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Getting there & away




The bus station, Nils Ericson Terminalen, is next to the train station. There's a Tidpunkten (0771-41 43 00; 7am-10pm Mon-Fri, 9am-10pm Sat, 9am-7pm Sun) office here, giving information and selling tickets for all city and regional public transport within the Göteborg, Bohuslän and Västergötland area.

Eurolines (10 02 40; www.eurolines.com; Nils Ericsonplatsen) has its main Swedish office at the bus station in central Göteborg.

Swebus Express (0200-21 82 18; www.swebus express.se) has an office at the bus terminal and operates frequent buses to most major towns. Services to Stockholm (Skr400, seven hours) run seven to 10 times daily. Other direct destinations include Copenhagen (Skr319, four hours), Halmstad (Skr120, 1¾ hours), Helsingborg (Skr233, three hours), Jönköping (Skr120, two hours), Oslo (Skr250, 3¾ hours), Malmö (Skr281, three hours), and Örebro (Skr281, four hours).

Säfflebussen (0771-15 15 15; www.safflebussen.se) runs services to Copenhagen (Skr280, 4½ hours, seven daily), Oslo (Skr220, 3¾ hours, seven daily) and Stockholm (Skr320, seven hours, up to four times daily).

Less frequent (usually one to three on Friday and/or Sunday), Svenska Buss (0771-67 67 67; www.svenskabuss.se) runs buses to major towns such as Helsingborg (Skr200, 2½ hours), Malmö (Skr250, four hours) and Oskarshamn (Skr300, 4¾ hours); departures for Stockholm (Skr360, 7¾ hours) via Jönköping (Skr210, 2¼ hours) are daily.

Prices can be considerably lower than those quoted here for advanced bookings or for travel from Monday to Thursday (especially for Swebus Express and Säfflebussen).

Car & motorcycle

The E6 motorway runs north-south from Oslo to Malmö just east of the city centre and there's also a complex junction where the E20 motorway diverges east for Stockholm.

International car-hire companies Avis, Europcar and Hertz have desks at Landvetter and Göteborg City airports. For car hire in town, contact one of the petrol stations, for example Statoil (85 97 80; Andra Långgatan 46), in the southwestern part of town.


Centralstationen is the oldest railway station in Sweden and is now a listed building. It serves SJ and regional trains, with direct trains to Copenhagen (Skr540, four hours), Malmö (Skr480, 3¼ hours) and Oslo (Skr390, four hours), as well as numerous other destinations in the southern half of Sweden.

Direct Intercity trains to Stockholm depart approximately every two hours (Skr490, five hours), with quicker but more expensive X2000 trains (Skr1110, three hours) also every two hours. Booking your ticket at least a week in advance will bring decent reductions to the prices quoted here.

Overnight trains to the far north of Sweden (via Stockholm) are operated by Tågkompaniet.

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Göteborg is Scandinavia's largest port and a major entry point for ferries. There are several car/passenger terminals, with ferries to Denmark, Germany, Norway and the UK.

Nearest to the city centre, the Stena Line (704 00 00; www.stenaline.se) Denmark terminal near Masthuggstorget (tram 3, 9 or 11) has at least seven daily departures for Frederikshavn, with a 50% discount for railpass holders.

Faster and more expensive SeaCat (720 08 00) catamarans to Frederikshavn depart up to three times a day in summer from near Sjöfartsmuseet. Take tram 3 or 9 to Stigbergstorget.

Further west is the Stena Line terminal for the daily car ferry to Kiel (Germany). Take tram 3 or 9 to Chapmans Torg.

DFDS Seaways (65 06 80; www.dfdsseaways.se) sails twice weekly to Kristiansand (Norway) and Newcastle (UK) from Skandiahamnen on Hisingen (take tram 6 to Frihamnen).

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Twenty-five kilometres east of the city,Landvetter airport (94 10 00; www.landvetter.lfv.se) has up to 30 direct daily flights to/from Stockholm Arlanda and Stockholm Bromma airports (with SAS and Malmö Aviation), as well as a daily service to Umeå and several services per week to Borlänge, Luleå and Sundsvall.

There are also direct flights to European cities including Amsterdam (KLM), Brussels (SN Brussels), Copenhagen (SAS), Frankfurt (Lufthansa and SAS), Helsinki (Finnair, Blue1 and City Airline), London (SAS), Manchester (City Airline), Munich (Lufthansa), Oslo (Wideroe) and Paris (Air France).

Göteborg City Airport (92 60 60; www.goteborg airport.se), some 15km north of the city at Säve, is used by Ryanair for budget flights to London Stansted, Glasgow and Frankfurt.

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