Fancy a winter weekend in Sweden (Friday – Sunday) for 2 for under £200 including flights, transfers, hotel and activities? Then read on!
Welcome to my brand new feature – Fly Away Fridays. Every week I’m going to pick a random weekend and find the cheapest flights/destination and work out some Save, Spend and Splurge options for you to explore that city.
Flights, transfers, hotels and an activity will be included each week and all prices will be correct as of the day it’s published (bear in mind with cheap flights they can go up or down in price quite rapidly). All costs will also be based on 1 adult and 1 (6 year old) child as that’s how I roll but I’ll include the prices so you can quickly work out how much it will cost if you’re a couple/bigger family etc.
I won’t be including the cost of travel to the airport/airport parking as obviously everyone lives in different places and has different transport options. I also won’t be including the price of food so make sure you add these into your calculations based on your family or group.
But back to Sweden….
Friday 8th February – Sunday 10th February 2019.
FLIGHTS: COST £26 per adult return
London Stanstead to Skavasta Airport with Ryanair
Friday Outbound: Dept – 06:30am Arrive 09.45am
Sunday Inbound: Dept 3:20pm Arrive 4.45pm
Alternatively there’s a later flight on the Friday from Stansted at 8pm (arrives 11.15pm in Stockholm). Means a bit of a late night if you’re travelling with kids but a great option if you can’t get the day off work/school especially as it’s just £7 more pp at £33 return.
TRANSFERS: COST £24.25 per adult return. (Kids £20.76 and U8s free)
Skavsta Airport is around 80 minutes drive from the city centre. A taxi ride one way would cost around £200 (not a budget option!) so use Flygbussarna, which pick you up outside the airport and take you straight into the city.
I haven’t included transport to the hotel but be warned taxis in Stockholm are really expensive! If you chose a hotel near to the main station I’d recommend walking or using Uber. Uber from the central station (where the bus drops off) to my recommended hotel is less than £10 compared to about £20 in one of the city’s official yellow taxis.
STAY: £97 (2 people for 2 nights).
If you’re looking for a comfortable and reasonable hotel near the centre of the action in Stockholm you cannot go wrong with STF Rygerfjord Hotel and Hostel. And even better it’s a boat! They have different options to stay aboard:
SAVE: £97 Double Room Shared Bathroom
SPEND: £123 Double Room Private Bathroom
SPLURGE: £250 Suite (If it doesn’t blow your budget I would totally recommend this option, it’s amazing!)
All prices/availability correct on 11/01/19 from Hotels.com
ACTIVITIES: Under £20 (Spend Option)
There is so much to do in Stockholm it really depends on your budget, who you’re travelling with and what interests you as to what I’d recommend but check out these options.
If you manage to catch a dry weekend in Stockholm one of the most enjoyable things to do is take a walk around the different islets. Walk over Skeppensholm bridge and see the crown, amble the gorgeous streets of the Old Town in Gamla Stan and watch the changing of the guard outside the Royal Palace without spending a penny. Or take a ferry to a different island for just a few pounds and enjoy the incredible views across the water or check the amazing art out in the subways around Stockholm) Who knows, if you go in February you may even get to spend the day playing in the picture postcard snow!
In such a beautiful city I’d definitely recommend spending a large chunk of time taking a wander and doing all the free things above but if it’s raining or for a little more action check out one of the museums or activities such as Skansen, an open-air museum that showcases Sweden (£18 for 1 x adult and 1 child) or the Aquarium (£19 for 1 x adult and 1 child). Other top options include the Vasa Maritime Museum, SkyView or Abba Museum.
If you want to really hit the city hard, get a 1 Day Stockholm Day Pass which gives free entry into 60 top attractions, museums and tours including use of the hop on hop off bus. At less than £90 for 1 adult and child it could be a great option to see a lot of the city in a whistlestop tour. Do your sums though and work out if will be cost effective if you’re realistically only going to get to two attractions and go on a few bus rides.
While food isn’t included in the cost it’s worth remembering Stockholm is expensive and there aren’t many cheap café type options around. However chain restaurants can be found (mostly) in the central district (i.e Pizza Hut and McDonalds) where prices are very close to what they’d be in the UK so if you are on a budget just think ahead about where you eat before you find yourself paying £50 for a one course lunch with drinks!
TOTAL – 1 x Adult and 1 x (6 year old) Child
Activities (Skansen): £17.43
If you want some more tips or to find out a little more about a winter weekend trip to Sweden check out my blog post HERE.