As the second largest city in Sweden, Gothenburg is not only diverse in activity, but also busy with history. Take advantage and learn as much as you can, whether you’re strolling through the city’s many museums or its botanical garden, or just taking in the atmosphere. Try to cook when you can because their restaurants tend to be pricey.
Hostel prices – Like elsewhere in Sweden, hostels are expensive. You’ll pay an average of $30 USD a night for a dorm room. There is also a fee for bed linen. There are not a lot of options here for hostels with private rooms.
Budget hotel prices – Hotels are pricey, and even the budget hotels can cost quite a bit more in this city. Expect to spend $110-130 USD a night here for a double room.
Average cost of food – Restaurants are pricey so expect to spend about $25 USD per person for an entrée here. If you want McDonalds, the price is the same as in the U.S. If you’re staying in Gothenburg for a while, cook your own food and save on costs – chicken breast is $5 USD, liter of milk is $2.50 USD).
Transportation costs – Buy a prepaid bus or tram card. It is the easiest way to get around the city, and the cheapest as well. A one day ticket is $11 USD.
Money Saving Tips
Take the free walking tours – This will save you a ton of money, and the opportunity to visit some of the most unique neighborhoods of Gothenburg that a guided tour will not give you. Go at your own pace; stop at a café for lunch and enjoy the city’s sights.
Cook your own food – Gothenburg can be expensive, especially when eating out. Almost every hostel has a self-serve kitchen, so take advantage of it. Go to the local supermarket; buy some unique meats and cheeses, and whip up dinner at a fraction of any restaurant’s price.
Top Things to See and Do
Go Shopping on the “Avenyn” – Plan a day of shopping on Gothenburg’s main street. Stores and restaurants abound in all price ranges, giving you a lot of flexibility when it comes to activities and budget.
Visit the Botaniska Tradgarden – As Gothenburg’s Botanical Garden, this place offers a very scenic day for the budget traveler. See 12,000 plant species, a Japanese garden and places to sit down and rest. The entrance fee is $3 USD.
Visit the Skansen Kronan – As a fortress built in the 1600’s, it now houses a military museum. An interesting day excursion to learn about some of Gothenburg’s history.
See Slottsskogen – You can visit Gothenburg’s Natural History Museum, a zoo, and a family animal park. The park is also home to the city’s oldest observatory. Best of all? It’s free!
Visit Quaint Haga – As the oldest area of Gothenburg, this once was the neighborhood of the working class. Now you can enjoy their cobblestone streets, quaint restaurants and cafés and antique shops.
Take in the Gothenburg Opera – Whether this is your thing or not, the Opera House is gorgeous and an important monument of the city. Although some tickets are pricey, you can find last-minute ticket deals.
Go on the rides at Liseberg – The biggest amusement park in all of Scandinavia, Liseberg has lots of different rides to sample. Be sure to try Balder, the new wooden roller-coaster. This park is fun for all ages, from childrens’ carousels to fast roller-coasters. Concerts by popular artists provide musical entertainment, while beautiful exotic flowers give this place a colorful background.
Climb aboard the Swedish Ship Götheborg – A reconstruction of the mid-18th century ship from the Swedish East India Company. During summer 2010 the ship is open for visits at Stenpiren close to the city center.
Ride the wheel of Gothenburg – This ferris wheel consists of 42 gondolas and has a height of 60 meters. The ride lasts for 15 minutes and will give you good panoramic views of the city.
Learn about Local History – The City Museum in Gothenburg is free, but is of great quality. There is lots of detailed information about city development, including things like old local clothing and household goods, but the highlight is undoubtedly the exhibit on the Vikings.
Spend time at the Museum of Fine Art – If you’re an art lover, then you should take advantage of the thin crowds at this art museum. The museum’s collection features both Swedish and international work dating from the 17th century onward. It includes art from big names like Rembrandt, Picasso, and Monet. Entrance is $6 USD.
Tour the Volvo Museum – If planes, trains, and automobiles are more your thing, you might be better off at the Volvo Museum. Gothenburg serves as the headquarters for this international car brand, and the museum here gives an outline of the company’s history and evolution in design that has occurred over the years. Admission is free.
Wander through Delsjön – Just outside of the city, lies Delsjön, a natural area with lakes and wooded trails. Spend a couple of hours walking around the parkland, before heading back to the urban atmosphere.