Umeå is a bike friendly city. Locals frequently choose cycling as their means of transportation – even in wintertime. Taking the bus is an alternative way for sustainable travel within Umeå. Public transport by bus reaches the entire city with frequent departures, and connects to regional travel.
The municipality of Umeå has a policy to prioritize sustainable ways of traveling as an integrated part of its urban planning. The city is recurrently investing in ways to make it easier to choose sustainable ways of travel, such as bicycle, bus or on foot. Construction of new housing is prioritized in districts connected to public transport, as a part of the urban planning strategy of the city.
In urban parts of Umeå you will always find pedestrian walkways and cycle tracks within 200 meters. Routes that are commonly used are frequently snowploughed in wintertime as part of the municipality's work on facilitating sustainable choices in everyday life.
In urban parts of Umeå you will have access to a bus stop connected to public transport within 500 metres of your residence. The public transport network consists of seven bus lines connecting all urban districts in Umeå, including the nearby rural communities of Röbäck and Ersmark. The bus routes are operated by the company Ultra. On their website you will find tools for travel planning.
Umeå is the largest city in the Umeå region. It’s quite common to have your workplace in downtown Umeå and your residence outside the city, or in one of the neighbouring municipalities. Umeå-Vindeln and Umeå-Örnsköldvik are commonly used routes for commuting to Umeå by train.
Vännäs to Umeå takes approximately 15 minutes by train. If you travel from Vindeln via the same route, it takes about an hour. The Örnsköldsvik to Umeå stretch takes about an hour, with stops in several towns along the way. Out of these towns, travel time from Hörnefors to Umeå is 20 minutes and from Nordmaling approximately 30 minutes.
Länstrafiken External link, opens in new window. – bus traffic in Västerbotten, timetables, prices and more
Ultra bus company External link, opens in new window. – timetables and route maps for public transport in Umeå, with Vasaplan as the connecting hub.
Flygbuss External link, opens in new window. – airport transit route from Vasaplan (downtown Umeå) - university and hospital area - Umeå Airport
Ybuss External link, opens in new window. – Ybuss operates bus services with daily round-trip departures from Umeå, Örnsköldsvik, Sollefteå and Sundsvall to Stockholm
Wasaline External link, opens in new window. – passenger and freight traffic for the Umeå–Vasa route
Holmöfärjan External link, opens in new window. – daily trips to the largest and sunniest island in Northern Sweden (in swedish)
Norrbyskärsfärjan External link, opens in new window. – timetable for ferry line between Norrbyn and Norrbyskär during summer (in swedish)