Renting a Car for Sweden

There is usually a charge for parking in towns and built-up areas, especially in the centre of towns and cities. City car parks and on-street parking are often expensive. Sometimes charges apply 24-hours a day and at weekends, too. Many ticket machines accept credit cards and petrol cards, but they may not always work, so it is best to keep a good number of 10 Kr coins to hand.

Diligent traffic wardens hunt out illegally parked cars and the fines can be high, particularly if you have parked illegally in a space reserved for disabled drivers.

Where parking is free during the night, there is sometimes a parking ban on certain days for cleaning, so it is always important to check the signs – otherwise your

In addition to the familiar international car hire chains, there are a number of local options, including the petrol companies’ extensive rental service. Most places will have some form of car rental.

It is possible to pre-book cars at airports and major train stations, often for oneway rental where you leave the car at your destination. Bookings can be made from abroad via the Internet or by phone.

You generally only need a valid driving licence to rent a car, but there may be an age limit of 20, or even 25 for exclusive vehicles. Prices vary considerably, so it is worth shopping around. Special weekend deals are common and considering Sweden’s long distances, it is best to opt for offers Traffic which include

warden unlimited mileage.

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