Getting there & away
The länstrafik (public transport network) operates in zones, with a single journey ranging from Skr15 within the city of Malmö to a maximum of Skr84 within the county. The local trains are your best bet for travel to/from the major towns in Skåne; buses are a good option for those towns and out-of-the-way areas not on the train lines.
City buses depart from Centralplan, in front of the train station, and the Busscentralen (43 16 70) office there handles inquiries and sells tickets. Most regional buses leave from the bus station on Spårvägsgatan, while a few go from the section of Norra Vallgatan in front of Centralplan.
Bus 146 is a useful service to the ferries departing from Trelleborg (Skr48, 40 minutes); this service runs once or twice an hour. Another useful service is bus 100 to Falsterbo (Skr48, 50 minutes).
You can buy tickets for long-distance buses from the Travelshop (Malmö Buss & Resecenter; 33 05 70; www.travelshop.se; Skeppsbron 10), north of the train station by the harbour; buses leave from outside.
Swebus Express (0200-21 82 18; www.swebusexp ress.se) runs two to four times daily to Stockholm (Skr500, 8½ hours), five times to Jönköping (Skr293, 4½ hours) and up to 10 times daily to Göteborg (Skr281, three to four hours); four continue to Oslo (Skr400, 7½ hours). All pass through Lund.
Svenska Buss (0771-67 67 67; www.svenskabuss.se) runs a service to Stockholm (Skr400, 11 hours) via Karlskrona, on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. There are also one or two services to Göteborg (Skr250, four hours) on Monday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Eurolines runs services from here to all over Europe.for details.
There are a few buses heading across the Öresund bridge, but trains are the best option for journeys to Copenhagen and beyond.
The E6 motorway runs north-south through the eastern and southern suburbs of Malmö on its way from Göteborg to Trelleborg. The E65 motorway runs east to Ystad, the E22 runs northeast to Lund and Kristianstad, and the E20 goes west across the Öresund bridge (single/return bridge toll Skr285/570, discount with Malmökortet) to Copenhagen and north (with the E6) to Göteborg.
Car hire is available at Statoil (12 99 50; Skeppsbron 2), directly opposite Centralstationen. Several of the larger car-hire companies, such as Avis (50 05 15), are represented at Sturup airport.
Pågatågen (local trains) run regularly to Helsingborg (Skr84, one hour), Landskrona (Skr72, 40 minutes), Lund (Skr36, 15 minutes), Simrishamn (Skr84, 1½ hours), Ystad (Skr72, 50 minutes), and other destinations in Skåne (bicycles are half-fare, but are not allowed during peak times, except during mid-June to mid-August). The platform is at the end of Centralstationen and you buy tickets from the machine. International rail passes are accepted.
There's an integrated Öresundregionen transport system which operates trains from Helsingborg via Malmö and Copenhagen to Helsingør. The Malmö to Copenhagen Kastrup airport or Copenhagen central station trips take 20 and 35 minutes, respectively (both journeys Skr87); trains leave every 20 minutes.
X2000 (Skr482, 2¾ hours) and regional (Skr294, 3¼ hours) trains run regularly to/from Göteborg. X2000 (Skr1060, 4½ hours, hourly) and Intercity (Skr675, 6½ hours, infrequent) trains run between Stockholm and Malmö.
Although the Öresund bridge has rendered most of the ferries obsolete, romantics can still travel between Malmö and Copenhagen on the Turasund (17 04 90; www.turasund.se; Skeppsbron 10). A single ticket per adult/4-15 years/bicycle costs Skr65/40/40, and there are three crossings per day (Wednesday to Saturday in May, Monday to Saturday June to early September).
Sturup airport (613 10 00) is 33km southeast of the city. SAS (0770-72 77 27; www.scandinavian.net) has up to eight nonstop flights to Stockholm Arlanda daily. Malmö Aviation (0771-55 00 10; www.malmoaviation.se) flies a number of times daily to Stockholm Bromma airport. There are also infrequent flights to Antalya, Budapest, Larnaca and Varna. The low-cost carrier Ryanair (0900-202 02 40; www.ryanair.com) flies to Sturup from London's Stansted airport.
Trains run directly from Malmö to Copenhagen's main airport (Skr85, 35 minutes, every 20 minutes), which has a much better international flight selection.