Gothenburg - Essential Information
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Passport/Visa

Sweden can be visited visa-free for up to 90 days by citizens of Australia, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Malaysia, Israel, UAE and most countries in America. If you are unsure whether or not you need to apply for a visa, we recommend contacting the embassy or consulate in your country. International (non-Schengen) travelers need a passport that is valid for at least 3 months after the end of their intended trip in order to enter the Schengen zone. Citizens of Schengen countries can travel without a passport, but must have a valid ID with them during their stay.
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Airport

Göteborg Landvetter Airport is an international airport, situated 20 kilometres southeast from Gothenburg. It takes about 20 minutes to travel to city centre from the airport. It is easy to travel to and from the airport with the bus service called Flygbussarna. The journey takes approximately 25 to 30 minutes and departures up to every 12 minutes. You can take the bus right outside the terminal building and it will take you to the city centre. The final stop is the main bus station Nils Ericssonterminalen in central Gothenburg. Tickets can be bought directly on the internet (www.flygbussarna.se/en/Landvetter), at the airport, at resellers like 7-Eleven and Pressbyrå or from the ticket machine by the bus stop at the airport. You can also buy tickets on-board but only with credit/debit cards. Taxi is located outside the arrivals hall. The taxi companies often have fixed price when travelling between the airport and city centre, always ask about the price before travelling. There are several major taxi companies to pick from: Sverigetaxi Göteborg, Telephone: + 46 (0)31 100 100 Taxi 020, Telephone: +46 (0)20 93 93 00 Taxi Göteborg, Telephone: +46 (0)31 650 000 Taxi Kurir, Telephone: +46 (0)31 27 27 27 If planning to rent a car, there are several companies like Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Europcar, Hertz and Sixt at Göteborg Landvetter Airport.
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Best time to visit

There are four seasons in Gothenburg; the colourful yellow-red autumn, the rather mild winters compared to the north of Sweden, the spring when the light slowly returns after a dark winter and summer with light evenings. Every season has it charm but in general, May to September is the best time to visit Sweden. The summer is the peak season for tourists when people from all around the world enjoys the long, sunny days when the sun sets late in the evenings. This is also when locals and tourist enjoys various musical and cultural events that Gothenburg hosts every summer. The picturesque archipelago is also perfect to explore on a warm summer day. The Swedes really embrace summer and the sun to max and generally take yearly vacation (four or even five weeks) between mid-June and mid-August.
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Public Transport

In Gothenburg, the public transport is easily accessible and reliable. Västtrafik operates the public transportation and they run the buses, trams and ferries. When travelling in Gothenburg, you can use the same ticket for trams, buses and ferries. You can buy your ticket at any Västtrafik’s sales outlets as well as kiosks like Pressbyrån and 7-Eleven or the grocery stores. You can also buy your ticket with cash or card on board (this do not apply every transport). On the trams, you can buy your ticket on board with coins or card from the ticket machine and on the boats (southern archipelago boats), just pay your ticket with cash or card to the staff on board. If you take the river boats, you can buy your ticket from the staff on board but they only accept cards. However, on the city buses you cannot buy tickets on board, so make sure you have bought a ticket before boarding. If you have a smart phone, you can download for free Västtrafik To Go app, which is an easy way to buy single, period and day tickets. (Available for Android and iPhone) Gothenburg is a bicycle friendly city, with good bicycle paths, so why not do as many locals do, go by bike.
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Taxi

There are several taxi company operating in Gothenburg and you can easily get hold of a taxi. You can either call and book your taxi, hail one on the street or just head over to one of the taxi stops around the city (Centralstationen, Kungsportsplatsen and Kungsportsavenyn). Make sure you take an approved taxi; they always carry yellow number plates. When it comes to the price, it can vary between the operators so make sure to check the price beforehand. Some of the authorised taxi companies in Gothenburg: Taxi Göteborg +46 31 650 000 www.taxigoteborg.se Taxi Kurir +46 771 86 00 00 www.taxikurir.se Minitaxi +46 31 140 140 info@minitaxi.se www.minitaxi.se
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Post

Stamps can be bought in kiosks and Pressbyrå shops and at the Post Centres that are to be found Stamps can be bought in kiosks and Pressbyrå shops and at the Post Centres that are to be found in some grocery store. If you need to mail, pick up packages and parcels that are too big to fit in the mailbox, you will probably need to pick up or mail your package at a 'Posten ombud', which is a grocery store or corner store. The mailboxes in Gothenburg are yellow and are scattered around the city. One can be found in the shopping centre Nordstan.
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