With the day ticket, one can travel on the trams in the city.
It is quite fun to hop off around the canals, take a few photos, and then board anothertram enroute to the central station.
What made my day was a lovely, sweet Swedish ticket inspector who quite cheerfully posed for a photograph!
And the other bonus was a tram bearing my DOB 304 [3rd o(f) April]. Wow!!
A 50 minutes ride from Lilla Bommen is a pleasant thing to do in Gotembugh if you want to see the city from another point of view. All tours are in Swedish (or English or German) and goes to the canals. The visit of the harbour area was particulary interesting.
The easiest way of getting around Gothenburg, apart from walking of course, is to hop on a tram. They will take you anyware you want to go, as long as you want to go to where the tram goes. :-)
There is a large number of different lines, with their own number and color.
It you don't know what tram to take then look at the maps at the tramstops. Or just ask the guy/gal next to you.
Still confused? Look up a "Tidpunkten" office. They handle all questions regarding the trams.
You can pay in cash in special machines inside the trams, but they only take coins and they are expensive if you plan to use the trams alot.
It is cheaper to buy a 100 SEK card if you plan to move around abit. Theese cards also works on busses and the ferrys.
They can be bought at most "Pressbyrån" shops, and they are all over town so you can't miss them.
Ryanair, Europe's leading lowcost airline, made a profit of about half a billion dollars in the last financial year. Heavens knows how they managed it, since old Cliffie regularly flies for almost nothing. His flight from Germany to Sweden cost one cent, from Sweden to Scotland one krone, and from Scotland to Germany one penny. Okay, with taxes and fees the total cost was around 60 euros – but that was for three flights of about 1000 km each.
Gothenburg City Airport is developing fast as it attracts an increasing number of LCCs (lowcost carriers). Ryanair and Wizzair currently offer the most flights. The airport buses from Gothenburg Station are scheduled to coincide with arrivals and departures. Journey time is only 20 minutes, since – perhaps unusually for cheap airlines – the airport used by the LCCs is closer to the city centre than Landvetter, Gothenburg's older international airport served by SAS and other national carriers.
The Alv Snabben ferry travels from Lilla Bommen to Klippen via several stops on both sides of the river. SEK 20 will take you any distance, even to the Klippen and back. The trip takes over an hour and is just as good as any proper harbour tour. If you have coins use the machine indicated to buy your ticket, instructions are available in many languages including English. Using notes a guide will take your money when you enter the boat.
Nils Ericson bus terminal is the main bus center sending coaches to all destinations in Scandanavia. The terminal is named after Nils Ericson, a Swedish inventor and mechanical engineer. It is next to the main Central Rail Station and across from the main shopping mall Nordstan. The bus terminal uses the modern system where buses arrive at gates and the passengers enter the buses directly from the air-conditioned terminal, much like in modern airports. There is plenty of seating and large electronic dispatch boards that inform the gate number of each departure up to an hour in advance. There are many shops selling tourist tack, magazines and several small food stores where a meal can be purchased.
Gotheborg City Airport is 12km/7 miles NW of the city. The main way to get into town is the Flygbussarna bus that leaves 40 minutes after each plane lands, if the plane is delayed the bus waits. Just step out of the main exit and turn right for the bus stop. The ride is 50Kr about £3.50 and lasts about 30 minutes with no traffic. The bus drivers speak English. You will be dropped at the Nils Ericsson bus terminal next to the main railway station near the city center. They only have a couple of check-in desks and I only saw one departure gate. There is a tourist information office there staffed by English speaking guides, also a small restaurant and shop.
Running between the two local airports and the Nils Ericsson Bus Terminal in the center of Goteborg are the Flygbussarna busses. A regular service runs to Landvetter Airport every 30 minutesCost SEK 70 and take 30 minutes. Because of the little amount of flights to Goteborg City Airport at Save, the busses run 45 minutes after each flight lands and leave the bus terminal 2 hours and 20 minutes before each departure: cost SEK 50 and takes 30 minutes. It stops en-route at Hjalmar Brantingsplatsen. Can be paid in pounds and euros. Busses leave Nils Ericsson for Landvetter at Gate 21 and City Airport at Gate 29. All departures are on the electronic dispatch boards at the bus center. Ask any Flygbussarna bus driver for details of bus times as the bus station information center don't know them.
