Gothenburg

Should you rent a car in Gothenburg?

Should you rent a car in Gothenburg Sweden > Gothenburg

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.

Gothenburg Introduction

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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 should you rent a car in Gothenburg?

In terms of factors like the cost of the hire itself, fuel costs, road tolls and parking charges, is it worth hiring a car in Gothenburg?

Gothenburg Car hire summary


Overall drive rating

00%

 

Cheapest rate for one week

€205

 #231/300

 

How much should I expect to pay in the peak season?

 

 €205

135/300

 

Free parking score

Total 103 - of which 35 have free parking. [full notes - parking]

34%

#185/300

 

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

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Gothenburg public transport quick facts

Train score

 

10%

Water travel score

40%

Overall public transport score

20%

Walking and Cycling Overview

Active travel score

(walking + cycling)

30%

  • 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

Car rental in - Gothenburg Need v worth & should!

Do you need a car in Gothenburg?

Based on comparison with transit, walking and cycling.
 

Is it worth hiring a car in Gothenburg?

Based on value for money
 

Should you rent a car in Gothenburg?

Weighing up the above, if you are asking about hiring a car, is it a good idea?
 

Who is travelling?

Is it worth renting a car in Gothenburg if I am a solo / budget traveller?

What about for 2 people travelling together?

For families?

 

Where are you staying?

Do you need a car in Gothenburg if we are staying in a central area?

What if we are staying on the edge of the city/resort?

Or in a rural area?

 

What is your attitude towards driving?

Should I hire a car in Gothenburg if I prefer not to drive?

If I am easy either way?

If I prefer to drive?


 

Verdict

Final score:

8

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Malmo

Do you need a car in Malmo?

Should you rent a car in Malmo Sweden > Malmo

Malmo Introduction

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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 should you rent a car in Malmo?

In terms of factors like the cost of the hire itself, fuel costs, road tolls and parking charges, is it worth hiring a car in Malmo?

Malmo Car hire summary


Overall drive rating

10%

 

Cheapest rate for one week

€205

 #232/300

 

How much should I expect to pay in the peak season?

 

 €210

136/300

 

Free parking score

Total 97 - of which 37 have free parking. [full notes - parking]

38%

#166/300

 
  • See above.

Why not? Visiting Malmo without a car

Why? Why not? Ratings Comments

Malmo public transport quick facts

Train score

 

40%

Water travel score

00%

Overall public transport score

40%

Walking and Cycling Overview

Active travel score

(walking + cycling)

40%

  • See above.

Do you need a car in Malmo? Verdict – no.

Ratings

Car rental in - Malmo Need v worth & should!

Do you need a car in Malmo?

Based on comparison with transit, walking and cycling.
 

Is it worth hiring a car in Malmo?

Based on value for money
 

Should you rent a car in Malmo?

Weighing up the above, if you are asking about hiring a car, is it a good idea?
 

Who is travelling?

Is it worth renting a car in Malmo if I am a solo / budget traveller?

What about for 2 people travelling together?

For families?

 

Where are you staying?

Do you need a car in Malmo if we are staying in a central area?

What if we are staying on the edge of the city/resort?

Or in a rural area?

 

What is your attitude towards driving?

Should I hire a car in Malmo if I prefer not to drive?

If I am easy either way?

If I prefer to drive?


 

Verdict

Final score:

3

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Stockholm

Do I need a car in Stockholm?

Should you rent a car in Stockholm Sweden > 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.

Stockholm Introduction

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Outside the city, there are plenty of options to explore by car, but the cost is prohibitive.

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

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

Ratings

Car rental in - Stockholm Need v worth & should!

Do you need a car in Stockholm?

Based on comparison with transit, walking and cycling.
 

Is it worth hiring a car in Stockholm?

Based on value for money
 

Should you rent a car in Stockholm?

Weighing up the above, if you are asking about hiring a car, is it a good idea?
 

Who is travelling?

Is it worth renting a car in Stockholm if I am a solo / budget traveller?

What about for 2 people travelling together?

For families?

 

Where are you staying?

Do you need a car in Stockholm if we are staying in a central area?

What if we are staying on the edge of the city/resort?

Or in a rural area?

 

What is your attitude towards driving?

Should I hire a car in Stockholm if I prefer not to drive?

If I am easy either way?

If I prefer to drive?


 

Verdict

Final score:

5

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