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Cost of Living in Stockholm, Sweden (Spending Report)

cost of living in stockholm
I stayed in Stockholm for merely 3 nights between May and June of 2016, but I thoroughly enjoyed my time there. As you know, Scandinavian countries (Sweden, Finland, Norway, Denmark, etc.) are a bit on the expensive side. I wanted to document some of my expenses so you could get a better understanding of how to budget for your future travels in Sweden!

Exchange Rate

Currency exchange rate: 1 USD = 8.31 SEK

Cost of Living in Stockholm

Below are tables of how much I spent for each item. On the left is what price I paid in Stockholm currency (Swedish Krona), and on the right is the amount converted into USD.

Disclaimer: I was experiencing large amounts of jetlag and insomnia so it affected my meal consumption (I ended up skipping a few meals, which I do not advise).

Food and Drinks

Beef Teriyaki Meal at Sushi Restaurant 90 SEK $11.02
Vietnamese Vermicelli Meal 90 SEK $11.02
Juice at Joe & The Juice 48 SEK $5.88
12 oz. Coca Cola 13 SEK $1.59
Sparkling Water 22 SEK $2.69
McDonald’s  75 SEK $9.18


Pub Crawl Pass 100 SEK $12.24
Tall Boy Beer from 7-11 22 SEK $2.69
Beer from Pub Crawl (Was Discounted) 52 SEK $6.36


Bus from Airport to Hostel 198 SEK $24.24


Exchange Fee (Exchanged cash at airport for a fee) 50 $6.12
Combination Lock (for hostel locker) 45 $5.51


Food $41.37
Entertainment (includes alcohol) $21.30
Transportation $24.24
Miscellaneous $11.63
Total – 805 SEK $98.53

Tips on Traveling Affordably in Stockholm

  • Stockholm does seem to serve water for free in restaurants. But my advice will always be to purchase a LifeStraw water bottle so you don’t have to buy water everywhere you go. It can filter up to 1,000 liters of water!
  • Drinks can be quite expensive in Stockholm, so if you’re going out, make sure to go to the nearest 7-11/supermarket and buy their 6 pack of tall boy beers to pregame. Unlike most European countries, Stockholm doesn’t allow alcohol on the streets, JFYI!
  • If you’re doing some sight seeing, plan Gamla stan, Stortorget, and City Hall all on the same day – you can hit all of these by foot so you don’t need to buy a metro pass!
  • Check out their free things to do (I’ll make a post later about this.)

Obviously I didn’t name that many purchases, but I hope this gives you a better sense of prices in Sweden!


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  • Reply
    FI Fighter
    June 26, 2016 at 11:39 pm

    wow, that’s not bad at all… good job of really stretching that dollar! I kinda feel like I should go to London right now…

    p.s. intermittent fasting (i.e. not eating) can actually be pretty healthy, from time to time… Gives the digestive system a well deserved break. 😉

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    November 7, 2017 at 9:35 pm

    I for one am really glad that you wrote this informative blog. I just bought tickets to Stockholm from and am ready to go there in a couple of weeks. Thanks for the heads up, it will make it easy for me to set a budget now 🙂 though it is an old blog, hope you write an update one aswell.

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