Gothenburg has two airports which makes it possible to reach the city from quite many destinations. SAS, Ryanair, FlyMe, KLM, Allitalia, France Air and many more companies flies to and from the city.
Landvetter is the bigger one of the two, being the second biggest airport in Sweden (although I got unsecure now... Maybe both Bromma and Arlanda in Stockholm are bigger?). From here goes both charter- and normal flights, with the possibility to reach the whole world. Normally with a change in Copenhagen or London though.
The Landvetter airport is situated outside the city, 30 minutes by car or flight bus.
Säve airport, also known as Göteborg city airport, is quite new, at least to most travellers. Ryanair have been flying from here for some years, with destinations like London, Frankfurt, Dublin, Glasgow, Madrid and Barcelona.
This airport is much more central than Landvetter, taking half the time to reach from the city center.
UPDATE MARCH 2007: The fligh company FlyMe Sweden has gone bankrupt, so no more flight with them will go to or from Sweden. There are hopes that another company will buy their planes and routes, but so far nothing is for sure except that they doesn't exist anymore, and all the travellers that had booked a trip with them has lost their money.
If you're looking for a more calm and romantic ride in Gothenburg you should take the old veteran tram.
During the summer and around christmas you can take the tram on "Lisebergslinjen", which is an over 100 year old tram. It's a tourist line, and it will take you from Drottningtorget, to the amusment park Liseberg, and then up to "Sankt Sigfrids plan", and then take the same tour back. You can jump on and off at any of these stations.
Price for a ride is 18 SEK (about 2 euro) for adults, and half that price for children between 9 and 16 years old. Younger than that goes for free in company with an adult.
It's a cute tram, which doesn't look anything at all like the modern trams we have today. The number of it is 12, although you can't miss it even without that number.
There are no windows on it, so be prepared that during christmas it might be a bit cold. But still a very nice ride.
The tram is driven and financialised by a non-profit-association in Gothenburg, Ringlinien, which are specialised on veteran trams and the local trafic. They started in 1981, and today they have about 900 members.
In 2007 the first ride with the old tram will go on the 28th of April.
To become a member it costs 220 SEK for a year. So visit the site if you're into old trams.
From them it's also possible to hire a veteran tram for a day. For a special occasion, birthday party or anything else, they will take you around in Gothenburg on a 100 year old tram.
Drottningtorget is the square right outside the Central station, and is the third of the three "stations" in the city center. From here you'll take one of the local buses, or a tram, which will take you around in the city.
Take note that not all the trams and buses goes via Drottningtorget, so make sure to check if your line does or doesn't.
On all the other trams and buses you can either pay with cash (20 SEK) or have a bus card (100-card) where you'll just stamp 2 coupons (7,25 SEK/coupon)
Drottningtorget has got it's name from Drottningporten (Queen's gate) which in the 1600-1700s was one of the three doors into the city of Gothenburg. The door was eventually taken down in 1821.
On the side of Drottningtorget you'll see the old post house, which are planned to be rebuilt into a very luxury hotel. Latest news about that was that it has been rescheduled again, but from what I've understood there will be an hotel there. Problem is that it's a culture-marked building, so there are things inside and outside of the building that can't be changed.
Right next to Drottningtorget is the river "Fattighusån", which has gotten it's name from a building that was set up for poor people in Gothenburg during the 1700s.
:) After a little research about this house I just realised it's the same house that I spent so many saturday nights with my confirmation friends back in the 1993-94 and 95. You'll find the red house about 1 kilometer from Drottningtorget, right across the street from the football stadium Ullevi.
Another of these houses were built up on the place where you today have the old post house, and where there soon will be the hotel.
