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Gothenburg

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As might be expected in Sweden’s second city, Gothenburg has a¬†good range of public transport. This ncludes an extensive bus network supplemented by trams, as well as commuter rail extending around the region. This is also a great place to ride a bicycle, and a number of scenic trails are available right from the edge of the city.

Scenic train journeys can also be taken onwards from Gothenburg, either heading north and west along the coast towards the Norwegian capital Oslo, or hugging around the coast down towards Malmo and Copenhagen, with a separate mainline also heading inland towards the Swedish capital Stockholm.

Please note that Carornocar.com is currently being revised and updated in preparation for the Summer 2021 (northern hemisphere) tourist season. It is expected that some social distancing rules will still apply. For additional Gothenburg car hire advice, please use the comments form below.

Quick Ratings

Price band

Gothenburg is in car rental price band: 4/10 (1 = cheapest car rental location)

General comment - based on price alone, is it worth renting a car in Gothenburg? 

Sometimes. Car rental is slightly cheaper than global averages.

Volatility:

Can you expect big swings in car rental prices in Gothenburg between the peak and the off peak season?

5/10 (0 = stable prices)

Driving score: 5/10

Non car score:4/10

Balance: 6

(0 = car hire not advised / 10 = rental car essential)

General comment -

 

All of these features would suggest that the general car hire advice for Gothenburg would be that there was just no need. This could be further compounded by the fact that Gothenburg car rental prices, or Swedish car hire prices in general, tend to be amongst the highest in Europe.

Yet to simply say that you can visit Gothenburg and get around without a car would be to dismiss all of the lakes, the rolling hills, the pine forests, and all of the other scenery that awaits the intrepid visitor just beyond. Sure, bits of this can be seen from a bus or train window, but it’s just not the same.

Why? Visiting Gothenburg using a hire car

Why do you need a car in Gothenburg ?


Just because a country has a reputation for having a high standard of urban public transport, that doesn’t mean that everywhere is universally accessible without a car. This is still sparsely populated Sweden, not Switzerland, and the best places to see are still the ones which need to be reached with your own set of wheels.

  • With a car, you simply have a great deal more flexibility, and this is extremely valuable outside the city.
  • You should hire a car in Gothenburg if you want to explore the Swedish lakes. Public transport options are limited and indirect. The train line heading towards Oslo only covers a very small stretch of lake.
  • A hire car is also useful for driving in either direction along the coast.

Why not? Visiting Gothenburg without a car

Why don't you need a car in Gothenburg ?


  • Public transport in Gothenburg city is reaonsable – there’s a good range of buses and trams.
  • Gothenburg is cycle friendly – with many easy cycling trips outside the city.
  • It’s very easy to take a boat trip from Gothenburg – locally within the harbour, to outlying islands, or even across to Denmark!

Should you rent a car in Gothenburg? Verdict – yes (soft)

Ratings: How does Gothenburg compare?

Is it worth hiring a car in Gothenburg? TBC

This is based on a rough consideration of the costs of renting a car in Gothenburg, and how this compares with the costs of using public transport. The answer to this varies hugely from one destination to the next, based on a wide range of factors. It's based on renting a car at the airport (TBC), and driving for an average of 2-3 hours on open roads on most days.

How does this compare if:

You are travelling:

Solo / As couple / small family / larger family / senior couple etc

Does car rental make sense on different budgets?

 

 

Do you need to hire a car in Gothenburg? TBC

This is based strictly on whether or no we think it's possible to visit Gothenburg (and the surrounding area) without using a car. Of the three key questions, this one is the most likely to be a "no".

Should you rent a car in Gothenburg? TBC

This is a balance of all factors. Remember this is an answer to the question for people who are already asking it. That's why the answer might still be a "yes", even when public transport is good. 

