Getting Around

The Venue

Located in the heart of the city, the Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre (SECC, at Mässans Gata 24, SE-412 94 Gothenburg) is in central Gothenburg, just blocks from the restaurants and nightclubs on fashionable Avenyn. There are excellent transport links nearby, and the venue is across the street from Scandinavia’s biggest amusement park.

The SECC is integrated with the Gothia Towers, providing accommodation onsite. The complex also hosts a range of restaurants. You can find more information here.

The venue’s central location allows participants to choose among various kinds of accommodation (and prices), all reachable in a short time either on foot or via public transport.

We are currently working with a number of quality hotels in the city and have negotiated discounts for #GIJC23 attendees. You can find below a selection of hotels and available booking codes (more will be added in the upcoming weeks).

Gothia Towers – The Partner Hotel
Walking distance to the conference center: 10 meters
Price range: 1512 – 2800 SEK (USD 150-270)
Booking link
This is the main conference hotel and is situated next to the main conference center. You can access the conference center directly from the hotel. The hotel has 1200 tastefully decorated rooms with a great view over Gothenburg.

Other Hotels

Hotel Onyxen
Walking distance to the conference center: 300 meters
Price range: 1546 – 1790 SEK (150 – 170 USD)
Booking code: Send a mail to and ask for the GIJC23 booking code
The hotel is housed in a classic 1800’s building on Gothenburg’s event streets, opposite the Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre.

Hotel Lorensberg
Walking distance to the conference center
: 500 meters
Price range: 1535 – 2180 SEK (150-207 USD)
Booking code: Send an email to and quote the code GIJC23
Hotel Lorensberg is a 3-star family-owned hotel with a homelike and cozy atmosphere. One of the unique features of the hotel are the over one hundred wall paintings from the local artist Lars Gillis. It’s situated in the city center of Gothenburg, in the culture and events area.

Hotel Heden
Walking distance to the conference center: 640 meters
Price range: 1535 -1830 SEK (148-175 USD)
Booking code: GIJC23 (please send an email to
The hotel is situated close to the conference center and Liseberg, the amusement park and it’s built around three beautiful patios.

Hotel Vanilla
Walking distance to the conference center: 2.7 km
Price range: 1710 – 2060 SEK (165-198 USD)
Booking code: GIJC23
Hotel Vanilla is a family-run hotel in a homely environment in the city center. You can take a tram to the conference venue.

Hotel Royal
Walking distance to the conference center: 2 km
Price range: 1895 – 2195 SEK (180-210 USD)
Booking code: 1107233
Hotel Royal is a historical, family-owned hotel located in central Gothenburg, on Drottninggatan. It has been serving guests since 1852, making the hotel the oldest in Gothenburg. You can take a tram to the conference venue.

Quality Hotel The Weaver
Walking distance to the conference center: 3.7 km
Price range: 1474 SEK (140 USD)
Booking code: Visit this page for a special rate for participants of GIJC23.
This hotel is based south of the conference venue in the district of Krokslätts Fabriker. The hotel was opened in 2021 and is part of the Nordic Choice hotel chain. There are two tram lines going to the conference center and the journey takes 15 minutes.

Scandic Crown
Walking distance to the conference center: 1.7 km
Price range: 1495 – 2090 SEK (USD 140-200)
Booking link/code: PRO10SE
The hotel is close to the central station, to public transport and the shopping streets and is part of the Scandinavia hotel chain, Scandic. You can take a tram to the conference venue.

Scandic Europa
Walking distance to the conference center
: 2 km
Price range: 1350 – 1999 SEK (130-190 USD)
Booking code: PRO10SE
Stay just steps away from the central station, right in the heart of the urban vibe and next door to the shopping streets. The hotel is part of the hotel chain, Scandic. You can take a tram to the conference venue.

Scandic Opalen
Walking distance to the conference center: 1.2 km
Price range: 1450 – 2090 SEK (140-200 USD)
Booking code: PRO10SE
The hotel is close to the conference center and with a walking distance to the center of the city. The hotel is part of the hotel chain, Scandic.

Scandic Rubinen
Walking distance to the conference center: 1 km
Price range: 1450 – 2090 SEK (140-200 USD)
Booking code: PRO10SE
The hotel is located on fashionable Avenyn, with everything you possibly can need within reach. Close to the conference venue.

Spar Hotel Garda
Walking distance to the conference center: 1.9 km
Price range: 1005 SEK (100 USD)
Booking code: GIJC23
This is a good priced hotel within walking distance from the venue.

Gothenburg’s official visitor site has a comprehensive list of tourist information and activities that will help make the most of your stay in the city.

Gothenburg is considered the world’s most sustainable destination. It is one of Europe’s 100 most climate-neutral and smart cities (2022) and a Global Destination Sustainability Index award winner (2016-2021). The city is among the world leaders in sustainable construction, waste management, and re-usable energy, and is at the cutting edge of environmental certification of hotels and events. Find out more about the city’s sustainability initiatives and activities here.

