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Göteborg is the second-largest city in Sweden, with a large alternative music scene and underground party culture.
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North towards Oslo
The best place to start heading towards Oslo is the service station, STIGS CENTER, Incorrect link removed just check google maps "stigs center". There are also a few buses which go there, one of which is "402 Alvangen". Could just ask the bus drivers which goes to Stigs center, and the bus stop is directly on the onramp to the motorway so you just step off the bus and hitch! On a working day morning this seems to be a great spot to go north towards Stenungsund or Uddevalla, right before both these places there are major rest stops with petrol stations where lots of Norwegians and trucks headed into Norway stop, these locations are easier to find from the road than Stig Center and might have more traffic going to Oslo.
Alternatively, if you're still in the city-center, you can try getting a lift from the petrol station located close to this roundabout (near to Ullevi Norra, the big stadium) where cars are going in many directions, some of which might go to Oslo. However, most of the cars coming from the round about are going very very fast, and it's hard for them to stop on the street here. And, most cars at the petrol station next to it are just staying inside the city at this point. Possibly best chance is to make a sign for E6 N, and stand by the red light coming from the city centre towards the motor way. The light turns red often and for long enough that someone might pick you up and at least take you to Stig Center, focus your attention on the lanes marked for your destination, going north is the left and middle lanes.
A good day to get a ride to Oslo is probably a Sunday since many Swedes are home in Göteborg over the weekend, and on Sundays head back to Oslo for work. On a week day it may be more difficult to get a ride straight to Oslo, so don't be as picky with half way rides.
North towards Karlstad via E45
There's a very good hitchhiking spot right on E45, after a crossing 3 km west from Hammarkullen. There used to be a bus stop right after the crossing with traffic lights. Now it's just a good spot for the cars to drive aside while going at low speed. The closest tram stop is the one at Hammarkullen on the way to Angered, number 8 (purple) goes there. If one wants to go by bus, then the stop is Eliebergsvägen, it's right next to the spot. One can get there by taking 401 from Angered or 173 from Nils E-terminalen. Here is the spot on google maps. The spot is very good, just make sure the person that stops actually takes you out of Göteborg's urban area, to avoid being stuck in places like Surte or Nödinge.
Road 40 and E4 to Stockholm
The fastest route by car to Stockholm is not via E20 as all the traffic signs say. Most people take this route instead. A good spot is bus stop Kallebäcksgatan  (Take bus 50 there or a tram to Elisedal and walk five mins). My friends tried it today and got a ride within half an hour. The cars can stop at the bus stop which most likely is better than the on-ramp.
The "slow road" (E20) to Stockholm
The E20 is not a fast or big motorway, but an excellent route to truly see the Swedish countryside from.
This (Broken link points to GPS coordinates 57.697921,11.996942) point may not look like much, but there is a lot of heavy traffic entering this on-ramp at all times. The reason why this exact spot works particularly well is because of a traffic light that naturally stops the vehicles that turn in here. If you stand just alongside where they're turning in, they'll have time to see you and pull out of line onto the tram tracks for a few seconds. Make sure to use a sign.
A possibly better spot is Munkebäcksmotet (marked on map), a bus stop just before the onramp to the motorway. Either take bus number 513 or 515 in the direction Polhemsplatsen (a ticket is 16,50 SEK (outdated price, it is now 20 or so SEK), but it is possible to blackride as well) or take the tram to Munkebäckstorget and walk north 10 minutes from there. Commuter trains to Alingsås also stop at Sävenäs right across the E20 (2 min walk) and might be the easiest blackride from the city centre. Most drivers are going only short distances, and the towns they go to are virtually impossible to hitchhike out of. Try to get to Alingsås, where the motorway ends and you can hitchhike directly on the roadside, there are very few good onramps between Göteborg and Alingsås. This option is probably better if you are going to a place near Göteborg, especially before Alingsås.
Option 1 - Onramp in Kållered
Catch the commuter train towards Kungsbacka to the stop Kållered (10 minutes), and as you get off the train walk under the traintracks and forward another 200 meters under the highway and then turn left past supermarkets, IKEA until you see a OKQ8 gasstation. Either hitch at the gasstation itself or at the onramp on top of the hill.
Any ride that will take you 10 km or further is good because that would get you to the gasstation Sandsjöbacka which is the best gasstation for almost a 100 km down this road.
There is a conductor on the train who cannot give you any fine, only ask you to buy a ticket/leave the train but you can quite easily blackride without getting inspected by her, only very occasionally are there actual ticket inspectors who board this train.
Option 2 If you want to hitch from town
The petrol station on the large crossing where the road Ullevigatan joins the E20 is just a 10-15 minute walk from the central station. Some hitchhikers have reported great successes with this spot while others have waited very long times to get a ride.
It is near the big stadium Nya Ullevi and if you prefer it there is a busstop on the road outside of Nya Ullevi where people can pull over easily, however that spot only tends to be good with a good very visible sign so that people notice you actually hitchhiking.
There are ferries going all the time to Denmark (Fredrikshavn) and Germany (Kiel) from the Stena Line terminal. Take tram 9, 3 or 11 to Masthuggstorget or just start from "Järntorget". From there walk towards the water and find the place where trucks and cars drive onto the ferries. Check-in starts 1.5 h before ferry departure, so be on time! (but drivers can still go in about 20 minutes before..). Have a sign with the country of destination on it. The best thing is that vehicles don't pay any extra for up to five passengers. There's about 4 ferries daily (seemingly more in summer) to Fredrikshavn and 1 to Kiel. Ask in the Stena Line office or check out the webpage http://www.stenaline.se/ or in English http://www.stenaline.co.uk/ferry/ For your sign, write GRATIS under the DK. Most drivers won't know it's free to take another passenger.
On the ferry to Fredrikshavn, you have 2 hrs to find a ride (visit the truckers special area) south, at least to the excellent trucker terminal heaven of Padburg, on the Danish/German border.
Note: One hitcher reports having to pay EUR 6 despite being in a car.
Stena Line Ferries towards Kiel
For the ferries towards Kiel, Germany the drivers don't need to pay extra for you, but you have to book a cabin, which are available from 225 SEK upwards. The ferry is leaving every day at 19:00. If you hitchhike with a truckdriver you can get a special deal. The deal is basically that you pay approximately 250 SEK (an unknown editor of this page paid 253 a long time ago) and you get the following things included in the price.
- The crossing (710 SEK)
- Big all inclusive buffet (310 SEK)
- Big breakfast buffet (105 SEK)
- A small lunch-box to-go when you leave the ferry. (90 SEK)
- A cabin that is to be shared with your driver.
Probably a fairly luxurious cabin.(prices for the most basic ones start at 740 for a 2 bed-cabin ( there are no cabins with 1 bed) All in all you end up getting a 85-90% discount and a lot of superfluous luxury. However it might be difficult too find a driver who let you go as his/her's second driver. You could try to convince the drivers when they wait to board the ferry. They board the ferry about 1-2 hours before departure.