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2020 Practical Information

iConference 2020 will take place in Borås, a mid-sized city near the west coast of Sweden. The city center is compact with lots of restaurants and entertainment, and is also close to the surrounding countryside. It is easy to walk or use public transportation to get to places in the city centre and beyond. 

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Visas and Letters of Invitation

Sweden is a member of the European Union. If you are visiting Sweden for the conference and are a citizen of a non-EU country, you may need a visa. More information can be found at the Swedish Migration Agency

If you need a letter of invitation for visa purposes, please contact iConf2020@hb.se once you have registered to the conference and paid the conference fee. If you would like the invitation letter to include your date of birth, please state your information in the email. 

Accommodation

The following is a list of hotels in Borås that participants can contact directly for rooms. It is also possible to make reservations at these hotels via standard online booking channels such as Booking.com and Hotels.com. 

We thank everyone who has already booked their hotel through our special arrangement with the Resia booking service. The sign-up period for that special offer has passed. Use this secure link to visit the Resia website.

Conference Venue

The conference takes place at Borås Kongress, a newly opened conference centre in downtown Borås. Borås Kongress is situated across the street from the University of Borås campus, only a few hundred meters from several of our conference hotels and just ten minutes’ walk from the Central train and bus station. 

Lunches will be served to conference participants on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday in the Borås Kongress restaurant, which strives to serve locally and ecologically produced food when possible.

The iConference Opening Reception and Annual Banquet will also take place at Borås Kongress.


Getting to Borås, Sweden 

Most international visitors will enter Scandinavia through one of the beautiful capitol cities of Oslo, Stockholm or Copenhagen. Other points of entry include the Swedish university towns of Gothenburg, Malmö, Lund or Uppsala. From there you will make your way to Borås via air, rail or bus as explained below.

While a connecting flight may seem the most expedient route, travel by train or bus is a wonderful way to experience the region up close. 

Arrival by Air

Landvetter International Airport is only 25 minutes by car from central Borås.  

You can get to or from the airport by taxi (there are generally taxis in the taxi stand outside the arrival hall, or see the links below to pre-book a taxi). The set price is about 600 SEK.

The airport bus LandvetterExpressen runs from the airport to Borås Central Station and on some trips to the University of Borås (Högskolan). The price is 119 SEK one way. The trip takes about 30-35 minutes and runs every 40 minutes to every hour during the daytime. You can search the time table on their web site (unfortunately only available in Swedish).

Search under "Tidtabell" (Time table) either from the airport (Landvetter to Borås Åhaga) or the other way around. Note that "Borås Resecentrum" (Central station) and "Högskolan LandvetterExpressen" are the two stops in the centre of town. You can click on the times to expand the time table and see the exact times for each stop.

Flixbus and Nettbuss stop at the airport on some of their trips. Prices start at 50 SEK and are depending on availability. Tickets can be pre-booked online. 

Arrival by Train

Borås is accessible from all major points of ingress by train, see the SJ website for details. The trip from Stockholm takes 3.5 to 4.5 hours; from Copenhagen 4.5 to 5 hours. 

Arrival by Bus

Comfortable double-decker busses (# 100) with free wifi run frequently between central Borås and central Gothenburg (click here for timetable).

Busses also connect from Gothenburg to Oslo or from Borås to other parts of Sweden. Learn more using the links below. 

Getting Around Town

Public transport in Borås

City busses run frequently, and timetables can be found at Västtrafik, the regional public transport company. It is possible to search from one address to another, or from one bus stop to another. Busses no. 1, 7 and 31 stop at Högskolan i Borås (University of Borås), which is the closest stop to Borås Kongress, our conference venue. 

Tickets can be bought from 7-Eleven or Pressbyrån corner shops, or in the To Go app. They can also be purchased on the bus with a credit card – although note that US credit cards that require a signature may not be accepted on the bus.  

Taxis in Borås

Two companies provide taxi services in Borås: 

Taxi fares are generally paid with credit card. It is customary to add a 10% tip. 

Guided Tours

The conference organizers have arranged guided tours following the confernce. Click here for details and to sign up. 

Payment Methods in Sweden

Sweden is increasingly a cash-free society. In many places it is still possible to pay by cash (with Swedish Krona, SEK), but many restaurants, busses, etc. do not accept cash. Visa and MasterCard are the most used credit cards and should be accepted more or less everywhere. 

Emergency Contacts 

General Emergency, call: 112 

Health care advice: 1177 (phone), https://www.1177.se/en/other-languages/other-languages/ (online)



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