What types of cars do you rent?

Car Hire Comparison UK: Most rental companies categorise the hire cars and broadly speaking, these are as follows: Mini, Economy, compact, Standard or Intermediate, Full Size, Luxury or Premium, Vans/Minivans (also referred to as MPV's or People Carriers), SUV's and, depending on the location, Exotic and/or Special Cars which may include such icons as Aston Martin, Ferrari, Bentley, Lamborghini and so on. The 'vans' or people carriers are typically available in derivatives from 5 seats through to nine seater. Some locations will also have soft tops (convertibles/cabriolets) available, from a sports car through to a family soft top or 4x4 with a removable, canvas top. Compare Car Hire.

The range is exhaustive and we invite you to look at the 'information' section for additional details on individual vehicles and specifications. Remember, that the extent of the range will be dependent on availability, location and country. 

Where can I get my rental car?

The good news is that 'Car Hire Assistant' has access to over 550 suppliers who, combined, have some 30,000 locations in 175 countries. Therefore, if you want to collect your rental car from a large city, small town, holiday resort, sea port or airport, there is an excellent chance that one of the rental companies we use will have an office near you. If you want to collect your hire car from one location and return it to another, this is also possible with some hire companies, although a premium is charged. Many of the companies we deal with also have kiosks or stations at major airports. 

Remember, our service is free, there are no hidden charges or booking surcharges. We search, so you can compare, not just the price of your rental car, but the options, types of vehicles, locations and service. Compare car hire prices with Car Hire Assistant, The UK  Car Hire Comparison Site - Compare Car Hire

Car Rentals made simple

Renting a car, van or people carrier (MPV) does not have to be a stressful experience. Using a car rental comparison site such as 'Car Hire Assistant' can save you  many hours attempting to find the cheapest deals and then trying to compare the hire options on a like for like basis. Moreover, the process of weeding out those rental operators that employ tactics of headline grabbing, low rental costs, only to hit the hirer with a huge list of extras, means you have to remain alert. Car Hire Assistant removes ambiguities with a guarantee of no hidden prices and a commitment to inclusive rental rates. Car options are laid out in a logical manner allowing the renter to compare 'apples with apples'. We also offer additional, complimentary services such as Car Hire Excess Insurance, Travel Insurance and Airport Transfers. Free service and no booking charges. The best comparison site for Cheap Car Hire

Rental Cars in Sweden

Car rental in Sweden with price comparison website, Car Hire Assistant. Full range of compact, economy, family and luxury cars. SUV's, People Carriers and sports convertibles. To get the best deals, we all need a little help sometimes and, if you are seeking a great deal on car rental in Sweden (Europe), then the Car Hire Assistant website is place to be. We are a price comparison site specialising in car hire, not just local hire, but international car rental in any of one the 175 countries we cover, which includes 30,000 rental locations. With some 550 suppliers, we are confident that we can present you with the best prices and range of options for you hire car in Sweden (Europe). Of course, we don't just limit ourselves to local suppliers, where appropriate, we will also seek prices from many of the major international car rental companies, which includes; Europcar, National, Avis, Sixt, Hertz, Budget, Enterprise and Alamo. 

The service is free and you will not be charged a booking fee. The prices are fully inclusive and completely transparent, therefore you do not have to be concerned about hidden charges, something we have all experienced at one time or another. Too good to be true, well not really, at Car Hire Assistant, we believe your rental price should include such necessities as; Collision Damage Waiver, Third Party Liability Protection, Theft Waiver, Airport charges, Taxes and Credit Card Surcharges. We think the search and the subsequent booking for you hire car in Sweden (Europe) should be as painless as possible, therefore we provide you with a wide range of options, clear pricing, great prices, a simple, 3 stage booking process. Car rental in Sweden with price comparison website, Car Hire Assistant. Full range of compact, economy, family and luxury cars. SUV's, People Carriers and sports convertibles.

Don't be concerned that you may miss out on special offers from rental companies in Sweden (Europe), if they are running promotions, we will include this in your hire summary and highlight it as a best buy.

