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Sweden’s second largest city has all the perks of a very hip place to visit, without any of the touristy clutter or metropolitan chaos you’d get in other popular urban travel destinations. Renting a bike in Gothenburg will feel like the most natural thing you could do, so book yours now and read on for some pedal inspiration! 
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Rental bikes at Roda Sten Konsthall, Gothenburg
This city has managed to stay under the radar while becoming one of the most casually fashionable places in Europe. Your Gothenburg bike tour will inevitably include a mix of state-of-the-art urban development areas and wide natural spots, artsy young energy and holiday-resort-style chill. The good news is that the city is well equipped with lots of bike lanes. Biking is effortlessly cool around here - everybody does it. So getting a rental bike and cycling here will give you that sense of cultural immersion we all seek in our travels. To help you, we’ll go ahead and provide some inspiration on how to explore the city, themed bike routes, as well as a few useful Swedish cycling rules. Already convinced? Then rent your bike from one of the locations below:


Cycling in Gothenburg city centre and Haga

Cyclist on bike in Gothenburg city centre
Copyright: Frida Winter / Göteborg & Co
First off in our Gothenburg by bike tour - the centre, of course. The historical centre is surrounded by water, so make sure you have enough time for some waterfront bike riding, because it’s one of those things that bring guaranteed satisfaction. Check out Magasinsgatan for street food (JINX), coffee breaks on chic terraces (da Matteo), high-end design and, generally, a sneak peek into the typical, casually posh, Nordic lifestyle. If you’re up for a seafood lunch instead, go to Feskekôrka‬, which means – and looks like a – fish church. It doesn’t take long to notice that people here take their fish seriously, and so should you. A little more towards the east, take your rental bike to the Garden Society of Gothenburg (yup, they take their horticulture just as seriously as the fish). It’s good to know that Gothenburg’s tourist info centre is close by, if you need some help in your city bike explorations.

Gothenburg’s city centre spreads a bit more to the south-west, with popular streets such as Linnégatan – which could fulfil by itself all your shopping and dining needs, Haga Nygata – with gorgeous wooden houses perfect for some holiday snaps, Vasagatan – for a taste of Gothenburg’s student life, and the 4 streets collectively called Långgatorna – with a focus on local breweries (Ölstugan Tullen or Brewers Beer Bar) and really inspiring vintage shopping. There’s also a popular 4-floor (!!) second-hand store called Myrorna in the area. 

If you’re looking for a bike rental in Gothenburg city centre, here are a few locations to consider:

Cycling around Liseberg

Roller coaster at Liseberg, Gothenburg
Copyright: Liseberg/Göteborg & Co
If you get your rental bike in Kungsportsplatsen, in the city centre, cycle down the popular Kungsportsavenyn boulevard (commonly referred to as Avenyn) until you reach Götaplatsen - and Poseidon’s bronze buttocks. You’re in the historical Lorensberg neighbourhood, which is worth a whole afternoon of wandering around on your rental bike. Immerse yourself even more into the local culture by visiting Gothenburg’s Museum of Art close to Götaplatsen. The museum has a huge open-air restaurant on top, called Bar Himmel - perfect for an afternoon cycling break. Further east, you can ride into an area known as the event district. Liseberg, Scandinavia’s largest amusement park, is here, as well as the very cool science centre of Universum

In need of a rental bike near Liseberg? Rent one from the location below:

Cycling in Linné and Way Out West

View over Gothenburg from Skansen Kronan
Copyright: Superstudio D&D/Göteborg & Co
For a nice view over the city centre, take your rental bike up to Skansen Kronan, a nice green oasis hidden in the Linnéstaden neighbourhood - shortened to Linné by the locals. Want more nature? No problem, there is plenty around here. You have Slottsskogen, which is a popular hangout for residents as well as, uhm, elks, and the venue of quite a few cool events, such as the Way Out West music festival held in August. Then there are the Botanic Garden and the neighbouring Änggårdsbergen nature reserve, popular in the cycling world for its mountain biking trails. Even if you’re not that much into mud & sweat, you can still have a pleasant, regular ride with your rental bike here.  

