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Gothenburg is a port city, where the sea is a constant presence and the waterways lead right into the centre of the City. This enables you to follow the boats in the race in a totally unique way from anywhere along the harbour mouth into Volvo’s own home town. You are never far from unrivalled shopping, world-class restaurants and exciting happenings – or from the simple, laid-back lifestyle of the islands.

There is always something new to discover, yet it feels just like home. You can read all about Gothenburg – accommodation, restaurants, shopping and unforgettable cultural events – on the City’s official visitors’ guide:

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Welcome to Gothenburg – a sustainable City open to the world!


You can travel to Gothenburg in a number of ways. We have gathered useful information for getting here from around the world.


The international airport Landvetter (GOT) is located 20 kilometres south-east of the city centre and you can travel from various destinations in Europa and the world. Please note that the smaller Göteborg City Airport (GSE) is no longer in use for commercial flights and will be phased out as from the winter 2015.

Airport Transfer

It’s easy to get to and from the airport with the shuttle bus service Flygbussarna and the journey time is between 25 and 30 minutes. Buses leave from right outside the terminal building and the final stop is the main bus station Nils Ericssonterminalen in central Gothenburg.  Taxi or rental cars are also available at the airport.


SJ, Västtrafik, Öresundståget, Tågab, NSB and MTR Express are running frequent services to and from the central station in Gothenburg, connecting the city with the Scandinavian capitals Stockholm, Oslo and Copenhagen. The journey times are just under 4 hours from Oslo, around 3 hours from Stockholm and 3,5 hours from Copenhagen. The trains from Denmark stop at Copenhagen international airport, making it a convenient option to fly there and catch the train to Gothenburg.


The bus terminal Nils Ericssonterminalen is serviced by long distance and express bus companies like Swebus, Nettbus and Bus4you. You can easily get travel to Gothenburg from major cities in Sweden and Scandinavia. The journey time is around 3,5 hours from Oslo, 6,5 hours from Stockholm, 3,5 hours from Malmö and 5 hours from Copenhagen.  Travel by bus in West Sweden with public transport company Västtrafik.


Volvo Ocean Race brings the world in full sail straight into the heart of Gothenburg, where a new part of the city unfolds. This is the fourth time that the race, one of the world’s most media-intensive sporting events, is being welcomed to Gothenburg, giving the City another ideal opportunity to showcase itself on the international stage.

By staging a world-class event, we are confirming Gothenburg’s position as one of Northern Europe’s leading event venues. The event is also a clear milestone, highlighting the City’s two largest urban development projects, Älvstaden [the River City] and the preparations for celebrating Gothenburg’s 400th Anniversary in 2021. It involves uniting the City across the River with the common goal of being a sustainable growing City – open to the world.

Gothenburg is highly experienced at taking advantage of international events to put the spotlight on new areas. This was done with the Volvo Ocean Race 2002 at Eriksberg, which recast the district from dockland to residential, and again in 2006 at Lindholmen, now the home of a university campus, Lindholmen Science Park and a number of head offices and companies. The Volvo Ocean Race 2015 and 2018 focus on Frihamnen, the old Free Port at the heart of Gothenburg Harbour.

The illustration above clearly shows the intention of achieving an integrated yet mixed renewal of the Frihamnen of the future.

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