In the city center of Gothenburg there are three big stations. And all of them are right next to each other.
For the trains there is the "Centralstationen", the central station. It has 16 tracks, and from here goes both local shuttle trains (Kungsbacka, Trollhättan, Mölndal and more), regional trains (Skövde, Halmstad and so on) and long distance trains (Stockholm, Oslo, Copenhagen).
The station was first built back in 1858, but has since then gone through three huge renovations. The last one just a year ago, when they remodelled the whole inside parts of the station, building more shops and making it a lot fresher.
The real name of the station is "Centralhuset" as Centralstation actually is the name for the whole building, including Nils-Ericson Terminalen and Drottningtorget.
There is a new project being discussed, Västlänken, that would give Gothenburg three new smaller, underground, stations, with a tunnel under the city for the trains to go through.
But since this will be built by money from the government, and the government is sitting in Stockholm, it takes a whole lot more time for the politicians to decide about this than if it had been a tunnel in Stockholm we discussed...
Latest news was that they will start to build it in 2011, and that it would be finished in 2017. That will also include a track from Gothenburg city to the airport Landvetter, from where you nowadays only can go by car or bus.
The Central station is located in the city center, at Burgrevegatan. Right next to it you'll find the shopping center Nordstand, and 5-8 minutes walk away you'll find the football stadium, Trädgårdsföreningen, Kungsportsavenyn, Heden and much more.
The area is very crowded with cars, specially in the afternoons, and the parking place at the station is among the most expensive in the city (25 SEK for an hour or something like that). In other words, try to not take the car there.
There are plenty of taxis and taxi companies in Gothenburg, so normally there is no problem to get a taxi in Gothenburg.
Problem might occur during weekends, when a lot of people are in need of a drive home in the nights.
Around the city center there are different taxi stations from where you can grab a taxi (Central station, Avenyn, Nordstan and more) but with a bit of luck you can also grab a taxi just by waving with your hand.
Some drivers stop if they are free, some aren't.
The taxameter starts at 29 SEK with Taxi Göteborg. 10 SEK with Minitaxi, and from there running fast up. A ten minute ride costs about 200 SEK, also depending on how fast you're going. Not very cheap in other words. Minitaxi in general is about 3-5 SEK cheaper than Taxi Göteborg/kilometer.
Some useful number:
Taxi Göteborg: 031-650 000 (prices: 29 SEK (start) + 10,20 SEK/km (daytime) or 29 SEK + 12 SEK/km (nighttime).
Minitaxi: 031-140 140 (prices: 10 SEK (start) + 7,50 SEK/km or up to 7,80 SEK/km in the evenings).
Also see my "warning/danger"-tip about illegal taxis.
There are two ferry trips going to and from Gothenburg right now.
The most used one should be Gothenburg-Fredrikshamn (Denmark) that goes up to eight times every day. The trip takes from two hours, up to three hours and 15 minutes. This depending on which ferry you take.
If you have problem with seasickness, like me, I would advice to not take the faster one, the catamaran.
Instead the normal ferry should be your boat, and hopefully no problem. :)
The ferries takes off from the harbour, which is very central located in Gothenburg. Just follow the signs from the highway.
Prices are quite low, with one person plus car costs around 100 euro t/r.
If you're more than more, up to five persons, in the car the price goes up a bit, but not over 160 euro.
If you're going without a car the price is much lower. You should find a price from about 35-40 euro depending on which ferry you choose.
With Stenaline it's also possible to go to Kiel (Germany). The trip takes 13,5 hours and there is one trip every day from Gothenburg. Prices from 80 euro, one way. Hard to find the real prices, as they change depending on the season.
Up until the end of October 2006 it has also been possible to go from Gothenburg to both Newcastle (England) and Kristiansand (Norway). But apparently DSFS Seaways has decided to quit going these routes, and instead going from Oslo to Copenhagen, not stopping by at Gothenburg.
Won't even think about what kind of idiot who came up with that idea...?