Travel to the conference
Karlstad is easily accessible by road, rail and air. It's situated about 300 km west of Stockholm, 225 km east of Oslo and 250 km north of Gothenburg (Göteborg).
The trip from Gothenburg to Karlstad takes about 2,5 – 3 hours, and can be made either with bus ( www.swebus.se) or by train (www.sj.se). If you want to stay in Gothenburg before or after the conference its better to buy the train ticket separately from the airport shuttle ticket. You can purchase the bus ticket from Landvetter to Gothenburg central station online (https://www.flygbussarna.se/en/landvetter). The trip will take 30 min and the bus goes approximately every 15 minutes.
Another option is to fly to Stockholm and then take the train to Karlstad, either directly from Arlanda Airport or take the airport bus to the central station (www.sj.se). The travel time on the train from Stockholm or Gothenburg is approximately the same (3 hours). There are also bus companies operating Stockholm Arlanda – Karlstad (www.nettbuss.se, www.swebus.se)
The Stockholm train is usually much more expensive than going by bus, or going by Gothenburg. Return trip for Gothenburg is apprx. 50,- euros, Stockholm apprx. 100,-euros. Karlstad also has a small local airport with regular flights to Stockholm Arlanda (www.ksdarprt.se). British Midlands or Norwegian Air have sometimes good price offers.
In order to get from the hotel downtown to Karlstad University, which is the conference venue, bus number 1 (run by Karlstadsbuss) from the town square is the most convenient and cheapest option. The final destination for bus 1 is “Campus” and it takes about 10 minutes from the square to “universitetet,” which is the stop for Karlstad University. When you get off the bus you will be facing in the direction of the main entrance of the university so just cross the street and the piazza and enter at “Huvudentrén.”
Going back downtown to the square, bus 1 is either marked “Centrum” or “IKEA.” The bus tickets should be purchased before getting on the bus. There is a ticket machine by the stop on the square and one up by the stop at the university. You can also buy bus tickets in the chain of small stores called “Pressbyrån.” Among other places, there is one on the square close to the bus stop, one close to the train station, and one by the university. If you buy a three-day ticket on Wednesday morning (it is valid from 4 o’clock in the morning of purchase), you have unlimited access to the orange city buses on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.
The three-day ticket only costs SEK 130, so it is good value for money. A single/One-way ticket bought from the machine or “Pressbyrån” costs SEK 23. (If you pay cash for a single ticket on the bus, which is possible, it is SEK 35.)