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

 

Destinations

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.

Money

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

Accommodation

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.



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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.

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Events

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.

 

Oct 21 – Nov 5 all-day
12:00 am
Right in the middle of Gothenburg, Universeum is the Nordic region’s largest science centre. Its aquarium and rainforest habitats are...
Gothenburg
12:00 am
Love, migration, indigenous identity and urban dislocation are just some of the themes likely to be tackled by international filmmakers...
Various locations
Oct 25 – Oct 29 all-day
12:00 am
Music lovers will definitely want to check out the 50th edition of the Umeå Jazz Festival, held in the last...
Umeå
Oct 27 – Oct 28 all-day
12:00 am
Ice hockey is big in the Nordics, but there are plenty of equally gritty and intense sporting events taking place....
Tofta Skjutfält
Oct 27 – Nov 4 all-day
12:00 am
For nine days from October 27th–November 4th, the city of Örebro in central Sweden will morph into Spökstaden (the Ghost...
Various locations
Oct 27 – Oct 28 all-day
12:00 am
The Västerås Beer and Distillery Fair is celebrating its inaugural year with a wide selection of the very best in...
Västerås
12:00 am
Looking for an opportunity to put your zombie apocalypse survival plan to the test? Then stop by Örebro on October...
Örebro
12:00 am
Flea markets, known as loppisar, can be found all over Sweden. This one, held in spring and autumn at the...
Luleå

 

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