It doesn't really matter where you are travelling to in Sweden (Europe), or where it is most convenient to collect your hire car, be this at an airport, train station, city location, holiday resort or railway station. There really is every possibility we will be able to accommodate your wishes. 

At Car Hire Assistant, we truly believe that it is important to be completely open about everything. Therefore, we want to take this opportunity to highlight the fact that laws and regulations are different in every country and this, would of course, include Sweden (Europe). Similarly, some terms can vary between rental operators, albeit in a minor way, therefore we ensure that the terms and conditions are made available to you to enable you to truly compare your options. 

We offer a wide range of vehicles in Sweden (Europe), however, the full extent will be determined by the local operator and your chosen rental location. The types of vehicles will include economy and compact models, family cars estate cars (station wagons), multi-purpose vehicles (also referred to as MPV's, people carriers or vans), prestige car including Mercedes (E Class, S Class, BMW 5 Series and 7 Series etc) and four wheel drive vehicles such as Sports Utility Vehicles (SUV's) or 4x4's. In some larger locations or cities, we can also provide sports cars or high value prestige cars (Porsche, Ferrari, McLaren, Aston Martin etc).

About Sweden

Sweden is a Nordic country on the Scandinavian Peninsula in Northern Europe. Sweden borders Norway and Finland, and is also connected to Denmark via a bridge/tunnel across the Oresund. Sweden has maritime borders with Denmark, Germany, Poland, Russia, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. About 15% of Sweden lies north of the Arctic Circle and approximately 53% of Sweden's total land area is covered with forests, 11% by mountains and 9% by rivers and lakes.

According to Wikipedia, the highest population density is in the Oresund Region in southern Sweden, along the western coast up to central Bohuslan, and in the valley of lake Malaren and Stockholm.

Sweden is the third largest country in Western Europe by landmass with a size of 174,000 square miles. It has a population of 9.4m. The capital and, the largest city in Sweden, is the city of Stockhom which has a population of 850,000. Whilst the region has a total population in excess of 2 million amounting to more than 20% of Sweden's total population. The population in the Stockholm region has grown by over 300,000 people in the last 10 years.

Sweden has many national parks and nature reserves and Stockholm even has a national park within its city borders. However, arguably one of the most beautiful areas is Lapland, with its wild rivers, deep valleys, dark forests and towering mountains.

The capital of Sweden, Stockholm, has more than 450 sports facilities which are visited by 3m people every year. Around 40% of the city's land consists of parks or recreational areas as well as 7 nature preserves. The city is surrounded by 219 nature reserves' to add to the fact that Stockholm has more than 1000 parks. Stockholm is a vibrant, modern and beautiful city.

When Sweden's climate is compared to other northern regions of the world, it is rather mild, aided by the Gulf Stream. The temperatures in July average 13 to 17°C, and the coldest month in Sweden is generally February, where the temperatures tend to range from -22 to -3°C. Snow is typically evident in the south starting from December and continuing through to April. In the north the snow can commence as soon as October.

Tourism is Sweden's fastest growing sector, offering the Arctic wilderness of the far north, the urban fashion shows of the major cities and wilderness adventures all over the country, including a favourite amongst travellers, Lapland. In fact, some 600,000 British nationals visit Sweden every year. Apart from Stockholm, another favourite destination for tourists is located on the west coast. Sweden's second largest city, Gothenburg, offers a vibrant entertainment scene and multitude of cultural experiences. This can be supplemented by a visit to the cosmopolitan and bustling city of Malmo, in the far south of Sweden, which is linked to the Danish capital of Copenhagen via the Oresund Bridge.

The top tourist cities in Sweden are Stockholm, Gothenburg, Falun, Helsingborg, Kalmar, Karlstad, Lund, Malmo, Uppsala, Vaxjo and Visby. Although not many people associate Sweden with beaches, some of the best can be found on the Baltic island of Gotland, which is particularly popular with the locals and attracts thousands of visitors every summer.

