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Car hire driving information Sweden

Driving Overview | Insurance Information | Rental Restrictions

Driving Overview

General Information
In Sweden you can enjoy travelling on modern motorways and secondary roads. Motorways connect the main cities Stockholm, Malmo and Gothenburg. They are easily reachable with a rental car. Visit the beautiful capital Stockholm or drive up in the north to see wonderful mountains and nature landscape. Driving in Sweden is easy. There are no motorway tolls and the roads are well maintained.

To rent a car, you must be at least 18 years old (age can vary by car category) and have held your driver's license for at least 1 year. For drivers under the age of 25 an additional young driver surcharge may apply locally. Seatbelts are mandatory and children shorter than 135 cm must be seated in an age-appropriate child seat.

Speed Limits
Speed limits in Sweden are:

  • Town and city: 50 km/h
  • Open Roads: 90 km/h
  • Motorways: 110 km/h

Traffic restrictions
In Sweden you drive on the right side of the road. Be aware of speed cameras that are quite common. A sign will indicate the current speed limit well before the camera. Please also be aware that dipped headlights should be used at all times.

Most petrol stations open from 07:00 to 22:00. Automatic pumps, marked 'sedel automat,' operate after business hours and accept notes and credit cards.

There are no motorway tolls in Sweden. In Stockholm however you have to pay a congestion charge on weekdays between 06:30 and 18:30. If you drive in those areas a bill will automatically be sent to the rental company. At drop off you will be debited by the rental company.

In Sweden you can pay for your parking both by using metered on-street parking and timed ticket machines from 08:00 to 20:00. On street parking usually takes place on the right side of the road only. Sweden imposes incredibly high fines for parking violations. If you are unsure weather you can park somewhere always call the number stated on the meter or the sign.

Insurance Information

General Information
Car rental insurance varies widely, so please study the information below prior to making your booking. Regulations of the country where you rent the car will be in effect for the duration of your rental.

All our car hire rates include Collision Damage coverage and Theft Protection for the vehicle. Rental limits potential vehicle damage or loss liability to an excess, which is stated on your voucher. If you plan to take advantage of coverage offered by your credit card, please contact your card issuer directly for details. Specific insurance information for your reservation will be printed on your confirmation voucher.

Rental Restrictions

General Information
Most car categories can be driven within Western Europe, United Kingdom, Northern Ireland and Ireland. If you wish to drive abroad (outside Sweden) you need to purchase additional coverage. Please note that you may not take your rental car on a ferry. Due to insurance regulations, there are restrictions on luxury car categories and on travel in certain countries. Please take a moment to ensure that your intended itinerary will be possible with the car you plan to book. If you plan on driving abroad during the winter please note that because Swedish cars are equipped with spiked snow tires you are not allowed to travel abroad.

Restricted Countries
When you hire a car in Sweden you can normally drive it to Denmark, Norway and other neighboring Western European countries. There are different rules applying so please let us know if you plan on taking your car outside of Sweden. There are additional insurance fees that apply for these rentals. If you want to travel to Eastern Europe or cross any national border(s) with your rental car it is important that you please contact us on our toll free number 1800 943 075.

Domestic one-way rentals are available between certain locations, additional fees may apply. Fees also apply for international one-way rentals. Some vehicles are prohibited on international one way rentals.

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