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Gothenburg is the largest non-capital in the Nordics and located on the beautiful west coast of Sweden with open sea, a stunning archipelago, deep forests and pristine countryside. Everything you need for discovery or recreation. Gothenburg is rated one of the best gastronomic cities in Europe with six Michelin star restaurants. The seafood is as fresh as you can hope to find it – without wetting your feet. The city is characterized by international style, local creativity and a natural, relaxed charm. The shopping is a blend of fashion, design, antiques and handicraft. In Gothenburg cultural venues, gastronomic experiences, entertainment and shopping are all located within comfortable walking distance. Banner Photo Credit: Steampipe Production Studio

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Welcome to Gothenburg

A friendly city on the west coast of Sweden, where you’ll find a vibrant cultural scene, world-class restaurants, sustainable living and a fascinating history – all within walking distance. Adventure is never far away, with wide open spaces and magical archipelago islands waiting to be explored.



Distance from pier to city center

Amerika Cruise Terminal 36: 2 km Arendal Cruise Terminal 751-752: 10 km Skandiahamnen pier 643: 10 km

Transportation to/from airport

Taxis, limousines and buses are available. 25 minutes to Landvetter International Airport.


Swedish krona SEK. Please note that some shops etc only take credit card.

Transport to/from city center

From Inner Harbour 2 km (15 minutes walk, 5 minutes by taxi) From Outer Harbour 10 km (15 minutes by taxi)

The most sustainable city in the world

Gothenburg is at the top among the world's most sustainable cities for the fourth year in a row according to the Global Destination Sustainability Index 2019. This was revealed in late October at ICCA World congress in Houston. GDSI measures all elements of sustainability: environmental, social and economic. But to gain a high ranking, it is not enough just to involve the hospitality trade, with facilities and hotels; the city as a whole must also be engaged in sustainability issues. The cities are assessed based on several criteria: such as how effectively the city recycles and disposes of waste, environmental certification of hotels and restaurants, emissions of greenhouse gases, accessibility, the traffic situation, rental bike systems and whether both public and private stakeholders have sustainability strategies in place. Sustainability is also one of the cornerstones in the port operation were for example cruise ships easily and effectively can offload all sorts of waste produced. The waste goes to a processing plant and later on used as electricity or heating by the town. The cruise berths are equipped with connection points for sewage water where cruise ship offload directly to the municipality system free of charge and no maximum quantity, actually the port encourage the cruise ships to offload sewage in Gothenburg. The port is also the biggest bunker hub in Scandinavia and offering high quality low sulphur fuel and LNG fuel. The Port also has a close cooperation with the Swedish Maritime Administration and Pilots allowing ships to dock and depart efficiently. Which results in less spare time that the ships engine runes on idle and lower the total emission in the port and savings for the cruise line. Gothenburg are looking forward and have start to prepare for the next season where around 80 ships and 150000 are expected to visit, another record-breaking year are coming up for Gothenburg. And Gothenburg has also been awarded The European Capital of Smart Tourism 2020. Read more about GDSI 2019 and the European Capital of Smart Tourism 2020 here:

Port information

Gothenburg offers the vibrancy of a city, an archipelago that is unparalleled anywhere in the world and the largest port in the Nordic Region – all in one. Its easily accessible location on the west coast of Sweden and the rapid approach make it an attractive port of call for cruise ships.

Berthing policy: First come, first served.

