Hello Guys. It’s July! So now as your arrival day here in Goteborg is coming closer, what about something about transportation system in the city and around?
As a student you can expect a considerable amount of travel within the city while travelling to and fro from university to the place you live. Even if you are lucky enough to stay near university you might like travel on weekends for shopping or just hanging out in city center.
For most of you who are arriving here by a flight there is a bus service operated by Flygbussarna airport coaches (http://www.flygbussarna.se/) from both Landvetter and city airport to the city center i.e. Nils Ericsson Terminal. A ticket cost around 80 SEK and you can buy it either online or on kiosk at the airport. This is the cheapest and most convenient way of travelling to and from airport.
Now for travelling within city there are multiple options like trams, buses, taxies, and ferries depending on your choice and mostly on the area you live. Tram network is quite extensive and really easy to get used to. For me travelling by tram was quite a new experience and it’s a good way to explore city at a relatively slow pace.
All the trams, buses and ferries are operated by vasttrafik (http://www.vasttrafik.se/en/Startpage/). There are multiple options for tickets. If you are daily traveller then it’s cheaper to buy a monthly or three months pass for 300 & 900 SEK respectively. But if you just want to travel occasionally buy a top up card for 50 SEK and recharge it for whatever amount. You pay around 16 to 25 SEK a trip which can last for 1.5 hrs. There are numerous kiosks selling these passes including 7-11 and Pressbyran. You can also buy a text message ticket by sending a sms.
There is another option available for Chalmers students. Bus no 16 which runs between two campuses and travels around the city. You can buy pass for just that bus which is much cheaper than a monthly pass and still able to move around the city. You can buy that pass at Kiosk at Chalmers.
Of course these services are mostly punctual to last minute and you can track down the timetable by I-phone app available on vasttrafik website.
This might provide you with basic idea about how to travel with in Goteborg. You can explore the sites I mentioned for more detailed information they are quite user friendly.
See you soon.