sweden flagWhen you arrange international car hire through Holiday Autos, we take all of the hassle out of your booking. By only using highly reputable suppliers, we ensure that there are no hidden charges and that your vehicle is in perfect condition, carrying any mandatory equipment or tyre fittings required for the country you are travelling in. The rest is up to you, so here’s what you need to know about driving in Sweden.



  • Drive on the right-hand side of the road
  • Regardless of the weather, headlights must be turned on whenever the car is in use
  • You must be over 18 and hold a full, valid licence to drive
  • All passengers, including those in the back, must wear seatbelts
  • Children under 7 must not travel in the front seat unless they have appropriate restraints
  • Rear-facing child seats are illegal if a car is fitted with a passenger airbag
  • The legal drink/drive limit is 20mg of alcohol to 100ml of blood. In the UK it is 80mg/100ml. The amount you can drink is so small that it’s not worth drinking at all when you intend to drive, frequent road checks, and prosecutions with severe penalties are made.
  • Police can issue on-the-spot fines for traffic offences, these can be paid at post offices and banks. If you are ask to pay the officer directly, ask for a receipt.
  • General speed limits are:       Motorways/main routes – 110km/h (65mph)

Single lane/B routes, 70km/h (43mph)

Cities/Towns, 50km/h (31mph)

General Guidance:

  • There are no toll roads in Sweden
  • Diesel and Unleaded Petrol (blyfri 95/98) are both dispensed from green pumps. Check the labels carefully. You can carry a maximum of 30 litres of spare fuel in an appropriate container
  • If a driver behind you wants to overtake and the road is clear, signal that they are clear to do so by using your indicator light
  • If you collide with an elk or deer in forested areas, report it to the police
  • Carry your licence, ID, rental and insurance documents with you at all times. If you have an accident, take the details of any other drivers involved and report it to your insurer immediately