18-21 June 2012
Europe/Stockholm timezone


The workshop will be held at the AlbaNova University Center in Stockholm. Stockholm is served by both the main airport Arlanda and a few smaller airports (Bromma Airport - near the city centre, Skavsta Airport - further away and mainly low-cost airlines, Västerås Airport - again further away and low-cost).

Arrival at Arlanda

To get to downtown Stockholm from Arlanda, you have several options:
  • Arlanda Express. The fastest option is to take the Arlanda Express train (240 SEK one-way) to Stockholm Central Station (~20 min).

  • Airport Bus (Flygbussarna). A cheaper option is to take the airport bus which will also take you to the central station, albeit rather slower (~45 min).  Buses run frequently throughout the day and evening (every 10-15 min). The airport bus is 119 SEK one-way and 219 SEK return (99 SEK/198 SEK if bought online ahead of time).  Several of the accommodations (Elite Palace Hotel, Time Hotel, Hotel Oden, Wenner-Gren Centre) are within walking distance of the Norra Station stop; this is the fastest means of reaching these hotels.  If you want to go directly to the workshop site AlbaNova, you can also get off the bus at Norra Station and walk (10-15 min) to the workshop site.

  • Taxi. The easiest, but most expensive, option is of course to take a taxi directly to your hotel (or the workshop site AlbaNova). All taxi companies serving Stockholm are supposed to have fixed prices (around 500 SEK) to downtown Stockholm. If you go directly to the workshop site AlbaNova, state that you want to go to 'AlbaNova University Center, Roslagstullsbacken 21'.
Stockholm Central Station is a major hub for transportation: from here, you can reach your final destination by subway, bus, or taxi.  Taxis fares from Stockholm C to most of the hotels listed under Accommodations or the conference location itself (AlbaNova) run 150-200 SEK.  For information on the subway and buses, see the "Getting Around Stockholm" section below.

Arrival at Skavsta

If instead you arrive at Skavsta Airport, there is a bus service (Flygbussarna) that will take you to Stockholm City. The price is 149 SEK one-way and 259 SEK return (129 SEK/248 SEK through the internet). These buses run frequently daytime, but after 7 pm, they run only when flights land (and wait for delayed flights). As Skavsta is much further away than Arlanda, taxi is not recommended from this airport.

Arrival at Västerås

For Västerås Airport, there is again a bus service (Flygbussarna) that will take you to and fro Stockholm City in conjunction with flights. The price is 149 SEK one-way and 259 SEK return (129 SEK/248 SEK through the internet). Again, taxi to Stockholm is only recommended for people with too much money, however, it is possible to take a taxi to the local train station Västerås C (Taxi Västerås) and then go by train to Stockholm (SJ).

Getting around in Stockholm

Stockholm is served by a good subway and bus system. The main hub of the subway system is T-centralen located right next to Stockholm Central Station. All subway lines pass through this hub. There are also many buses stopping here that serve other areas of Stockholm. Note that most points of interest in Stockholm are not that far apart, so if you don't mind walking, that is also an excellent option for getting around.

To use the subway or bus, you should buy a ticket in advance. This is done either using a ticket machine at the station/bus stop, or at larger service centers (SL-Center) or at convenience stores like Pressbyrån or 7-Eleven. For short duration stays your ticket options are:
  • single tickets for 44 SEK (two coupons) if bought at the entrance to the subway (not possible on buses, though some bus stops have ticket machines).
  • single tickets for 36 SEK (two coupons) if bought in advance at any of the places mentioned above.
  • a strip with 16 coupons valid for 8 trips (2 coupons are required per trip) for 200 SEK.
  • pay via your mobile phone by sending an SMS with the text 'HA' to 72150. You will then get a return SMS that is your ticket (show to bus driver or at subway entrance). This ticket costs 36 SEK (charged to your mobile phone).
  • 7-day pass for 300 SEK (unlimited travel for 7 days).
  • 3-day pass for 230 SEK (unlimited travel for 3 days/72 hours).
  • 1-day pass for 115 SEK (unlimited travel for 24 hours).
If you plan on using the public transportation a lot during your stay, we recommend that you either buy the 3- or 7-day pass, or the strip with 16 coupons.

Bus/subway route planning, schedules, and other information are available on the SL website.

Finding the workshop site, AlbaNova

The workshop is held at AlbaNova University Center, Roslagstullsbacken 21. You can find a maps of the surrounding area here:
If you stay at Hotel Arcadia, the workshop site is easily reached on foot (~5 min). Just go up the hill on Körsbärsvägen and continue straight through the residential area. You will find AlbaNova at the other side of the hill.

If you stay at Hotel Oden or Best Western Time Hotel, you can either walk (~20 min), or take bus number 40 or 70 to the bus stop Albano. AlbaNova is the big white building behind you (with a telescope dome on top of it).

If you stay elsewhere, or simply want more travel information, the public transportation company SL, has a journey planner to help you find your way. Note that the bus stop closest to AlbaNova is called Ruddammen (serviced by routes 43 and 44); the Albano stop is also fairly close (see above).

The AlbaNova Center also has extensive instructions on how to get there. You can find those here.