Travel to Uppsala
One way of finding your way around Uppsala is by using MapQuest.
Unfortunately, the main University building, which is the location
for PLI'03, has no street address, and can therefore not be found
directly by the MapQuest search.
On this map
the star is placed on the main University building and you can zoom in/out to see
A note on currency
Sweden is a member of the European Union, but not of the
European Monetary Union, and does not use the Euro
currency. The Swedish currency is the Krona (SEK). See e.g. this link for exchange rates.
Go to Uppsala by air
The closest international airport is Arlanda.
Arlanda is the main Stockholm airport (the place where most
international flights arrive) and is actually closer
to Uppsala than it is to Stockholm.
Getting from Arlanda to Uppsala is extremely easy and takes about
30 minutes. There are several alternatives to choose from:
One way to get to Uppsala is by bus.
The bus departs from stop 13 directly outside each of the
terminals. There are actually two buses that will take you to
Uppsala, 801 and 802. Click here for
a short translation of the bus schedule. Unless you are
extremely eager to see how the Swedish countryside looks, we
strongly recommend to take bus 801 which is
direct (802 however have better busses if you use a
wheelchair). It runs every half hour and takes approximately
30-35 minutes to reach Uppsala. The bus will make stops at the
train station and at the "hotels" point of the city center. See
map for directions from the bus station to the location of
PLI'03 (marked with a red star). Bus 801 stops at both bus
marks on the map, its first stop is by the train station (the
green star) and another stop is in the area where most of the
hotels are located. Bus 802 only stops at the train station.
Price (one way): 80 SEK. The ticket can be purchased from the
Another way is by train. Trains depart from the train
station which is located under the "Sky City"
building of Arlanda. An advantage of the train compared with the
bus is that it is slightly faster (20 minutes). Disadvantages
are that you have to carry your luggage from your terminal to
the station (quite painful if you arrive on Terminal 2) and that
the train only stops at Uppsala's train station, not outside the
"hotels" bus stop. See below for directions on how to get from
the Uppsala train station to the location of PLI'03.
(one way): 76 SEK.
Another way is by taxi which is however quite expensive and
probably not worth its price if you are staying in a place in
the city center. Taxis are stationed directly outside each of
the terminals, but most taxis are from Stockholm. If possible,
take a taxi from Uppsala (these can be identified by their
telephone number which starts by 018 rather than 08). Most
drivers speak English but remember to keep a map or directions
to your destination in Uppsala (print the MapQuest map above)
just in case you end up taking a taxi with a driver from
Stockholm rather than from Uppsala.
Price (one way): About 400 SEK.
NOTE: A price can be negotiated in advance. Make sure you at
least ask for a price estimate.
You can also rent a car at the airport, but
it is not really worthwhile to have a car in Uppsala. Everything
is nearby if you stay at a hotel in the city center. Parking is
an issue (see the note below about parking in Uppsala). However,
if you plan to combine PLI with some sightseeing outside Uppsala,
a car might come in handy.
shows the way Arlanda -> Uppsala. The star is located at Arlanda, go
north to Uppsala.
Go to Uppsala by train
You will arrive at Uppsala central station. At
the train station is marked with a green star.
The location of PLI'03 is marked with a red star.
Go to Uppsala by car
You can zoom out from any of the MapQuest maps linked from this
page to see how to get to Uppsala by car. Depending on where you
come from, either E4 or E20 will take you to the city limits. From
there you will have to find your way through one way streets and
"bus only" lanes to get to the main University building only to
find that there is no parking space available. Sure there are
parking places, but they are usually occupied. Finding a parking
place in Uppsala in mid-week typically means sitting in your car
for at least twenty minutes to wait until someone else leaves.
There are parking houses in the center of Uppsala, but they are
quite expensive. Some of the hotels have special prices for parking
in the parking house.
The star on this map
shows a parking where you will have a better chance to find a spot,
and the parking fee is low (however, you will need coins).
It is a few hundred meters to walk to the main University building,
but on the other hand the walk is through the Uppsala University botanical garden,
Sweden's oldest botanical garden.
The Botanical Garden; view from the Castle. Foto: Marcus Gunnarsson