When is the Cheapest Time to Fly to Gothenburg?
The city is most popular between May and September when the sun sets late in the evenings and many events are held across the city. Gothenburg can get very busy from mid-June to mid-August when Swedes take their annual holiday, and ticket prices will rise accordingly. May and September are the best months to take advantage of the long days for the lowest prices.
When is the Best Time to Book your Flight to Gothenburg?
To find cheap tickets to Gothenburg, it is recommended to book in advance by at least three months, especially if you intend to visit during the city’s summer festivities. Budget airlines are more likely to offer last-minute cheap flights to Gothenburg. If you can be flexible as to what time of the week you travel, you are more likely to find deals on return flights.
Flying to Gothenburg Landvetter Airport (GOT)
Gothenburg Landvetter Airport is about 13 miles from the city of Gothenburg and gets the latter part of its name from the town of Landvetter, which is just six miles away from the airport.
London Heathrow Airport, London Gatwick Airport, Birmingham Airport, Bristol Airport, Edinburgh Airport, and Cambridge Airport all offer direct flights to GOT with just under two hours of flight time. British Airways and Norwegian Air, with routes from London Heathrow and Gatwick Airports, offer the most regular direct flights to Gothenburg. Other U.K. airports offer indirect connections to Gothenburg via European cities such as Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Copenhagen and Amsterdam. Some stopovers will require changing to another airline, but there are also plenty that don’t.
On Arrival and Getting Around the Airport
Gothenburg Landvetter Airport, with its one terminal and 20 gates, is Sweden’s second-largest airport. There are many passenger amenities including free Wi-Fi, ATMs, currency exchange centres, executive lounges, left luggage lockers, food and drink, duty-free shops, and quiet rooms. Internet stations with computers are also available, and the airport even offers wedding packages for couples who want to get married on-site before jetting off on a honeymoon or to a destination wedding celebration. Passengers are encouraged to download the airport’s free app, which includes detailed maps of the arrival and departure halls.
Getting to the City from Gothenburg Landvetter Airport (GOT)
The bus (Flygbuss) service runs every 15 to 20 minutes between GOT and the city centre, with 4 bus stops along the way. The bus runs between 4am and midnight (depending on the direction) and the trip takes up to 30 minutes. Travellers can find the Flygbuss stop directly outside the check-in hall. Taxis often operate on a fixed price for the route to Gothenburg, and there are many companies to choose from. Passengers can also pre-book taxis rather than wait at the rank. Rental cars and ride sharing are also available at the airport.
Why Visit Gothenburg?
Sweden’s second-largest city is enjoying a modern revival as tourism continues to boom; tourists can find fine dining, impressive art collections, beautiful parks, Neoclassical architecture, and more in this northern urban centre. Visitors can also explore the nearby archipelago, the nearest island being just 20 minutes’ travel time from town. Bustling with festivals and events year round, whenever you choose to travel you’re likely to encounter activities to suit all tastes. For example food and drink festivals, science fairs, large-scale musical festivals, sporting events, Pride celebrations, and book fairs, just to name a few.
Temperatures during the peak season (May to September) are similar to the UK summer, but with the sun setting later in the day visitors can enjoy longer evenings outdoors. While the winters in the northern part of the country can reach bitterly cold temperatures of -30 degrees Celsius, Gothenburg enjoys a milder season with temperatures averaging a relatively balmy 0 degrees Celsius, making it accessible year-round and allowing visitors to experience Swedish culture throughout the year.
Don't Forget Before you Fly
Visas are not needed by British citizens to travel to Sweden. Your passport only needs to be valid for the length of your stay, and you may stop for up to 3 months as a visitor. Sweden does not use the euro but rather the Swedish krona (SEK), and ATMs and currency exchange offices are widely available and accept most international credit cards. Indeed, electronic payments are increasingly common, and some businesses may even refuse cash. In addition to medical and travel insurance, British travellers are entitled to state medical treatment if carrying a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC).