If there are two of you travelling together you can save about 10% of the train fare in Skåne by purchasing a Duo ticket. It is not immediately obvious how you do this on the automatic ticket machines as the first screen provides direct touch screen entries for most of the stations to which you might wish to travel. However, if you ignore these options and touch the 'Buy Ticket' button you are given access to further options, including the option to buy a Duo or Family ticket.
Skåne is fairly flat (282 metres at its highest I think) if you avoid the three main ridges and so, a great cycle county. The most popular area to bike around is in the rolling hills of Österlen (see my Simrishamn page) with all sights and with the smell of apple orchards and the sea, and the tourist offices in the area will have information about the best cycle rental companies at the time and book packages for you, including accommodation if you like. Another nice place to bike around is the Bjäre Peninsula (see my Torekov page)around Båstad, although here you have to negotiate the Hallandsåsen ridge here and there. There is also something called Skåneleden - several cycle paths to follow, although they are not 100% on cycle paths only. If you go with children or just want to bike for a day, head for the island of Ven!
The main tourist offices sell an excellent set of new maps of the South and North of Scania respectively, with tours marked out. Feel free to contact me or pedal_fool for further details of biking in the area as we do it a lot on weekends. You can put your bike on trains in Scania, unlike most of the rest of Sweden, so Malmö-Ystad-Simrishamn is not a problem and neither is Malmö-Lund-Helsingborg-Båstad or Malmö-Lund-Höör-Hässleholm-Kristianstad. The only problem you might encounter is that the trains are full so pick an early train and/or turn up early as you cannot reserve space. The Öresund trains have space for six bikes in each train set (and have one to two sets depending on run) and the Pågatågen trains have space for four at each end of the train which makes it eight in total.
Skåne, along with Greater Stockholm, has the best regional transport in Sweden in my opinion. Not surprising since it is a densly populated county and the gateway to the rest of Europe, but it is still impressive. To me, the only problem is the Kulla peninsula where you have to go back to Höganäs to change from the northern to the southern coastline. You can also find Saturday service reduced during school holidays, especially in areas around Simrishamn where more people have their own cars than in the western cities, but at least there ARE buses and/or trains every day to most corners. Click on the link below and then on English in the bottom corner and plan your journey by local trains and buses. Summertime you can also buy a special "summer card" and pay only around SEK 400 for 25 trips anywhere in the county! Look out for these yellow regional buses if you want to hop between the different parts of the region as they make up the backbone of the bus network.
As our group did not want to take the airplane from Germany to Malmö, we decided to go there by ship. We took the TT-Line "Nils Holgersson" ferry and chose a night trip, where we had the possibility to sleep. The ferry was quite large and it appeared to be in a very good condition (actually I read somewhere, that it was just built in the year of 2000). The trip from Travemünde, Germany to Trelleborg, Sweden took about nine hours. We had a captain's buffet on board, which wasn't as good, as it sounded, though (I mean, it was okay, but for more than 20 Euros it was quite expensive). The ship was very silent and I had a relaxing night (there were even showers in the cabins). I don't know about the transportation price though, as it was a business trip and the company paid for it.
Before the bridge, ferry from Helsingborg to Danish Helsingør was the main way from Sweden to continental Europe and still today, many people choose this way so they can relax a bit on board (20 minutes) and escape the high fee on the bridge. Thanks to this, no less than two shipping companies still run.
There are also ferries from Travemünde and Sassnitz to Trelleborg and from Gdansk and Swinousje to Ystad.
In 2000, the bridge that revolutionised southern Skåne was finally opened. Today, this is the way many people take to Sweden and people like myself commute across it Monday to Friday. It is quite expensive to cross by car, but then again it is spectacular. If you come by train from Copenhagen, it is cheaper and takes you straight to Malmö from where there are connections to all over Skåne so nothing could be easier.
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