Motorways in Sweden

Sweden’s public road network has a length of 579.564 km. Of this, the length of the motorways is 2,050 km.

Toll roads

Driving foreign vehicles on Swedish roads is free.

Land with special payment

Some bridges have to be paid for in Sweden. In addition, a congestion tax is levied in Stockholm and Gothenburg.

Svinesund Bridge

The Svinesund Bridge is an arch bridge over the Idde Fjord of Svinesund Bay on the border between Sweden and Norway. The bridge is part of the  E6  Oslo-Gothenburg road. The total length of the bridge is 704 m and has 2 lanes in each direction.

Svinesund Bridge in Sweden

Bridge coordinates:  Google Maps  ,  Google Earth  .

From July 2005, Svinesund will be free of charge for the next 20 years. Tariffs for 2020:

 vehicleTariff (SEK)
Motorcycles and mopeds– -.
Car (up to 3.5 t)20 (€ 2.00)
Truck (over 3.5 t)100 (€ 9.80)

The rate in SEK is adjusted every first business day of the month based on the official exchange rate to NOK. Traveling for motorbikes and mopeds is free.

Payment for trips cannot be made manually in cash, as from November 1, 2015 there are no payment points on the bridge and the bridge must be passed through without interruption.

If you are driving a foreign car, the invoice will be  sent to the owner of that vehicle with the help of an international company –  EPC (Euro Parking Collection) . Alternatively, payment can be made with visitor payment or AutoPASS. 

Oresund Bridge

The Øresund Bridge runs over the Øresund Strait and connects the Danish capital Copenhagen with the Swedish city of Malmö. The Øresund Bridge is 7.845 m long and there are four lanes of traffic on the bridge.

Oresund Bridge in Sweden

Bridge coordinates:  Google Maps  ,  Google Earth  . Tariffs for 2020:

 vehicleSEKEUR
motorcycles30029
Cars up to 6 meters in length55554
Vehicle lengths from 6 to 9 meters or vehicle with a trailer1.110108

When you   buy tickets  online , traveling by cars and motorcycles costs 8-10% less.

Payment options
Oresund Bridge Toll Station

The Öresund Bridge toll station has different colored stripes for different payment methods and vehicle types. The road is marked with appropriate signs so that the driver can determine the correct lane.

 Green lanes are used for BroBizz  ® customers.

Blue alleys are used to pay with BroKort cards, credit cards and other payment cards.

The following cards are accepted for payment: Visa, Visa Electron, Maestro, MasterCard, EuroCard, American Express, Diners Club, Dankort, Bankkort (Sparbanken), JCB, Rikskort and petrol cards from Shell, Statoil, OK / Q8, Q8, YX Energi , Uno-X Energi, Metax, Routex, DKV, UTA.

The yellow lanes are used for cash or iTICKETS payments as well as for motorcyclists.

Payment is made in Danish kroner (DKK), Swedish kroner (SEK) and euros (EUR). Please note that the change will only be made in Danish or Swedish kronor, even if you are paying in Euros (EUR).

Sundsvalls Bridge

The Sundsvalls Bridge crosses Sundsvall Bay and bypasses the town of the same name. The Sundsvalls Bridge is part of the European route  E4  and has a length of 2,109 m.

It was opened to traffic on December 18, 2014. There are four lanes of traffic on the bridge.

Sundsvalls Bridge in Sweden

Bridge coordinates:  Google Maps  ,  Google Earth  . Tariffs for 2020:

 vehicleTariff (SEK)
Motorcycles and mopeds– -.
A wagon9 (€ 0.90)
Vans9 (€ 0.90)
Bus (up to 14 t)9 (€ 0.90)
Heavy truck (over 3.5 t)20 (€ 2.00)
Payment options

The payment system is fully automated. At the entrance to the bridge, the crossing of the checkpoint is registered (license plates are read), the payment receipt is sent to the postal address of the vehicle owner.

Payment is made according to the same principle as the congestion tax in Stockholm and Gothenburg.

Motala bridge

The Motala Bridge is located across the strait between the Vetter and Buren lakes. The Motala Bridge is 620 m long.

The bridge was opened to traffic on October 9, 2013. There are four lanes of traffic on the bridge. There are also hiking and biking trails on the bridge.

