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1. Posted by gypsygenes (Budding Member 14 posts) 10y

I would be most appreciative of any reflections you might offer to my situation!

My task is to HURRY try and set a realistic budget for a possible trip to Sweden! I need to save money quickly and some family members are willing to help.

I have Googled the topic to death! I still feel nervous about setting a budget.

The situation in a nutshell: My spouse is going on business to record the Malmo Symphony Orchestra right before the Malmo Festival. This is probably the most expensive time to go! I think we would fly in to either Copenhagen or Stockholm? I will have to pay for my own air, ground transport and food for about 1 week. Hotel will be covered. I will eat economically. I am NOT a fancy person! The kinds of spending I might do is on local music. Photographs and music are always my souvenirs of my travels.

We live in Los Angeles. Flights have a layover on the east coast.

With a lack of specific information, I have been planning for about 2 grand. Does this seem real or two low? I don't want to under-budget.

Any attention that you give to my question would be gratefully received!

Best,
Kim
24.06.06

2. Posted by mikeyBoab (Travel Guru 5077 posts) 10y

Hi Kim. You say your spouse is on business? I take it this means you'll stay in his room free of charge.

3. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4834 posts) 10y

$2000 should be plenty. I think you should count on about $1000 for the flight to Copenhagen (I don't know what options for flights there at the moment, but I expect you would by now, so adjust based on your own findings). Maybe $60 for the short (35 min) train ride to Malmö and back. I did this a couple of years ago; don't really remember the price ($60 is a wild stab in the dark), but it wasn't overly expensive, so $60 should be a maximum. (I can't get any site to give me an actual cost for this trip. Surely there's a local Swede or Dane around who can tell us??!)
Then, even though Sweden is really expensive, I doubt if you'd spend more than €25 per day on food when eating aconomically. Times seven, converted to dollars, and doubled just to be absolutely safe makes $450. That still leaves you with $500 for music, or if that plane flight turns out to be a lot more expensive.

[ Edit: Edited at Jun 27, 2006 9:16 AM by Sander ]

4. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4834 posts) 10y

Ok, a swedish friend of mine found a page which seems to say 90 swedish crowns (roughly €9, or $12) for the trip from Copenhagen to Malmö. I expect the trip from the airport to wherever this train leaves from to cost a few bucks as well, but that's definitely a very reasonable price.

5. Posted by thijsd (Budding Member 9 posts) 10y

I would recommend you to travel to Copenhagen (although Stockholm is a nice city too! :) Copenhagen Airport (Kastrup) happens to lie exactly between Copenhagen and Malmö, on the Danish side of the Øresund/Öresund bridge. All trains from Copenhagen to Malmö call at Kastrup Airport, every 20 minutes (from midnight to 5 am every hour). Kastrup-Malmö is a 20-25 minute ride. (cf. Stockholm Airport to Malmö: at least 5.5 hours with one change). A single ticket Kastrup-Malmö costs 72 Danish kroner, that's $12. (A single ticket Stockholm Airport - Malmö would be at least $80 when you purchase your ticket way in advance).

Sweden is actually somewhat cheaper than Denmark (apart from alcoholic beverages), but the weak dollar/strong krona makes your stay cost a lot. For example, a coffee in a cafe costs about 20-22 kronor, or $2.70-$3. A bus ticket in Malmö (if necessary, as the city center is not that big) costs 15 kronor, or $2. But $2000 (SEK 14700) sounds to me like (more than) enough!

6. Posted by Ibake (Budding Member 3 posts) 10y

Try Icelantic for flying to Copenhagen...pretty good prices out of Boston right now...good luck!