Gothenburg travel guide

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You're Going to Love Gothenburg

Gothenburg is relaxed, friendly and just a little eccentric. With its charming historical center, great design showrooms, engaging museums and easy-going attitude, it's a city that puts a smile on every visitor's face.

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Gothenburg

1. The Vibrant Waterfront Neighborhood

Gothenburg is a proud maritime center and the waterfront is the city's hub. See the Maritime Museum, the historic ships in the Maritiman or board a ferry to the stunning Southern Archipelago.

2. Beautiful Historical Architecture

Gothenburg's Baroque core is stunning, with highlights including the Christinae Church and Kronhuset, but endless delights await those who wander around the center of town.

3. Family Attractions

Families will adore Gothenburg, with attractions like the huge Liseberg amusement park and the Universmuseum, which has a fantastic rainforest zone.

4. It's Heaven for Design Fans

The city is a hub of the Nordic design scene, with wonderful exhibits at the Röhsska Museum and tens of showrooms in areas like Nordstan.

5. There's Always a Festival Going On

Gothenburg loves to party, and guests are always welcome at events like August's Kulturkalaset and May's Hammarkullekarnevalen (Sweden's biggest carnival).

Where to Eat in Gothenburg

Seafood tends to be dominant in Gothenburg and there are some exceptional restaurants to try. The shellfish at riverside eatery Sjömagasinet is superb, as are the shrimp sandwiches at Cuckoo's Nest, while Fiskekrogen serves up a huge range of fish dishes. Expect meals to come to around SEK100-150.

When to visit Gothenburg

Gothenburg in February
Estimated hotel price
$162
1 night at 3-star hotel
Gothenburg in February
Estimated hotel price
$162
1 night at 3-star hotel

July and August bring the best weather conditions as well as city-wide music and food events during Kulturkalaset, although spring is a lovely time to visit as well.

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How to Get to Gothenburg

Plane

Plenty of airlines fly into Landvetter Airport. From there, take the Flygbussarna bus into town (it will cost around SEK95).

Train

Centralstationen has connections to Copenhagen and Stockholm. Both journeys cost around SEK300-500.

Car

If you are driving from Stockholm, take the E4 to Jonkoping, then the A40 to Gothenburg. The E6 runs from Malmo and Copenhagen.

Bus

Eurolines, Säfflebussen, Bus4You and Swebus run services into Gothenburg, with connections to all major domestic cities.

Airports near Gothenburg

Airlines serving Gothenburg

United Airlines
Good (69,488 reviews)
American Airlines
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Lufthansa
Good (28,404 reviews)
KLM
Good (3,806 reviews)
Delta
Good (30,741 reviews)
Air France
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British Airways
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Turkish Airlines
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SWISS
Excellent (9,188 reviews)
Iberia
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Qatar Airways
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Austrian Airlines
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Air Canada
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Brussels Airlines
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Ryanair
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Scandinavian Airlines
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TAP AIR PORTUGAL
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Finnair
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Vueling
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LOT
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Where to stay in Gothenburg

If you want to stay in luxurious surroundings, good options include the gourmet-food-oriented Dorsia Hotel & Restaurant and the Elite Plaza Hotel Göteborg.

Popular neighbourhoods in Gothenburg

Linne - Southwest of the city center, Linne hosts the Skansen Kronan fortress and the excellent Natural History Museum - it's a pleasant, cosmopolitan area.

Haga - Just north of Linne, Haga is a trendy area with great restaurants like Sjobaren and Solrosen, cobbled streets and plenty of independent stores.

Liseberg - Located in the southeast of the city, Liseberg has a famous amusement park and also hosts the Scandinavium, the city's main concert venue.

Most popular hotel in Gothenburg by neighbourhood

Where to stay in popular areas of Gothenburg

Most booked hotels in Gothenburg

Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel, Gothenburg
Excellent (8.5, Excellent reviews)
$207+
Gothia Towers
Excellent (8.4, Excellent reviews)
$208+
Radisson Blu Riverside Hotel Gothenburg
Excellent (8.4, Excellent reviews)
$219+
Clarion Hotel Post
Excellent (8.1, Excellent reviews)
$215+
Quality Hotel 11
Good (7.6, Good reviews)
$172+
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How to Get Around Gothenburg

Public Transportation

Västtrafik runs a network of buses, trams and ferries. You'll need to buy a prepaid card, which comes in 1, 3 or 30 day periods and start at SEK80 for a single day's travel.

Taxi

Typical taxi rates are SEK47 for the meter drop, followed by SEK20 per mile.

Car

Car rental options in Gothenburg include Sunfleet, Avis and Europcar, and rates can be as low as SEK140 per day.

Car hire agencies in Gothenburg

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The Cost of Living in Gothenburg

Shopping Streets

If you want to shop for big brands or designer furniture, check out Nordstan, a massive city center shopping mall. However, it's more fun to shop at the boutiques, toy stores and craft shops in areas like Haga.

Groceries and Other

Supermarkets in town include ICA Supermarket and Lidl. Expect 12 eggs to cost around SEK27.

Cheap meal
$18.00
A pair of jeans
$155.19
Single public transport ticket
$5.04
Cappuccino
$6.22
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