Trains - a bit expensive
Now, I like travelling by train, I love to have a window seat and watch the countryside go by, I find it nice and relaxing. And if you travel by train in Sweden you will get great views. It's just the prices that aren't that great, it can be very expensive to travel by train here - especially if you are on the X2000 (which mainly run between Stockholm and Göteborg, and Stockholm and Malmö - via Linköping) and for those you usually need to reserve your seat.
A good way to cut the costs for train travel in Sweden is to get a rail pass in your home country before coming here. I bought one in Australia, 5 days unlimited travel within 2 months for $270 (then you only pay a little extra for seat reservation or if you want a couchette on a night train). It also costs less to travel if you are a youth (ungdom - under 26) or have a student card with the SJ logo on it.
Also, just be careful if you need to make changes at stations, make sure to allow yourself enough time as sometimes the trains can run a bit late.
At the train station there is a Pressbyrån, cafe, tourist information, internet cafe (wireless internet available in the waiting room) and of course the ticket office (but self-service ticket machines are available to use as well).
From the station it is easy to get around the city. The bus station (Resecentrum) is right next to platform one. From here you can get buses to all parts of Linköping and other nearby towns. If you need a taxi, exit to the left of the train station.
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An easy way to get around Linköping is to take the bus. Recently there has been a change in buying tickets. To reduce the amount of money the drivers carry they are being more persuasive for people to buy travel cards (which came in various forms, day passes, 15 days or 30 days - and different prices for adults, youths and those with discount cards).
Costs at the moment are as follows (for one trip, the ticket last an hour):
Adult: 20 SEK (with discount card 15 SEK)
Youth: 13 SEK (with discount card 10,40 SEK)
Plus there is also a charge if you pay in cash, I think it is about 10 SEK (people don't want to pay the extra 10 SEK, therefore they get a travel card and then the drivers have less money on them - that's the theory anyway).
The buses are fairly comfortable, the stops are announced before they are approached (just make sure if you want to get off you press the 'stop' button). There are also free timetables available on the buses (until they run out). The buses run until about 10.30pm Mon-Thurs, and until about 11.30pm Fri-Sun, but it depends on what route you are taking so make sure you check the timetable.
One thing I love about bus stops here is that they let you know how long until the next bus. If you look at my second photo, it shows a sign (not at all stops) with all the routes that go to that stop. It shows how long until the next bus and the one after that. I thought it was cool.
If you want to buy a travel card you can get one at the Pressbyrån at the central station, or at the ÖstergötaTrafiken store on Snickaregatan (Gränden Duvan).
For more information see the website below (available in svenska and english).
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Getting to Linköping is easy since it is on the main Stockholm to Malmö/Copenhagen train line with several trains a day. It is even a bit of a junction with trains to/from Västervik, Kalmar/Vimmerby and other places in the region.
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The best way to get to...
The best way to get to Linköping is via train. There is an airport but it is fairly pricey to take a plan there and the plane will always run through Stockholm, so you might as well take a train. If you are under 26 or a student with ID you cna buy the last minute tickets or seatless tickets for the trains. The x2000 takes about 1hr30min and you can purchase a last minute ticket for this train. There is also a bus from various other cities to Linköping but they cost about the same and take even longer. The site for train travel in Sweden is www.sj.se.
Linköping is a biking city so one of the best ways to get around is by bike. This is a site with a lot of info. :(http://www.linkoping.se/ahoj). The bus is also an option.
You can fly to Linköpings...
You can fly to Linköpings Flygplats using regular connections on Skyways from Stockholm or Copenhagen, there are also good connections from London or Manchester using City Airlines.
Linköping is around 3 hours drive from Gothenburg where you can get a car ferry to the UK, and around 2 hours drive to Stockholm.
The best way to get around Linköping is by public transport or bike.
Because Linköping is compact it is really easy to get anywhere around town using a bike. Cyclists don't have to worry about traffic in town since there is an extensive network of completely safe tracks to use.
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