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Getting There

By Plane -- Nine flights on SAS connect Stockholm and Karlstad daily; the "jump" takes 45 minutes. The airport, Karlstad Flyggplas (tel. 054/556-000; www.lfv.se), lies 10km (6 1/4 miles) northwest of the town center. Airport buses haul passengers from the airport to the town center, but it's best to call tel. 020/32-32-01 after the touchdown of your plane to summon one. The Flygbuss costs 65SEK ($13/£6.50) per person each way. Taxis (there's a taxi phone on-site) also have to be summoned, and they charge 250SEK ($50/£25) each way. For flight information, call tel. 054/455-50-10.

By Train -- Six trains per day run between Gothenburg and Karlstad, ten trains per day arrive from Stockholm, and three trains per day come from Oslo. Each takes about 3 hours. For rail information, call tel. 711/75-75-75.

By Bus -- Three buses per day arrive from Gothenburg, taking 4 hours; four arrive weekly from Stockholm, taking 4 1/2 hours; and two arrive weekly from Oslo, taking 4 1/2 hours. Check locally for bus schedules, which change from month to month. Note that both the train and the bus stations lie in the center of town. For general information, call tel. 0200/21-82-18 (within Sweden).

By Car -- From Stockholm, take E18 west all the way, and from Gothenburg head north along the E6 expressway, turning northeast at the junction of Route 45, which runs all the way to Karlstad.

Visitor Information

Karlstad and most of the region around it are represented by the Värmlands Tourist Office, in the city's conference center, Västra Torggatan 26, 651 84 Karlstad (tel. 054/29-84-00; www.varmland.org). It's open Monday to Friday 9am to 6pm,Saturday 11am to 6pm, and Sunday 10am to 3pm.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.