Looking for somewhere to go as a solo female traveler? Stockholm is the ideal place for solo female travelers. 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.” It’s also a great base to be able to travel from, there are so many day trips from Stockholm you can take.
Stockholm solo guide
Airports in Stockholm
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 in Stockholm solo
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 favorite 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 solo in Stockholm
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 neighborhood, 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.
Getting around Stockholm alone
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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Book your trip now
Are you ready to book your trip? To help you get the best deals and service here are the companies that I personally use to book all of my travel online. I always shop around before booking anything, but these are my tried and tested starting places.
- Skyscanner – I’m a bit fan of Skyscanner, it is who I use to book all of my flights. I often will check other like Google Flights or Momodo, but I always go here first and it is who I book 99% of my flights with.
- Booking.com – I LOVE booking.com especially when I can book and cancel free up until a certain point, mostly because my plans are forever changing. It’s easy to use and has one of the widest selections.
- Airbnb – I’m not a huge user of Airbnb, but sometimes I do like to use it, and I ALWAYS check it before I book anything else. You can get some really cool places to stay here, and it is especially good in places like Cuba. If you don’t have an account and you click on this link then you will get $36 off your first booking.
- Hostelworld – If you are looking for hostels then this is a great place to check first. They often have additional places that you won’t find on Bookin.com.
- Agoda – Although I don’t use it as much as booking.com, Agonda is especially good if you are traveling in Asia as they really do dominate there.
- Worldpackers – If you want to travel on the cheap and save money on accommodation then you need Worldpackers in your life. You can read more about it here. If you click this link to sign up and use the code CLAIRESITCHYFEET then you can get a 40% discount on your membership!
- Book a Way – If you are traveling in Asia and want to pre-book your transportation then bookaway.com is a fantastic site to do so. They have buses, trains, and cars.
- RentalCars – Looking to rent a. car while you are away? I always book through Rental Cars as they do a search of all of the big sites and find the best deals.
- Welcome Pickups – Very occasionally getting from the airport to my accommodation is a total pain in the butt, or I’m traveling in a group and it makes sense to arrange a pickup. When I do I use Welcome pickups.
- World Nomads – If you are looking for flexible travel insurance then it’s World Nomads all the way. I wrote all about insurance here if you want a more thorough review.
- SafetyWing – AsI’m a Digital Nomad and not moving around quite so much anymore I personally use SafetyWing now for my health insurance. I wrote a full review here.
- Viatour – Sometimes it can be a little expensive, but I like Viatour for somethings, especially if you can get a discount code! It’s also great for inspiration.
- Klook – If you are traveling in Asia, then Klook is great! You can book all kinds of tours, activities, and train tickets, plus they even have sim cards and WiFi.