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General Information



Airport and Arrival Information

Göteborg Landvetter Airport, western Sweden's international airport, is located about 20 km from Gothenburg.

The Flygbuss airport coach connects the airport with the city centre in about 30 minutes. In the centre, there are bus stops at Korsvägen, Kungsportsplatsen, Nils's Ericson terminal and Park Aveny. At the airport, the buses are located directly outside the check-in hall.

Tickets can be purchased online (www.flygbussarna.se/en/landvetter), at the airport kiosk in the domestic arrival and departure hall (opening hours Monday – Friday 10:00 – 18:00), at the ticket machine at the bus stop or at the exit of the airport, as well as on board with credit/debit cards and resellers.

One-way adult full price - SEK 99 (approx. EUR 12) / Online Purchase saves SEK 10.

Return ticket adult full price - SEK 189 (approx. EUR 22) / Online Purchase saves SEK 12.

There is a taxi station at the airport. Ask for a fixed price. The taxi fare for a ride into the city centre is approx. SEK 400 one-way (around EUR 50).

Banks, Credit Cards and ATMs

Banks are usually open from 08.30 – 16:30 (Monday – Friday) and closed during the weekends. Credit cards are accepted at many locations; however, you may find that small shops, kiosks, restaurants or coffee houses do not accept credit cards. In any case, ATM machines are plentiful and easy to use. Travel cheques can be cashed in most banks and exchange offices.

Churches, Synagogues, Mosques

The Church of Sweden is Lutheran but many other religions are represented in Sweden as well. Churches in major cities usually have services in English once a week. Please contact your hotel concierge for current times of services.

City of Gothenburg

Gothenburg was founded in 1621 by Gustav Adolf II and has since undergone an exciting journey from being a shipping and industrial city to becoming a creative hub for innovation.

In 1731, the Swedish East India Company began trading with the east. In the 19th century, Gothenburg became industrialised, largely due to the arrival of Scottish and English business men. The modern Gothenburg with its wide boulevards, parks and stone buildings was built towards the end of the 19th century. The shipyards grew large in the 20th century, but declined at the end of the 1970s and were transformed into what are now residential areas and offices for people to enjoy the harbour atmosphere. Nowadays Gothenburg is Sweden’s most important industrial and commercial city.

The atmosphere in the city is one of easy-going genuineness. A strong coffee culture reveals itself in the many cafés, which often serve their own roasted coffee. Gothenburg was appointed the Culinary Capital of Sweden 2012 and thus strengthened its reputation as a gastronomic hotspot in Northern Europe.

Climate

Thanks to the Gulf Stream, Gothenburg has a much milder climate than most other regions in the north.

Being in Sweden, and thus nearer to the Arctic Circle than most places, Gothenburg experiences long, cold winters and short, but warm summers.  The city's latitude also insures that during the summer it receives several hours of sunlight per day, up to 20 hours in June, with the opposite taking place in the winter.  Days during the month of December in Gothenburg may see as little as 3-4 hours of sunlight.  The average temperature during the summer months in Gothenburg is in the mid 70's to low 80's, while the winter months average in the 20's.  July through September also sees an increased amount of rainfall over the rest of the year. 

Currency

The monetary unit is the Swedish Krona (SEK). A number of exchange offices are located in central Gothenburg and at the airports. When you are exchanging your currency, you will need your passport or official ID card. If you do not have it with you, the bank may refuse to exchange your currency. Travellers’ cheques are generally accepted as payment throughout Sweden. Change will be given in Swedish Krona. Please note that a nominal fee is charged when using cheques as payment.

Electricity

The electrical current in Sweden is 220 V/50 Hz. Round European-style two-pin plugs are used.

Museums

Art, design, nature and the life at sea are just some of the topics of comprehensive collections and current exhibitions in Gothenburg. The Röhsska Museum for design, fashion and decorative arts houses both antique and modern design. The East India Company house from 1750 is the home of the City Museum of Gothenburg, where one can learn more about the city. The Gothenburg Museum of Art has a leading collection of Nordic art from the 19th century, featuring work from famous artists like Edvard Munch and Carl Larsson.

For prices and opening hours please refer to the hotel reception or any tourist information.

Public Bicycle Sharing System

You can rent a bike through the popular bicycle loan system Styr & Stäl, available at 50 different stations throughout the city centre. Open 7 days a week, 24 hours a day, Styr & Stäl is a self-service bike rental system. All stations are equipped for season tickets and 3-day ticket users. A 3-day ticket costs 10 SEK. The first 30 minutes of use are for free on every bike.

For further information on the Styr & Ställ, please visit http://en.goteborgbikes.se.

Restaurants and Nightlife

Around 45 restaurants collaborate under the name „Taste of Gothenburg“. Among the Taste of Gothenburg restaurants you can find everything from Michelin-starred gourmet to street food, via trendy eateries, classic establishments and family restaurants. The coastal location provides easy access to top quality fish and shellfish and there are no less than five restaurants with Guide Michelin stars: 28+, Fond, Kock & Vin, Thörnströms Kök and Sjömagasinet.

Good restaurant districts include the main boulevard Avenyn (Kungsportsavenyn) and the nearby Södra vägen with its intensive nightlife as well as Magasinsgatan, Kungsgatan and the Linné district with its mix of bars, modern pubs and local restaurants with international cuisine.

Shopping

The city offers a lot of shops with an exciting mixture of modern warehouses and independent shops, pedestrian areas, galleries and arcades - all within a five-minute walking distance. The charming area inside the moat (Vallgraven) has Gothenburg’s largest selection of stores.

Kungsportsavenyn, locally known as Avenyn, is Gothenburg’s main boulevard for shopping and entertainment. Along this boulevard and in the adjacent blocks exclusive fashion boutiques and flagship stores can be found. Sweden’s leading shopping centre, Nordstan, has 180 specialist shops and stores under one roof.

Picturesque Haga is the oldest district in Gothenburg, with lots of small shops selling curiosa, designer and vintage goods.

Most shops are usually open from 10:00 – 18:00 on weekdays and until 16:00 on Saturdays. Most big stores in Gothenburg are open on Sundays as well.

Taxes & Tipping

VAT is always included in the price presented to customers/guests in shops, hotels, restaurants etc. A service charge is automatically included in most Swedish hotel and restaurant bills. Tipping is not mandatory, but a small gratuity (5-10%) is expected for evening meals if good service is received. Porters and cloakroom attendants often charge fixed fees.

Taxis
Taxi companies in Gothenburg have fixed prices but they can vary depending on the day and time. There are several taxi "copycats" that mislead customers into believing they have taken the recommended taxi company, even if this is not the case. Their rates are usually extremely high and often double those of the recommended taxi companies. For this reason, make sure to choose the right taxi company and if possible, have the taxi called by the hotel reception/restaurant counter. It is also recommended that you confirm the taxi fare before setting off. Credit cards are usually accepted.

The major recommended taxi companies are:
Taxi Göteborg (+46 31-65 00 00)
Taxi Kurir (+46 31-27 27 27)
Mini Taxi (+46 31-14 01 40)
VIP Taxi (+46 31-27 16 11)
Taxi 020 (+46 20-20 20 20)

You can either call or book online.

Time Zone

Gothenburg is located in the Central European Time Zone (CET), i.e. one hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+1 hour).

Visas

All visitors entering Gothenburg must possess valid passports. For citizens from the European Union Member countries a valid identity card is sufficient.
PLEASE CHECK THE CURRENT VISA REQUIREMENTS WITH YOUR LOCAL SWEDISH CONSULATE/EMBASSY BEFORE YOUR DEPARTURE TO GOTHENBURG!

 
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