If, instead, you’re more into the urban exploration thing than all that nature, take your rental bike west from the city centre and by the river, until you find Röda Sten – an old power plant boiler and new melting pot of creative movements and artistic expressions. It’s an inspiring sight inside and out – where one of the walls was offered as an ever-changing canvas for street artists. Wander around the neighbouring Sockerbruk area, also a former industrial district that now houses design studios and an artsy vibe. High probability of meeting cool people around here. 

Cycling in Eriksberg & Lindholmen

Kuggen building in Lindholmen
Copyright: Superstudio D&D/Göteborg & Co
You shouldn’t leave Gothenburg without exploring both sides of the Gothia River, which splits the city in two. So far we’ve talked about cycling south of the river, but you must definitely cross with your rental bike to the Eriksberg and Lindholmen neighbourhoods. These newly modernised districts, with gorgeous waterfronts and a very fresh vibe, have the Lindholmen Science Park at their core - a vibrant business and research centre with the hippest, young, tech crowd out there. Make sure you also find Kuggen, the architectural highlight of the area, with huge Instagram potential. And if you happen to get hungry around here, Cuckoo's Nest is totally worth a visit!

What, you still haven't rented your bike yet?! Get your rental bike from Centralstationen to cross the river towards Lindholmen, right away:

Cycling around the Gothenburg Archipelago

Cycling on Styrso island in Gothenburg's archipelago
Copyright: Johannes Berner/Göteborg & Co
If you want to venture away from the city, you should definitely consider a bike tour of the Gothenburg Archipelago. The southern part of the coast islands is completely car-free, which makes it even more appropriate for you to take your rental bike on the ferry. You could visit the Folk Museum or learn how to sail a boat on Öckerö, go on a seal safari on Hönö, go fishing on Styrsö, stare at old Viking ships on Björkö or chill by the beach on Brännö. Read more about how and where to take the ferry around Gothenburg’s archipelago and start your own maritime adventure - but not before you rent your bike!



Swedish cycling rules

Cycling in Sweden is widely used for functional purposes. There are bike tracks almost everywhere in urban areas, and especially in Gothenburg - not so many between cities, though. Drivers are considerate with cyclists and everybody generally respects traffic rules - as should you!

Before you pick up your rental bike in Gothenburg, you should read a bit about the biking etiquette in Sweden, as we summarised it below.

Bike requirements in Sweden

LIGHTS | Between sunset and sunrise, you must have and use a white headlight and a red taillight.

REFLECTORS | Between sunset and sunrise, your bike must have a red rear reflector and a white front one, as well as pedal reflectors.

BRAKES | Your bike must have at least one functioning brake.

BELL | Your bike must have a bell (no requirements on how it should look or sound).

HELMET | Wearing a helmet while riding is only mandatory if you're 15 years old or younger.

Swedish cycling do's and don'ts

  • In Sweden, everyone must drive on the right-hand side of the roadway. Never ride your bike against the traffic flow.
  • You are not allowed to ride your bike in a pedestrian area, on sidewalks or on a pedestrian crossing. If there is no bike path, you must ride on the right side of the road.
  • Similarly, bike paths are only for cycling, so if you want to walk alongside your bike, you must get off the bike lane.
  • Obey the red light at intersections. If there are no cycle traffic lights at the road junction, follow the car traffic lights, not the pedestrian ones.
  • When you want to turn left at an intersection on a bike, follow these steps: keep riding on the right through the intersection while signaling with your raised hand that you’re stopping; stop at the corner of the street you want to join and wait with the traffic on the right-hand side for the green light to proceed in your new direction.
  • If a bus stops at a bus stop, you need to stop and wait until the bus doors close. Bus passengers who cross the cycle path in or out of the bus have priority, unless there is a bus island on the left of the bike path.
  • Don't carry another person on a bike, unless it's a child in a child seat.
  • Don't use your phone while you cycle.
  • You are not allowed to ride a bike if you are drunk. While there is no legal limit for the alcohol volume accepted when riding a bike, the police can decide if you are not able to ride safely and fine you.

Hand signals for cycling in Sweden

STOPPING | Extend either arm upwards.

TURNING RIGHT | Extend the right arm perpendicular to the body.

TURNING LEFT | Extend the right arm perpendicular to the body.

For more detailed explanations of the rules and requirements, read here, here and here*.
*The pages in the links above are in Swedish, but the automatic translation feature in your browser should do a pretty decent job.