How to get here

We have tried ALL routes, and we have decided that the best one, for us, is to go over by plane to Gothenburg, take the transfer coach from the airport to the train station and then take the train from Gothenburg to Kil.

You can go to Gothenburg from either London Heathrow or London Stanstead and travel into either Landvetter or Gothenburg City airport respectively.  They are both pretty much the same distance from the town centre where the main railway station is.

Then all you have to do, is jump on the train to Kil, take a seat and relax.  2.5 hours later you will be in Kil.  No changes required.

When you get to Kil you will require a car, you'd be lost without one.  There is one car rental place in Kil but you can obviously use other car rental places as well, but then you may need to pick up the car either at Karlstad Airport or Karlstad town centre.

It will take you about 10-15 mins by car to get to the cottage.

There is another route which you may want to try and that is to fly to the local airport in Karlstad which is only 15 mins from the cottage.  You will need to fly to either Copenhagen or Stockholm and then transfer to a local flight.  The local airline is called Skyways and can be found on  Their prices are quite reasonable if you book early enough. 


There are other options;  see below for more information.

If you are considering travelling by air, there are intercontinental flights as well as flights within Europe. Most of the major air carriers offers services to Sweden. If you are travelling from the mainland Europe or Britain you may choose going by train or ferry.

The opening of the Öresund Bridge on July 1, 2000 has made non-stop travel between mainland Europe and Sweden a reality.

The 16 km/10 mile (24 min) bridge and tunnel links Denmark’s capital, Copenhagen, with Sweden’s third largest city, Malmö, and takes both car and rail traffic.

Air routes

An increasing number of direct flights from the UK and Ireland to Sweden are now available. There are flights from Dublin Edinburgh, all the main London airports, as well as Manchester, Birmingham and Glasgow. Increasing competition between the airlines means that special cut-price fares to Sweden are often available.
Scheduled air routes
From/to Travel time Frequency

SAS Scandinavian Airlines
London (Heathrow)-Stockholm (Arlanda) 2hr 30min 6 daily Mon-Fri,
4 Sat,  5 Sun

London (Heathrow)-Gothenburg(Landvetter)

2 hr

2 daily Mon-Fri
1 Sat, 2 Sun

Edinburgh – Stockholm (Arlanda) Mar-Sep only

2hr 10min

2 daily Mon-Fri
and Sun

Manchester – Stockholm (Arlanda)

2hr 25min

2 daily Mon-Fri
1 Sun

Dublin - Stockholm (Arlanda)

2hr 40min

1 daily Mon-Fri,
1 Sun

Birmingham - Stockholm (Arlanda)

2hr 50min

3 daily Mon - Thu
2 Fri and Sun

British Airways
London Heathrow–Stockholm (Arlanda) 2hr 25min 6 daily Mon-Fri
4 Sat, 6 Sun

City Airline

Manchester – Gothenburg (Landvetter)

1hr 50min 2 daily Mon-Fri
1 Sun

Birmingham – Gothenburg (Landvetter)

1hr 45 min

2 daily Mon-Fri
1 Sun

London (Heathrow)– Stockholm (Arlanda)

2hr 30min

6 daily Mon-Fri
4 Sat, 6 Sun

London (Stansted) – Stockholm (Skavsta) 2hr 5min 3 daily

London (Stansted) – Gothenburg (City)

1hr 50min

3 daily Tue-Fri
2 Sat, 2 Sun

London (Stansted) – Malmö (Sturup)

1hr 50min

1 daily Mon-Sun

Glasgow (Prestwick) – Gothenburg (City)

1hr 50min

1 daily Mon,
Thu, Sat

Glasgow (Prestwick) - Stockholm (Skavsta)

2hr 00min

1 daily except
Tue and Thu

Shannon - Stockhom (Skavsta)

2hr 50min

1 Tue, Thu and Sat

Airport transfers in the Gothenburg area

Gothenburg (Landvetter) Airport
Buses operate from Landvetter Airport to the Central Station, (Nils Ericson Terminal), in Gothenburg every 15min at peak times and twice per hour for the rest of the day. Departures from Landvetter from 5.00am till 00.15pm and from the Nils Ericson Terminal from 4.20am till 23.35pm, (Saturdays 22.05pm)
Journey time: 30min.
Single fare: £5.50 (70 SEK).
Gothenburg (City) Airport
A coach service from the airport to Gothenburg city centre leaves 30min after the arrival of Ryanair flights. The bus back to the airport leaves the Nils Ericson Terminal 2 hours 20 min before flight departure time.
Journey time: 30min.
Single fare: £3.50, (50 SEK).
 By taxi
A number of different taxi companies operate in Gothenburg, and their rates can vary.  Please note that there are fixed rates for transfers from £25 from the Airport to the center of Gothenburg. Make sure to confirm the rate before you leave the airport.