A trip to Sweden could not be complete without a trip along the Gota Canal. Visitors can cruise from Gothenburg to Stockholm within the confines of an old ship, crossing one river, three canals, eight lakes, passing through 66 locks and traversing two seas.

Sweden has 15 areas inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List, these are:

  • Agricultural Landscape of Southern Oland
  • Birka and Hovgarden
  • Church Village of Gammelstad, Lulea
  • Decorated Farmhouses of Halsingland
  • Engelsberg Ironworks
  • Hanseatic Town of Visby
  • Mining Area of the Great Copper Mountain in Falun
  • Naval Port of Karlskrona
  • Rock Carvings in Tanum
  • Royal Domain of Drottningholm
  • Skogskyrkogarden
  • Struve Geodetic Arc
  • Varberg Radio Station
  • High Coast/Kvarken Archipelago
  • The Laponian Area

Stockholm's five international airports are easily accessible from Stockholm Central station. Arlanda airport is the country's largest airport, visited by over 20 million people each year. Arlanda offers flights to 172 destinations, and over 480 direct flights arrive and depart each day. Other Stockholm based airports include; Stockholm-Bromma, Stockholm-Skavsta, Stockholm-Vasteras and Stockholm-Orebro.

Sweden has a total of over 100k miles of paved road, including nearly 900 miles of highways. Motorways, which continue to be constructed, run through Sweden, Denmark and over the Oresund Bridge to Stockholm, Gothenburg, Uppsala and Uddevalla. Motorways and roads are relatively free of traffic, at least by international standards, and they are well maintained. With the exception of the Oresund Bridge, there are no toll roads in Sweden and it is, in fact, possible to travel the entire length of Sweden by car, making it a perfect place to rent a car and explore.

Those travelling by car in Sweden need to take note that driving conditions during the winter months of November to March can be extremely treacherous due to snow and ice. From 1 December - 31 March (irrespective of weather conditions) Swedish registered cars (which includes hire cars) are required by law to have either studded tyres or un-studded friction tyres bearing the following mark, M+S, M-s, M.S, M&S, MS or Mud and Snow.

Another alternative means of transport in Sweden is bus or coach. In Sweden it is considered to be inexpensive and hassle free. There is an excellent network of express services between the larger towns and cities in south and central Sweden, and between Stockholm and towns in the north.

The Swedish taxi industry has been deregulated. Some taxi companies have fixed prices but these can vary considerably depending on the time of day and if it is over a weekend. Therefore, travellers are advised to confirm the taxi fare before setting off. Nonetheless, taxi drivers must have all price information clearly visible both inside and outside of the vehicle.

Whilst visitors may need to cover large distances (particularly in northern Sweden), the country's rail network is efficient and extensive. Predictably, comfortable, modern trains are designed to deal with all kinds of weather. First and second class carriages are available. On longer trips, "couchettes" and sleeping cars facilities are provided. Long distance trains generally have a buffet car.

For the more adventurous, Sweden's many lakes, islands and canals are linked by an extensive network of canal boats, vintage steamers, and ferries

T o benefit from all Sweden has to offer, the best way to explore is to rent a car. Car Hire Assistant can compare car rental companies in Sweden offer the very best prices on car hire. Rental cars are available in all of the big cities and at major airports throughout Sweden.

Planning your Trip

Things always seem to go better when they are carefully planned and flying to another destination is no exception. Plan well and all things being equal, you should have an uneventful trip with less stress. Here are the top tips:

