Sweden travel guide

Sweden travel guide

Clean air, sparkling lakes and modern cities that effortlessly lead the way in everything from pop music to interior design: there’s a lot to like about Sweden. As a travel destination and as a place to live, it has a huge amount to offer, whether you want to take a road trip in a Volvo, embrace Stockholm’s cool café culture, or find peace and tranquility among the mountains and rivers of Lapland, home to one of Europe’s last remaining wilderness areas. Our travel guide has all the info you need to plan the perfect trip. Chances are, you’ll love Sweden as much as we do.

Before you go Destinations Getting around Money
Travel tips Accommodation Tours Events

Before you go

When’s the best time to visit? Useful apps to download for your trip Getting a Swedish sim card
Sweden for veggies and vegans What’s Sweden famous for? Why you need travel insurance
Tips for learning Swedish Visa requirements Overland travel to Sweden
Is Sweden safe? Swedish books worth reading Ask a question in our forum



Sweden is a surprisingly varied destination with enough to keep you busy for a month or more. Most visitors start with one of the big cities – usually Stockholm or Gothenburg – but with a little bit longer you can make trips out into the beautiful countryside, home to lakes, forests and some wonderfully isolated islands. For a real taste of adventure, head to the far north, where you’ll be able to see reindeer, sled dogs and – if you’re lucky – the spectacular northern lights.


What currency does Sweden use? Can I still pay with cash? Tips for saving money
What’s a good daily budget? Is Sweden expensive? What things cost in Sweden

Transport and getting around

Sweden has a great public transport network and you’ll find that even fairly remote places are served by frequent buses and trains. Prices are also quite low, as long as you plan ahead. Just bear in mind that distances can be deceptively long – if you’re heading to the north of Sweden and are on a tight schedule, you might want to consider taking a domestic flight.

Travel tips and ideas for your trip

Backpacking in Sweden Seeing the northern lights The best places to visit in Sweden
Doing the Icehotel on a budget Where to find Vikings in Sweden Visiting during Midsummer
Crayfish season in Sweden Swedish shops worth visiting Swedish fast food worth trying
Where to see the midnight sun Christmas in Sweden Skiing in Sweden
Honeymoon ideas A beginner’s guide to fika Dog sledding in Sweden


One of the best things about visiting Sweden is getting the chance to try some really unusual accommodation. There are quirky places to stay right across the country, from hip hostels in Stockholm to incredible, one-of-a-kind hideaways like the Treehotel and the Icehotel. You can get a good idea for what hotels, hostels and Airbnb rentals cost in this guide.


Tours and tickets

There are plenty of guided tours on offer in Sweden, giving you the chance to learn more about the country and its people from local experts. Even if you’d prefer to explore alone, consider getting an Interrail or Eurail pass – these can really help to keep costs down when you’re travelling long distances in Sweden.




Festivals and traditions are a big part of life in Sweden, from celebrating Christmas and Midsummer’s Eve to toasting the beginning of crayfish season with a big outdoor feast. Use our events calendar to find out what’s happening during your trip to Sweden.


Nov 1 – Nov 18 all-day
12:00 am
November is widely considered by Swedes to be the most depressing month of the year. It’s cold and dark, and...
Various locations
12:00 am
Lights, camera, action! The Stockholm International Film Festival (SIFF) is back, promising yet more magic moments on the big screen....
Nov 16 – Nov 18 all-day
12:00 am
In the brief window from October until the first snow begins to fall, it’s truffle season on Gotland. Often called...
Nov 23 @ 4:00 pm – Nov 25 @ 5:00 pm
4:00 pm
If you’ve had enough of mulled wine, cookies and carols for while, you will be pleased to find this non-traditional...
Nov 24 – Dec 23 all-day
12:00 am
The cobbled streets are lightly dusted with a fresh layer of snow, candles glow in storefront windows and the ghost...
Dec 1 @ 11:00 am – Dec 22 @ 4:00 pm
11:00 am
Once used to store heavy artillery, the 17th-century building known as Kronhuset now oozes a peaceful atmosphere, making it the...
Dec 15 @ 10:00 am – Dec 16 @ 4:00 pm
10:00 am
The procession of Lucia (Saint Lucy) has turned into a celebration of light in the dark Scandinavian winter, and few...
Dec 19 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
7:00 pm
Fire-spewing stunts in a hardcore, post-apocalyptic universe? It’s not normally what you’d expect from a Christmas show at a nice...



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