If you need some general useful information during/before your journey to Sweden, please check with the Swedish tourist office web page, available to you when you click here.
Travel visa to Sweden & immigration issues: Sweden is a member of the EU Schengen mobility framework. If you have citizenship or an unconstrained residence permit in a Schengen country, you can travel to Sweden for the duration of the conference without further paperwork. In other cases, special rules may apply to your country. Please check with your local Swedish embassy’s web pages, and check the general information at the Swedish immigration authority’s web page.
Sweden currently practices exceptional border controls on train, ferry and car communication over the national border. You should carry a valid Schengen national ID card or passport upon entering the country (and consider voting on your next national and EU elections if you dislike getting ID’d within Schengen space).
Delegates who need an invitation or other documentation on their participation in the conference for visa application purposes, should make contact with the organizers, specifying the documentation they need.
Accessibility: The meeting locations and lunch facilities on campus are accessible to wheelchairs, buildings are equipped with elevators, and provide sanitary facilities.
Currency: The local currency is Swedish crowns (SEK). Currently, 1 EUR is worth slightly less than 10 SEK. In general, most places accept card payments with VISA and MASTERCARD and most European national bank cards. You can use cash machines at the bank offices to withdraw cash with your bank card. Cash currency exchange is possible with FOREX in Drottninggatan 27, 652 25, KARLSTAD. There is also a bank ATM machine opposite the main entrance of the university (beside Pressbyrån).
Medical emergencies: Detailed information on emergency health services to visitors is available here. As an EU citizen, the Swedish health system will receive you like local citizens when you present a European Health Insurance Card and an ID document from your own country. If you become ill, injured or have psychological difficulties you should contact the local health centre in Karlstad (“Vårdsentralen”). It is located on campus. You can also call 01177 for phone healthcare support, where phone-based advice will be provided 24 hours a day. In case of an emergency, call 112.
Karlstad University, local transport
Karlstad has a very efficient and convenient public transport system. Bus lines 1,2 and 3 go from the city centre to the university. The bus stop for the conference is called “Universitet” – do NOT sit on the bus until “Campus” unless you wish to see the student dorms! Line 1 is an express bus that directly travels from the Stora Torget bus stop in front of the pubs via Drottninggatan to the campus bus stop. If you are a fan of all-electric vehicles, you should use lines 12 or 13 for a fun bus ride. Those lines use buses driven by electricity from a battery.
In addition, Karlstad has an excellent network of bike routes. It is frequently ranked on top of the Swedish bike-friendly town list. You might consider renting a bike for the week if you don’t mind biking 5 kilometres on asphalted bike roads.
Directions to the KAU campus can be found here.
A local campus map of KAU including building numbers is available here.
A map of Karlstad including the bus lines is available from Karlstadsbuss.
Getting to Karlstad
Karlstad is the regional capital of the Värmland province in western Sweden. Located approx. 140 kilometres from the border with Norway, the city is located in the Klarälven river delta into Scandinavia’s largest lake – lake Vänern. Visitors arrive efficiently by train from Stockholm, Gothenburg or Oslo. Visitors can arrive by plane by a direct connection from Frankfurt (Germany). There are many opportunities for express buses, too. The express train service Oslo-Stockholm running three times a day stops in Karlstad, where the Swedish railway does the best they can to keep the schedule they promise.
The Swedish railway tickets (for arrivals from Gothenburg, Stockholm or Oslo) and long-distance buses can be checked and booked here. Both Swebus and Nettbuss have bus connections from Stockholm, Arlanda, airport and Oslo, Gardermoen, airport, to Karlstad.
Travel to/from Karlstad Airport
KSD airport is a small airport approximately 20 kilometres out of town. It has no web page in English, and there are neither regular public transport links, nor is there a permanent taxi station. You need to call and order minibus or taxi service before you start your trip to Karlstad! There are two options for trips between KSD and the city centre (you need to book 2 trips for incoming / outgoing):
- “Flygbuss”: The regular flights from/to Frankfurt and from/to Stockholm will be serviced by the local public bus company UPON REQUEST. You should have ordered transport within two hours before landing. Trip cost: 77 SEK one-way.
Operator: Värmlandstrafik. Web booking: varmlandstrafik
Booking phone number: +46 0771–32 32 00
Your arriving bus stop for Flygbuss is “Centralstationen” (the railway station, close to the hotels in Karlstad). Travel time: approx. 1 hour from the airport. When leaving, you can order the bus from the university’s campus bus stop, with approx. 75 minutes trip time to the airport.
- “Flygtaxi”: Order a taxi. Call +46 08-120 920 00, or use flygtaxi.se . Recommended rate is approx. 360 SEK per trip. You should order your taxi on arrival day ahead of travelling to avoid unavailability due to many spontaneous requests.
KSD airport has a customer service phone, in case you have special needs or any specific questions about special luggage: +46 54 540 77 00
Travel within Karlstad with Karlstadsbuss
Local transport is done with buses. Unfortunately, the transport web page is not available in English. Please consider our recommendation for transport in this short guide for local transport and transport tickets!
Your most simple options are 24h and 72h tickets purchased at vending machines or newsstands (see below).
|24 h ticket||75 kr|
|72 h ticket||150 kr|
- You can buy tickets at vending machines placed in Drottningsgatan (around the corner from Hotel Drott), on Stora Torget (the central square), and at the university campus bus terminal.
- You can buy tickets from a human clerk at the news stands called “Pressbyrån”. One is next to the railway station, one is located on the northern side of Stora Torget square between the bars and cafés, and one is located on campus, next to the campus bus stop.
- You can buy with VISA/Mastercard directly from the bus driver, however, you will pay a penalty price of 45 SEK for direct purchase.
- There is a travel app for Karlstadsbuss, however, you need to register, supply a credit card for billing, configure it to speak English – and you won’t automatically get receipts for your travel cost statement.
|Bus ticket rates in SEK||Single purchase at vending machine & newsstand (vending machines require Swedish coins or credit card)||Single purchase at bus (VISA/Mastercard)||Single ride using “Reskassa” smartcard purchased at Pressbyrån newsstand|
Things to do in Karlstad
Karlstad offers numerous activities. Boat trips on the Vänern lake, countless opportunities for canoeing, fishing, hiking and bike trips are offered. A former railway track along the Klarälven river has been turned into 220-km touristic bike route starting in Karlstad.
Local crafts and art souvenirs made by local artists can be found in the craft shop central in Karlstad.
The PDF booklet ”Karlstad Tourist Guide” is available here.
Since the English edition looks quite different, has no maps, and different content, we provide a reference to the Swedish edition including up-to-date content, maps and more photos.
- If you need some information about shops and restaurants in Karlstad please click here.
- The official Karlstad event calendar is available on-line.
- Check the web pages of the Karlstad tourist office!
- “Pitcher’s” bar at Stora Torget has a wide selection of Sweden’s Mackmyra Single Malt whiskeys available by the glass for sampling.
- Take a walk along the river arms into the river delta!
- Visit the city park & heritage museum Maribergskogen!
- Visit the Brigade Museum, which displays Swedish military history from the perspective of a neutral country stuck between the cold war parties. It has a collection of tanks, guns, armoured cars and more.