Car Rental in Stockholm
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Why rent a car in Stockholm?
Stockholm is a great place to visit. Its city center has many classy attractions such as the Old Town and museum district, while the Stockholm Archipelago and a number of nearby areas also offer a great day outdoors. Thanks to a developed highway network, with a rental car, you can easily see the rest of Sweden as well.
One-Way Car Rentals in Stockholm
The most popular one-way rental options for pick up in Stockholm and drop off in another city include:
- From Stockholm to Jönköping - 37 offers from US$ 64.01 per day
- From Stockholm to Oslo - 7 offers from US$ 110.57 per day
- From Stockholm to Örebro - 9 offers from US$ 37.05 per day
- From Stockholm to Sundsvall - 46 offers from US$ 39.47 per day
- From Stockholm to Copenhagen - 27 offers from US$ 84.51 per day
Top ways to enter Stockholm
- Stockholm Arlanda Airport: By far the busiest airport in Sweden, Stockholm-Arlanda served 26 million travelers in 2018. The airport is a hub for Scandinavian Airlines and Norwegian Air and is also served by more than 30 other airlines. Located in nearby Sigtuna Municipality, Arlanda Airport is 42km (26 miles) north of Stockholm’s city center and can be reached in about 35 minutes.
- Stockholm Bromma Airport: Much smaller than Arlanda, this airport primarily offers domestic connections by BRA Braathens Regional Airlines; however, there are also flights to the United Kingdom, Belgium, and Denmark. Located just 10km (6 miles) northwest of the center of Stockholm, the airport can be reached in 15-20 minutes.
- Stockholm Västerås Airport: Located near the city of Västerås, but officially named Stockholm-Västerås, this small airport is only served by low-cost carrier Ryanair as of August 2019. There is a year-round connection with London, as well as seasonal flights to Alicante and Malaga in Spain. Located 100km (62 miles) northwest of Stockholm, the airport can be reached in about 1 hour and 10 minutes.
- Stockholm Skavsta Airport: Another international airport not actually located in the immediate vicinity of Stockholm but named after the capital city for marketing reasons, Stockholm-Skavsta is served by low-cost carriers Ryanair, Wizz Air, and Lauda which offer flights to and from around 40 different destinations (although some routes are seasonal). Located 105km (65 miles) southwest of Stockholm, Skavsta Airport can be reached in about 1 hour and 15 minutes.
- By rail: If you arrive in Stockholm by train, you can conveniently pick up your rental car at the Stockholm Central Railway Station.
Useful city facts
- Located on the western coast of the Baltic Sea, Stockholm has an oceanic climate with warm summers and long, cold winters. The average high temperature is 23°C (73°F) in July, the warmest month, and 1°C (33°F) in January. Precipitation is the highest from June to September while the dry period typically lasts from January to March. Stockholm is the fifth-northernmost capital city in the world. The northern lights can occasionally be observed in the Stockholm region.
- With a population of 965,000, Stockholm is the largest city not only in Sweden but also the Nordic countries and the second-largest on the Baltic Sea (after Saint Petersburg in Russia). Another 600,000 people live in the larger Stockholm urban area. Stockholm is made up of three large areas, Central Stockholm, Southern Stockholm, and Western Stockholm which are further divided into boroughs.
- Stockholm has often been mentioned as one of the safest, greenest, and most liveable cities on the planet. High levels of income, low crime, low unemployment, and its proximity to a large number of nature areas have contributed to the city’s international status.
Top destinations and activities
- Museum of Ethnography. Dedicated to ethnography and anthropology, it is one of the most impressive museums of its kind in the world. Plenty of high quality exhibitions are dedicated to Scandinavian culture, as well as tribal and native cultures from Oceania, Asia, North America, and other parts of the world. Relics from many famous expeditions, such as James Cook’s 18th century voyage of Southern Pacific, are on display. Modern and interactive, the museum is a fun place for visitors of every age and can be explored for hours. Admission to the museum is free. The Museum of Ethnography is located in Stockholm’s famous museum district and is within a walking distance from other interesting venues like the National Maritime Museum and the National Museum of Science and Technology.
- Old Town. Well-preserved and picturesque, Stockholm’s Old Town is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the city. The famous Stockholm Palace is located here, as are the Riddarholm Church, a resting place of many Swedish kings and queens, and the Storkyrkan Cathedral. Stortorget Square is the beating heart of Gamla Stan, or the Old Town, and the rest of the area is easily accessed from there.
- Stockholm Public Library. Located in a unique Art Nouveau building, the rotunda-shaped Stockholm Public Library is even more impressive from the inside than it is from the outside. Even if you don’t want to read a book, the library is well worth a visit - but if you change your mind, it has a very impressive collection of books not only in Swedish, but also English, Arabic, Persian, Russian, and tens of other languages.
Traffic and parking tips
- Sweden drives on the right hand side of the road.
