Getting to Skåne

Skåne is often called Sweden’s portal to Europe, and it’s easy to get there on one of the many plane, train and ferry connections. Transfer time is minimal – you can get on a train at Copenhagen airport and be in the midst of the wilderness in less than two hours. Everything is nearby and easily accessible by train, buses or car.

Arriving by plane

Copenhagen Airport (CPH) is only a thirty-minute train ride away. Copenhagen Airport is Scandinavia’s largest airport and transports over 21 million passengers every year. It can be reached from all bigger cities. Once at Copenhagen Airport, buy a train ticket that takes you over the Öresund bridge to Sweden. Get off at Malmö, Helsingborg, Lund, or whichever city you prefer.

Happy couple at a train station © Leif Johansson
© Leif Johansson
Traveling by train in Skåne is easy.

Arriving by train or bus

If you travel from Europe you will probably arrive at Malmö Central station passing Denmark and Copenhagen. In Skåne you can travel almost anywhere by train or bus using Skånetrafiken, the regions’ public transport. 

Take your bike on the train and discover Skåne on two wheels. Read more about bringing your own bike and everything about public transport on Skånetrafiken's website.

If you arrive in Skåne by train from the north ,or if you are planning to continue your journey in Sweden after visiting Skåne you will probably travel on SJ, the national train company in Sweden. Buy tickets for these trains on their website or in their SJ app. Please note that Skånetrafiken’s tickets are not valid on an SJ train and you cannot travel with an SJ ticket on the Öresundståg trains. You can’t bring your bike on a an SJ train.

Arriving by car or boat

It’s an easy drive from anywhere in Europe and you can take your car on the ferry for the last part to save time and fuel. Ferries depart from several harbours in Poland, Germany and Denmark.

Getting around once you're here

Driving is easy. Enjoy unhurried roads and undulating countryside. Rent a car on location for the day or for the week at one of the many car rental companies – they're all searchable on Google.

Border controls

Since January 2016 there are border controls at the train stations adjacent to the Öresund Bridge, at the toll station on the bridge and by the ferries in Denmark and in Sweden. There are no controls in the opposite direction from Sweden to Denmark. Be sure to bring a valid ID with photo identification for all family members (passport, valid driver's licence or approved Nordic EU ID card). Read more about border controls here.

Use the Skånetrafiken App

The simplest way to find timetables and buy your tickets is through the Skånetrafiken app. If you have an iPhone or Android phone and Internet access you can download the app and buy your tickets there (link it to your credit card, MasterCard or VISA). Using the app you can book up to ten tickets in advance, which you activate just before you board the bus or train. You don’t need to be connected to activate the tickets; it works without data traffic.

Use a ticket machine

You can also buy your ticket in one of Skånetrafikens ticket machines that are to be found at Copenhagen Airport and at bus and train stations in Copenhagen and Skåne. The ticket machines accept VISA, VISA Electron, MasterCard and Maestro.

different kinds of tickets 

If you are planning on using the public transport several times during your stay in Skåne, it’s a good idea to get a chargeable Jojo card that gives you a 10% discount on trips within Skåne (buses and Öresundståg). You can also buy a 24 or 72-hour ticket that gives you unlimited travel within the time period in Skåne. Read more about all kinds of tickets here.  

Buy a ticket straight from the bus driver 

You can buy a ticket from the driver on board the yellow regional buses. The yellow regional buses only accept credit/debit card payment, no cash. On green buses you can travel using app tickets or a Jojo card.

Avoid getting fined

You have to buy a train ticket before the ride and entering the train or you can be fined. If you feel uncertain about which train to take or how to buy a ticket, don’t hesitate to ask the staff at the service desk.

 

Pågatåg in dawn © Johan Wessman News Øresund
You can easily explore Skåne with Pågatåget.

 

Map of Skåne

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