BA offer me a fare to Stockholm Arlanda and back from Copenhagen Kastrup for £100.80. RyanAir charge a lot less, but I fear the savings may be eaten up by the logistics of leaving from Luton and returning to Stanstead. The fact that I'd be going to Västerås rather than Stockholm, isn't something I worry about as Stockholm isn't my destination.
But I would have liked to return from Kastrup rather than Malmö Sturup because I'd get to drive across the bridge
. I've never done that because it was built after I left. On the other hand, returning the car in Denmark is bound to be more expensive than in Sweden. They charge extra for that, I'm sure. Then again, there are bound to be airport buses
across the sound. If I ride a bus I'll have more time to admire the scenery. Still, driving myself is a different feeling. Decisions, decisions. I'd better find out how much extra the foreign return is going to add to the car rental before I make up my mind.
The bridge costs €32. The bus costs 57 SEK single trip so it's decidedly cheaper.
The lowest priced car at Hertz with an automatic transmission
costs £359 if I return it in Copenhagen. If I return it in Malmö (whether in the city centre or at the airport), it costs only £290. That's almost £70 extra. That's a lot of money for a ride across a bridge, even if it's a very fine bridge.
Just to give an idea of the sums we're talking about here:
100 USD buys you:
Yeah, there are three digits in that last one. The Swedish Crona has probably not been considered a hard currency since the seventeenth century. One hundred of my hard-earned pounds buys me 1'350 SEK. Unfortunately the general cost of living in Sweden is much higher than the currency status implies. Sweden is so the wrong country to go to if you're looking for bargains. On average things cost pretty much the same as in the UK. Some things, like restaurants and alcohol, are much more expensive while e.g. rents are cheaper.