Göteborg Transportation

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    Centralstationen - the central station

    by Henrik_rrb Updated Mar 5, 2007

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    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.

    Centralstationen, and Drottningtorget ahead of it.
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    Lisebergslinjen - the old tram

    by Henrik_rrb Written Mar 6, 2007

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    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.

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    Take the train to Gothenburg

    by Henrik_rrb Written Oct 24, 2006

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    Gothenburg central station is one of the most visited places in the city, and was rebuilt in 2005-2006. It's the second biggest train station in Sweden, after Stockholm, and from here goes trains to and from all the country.

    In general it's expensive to travel with trains in Sweden, and the state company, SJ, always gets a lot of complaints for this, and for their useless ticket systems...

    I wouldn't say they are all useless though, as I've used trains on many occaisons, without any problem.

    The trains is modern and nice, specially the X2000. With that it takes three hours and three minutes to Stockholm, while it will take 4,5, or even up to six hours, if you chose the cheaper Intercity train.

    The most important end destinations from Gothenburg I would say is Copenhagen, Oslo and Stockholm. But from here you can also take the local trains to nearby Kungsbacka, Stenungsund, Kungälv, Trollhättan and so on.

    It's also from here most local busses takes off from. At the station you'll take the bus to nearby cities, and from nearby Drottningtorget or Brunnsparken you'll take the local ones.

    Outside the station you'll also find the busses that leaves for Oslo and Copenhagen.

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    Take the ferry to Gothenburg

    by Henrik_rrb Updated Oct 24, 2006

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    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...?

    The ferry to Denmark, plus The ferry passing by outside my window. Another ferry shot
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    How to find Rambergsvallen

    by Calcio Written Dec 8, 2004

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    For Rambergsvallen: I have to check this up, since the city keeps changing this all the time… For sure, anyway, is that there is a tram that goes close from the trainstation, directly to Rambergsvallen. Which number it is right now I’m less sure about though… Last time I checked it was number 5 (red one), but that could have changed lately… Coming back with the right info.
    By car just follow the highway against “Oslo”, and right before the big tunnel under the river you put yourself in the middle of left file of the road. After the tunnel you just follow the highway to the left.
    Then you go for “Hjalmar Branting-platsen” or “Wieselgrensplatsen”, and after 5-10 minutes you’ll see a sign for “Rambergsvallen” to your left. Then just turn left, follow the road, and after 300 meters, when you have passed the stadium to your right, you turn right to. There you’ll find a lot of parking-places. The last one is for free.

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    How to find Ruddalen

    by Calcio Written Dec 8, 2004

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    For Ruddalen: Oh dear… There is a tram from the trainstation, but as I wrote about Rambergsvallen they keep changing the numbers all the time… Should be 3, 6 or 7 though. Get off at “Musikvägen”, and then just follow your nose up to the top. After 5-600 meters you’ll see Ruddalen in front of you.
    By car it’s… well, not so easy. If you come from south on the highway – get off at “Mölndalsmotet”, and then just follow the road until you see a sign with “Frölunda Torg”. Take off, and then I think you should take to your right when you’re up on the hill. Just follow the road until you see “Ruddalen”, and there you take to the left, follow the ring in the road, and you’ll be at Ruddalen a couple of minutes later.
    From the city I shouldn’t even try to explain… But take “Linnégatan” and then follow “Sahlgrenska” (the hospital). Then I think there is sign for “Frölunda” where you should take off. Go on until you see a sign with “Ruddalen”.

    Easiest way to do this though, is to go there with someone who knows the way… It could be a bit tricky otherwise, which also explains a bit why Frölunda has so few spectators at their games…

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    How to find Scandinavium and Heden

    by Calcio Written Dec 8, 2004

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    Heden: It’s in the center of the center… When you are in front of Gamla Ullevi, take the road to your left. At the first stop, take left, and you’ve Heden to your right.
    If you stand on Avenyn, just take left when you have passed the pub-area and goes against the end of the street.
    During Gothia Cup you can just follow all the people who’s going there. Heden is two football grounds, without any stands, in the middle of town. Here you will be able to see football 10 hours every day, in all kinds of division and levels. It’s also here the best games during the Gothia Cup is played every summer.

