From the city lights of Stockholm to the picturesque island of Gotland, Sweden is often a forgotten destination. Visit the lively university town of Uppsala to dance the night away or the cosmopolitan city of Stockholm for a great cultural city break away from the stress of work. But Sweden holidays are also perfect for the outdoorsy types who love nothing more than exploring the beauty of the countryside. Depending on the season, there's a large array of fun activities to do such as hiking, rock climbing, cycling, skiing and canoeing, making sure there's never a dull moment.
Flights to Sweden are plentiful from most major UK city airports. Budget airline Ryanair offers great value for money for direct flights to Stockholm and flies from London Gatwick, London Stansted, Edinburgh and Liverpool. With a flight journey time of just two hours and 15 minutes a holiday in Sweden makes the perfect weekend getaway to let your hair down.
You're more than likely to fly into Stockholm Arlanda Airport, located 40 kilometres north of the city centre. The cheapest way to reach the city centre is to take the airport bus available 24 hours a day, seven days a week; it usually takes about 40 minutes. However if you're planning on travelling long distances to your accommodation, it's advised that you travel by train. The cheapest tickets can be booked exactly 90 days before departure - make sure you don't try to book any earlier!
In order to keep the cost down during your holiday in Sweden make sure you do plenty of shopping around to find a cheap hotel in Sweden. Try not to book the first one you find and book as far in advance as you can.
Exploring Sweden can get expensive with so many things to see and do. If you're in the capital invest in a Stockholm card and take advantage of free admission to 80 attractions and free public transport. A one day pass works out at around £42. Keep an eye out for restaurants advertising Dagens rät. For a reasonable price you can enjoy a feast for lunch of a main, bread and butter, a drink, salad and coffee.
The cost of living in Sweden is one of the most expensive in Europe so make sure you shop around before buying essentials. Always check out discounted stores first such as Netto and Lidl. Although bartering is frowned upon in shops you can test your skills at the local flea market and antique shops where they welcome a challenge! Just make sure you don't insult the owner by bargaining too low a price.
Updated 15th May 2013
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