Frequently Asked Questions

General Information

Where will the 2024 Conference and Pre-Events be held?
The 22nd World Methodist Conference will be held at the Gothia Towers in Gothenburg. It is a four-star hotel with 1,200 tastefully decorated rooms and magnificent views across the city. Plus several restaurants with something to suit all tastes. More details on how to book this hotel at discounted rates will be announced later.
Are there activities for young children?

Sweden is very kid friendly, there is an Amusement Park, Aquarium, and many parks just across the road! There is also a play area for children on the lower level of Gothia Towers.

Are there opportunities for child care?

No, we are unable to accommodate children due to insurance and liability reasons.

Your stay in Sweden

Cash and Credit Cards?

Most restaurants and shops around Gothia Towers take Credit/ Debit cards only. You are able to use the touch scanner with Apple Pay, Google Pay, etc. at most stores. Taxi’s prefer credit card/debit card or Swedish kronor (SEK).

Swedish visa

If you need a visa to visit Sweden it is good to apply on time, it could take more than two weeks to get your visa and even more, if you apply through a non-Swedish embassy/consulate such as another Schengen country.  

In the links you will find more information on travelling and visiting Sweden.  

https://www.swedenabroad.se/en/
https://www.schengenvisainfo.com/

Through this link you can proceed your online application for a Swedish visa. 

Visit Sweden for less than 90 days – apply for a visa – Migrationsverket 

Transport from Airport to Gothenburg City

Bus Service

At Landvetter Airport, the bus stops are conveniently located just outside the terminal building, within walking distance.

Please watch the video walking you through the airport to transportation.
Arriving by plane in Gothenburg (Youtube) >

The primary bus service is called VY Flygbussarna and usually operate frequently throughout the day, aligning their departures with flight arrivals and departures. The schedule may vary based on the time of day, day of the week, and season. To plan your journey effectively, it is advisable to check the latest timetable online or at the airport.

Gothia Towers is a well-known hotel and conference center located in central Gothenburg, and the closest stop is Korsvägen (Svenska Mässan, Liseberg).

Ticket Purchase (Bus)
You can purchase bus tickets for the Landvetter Airport to Gothia Towers route in advance or directly from the bus driver (only by card) or through the app.

It is recommended to buy and book your tickets online for convenience and to secure your seat ahead of time. Ticket prices may vary, so checking the official VY Flygbussarna website or at the airport is advisable for the most up-to-date fares.

VY Flygbussarna website – tickets and information >
The website is available in several languages, where you can find timetables, traffic information, FAQ and more.


TAXI Service

You will find the taxi service at Landvetter Airport just across the street when you exit the terminal. There are signs which will guide you in the correct direction. Make sure that you enter a car from an established service. Several services you can prebook online, Taxi Goteborg for example. Most companies run with fixed fares, but additional service fees can apply. The cost for a one-way ticket Landvetter Airport – Gothenburg City runs between USD 55 – 90. Check website for current fares and prices. 

Taxi Göteborg > 

Sverigetaxi > (in Swedish) 

Airport information about taxi > 

Travelling within Gothenburg Area

In Gothenburg you need to have a valid ticket while travelling by tram or bus within the city. You can only pay for your ticket by debit/credit card or by purchasing your ticket in the Västtrafik To Go App before you enter the vehicle. No cash can be used.

You will find more and useful information on the Vasttrafik (Västtrafik) website:

https://www.vasttrafik.se/en/Tickets/more-about-tickets/kopa-ticket-on-board/ >

WMC 2024

How will people learn about the event?

Most information about the event will be included on this website.

Marketing for the event will also include:

  • Promotional videos on YouTube
  • Social media (e.g., Facebook, Twitter, Tagboard)
  • Online advertising
  • Direct mail and email
  • Shareable downloads (for church bulletins and newsletters)
  • News releases

Points of contact with potential-participant populations include local churches, annual conferences, the 2020 UMC General Conference, and other church organizational gatherings. The marketing strategy also includes establishing partnerships with media that share interests (e.g. Member Church communication offices, the United Methodist News Service, the Religion News Service).

What is the purpose of the World Methodist Council?

The World Methodist Council engages, empowers, and serves member churches by encouraging Methodist unity in witness, facilitating mission in the world, and fostering ecumenical and inter-religious activities. It promotes obedience to Christ’s Great Commandment to love God and neighbor, and it is committed to fulfilling the Great Commission to make disciples through vibrant evangelism, a prophetic voice, cooperative programs, faithful worship, and mutual learning.

Why should I attend the conference?

For many reasons – and a combination of reasons. These include (but are not limited to): the opportunity to be in community with a global representation of Methodism; the desire to join a worldwide celebration of Methodism at work in the world; love of the church and concern for its future; the opportunity to network, learn, and be energized and inspired by a diversity of talents and cultures; the opportunity to hear high-profile speakers; the opportunity to be a part of setting the course for the World Methodist Council and its membership for the next five years.


Quick links

Here you will find pages with helpful information about the conference.

Photos from Gothenburg