Before you leave

  • Ensure that you have your airline tickets, vouchers for hotel bookings, car rental and/or airport shuttle transfers, your passport, visa (if required), money, credit cards and travellers cheques. If you are renting a car at your destination, make sure you have your driver's licence (paper and photo) and, if necessary, an international drivers permit. These items should all be kept in your hand luggage.
  • Familiarise yourself with the 'banned item' list, these change from time to time, but it is important to know what can go in your hand luggage, what must go in the hold and what you simply cannot take with you.
  • Avoid wrapping items such as gifts or presents because these may be opened by security at your departing or destination airport.
  • If you are taking essential medicines, ensure that that they are in their original packaging and, if they are prescription drugs, try and get a letter from your doctor confirming that these have been prescribed for you. Also remember, that is some countries, certain drugs are banned, even if you have been prescribed them by your doctor. If in doubt, check with the airline and/or embassy.
  • Make sure that you choose comfortable clothing, especially if it is a long journey, also be cognisant of the weather at your destination, which may influence your choice of clothes.
  • Check the weight of your luggage. Most airlines have a strict policy on exceeding baggage limits and airport surcharges can be very expensive. In addition, some airlines will not allow you to pay in excess at checkin, which could lead to delays and inconvenience.

Heading for the airport

  • Always remember to allow plenty of time to arrive at the airport. As a general rule, if you are taking an international flight, you should aim to be at the airport at least 2 hours prior to departure. For local or domestic flights, at least one hour.
  • Make sure you know what terminal you are departing from, some airports are very large and the distance between the terminal buildings can be considerable.
  • Allow plenty of time to get to the airport. Road maintenance often happens at night, and this can occasionally lead to unexpected road closures, so check before you travel and allow ample time for your journey. If you are travelling during the day, then traffic may become your curse, once again, check on travel information sites and allow extra time for unexpected delays.
  • If you are driving to the airport yourself, it is advisable to book your airport parking in advance. Many websites no offer this service and it can be much cheaper than attempting to find parking on arrival.
  • If you are using public transport to get to the airport, then make sure you have booked advance tickets and also, that there are no planned maintenance (in respect of railways) or anticipated road works in the case of coach travel.
  • If you are travelling by hire car and intend to leave it at the airport, make sure the rental company has facilities to allow you to drop it off. Not all car rental companies have airport facilities, many are located just outside.

On arrival at the airport terminal

  • Since 2001, airport security has been tightened considerably and, on occasion, additional security measures are employed at very short notice. As a consequence, the amount of time taken to go through airport security has lengthened considerably and it can also be unpredictable, especially if additional measures have been introduced.
  • Make sure you are familiar with what you can take through security, particularly in relation to banned items and liquids. Remember, even if you have purchased something at the airport (such as drinks), you may not be able to take it through security and/or on the airline.
  • You must keep your baggage with you at all times. In part because of the security issues at airports, but also because it will almost certainly contain your essential travel documents and you would not want to lose them or have them stolen. You should never look after the belongings of other people or agree to carry anything onto the aircraft on their behalf.
  • Once you are through passport control and security, make sure you keep a close eye on the 'departure boards', many airport no longer make verbal announcements and you need to know which gate number your flight is departing from. Also consider the amount of time it takes to get from where you are to the gate, some airport are very large, such as Heathrow and it can take up to 30 minutes to get to the gate.

