For up-to-date information about events, road work etcetera that might affect traffic, see Trafikgoteborg.se (or their Facebook page) and Trafiken.nu (both in Swedish). You can also download the traffic app for Android and iPhone.
In Gothenburg, trams, buses and boats are always included in your public transport ticket/card. All tickets and travelling cards can be purchased at any of the public transport operator Västtrafik’s sales outlets, or in the app To Go. The outlets are recognised by their blue flags and façade décor. Most of them are kiosks like Pressbyrån and 7-Eleven, or grocery stores. The Tourist Centre at Kungsportsplatsen sells 1-day and 3-day tickets.
A single ticket is available from 30 SEK and can be purchased at any of the Västtrafik sales outlet or on board most times. If you do want to buy your ticket on board the following applies:
– On the trams: Buy your ticket on board from the ticket machine, only card payment available.
– On the city buses: You can’t buy tickets on board. In other words, please pre-purchase your ticket.
– On the southern archipelago boats (boats from the stop Saltholmen and Stenpiren): Pay in cash or by card to the staff on board.
– On the river boats: Pay the staff on board. They only accept cards, not cash.
Apps and services
Västtrafik To Go
Västtrafik To Go makes it easier than ever to buy tickets right on you smartphone. You can buy both peroid and single tickets. For more information regarding available payment methods, see vasttrafik.se.
Reseplaneraren (Travel Planner)
With the app Reseplaneraren you can easily look up routes, departures and schedules for trams, buses, boats and trains.
Cykelstaden (Bike route planner)
The bike route planner is available in Swedish and English and includes maps, bike rental stations and basic service stations etcetera. The app is mainly icon-based and easy to use.
Below you’ll find a map of the Gothenburg city centre, complete with landmarks and parking garages. Perfect to print and bring with you or download in your phone. If you’re looking for maps of the public transport system, you can find them at the Västtrafik website here.
Boats and ferries
There’re two routes which takes you across and along the river Göta älv. Boats to the southern car-free islands depart from Saltholmen and Stenpiren, while the car ferry to the northern islands depart from Lilla Varholmen in north-west Gothenburg
– The Älvsnabbare ferry takes you across the river between Stenpiren and Lindholmspiren. It’s free, so you don’t need a ticket.
– The Älvsnabben ferry takes you along the river, from Lilla Bommen to Klippan, via Stenpiren, Lindholmspiren, Slottsberget and Eriksberg. The ferry is included in your regular bus and tram ticket.
– From Saltholmen and Stenpiren there are several boats departing for the south archipelago islands and the regular tram and bus ticket is valid, on all boats.
– From Lilla Varholmen there’re car ferries heading for the northern archipelago islands. These are free, so you don’t need a ticket, even if you bring your car.
You’re allowed to bring a bike on all boats and ferries, both in the archipelago and on the river.
The bike rental system Styr & Ställ makes it easy to rent a bike in Gothenburg.
With the app Voi, you can locate and rent electric scooters in the city. The starting fee is 10 SEK and after that it costs you 3 SEK per minute. When you’ve located a scooter, you scan the QR code to unlock it and then you kickstart it to activate the throttle. Remember to ride in bike lanes or close to the side curb and always wear a helmet.
If you want to get around Gothenburg in a taxi, there are several options available to you. Either call and book your taxi, hail one on the street or grab one from one of the designated taxi stops around the city. Approved taxis always carry yellow number plates. We’ve provided links to a few taxi operators below.
Important: Taxi prices in Sweden are not regulated. That means that prices can vary greatly between operators. It’s your responsibility to check the prices beforehand. You can do so by checking the yellow and white label on the backdoor window of the taxi car. The unit price is usually between 290 kr and 390 kr.
Car and parking
Electric vehicle charging
Electric cars are popular in Gothenburg and there are plenty of stations to charge them. Go to one of these maps to find your closest station.
Public stations from Göteborgs Energi.
Charging stations from Eniro map service (click search).
Charging stations registered at uppladdning.nu
If you need to rent a car while in Gothenburg there are several car rental companies to choose from. We’ve listed four located in the city centre below.
- Sixt, Nils Ericsonplatsen 4
- Europcar, Nils Ericsonplatsen 14
- Hertz, Spannmålsgatan 19
- Avis, Södra Vägen 23
- Auto Europe
In Gothenburg, all parking meters at street parkings are labelled with the word TAXA, followed by number 1-7, 22 or the letter A. For more information, please visit Göteborg Stads webpage.
You’ll find several parking garages and other paid parking spots in and around Gothenburg.
No matter if you park your car in a garage, street parking or any other paid parking spot you can always pay using coins, 10, 5 and 1 SEK coins are valid. Some parking meters also accept debit or cred card, but not all.
In 2019, a 16 parking spots reserved for mobile homes and caravans opened on Medicinaregatan. It’s not a camping site, but rather a space for parking the vehicles while visiting the city. Read more here (swedish website).
In Gothenburg there is a system of congestion taxes. The tax applies to vehicles registered in Sweden and outside Sweden.
The congestion charge applies when driving in/out and through Gothenburg on Monday-Friday between 06:00 and 18:29.
In other words you don’t have to pay on Saturdays, weekends, the day before holiday or during July, which is an exemption and also free of charge.
The car-owner is automatically invoiced.