Feeling confused? We’ve pulled together 20 of the most commonly asked questions when traveling to Skåne so you can see what people usually are wondering about.
How do I get from Copenhagen to Malmö? How long will it take? What’s the best/cheapest way? The fastest option is to go from Copenhagen to Malmö by train but you can also take a bus or drive your own vehicle across the bridge. More details about the options can be found right here .
- Will my phone work in Skåne? This depends on which phone carrier you have. However, your phone must be able to function on the GSM 900 and 1800 Mhz networks. Contact your carrier for information about prices and fees when using your phone in Sweden. It is fairly cheap (about 100SEK) to get a pay-as-you-go-SIM card to use, just make sure your phone is not locked to a specific carrier.
- Which is better, to stay in the bigger cities or in the countryside? Obviously this depends on your personal preferences, but in Skåne you really don’t have to choose since the province is fairly small. Get the most out of your stay and spend one night in the city and the next in the countryside.
- What will the weather be like? During the summer the weather in Sweden is mild and pleasant. Pack casual summer clothes, like a few medium-weight sweaters, a light jacket or raincoat. An overcoat is necessary in the autumn, winter and spring. Comfortable, low-heeled shoes are important, not only for the countryside, but also for sightseeing along cobblestone streets. Swedes like fashion. However, they avoid standing out in glitzy attire and will never abandon their jeans for too long. Informality is appropriate in most venues.
- Do I need to be vaccinated before going to Skåne? Assuming that you are up-to-date on routine vaccines like measles-mumps-rubella(MMR), diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis, varicella (chickenpox) and polio – there are no additional vaccines you need when traveling to Skåne. Although, Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B outbreaks occur throughout the world, even sometimes in countries like Sweden that has a very low risk of contamination, so have this in mind when deciding to travel. Rabies is present in bats in Sweden. However, it is not a major risk to most travellers.
- Which languages do people speak in Skåne? The most common language in Skåne is Swedish but English speaking travellers can leave their phrase books at home since the vast majority Swedes also speaks English.
- How do I find the most recommended hotels, restaurants and/or tourist attractions? We suggest using the most common travel-information-websites for researching what to do and where to go in Skåne. Including this one, of course ;) You will find all of them on Google.
- I would like to read the news before arriving to be up to date on what is going on. Where can I do that? The Local is a great source of information since they report all the big Swedish news in English. See news about Skåne on The Local here !
- Where can I find ATM’s and do I need to have cash at hand? Cash or ATM machines in Sweden are called Bankomat, can be found in all bigger and smaller towns and accept most international credit cards. Although, credit or debit cards are the most common form of payment in Sweden so check with your bank at home whether using your card abroad is the most cost-effective way to make purchases. Also note that in Sweden only Chip & PIN cards can make payments or withdraw cash.
- Do I need to rent a car in Skåne? If so, where can I rent one? If you’re staying in the cities you usually do not need a car, nor if you are heading to the semi-small towns since trains and buses go there frequently. If you want more flexibility though, a car can be rented at any airport, the bigger gas-stations or online. On this website, for example.
- Where in Skåne can I have (or avoid) the most authentic experience? Once again, this depends on what you think is an authentic experience. The cities are great for seeing and talking to Swedes in their own habitat, but the countryside often has a more authentic feeling since the globalization hasn’t hit those areas as hard. To stay at a traditional inn (gästgivaregård) is usually an experience very well spoken about.
How do i get around in Skåne if I do not have a car? Skåne is often called Sweden’s portal to Europe, and the many plane, train and ferry communication connections makes it easy to get here. If you want to experience different parts of Skåne or if you feel like a change of scenery, everything is nearby and easily accessible by train, buses or car. Read more about public transport in Skåne here!
- I am a vegetarian/vegan, is it easy to find adapted meals? Generally speaking, southern Sweden is a lot more welcoming to vegans and veggies! While a lot of traditional Swedish food is heavy on meat and fish, vegetarians and vegans are now well catered for. There are restaurants specialising in veggie-friendly food in most big cities, but regardless of where you are in the country, most restaurants have at least one or two vegetarian dishes on their menus. Vegans may have a trickier time finding full dishes they can eat, but it’s almost always possible to put together a few side dishes and eat them as a full meal.
- Do I need travel insurance? Travel insurance can minimize the considerable financial risks of traveling: accidents, illness, missed flights, canceled tours, lost baggage, theft, terrorism, travel-company bankruptcies, emergency evacuation, For some travelers, insurance is a good deal; for others, it’s not. What are the chances you’ll need it? How willing are you to take risks? How much is peace of mind worth to you? Take these considerations into account, understand your options, and make an informed decision for your trip.
- How are the road conditions/how do I drive in Skåne? Most roads in Skåne are made from asphalt but you might hit some gravel roads if you go far out into the countryside. The province is very flat so driving around is always smooth and bump-free ride. Roads can get very slippery in the winter so always beware of supercool.
- Do I need to make reservations for restaurants? Whether you are on a tight schedule or not, making a reservation at a restaurant will help alleviate a lot of stress. The general rule is, the more popular a restaurant is the earlier you have to make a reservation. With exception of the Michelin star restaurants in Skåne you can usually get a table if you book 2 weeks ahead of time.
- Where do I find real local food to try/which is the best? This is a great question! Check out our Food & Drinks-page but if you want other peoples opinions, Tripadvisor and/or Yelp are great websites.
- Where can I find suggestions on what to do in Skåne? Right here! You are currently visiting Skåne’s official tourist guide! All you got to do is to choose a theme or region and get inspired! We are also very fond of Tripadvisor, Arrivalguides and Lonely Planet.
- In case of an accident, where do I find a doctor or a pharmacy? For emergency assistance from police, fire brigade, ambulance etc, call ”112”. Emergency calls from pay phones are free of charge. If you need to see a doctor, visit the nearest hospital clinic ("Närakut", "Akutmottagning" or "Vårdcentral"), taking your passport and European Health Insurance (EHIC) with you. Prescriptions are dispensed at pharmacies (“Apotek”), which are generally open during normal shop hours. A 24-hour service is available in the major cities. Since 2010 it is also possible to buy non-prescription medicine in regular stores.
Can i swim, hike, bike, and roam around wherever i want? Yes, pretty much! When you move about in the Swedish nature, generally The right of Public Access (Allemansrätten in Swedish) applies. This law is unique to Sweden and protects every person’s right to move freely and enjoy nature. It allows you to walk on privately owned land, swim in privately owned waters and to pick wild flowers, mushrooms and berries. This law is one of the reasons why Sweden is such an attractive hikers destination. Nevertheless, there are rules to be aware of and to follow; you are not allowed to harm land or property, you are not allowed to pick protected flowers and plants, you are not always allowed to light a fire and let your dog run free. For more detailed information on what you can and can not do, visit this webpage.