Travel Directions to Umeå University

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

Please Note! Cash is no longer accepted on the local buses or the Airport Shuttle! Most major credit/debit cards are accepted, except on-line cards such as Maestro or Visa Electron.

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.

The Airport Shuttle (No. 80), operated by the local bus carrier Länstrafiken i Västerbotten, offers regular bus service from Umeå Airport to the university and city centre. A one-way ticket costs 40 kronor. Taxis are also available for quick access to your desired destination in Umeå.

Nordic Airways offers direct connections to Luleå and Östersund.
SAS offerssome limited direct connections to Gothenburg.


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 the University Hospital of Umeå, adjacent to Campus Umeå.


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.


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.

Parking on campus must be paid for in advance at the ticket machines located in the parking area. Students and staff are eligible for a reduced full day rate, but must display a parking decal is available at InfoCenter.

Ferry (via Vaasa, Finland)

Wasaline 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.

Photo: Elin Berge