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					              Traveling to Skövde and FAIM 2008
In short:
Skövde is located on the main railway between Stockholm and Gothenburg, and is easily
reached by X2000 or Intercity. The X2000 takes one hour from Gothenburg and two
hours from Stockholm.

The easiest ways from abroad is flying to Gothenburg Landvetter Airport and take a taxi
or airport bus to the central railway station, or flying to Stockholm Arlanda Airport and
taking the shuttle train to the central railway station. For more options and details, see
below.

For air travel from within Europe, Gothenburg usually is a good option whereas
Stockholm offers more alternatives for long haul routes and direct flights.

We will publish detailed train timetables to/from Skövde in due course (general timetable:
http://www.sj.se/sj/jsp/polopoly.jsp?d=10&l=en); we also encourage delegates to send us
their flight details as this may enable us to give personalised travel advice or to
suggest/arrange joint transport.

Airport Information

Gothenburg Landvetter Airport (GOT)
http://www.lfv.se/templates/LFV_AirportStartPage____2570.aspx
Take an Airport Bus (Flygbuss) or taxi to Gothenburg C (Central Station). From here,
take an Intercity or X2000 to Skövde. If you prefer to rent a car: Driving distance is about
160 km.

Gothenburg City Airport (GSE)
http://www.goteborgairport.se/eng.asp
Gothenburg City Airport is served by amongst others Ryanair and Air Berlin. We have
regular visitors who normally rent a car at the airport (170 km). Alternatively, take an
airport bus or taxi to Gothenburg C, and Intercity or X2000 from there.

Stockholm Arlanda Airport (ARN)
http://www.lfv.se/templates/LFV_AirportStartPage_Arlanda____36729.aspx
Take the Arlanda Express Train to Stockholm C (Central Station), 20 minutes traveling
time at 15 minutes interval. A taxi takes more time but is cheaper for 3 or more (make
sure the driver will charge you the fixed rate). From Stockholm Central Station, take an
Intercity or X2000 to Skövde. There are also some direct X2000 trains from the airport to
Skövde. If you prefer to rent a car: Driving distance is about 350 km, most of it
motorway.
Stockholm Skavsta Airport (ESKN)
http://www.skavsta-air.se/en/
Skavsta is served by Ryanair and other low budget flight operators, but ground transport
is less easy than from the other airports (the airport bus for instance takes 80 minutes to
Stockholm C; renting a car is not a bad idea). However, the selection of affordable flight
destinations is larger than for instance for Gothenburg City Airport. Should you be
looking for a low budget flight to Stockholm, then Sterling have flights to and from
Stockholm Arlanda, which may be the better option.

Miscellaneous:
Our conference partner is American Express Business Travel Groups and Events in
Gothenburg. They are willing to assist with pre-booking of train tickets; alternatively bus
transfer if that is cheaper. In order to be able to decide if and when there is sufficient
interest for a bus transfer, we encourage you to let us know your flight details.

Flying from the USA often means that one arrives one day "later" (departure on the 28th
normally means arrival on the 29th); when flying back one arrives on the same date
(departure on the 3rd normally means arrival on the 3rd, usually just 2 or 3 hrs later in
local time).

During June/July, there is much daylight in Sweden, so you may want to make sure you
have an eye mask packed.

Please check http://www.faim2008.org/ for updated travel information or contact us at
info@faim2008.org for personalised travel advice. We can also provide driving
directions for those arriving by car.

There is also a nice possibility for a round trip via Ireland, as colleagues from the
University of Limerick host Mechatronics2008 (http://www.mechatronics08.com) the
week before (June 23-25). This gives delegates who attend both of the conferences 4 days
between the conferences; plenty of time for travel from Ireland to Sweden and ample
opportunity for some sight-seeing in either country.

Useful links
Airport codes http://www.world-airport-codes.com/

Swedish embassies http://www.sweden.gov.se/sb/d/5616

Currency converter http://money.cnn.com/data/currencies/
In case you need to stay a night in Stockholm:

Hotels on or near Arlanda Airport

      http://www.qualityarlandastad.com/eng/index.asp
      Hotel 5 km (3 miles) from the airport. Shuttlebus every 30 minutes.

      http://www.ibishotel.se/visa_hotell.asp?lang=e&hotellid=11340
      Shuttle on demand
      http://www.arlandahotellby.se/eng/
      Hotel in the form of a small village as not unusual in Sweden. Pick-up and set-
      down service on demand.

      http://www.restandfly.com/_eng/index.html
      Simple rooms with bunkbeds and shared facilities (see the link concept) at the
      airport itself.

      http://www.connecthotel.se/default.asp?id=arlanda-en
      Relatively small modern hotel. Buffet breakfast is fairly basic. Limited shuttle
      service.

      Radisson SAS near Arlanda Shuttle service every 15 minutes.

      Radisson SAS on Arlanda (Sky City) Not unexpectedly, the most expensive hotel
      in this list as it’s located at the airport itself.

Some hotels near Stockholm Central Station

      http://www.choice.no/html/en-gb327480.jsp

      http://www.rica-hotels.com/index.cfm?oa=hotel.display&con=561

In case you need to stay a night in Gothenburg
      http://www.landvetterairporthotel.com/ Ideal if you have an early flight home

      http://www.scandichotels.com/en/Hotels/Countries/Sweden/Gothenburg/Hotels/S
      candic-Europa/ Hotel just across the road from the railway station.

      http://www.choice.no/html/page.jsp?propcode=SE028&langcode=en-gb

				
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