To get to Stockholm by car is easy since the good connections to the motorways. The city is at the junction of the European routes E4, E18 and E20. When driving in Stockholm city you may find the road system a little bit complicated and there are many tunnels and bridges due to the many islands and waterways. The traffic situation is relatively good most of the time, but you can expect traffic jams during rush hour.
Be aware that Stockholm nowadays (since 2007) has a congestion charge, a system where most Swedish-registered vehicles entering and exiting central Stockholm between 6.30 AM and 6.29 PM on weekdays (not during public holiday or the month of July) are paying a congestion tax. The primary purpose of this is to reduce traffic congestion and improve the environmental situation in the city centre. Depending on the time of day, each trip costs 10, 20 or 25 SEK. The maximum amount of tax per vehicle per day is 60 SEK. Note that you pay no congestion charges if you are driving a foreign-registered vehicle or an eco-vehicle.
Parking in Stockholm
You may park at in parking garages, designated street parking or park-and-ride facilities when you arrive by car to Stockholm. Finding a parking spot on the street could be difficult, at least in the city centre, so our recommendation is to primarily go for the parking garages.
Parking in city centre
There are many parking garages in the city centre. You can find them in all the different neighborhoods, but especially in Norrmalm. In some of them you pay in advance, and in others you pay when you leave for the actual time you have parked in the garage.
If you prefer to park in the street, and are able to find a spot, you will be charged by the hour, most of the parking meters take the common credit cards like VISA and MasterCard. And do not forget to pay close attention to the street signs, so you can be sure that you are allowed to park your car.
You are probably aware of the common problem of finding a free parking spot when you visit big cities. As mentioned, Stockholm is no exception of that rule. In addition, it can be challenging to find your way around in an unknown city. But there is a great solution for this problem: park-and-ride. That means that you park your car outside the city and then take public transport to the city centre. It is easy, comfortable, more environmental friendly, and definitely cheaper.
There are plenty of park-and-ride facilities close to public transport connections. Some of them are even free to park on. You can either click here or here to find a list of park-and-ride facilities.
Rental car in Stockholm
To rent a car in Stockholm is simple. Most of the well-known international car rental companies have offices and rental locations all over the city, and of course also at all of Stockholm’s airports. You are able to book your rental car ahead of time or at the airport. Also keep in mind that you will need a national driving license and a valid passport to rent a car. And do not forget to ask if the congestion charge (see above) in Stockholm is included in the price.