What you should know before hiring a car in Stockholm
Stockholm city centre
Car hires in Stockholm: practical information
Where to rent a car in Stockholm
Planning a trip to Stockholm? If you hope to see more than just the city centre, it’s a good idea to pick a rental car when you book your flights to Stockholm. Looking for a rent car from Stockholm Airport? Car rental offices are located at Arlanda’s car rental area which include Avis, Budget, Europcar and Hertz. Sixt is located at the Arlanda low-price parking facility, Alfa.
Driving in Stockholm: parking and other tips
Driving in central Stockholm can be tricky but if you’re used to London then it’ll be a walk in the park. There are many small one-way streets, congested bridges and parking can be difficult. Cars driving in and out of the city centre between 06:30 and 18:29 are charged a congestion tax.
Parking can be expensive in central Stockholm. Free parking is rare, even in the suburbs unless you count parking at shopping centres. Make use of the P-hus parking stations around the city or make sure your hotel in Stockholm has parking facilities available to guests.
Road trips from Stockholm: what to do, what to see
The Swedish royal family currently lives at the gorgeous 18th century World Heritage Drottingholm Palace on Lovö Island. Much of the palace is open to the public and well worth a visit. Catch a ferry from Stadshuskajen near city hall or drive.
If you’re interested in Viking history, take a day trip to Birka, the former Viking city. Since most of the buildings were made of wood in the city’s heyday, between 700 AD and 1100 AD, there is little left of the historic town. Parts of the settlement however have been reconstructed and it’s all very interesting to visit.
Sigtuna was the Swedish capital in the Middle Ages and is effectively the country’s oldest city and is just 40km from Stockholm making it an easy day trip. Fires in the 17th century turned the city into a ghost town for 250 years but it have been entirely renewed as a nationalist project and is a treat to visit.