On the plane

  • If you are going on a long journey, then try to relax and get some sleep. For shorter journeys you may want to read a book, watch a movie or listen to music on your MP3 player. So make sure you have packed laptops, tablets and/or music players into your hand luggage.
  • It is advisable not to eat too much on long haul flights, because this can lead to an inability to sleep or indigestion. Move around the aircraft as much as you can to keep your circulation working. If you have flight socks, then consider using them.
  • Avoid too much alcohol, but drink plenty of other beverages to avoid dehydration.
  • Even if you are a seasoned traveller, it is worthwhile spending a few minutes to decide exactly what you need from your hire car. 
  • When considering the type of vehicle you wish to hire, consider the passengers and the luggage. Hiring a Suzuki jeep for 4 people with luggage could really be a problem. All too often hirers count the seats, but not the luggage.
  • If you are going on holiday and want to relax consider carefully whether you want a manual or automatic gearbox. 
  • Most cars have air conditioning as standard, but some of the economy vehicles may not, therefore if this is important to you, check carefully before you book and upgrade to the next model if necessary.
  • If you are not familiar with the country you are travelling to, then you need to think ahead. Planning the journey from your arrival airport to your destination is often overlooked. Do you need a local map, SatNav or will you take written directions? There is nothing worse than arriving at the airport in the middle of the night and getting lost! 
  • Do you need booster seats, child seats or a ski rack? These are often available from the hire companies at an additional charge, but they have to be booked in advance.  
  • Will you be the only driver? Some rental companies will allow a second driver at no additional charge (or for a small fee), but this needs to be booked in advance.
  • It is recommended that you remove the identiying tag from the car key ring and keep it in a safe place until the termination of your hire to avoid highlighting that you are a tourist and using a rental car. 
  • One Way Hires or dropping the car off at a different location can be convenient, but expensive. Most car hire companies allow this option, but it is worth checking the difference between these options and returning the car to the airport terminal. 
  • Check the terms of your hire carefully. Some rental companies will supply the car with a full tank of petrol and will expect you to return it with a full tank. If you don’t, then there could be additional charges levied and the cost of fuel may not be the most competitive. If your car is not provided with a full tank of petrol then you should plan to stop as early as possible refuel. 
  • Before you accept the car, make sure you check the condition carefully, noting any damage, including scratches, dents, tyres or windscreen damage. You should ensure that these are written on the handover form to avoid any arguments when the vehicle is returned. Also remember that, as the driver, you are responsible for ensuring that the hire car meets local road and traffic regulations, this includes, but is not limited to tyres, lights, wipers and brakes. If you are not happy, reject the vehicle and ask for an alternative. 
  • Above all, familiarise yourself with the car before you drive. Being in a different country with an unfamiliar car can be stressful. Take your time.
  • Rules of the road and more specifically traffic laws and regulations vary enormously between different countries. Therefore, whilst your drivers licence may be valid, your appreciation of local driving laws may not. To avoid frustration, fines, arrest or accidents, all travellers would be well advised to familiarise themselves with the local driving regulations before they embark on their journey. Many European countries also impose 'on the spot' fines for offences such as speeding. Also worth noting is that the car hire company will hold you personally liable for any fines incurred whilst you are using the vehicle, for example, parking fines

Guide to common rental car definitions:

These definitions are provided only as a guide and it essential that you refer to the terms and conditions of your rental agreement for specific terms relative to your hire.

Collision Damage Waiver (CDW), also referred to as: Loss Damage Waiver (LDW)
If the hired car or any of its parts or accessories is damaged other than by theft, attempted theft or vandalism, while on rental, CDW limits your liability to the amount of the non-waivable excess, if any, which applies in each country, provided that you have adhered to all the terms and conditions of the Rental Agreement. CDW does not cover any damage caused as a result of theft, attempted theft or vandalism.

Theft Waiver (TW)
It is an insurance offered by the car rental firm limiting your liability to the excess amount in case of theft of the vehicle. This does not over negligence, if for example you can't return the ignition key, or you left it in an unsafe place, you could be liabel for the full cost of the vehicle, as would be the case with most domestic car insurance policies.

Third Party Liability Protection
Offers protection against any third pary liability such as damage to another vehicle or personal injuries to an individual not travelling in the hire car. TPLP typically does not have an excess or deductible amount to pay.

Super Collision Damage Waiver (SCDW)
Covers tyres, roof and windscreen.

Personal Insurance (PI) Insures against the cost if you accidentally kill yourself or a passenger. (Also see ALI below)
Personal Effects Cover (PEC)
Covers property that has been stolen from a vehicle.
Additional Liability Insurance (ALI)
This is an optional insurance that protects the hirer and other other authorised drivers against claims made by third parties for personal injuries, death and property damage caused by the use of or the operation of the rental car.


