Planning your travel to LiU

Students on international programmes at Linköping University (LiU) are located at one of our three campuses in the cities of Linköping and Norrköping, in Östergötland. Here are some travel 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 via plane

Linköping City Airport (LPI) is a small airport located close to the city centre (only five minutes away by taxi). LPI offers daily connections to Schiphol 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 destination. Regular trains and buses run between Linköping and Norrköping Central Stations.

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 daily serviced connection to Munich. There is a nearby bus stop where you can catch a bus to the Central Station (Resecentrum). 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 or Norrköping is by train or express bus. It takes about two to three hours by train and there are several direct trains every day. You can also 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).

Skavsta Airport (NYO)is located in Nyköping, a town between Stockholm and Norrköping. Budget tip: NYO is the closest Ryanair stop to LiU campuses. If you fly to 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.

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

Think outside the box!

Copenhagen Kastrup Airport (CPH), Denmark. Yes, Denmark! As the largest airport in Scandinavia, there are often good deals on flights 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. The train ride from CPH takes about 3-4 hours to Linköping and 4-4,5 hours to Norrköping.

Oslo Airport (OSL), Norway. Another possibility. You can catch an airport train or bus to Oslo Central Station and take a train with SJ to East Sweden in around 6 hours.

Border crossings from Europe

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 to Sweden. If you are driving, the easiest route is via Öresund Bridge from Copenhagen to Malmö, or by ferry from Denmark or Germany. Linköping and Norrköping are located adjacent to the E4 Highway. Buses, trains and ferries are available from Denmark, Germany, Finland and the Baltic states, for example.

Travelling to Linköping and Norrköping within Sweden

Our two campus cities are sister cities and are situated southwest of Stockholm; Norrköping is about one hour and Linköping two hours from Stockholm by train. The distance from Arlanda, Bromma or Nyköping to the local airports in Linköping and Norrköping is not viable for air travel. 

Trains

Sweden has an extensive railway network and travelling by train can often be the fastest option, depending on your destination. It is recommended that you buy your ticket online in advance, as you will get the lowest price and not have to worry about the train being fully booked. You can have your ticket delivered by email or SMS or print it 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. 

If you want to buy your train ticket when you have arrived in Sweden, there are vending machines at all train stations where you can buy and print your ticket. Major train stations may also have service centres with employees to help you with your purchase, however, the ticket price may be higher than online. Note that you cannot buy tickets on board the train. 

If you are under the age of 26, you are eligible for a youth discount on SJ trains. You can check timetables and other travel information on SJ’s website. 

Express buses

If you arrive by plane, an express bus is a cheap option to travel to LiU. Express buses from Stockholm are available to both Linköping and Norrköping with a few departures daily. Timetables and tickets are available on the bus companies’ websites (find the largest ones among the useful links below)

Travel tips: It can save a lot of stress to book re-bookable tickets in case you are not covered for delays or miss a connecting leg on your travel plan. Keep your valuable items with you at all times (like your passport or your diploma).

Useful links
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Arlanda Express - fast trains between Arlanda and Stockholm Central Station

Flygbussarna - Airport buses (flygbuss) from Arlanda, Skavsta and Bromma Airports

SJ - Sweden's national train carrier

FlixBus - Express buses

NettBus - Express buses

ÖstgötaTrafiken - Local public transport in East Sweden

Getting to campus
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Pickup service

If you are a first-year student arriving to Linköping for a Master's degree programme, Linköping University offers pickup service in cooperation with the local cab companies. The service is free of charge.

We can arrange to pick you and your luggage up at Linköping Central 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.

If you are eligible for pickup service, 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.

The Campus bus

Students with a valid LiU-card can travel for free between the campuses with our campus buses. Once you have obtained your LiU-card, you can use it as a ticket on the bus. The bus usually runs hourly on weekdays and makes it easy for you to visit friends and take part in student activities on our three campuses in East Sweden.

Public transport

Local public transport in Linköping and Norrköping is run by ÖstgötaTrafiken. On their website, you will find detailed information about tickets and timetables (the website is in Swedish, with the option to use Google Translate for information in other languages). 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 travel card before going on a bus or train, we have made a short film to help you navigate the system:

Bus stops

ÖstgötaTrafiken runs the bus services to all campuses. The names of the bus stops are in Swedish, but there are often screens on the bus showing the upcoming stop and on some buses there is a voice-over announcing the next bus stop name. 

Bus stops at Campus Valla
From Linköping Central Station (Resecentrum), bus 4, 12 and 20 will take you to Campus Valla. These stops service our campus: Universitetet, Universitetet Golfbanan, Vallfarten, VTI, Mäster Mattias väg, FOI, and Nobeltorget. The Campus Valla is very large, so it is good to check which part of campus you are going to and what bus stop is close to that part of campus.

Bus stops at University Hospital Campus
From Linköping Central Station (Resecentrum), buses 2, 4 and 17 will take you to the University Hospital Campus. These stops service our campus: US Södra entrén and US Norra entrén. 

Swedish language tip: The University Hospital Campus is called Campus US in Swedish and most students will only ever refer to it as Campus US.

Bus stops at Campus Norrköping
From Norrköping Central Station (Resecentrum), bus 113 will take you to Skvallertorget, which is right next to our campus. Bus and tram-stops you may exit at include: Väster Tull, Söder Tull, and Skvallertorget. 

Tip: At the bottom of every page of liu.se 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 beginning of your time at LiU.

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

Cycling & Walking

Campus Norrköping is located about one kilometre from the Central Station, an approximate 15-minute walk through the city.

Walking to the University Hospital Campus is also possible in approximately 20 minutes from central Linköping.

Campus Valla is 3 kilometres outside central Linköping which is approximately 45 mins walking distance from the Central Station.

Most students purchase a used bicycle when they have arrived on campus, as both Linköping and Norrköping are great cities for getting around by bike.

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