Car Rental in Stockholm
Stockholm is Sweden’s capital city and a fantastic travel destination offering everything from history and heritage to scenic boat trips, beautiful gardens and many exciting outdoor activities just a brief journey away. Along with the most famous attractions located in the inner city district, there are so many things to do outside of the city including skiing, hiking and kayaking. With your own car you can explore everything Stockholm has to offer and go out on fun day trips with ease.
Where to rent a car in Stockholm
Many of the world’s major car rental agencies are at Stockholm Arlanda Airport including Avis, Budget, Sixt, Hertz and Europcar. All of the companies are situated at the airport’s car rental facility except Sixt which has its offices in the Alfa P3 car park. You can hop on the shuttle bus outside of each passenger terminal to reach the facility when you have touched down. There is no need to worry if you don’t want to collect your vehicle from the airport as most providers will have offices inside the city, with many offices based around the Stockholm Central train station.
Driving in Stockholm
You will need to pay a congestion charge in order to enter central Stockholm between 06.30 and 18.30 during weekdays which can be up to 15 AED. As you would expect of a European capital city, the traffic isn’t great in central Stockholm so it is usually best to avoid the city center. However, driving across the rest of the city is just fine and you will find local drivers are law-abiding and pleasant. Leading attractions outside of Stockholm are easily reachable across the city’s highway network, but you may want to get a satnav system anyway just to stay safe.
Parking in Stockholm
It’s very difficult to find parking in central Stockholm due to the limited spaces and high demand, and many parking spaces are restricted to residents only. If you do need to park in the center of the city you will have to pay for it as fees are very expensive, with prices reaching up to 25 AED per hour in places. There are over 20 park and ride facilities outside of Stockholm center which are close to public transport stations for ease of access. These facilities will be far cheaper compared to the city center parking and offer much more availability. You should also check with your hotel to see if they have any available parking.
Where to go around Stockholm
The Norrmalm and Gamla Stan inner city areas of Stockholm are where you will find its most famous historical landmarks, theaters and shopping malls and they're fairly compact, so you can traverse most on foot. One of Stockholm’s most iconic works of architecture is the stunning Drottningholm Palace on Lovon Island which is just 30 minutes west by car. Around 80 km north of Stockholm is the city of Uppsala which boasts the country’s largest cathedral, or you can make the hour drive to the ancient town of Sigtuna, believed to be Sweden’s oldest. The Tyresta National Park is a beautiful mixture of forest and lakes just 20 km south of the city centre.
* This information is correct as of December 2018