The top 20 tourist destinations around the world for British nationals are as follows; 1. Spain 17m, 2. France 14m, 3. USA 6.5m, 4. Ireland 3.579m, 5. Italy 3.5m, 6. Greece 3m, 7. Germany 2.372m, 8. Portugal 2.254m, 9. Turkey 1.920m, 10. Cyprus 1.3m, 11. China (including Hong Kong) 1.212m, 12. Egypt 1.202m, 13. UAE 1.1m, 14. Thailand 812k, 15. India 734k, 16. Australia 670k, 17. Canada 650k, 18. South Africa 451k, 19. New Zealand 300k, 20. Pakistan 285k.

The coveted, top 10 most visited countries in the world are; 1. France 75.5m, 2. United States 50.9m, 3. Spain 48.2m, 4. Italy 41.2m, 5. China 31.2m, 6. United Kingdom 25.2m, 7. Russia 21.2m, 8. Mexico 20.6m, 9. Canada 20.4m and 10. Germany 19m.

According to SkiHorizon, the top winter ski resorts were Switzerland, France, Austria and Italy. The French preferred, Val Thorens, Les Deux, Avoriaz, Les Arcs 1800, Les Menuires, The village of Les Coches, Saint Sorlin d'Arves, Risoul, Tignes Val Claret and Plagne Bellecote. For the British, it was; Morzine, Les Arcs, Saas Fee, Serre Chevalier, Avoriaz, La Plagne, St. Anton, Megeve, Puy St. Vincent and Alpe D'Huez. Whilst the Dutch opted for Risoul, Val Thorens, La Plagne, Saint Sorlin 'dArves, Menuires, Les Deaux Alpes, Avoriaz, SFL, Arca and Oz.

Although France leads the league table in terms of visitor numbers, the top spot in terms of revenue earned from tourism goes to America (World Tourism Organisation figures for 2010) of $103.5bn. 2. Spain $52.5bn, 3. France 46.3bn, 4. China $45.8bn, 5. Italy 38.8bn, 6. Germany $34.7bn, 7. United Kingdom $30.4bn, 8. Australia $30.1 bn, 9. Hong Kong (China) 23bn and 10. Turkey $20.8bn.

The worlds safest roads based on the estimated number of road traffic deaths per 100,000 of population are; 1. Netherlands(49), 2. Sweden (53), 3. Norway (56), 4. United Kingdom (57), 5. Switzerland (69), 6. Germany (71), 7. Finland (72), 8. Denmark (74) 9. Japan (75) and 10. Iceland (79).

The top selling cars in Europe in 2011 are; 1. VW Golf, 2. Ford Fiesta, 3. W Polo, 4. Opel Corsa, 5. Renault Clio, 6. OFord Focus, 7. Opel Astra, 8. Peugeot 207, 9. Fiat Punt0, 10. Renault Megane, 11. VW Passat, 12. Nissa Qashqai, 13. Fiat Panda, 14. Citroen C3 and 15. Skoda Octavia.


ABB Sweden is providing one of the world’s most punctual airport rail links with a new customized traction transformer and long-term service program to help ensure that its fleet of high-speed award-winning trains continues to operate with almost 100 percent punctuality.

Arlanda Express has an enviable punctuality record. Its fleet of seven four-car electrical multiple units (EMUs) carries around three million passengers a year between Stockholm Central railway station in the Swedish capital and Stockholm Arlanda Airport.

The trains run four to six times an hour in both directions at speeds of up to 200 km/h, completing the 39 km non-stop journey in 20 minutes and with a punctuality rate of up to 99 percent. Not only are the trains punctual, they are also award-winners.

A-Train, the company that operates Arlanda Express, recently refurbished the fleet to improve passenger comfort and create what it calls ‘Trains of the future.’ To date, the concept has won two major international awards – the Red Dot Design Award for best product design, and the Global AirRail Award for Project of the Year – both of which were awarded in 2011.

As part of its efforts to maintain its benchmark levels of punctuality and customer comfort, A-Train recently selected ABB to design a fleet refurbishment solution for the Arlanda Express traction transformers – a solution that would improve equipment performance, reduce life cycle costs, and limit the risk of a power outage.

