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Karlstad Airport Guide

Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or you are just quickly passing through, our Karlstad Airport Guide is a great place to start planning your visit.  Here, you’ll find information on services and facilities available inside the airport – including details about airport lounges, WiFi, mobile charging points, lockers, 24-hour food options, nearby hotels, and everything in between.

I was kicked out by the security. I was tired and needed some sleep, and may well had accepted the floor in the briefing room, but no… hell, had to spend the night on a very hard bench outside the terminal building – Attila

KSD Airport Overview

To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, here is a quick run-down about what to expect during your time at Karlstad Airport.

What to Expect

The tiny terminal at Karlstad Airport (code: KSD) handles regional and seasonal flights. Facilities include a landside bistro, an airside bar, a small duty-free shop, and free WiFi.

Where to Sleep

It is not possible to spend the night here as the airport operates on a limited schedule, in accordance with planned flights. For uninterrupted sleep, a hotel is nearby. See our Airport Hotels section below for more info or read some traveller airport reviews for more tips.

Covid-19 Update

Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, all services and times listed below are subject to change. Some services and facilities may remain closed or operate with reduced hours.  Airport tips and suggestions in this guide and elsewhere on the site were written before March 2020 and may no longer be valid. If you are planning to sleep in the public area of the terminal overnight, have a back-up plan! We’ve heard from a few travellers at other airports and they were not permitted to stay overnight. We’re not sure if that will apply to this airport, until a reader lets us know the current situation. We will start updating all of our guides in October 2021.  To help us with this massive update, you can add or update information or write a review and submit photos and airport tips.

In this guide we may refer to locations as “landside” and “airside”. Landside is the public area of the terminal located in the non-secure zone, before security. Airside is the secure area of the terminal that you must reach by going through security.  For more information on Europe’s Schengen Area, click here.

Airport Hotels

If sleeping in Karlstad Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels near the airport.

  • Scandic Klaralven – (15 minutes from the airport) No airport shuttle.  » Check Rates
  • Elite Stadshotellet Karlstad – (15 minutes from the airport) No airport shuttle.  » Check Rates
  • Hotel Freden – (20 minutes from the airport) No airport shuttle.  » Check Rates

To see more options there is a list of hotel deals in Karlstad on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.

Airport Lounges

There are no pay-per-use lounges in the airport.

Airport WiFi/Internet

Free WiFi is available at Karlstad Airport. Connect to the “Airport Free” network.

More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover At The Airport

ATMs / Cash Machines – ATMs are not available at the airport. The nearest place to withdraw cash is at Forex Bank 18km away.

Baby Care Facilities – If you are travelling with an infant, baby strollers must be checked. The airport provides strollers that you can borrow up until boarding your flight.

Children’s Play Area – When you want to ensure your kids burn off all their energy before their flight, take them to the children’s play area.

Conference Facilities – The airport is equipped to host conferences for up to 60 people, half day and full day rate are available and includes free wifi and catering.

Currency Exchange – Currency exchange services are not available at the airport. The nearest exchange office is 18km from the airport.

Duty Free & Shopping – Duty free shopping is available. Additionally, candy, books and magazines can be purchased from the Bistro Airport. Location: Departure area.

Food & Drinks – The airport’s only dining option is Bistro Airport. Hours: 8:30AM – 4:00PM (Mon-Fri) • Closed (Sat-Sun). Also open 2 hours before charter flight departures. Closed on Saturdays.

Luggage Storage & Lockers – Not available.

Mobile Charging – At the time of this update, we did not have any information about mobile charging availability. If you know, click here to update this airport guide.

Rest Zones – There are no dedicated sleeping areas, quiet areas or rest zones. If this information has changed, click here to update this guide.

Showers – Not available.

Smoking – Smoking is prohibited inside the terminal. Designated smoking areas are located outside.

Airport Hours

The airport’s hours of operations change depending on the season. Generally, the airport is open from approximately 5:10AM – 9:00PM (Mon-Thurs) • 8:00AM – 8:00PM (Fri) • 1:00PM – 8:00PM (Sun). Please note: The airport is often closed on Saturdays. Be sure to plan accordingly.


Karlstad airport is served by the following airlines: Air Leap • Lufthansa • Norwegian • TUI.

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport

Car Rentals

The following car rental agencies offer services onsite: Avis • Europcar • Hertz • Sixt. Reservations should be made in advance in order to pick up the keys to your rental car at the airport


Värmlandstrafik offers an on-demand shuttle service between KSD airport and select destinations in central Karlstad. A reservation must be made at least 2 hours in advance if going to the airport, and at least 1 hour before landing at the airport. The trip between the airport and the city center lasts approximately 15 minutes. For routes, fares and reservations, visit the Värmlandstrafik website.


Taxis are available at the ground transportation area. All taxis are metered, and reservations are not required. At the time of this update, one-way fare between the airport and central Karlstad is SEK 360.

Last updated: 2022-01-25

This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning.  All information, including rates and hours, are subject to change at any time without notice.   The information in this airport guide is based on information collected and/or received from the airports, lounges, hotels, transportation providers and their web sites. We are not representatives of any of the above mentioned service providers. To report errors or to add/update any items mentioned in the guide: update the airport guide or  write a review.