Quick Tips

If this is your first trip to Sweden, you probably have a lot of questions! Hopefully we will be able to give you some quick tips to help jump start the planning for your trip.

By Plane

The closest airport is Göteborg Landvetter Airport. The airport code is GOT. You can get to the city from the airport using the airport shuttle Flygbussarna or a taxi.

By Train

The name of the train station is called Gothenburg central station or Göteborgs Centralstation in Swedish. It is sometimes referred to as Göteborg C.

Transportation

Public transportation is very convenient in Gothenburg. With Västtraffik you can get around Gothenburg via ferry, bus or tram.

Visa Requirements

For Canadians, Americans and Australians, you will only need a valid passport. Please check before travelling about visa requirements.

Language

The official language in Sweden is Swedish but don't worry, almost everyone can speak English. "hej" (pronounced hey) means hello and "tack" means thank you.

Money

Put those Euros away! The Swedish krona (kr or SEK) is used in Sweden. Almost all places accept credit cards and some places don't even take cash.

Weather

Swedish summers are usually cool, although sometimes there can be heatwaves. Make sure you pack for unpredictable weather!

Communication

Phonecards can be bought at convenience stores and include calls, SMS and data. We recommend getting one with Comviq because it is very simple.

Electrical Outlets

Sweden uses the Europlug (Type C and F) for electricity, with two round prongs. Make sure you pack an adapter if you want to use your electronics from home!

Gothenburg

Gothenburg ("Göteborg" in Swedish) is the second largest city in Sweden. It is situated on the west coast and has a population of around 570,000 in the actual city and over 1,000,000 in the larger Gothenburg area.

You'll find lots great resources in the official guide to Gothenburg including things that are good to know, Gothenburg's history and tips on getting to Gothenburg.

Gothenburg is also a great hub to travel to other locations as well. You'll find direct buses and trains to cities like Stockholm, Oslo and Copenhagen.

Where to stay

Here are some hotels that Carl and Joanne looked at and thought would be a good choice and location for your stay. Don't worry if you choose somewhere else, there are lots more great options as well. Feel free to reach out to Carl or Joanne if you want any specific tips.

Name Location Description Price
Spar Hotel Majorna For those on a budget but would still want to stay in a hotel and not a hostel. Fun fact: This hotel is less than a five-minute walk from our apartment! $$
Comfort Hotel Göteborg Stenpiren This is a great location right next to the Göta River and just ten minutes from Avenyn. $$$
Hotel Poseidon Vasaplatsen Right in the center of Gothenburg, a stone's throw from Gothenburg's main street Avenyn, you will find family-run Hotel Poseidon. $$$
Hotel Flora Grönsakstorget An independent boutique hotel in a very convenient location in the city. $$$
Hotel Waterfront Klippan The waterfront is where the sea meets the city, a charming part of Gothenburg that combines the old with the new. $$$-$$$$
Riverton Hotel Stenpiren Hotel Riverton is a contemporary independent design hotel located centrally in Gothenburg by the waterfront. $$$$
Elite Plaza Hotel Göteborg Domkyrkan The hotel is housed in a palatial building dating from 1889 with all the original features carefully preserved. $$$$
Clarion Hotel Post Centralstationen Situated in the heart of the city, this hotel is right by the train station and makes for a great base for exploring the city and getting around. $$$$
Airbnb Varied For those who are used to Airbnb, there are a number of hosts who put their properties for rent. $-$$$$

What to Eat

Every month, Joanne and Carl pick a new restaurant to test out. There are quite a few great restaurants to choose from!

Joanne's Picks Type Description Price
Jinx Food Truck Asian Lunch Proudly advertized as "Bastardized Asian Streetfood". Make sure you check the opening times before you head there. $
Kooperativet Lunch Only open on weekdays, check this place out if you want to eat with the locals working in Lindholmen. $
Blackbird Vegan Vegan comfort food in our Majorna neighbourhood. This place opened my eyes to how great vegan food can be! $$
Steampunk Bar Themed Really interesting atmosphere to eat and drink some fancy concoctions. $$
Tacos and Tequilas Mexican Life is a taco, come join the party! No reservations, drop-ins only. $$

Carl's Picks Type Description Price
Moon Thai Thai Eat thai food in perhaps Gothenburg’s most psychedelic restaurant. Try out their excellent sizzling plates. $$
Bourbon Street Cajun Delicious Cajun-style food in a cozy restaurant in central Gothenburg. $$
Imobo Asian Fusion High quality Asian fusion style food in a small restaurant run by a group of three friends. I really recommend their entrecôte. $$
Texas Longhorn Steakhouse Steakhouse right next to Linnéplatsen. Best steakhouse I have found in Gothenburg (so far)! $$$
TOSO Asian Fusion Really high-quality Asian fusion food in an atmospheric restaurant right by Götaplatsen. Try out their signature 12 dish menu, but make sure you are really hungry! $$$$

What to do

While you are in Gothenburg there are tons of things to check out! There is something for everyone and below are some tips from Joanne and Carl. There are also great tips on what to see and do from the Gothenburg guide.