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Hiring | Driving | Parking

Trains | Buses | Local travel

 

Car hire basics:

 

Public transportation basics:

 

Regular bus services: YES

Coach (inter-city): YES

Tram: NO

Metro: NO

Commuter Rail:

High Speed Rail:

Rail type (end stub / through / junction / hub):

 

As you start ....

Does Gothenburg airport have a direct rail link?

(Yes - within terminal / adjacent / short walk) (Yes - bus transfer / other) No

 

 

 

 


Changelog

Has our advice for Gothenburg car rental changed over time, or has it been pretty constant?

2017 - 6

2019 - 6

2021 - 6

Average score - 6

Notes:

 

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Sweden

Malmo

Europe > Sweden > Malmo

See: Why hire a car in Malmo ? | Why not? | Ratings | Summary | Comments

Please note that Carornocar.com is currently being revised and updated in preparation for the Summer 2021 (northern hemisphere) tourist season. It is expected that some social distancing rules will still apply. For additional Malmo car hire advice, please use the comments form below.

Quick Ratings

Price band

Malmo is in car rental price band: 5/10 (1 = cheapest car rental location)

General comment - based on price alone, is it worth renting a car in Malmo? 

Sometimes. Economy rental prices are average by global standards.

Volatility:

Can you expect big swings in car rental prices in Malmo between the peak and the off peak season?

5/10 (0 = stable prices)

Driving score: 4/10

Non car score:9/10

Balance: 3

(0 = car hire not advised / 10 = rental car essential)

General comment -

 

Although Malmo has its own small International airport which is still served by a handful of budget airlines, you are far more likely to fly into the much larger Copenhagen International airport which sits just across the Oresund belt in neighbouring Denmark.

Therefore most of our Malmo car hire advice is going to replicate what we have already said the Copenhagen in a lot greater detail. Although Malmo airport does have onward bus connections, it’s actually much quicker to transfer from Copenhagen airport to downtown Malmo anyway, using the Oresund crossing. Once you are on the Swedish side you will be greeted by a vast IKEA, at which point the rail line branches off from the road and digs into a tunnel which runs into a newly redeveloped underground Malmo central station. From here, the compact city of Malmo is inherently walkable, and as with Copenhagen, it’s also a great place to get around by bike. It also makes a lot of sense to combine a visit to Malmo with wonderful Copenhagen on the other side, and all of this adds up to the sort of double city break where a hire car makes no sense at all.

Our Copenhagen car advice actually says that despite obvious preconceptions, getting a hire car in Copenhagen might actually make a lot of sense, especially as a starting point for a Scandinavian road trip. Of course, you can also fly into Malmo and pick up a hire car here, but now that low-cost airlines like Ryanair are also using Copenhagen airport, is unlikely to make much sense, especially as other budget airlines like easyJet and Norwegian have been well established at Copenhagen for a while.

Therefore if your focus is either solely on the city of Malmo itself or in a combined city break featuring Malmo in Copenhagen, getting a hire car here really doesn’t make much sense. If you are thinking about driving beyond these 2 cities, please see our Copenhagen page.

Why? Visiting Malmo using a hire car

Why do you need a car in Malmo ?


  • See above.

Why not? Visiting Malmo without a car

Why don't you need a car in Malmo ?


Ratings: How does Malmo compare?

Is it worth hiring a car in Malmo? TBC

This is based on a rough consideration of the costs of renting a car in Malmo, and how this compares with the costs of using public transport. The answer to this varies hugely from one destination to the next, based on a wide range of factors. It's based on renting a car at the airport (TBC), and driving for an average of 2-3 hours on open roads on most days.

How does this compare if:

You are travelling:

Solo / As couple / small family / larger family / senior couple etc

Does car rental make sense on different budgets?

 

 

Do you need to hire a car in Malmo? TBC

This is based strictly on whether or no we think it's possible to visit Malmo (and the surrounding area) without using a car. Of the three key questions, this one is the most likely to be a "no".

