How to get around in Gothenburg: info, costs and advice

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Sweden's second largest city and birthplace of the famous car brand "Volvo", Gothenburg is very reminiscent of Amsterdam to the its many canals and the rolling hills that surround it. Among the main attractions are the Spaceport Liseberg, one of the largest amusement parks in the world, and the Konstmuseet, where you can admire a splendid collection of paintings by Van Gogh and Rubens.

If you are thinking of a weekend or a holiday in these parts, here it is a guide on how to get around in Gothenburg: info, costs and advice!



Index

  1. Useful Tips
  2. How to get from the airport to the center of Gothenburg
  3. How to get around on foot
  4. Con i mezzi pubblici
  5. By car
  6. User questions and comments

Useful Tips

Getting around in Gothenburg is very simple because the city has the Scandinavia's largest tram network, with over 100 km of route. All trams, buses and even ferries are operated by the efficient and punctual Vattrafik company. Also, here you can try the particular experience of the terrestrial and aquatic amphibious bus, and there is also the evergreen hop on hop off tourist bus, ideal if you have little time available and with a rich itinerary, as all the stops are close to the main attractions! For a relaxing ride and a panoramic view of the city you can instead opt for the tourist boat.

Ma Gothenburg is also perfect for walking around! In fact, the city is full of green areas such as parks and gardens, and the streets are very wide and excellent for walking. If you love walking, for a first approach we recommend a guided walking tour to familiarize yourself with the city and identify the main landmarks.

Bicycles are also used a lot thanks to the different cycle paths that allow you to move around safely. You will find several bike rentals, but if you own the Goteborg Pass you can use the bikes of the Cykelkungen for free. This city card allows you to use all public transport for free and have advantages on attractions and museums; you can buy it online or in the Vasttrafik offices.



  • Recommended solutions and means: on foot, by bike, bus, tram, train and boat, hop on hop off tourist bus
  • Solutions and means not recommended: car
  • City cards and season tickets recommended: Goteborg Pass (from 440,00 SEK / € 43,00 -)

How to get from the airport to the center of Gothenburg


The city of Gothenburg is served by two airports. The first is the Landvetter Airport (GOT) 25 km east of the city, served by about 30 airlines, while the second is the Goteborg City Airport (GSE), closer to the city center and the usual stopover of low cost airlines.

Gothenburg City Airport

  • Distance from the center: 18 km / travel time: 25 min
  • By taxi: average cost SEK 290,00 (€ 28,30) / travel time: 25 min
  • By bus: average cost 69,00 SEK (€ 6,70) / Flygbussarna line

Landvetterk Airport

  • Distance from the center: 30 km / travel time: 30 min;
  • By taxi: average cost SEK 450,00 (€ 44,00) / travel time: 30 min
  • By bus: average cost 99,00 SEK (€ 9,60) / Flygbussarna line

How to get around on foot

Gothenburg is the ideal city though you love to walk; this Swedish town, in fact, is full of green areas such as parks and gardens, and the streets are very wide and excellent for walking. Furthermore, "private" cars are not very common, most citizens prefer to move with public transport or bicycles, and the city is full of cycle paths.
If you love walking then, for a first approach we recommend a guided walking tour to familiarize yourself with the city and identify the main landmarks.
In particular, we recommend that you visit the historic center with a guided tour, in particular the area called Haga, characterized by pedestrian streets overlooked by small cafes and shops of various kinds.

For others itineraries on foot and by public transport, download our Smart Guide for visiting Gothenburg for free.



Con i mezzi pubblici

Gothenburg's public transport is all efficient and convenient and getting around with them is really simple. Trams, buses and ferries, managed by the Vasttrafik company, connect the central and peripheral areas, guaranteeing tourists and citizens to reach any area of ​​the city.

In addition to public transport, in Gothenburg you can explore the city far and wide thanks to the tourist bus, which will take you quickly to the main attractions, therefore ideal if you are short on time and for settle in this big city. If instead you want to admire it from a different perspective, you will also find the tourist boat, from which you can get on and off without limits for 24 hours, while enjoying the visit in peace! And finally, for aunique experience of its kind, you can visit the city by land and water amphibious bus, a bus that transforms into a boat!

