Looking for somewhere to go as a solo female traveller? Stockholm is the ideal place for solo female travellers. It is safe, progressive, beautiful, walkable, and diverse. Every time I walked into a restaurant, café, or shop, I was greeted with a friendly “hey hey” and immediately felt at home. If I had to describe Stockholm in one word, I would say “quaint.”
There are four airports in Stockholm. The main one being Stockholm Arlanda Airport. The Arlanda express is a train that leaves every 15 minutes from Arlanda Airport and takes 20 minutes to get into Stockholm city. You can also take the Flygbussarna Airport Coach which also departs about every 15 minutes from Arlanda Airport taking 35-45 minutes to reach the city. I would recommend taking the Arlanda express train from the airport to the city.
Where to stay
Stockholm, and Scandinavia in general, is known for being expensive, but it doesn’t have to be! Just steps away from the main train station is City Backpackers Hostel. One of the best hostels I’ve ever stayed at. And at only $30-35 per night, it is truly a steal. The hostel is clean, well organized, has full amenities including a sauna, and guests receive unlimited free dry pasta. So if you are willing to cook some pasta on your own every day, you could eat for free during your entire trip! This was one of my favourite hostels because my entire dorm room of seven people went out for drinks together! While I have met plenty of lovely people on my travels, this was the first time that every single person in my dorm room hung out together.
Where to eat
If you decide not to take advantage of the free pasta at City Backpackers Hostel, there are plenty of other places to eat in the city! I would highly recommend trying laxpudding, a traditional Swedish dish consisting of salmon and potato. I enjoyed this dish at a cozy café in Old Town. Not too far from there was another restaurant called Café Sten Sture, which had so much character and where you can have some traditional Swedish meatballs. Café Sten Sture is a former prison that has since been converted into a restaurant/café. There is a heavy metal door that leads down to the “dungeon” and you will find all sorts of old historical remnants once you get downstairs. Some may say it’s a bit gimmicky, but I really enjoyed my experience there and all the history behind it.
If you are traveling more on a budget, I’d recommend staying away from Old Town for meals as it tends to be a more expensive area. Instead, I would recommend heading to Södermalm (or simply Söder for short). Its a cool, hip neighbourhood, where you will be able to find much more reasonable prices. I also found the architecture and design in Söder to be one of a kind.
In terms of transportation, I loved how easy it was to get from place to place and how you can see a lot of the city in a short period of time. I love to walk and did not find the need to use public transport even once during my time there. However, Stockholm has a safe, punctual, and efficient public transportation system that is incredibly easy to find and use if you prefer not to walk so much.
I truly believe Stockholm is the perfect place for solo female travelers! If you are getting ready to take your first solo trip, definitely consider Stockholm. It is super easy to travel around there and you won’t have to worry about anything. The people are friendly and respectful, and getting around the city is a breeze. I hope you enjoy this beautiful city as much as I did!
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