Venue & Travel

The MAB12 takes place at "Godsbanen" centre for cultural production. The green house icon on the map below shows its location in Aarhus along with other places of interest.

If you need help finding your way around at the venue itself, take a look at this Map of Godsbanen (.pdf).

View Media Architecture Biennale 2012 in Aarhus - Venue and points of interest in a larger map.

Accommodation - Where To Stay

Aarhus boasts quite a few hotels of which many are centrally located. All of the below hotels are within walking distance of the conference venue.

Most of the hotels have now closed their special booking rates, but many of them are likely to be willing to give you the discount if they still have available rooms. Enquire at the hotel.

We have a few available rooms in the Aarhus University guesthouse (single rooms, shared bath and kitchen). The rooms will be reserved for PhD students and distributed upon application to the communications chair. Pricerange DKK 350 (~ € 60).


The city of Aarhus is the capital of the Jutland peninsula, and the second largest city in Denmark. Aarhus University is Denmark’s second largest. Aarhus is both a metropolis and a village: It offers cultural activities, shopping, and commerce, but you can still reach the countryside within twenty minutes.

Aarhus is located by the sea, and at the harbour you will see a mix of yachts, heavy cargo transport, and small fishing boats – and a new harbour front district under construction.

The many parks are all pleasant, and the city has easy access to the woods to the north. To the south, the woods are bigger and less park-like. It is very easy to go for a scenic run by the sea and/or in the woods in the mornings.

Among the city’s cultural sites the large art museum ARoS attracts attention with Olafur Eliasson’s "Your Rainbow Panorama" at the roof. Den Gamle By, an open air museum featuring historical buildings, is also worth a visit. Famous Legoland is an hour’s drive from Aarhus and very close to Billund airport.

Getting Around

Godsbanen, the conference venue, is centrally located in Aarhus and you will easily be able to walk from your hotels to the conference venue. Nevertheless, other transport options might come in handy.

Aarhus’ city bus network is well developed. The yellow city buses can take you all over the city – from 5 am to 12 pm. There are also night buses on Fridays and Saturdays. You enter the bus through the back or middle doors and exit through the front door of the bus.

It is a good idea to buy a 2-zone 10-ride ticket at a kiosk if you plan on taking the bus several times. The price is DKK 130. One-way tickets can be bought at a coin machine in the back of the bus for the price of DKK 20.

Midttrafik has more information about bus routes and timetables.

In Denmark in general, and therefore also in Aarhus, taxis are quite expensive. However, they are safe, reliable and comfortable. You can call for a taxi, or hail it on the street.

    • Aarhus Taxa (+45 89 48 48 48)
    • Taxamotor Aarhus (+45 70 13 31 33)
    • Aarhus Mini Taxi (+45 86 16 47 00)

Travel - How To Get Here

Aarhus is easily accessible by trains and boats and planes, or you can drive by yourself if you like cars.

By plane
Aarhus Airport (AAR) is situated 37 kilometres from Aarhus. It offers a few direct, international flights and has several daily connections to and from Copenhagen. From Aarhus airport there is a 35 minutes airport bus ride to the centre of Aarhus. The fare is 100 DKK, which you pay the driver. Cards accepted. The final stop of the bus is the Aarhus Central Railway Station.

Billund Airport (BLL) Denmark's second largest airport - is situated 90 kilometres from Aarhus. From Billund Airport there is a 90 minutes airport bus ride to the centre of Aarhus. The fare is 180 DKK, which you pay the driver. Cards accepted. The final bus stop in Aarhus is at SAS Radisson Hotel.

Copenhagen Airport (CPH) is located in Kastrup just outside Copenhagen. From Copenhagen airport you can either continue by domestic flight to Aarhus Airport (approx. 30 minutes) or take a train to Aarhus. The direct train from Copenhagen Airport to Aarhus takes about 3 hours and costs DKK 358 (one way). It takes 12 minutes to get to Copenhagen central train station (you can choose from metro, train or bus) if you'd like to go see Copenhagen before taking off to Aarhus.

Other possible airports are Aalborg and Karup, which both have a few low-cost airlines connecting to the European region.

By train
From Copenhagen the trains leave two times per hour for Aarhus. The trip takes about 3 hours. From Frederikshavn (connected by high speed ferry to Göteborg) there is also direct train connection. Timetables for public transportation can be found at

From mainland Europe you can also take the train. There are direct trains from Berlin and Hamburg 2-3 times a day as well as night trains connecting e.g. Vienna, Munich, Basel and Amsterdam to Odense from where you board the Copenhagen-Aarhus train, dropping you off in Aarhus 1,5 hours later. See times and routes at German Rail (Deutsche Bahn). Leave Munich at 6PM, eat and sleep on the train, and arrive in Aarhus the next morning at 9AM.