Rules for Parking Your Car in Sweden

Are you thinking of traveling in Sweden by car? In this article I want to explain the rules and regulations on parking and show you the most common parking signs that you will find to avoid you being fined.

During our one-month long car holidays through Sweden we had to park our car many times and we did it successfully thanks to following these rules.

Regulations on Parking in Sweden

Some of the rules that I think you should take into account when parking in Sweden are the following:

  • You can only park in the direction of street traffic. (Forget parking counter-direction as we all do in Spain).
  • The vehicle can not be parked for more than 24 hours in the same place on weekdays.
  • As a general rule, if you do not see a marked parking lot (a white P on a blue background) you can not park.
  • You can not park at the door of a building
  • You can not park next to containers or in double row. Neither in preferred streets marked with the yellow rhombus on white rhombus.
  • You can not park or stop! less than 10 meters from crossings, corners, zebra crossings, crossing bicycle lanes, pedestrian crossings, etc.
  • In pedestrian or mixed streets you can only park in the marked places

P Parking Signs in Sweden

These signs are present throughout the country and indicate that the place is a parking spot as well as what limitations or possibilities it offers. They consist of a large upper signal with the letter P and in many cases other signs in the lower part that indicate the parking conditions in that area.

Free Parking

The simplest sign of them all is when there is only one P sign and optionally a lower sign marking the parking area. In the following images I have compiled some real signs from my trips through Sweden and added an explanation.

Aparcamiento a ambos lados de la señal sin pagar

Free parking on both sides of the signal

The sign on the picture above these lines indicates that the spot is a free place to park and you need not worry about anything else (except the 24 hour limitation). They are rare in Sweden.

As I explained earlier the lower signs refer to the parking conditions. There is a difference between having only one lower sign or having several since the exposed rules are applied together or not. I will explain it with some examples.

Señal de aparcamiento en Suecia

Time-limited Parking Sign in Sweden

This sign above indicates that you can park for free but that from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. in working days and from 8:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturdays and before bank holidays for a maximum of only two hours as long as you have a P-Skiva card and is visible in the vehicle. At other times you can park without worries.

Aparcamiento con limitación horario en Suecia

Time and Day-limited Parking in Sweden

In this picture the parking is free but limited to 2 hours. You can only park between 8:00 and 6:00 pm on working days, Saturdays and before bank holidays (hours between parentheses) and Sundays and holidays (hours in red).

Se puede aparcar gratis un máximo de 4 horas

Free Parking with a 4-hour Time Limit

In this other sign above there is only a time limit. You can park free but for a maximum of 4 hours. It is not necessary to indicate when the parking started.

Aparcamiento con plazas prealquiladas de aparcamiento en Suecia

Rented Places and Time Limit Parking with P-Skiva Card

In the sign above we find the legend förhyrda platser – pre-hired places – and thus we need to avoid parking in them since they are reserved. In addition the legend says that for the rest of the parking lot (notice that it is a separate sign) you can only park a maximum of 2 hours showing the P-skiva card and only do it in the marked parking spots.

Paid Parking

Aparcamiento de pago en Suecia

Paid Parking in Sweden

In this image appears the keyword for paid parking in Sweden: avgift or fee.

Whenever you see that word the parking is NOT free according to the rest of the sign. E.g: in this particular case parking is not free between 9:00 am and 3:00 pm on weekdays and on Saturdays and before bank holidays.

The lower plate with the Boende Kv symbol indicates that residents of the neighborhood can park without the limitations of the upper plate. If you see the word boendeparkering you can not park there and if you see besöksparkering or besökande you can’t either unless you are visiting an acquaintance or a business in the area.

Aparcamiento de verano en Smögen, Suecia

Summer Parking in Smögen, Sweden

In the above image in Smögen on the west coast of Sweden parking is regulated from June 1 to August 31. Paid parking (avgift) from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on workdays, Saturdays and before bank holidays and Sundays and holidays. The first hour is free and you must place a P-skiva indicating the arrival time inside the vehicle. In addition, parking is only allowed to the right of the sign. At any other times not stated on the sign parking is free without limitations.