    Scandinavium (icehockey-stadium): When you stand in between new and old Ullevi, take right on “Skånegatan”, and then just follow the road. After 8-1000 meters you’ll have Scandinavium on your left.

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    River boat

    by Sjalen Written Jun 27, 2005

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    Älvsnabben (the "River Speedo") are a set of these boats which belong to the public transport system so you can use any tram/bus tickets. You catch them at Lilla Bommen and Järntorget in the city centre and they also take you to pretty places like Klippan and Slottsberget. Great too if you just want to go around on the river with a dayticket. You can also bring your bike!

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    Sightseeing cruises

    by Sjalen Updated Jun 15, 2006

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    For sightseeing tours to the archipelago, including evening cruises with prawn buffets and/or trips to Vinga lighthouse and Älvsborg fortress, your best bet is Börjessons boats at the Lilla Bommen quay. Come early in good weather to avoid missing out...most boats have a small café on board (apart from the evening restaurant ones which are more stylish). Summertime, you can also go for a trip to for instance lovely Marstrand with the famous old steam ship s/s Bohuslän. Going on one of the evening cruises could give you great sunset pictures in good weather. See links below for timetables.

    s/s Bohusl��n
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    Trams

    by Sjalen Updated Oct 15, 2006

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    Göteborg is one of two tram cities in Sweden (the other being Norrköping) and the locals are proud of them. There are twelve lines (for some reason numbered up to 14) taking you to most places you want to go and where they don't, they are supplemented by a bus network. You use the same tickets as for all other public transport which means daily or monthly cards or a discount card which can be bought in the Västtrafik travel centres (Central station, Drottningtorget and many other places) as well as the Pressbyrån kiosks. See the site below to see what suits your visit. If you click on the second picture, you will see why the city has no underground system. See how that house sits in the clay? :)))

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    Tram Map

    by Todd64 Written Feb 12, 2003

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    Attached is a map of the tram system. The quality is not the best but it gives you a good idea, so for a better map, go to the listed website, click on "Resa" then click on "Resa inom Göteborg", where the clickable version will appear. I'd give you the directions in English, but you want to learn a bit of Swedish, right? Of course you do. :o)

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    Nils Ericson-terminalen

    by Henrik_rrb Updated Jul 21, 2012

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    The next way to come to Gothenburg is by bus. Located right behind the train station is "Nils Ericson-terminalen". It was built as late as 1996, and is still seen as a very modern building. From here arrives and departs buses to the whole area (although not the local buses that goes inside the city center), and about 100 meters away you'll also find the long distance buses that takes their passengers to Stockholm, Oslo, Copenhagen and further down in Europe.

    There are in total 29 bus stops in the building, so make sure you know from which number your bus will take off from.
    It's also from here you'll take the airport shuttle when you're going to Landvetter Airport. Although there also are stops at other parts of the city for that one.

    From Nils Ericson Terminalen there are about 1000 buses leaving every day.

    In the Terminal you'll find quite many shops, small supermarkets and souvenir shops. Here is also "Tidpunkten" located, small office where you can get any information you need about the bus traffic.

    The terminal is named after Nils Ericson, who was the one who projected "Västra Stambanan", the stretch that goes from Gothenburg to Stockholm. In 1862, when the track was built for the first time, the trip took 14 hours. Compare that with today's 3 hours...

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    Drottningtorget

    by Henrik_rrb Written Mar 6, 2007

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    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.

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    City Airport

    by CliffClaven Written Dec 10, 2007

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    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.

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    Different ways to reach Gothenburg

    by Henrik_rrb Updated Mar 6, 2007

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    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.

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