Should you rent a car in Malmo? TBC

This is a balance of all factors. Remember this is an answer to the question for people who are already asking it. That's why the answer might still be a "yes", even when public transport is good. 

See global comparisons

Hiring | Driving | Parking

Trains | Buses | Local travel

 

Car hire basics:

 

Public transportation basics:

 

Regular bus services: YES

Coach (inter-city): YES

Tram: NO

Metro: NO

Commuter Rail:

High Speed Rail:

Rail type (end stub / through / junction / hub):

 

As you start ....

Does Malmo airport have a direct rail link?

(Yes - within terminal / adjacent / short walk) (Yes - bus transfer / other) No

 

 

 

 


Changelog

Has our advice for Malmo car rental changed over time, or has it been pretty constant?

2017 - 4

2019 - 4

2021 - 3

Average score - 4

Notes:

 

Summary

Do you or don't you need a car in Malmo ?

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Sweden

Stockholm

Europe > Sweden > Stockholm

See: Why hire a car in Stockholm ? | Why not? | Ratings | Summary | Comments

Please note that Carornocar.com is currently being revised and updated in preparation for the Summer 2021 (northern hemisphere) tourist season. It is expected that some social distancing rules will still apply. For additional Stockholm car hire advice, please use the comments form below.

Quick Ratings

Price band

Stockholm is in car rental price band: 6/10 (1 = cheapest car rental location)

General comment - based on price alone, is it worth renting a car in Stockholm ? 

Sometimes. Car rental is slightly more expensive than global averages.

Volatility:

Can you expect big swings in car rental prices in Stockholm between the peak and the off peak season?

5/10 (0 = stable prices)

Driving score: 7/10

Non car score:9/10

Balance: 3

(0 = car hire not advised / 10 = rental car essential)

General comment -

 

Why? Visiting Stockholm using a hire car

Why do you need a car in Stockholm ?


Why not? Visiting Stockholm without a car

Why don't you need a car in Stockholm ?


Stockholm has a reputation for being one of the least car dependent cities in Europe, and the city centre is easy to get around using buses, underground trains, trams, and indeed better still, ferries.

There also some great train routes, including on the Stockholm suburban network, which operate to some superb coastal or inland forested areas.

Ratings: How does Stockholm compare?

Is it worth hiring a car in Stockholm ? TBC

This is based on a rough consideration of the costs of renting a car in Stockholm , and how this compares with the costs of using public transport. The answer to this varies hugely from one destination to the next, based on a wide range of factors. It's based on renting a car at the airport (TBC), and driving for an average of 2-3 hours on open roads on most days.

How does this compare if:

You are travelling:

Solo / As couple / small family / larger family / senior couple etc

Does car rental make sense on different budgets?

 

 

Do you need to hire a car in Stockholm ? TBC

This is based strictly on whether or no we think it's possible to visit Stockholm (and the surrounding area) without using a car. Of the three key questions, this one is the most likely to be a "no".

Should you rent a car in Stockholm ? TBC

This is a balance of all factors. Remember this is an answer to the question for people who are already asking it. That's why the answer might still be a "yes", even when public transport is good. 

See global comparisons

Hiring | Driving | Parking

Trains | Buses | Local travel

 

Car hire basics:

 

Public transportation basics:

 

Regular bus services: YES

Coach (inter-city): YES

Tram: NO

Metro: NO

Commuter Rail:

High Speed Rail:

Rail type (end stub / through / junction / hub):

 

As you start ....

Does Stockholm airport have a direct rail link?

(Yes - within terminal / adjacent / short walk) (Yes - bus transfer / other) No

 

 

 

 


Changelog

Has our advice for Stockholm car rental changed over time, or has it been pretty constant?

2017 - 4

2019 - 6

2021 - 3

Average score - 4

Notes:

Car hire is better value than might be expected.

 

Do I need a car in Stockholm? Verdict – a car is certainly useful outside the city, but it’s by no means a need.

Summary

Do you or don't you need a car in Stockholm ?