About Sweden (SE)
The largest of five Nordic countries, Sweden (SE) borders Finland to the east, Norway to the west, and linked to Denmark via the Öresund Bridge (Öresundsbron). The topography of Sweden is as varied as the landscape is vast, with rolling plains, river basins, marshes, mountains, and hundreds of islands located merely within the southernmost half of the country. Nearly half of Sweden lies above the Arctic Circle, and contains some of the most remote and rugged territory in the Northern Hemisphere. A significant amount of tourism is focused on outdoor sports and wilderness exploration. Meanwhile, Sweden’s modern urban centers are consistently rated among the best places to live in the world, with Stockholm, Gothenburg, and Malmö considered prime examples.
Like so many things about Sweden, public transportation in major cities runs like a finely tuned engine. It’s getting out of the cities that compel most visitors to rent a car. You’ll save countless hours of travel time by driving your own private vehicle. Now, driving in Sweden is generally considered safe, practical, and expensive. And again, it’s the cost of driving that most travelers will balk at before clicking Book My Car. However, in terms of value, few countries offer such a beneficial trade-off. You get access to an incomparable range of destinations and attractions, and plenty of ways to get there. Roads, even in rural areas, are consistently in good condition. Routes are clearly market and super efficient by international standards. And since most car rental fleets in Sweden are stocked with some of the most prestigious brand names in car hire, you’ll be getting around in comfort, safety, and style.
Choosing your car
Cheap car rentals in Sweden are found by booking with one of the major brands like Alamo, Sixt, National, Europcar, Hertz, and Budget. Choose from 7-12 seater minivans, SUVs, fullsize 4-door sedans, compact and economy cars, estate wagons, and premium and luxury vehicles from the top names in automobile manufacturing.
Tips and advice
Contrary to international perceptions, not all Swedes are mild-mannered, practical people, and this is readily apparent on the roads in and around Stockholm, and to a lesser extent, Gothenburg. Many Swedish drivers exhibit aggressive driving tactics that create dangerous situations for other people just minding their own business. Speeding is a massive problem in major cities.
Speed cameras in Sweden tend to be stationed on slower national roads as opposed to expressways.
On highways of two or more lanes in both directions, the left lane is for overtaking. Passing on the right is illegal, but that doesn’t stop impatient drivers from doing it.
Two main routes — E4 and E18 — link Stockholm to Gothenburg. The northernmost route, E18, saves about an hour of travel time, while the southern route is considerably more scenic.
Cheap car rentals are nowhere to be found during the months of June through September. Otherwise, you can score some surprisingly good deals outside of peak season.
It should be common sense but be reminded that huge sections of Sweden are uninhabited, and the further north you go, the fewer road services you’ll find. In some cases, it may be over 100 km between fuel stations — in some cases, even further.