Image of Vasaplan, a hub for public transportation.

Vasaplan – a hub for public transportation.

Public transportation and mobility

Mobility and logistics is fundamental for all relations, organizations and regions. Umeå has a strategic location in northern Europe, at an intersection where a constant flow of people, ideas, commodities and products is passing through – from north to south, and from west to east.

On a vertical level, Umeå connects all southbound shipments with the rest of the country and down to Europe, and on a horizontal level, transports from Mo i Rana, Norway and the Atlantic Ocean passes through Umeå on their way to Ostrobothnia in Finland going east. Trade has always gone through Umeå, making it a place were people have met in the crossroads, the city has always been open and inclusive. There are no strangers here.

We like to see ourselves as members of different communities, and as an Umeå resident, you automatically become part of a number of new ones – the Umeå region, the county of Västerbotten, the North, the Arctic, Sapmi, the Barents region and several others. At the same time, we have always been aware that we are geographically a long way from the obvious hot spots like greater Stockholm and the Silicon Valley. Therefore we have always put pride in being pioneers when it comes to communications – with an early developed broadband available for everyone, which has provided great conditions for e.g. world-leading e-health and becoming a lighthouse-city in Europe for smart cities. Good communications is a prerequisite for all development, where we can come together, pursue dialogues and development. We are leaving the Network society, and are entering the Inspiration society – a place where we can benefit from each other´s experiences and utilize the raw potential in the latest technology.

People walking out of an aircraft.

In practical terms, Umeå City airport connects Umeå with the rest of Sweden and Europe via dozens of departures every day. The fast train leaves several times a day and takes you to Stockholm in about six hours. The ferry line to Vaasa connects Västerbotten to Ostrobothnia, an important link in the east-west-traffic – and with a brand new ferry, improving the connections over Kvarken.

The inner city traffic routes consists of densely woven bike- and pedestrian paths, along with the practical local transportation system Ultra, which provides dozens of buslines.

Umeå Airport External link, opens in new window. – current flights at the country's sixth largest airport

BRA External link, opens in new window.daily flights from Umeå to Stockholm BMA

Norwegian External link, opens in new window.daily flights: Umeå – Stockholm ARN and vice versa

SAS External link, opens in new window.daily flights to Stockholm ARN and some days to Gothenburg

Norrtåg External link, opens in new window. – operates train traffic in northern Sweden

SJ External link, opens in new window. – daily direct trains to Stockholm

Wasaline External link, opens in new window. – passenger- and freight traffic between Umeå and Vaasa

Holmöfärjan External link, opens in new window. – daily trips to and from northern Sweden´s largest and sunniest island

Norrbyskärsfärjan External link, opens in new window. – ferry timetable between Norrbyn and Norrbyskär during the summer

Länstrafiken External link, opens in new window. – operates bus traffic in Västerbotten, timetables, prices and more

Ultrabussar External link, opens in new window. – timetable and route maps for local traffic in Umeå, which always emanates from Vasaplan

Flygbuss External link, opens in new window. – airport bus route; Vasaplan (Umeå center) – university- and hospital area – Umeå Airport

Ybuss External link, opens in new window. – operates bus services with daily departures back and forth from Umeå, Örnsköldsvik, Sollefteå and Sundsvall to Stockholm

Umeå Hamn AB External link, opens in new window.Umeå Harbor located in Holmsund

Traffic information External link, opens in new window. – The Swedish Road Administration's current information about road construction and rest areas

INAB External link, opens in new window. – Infrastructure in Umeå AB - is a municipal company working for more efficient and long-term sustainable logistics and transport solutions.

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