America Cruise Terminal, berth 36

Max LOA: 220 m (228 m with POD Equipment) Max depth: 7,5 m Charted Depth: 8,0 mType of berth (passenger, cargo, bulk traffic): Passenger Fenders available (brand and type): Yes, Cordkapp, Cylinder Info on tides: 20 cm, 1,5 knots Learn more
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Skandia harbour berths 640-643 (Not available after 2020 to approx. 2025 due to reinforcement project)

Max LOA: Maximum length for cruise ship is 345 m ( larger ships after agreement with Harbour Master) Type of berth (passenger, cargo, bulk traffic): Container Fenders available (brand and type): Yes, Cylinder (diameter 1225), Cordcapp Info on tides: 20 cm, 1,5 knots Info on wind: See weather forecast 2-3 days ahead Learn more
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Arendal Cruise Terminal, berths 751-752

Max LOA: 300 meters Type of berth (passenger, cargo, bulk traffic): Passenger Fenders available (brand and type): Yes, Panel fenders (rubber fender and resilient fender) Info on tides: 20 cm, 1,5 knots Info on wind: See weather forecast 2-3 days ahead, Learn more
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Älvsborg Harbour, berths 710-712

Max LOA: Maximum length for cruise ship is 285 m ( after agreement with Harbour Master) Type of berth (passenger, cargo, bulk traffic): Ro/ro Terminal Info on tides: 20 cm, 1,5 knots Info on wind: See weather forecast 2-3 days ahead, www.smhi.seInfo on currents: 0,2-1 knots Learn more
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Covid-19 Information

There are currently no COVID-19 restrictions in any of the 32 Cruise Baltic destinations. If the situation changes, this section will be updated with the necessary information regarding each port and destination.

Port Fees

Harbour dues (Currency/GT)

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Passenger dues (Currency/PAX)

Passenger dues during the period 2016–2020: 0 SEK/passenger

Services available for guests

Always available
Available in some cases
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Personal welcome

We often offer staff members from the local tourist information center at the quay and at the drop-off location for the shuttle bus in the center of the city.

Musical welcome and/or farewell

We either have a musical welcome or send-off. We alternate between a youth marching band and a typical Swedish lucia Choir for christmas calls.

Cruise guest national flags
Shops open on Sundays

Mon-Fri 10.00–19.00, Sat 10.00–16.00, Sun 11.00–16.00

Shops accept credit card payment with no lower limit
Independent guest reception and help
Mailbox available
Signed walking route from pier to city centre and/or public transport

At America Cruise terminal we have signs showing the route to tram station. At Arendal Cruise terminal we have at some occasions a ticket bus selling tickets for the local bus.

Tourist information

Staff members from the local Tourist information center can be found at the terminals and city maps on different language.

Free Wi-Fi in port

Always free WiFi in the Arendal Cruise Terminal and the America Cruise Terminal.

Destination collaboration/shore excursions
Local cruise network
Authorized guides
Education of tourism partners on the cruise guest
Destination video available for Cruise Lines
City centre within 1 km from pier

America Cruise terminal are located 1 km for the City Centre.

Publicly regulated taxis

Our official taxi Company is Taxi Göteborg.

Credit cards accepted in taxis
Turnaround facilities
Direct flights to USA

Direct flights to USA from Oslo and Copenhagen Airports, which are within a three hour drive from Gothenburg.

Airport less than one hour drive from port

Landvetter Airport (GOT) is about 30-40 km away from the terminals

Airport less than one hour drive from city centre
Free Wi-Fi in airport

Selected attractions

Gothenburg has a lot to offer and sometimes it’s hard to choose between all the fun. Gothenburg is filled with flourishing gardens, historic sites and buildings, beautiful churches and magnificent museums where you can see works by world famous artists. Or why not visit Liseberg, Scandinavia's largest amusement park. And it is not just head-spinning rides and carousels Liseberg offers a gren scenary filled with flowers and also concerts are an essential part of the the park. In October there is fantastic Halloween theme and later in November the park opens up for Christmas at Liseberg.

The Gothenburg Museum of Art

Art collections from the 15th century to today. *** Green Guide Michelin.


The largest amusement park in Scandinavia. Beautiful gardens and fun for all ages. Try out “Helix”, Lisebergs fourth roller coaster - longer and faster than ever. Or the new rollercoaster Valkyria.

