Planning your travel to LiU

International students at LiU are located at one of our three campuses in the cities of Linköping and Norrköping in the region of Östergötland in Sweden. Here are some options to help you start planning the journey here.

Electric train travelling through snowy Swedish country side in Östergötland. Photo credit: Fredrik Schlyter/imagebank.sweden.se

Travelling to Sweden

Airports

Linköping City Airport (LPI) is a small airport located close to town, only five minutes away by taxi.  LPI offers daily connection to Schipol Amsterdam. There are usually taxis waiting outside the terminal building to take you either to the Central Station (Resecentrum) where you can catch a local bus or all the way to your final destination. 

Norrköping Airport (NRK) is a small airport that is easy to reach and has good connections to both Norrköping city centre and Linköping. NRK is mainly for charter flights but there is a serviced connection to Munich. There is a bus service that runs from the airport to the train station where you can catch other connections. It is also possible to take a taxi all the way to Linköping if needed, which costs around SEK 700–800 from the airport.

Arlanda Airport (ARN), Stockholm  is the major airport in Sweden. The easiest way to travel from Arlanda to Linköping/Norrköping is by train. It takes about two-three hours and there are several direct trains every day. Or you can take the Arlanda Express to Stockholm Central Station and connect from there (perhaps arriving early and visiting the capital of Sweden on your way to LiU). For train tickets and timetables around Sweden check out the national carrier SJ (more information under Trains).

Skavsta Airport (NYO), Nyköping  Skavsta airport is located in Nyköping, between Stockholm and Norrköping. Budget tip: NYO is the closest Ryanair stop to LiU. If you arrive at Skavsta you can catch an airport bus (Flygbuss) that will take you to Norrköping or Linköping in about 60 – 90 minutes. You can buy your ticket at the airport or online in advance, see www.flygbussarna.se.

Bromma Airport, Stockholm. Bromma Airport is a smaller airport in Stockholm. If you arrive there you can take the airport bus (Flygbuss) to the Stockholm City Terminal from where it is easy to catch a bus or a train onwards.

Copenhagen Kastrup Airport (CPH), Denmark. Yes Denmark! As the largest airport in Scandinavia there are often good deals to CPH. If you arrive at CPH, you can take a direct train to Linköping or Norrköping on Sweden's national train carrier SJ. It is also possible to take the frequent commuter train to Malmö train station and catch a train or express bus from there. 

Border crossings

Students moving from within Europe, or those who have utilised the European summer to travel before their studies start may be interested in driving, training, busing or taking a ferry into from Denmark, Germany, Norway or Finland into Sweden. Some companies to investigate include:

Ferries: Stena Line, Scandlines, HH-Ferries, Tallink, Riga Sea Line, Silja Line, Viking Line, TT-Line

Bus: Eurolines, Swebus Express, Säfflebussen

Travelling to Linköping and Norrköping

The cities are close neighbours and are situated southwest of Stockholm; Norrköping is one hour and Linköping two hours from Stockholm by fast train. 

Airports

The distance from ARN to the local aiprorts in Linköping and Norrköping is not viable for air travel, if you want to fly in to LPI or NRK you will b connecting via a city in mainland Europe.

Trains

Sweden has an extensive railway network and travelling by train can often be the fastest option, depending on your destination. You can check timetables and other travel information on www.sj.se. You may also be able to buy your ticket online depending on the type of credit card you hold. You can then pick up your ticket at vending machines at train stations in Sweden using your booking reference. You can also ask a local convenience store (e.g. Pressbyrån, 7-eleven) to print your ticket in exchange for a small fee. You can, of course, buy your train ticket at the train station in Sweden as well, but it might be more expensive than when booked in advance. Those under the age of 26 are eligible for a youth discount at www.sj.se.

Express buses

If you arrive by plane, the cheapest way to continue your journey is usually to take an express bus further on. For timetables and tickets check two of the biggest bus companies in Sweden, Swebus www.swebusexpress.se and Bus4You www.bus4you.se.

Getting to campus

Local transport in Linköping and Norrköping is run by ÖstgötaTrafiken, www.ostgotatrafiken.se. On their website you will find detailed information about tickets and timetables. Note that local buses and trains are cash-free, which means you cannot pay in cash or by credit card on their buses and trains. You will need to purchase a single ticket or invest in a plastic travel card before going on a bus or train.

Bus stops

There are bus services to all campuses, the names of the stops are in Swedish, there are often screens on the bus announcing the bus stop name. (Swedish language tip: A good way to learn a little Swedish  pronunciation while learning your surroundings.)

Campus Valla

From Linköping’s travel centre (Resecentrum), buses 2, 4, 12 and 20 will take you to Campus Valla. Bus stops you may exit at include: Universitetet, Universitetet Golfbanan, Vallfarten, VTI, Mäster Mattias väg, FOI, Campushallen

University Hospital Campus

From Linköping’s travel centre (Resecentrum), buses 2, 4 and 17 will take you to the University Hospital Campus. Bus stops you may exit at include: US Södra entrén, US Norra entrén.  Swedish language tip: The University Hospital Campus is called Campus US  in Swedish.

Walking is also possible in approximately 25 minutes

Norrköping Campus

From Norrköping’s travel centre (Resecentrum), bus 113 will take you to Skvallertorget, where our campus is located.  Bus and tram stops you may exit at include: Väster Tull, Söder Tull, Skvallertorget.

Walking is also possible in approximately 15 minutes.

Tip: At the bottom of every page of the liu.se website there are Google map directions to each campus. Select your campus to get directions on your device. Great for finding transport options, walking and biking in the early days.

Screenshot of direction links to our campuses via Google Maps on our website.

The Campus bus

Students with a valid LiU-card can travel FOR FREE between the campuses. The Campus bus is coordinated with Östgötatrafiken’s bus number 73. Please note that only this number is the Campus bus. For more information, and to download the timetable as a PDF, visit the website of Östgötatrafiken. Write 73 as the number of the bus (“Ange linjenummer”).

Students use their LiU-card as ticket: it’s valid for the whole route. If, for some reason, you don’t have a LiU-card (e.g. it’s your first trip this term) you must pay for the ticket yourself. You can buy a ticket on the bus, but only by using bank card.
How to obtain a ticket if you don't have a valid LiU-card

Pickup service

Linköping University offers pickup service in cooperation with the local cab companies for first-year students on international master's degree programmes in Linköping. The service is free of charge.

We can arrange to pick you and your luggage up at the Linköping Train Station, Linköping Bus Terminal or Linköping Airport. We can drive you to a destination within the Linköping area, such as the university, the hotel you are staying at or your accommodation. The service is limited to one single journey only.

The sign-up information will be sent directly to your e-mail address together with other useful information, in the middle of June. Please make sure you check your email regularly. Just in case, also check your spam folder.

If you have any additional questions regarding the pick-up service, please contact admitted@liu.se.

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