You can take theAirport
Bus, number 80, operated by Ultra -
Umeå's public transport. The #80 bus departs and arrives outside the airport
terminal. During peak traffic
periods, buses depart every 15 minutes. The trip from Umeå Airport to Umeå city
centre takes only 8 minutes.
Depart at the last
stop (Vasaplan), which is in the city centre and within short walking distance
of all hotels in central Umeå.
Tickets can be purchased with the app
Ultra - Umeå lokaltrafik or ontabussen.nu.
Tickets are also sold at Ultra's regular service points and in the self service
machines located outside Umeå Airport and Vasaplan in Umeå city centre. You can
also buy a ticket on the bus using a debit/credit card.
Important! If you are staying at Hotel Björken (located
adjacent to the Umeå University campus), be aware that the Airport shuttle does
not make a stop near the hotel. If you want to get to Hotel Björken
quickly, then taxis are the best option.
Otherwise, you can take the airport shuttle to the city center
(Vasaplan) and then transfer to the no. 1, 5, 8 or 9 bus and depart at the University
Hospital (Umeå universitetssjukhuset). Your ticket from the airport will be valid for
1 hour for transfers at no additional cost. The hotel is just steps away from
the bus stop.
From the city
center to Umeå Airport
The following buses depart from Vasaplan to the University Hospital stop adjacent to Hotel Björken that is right beside the Universum building and Aula Nordica on Campus.
#2 (towards Ersboda
handelsområden) at platform O
#5 (towards Strömpilen)
at platform F
#8 (towards Tomtebo) at
#9 (towards Carlshöjd)
at platform O
Taxis are located just outside to the left when
exiting the terminal. We recommend traveling in groups for both economic and environmental reasons. If you need to book a Taxi from the airport to your hotel, it is
recommended to book a taxi in advance.
Approximately SEK 275-300 (can vary).
For further information about Taxi companies and
pricing, click here.
Trains to Umeå
Railway travel from Stockholm to Umeå
takes approximately 6.5 hours. You can take a train directly from Stockholm
Arlanda Airport. Umeå C is the station closest to hotels in central Umeå, and
Umeå Östra is the station within a short walking distance to campus (close to
If you are traveling to Umeå by train on Sunday November 12, make sure to
depart at the Umeå C station so you can walk directly to your hotel. If you are
staying at Hotel Björken, you should depart at Umeå Östra, which is a short
walk to the hotel.
Ticket bookings can be made via the following websites:
app is really simple and straightforward once you get going (available in
Swedish and English). In order to pay for your journey using the app, you need
to register a payment method. Do as follows if you want to register a payment
(credit or debit) card:
for your journey by entering your card’s three-digit CVC code (for payment card
transactions) or your pin code (for payment on invoice with no service charge).
the bus and show the driver your smartphone display. .
can also choose to pay with "Klarna" invoice (over 18s only) if you
have a Swedish personal identity number and with Swish.
can choose English or Swedish in the app. The best option is to select the
“Rabattkort” option to purchase 6 or 10 trips.
You will most likely take the bus twice a day Monday through Thursday,
so we recommend 10 trips for SEK 230 adult/vuxen which is slightly less
expensive than 8 single trips. A single trip (Enkelbiljet) costs SEK 29.
In ticket machines
You can also buy your journey in ticket machines at Vasaplan (Umeå Centre) and Umeå Airport
On the bus On the
bus, cash is NOT accepted. For security reasons, you may only pay for your
journey using a payment/credit card, via the app, or with your bus pass, not by
cash. The following overseas cards are accepted on board: Visa, MasterCard,
American Express and JCB.
the travel information center (Reseinfo center) at Vasaplan You
can also purchase tickets in person at Reseinfo Vasaplan at Skolgatan 65 A. They are
open Monday-Friday, 8:00-18:00. They can also assist you with any questions you
may have about bus lines, tickets, etc.
Note: Only single tickets may be purchased
on board. The cost
is SEK 39 for a single ride if you purchase on board. (Note that is is SEK 29
per ride if you purchase via the app, ticket machine, or the information
Walking distance from the
If you prefer some fresh air and exercise, you can
walk from your hotel to the main campus at Umeå University. It is about 2.5 km
in distance and takes about 30 minutes. If the walking paths are icy, please be
obtain and confirm the expiration date of your eduroam account at your
institution prior to your visit and make sure it is valid during MIRAI 2.0
R&I Week. In addition, we recommend making sure Eduroam is installed on all
devices that you will be using during the conference (laptops, mobile smart phones,
NOTE!If your computer goes
into sleep mode, then you will be logged out. Turn off proxy setting if it is on.
