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Basic information

  • Area: 450 km² (173.7 sq mi)
  • Calling Code: +46
  • Currency: Swedish krona (SEK)
  • Population (EST): 507,330
  • Official language: Swedish
  • Time Zone: CET (UTC+1)

Gothenburg – Getting Around

Airport Bus

There are two airports in Gothenburg, Landvetter and the smaller Gothenburg City Airport. The bus company Flygbussarna provides a return service from both airports into the city centre. The buses run regularly in both directions and provide a cheap convenient route into the heart of Gothenburg.

Airport Bus


Travelling by bike is a great way to see the city and can be done at your own pace. Gothenburg’s safe cycle paths will take you through the city and its scenic surroundings. Bike hire is easy and affordable from Cykelkungen. It is also possible to hire bikes on Brännö, one of the beautiful islands in the Southern Archipelago.

Göteborg Pass

Valid for either 24 or 48 hours from first use this pass provides a wealth of discounts and free entry to various attractions. It also includes free public transport on the city’s buses, trams, trains and boats. It must be booked a minimum of 14 days prior to arrival in the city and can be delivered to your home address or purchased form several outlets around Gothenburg.

Island Ferries

Several outlying islands can be reached by ferry from Gothenburg. There are three ferry lines running from Saltholmen to the islands in Södra skärgården. It is great way to explore the islands and the service runs regularly on a daily basis. Tram tickets bought to Saltholmen can be used on the ferries so there is no extra cost.


There are several taxi companies in Gothenburg, Taxi Göteborg being the most widely available. They can be pre-booked or found at a taxi rank at the Central Station. Taxis in Gothenburg are not the cheapest form of transport and it is advisable to be aware of illegal cab operators who charge far more money and are often dangerous.



If you have not purchased a Göteborg Pass but still wish to use public transport, tickets must be purchased from a recognised vendor, it is not possible to buy tickets from the driver. Västtrafik run the public transport facilities in the city and they offer a number of different ticket types from single tickets to day tickets and pre-paid cards. For information and to purchase tickets, head to any Pressbyrån newsagent or 7-Eleven or any other store displaying the Västtrafik sign. It is also possible to by tickets by SMS providing a Swedish mobile phone operator is used.


There is a comprehensive tram network in Gothenburg covering most of the city. There are 12 tram lines running every 10 minutes daily. Although trams run at night the service is less frequent and it is advisable to check the timetables.