1. Museums for 60 SEK
The exhibition about the the birth of Gothenburg at the City Museum is one example of the many interesting events in Gothenburg right now. The museum has free entry for students and everyone under 20, and for adults the entry is 60 SEK. The yearly season-ticket is only 120 SEK and includes admission to The Röhsska Museum and the Gothenburg Museum of Art.
The Natural History Museum, the Museum of World Culture and Göteborgs konsthall even have free entry for everyone. The museums also offer free scheduled activities, tours and workshops in connection to the exhibitions.
2. Budget sightseeing on the river
A ferry ride is a great way to see the harbour and new neighbourhoods along the Northern banks of the river, Norra Älvstranden, between the bridges Älvsborgsbron and Göta Älvbron. The public service ferry Älvsnabben is running a frequent service between Lilla Bommen, Eriksberg and Klippan with several stops along the way. The ticket costs 34 SEK (the same as for bus and tram). Some ferries have seats on the rooftop and this is where you enjoy the best view. The ferry Älvsnabbare, between Stenpiren and Lindholmen, runs a free service on weekdays.
3. Explore the local parks and gardens
The parks and gardens of Gothenburg, including Slottsskogen, the Garden Society of Gothenburg (Trädgårdsföreningen) and the Botanical Gardens, have plenty to offer. Families with children will particularly enjoy Slottsskogen with its exciting playground Plikta and free zoo, featuring farm animals, seals, elks and more.
If you’re looking to stay in shape on a budget, the outdoor gyms of Gothenburg may be something for you. There are two of them close to the aforementioned playground Plikta, available to use free of charge.
There’s even more nature to experience if you visit the natural areas in and around Gothenburg. Go snorkelling at Stora Amundön, go for a walk in the beautiful nature reserve Änggårdsbergen or go grilling in Delsjön at the designated grilling spot.
4. Free music and concerts
Many bars and pubs offers live music regularly, often free of charge. Take a look at our guide Live music in Gothenburg. For more free (or very good-value) concerts check out the Academy of Music and Drama (Artisten, Fågelsången 1, close to Götaplatsen).
5. Explore the archipelago
A great budget-friendly day trip goes to the southern part of the Gothenburg archipelago. It is within easy reach by tram and ferry, and you only need one ticket for 28 SEK to go the whole way from the city centre. Once there, you can enjoy the beautiful scenery, picturesque villages and rugged nature. The islands in this part of the archipelago are car-free and suitable for long walks or bike tours – and in summer of course perfect fo beach life. Take your pick from islands like Brännö, Styrsö or Vrångö, and don’t forget to bring a well-filled picnic basket.
The Gothenburg archipelago – unique experiences year-round
The Gothenburg archipelago is amazing and there are so many gems for you to discover. In this guide you’ll find a wide array of activities, restaurants and accommodation on the different islands. Experience nature, make new friends at an island Gin & Tonic bar or go on a fascinating seal safari.
6. The workshop and creative fun at Röda Sten Art Centre
Röda sten Art Centre does not only offer interesting exhibitions, but also a creative activities for children and young people.
7. Free events and festivals
Several annual events in Gothenburg offers free activities, workshops, concerts and entertainment. Take a look at Gothenburg Culture Festival (Göteborgs Kulturkalas) in August, the Science Festival in spring and most things during Kulturnatta in January. More free events can be found in our calendar.