Getting to Umeå

Umeå is easily accessible via plane, railway, bus, car, and also ferry. The directions are listed below by form of transportation.

Air Travel

The quickest and most common way to get to Umeå from abroad or the southern region of Sweden is by plane. It takes just under one hour to fly from Stockholm to Umeå Airport, located only 4 kilometres from the city centre. Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) and Norwegian Air Shuttle operate several daily flights to and from Arlanda International Airport outside of Stockholm. Malmö Aviation also offers frequent flight service via Stockholm Bromma Airport.


If you are flying and need to transfer between airports, or if you arrive in Stockholm by a different means of transport than you will travel further with, it is important that you plan how long it will take you to get from one travel center/airport to another

Transfer times from one travel center/airport to another
Transfers Transfer time
Skavsta Airport - Stockholm City Terminal (Airport bus) 1 hour 20 minutes
Arlanda Airport - Stockholm City Terminal (Airport bus) 40 minutes
Arlanda Airport - Stockholm City Terminal (Arlanda Express train) 20 minutes
Bromma Airport - Stockholm City Terminal (Airport bus) 20 minutes

Note! Make sure you find out in advance if your luggage will be routed through customs in Stockholm to Umeå. You might need to take your luggage through customs yourself and check it in again for your next flight.


SJ and Norrtåg offer train service to Umeå. There are overnight trains and day trains, with some connecting to bus lines. There are lines from Stockholm, and another from Gothenburg via Örebro. Both lines continue to Luleå in the county of Norrbotten. Kiruna and Alvik are accessible via Luleå. Umeå East (Umeå Östra) railway station is located near Norrlands University Hospital, adjacent to Campus Umeå.

By Bus

Buses carry passengers from all over Sweden to the central bus terminal near the town centre. Nearly all major cities and towns can be reached via several bus carriers. Länstrafiken operates regional buses, which connect to other bus carriers. Ybuss offers affordable service to Stockholm, for those on a tight budget. provides easy online searches for your personal travel needs.

By Car

Take Highway E4 to Umeå (or E12 from western Västerbotten) and follow the signs to the hospital (Norrlands Universitetssjukhus) until you see signs for the University (Universitet). Parking areas can be found in several locations, such as adjacent to the Humanities Building and Behavioural Sciences Building, the University Library, Universum, the Biology Building – Sports Centre and behind Hotel Björken, opposite the Administration Building. Parking regulations, including fees, can vary and are posted at each parking area.

Wasa Express (via Vaasa, Finland)

Wasa Express provides ferry service to Vaasa in Finland, across the Gulf of Bothnia. Vaasa is a Finnish-Swedish speaking town with several universities and a rich cultural life.

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