Getting to Skåne
Skåne is often called Sweden’s portal to Europe, and the many plane, train and ferry connections makes it easy to get here. Transfer time is minimal - you can get on a train at Copenhagen airport and find yourself in the midst of the wilderness in less than two hours. 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.
Arriving by plane
Arriving at Skånes next-door neighbour Denmark and Copenhagen Airport (CPH) Skåne is only a thirty minutes train ride away. Copenhagen Airport being Scandinavia’s largest airport transports over 21 million passengers every year and can be reached from all bigger cities. Once at Copenhagen Airport you buy a train ticket that will take you over the famous Öresund bridge accompanied by amazing views over the sound on your way over to Sweden. Get off at one of Skåne’s largest cities, Malmö, Helsingborg, Lund or which ever city you prefer.
Arriving by train or bus
Skåne has a well organized train and bus network and it’s easy to reach different areas within the province. Travelling from Europe you are most likely to arrive first at Malmö Central station passing Denmark and Copenhagen. While in Skåne you can travel almost anywhere with train or bus with the public transportation company Skånetrafiken. You can even take your bike on the train and discover Skåne on two wheels. Read more about bringing your own bike and all there is to know about public transportation in the region on Skånetrafiken's webpage.
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 are most likely to travel with national train company in Sweden, SJ, the Swedish train operator, owned by the state. Tickets for these trains can be bought on their homepage or in their own app SJ – Swedish Railways. Please note that Skånetrafiken’s tickets are not valid on an SJ train and you can not travel with an SJ ticket on the Öresundståg-trains. You are not allowed to bring your bike on a an SJ train.
Arriving by car or boat
Or just come here by car. It’s an easy drive from anywhere in Europe and you can even take your car on the ferry for the last part to save both time and fuel. Ferries depart from several harbours in Poland, Germany and Denmark.
Getting around once you're here
Once you've arrived in Skåne, driving is easy – enjoy unhurried roads framed by an undulating countryside. Rent a car on location over the day or for the full week at one of the many car rental companies in Skåne – they're all searchable on Google.
Since January 2016, there are border controls taking place when entering Sweden 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 license or approved Nordic EU ID card). Read more about the border controls here: https://www.skanetrafiken.se/granskontroller/
How do I buy a train/bus ticket?
Use the Skånetrafiken App
The simplest way to find timetables and buy you tickets is through the Skånetrafiken app. If you have an iPhone or Android and Internet access you can download the app and buy your tickets through there (link it to your credit card, MasterCard or VISA). With the app, you can book up to ten tickets in advance, which you then 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.
Get a jojo-card
If you are planning on using the public transport multiple times during your stay in Skåne, it might be a good idea to get a ”Jojo card” that gives you a 10% discount on trips within Skåne (buses and Öresundståg). You can buy the Jojo card at one of Skånetrafiken’s Customer Service Center at any of the larger stations. The Jojo card is free and you load it with as much money as you want, however the minimum charge is 200 SEK (20 Euro). The next time you want to purchase a ticket, you just pay with the Jojo card in a ticket machine.
Buy a 24 or 72-hour ticket
You can also choose to buy a 24 or 72-hour ticket that gives you unlimited travel within the time period in Skåne. Read more about the ticket: https://www.skanetrafiken.se/sa-reser-du-med-oss/valj-ratt-biljett/2472…
Buy a ticket straight from the bus driver (yellow buses only!)
You can buy a ticket straight 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
Please note that you have to buy a train ticket before the ride and entering the train, or you can get fined. If you feel uncertain about which train to take or how to buy a ticket, do not hesitate to ask the staff at the service desk.
For more information about the public transport in Skåne and the different types of tickets pay a visit to Skånetrafiken’s website here.