Travel and arrival

Recommended time of arrival:

For those coming for the whole academic year or the autumn semester, it is recommended that you arrive on third week of August. For those coming for the spring semester, it is recommended to arrive in the week of January 14th. This is in order to settle and participate in the activities of the Welcome Week that the University organizes for new students (see below). Courses will normally start in the last week of august/first week of september and in the third week of january.

Welcome week:

At the beginning of each semester the university International Office and the Student Unions organize a Welcome Week. During these days you will get the chance to meet other exchange students, learn about Uppsala student life, get guided tours of Uppsala...and several other activities.

The programme can be found under the student union homepage. Click on 'Orientation' on the left menu.

Welcome meeting by the Intenational Office

The international office organizes a welcome meeting for all incoming students. Date and place to be announce later. This is a general meeting for all incoming students of all areas to welcome you and give you general information about student life in Uppsala.

Welcome meeting in Ångström:

In order to get to know each other and give you practical information about courses and other things you need to know, we will have a Welcome meeting in Ångström. Time and date to be announced by email.

To Uppsala from Arlanda airport:

Arlanda airport (code ARN) is about 30 km from Uppsala. The most convenient way to come to Uppsala is to take bus number 801 (bus stop number 13 at the exit of the terminal) or the train Upptåget.

Bus 801 Arlanda airport->Uppsala central station: every half hour, at 12 and 42 minutes past the hour.
This is from Terminal 5, the starting point. add 3 minutes if you arrive to terminal 4, and 5 minutes for terminals 2 and 3. The ticket costs 100 SEK and can be bought from the driver.

There is also a train, leaving from SkyCity (between terminals 2 and 4). It takes 20 mins and it costs 130 SEK. Tickets are bought in the counter or in the vending machines in the lobby, before going down to the piers.
NOTE: Do not follow the Arlanda Express signs. These are for the express train to Stockholm only.

Train Arlanda airport->Uppsala central station: every half hour at 17 and 57 minutes past the hour. First train at 5:27am, last train at 23:57.

To Uppsala from other airports:

Some of the so-called low-cost air companies coming to Stockholm fly to the smaller regional airports of Skavsta or Västerås.
Note that these airports are not so close to Uppsala and they are not well connected, so getting to Uppsala can be costly and take a long time.

Uppsala city buses:

Uppsala city bus tickets cost about 30 SEK. The ticket is valid for 90 minutes and you can change bus as many times you want within this period.

You can buy a bus card for a longer period and then the each individual trip will cost 11 SEK.

The busses that come to the Ansgstrom laboratory are 17, 20, 21, 22.

Money issues:

As you may know, Sweden is not in the Eurozone. At the time of this writing 1 euro = 10.3 SEK. You can check the exchange rate here for example.

Uppsala tourist office link:

You can take a look at the Uppsala tourist office, page where you can check the city map and get other information