Horses and Barns at Göteborg City Airport

The word “City” usually refers to a thriving metropolis, a large or important town, so you would therefore think an airport with this noun attached is either very close to such a place or at least reflects a certain grand scale. Well, in Göteborg City Airports case it’s – wait for it – neither!

The airport isn’t particularly close to the centre of Göteborg, or Gothenburg in English, (alright being situated 14 km north-west of the town is not terribly far away, but definitely not right next to it), nor is it particularly sizable. In fact Göteborg City Airport (IATA: GSE) comprises of little more than a farm house and an extension; seriously, you will see horses next to the landing strip, it’s tiny!

This quaint little airport now mainly serves as a Ryanair destination anywhere from Dusseldorf Weeze to London Standsted. However, I have to admit, it’s actually closer to Sweden’s second largest city than its big brother Göteborg-Landvetter Airport (IATA: GOT). Given the size of the airport and my natural shyness of horses, there isn’t much to do there, so my first suggestion is to arrive as late as your nerves can afford :).

But this wouldn’t be if I didn’t find a few selected things you might like to do to kill some time. Here are my suggestions:

  • Indulge with a “Somersby Pear Cider” for SEK 48 at the airport restaurant (the tin shed on your right as you enter)
  • Watch the arriving and departing aircraft from the outdoor seating area in the restaurant, it’s amazing how close you’ll feel to the runway!
  • Top up your fluids with some free filtered water from the dispenser in the restaurant
  • Buy a legendary Swedish wooden butter knife and cheese grater at the small but fully stocked airport gift shop
  • With each incoming aircraft, watch the main road out of the airport being closed off for vehicles. Not something you see every day!

Airport Facts and Ratings

Airport Name Göteborg City Airport
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Chanel No 5 Eau de Parfum, 100ml at the Duty Free Shop SEK 969 (£77.60)
Bottle of Veuve Cliquot at the Duty Free Shop not available

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  • Hallimeister

    Shit article. It’s a great little airport in a fantastic location, infact closer to the city centre than Landvetter – the main Goteborg airport. It’s cheap to fly to and within easy access to the city. There are no horses next to the landing strip, it has only one active runway these days but as an ex-military base it has many that used to be active. It really should be regarded as higher than the article mentioned. For the price of a flight here there are really no complaints. Of course there is nothing to do, but that’s not the point. If you can fly to England and back for 30 pounds, who gives a fuck if there is or isn’t a quiz machine in between security and passport control.

  • Well everyone can have their opinion of course, but tbere’s no need to write it in that kind of language, Hallimeister. However, I do hope you found some other articles you liked on the site 😉