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.
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.
SJ for further travel
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.
Driving here is easy. Enjoy unhurried roads and undulating countryside.
If you don't bring your own car, 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.
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.
Travelling on trains and buses in Skåne
Download the app
The Skånetrafiken app is the easiest way to travel on buses and trains throughout Skåne. Just download the app from App Store or Google Play.
Register your mobile number and pay by debit card.
Now buy your ticket via the app. Remember to activate your ticket before getting onboard.
Ticket without the app
The easiest way to buy a ticket without using the app is by debit card when you travel.
Buy your ticket at a vending machine, on board the regional buses, at customer centres or from agents. If your bank card shows the contactless payment symbol, you can use it to pay directly on the bus. You'll pay an adult rate fare. Please note that overseas currency transactions may apply.
Customer Service Centre
You can buy tickets for Skåne, to Denmark and surrounding counties from the customer service centre. There are four customer service centres; at Malmö Central Station, Lund Station, Knutpunkten in Helsingborg and at Kristianstad Station.
Pay with debit cards or cash. You can also use a VISA, VISA Electron, MasterCard, Maestro or American Express credit card.
You can also buy tickets to SJ and the airport buses between Lund-Sturup and Malmö-Sturup as well as Swebus Express and Bus4you from the customer service centre.
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.