Sweden is perfect for those looking for nature experiences. A large country with few inhabitants, the unique right of public access and lots of hiking trails, lakes and 2400 kilometers of coastline with archipelagos both outside Stockholm, Gothenburg and on the west coast. In the big cities there is also a rich cultural life in the form of art, music, museums and exhibitions. Culinary experiences in the form of locally produced and eco-produced is something you hold on to both in and outside the big cities.
Here you will find practical information and facts about Sweden.
PRACTICAL INFORMATION ABOUT TRAVELING IN SWEDEN
Weather and best time to travel
Sweden has a temperate climate and there is precipitation all year round. Spring, summer and autumn in the form of rain and in winter snow. Temperatures vary from very cold in the north in winter to relatively warm in summer. Sweden is therefore excellent to visit all year round, as long as you are properly dressed.
Sweden uses Swedish kronor (SEK), in exceptional cases you can in some places pay in euros. Sweden is partly cashless, which means that in many places you must have a bank card or swish to be able to pay. There are plenty of ATMs.
As Sweden is a long country, domestic flights are the easiest way to transport yourself if you are going far north.
Sweden’s state railway is called SJ but there are several different railway companies depending on where and how you want to travel.
There are many regional buses between the country’s different cities and they are often a cheap way to get around.
In Sweden you drive on the right side and there is a well-developed road network. It is easy to rent and drive a car.
In the cities:
In Stockholm there is a metro, in Gothenburg the tram and in Malmö the train is used as the primary mode of transport. Most cities have bus lines and many also have local trains. Taxis are relatively expensive and you have to be very observant and ask for a fixed price when you take a taxi from the airports in Sweden, especially from Arlanda in Stockholm.
In Sweden, tips are appreciated but not expected and then basically only in restaurants. In most countries, tips are part of the salaries of employees in the service industry, so not in Sweden. More information on tips can be found in Lonely Planet’s guidebooks.