- The speed limit is either 120km/h (75 mph) or 110km/h (68 mph) on motorways, although some sections might have a significantly lower speed limit, so follow the signs carefully. The speed limit on other roads outside urban areas depends on the road and will be anywhere between 100km/h (62 mph) and 70km/h (43 mph). The speed limit in cities and built-up areas can be anywhere between 70km/h (43 mph) and 30km/h (18 mph). The speed limit near schools and hospitals is 30km/h (18 mph).
- The legal alcohol limit is 0.02% for both experienced drivers and novice drivers. Exceeding these limits can lead to high fines and even imprisonment.
- In all of Sweden, especially in the north of the country, moose and reindeer crossings are a serious road risk. They cause hundreds of traffic incidents every year, so it’s important to drive extra carefully, especially in winter and after dark.
- Children passengers under seven years of age must have a child seat. Ask your rental car provider in advance to provide one if you’re traveling with young children.
- Drivers are only permitted to use a mobile phone via a hands-free system.
- While it’s not an issue in and around Stockholm, the northern part of Sweden is very sparsely populated. In some places, it’s possible to drive for tens of kilometers without encountering a gas station or even a human settlement. Running out of gas in winter can be a serious risk, so it’s a good idea to set out your travel route in advance.
- The car’s registration and insurance documents must be in it at all times.
- When driving, you need to have your passport or ID card with you at all times.
- The general emergency number, like elsewhere in the EU, is 112.
There are no toll roads in Sweden. There are two toll bridges, one in the southern town of Motala and the other in the northern city of Sundsvall. The Øresund Bridge between Malmo in Sweden and Copenhagen in Denmark also requires payment of a toll.
Any car entering the center of Stockholm (as well as Gothenburg, Sweden’s second-largest city) needs to pay a congestion tax. Often, the tax will already be included in the car rental price, and some car rental providers might charge an additional fee for this service. Ask your rental car provider about Stockholm congestion tax before picking up a car.
Ideas for a day-trip
- The Stockholm archipelago. Made up of hundreds of islands and islets stretching for kilometers into the Baltic Sea, the Stockholm Archipelago is the perfect place to escape the big city. There are many attractions - some travelers like to soak up culture at the Artipelag art gallery or the Gustavsberg Porcelain Museum, while others prefer to rent a wood cabin on a beautiful, secluded beach. Many of the islands are accessible by car, but if you want to reach the truly remote ones, the last stretch will need to be traveled by ferry.
- Sigtuna. Nowadays, a small city of just 8,000 people, Sigtuna was the Swedish capital until the 13th century. The legendary home of Odin and praised in many Norse sagas, Sigtuna has runestones, ancient churches, and wood buildings that any history lover would enjoy. Located on the northern coast of Lake Mälaren, Sigtuna is 48km (30 miles) north of Stockholm and can be reached in about 40 minutes.
- Uppsala. A city of great importance since Viking times, Uppsala has for centuries been one of the main learning centers in Scandinavia. The city is home to Sweden’s oldest university and has a large student presence to this day. Other attractions include Uppsala Cathedral, Uppsala Castle (which is home to a number of museums), and the archaeological site of Valsgärde. Located 70km (43 miles) north of the capital, Uppsala can be reached in about 50 minutes.
Most popular rental types and cars
The most popular rental car in Stockholm is the Hyundai i30, closely followed by the Hyundai i40 and the Opel Astra. The most popular rental car types are standard, compact, and intermediate.
- Färnebofjärden National Park. Although its name might be a challenge to pronounce for non-Swedes, this is no reason for a traveler to avoid this nature area. Made up of vast forests, rivers, and wetlands, the national park is a great place for hiking and rafting. See if you can spot a wood lemming, a heron, or one of the other wildlife species inhabiting the park. Färnebofjärden is 145km (90 miles) north of Stockholm and can be reached in about 1 hour and 40 minutes.
- Karlskrona. Although much younger than many other Swedish cities ( it was only established in the late 17th century), Karlskrona has its fair share of attractions. These include the Karlskrona Maritime Museum, one of the best of its kind in Europe; the wooden architecture on Dragso Island; and the yellow Holy Trinity Church. Located on the Baltic coast, Karlskrona also has a number of beautiful sandy beaches. After visiting Karlskrona, you can travel even further south and explore Helsingborg, Malmo, and neighboring Denmark. Located 490km (304 miles) south of Stockholm, Karlskrona can be reached in about five hours.
- Northern Sweden. Home to wild rivers, endless forests, impressive mountains, unique wildlife, and great national parks, the north of Sweden is home to some of the last remaining wilderness of Europe. Great for hiking, dog sledding, and winter sports, the area is a paradise for any lover of the outdoors. From innovative Umeå to Östersund on the coast of Lake Storsjön, there are cities, too. The latter, located 560km (348 miles) from Stockholm, is a six hour drive from Stockholm and can serve as a gateway to the rest of the region.
