Sweden Driving Advice and Car Hire Info
Driving in Sweden
You can drive in Sweden using the photo licence of most countries including all EU countries. Roads are generally in very good condition, even minor roads though if driving abroad in Sweden in winter you should be prepared to drive in snow and ice. Its compulsory to use snow tires between December 1 and March 31 and you must have headlights switched on, at all times, day and night. Petrol stations in rural areas can be far apart and some are unattended and require a credit card with a chip to purchase fuel. Driving standards are usually very good and drivers usually abide by road rule. Police often carry out random alcohol tests and the legal limit is low at 0.2. You should be aware that there are a high volume of moose related traffic accidents in Sweden (average 16 per day according to recent figures). May and September are the most likely times to encounter moose but you should exercise caution at all times, especially when driving in the dark.
The Scandinavian countries are notoriously expensive destinations for food and drink (especially alcohol!). For that reason, many travellers opt for a campervan holiday. This saves on hotel costs and allows you to be self sufficient in terms of food and drink. The Scandinavian countries are perfect for campervan and caravan holidays as, away from main Cities, the roads are quiet and in good condition, and camp sites are plentiful and have good facilities.
Also, all the countries abide by whats known as ‘Everymans Law’. (In Sweden its allemansrätten– Everyman’s right) This varies by country but generally provides a ‘right to roam’ eg the opportunity to hike across or camp on another’s land , boating on someone else’s waters, and picking wildflowers, mushrooms and berries. However — with the rights come responsibilities; that is, an obligation neither to harm, disturb, litter, nor to damage wildlife or crops. Allemansrätten gives a person the right to access, walk, cycle, ride, ski, and camp on any land—with the exception of private gardens, the immediate vicinity of a dwelling house and land under cultivation. Restrictions apply for nature reserves and other protected areas.
I’ve experienced a campervan holiday in Scandinavia myself, and booked my campervan using a broker located, strangely, in Australia. They were very good though and can be recommended –
Sweden Car Rental -
Sixt, Hertz, Europcar, Alamo, National,Avis, Budget, have branches here.Also usually features on Car rental broker sites such as Argus Car Hire and Web discount sites such as ebookers.com. or Expedia
This is a broker site specialising in Sweden
This company can provide cars with recommended self drive itineraries –
This well known American company now operate in Denmark, Norway and Sweden. They rent older vehicles and tend to be cheaper than most of the big companies. They also have less stringent rules on young drivers and renting without a credit card.
Sweden Self Drive Rules
All companies will allow cars to be driven into other Scandinavian countries and one way rentals should also be allowed for an additional fee, with most companies allowing one way rentals to mainland European countries. There are restrictions on taking cars into Eastern European nations from most firms. You should check exact terms when making your reservation.