Although ABB did not supply any of the components in the existing traction chain, it has custom-designed a new traction transformer that fits perfectly with the original 13 year-old converters and motor and retains the existing interfaces with all the traction components and car body.

Second, the new traction transformer retains the same weight and footprint as the original transformer while providing a huge 20 percent boost in reserve power to accommodate any future improvements to the train that require additional energy.

And third, ABB has tailored a full service contract to meet the customer’s precise needs and ensure that the new traction transformers perform as specified and at the lowest possible life cycle cost. The contract includes onsite supervision of transformer installation, onsite customer training, and advanced diagnostics – all backed up by a long ABB warranty.

Refurbishing a fleet’s traction transformers or converters – while leaving all the other components and interfaces in the traction chain unchanged – is an ABB service differentiator.

ABB will complete the delivery of the first three traction transformers for Arlanda Express in 2013. A-Train has an option to order five additional transformers for delivery in 2013 and 2014. Each Arlanda Express EMU is equipped with one traction transformer; the eighth unit will function as a spare.

For car hire at Stockholm Arlanda Airport, Car Hire Assistant will compare local, national and international car rental companies including Avis, Hertz, Budget, Alamo, Sixt and Enterprise.

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DB Arriva will provide new regional transport services in the Swedish capital of Stockholm. The regional transport project entitled E20 involves planning and operating an integrated and complex system of bus and rail traffic. The largest multi-modal transport contract in the history of Sweden was awarded to the DB subsidiary Arriva by the client body Storstockholms Lokaltrafik (SL) in November 2011 following an international invitation for tenders.

“The launch of the first operations phase is a milestone in our international regional transport activities,” commented Ulrich Homburg, Head of Passenger Transport at Deutsche Bahn. “DB Arriva will operate a highly integrated travel system which ensures that the different transport modes are ideally coordinated, making public transport an even more attractive alternative for passengers. In doing so, we profit from our comprehensive national and international activities and can put our decades of experience in the different European markets to good use.”

The E20 contract will be implemented in two stages: as from today, DB Arriva will initially be responsible for various tram and light rail lines and will also operate 250 buses. The second phase will begin in January 2013, when more than 2000 Arriva employees will operate around 480 buses and more than 180 trams and light trains, carrying approx. 94 million passengers a year.

DB Arriva is also investing in vehicles which satisfy the latest environmental and comfort standards. Amongst other things, it has ordered 77 new Citea XLE low-floor coaches from the Dutch manufacturer VDL. Arriva Sweden will take over a further 85 vehicles from its Arriva colleagues in the Netherlands. The buses will undergo a sophisticated modernisation programme to bring them up to most modern standards. Arriva bus drivers have also been given the chance to contribute their experience, which will be taken account in the design of the driver’s cabs.DB Arriva which is responsible for Deutsche Bahn’s regional passenger transport services outside Germany , has already been active in the Swedish bus market since 1999 and has provided rail services in Sweden since 2007.

Car Hire Stockholm, Sweden. Price Comparison Site, Car Hire Assistant compares prices on car rental in Sweden, including all major seaports, railway stations, airports and cities. The booking search engine used on the Car Hire Assistant website can interrogate up to 550 suppliers based in 175 countries.  

In addition, Car Hire Assistant can provide insurance against the car rental excess imposed by car hire operators, as well as Hotel and Airport Transfers in Sweden, as well as Tours and Attractions in Sweden.

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East Vattern Scarp landscape, Sweden, is Sweden’s second largest cold water lake, and the fifth largest lake in Europe,  with a total surface of 105,520 ha.  Almost 40,000 people live in the area.  The majority of the biosphere reserve is dominated by agriculture and forestry lands, with villages and settlements consisting of small farms and individual homes.  There are also several large scale farms and manors, as well as three urban areas. The core areas consist of existing nature reserves, protected forest habitat and shorelines. Adaptation to climate change and its mitigation is one key objective of this biosphere reserve, with many research and activities underway.

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Europcar, a leading car rental firm in Europe, has recognised its best performing franchisees at ITB in Berlin.