Car Rental Prices in Stockholm
- Station wagons - from $77 per day
- Large cars - from $57 per day
- Medium cars - from $54 per day
- People Carriers/Vans - from $128 per day
- Small cars - from $52 per day
- SUVs - from $83 per day
How can I save money on my rental car?
Finding a good rental car in Sweden will be much easier if you follow these tips:
- Compare the rates of different rental car providers
- Book your rental car well in advance
- Plan your route before you go
- Know your fuel and mileage requirements
- Visit during the month when rental prices are the cheapest. According to our data, visiting Stockholm is the cheapest in February when renting a car is about 48% cheaper than the yearly average and a whole 72% cheaper than renting a vehicle in July.
Top 19 Cities near Stockholm
Malmö Car Rentals from $44.64 per day531.6 km / 330.3 miles away
Luleå Car Rentals from $53.99 per day689.1 km / 428.2 miles away
Umea Car Rentals from $24.63 per day476.8 km / 296.3 miles away
Kiruna Car Rentals from $67.91 per day916.0 km / 569.2 miles away
Visby Car Rentals from $62.67 per day225.3 km / 140.0 miles away
Östersund Car Rentals from $56.58 per day433.6 km / 269.4 miles away
Nyköping Car Rentals from $38.46 per day111.8 km / 69.5 miles away
Växjö Car Rentals from $41.05 per day355.5 km / 220.9 miles away
Vasteras Car Rentals from $56.17 per day72.6 km / 45.1 miles away
Uppsala Car Rentals from $38.46 per day27.5 km / 17.1 miles away
Angelholm Car Rentals from $43.64 per day478.0 km / 297.0 miles away
Kalmar Car Rentals from $45.57 per day343.4 km / 213.4 miles away
Linköping Car Rentals from $56.21 per day189.4 km / 117.7 miles away
Trollhättan Car Rentals from $50.40 per day352.0 km / 218.7 miles away
Borlänge Car Rentals from $43.64 per day166.4 km / 103.4 miles away
409.4 km / 254.4 miles away
Karlstad Car Rentals from $59.17 per day252.2 km / 156.7 miles away
Eskilstuna Car Rentals from $80.35 per day85.6 km / 53.2 miles away
Västervik Car Rentals from $42.56 per day222.9 km / 138.5 miles away
Top 20 Locations near Stockholm
Stockholm Central Train Station Car Rentals from $43.54 per day
Stockholm Haninge Car Rentals from $59.17 per day17.8 km / 11.1 miles away
Stockholm Arlanda Airport Car Rentals from $21.63 per day36.6 km / 22.7 miles away
Uppsala Central Train Station Car Rentals from $38.46 per day63.1 km / 39.2 miles away
Stockholm Västerås Airport Car Rentals from $56.17 per day85.5 km / 53.1 miles away
Eskilstuna Train Station Car Rentals from $80.35 per day88.1 km / 54.7 miles away
Stockholm Skavsta Airport Car Rentals from $38.46 per day89.0 km / 55.3 miles away
Linköping City Airport Car Rentals from $56.21 per day172.0 km / 106.9 miles away
Visby Airport Car Rentals from $165.67 per day186.2 km / 115.7 miles away
Borlänge (Dala) Airport Car Rentals from $66.08 per day186.7 km / 116.0 miles away
Visby Ferry Terminal Car Rentals from $62.67 per day189.1 km / 117.5 miles away
Borlänge Train Station Car Rentals from $43.64 per day194.8 km / 121.1 miles away
Kalmar Airport Car Rentals from $45.57 per day312.0 km / 193.9 miles away
Växjö Småland Airport Car Rentals from $41.05 per day330.9 km / 205.6 miles away
Trollhättan Vänersborg Airport Car Rentals from $50.40 per day347.5 km / 215.9 miles away
Kristianstad Airport Car Rentals from $63.46 per day446.6 km / 277.5 miles away
Angelholm-Helsingborg Airport Car Rentals from $43.64 per day457.0 km / 283.9 miles away
Östersund Train Station Car Rentals from $56.58 per day464.3 km / 288.5 miles away
Ostersund Airport Car Rentals from $56.58 per day469.6 km / 291.8 miles away
Malmö Airport Car Rentals from $44.64 per day506.5 km / 314.7 miles away
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Most Popular Car Models of Rental Suppliers
|SIXT||Mercedes-Benz A-Class||5||1||Medium cars|
|Alamo||Toyota Yaris||4||2||Small cars|
|GreenMotion||Opel Astra||5||2||Medium cars|
|GreenMotion||Hyundai i30||5||2||Medium cars|
|Alamo||VW Up||2||1||Small cars|
|Alamo||Toyota Corolla||4||2||Medium cars|
|GreenMotion||Opel Corsa||4||1||Small cars|
|GreenMotion||Ford Focus STW||5||2||Station wagons|
|GreenMotion||Opel Astra STW||5||3||Station wagons|