Airport Transfers in the Stockholm Area

Stockholm (Arlanda) Airport
The Arlanda Express rail service operates from Arlanda Airport to/from Stockholm Central Station every 15min throughout the day. The travel time is only 20 min.
One-way fare is SEK 200 or approx. £14.50 (children to age 7 free; aged 8 – 17, £7.30), students/senior citizens £7.30. A family ticket for two adults and maximum 4 children costs £16.00, valid only during weekends.
A surcharge is applicable when purchasing your ticket on board the train. The airport station is also served by long-distance mainline rail services, including night trains to the north of the country.
Buses operate to/from Arlanda Airport to the City Terminal near the Central Station in Stockholm about every 10 min throughout the day. The journey takes 45 min and costs SEK 95 or approx. £6.90, children 8 – 17 free if accompanied by adult, if travelling single £4.75. Supplemental fee if travelling night hours,

By taxi

Stockholm: a number of taxi companies operate in Stockholm, and their rates can vary. Note that there are fixed rates for transfers to and from Stockholm Arlanda Airport in the price range from £30 to £38.
Make sure to confirm the rate before you leave the airport.
The taxis from the larger companies always display the name of the driver and the car identification in the front window. Below is a selection of taxi companies in Stockholm.
Airport taxis can be booked at the same time as the air ticket. It can also be purchased at the ”Flygtaxi” (airport taxi) counters in terminals 2, 4 and 5. Most major domestic airports in Sweden have an airport taxi service. Airport taxis have fixed rates to most addresses in Sweden and can be shared with other travellers to reduce cost. Transport can be booked for all of Sweden Tel: +46-8-7975025, or toll free within Sweden 020-97 97 97.
See Flygtaxi 's(Airport taxi) website. Link to the right.

Bromma Airport
Buses from Bromma Airport to the City Terminal connect with incoming flights. The journey time is 20 min and a one-way ticket costs £5. Children up to 17 years travelling by themselves £3.70. Parents may bring two children aged up to 16 for free.

Stockholm (Skavsta) Airport
Airport buses link all Ryanair arrivals/departures at Stockholm (Skavsta) Airport with the Stockholm City Terminal. Journey time: 1hr 20min. Fare: £9.50 one-way, £14.50 return.

Stockholm (Västerås) Airport
(106 km from Stockholm)
Airport buses link all Ryanair arrivals/departures at Stockholm (Västerås) Airport with the Stockholm City Terminal. Journey time: 1hr 15 min. Fare: £9.20, (SEK 130) one-way, £14, (SEK 199) return.  


Travelling Within Sweden is Easy


Driving in Sweden

Motorways and roads are relatively free of traffic by international standards, and well maintained. Sometimes the only traffic you will have to look out for is the occasional deer or elk crossing the road!  Traffic jams are rare. The roads are usually in excellent condition, with easy-to-read traffic signs.
Here are some tips about driving in Sweden.
Documents required:
  • Current valid driving licence
  • Vehicle registration documents
  • Green card or other insurance documents recommended.

Speed limits (always posted on road signs):

  • Motorways 65 mph/110 km/h.
  • Dual carriageways and many other roads normally 55 mph/90 km/h.
  • Other roads outside built-up areas 43 mph/70 km/h.
  • Built-up areas 31 mph/50 km/h.
  • Car + caravan (with brakes) 50 mph/80 km/h.

Compulsory motoring equipment:

  • Warning triangles obligatory (to be placed 50-100 metres behind the vehicle).
  • Headlamp adaptor (desirable but not obligatory).
  • Belts must be used (both front and back).
  • Children can use any seat but must use seat belt or special child safety seat.

Rules and regulations:

  • Minimum age for driving: 18.
  • Drive on the right and give way to traffic approaching from the right unless road signs indicate otherwise.
  • You must drive with headlights at all times.
  • Studded tyres are allowed between 1 October and 30 April (longer if there is still snow or ice on the roads) and are compulsory on vehicles registered in Sweden between 1 December and 31 March. When using studded and winter tyres they must be fitted on all wheels. Drivers coming from abroad are not legally required to have winter tyres fitted.
  • Driving fines are levied on the spot.
  • Maximum permitted blood alcohol level is 0,2 Promille so alcohol should be avoided completely when driving. The police are permitted to make random checks.


  • Normal types of petrol available are 98 octane (equivalent to four-star), unleaded and diesel.
  • In February 2007 the cost of petrol ranged between about SEK 10.52 per litre. 
  • Major credit cards are usually accepted. At self-service stations you pay through automated machines which accept SEK 20, 50 or 100 notes (not available for diesel).

If you need emergency car repairs you can ring the “Larmtjänst” service, freephone 112 within Sweden.


Rail services

The Swedish Rail Network and booking information

Getting around by train
Photo: Kasper Dudzik

Though you may need to cover large distances (especially in northern Sweden), the country's rail network is efficient and extensive. Comfortable, modern trains are designed to deal with all kinds of weather.  The Swedish rail network is operated by a few major train operators; SJ, Tågkompaniet, BK Tåg, Connex and Inlandsbanan.

General information, timetables, prices etc. is readily available at ResPlus.

Booking from outside Sweden is easily made through :

Sweden Booking
Ph. +46 498 20 33 80
Fax +46 498 20 33 90

Sweden has a highly efficient rail network covering the whole country.

You travel smoothly and comfortably on some of Europe’s most modern trains. First- and second-class cars are available. On longer trips, couchettes and sleeping cars facilities are provided. Couchettes in second class are available on many routes, for instance Stockholm-Kiruna-Narvik (Norway).
Long distance trains generally have a buffet car. As an extension to the railway network, buses operate on a frequent basis as a link to smaller cities and villages. These buses can be booked in connection with your railway ticket.
The Swedish high-speed train X 2000, travels at up to 200 km/hour (125 mph) on all major routes and offers the highest standards of comfort, with radio and music channels outlets at all seats. In full-fare business class you will be served a meal at your seat, and in second class you have access to a Bistro car, where hot or cold meals are available.

Swedish flag
Photo: Richard Ryan
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