Hi guys, a warm welcome to Gothenburg. You must be excited about your day in Sweden so here are some valuable tips you may find helpful while staying here in Sweden.
After you arrive at the airport after your long-hour flight, the first thing on your mind is going to be how are you supposed to get to the city center. There are many ways that you can choose from, be it Uber or by public transport. But for convenience’s sake, I would advise you to head to the Flybussarna website and purchase yourself a coach bus ticket beforehand to save cost on taking Uber which may be costly if you aren’t sharing with anyone else.
Another method to head towards the city is by using the public transport app called “Vasttrafik”, which allows you to purchase tickets via the app and gain access to different transportation means such as trams, buses, or trains. But one thing to take note of is that there are different zones in Gothenburg City itself, so to get from the airport to the city and vice versa, you will need to purchase the zone AB ticket. But within the city itself, purchasing the Zone A ticket is fine on its own.
Next, you are settling into your room for the next few months but you are missing several items such as pillows, blankets, or even curtains itself. Where can you purchase those items? Fret not, you are in Sweden, my friend. And where else better to purchase these items than Ikea, located north and south of Gothenburg? So head down to Ikea Backebol and Ikea Kållered itself to get those items.
Food is expensive in Sweden? You may want to start whipping up some meals for those who do not wish to eat out the majority of the time. But where can you get cheap groceries with so many supermarkets to choose from? Let me rank this supermarket from the cheapest to the most expensive for you. LIDL < WILLYS < MAXI ICA < COOP. These places not only sell food, but only daily necessities such as washing detergent, toothbrushes, and even toilet rolls or kitchen needs. But if you are missing some Asian food, head down to Nordstan and there’s “Saigon Food” where you can purchase most of the Asia ingredients that are harder to locate in Sweden’s supermarkets itself.
For more tips regarding attractions and how to navigate around Chalmers University, I will leave it to the next blog post to explain more about them 🙂