The World of Volvo

Impressive museum of Volvo’s history from its foundation 1927 until modern day.

The Garden Society

Central park, thousands of roses, palm house and café. *** Green Guide Michelin.

Botanical Garden of Gothenburg

One of Europe's largest and best botanical gardens with over 16,000 species of plants and ** Green Guide Michelin.

Exciting extras

Welcome to Gothenburg, a true seaport to discover in one day Everything is within walking distance – beautiful canals, an amusement park, museums, green parks and great shopping.


The charming old quarter with cobbled streets praised for its shopping and cosy cafés.


In 1775 used as warehouse for the East India Company. Nowadays a gastronomic experience.

The Opera House

Opera, dance and musicals. Guided tours behind the scenes.

The East Indiaman Götheborg

A replica of 18th century wooden ship reminds of trades with the East. The East Indiaman Götheborg is a genuine working ship with a vibrant history, scarred by harsh storms and marked by thousands upon thousands of nautical miles on the seven seas.

Christmas City

Lane of lights, festivities and markets from mid-November until end of December.


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Varied Shore Excurions

Exciting museums, shopping, lots of activities and an amazing archipelago. Discover Gothenburg! A shopping spree or visit to the museum on the very same day as you plunge into the salty sea or paddle across a glittering lake. Nature is always around the corner and the distances are short. You can easily travel on public transport from cafés and city attractions to cliffs or green forests in no time. The sea and archipelago just outside of Gothenburg has plenty to offer. Go on a brunch cruise or get close to the archipelago wildlife on a guided boat tour.


Gothenburg City Tour & Canals
The main boulevard Avenyn, view from Masthuggs church, Götaplatsen cultural hub and Paddan boat beneath “Osthyveln” (cheese slicer) low bridge.
Gothenburg & Volvo
City tour in combination with The World of Volvo – the great museum of Volvo’s history including cars, trucks, aero, bus and construction.
West Coast Islands
Picturesque fishing villages, idyllic costal resorts, bare rocks and unique sights. Pass through Kungälv: famous Viking town from the year of 1100.
Liseberg & Christmas Markets
Festive, cosy feeling, 5 million glimmering lights, Swedish “glögg” (mulled wine), choirs, traditional markets with food and handicrafts.
Seafood Safari
Kastor Boat Trips in the harbour Hönö Klåva takes you out to the beautiful waters around the island Hönö, Vinga and Gothenburg. The boat Kastor was built in 1962 and operates all year round. During the summer you can take trips to Vinga lighthouse fish mackerel or join a seal-safari. In the autumn you can for example go on lobster fishing trips.
Parcs and gardens
The parks are a popular choice among connoisseurs with green fingers, as well as anyone just wanting to go for a walk in the open air. The compact city centre makes it easy to walk from the green groves of Slottsskogen to the Botanical Garden's flower beds or drop by the Garden Society.


Culinary Safari
Rib-tour combined with unique experience; eat “Snapas” at Åstol Smokehouse and fresh fish on Tjörn Island. Opportunity to make a stop at a seal colony.
Sculpture at Pilane
Sculpture at Pilane is on Tjörn island, just north of Gothenburg. The sculpture park showcases the work of world-leading contemporary artists in an ancient landscape. The sculptures, setting and grazing sheep combine to make a visit here completely charming, interesting and thought provoking.

Port Developments

Reinforcement program at the Container terminal

Scope of Project: The container terminal will undergo an extensive upgrading and reinforcement programme, starting September 2020 until approximately 2025. This effects Cruise ships over LOA 300 mAdvantage for Cruise Lines: The quay will be reinforced and the quay depth increased in order to safely moor ships and secure future operations of the container terminal and handling of Cruise ships over LOA 300 m.Est. date of completion: Estimated completion 2025.


Göteborg & Co.
Maria Särnholm
Cruise Manager
Port of Gothenburg
Nicole Brattåsen
Cruise Operation Manager