Tram

Trams are definitely among the most popular means in Gothenburg, as well as being also the ones that allow you to get around the way faster across the city.

The tram line consists of 15 lines (and 131 stops) that connect the center of Gothenburg to the suburbs, passing by the city's train station. As for the frequency of trams, more or less one passes every 10 minutes during the day, while at night one passes every hour. On weekends, however, the night wait is reduced to 30 minutes.



  • Downloadable map: map-tram-goteborg
  • 5:00AM - 23:00PM
  • Ticket / single ride cost: SEK 30,00 (€ 2,90)
  • Cost of ticket booklet / season ticket: day ticket 100,00 SEK (€ 9,80), 3 day ticket 140,00 SEK (€ 13,70), monthly ticket 775,00 SEK (€ 75,80)

Bus

Buses are too very frequent in Gothenburg, but not as efficient as the tram. The stops are few, or at least fewer than those for the tram.

Only buses marked Stombuss allow thepurchase at the automatic ticket machines inside the bus, while for the other lines you must already have a ticket when you get on.

  • Downloadable map: goteborg-bus-map
  • 6:00AM - 00:00PM
  • Ticket / single ride cost: SEK 30,00 (€ 2,90)
  • Cost of ticket booklet / season ticket: day ticket 100,00 SEK (€ 9,80), 3 day ticket 140,00 SEK (€ 13,70), monthly ticket 775,00 SEK (€ 75,80)

Suburban railway line

Gothenburg also has a suburban railway line active since 1960, also managed by the Vasttrafik company and composed of 3 lines for a total of 25 stops.

The terminus is located at the Gothenburg central station. The first line is towards Alingsas, the second towards Kunghsbacka and the third towards Alvangen.

  • Downloadable map: suburban-train-map
  • 5:30AM - 21:00PM
  • Ticket / single ride cost: SEK 30,00 (€ 2,90)
  • Cost of ticket booklet / season ticket: day ticket 100,00 SEK (€ 9,80), 3 day ticket 140,00 SEK (€ 13,70), monthly ticket 775,00 SEK (€ 75,80)

ferry

The Vasttrafik company also operates some boats operating from Kungsportsplatsen with a frequency every 30 min. With this means you can have a very interesting view of the city.

Therefore, the tourist boat is also recommended, from which you can get on and off without limits for 24 hours, while enjoying the visit in peace! And finally, for aunique experience of its kind, you can visit the city by land and water amphibious bus, a bus that transforms into a boat!

  • Downloadable map: ferry-map
  • 8:00AM - 19:00PM
  • Ticket / single ride cost: SEK 30,00 (€ 2,90)
  • Cost of ticket booklet / season ticket: day ticket 100,00 SEK (€ 9,80), 3 day ticket 140,00 SEK (€ 13,70), monthly ticket 775,00 SEK (€ 75,80)

By car

Using a car in Gothenburg is not recommended and not at all necessary. In addition, the Municipality to discourage its use every year increases the costs of parking more and more and there are no days and times where the stops are free. This is because it implements a very green policy, encouraging locals and tourists to use means of transport.

The best way, if you were to drive here, is park it in the hotel where to stay or find a garage for the days of stay and then move by public transport.

ZTL

Slottskogen, Linné and Haga are the three pedestrian areas where it is forbidden to enter cars, so much so that there are not even parking spaces where to leave the car.

Furthermore, the city has an area regulated by paid access, called Congestion taxes, which affects all vehicles, even foreign ones. It is not necessary to stop and pay at the checkpoint: the cameras will take a photo of the vehicle and all the information regarding the payment will be sent. The amount varies according to the time slot in which you access. This zone is active from Monday to Friday 6: 00-18: 30. You can find all the info about it on the official website.

Stops and parking

Due to the presence of pedestrian areas and the access area upon payment of a fee, the best solution is to look for an accommodation with parking service included, leave the car there and move only by public transport. There are also a few locals who use the car.

If you still decide to move by car, we recommend that you download the app Parking Gothenburg or to also consult the official website online, to see where the parking lots, rates and timetables are located. From the app you can also pay for parking, otherwise you can use the parking meters. The costs are high, on average 40,00 SEK / hour (€ 3,90), which also varies by area.


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