Karlstad is easily accessible by road, rail and air. It’s situated about 300 km west of Stockholm, 225 km east of Oslo and 250 km north of Gothenburg (Göteborg).
The fastest way of getting to Karlstad is by air via Stockholm. Flying time from Stockholm is about 40 minutes. Karlstad Airport is located at a distance of 15 km from the city centre.
You can also take the train from Stockholm (3-4 hours), Göteborg (3 hours) or from other cities. In that case you have to take the airport bus or train from Stockholm Arlanda Airport to Stockholm City (Cityterminalen), where the bus terminal is close to the central railway station. It is also possible to take a long-distance coach from the bus terminal in Stockholm to Karlstad. Coaches are cheaper than trains but slower and the service is less frequent.
If you arrive by ferry in Gothenburg (from Germany or Denmark), you can take the train to Karlstad, a three-hour journey.
If you are under 26 years of age, you can buy train tickets with a discount without holding a student card.