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.
  • An average litre of gas (95 octane) costs about SEK 15.
  • 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  

    NOTE: All fares and rates quoted are approximate as of January 2013 and may change without notice. While every precaution has been taken to ensure the accuracy of the information in this publication, VisitSweden accepts no responsibility for any errors, omissions, or subsequent changes.


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