Driving in Sweden

Using your own car in Sweden means a holiday of freedom. Free to drive where your fancy takes you discovering a wealth of exciting things along the way.

  • Seat belts is required also in the back seat

Seat belts is required also in the back seat

Some basic regulations:

  • You drive on the right-hand side of the road.
  • Law, even when sitting in the back seat requires wearing seat belts when travelling in a car.
  • Headlights must be used 24 hours a day.
  • You must be aged 18 or older and hold a valid driver's license.
  • Speed limits range from 110 km/h (65mph) on main highways, 70 km/h (43mph) on smaller roads, and 50 km/h (31mph) in towns and cities.
  • The legal alcohol limit in Sweden is stringent, and alcohol should be avoided completely when driving.


  • Most gas stations are self-service, open 7 days a week, and some are open 24 hours.
  • Major credit cards are usually accepted. At self-service stations you pay through automated machines which accept SEK 20, 50, 100 or 500 notes (not available for diesel).


    For emergency car repairs call the "Assistancekåren" service, toll-free within Sweden, Tel 020 912 912 (number available within Sweden only).
    Nation-Wide Motor Assistance +46 8 627 57 57  


    A part of the official gateway to Sweden