Good to know: Sweden and Gothenburg

West Sweden


The monetary unit in Sweden is the krona (plural “kronor”). Bank notes are printed in values of 20, 50, 100, 200, 500 and 1,000 kronor, coins 1, 5 and 10 kronor.

There is no limit on the amount of Swedish and foreign currency taken into Sweden.

Credit Card

Major credit cards (some restriction may apply to American Express) are widely accepted throughout Sweden at banks, hotels, stores, restaurants, taxis, car rental companies, and for air, ship and rail tickets. 

Please note! In order to pay or withdraw cash with your credit card it requires that you have a card with chip and PIN (Personal Identification Number). The older magnetic-stripe cards won’t work.

You can get cash with your Visa, MasterCard, Maestro or Cirrus card at any “Bankomat” or “Uttagsautomat” ATM.


An outstretched hand in Sweden more often welcomes a handshake than a tip. A service charge is automatically included in most Swedish hotel bills.

Tipping for special services provided by hotel staff is fine, but is not expected and is simply a matter of personal taste.
At restaurants, a service charge is included in the bill, but a small gratuity is expected for evening meals.
Taxi drivers should be given a few extra kronor.

Getting Around

The main public transportation company in Gothenburg is Västtrafik. Tickets for busses, trams and smaller ferries are sold online, on board (limited), at different retailers or at a customer service shop. Among the retailers, the main two are 7-eleven and "Pressbyrån".

The ferrie "Älvsnabbare" that operates between Stenpiren and Lindholmspiren is free of charge and runs between 7 am to 7 pm.

Food and Drink

Gothenburgers and people from the West Coast jokingly use the epitaph ‘the front part of Sweden’ to describe where they are from and they are not exaggerating when talking about the fruits of the salty North Sea.

"World class restaurants, experimental food rebels, trendy bars and a rolling armada of food trucks – Gothenburg has it all."


Page manager Published: Fri 24 Mar 2017.