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Travel to Gothenburg

Gothenburg is situated on the west coast of Sweden, well connected to both national and international airports and railway networks; there are also several ferry connections.


For details on flights, trains and ferries please visit the following useful links:

Additional information is available from the Travel Section of the official visitors guide to the city of Gothenburg.

By Air

Gothenburg has two main airports: Landvetter Airport (GOT), served by all major European airlines, and Gothenburg City Airport (GSE), mainly served by low fare airlines. Landvetter Airport (GOT) is located 26km east of Gothenburg.  Both airports are located approximately 20 minutes from the city centre

Combined the airports are served by around 50 airlines with many daily direct flights from most major European cities. International flights generally connect at major hubs such as Paris, London, Amsterdam, Frankfurt or Copenhagen for flights to Gothenburg.

The Airport Bus leaves regularly from each airport and takes approximately 20 minutes to the city centre. The Airport Bus stops just outside the Conference Center at "Korsvägen". Price per person: SEK 80 (Û7) one way and SEK 150 (Û13) for return ticket.

Preferred Airline

Star Alliance Network

Get up to 20% discount with the Star Alliance network

The Star Alliance member airlines are pleased to be appointed as the Official Airline Network for the IFLA World Library and Information Congress 2010.

Simply call the reservation office of any participating Star Alliance member airline and quote the convention code SK18S10. Registered participants plus one accompanying person traveling to the event are automatically granted a discount of up to 20%, depending on the class of travel.

Participating airlines for this event are:

 ANA  bmi  Scandinavian Airlines
 Adria Airways  Continental Airlines  South African Airways
 Air Canada  Croatia Airlines  Spanair, TAP Portugal
 Air China  EgyptAir  THAI
 Asiana Airlines  LOT Polish Airlines  Turkish Airlines
 Austrian Airlines  Lufthansa  US Airways
 Blue1  SWISS International Air Lines  United

Discounts are offered on published business and economy class fares, excluding website/internet fares, senior and youth fares, group fares and Round the World fares.

Please note: For travel from Japan and New Zealand, special fares or discounts are offered by the participating airlines on their own network.

Airport Coaches

Flygbussarna Airport Coaches leave from Gothenburg Landvetter Airport to the city centre every 20 minutes and it takes approximately 20 minutes to the first stop (Korsvägen), which is in front of the Swedish Exhibition and Congress Centre. Price per person: SEK 80 (Û7) one way and SEK 150 (Û13) for return ticket (can be purchased online). Credit cards are accepted on board.

Taxis usually have a fixed rate, approximately SEK 350-400 (Û32- 38) to/from the airports and the city centre. Recommended taxis are: Taxi Gothenburg, VIP Taxi or Taxi Kurir. Ask for fixed price. The journey takes 20 - 30 minutes.

Car rental services are Avis, Budget, Hertz and Europcar.

Gothenburg City Airport (GSE) is located approximately 15 km north from the centre.

The timetable of the airport coaches correspond with all regular flights. The bus ride takes approximately 30 minutes and the fee for adults is SEK80 (Û8), one way, or SEK150 (Û15) for return. There is a taxi station at the airport. Ask for fixed price. Approximate fixed prices by taxi from Gothenburg City Airport to the Central Station: SEK 320 (Û32).

By Train

Gothenburg is accessible by train from Europe. The rail network connects Gothenburg to other cities including Oslo, Stockholm and Copenhagen. By high speed trains travelling time from Stockholm is about 3 hours and from Copenhagen airport(Kastrup) about 3 hours 45 min. The main Swedish railway operator is Statens järnvägars (SJ) and international time tables are best searched via DB Bahn.

From the Train Station to the Swedish Exhibition and Congress Centre

The Central Station is situated in the center of Gothenburg and many tram and bus routes stop at the station. Arriving at the train station delegates will find a bus and tram stop just outside at Drottningtorget. To reach the Swedish Exhibition and Congress Centre, take tram no. 2 or 13. From nearby Brunnsparken delegates can take tram No. 4 or 5. The trams stop at Korsvägen, just opposite the Swedish Exhibition and Congress Centre.

By Bus

Gothenburg is connected to all major Nordic destinations by bus and to selected continental European cities. Swebus is Sweden's largest bus company. The main bus stop in Gothenburg is located at Nils Ericson Terminal adjacent to the central station.

By Ferry

Direct ferries connect Gothenburg with Kiel and Fredrikshamn.

There is also a ferry from Oslo, Norway operated by DFDS Seaways.

The Stena Line terminal is located near Masthuggstorget, which can be reached by trams 3, 4 or 9. DFDS ferries depart from a terminal located at the foot of the Gota Alvs bridge in Hisingen. Buses to this terminal depart from the central bus terminal. Ferries from Germany and Poland are also operating to Ystad and Trelleborg (both in the south of Sweden).

By Car

Gothenburg is situated on the west coast of Sweden and is connected to major national and European roads, from south and north by motorway E6 and from the east by motorway E20 and national road 40.

When arriving in Gothenburg, turn from the motorway E6 at the Mässan Scandinavium Liseberg sign.

Driving in Gothenburg

In Sweden, drivers drive on the right hand side of the road. Seatbelts are compulsory and headlights must always be on.

Travel in Gothenburg

Once delegates arrive in Gothenburg, the city is compact and easily navigated by foot. In addition, the extensive tram/light rail network, combined with a good bus and ferry network, enables delegates to get around without difficulty. There is no underground railway system.

Västtrafik is the public transport company in Western Sweden, responsible for the public transport system within Gothenburg and the County of Västra Götaland. Their network of service includes buses, trams, ferries and commuting trains.  Västtrafik will have an information bus outside the the Swedish Exhibition and Conference Centre on Monday, 9 August from 13.00-17.00 hours and Tuesday, 10 August from 11.00-17.00. They will be available to provide information about local transportation and will also be selling tickets. 

You will find further information about Gothenburg Public transport when you arrive at the Swedish Exhibition and Conference Centre or you can visit the Västtrafik website.

Last update: 15 June 2010