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Introduction

Gothenburg is a city in the southwest of Sweden. With around 500,000 inhabitants, it is the second largest city in the country. The total metropolitan area has over 900,000 inhabitants.

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Weather

Gothenburg has moderately warm summers, between 19 °C and 21 °C from June to September, but 32 °C degrees is the record. Nights are around 13 °C or 14 °C. Winters last from December to March with temperatures around zero during the day, -3 °C at night and an absolute low of -26 °C . Precipitation is evenly distributed throughout the year, but with some more rain in summer and quite some snow in winter.

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Avg Max1 °C1 °C5 °C10 °C16 °C20 °C21 °C21 °C16 °C12 °C6 °C3 °C
Avg Min-3 °C-4 °C-1 °C2 °C7 °C11 °C13 °C12 °C9 °C6 °C2 °C-2 °C
Rainfall61 mm40 mm49 mm41 mm49 mm59 mm68 mm75 mm80 mm83 mm82 mm72 mm
Rain Days171314121212131415161716

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Getting There

By Plane

Gothenburg-Landvetter Airport (GOT) is the main gateway to the city of Gothenburg. It is the second largest airport in Sweden, after Stockholm-Arlanda Airport.

To/from the airport:

  • Bus: Flygbussarna takes passengers to the city of Gothenburg in 20 minutes, and in 30 minutes to Gothenburg Central station.
  • Car: The road distance to Gothenburg is 25 kilometres. There are 7,300 parking spaces at the airport. Taxis are widely available as well.

By Train

There are regular trains to cities in Sweden as well as direct services to Copenhagen in Denmark and Oslo in Norway.

By Bus

Eurolines, Säfflebusen and Swebus Express all have connections to Gothenburg from cities like Stockholm, Copenhagen and Oslo.

By Boat

There are quite a few destinations that are served to and from Goteborg by ferry.
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Iceland
The Icelandic cargo ship Eimskip has two vessels, the Dettifoss and Goðafoss which travel the route Rotterdam-Hamburg-Göteborg-Århus-Fredrikstad-Tórshavn-Reykjavík. It takes 8 days in total and the return trip goes via eastern Iceland and Tórshavn only. The vessel can take a maximum of 3 passengers but only between mid-April and mid-October.

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Sleep

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PropertyAddressTypePopularity
Arena Hotel GothenburgBaldersgatan 4Hotel85
Apple Hotel & KonferensTorpalvallsgatan 6HOTEL86
Dalagärde VandrarhemBox 4092 HisingsbackaHostel-
Eklanda Bed and BreakfastEklandagatan Nr 3 E. LarssonGuesthouse86
Eklanda Private roomsKärralundsgatan nr 51GUESTHOUSE-
EGHMSkånegatan 15 AApartment86
Hotel AllénParkgatan 10Hotel86
Kville HotelKvilletorget 24Hotel82
Slottsskogens Youth HostelVegagatan 21Hostel82
St.Jörgens HotellGa.Lillhagsvägen 127Hotel-
STF Vandrarhem StigbergslidenStigbergsliden 10Hostel85
Comfort Hotel City CenterStora Badhusgatan 28Hotel89
GerdurSödra Larmgatan 18Apartment-
Backpackers GöteborgVegagatan 19 (Check in at Vegagatan 21)Hostel85
Göteborgs VandrarhemMölndalsvägen 23Hostel83
Hotel VasaViktoriagatan 6 411 21 Göteborg SwedenHotel88
Kvibergs Hostel and CabinsLilla Regementsvagen 35HOSTEL85
Le Mat B&B Gothenburg CityKristinelundsgatan 13GUESTHOUSE-
Fegen/ Backa LogeÖvre Backa 1 512 61 KalvGuesthouse-
Linne HostelVegagatan 22HOSTEL-
GotalvSörgårdsgatan 13GUESTHOUSE-
Göteborgs Mini-HotelTredje Långgatan 31Hotel92
Hotel & Vandrarhem 10Göteborgsvägen 64 SävedalenHOSTEL-
Partille Vandrarhem B&BLandvettervgen AsteboHOSTEL80
Annelie ZandersKristinelundsgatan 3APARTMENT-

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Keep Connected

Internet

Internet is widely stretched out in a very modern way and you can find 3G network (and soon 4G as well) almost everywhere, though in the higher northern parts and in the mountains it is of course harder or impossible.

The number of WiFi access points are growing and fast food chains, libraries, hotels, cafés and malls and others may offer free wireless internet access. Fixed terminals where you can pay for internet access exist as well, although many libraries can provide the same service for free. Some buses for longer distances have free wifi and most of the trains do have it as well but at cost sometimes.

Almost every household does have internet and it is fast and modern. You barely see any internet cafés because of the influence by high-tech phones with internet access and the cheaper and more comfortable internet at home, but there are some places like Pressbyrån that offers computers with internet access (not free).

Phone

See also: International Telephone Calls

The general emergency number is 112. Sweden's international calling code number is +46. Payphones are available (however extremely rare), with older models only accepting cards (special smartchip phone cards as well as credit cards), and newer models that accept coins. Collect calls are possible by dialing 2# on a pay phone.

Sweden has excellent wireless GSM and 3G/UMTS coverage, even in rural areas except in the central and northern interior parts of the country. The major networks are Telia, Tele2/Comviq, Telenor and 3 (Tre). Swedish GSM operates on the European 900/1800 MHz frequencies. You can choose to buy a local SIM card or bring your own cellphone. Be careful for roaming costs though and try to use wifi only.

Prepaid USB 3G modems can be bought in many shops. They are a good alternative to WiFi in Sweden. They cost around 100 SEK/week and 300 SEK/month to use. Data limits are high (typically 20 GB/month). The prepaid 3G data package of the provider 3 bought in Sweden can be used in Denmark without incurring any roaming charge. It is, however, not possible to buy refill vouchers for this products in Danish stores.

Post

Posten AB is the Swedish postal service, with fast and reliable services. They have a wide range of services including a track and trace system and different options regarding the sending of postcards, letters and parcels. There are both express and economy services and if you are not in a hurry the latter option is fine enough.

The postal service was abandoned at the public post offices in 2001. The public today deals with its postal business at Postal Service Points. Mail and parcels can now be picked up at a number of places, including gas stations, supermarkets and kiosks. Look for the blue and yellow sign above or by the entrance of outlets providing this service. You can also buy stamps and there are quite a few more services in these places, many of which stay open late in the evening and on weekends. Yellow post boxes are for national and international letters and blue for regional letters. Postal Service Centres are maintained for business clients and Svensk Kassaservice, a chain which deals with simple financial transactions but offers no postal services. There are also traditional post offices offering the full range of services. They are usually open between 9:30am and 6:00pm and may have extended opening hours once or twice a week.

One of their competitors is Bring Citymail AB, formerly privatised but now nationalised by Norway. Otherwise, for sending parcels internationally, try and use international companies lik TNT, DHL, UPS or FedEx.

Quick Facts

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Coordinates
  • Latitude: 57.696981
  • Longitude: 11.9863834

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