Getting from the main campus at Umeå University to the hotels in central Umeå.
The following buses go directly from the Universum
stop on Campus Umeå to central Umeå (Vasaplan). Make sure you are on the side
that has a large wooden construction (see the photo below) when you wait for
#2 (towards Söderslätts handelsområden via Vasaplan) #5 (towards V. Ersboda via Vasaplan) #8 (towards Ö. Ersboda via Vasaplan) #9 (towards Röbäck via Vasaplan)
R&I week participants will be able to check in their coats and bags in the Aula Nordica entrance on the ground level Free
of charge during the following times:
The average temperature in Umeå typically ranges
from -6°C to +1°C so remember pack a warm jacket, hat, scarf, and
gloves. Snowfall is possible in mid-November so wear shoes with a decent grip
The sun rises at approximately 8:00 and sets at
14:45 during the R&I week. By 15:30
it will be very dark outside. Many cyclists and pedestrians wear reflexes to ensure
Tap water in Umeå is very safe to drink. It’s not only tasty but also very clean. You can drink water from the sink in hotels, in restaurants, or even at the airport.
Borealis (Northern Lights)
If the solar activity is high and there is little
cloud coverage over Umeå, you may have an opportunity to see the Northern
Lights. However, it is difficult to see them in the city
centre. Lake Nydala (Nydalasjön)
is one of the best places to experience the Northern Lights.
For an aurora forecast, go to this website and click the Europe map. A kp index of 3 or higher is what you want.
in the city center
There is a wide variety of shops in the city
fashion, beauty, interior design and design are mixed with second hand and
locally produced crafts. If you are arriving on Sunday, November 12th,
please note that most shops close at 4:00 pm or 5:00 pm on Sundays. The two largest shopping galleries, Utopia
and MVG, are open during 10:00 am – 19.00 Monday through Friday. Read more here.
and plug type
The standard voltage used
throughout Sweden and Europe is 230 volts (50Hz). The electrical plug standard is
Type C and Type F with 2 round prongs.Participants from Japan whose
electrical devices operate on a different system will need to bring an adaptor.
Travel and Health Insurance
Please make sure to arrange your own health and/or
travel insurance before you come to Sweden. Umeå University does not provide
insurance to the participants and cannot cover associated costs (should they
arise) during your stay.
and International Phone Calls in Sweden
Domestic calls in Sweden for those from
abroad Make sure to add +46 or 0046 before the
Dial the country
code of the country you are calling, for example 81 for Japan or 44 for the
If the number starts with a 0, drop the 0 and
dial everything else.
To call a Japan number (123) 456-7890, dial 00+81+123-456-7890.
Helpful tip: Turn off data roaming
on your mobile phone if you are visiting from Japan to avoid unnecessary mobile
roaming charges (4G/5G). You will have access to the internet on campus via the
university Wifi and in your hotel with the hotel Wifi. WhatsApp, LINE and other
messaging apps are good options if you want to make free calls.
Contact your home
university about the best recommendations if you will be using a workplace
mobile phone during your stay in Sweden.
Sweden: a (mostly)
You will not need to exchange currency to Swedish
kronor prior to your trip. Most merchants
and restaurants now only accept credit cards or mobile payments (Apple Pay and Google Pay). Most terminals in
stores are supporting the use of paying with contactless cards.
Major credit cards such as Visa and Mastercard (some restrictions may
apply to American Express) are widely accepted throughout Sweden at banks,
hotels, stores, restaurants, taxis, car rental companies, and for air and rail
For those wondering how much it
will cost to use your card abroad, it all depends on the agreement you have
with your card supplier. Most credit cards will charge you a fee for using a
cash machine abroad, but since it varies between companies, contact your card
provider to know the rate for sure.
Please note: In order to pay or withdraw cash with your credit card it requires that
you have a card with chip and PIN (Personal Identification Number). The older magnetic-stripe cards won’t work.
Photography and filming
Please note that the MIRAI staff may take
photos and videos of your sessions, workshops and other parts of the program. If
you prefer not to appear in any of the photos or videos, please let our staff
know in advance by writing to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Police Call 112
for urgent help from the police.
Call 114 14 for other matters that are not urgent such as providing information
or reporting crimes that are not ongoing.
Fire, Ambulance and other medical emergencies Call 112