Gothenburg is easily accessible by air, rail, and road, and even by ferry. Gothenburg’s official visitor site has collected useful information to help you plan your trip.

We recommend finding the most environmentally friendly option to join us at #GIJC23. You can use this tool to help you plan your trip in a sustainable way.

Arriving by plane
The international airport Landvetter (GOT) s Gothenburg’s main airport. It is only 20 kilometers from the conference venue and it is well connected to various destinations in Europe and the world.

About 30 airlines fly to Landvetter and you can find the full list here. Of these, the following are low-cost airlines: airBaltic, EasyJet, Eurowings, Norwegian, Pegasus Airlines, Ryanair, Vueling Airlines, and Wizzair.  

The cheapest tickets to Gothenburg can be found through sites such as MomondoKayakExpedia, or Hotwire.

From the aiport, the shuttle bus service Flygbussarna can get you to the venue in around 25 minutes. It runs every 15-20 minutes, costs 119 SEK (11 EUR) one way or 189 SEK (17.50 EUR) Round trip (20% cheaper when bought online). The venue bus stop is Korsvägen (Svenska Mässan, Liseberg) – Gothia Towers.

Arriving by rail
Gothenburg’s central station is well connected with the Scandinavian capitals Stockholm, Oslo, and Copenhagen, and the journey lasts from three to four hours. There are different companies providing frequent services to and from Gothenburg: MTR Express, SJ, Tågåkeriet, Västtrafik, Öresundståg.

Arriving by bus
You can easily travel to Gothenburg from major cities in Scandinavia. The bus terminal Nils Ericssonterminalen is only two kilometers from the conference venue and is serviced by bus companies like Flixbus, Nettbus and Bus4you.

Getting around town
Gothenburg’s official visitor site offers all the details you need for getting around town, from tickets to luggage storage, transportation options and useful apps.

Requirements for visitors’ visas differ from country to country. Be sure to review whether you need a visa to enter Sweden. If your country is not listed as a visa exempt country, you should make inquiries at your nearest Swedish embassy or consulate.

Here is a list of the countries whose citizens need a visa before entering Sweden and here you can find all the Passport and visa information you need for visiting Sweden.

If you do need a visa, we recommend that you start your application as early as possible.

Currency, Cash & Credit Cards
Sweden’s currency is the Swedish krona (SEK).

Sweden is among the most cashless societies in the world, and all major credit cards are widely accepted.

If you prefer using cash, you can get it with your Visa, MasterCard, Maestro, or Cirrus card at any ATM marked “Bankomat” or “Uttagsautomat.” You will find ATMs at airports, such as the Stockholm Arlanda and Göteborg Landvetter. Keep in mind that not all shops accept cash as payment anymore, so a mix of cash and a credit/debit card is recommended.

When using cash, you can only pay in SEK. You cannot use euros (€) or other currencies. If you need to exchange money, you will find currency exchange offices such as Forex or Ria in Gothenburg.

In order to pay or withdraw cash with your credit card, you will need a card with a chip and a PIN (Personal Identification Number).

More information can be found here.

The official language of Sweden is Swedish. However, most of the population speaks English.

The power supply runs at 230V/50Hz. Sweden uses the Europlug (Type C and F) for electricity. This plug has two round prongs.

WiFi / Mobile
We will provide free WiFi for the duration of the conference in all the venues.

There are wifi hotspots around Gothenburg that offer internet access. Here you can find tips on apps to find locations with free WiFi.

Hotlines and Important Numbers

Country code: +46
Gothenburg city code: (0)31
Police / Emergency ambulance / Fire Department: 112

Weather & What to Wear
Average High in September: 17°C / 63°F
Average Low in September: 10°C / 50°F
More information can be found at the Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute site.

Dress code for the GIJC is casual. Jeans, shoes or sneakers, shirts or t-shirts are all okay. You might want to dress up for the award ceremony dinner. We recommend bringing a warm, waterproof jacket.

In case of a medical emergency call 112.

Pharmacies are called Apotek. The closest pharmacy is a two-minute walk from the venue: Apoteket Korsvägen (Korsvägen 1, 412 54 Göteborg, Sweden).

Health insurance: One of the requirements for the issue of a short stay Schengen visa is to have an individual medical travel insurance that covers costs that may arise in connection with emergency medical treatment, urgent medical care, or transportation to your home country for medical reasons. The insurance must cover costs of at least 30,000 EUR and be valid for all Schengen countries.

Gothenburg is the second largest city in Sweden with 600.000 inhabitants. It’s a dynamic, growing city, home to Scandinavia’s largest harbor and two large universities, and it hosts major sports, cultural and entertainment events. Gothenburg is a safe and free place for both residents and tourists. It offers a high standard of security infrastructure and everyone can be sure to be well-taken care of in case of emergencies. Nonetheless, you should pay attention to your valuables and act responsibly at all times.



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