Motala Bridge in Sweden

Bridge coordinates:  Google Maps  ,  Google Earth  . Tariffs for 2020:

 vehicleTariff (SEK)
Motorcycles and mopeds– -.
A wagon5 (€ 0.50)
Vans5 (€ 0.50)
Bus (up to 14 t)5 (€ 0.50)
Heavy truck (over 3.5 t)11 (€ 1.10)
Payment options

The payment system is fully automated. At the entrance to the bridge, the crossing of the checkpoint is registered (license plates are read), the payment receipt is sent to the postal address of the vehicle owner.

Payment is made according to the same principle as the congestion tax in Stockholm and Gothenburg.

Congestion tax in Stockholm and Gothenburg

Sweden has a congestion tax system in Stockholm and Gothenburg. So far, this tax only applied to vehicles registered in Sweden.

From January 1, 2015, this tax will apply to vehicles with Swedish and foreign license plates.

You don’t have to stop at the checkpoint to pay the fare. When crossing the checkpoint, a video surveillance camera records the vehicle’s registration number. The photo is sent to the Swedish Transport Agency (Transportstyrelsen), where the vehicle is identified.

Parking in Sweden

You can only park on the right side of the city streets (you cannot park against the traffic). In most Swedish cities, street parking is chargeable from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday. Parking costs 10-30 SEK (1-2.9 €) per hour.

If you are parking on a street at night, watch out for signs to make sure the street is not cleaned that night.

Parking in garages and multi-storey car parks costs an average of SEK 30-60 (€ 2.9-5.9) per hour.

The cheapest option is  to use the  Park & ​​Ride car parks on the outskirts of the cities. The cost of such parking is SEK 15-20 (€ 1.5-2) per day.

Parking in Stockholm

There are 21 Park & ​​Ride  parking spaces around Stockholm  . They are easy to find and relatively inexpensive. The average cost is SEK 20 (€ 2) per day. Parking information in Stockholm 

Some garages in central Stockholm offer a special evening price. It is open from 6pm to 12pm. The entire evening will be charged 40 SEK (3.9 €) (i.e. 5 SEK (0.5 €) per hour). Placement of garages   with evening prices.

Fines for illegally parking vehicles can be up to SEK 1,400 (€ 138).

Stockholm parking card  (1.6 Mb).

Sweden road map

Sweden road map

Basic traffic rules in Sweden

Speed ​​limit

Speed ​​limits in Sweden

Standard speed limits in Sweden (unless otherwise stated on signs). Cars and Motorcycles:

  • in the village – 30-60 km / h
  • outside the village – 70-100 km / h
  • on the highway – 110-120 km / h

Cars with trailers:

  • in the village – 50 km / h
  • outside the village – 70 km / h
  • on the highway – 80 km / h

Speed ​​limits do not depend on the type of road, but on the quality and safety of the road. The speed limit can change one after the other while driving on the same road. It is therefore recommended to pay particular attention to traffic signs.

In Sweden there are 7 sections where you are allowed to drive at a speed of 120 km / h:

  • E4  Norr Uppsala – Mehedeby (65 km)
  • E4  Norr Gränna – Linköping (85 km)
  • E4  Strömsnäsbruk – söder Örkelljunga (40 km)
  • E6  Båstad – Heberg, variable speed (54 km)
  • E6  Heberg – Söder Värö-Backa (103 km)
  • E18  Väster Enköping (29 km)
  • E20  Väster Mariefred – Eskilstuna (44 km)

When in doubt and when there are no speed limit signs, it is recommended that you drive at a speed of no more than 70 km / h until the speed limit sign is displayed.

The current maximum speed limits for passenger cars on the roads of European countries.

alcohol

The maximum permissible blood alcohol level is  0.2 ‰  .

If the alcohol content in the blood exceeds the permissible value, prison sentences (depending on the alcohol content in the blood) and the withdrawal of a driver’s license are possible. The amount of the fine depends on the income level of the offender.

Acceptable blood alcohol levels while driving in Europe.

dimmed headlights

The low beam is required around the clock all year round.

The fine is SEK 1,200 (€ 118).

