Gothenburg is the second largest city in Sweden and located on the west coast. It was founded in 1621 by king Gustaf II Adolf, and has a population of about 550,000 in the urban area and close to one million in the metropolitan area. It is home to some of the larger industrial groups in Scandinavia, mainly AB Volvo and SKF AB.
Gothenburg has an oceanic climate according to Köppen climate classification. Despite its high northern latitude, temperatures are quite mild throughout and much warmer than places in similar latitude, or even somewhat further south. During the summer, daylight extends 17 hours, but lasts only around 7 hours in late December.
Gothenburg has two universities, both of which started off as colleges founded by private donations in the 19th century. The University of Gothenburg has approximately 25,000 students and is one of the largest universities in Scandinavia. Chalmers University of Technology, with approximately 11,000 students, educates roughly 40 percent of Sweden’s graduate engineers and architects.
Also look at Lonely planet and their video introduction to Gothenburg (2:20 s into the video). As they state in the video, Gothenburg is by the water so try to also go into the archipelago during your visit.
Come and Go
Arriving by air
Göteborg Landvetter Airport (GOT) Link is located 20 km east of Gothenburg, and is the largest international airport serving the Gothenburg region, and has connections with about 40 scheduled destinations.
You can take the airport coach to the center of the city. This takes approximately 25 minutes. The bus ticket costs 99 SEK and can be purchased on-line at www.flygbussarna.se, inside the airport, in the ticket machine by the bus stop, or on the bus (credit card only).
If you are going directly to the conference venue, you would exit at “Korsvägen” and from there take tram number 6 (towards Länsmansgården), number 8 (towards Frölunda Torg), or number 13 (towards Sahlgrenska). The closest tram stop would be “Medicinaregatan” but you can also exit at “Sahlgrenska Huvudentré”.
A taxi from the airport costs around 500 SEK. Ask for the fixed price, which is usually cheaper than going by the fare meter. Note that Sweden does not regulate taxi prices so they vary (read more below under Taxis).
Arriving by train
Look for train connections to/from Gothenburg at
Also bahn.de lists trains in Sweden.
- There are fast trains between Stockholm and Gothenburg (takes approx 3 hours). This makes it easy to combine your stay in Gothenburg with also a stay in Stockholm. It is advised to book train tickets early, as the price is not fixed but based on the number of seats remaining.
Arriving by boat
There is regular boat traffic to Gothenburg from Denmark and Germany, operated by Stena Line. For information about time schedules and prices visit www.stenaline.se
Arriving by car
- E20 freeway northbound Stockholm/Oslo or southbound Malmö, or road 40 from Borås, or road 45 from Karlstad. Follow the signs towards Sahlgrenska Universitetssjukhuset if you go directly to the conference venue.
Gothenburg has a compact city centre. Almost everything is within walking distance or easy to reach by tram, so you should plan to park your car. As you drive into Gothenburg electronic signs help you find a parking space and show how many spaces are available.
Public transport within Gothenburg
Gothenburg has a compact city center. Almost everything is within walking distance or easy to reach by tram or using the city bike system. The following trams and buses are operating “Medicinaregatan” where the conference venue is located.
- Trams: 6, 7, 8, 13
- Busses: 158, 753
- Also the busses 16, 52 and 25 traffic “Sahlgrenska Huvudentré” which is the closest stop.
Trams have a ticket machine in about the middle, but it is recommended to buy a card before or using their app. Please read more at the public transport pages for Gothenburg.
Sweden does not regulate prices; they may vary greatly, it is the customer’s responsibility to check prices beforehand. Make sure that you check (and understand) the price on the yellow label before accepting a ride, or speak to the driver to agree on an approximate price.
This link contains useful information about taxi in Sweden:
We recommend you to use the major companies to avoid confusion, for example Taxi Göteborg.
Phone: +46 31 650 000
And be aware of less serious companies trying to pass themselves off as something else.