Borås used to be the centre of the Swedish textile industry, and is still well known for having many shops that sell high-quality textiles at low prices.
There's no airport in Borås; the nearest international airport is Gothenburg's Landvetter. It is about 60 km away and has daily flight from most European air hubs.
Commuter trains from Gothenburg run about once every hour, however due to old tracks they are slower than the bus. The Kust-till-Kust (Coast-to-Coast) trains between Gothenburg and Kalmar also make a stop-over there. Then there are regional trains from Varberg and from Uddevalla via Herrljunga. From time to time there have been direct X2000 fast trains from Stockholm, but a change of trains in Herrljunga is now required.
Bus #100 is a highway express from Gothenburg with departures every half hour. Several long-distance buses also makes stop-overs here.
- Flixbus (FlixBus), ☏ . By far the largest domestic coach operator and operates services to Borås from different cities of Sweden. Advance ticketing is usually required and recommended practice in any case.
- Nettbuss, ☏ . Services to Borås from some cities in Sweden.
- Västervikexpress. Service from Gothenburg
Buses are operated by Västtrafik and cover the whole city and its suburbs. However, the centre city is small enough to walk around.
- 1 Borås Djurpark (It's about 2 km from the centre). Sweden's second largest zoo
- Go for a walk in the city park, stadsparken, located in the city center.
- Go for a swim in Stadsparksbadet - an indoor water park situated in stadsparken. They have a 10 m (33 ft) climbing wall and a wave pool.
- Alidebergsbadet is a summer open outdoors pool by the zoo.
- Watch football: IF Elfsborg play soccer in Allsvenskan, Sweden's top league tier. They often do well and qualify for European tournaments. Their home ground Borås Arena (capacity 16,000) is 2 km north of town centre. They share the ground with Norrby IF in Superettan the second tier.
- 1 Babbel, Västerbrogatan 15, ☏ , firstname.lastname@example.org. Serving up Spanish beer and tapas with great atmosphere. Expect to wait for a table.
- Café Orion, Österlånggatan 51, ☏ . A combination of cafe and lunch restaurant, offering both hot and cold dishes. It's one of the cheapest lunch restaurants in town. They also offer good vegetarian options.
- 2 Viskan Café & Vinbar, Södra Strandgatan 6, ☏ , email@example.com. All-day upscale café and adjacent wine-bar with a nice summer terrace overlooking the river Viskan.
Although Borås might not be the best city in Sweden for drinking, it has a few places worth visiting.
- Scandic Hotel Plaza Lounge. This hotel bar offers a relaxing atmosphere for starting the night. However not really worth making it an evening here.
- Rådhuset Bar and club in the old town hall by the north side of the large square.
- Bishop Arms The best place in town to drink beer. Has quite a large selection of European beer.
- 1 Vila Vandrarhem, Lilla Brotagan 11, ☏ . Nice and clean hostel, reasonably low prices, friendly staff, free Wifi. They also have hotel across the street.
- 2 Best Western Borås, Sandgärdsgatan 25, ☏ , firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 3 First Hotel Grand, Hallbergsplatsen 2, ☏ . Luxurious and centrally located.
- 4 [formerly dead link] Hotel Sköna Nätter, Vendelsbergsgatan 42, ☏ , email@example.com.
- 5 Scandic Hotel Plaza, Allégatan 3, ☏ . A nice hotel with decent prices.
- Gothenburg — Sweden's second city, with a lot to see and experience, 70 km west
- Jönköping — scenically set at the shore of lake Vättern, little less than 100 km east
- Varberg — with a fortress and a world heritage listed radio station, 80 km southwest