In which European countries is the use of dipped headlights mandatory during the day?

Transportation of children

Children under 15 years of age and under 135 cm are only allowed to travel with child restraint systems that are suitable for their weight. Children taller than 135 cm can use a normal seat belt.

Children under 13 kg must be transported backwards. If the airbag is placed in the front seat, it must be deactivated.

It is the driver’s responsibility to ensure that all children are wearing their seat belts properly.

The fine is SEK 2,500 (€ 246).

Requirements for the transport of children in light vehicles on the roads of European countries.

Seat belts

The use of seat belts is compulsory for front and rear passengers   .

The fine is SEK 1,500 (€ 147).

The use of a helmet is mandatory for the driver and passenger when riding a motorcycle or scooter   .

The fine is SEK 1,500 (€ 147).

Make a phone call

Do not use  a  cell phone or other communication devices while driving a vehicle while holding it in hand.

Failure to do so could result in a fine of up to SEK 1,500 (€ 147).

Fines for phone calls while driving in European countries.

Punish

Police officers can impose fines for minor traffic violations but cannot collect fines on the spot. The fines must be paid to the bank within 2-3 weeks. Fines for traffic violations in Sweden:

violationGood (SEK)
Driving without a license500 (49 €)
Drive in the left lane with a vacant right1,000 (€ 98)
Illegible license plate1,200 (€ 118)
Crossing a fixed scaffolding line1,500 (€ 147)
Do not give space to any vehicle that has priority travel rights2,000 (€ 196)
Do not stop in front of the stop sign2,500 (€ 246)
Driving past a prohibited traffic light3,000 (€ 295)
Violation of the overtaking rules3,000 (€ 295)

The fines are very high. There is no overspeed limit. This means that if you exceed the permitted speed by even 1 km / h, you can be fined.

Fines in Sweden (SEK):

About speedSpeed ​​limit (km / h)
1 – 10 km / h2,000 (€ 196)1,500 (€ 147)
11-15 km / h2,400 (€ 236)2,000 (€ 196)
16-20 km / h2,800 (€ 275)2,400 (€ 236)
21-25 km / h3,200 (€ 314)2,800 (€ 275)
26 – 30 km / h3,600 (€ 354)3,200 (€ 314)
31 – 35 km / h4,000 (€ 393)3,600 (€ 354)
36 – 40 km / h4,000 (€ 393)4,000 (€ 393)
more than 40 km / h 4,000 (€ 393)

If the upper speed limit for this limit is exceeded, a driver’s license will be issued and detention is possible.

Useful information

petrol

Unleaded petrol –  Blyfri  (95 and 98) and diesel are available in Sweden. Petrol stations (LPG) are available in limited quantities.

Emergency numbers

  • European emergency number – 112
  • Traffic Police – 11414

Compulsory equipment

Equipment  You  Must Have in Your Car:

  • Antifreeze windscreen washer system  – antifreeze windscreen washer fluid
  • Shovel  – for clearing snow

Requirements for equipment that must be present in the car in various European countries.

Winter equipment

Winter tires

The use of winter tires (marked M + S, MS, MS, M & S with a minimum tread depth of 3 mm) is mandatory in Sweden from December 1st to March 31st in winter weather conditions. These requirements apply to vehicles registered both in Sweden and abroad.

The road conditions are considered wintry if there is snow, ice, mud or wet road conditions in combination with temperatures around or below 0 degrees on a road section. The Swedish police decide that the conditions on a given road are winter conditions.

Since it is difficult to predict weather conditions in advance, it is highly recommended that you use winter tires at this time.

spikes

Studded tires are allowed from October 1st to April 15th. This period can be extended depending on the weather. Studded tires must be fitted to all wheels. In this case, the trailer must also be equipped with studded tires.

Anti-slip chains

Snow chains may be used on roads covered with snow or ice.

Requirements for the use of winter and studded tires in different European countries.

Recommended equipment and other rules

Drivers are advised to equip their vehicles with a first aid kit, a fire extinguisher, a warning triangle, a tow rope and a safety vest.

Using Radar detectoris strictly  forbidden  . A fine of up to SEK 2,000 (€ 196) or a prison sentence of up to 6 months. The device is confiscated.