
Nobel Museum: SEK 70 (adults)/SEK 50 (reduced)/free (ages 18 and under)
Vasa Museum: SEK 95 (adults)/SEK 50 (reduced)/free (ages 18 and under)
If you're a truly hyperactive museum lover, think about purchasing a Stockholm Card. The Stockholm Card offers free admission to over 70 attractions and museums and throws in free public transportation as well. The adult pass runs SEK 375 for 24 hours, SEK 495 for 48 hours, and SEK 595 for 72 hours. The child pass costs SEK 180 for 24 hours, SEK 210 for 48 hours, and SEK 230 for 72 hours.
From May to August, admission to the Stockholm Cathedral is free (from September through April, admission is priced at SEK 30.) Admission to several museums is free. The National Museum, Army Museum, National Maritime Museum, Historical Museum, and Royal Coin Cabinet are all free.
Senior discounts exist in Stockholm. However, to obtain some discounts, membership in a particular association may be required. Members of the AARP get discounts on hotels, airfares and car rentals. They can be reached in the United States at 1-800-424-3410 or online.
The International Student Identity Card, ISIC, the most widely accepted form of student ID, provides discounts on sights, accommodations, food and transportation. Some places offer admission discounts of 20%-50% to ISIC members. All cardholders have access to a 24-hour emergency helpline. In the US call 1-800-223-7986 or visit ISIC online. Applicants must be degree seekers of a secondary or post-secondary school and must be at least 12 years of age. The card costs US$22 and is valid until the end of the year issued.
For non-students 25 years or younger, the International Youth card, IYTC, also offers many of the same benefits as the ISIC. The card costs US$22 and is valid for one year from the date issue.
Travelers with student cards, such as ISIC and IYTC qualify for big discounts from travel agencies. Most flights from budget agencies are on major airlines, but in peak season some may sell seats on less reliable chartered aircraft.