Aparcamiento complicado en Suecia

Complicated Parking in Sweden

Finally this last image shows a paid parking from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 am every day. The rest of the time, that is between 00:00 and 08:00, parking is not allowed . The first two hours are free with the P-skiva or taking a ticket through SMS.

These are some of the most common parking situations you will find in Sweden.

The P-Skiva Parking Card

The P-skiva card will allow you to park in the car parks of Sweden that require it. You can get it at any supermarket and it is free. You just have to ask for a P-skiva or parkeringsskiva and place it inside or outside the vehicle by rounding the clock to the half hour after arrival at the car park. That is, if you arrive at 12:34 pm, you set it at 1:00 pm.

Parkeringsskiva en Suecia <br> Foto: Israel Úbeda /

Parkeringsskiva in Sweden 
Photo: Israel Úbeda /

In a few days I will also write an article with tips for getting around by car and parking in Stockholm .Here you will find another one that I wrote about the rules for caravans and motorhomes in Sweden.

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About Israel Úbeda

Former press officer and communicator at VisitSweden, the Swedish National Tourism Organization in Spain. Traveling to Sweden since 2002 and at times living in the country. A few years ago I decided that others could learn about Swedish tourist destinations, the language and the society on this page. Welcome!


  1. Luana Inocentes

    Hi, Thank you very much for the tips for parking… i tried to find the parking tips in Stockholm as you said you would write, but i couldn’t find it.
    Can you please advice once you do it?
    Thanks a lot for all the tips!

  2. R J McCartney

    Staying at the Scandic Victoria Tower, Kista, I had to park in the council parking area. I paid the full amount each day but I still received a fine of £160 + the original parking added on top, Why? because I misread the number plate and put an 0 (zero) instead of an O. Despite the fact I suffer from dyslexia they will not withdraw the fine and are also keeping the original payment. Discrimination. Be warned. Greed beyond belief but then WW2 is a good example.

    • So sorry to hear that … yes they are very strict with fines in Sweden. You could try to overrule it by filling this form choosing the subject “Bestrida Parkeringsanmärkning”, explaining what happened in “Meddelande” and adding your Name, Place, Telephone and Email as well as attaching the documents you think you need to prove why they acted wrongfully against you.

      It might be worth to give it a try.


  3. Hi,
    If I am a resident of the specific area and there is sign on the street with boendeparkering, should I do anything specific or just park and there will be no fine? or should I take a document from the municipality?

    • Hi Berta, you should get your permit from the municipality. Even if it is signaled with Boendeparkering it means residents in the area have paid and have priority and exclusivity to park there.

  4. Hi ,
    In your parking signs you didn’t show/mention the street cleaning (working) days when you cannot park on a usual parking street. Usually easy to spot as the locals don’t park there that day.
    Also some winter restrictions in some streets to let the snow ploughs do their job…

  5. Dušan Stevanović

    Hi, it seems that there is some general rule at least in Stockholm that, association that holds a residential building (if they own more apartments then parking spaces) only allows apartment owners to park car on parking permanently, so me, for example, who rents apartment can have parking space only until some apartment owner comes. I can’t really figure out what to do with a car, there are some garages nearby but they are over prised and I’m living in Huddinge kommun 15 km outside city center and can’t have permanent parking space.

    • Do you mean that you have problems for parking in Hudding or in Stockholm City? In the city it is way better to go by public transportation. In Huddinge I think it’s free parking in the streets unless places are private or you park close to the station and central Huddinge. You can always send an email and ask about it at … if they are willing to provide you an answer, of course.

  6. Hi Israel,

    What are the restrictions on motorhomes parking in a city in Sweden? Example: My wife and I plan on moving to Stokholm but may not find a place to live yet but will still apply for (and hopefully obtain) residential permit to live and work in Stokholm. If we ship our motorhome over, would we be able to work while living in our motorhome and can we drive around and park in Stokholm while living in our motorhome?

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