The Southern archipelago
The car free islands in the south archipelago are easily reached with the boats from Saltholmen boat terminal. Tram 11 from central Gothenburg (or tram 9 during summer) takes you to the terminal in about 35 minutes. During peak season the trams depart approximately every 7-8 minutes and the bus 114 Ö-Snabben is also available during peak season.
All the islands in the south archipelago are car free and during peak season the parking lot at Saltholmen boat terminal gets a bit crowded. The recommendation is to park your car at the Långedrag tram stop parking lot (1.3 km from Saltholmen) and then hop on the tram to the Saltholmen boat terminal.
Styrsöbolaget manage all boat traffic to the southern islands and they are available all year round. Generally the boats depart once every hour to the bigger islands Asperö, Brännö, Köpstadsö, Styrsö, Donsö, Vrångö. During peak season the boats departure a bit more often and there are also boats to the smaller islands Knarrholmen and Stora Fotö.
The tickets used on trams and buses are also valid on all boats managed by Strysöbolaget.
Visit the public transport company Västtrafiks' homepage for more information on depatrure times.
Read more about travelling fees and tickets here.
If you own a valid Göteborg City Card, your trip is free of charge,
Take a ferry to the southern archipelago straight from the city
When: Every day between June 19th – August 20th, 2016
Where: From Stenpiren to the island in the Gothenburg southern archipelago
Starting June 19th, you can take a ferry out to the southern archipelago straight from the city centre. Instead of taking the tram to Saltholmen to catch the ferry when you feel like a day trip to one of the islands in the southern archipelago, you can now enjoy the trip all the way from the city on top deck of the ferry. The trip from Stenpiren to Vrångö, which is the most southern island on the route, will take one hour and 35 minutes and is a perfect way to enjoy and experience the surroundings of Gothenburg.
The ferrie Vesta hold approximately 450 travellers and depart from Stenpiren every weekday at 10.50. It will make stops at Saltholmen, Styrsö, Donsö and Vrångö and return to the city from Vrångö at 15.35 Mondy-Friday by ferry Ylva. The departure time from Vrångö on Saturdays is at 16.35 by ferry Silvertärnan and on Sundays 16.05 by ferry Vesta. Please be sure to double-check the times at Västtrafik's homepage.
Swedish ’fika’ on the ferry
The ferries Silvertärnan, Vesta and Ylva from the Saltholmen terminal have cafés on board. So why not grab a Swedish ‘fika’ on the way out to the southern archipelago.
The Silvertärnan, Vesta and Ylva ferries traffic the routes 281 (Saltholmen-Vrångö), 282 (Saltholmen-Brännö Husvik) and 283 (Saltholmen-Brännö Rödsten). The on board cafés serve hot and cold beverages, sandwiches, buns and cookies as well as ice cream and candy. They’re open 7 days a week from early morning to late afternoon/evening and accept cash, and cards.
The northern archipelago
The ten populated northern islands are accessible by car, bus and bike on highway 155 towards Hisingen/Öckerö and the Lilla Varholmen ferry terminal. Both bus Röd Express (Red Express) from the central station and bus 24 from Hjalmar Brantingsplatsen stops at the ferry terminal. You can also get directly to Hönö island by bus 290 or 291 from the Nils Ericsson terminal, both buses make several stops on the islands. You can also use the Flexlinjen bus to get around the islands as well as bus 294 on the island Björkö. From the Lilla Varholmen ferry terminal there are two car ferries, both free of charge.
The ferry from Lilla Varholmen to Hönö (stop: Hönö Pinans Färjeläge) takes 12 minutes and from Hönö you reach the three islands Fotö, Öckerö and Hälsö, which are all connected by bridges. The north islands Rörö, Hyppeln and Källö-Knippla are served by ferry from the northern ferry terminal (Hälsö Burö färjeläge) at tip of Hälso.
The ferry from Lilla Varholmen to Björkö island (stop: Grönevik färjeläge) takes 6 minutes. From Björkö island (stop: Framnäs färjeläge) there are passenger ferries to the car free islands Kalvsund and Grötö.
If you want to bicycle, take the bus out and rent a bike. Rentals are available both on Hönö and Björkö. Be sure to reserve your bike in advance.