Sweden has never been a budget traveller's destination, but Ryanair (0541-569 569) intends to make it a bargain break from this summer. The low-fare airline is beginning services from London Stansted to Stockholm's Skavsta airport, charging pounds 99 return plus pounds 5.90 tax.

In addition, the airline has negotiated fares of pounds 7 return for the Stansted Skytrain from London Liverpool Street to the Essex airport, and a pounds 10 round-trip fare for the bus ride into the Swedish capital.

At present, the best fare from British Airways (0345 222111) is a World Offer of pounds 129 plus tax, which must be booked by next Wednesday, 26 March. It is valid for travel until 16 May.