Franchisees were nominated within five categories:  “Best Performer”, “Technical Solutions”, “Customer Satisfaction”, “Commercial Vehicles” and “Best Newcomer”. This is the first time Europcar has rewarded its international franchisees’ network with dedicated trophies”.

2013 winners were:

Best Performer : Europcar Zambia:  Grant GATCHELL, General Director Customer Satisfaction: Europcar Switzerland: Carlos SARDINHA, General Manager Technical Solutions: Europcar Oman: Nitin SAPRE, General Manager Best Newcomer: Europcar Chile: Cristian PEREZ MOORE, General Manager Commercial Vehicles: Europcar Denmark: Poul TVEDE, General Manager

“We are very proud to reward our best franchisees for the first time. It is essential for Europcar that its franchisees’ network gets further integrated and recognised within our group. We have created our new Awards to highlight the best performances and share the best practices. Our franchisees give the Europcar brand a worldwide presence and high visibility, but also a great diversity to...


Car Hire Assistant, the car rental price comparison site has changed the website address for its Car Hire Excess insurance. With immediate effect, the new address will be: www.carhireassistant.travelexcess.com.

A spokesman for Car Hire Assistant apologised for the inconvenience, but assured users that the excellent offers previously available for these independent car hire excess insurance policies shall remain.

Car Hire Assistant providers hirers with the opportunity to take out an independent ‘pay and claim’ insurance police to cover the insurance excess imposed by car rental firms. Taking out an independent policy can save hirers a small fortune, when compared to the ‘daily’ charges imposed by most rental companies.


Heathrow passengers are the first in the world to use an revolutionary technology as component of the airport’s drive to further enhance the passenger experience. Terminal 1 passengers are being asked to participate in a 2 month ‘self-boarding’ trial in collaboration with South African Airways, which makes use of biometric data to help them board their flights quicker and more efficiently.

Once passengers arrive at the ‘self-boarding’ gate, they pass through an automatic electronic barrier which takes an infrared scan of their face. This data is verified against the biometric data that was taken at the check-in stage. When the 2 sets of data scans are successfully met, the barrier opens and the passenger can pass through and board their flight. The technology means that a passenger’s identification only needs to be checked by airline staff once during the whole departure process, minimising the amount of time it takes for passengers...


Dubai International has broken another monthly record by receiving, for the first time, more than 5.5 million passengers in a single month. According to the traffic report issued by Dubai Airports, passenger traffic rose by 14.6 per cent to 5,559,760 in January 2013, up from 4,852,139 for the same period in 2012.

It is also acknowledged that most markets improved in January through a combination of holiday traffic and visitors to the ever popular Dubai Shopping Festival. In addition, flight links continue to be widened between Dubai and Saudi Arabia with Emirates, flydubai, Nasair and Saudi Arabian Airlines all adding new flights in 2012.

For example in the course of the year Emirates added new flights to Jeddah, Dammam and Riyadh while flydubai expanded its network to include Jeddah, Dammam, Riyadh, Taif, Yanbu and Tabuk. Saudi Arabian Airlines, also introduced flights from Medina and Riyadh to Dubai and low-cost airline Nasair introduced links...


South African Airways Extreme Fares campaign has seen exceptional 2013 figures for the airline in the UK, with income up 70 per cent year-on-year across some channels. The unprecedented improvement in January bookings comes after the recent launch of South African Airways’ focused winter adventure travel marketing campaign.

This witnessed the airline partner with adventurer Charley Boorman for his 4 part TV series Charley Boorman’s South African Adventure, which was broadcast on Channel 5 and exhibited South Africa’s ultimate experiences throughout January. The country was also in the limelight last month on the BBC as a consequence of David Attenborough’s ‘Africa’ show. Both shows generated interest which SAA were able to expolit.

Jon Danks head of UK&I marketing & communications, SAA said: “The integrated campaign ran across key digital, print, and social media channels, anchored to the range of adventures showcased in both shows.

“Our tie up with Charley and Channel 5 presented...


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