Planning a Trip
By Plane -- Malmö's airport (tel. 040/613-11-00; www.lfv.se) is at Sturup, 30km (19 miles) southeast of the city. It receives international flights from London, plus flights from cities within Sweden and Stockholm (trip time: 1 hr.). Airlines winging their way into Malmö include Malmö Aviation (tel. 771/44-00-10; www.malmoaviation.se), SAS (tel. 770/72-77-27; www.sas.se), and Sterling (tel. 4608/5876-9148; www.sterling.nu). The city's major international link to the world is Copenhagen Airport at Copenhagen, to which Malmö is connected via the Öresund Bridge.
By Car -- From Helsingborg, motorists can head southeast along Route E6 directly into the center of Malmö. Another option is the car ferry from Denmark.
By Train -- Railway service is frequent between Gothenburg and Malmö (trip time: 3 1/2 hr.), and since the construction of the bridge, rail service is now direct, quick, and easy to both central Copenhagen and its airport. From Helsingborg to Malmö (trip time: 45 min.), trains leave hourly. From Stockholm, travel is 4 1/2 hours aboard the high-speed X-2000 train, 6 to 7 hours aboard slower trains. There also is train service between Copenhagen and Malmö. Trains depart from the central railway stations of both cities at 20-minute intervals, stopping en route at the Copenhagen airport. The cost each way between the centers of each city is 100SEK ($20/£10).
By Bus -- Two buses daily make the 4 1/2-hour run from Gothenburg to Malmö. For bus information, call Travelshop, Skeppsbron 10, Malmö (tel. 040/33-05-70). They specialize in the sale of bus tickets within Sweden and to other points within Europe as well.
The Malmö Tourist Office, Central Station Skeppsbron 2, 205 80 Malmö (tel. 040/34-12-00; www.malmo.se), is open as follows: May to September Monday to Friday 9am to 7pm, and Saturday and Sunday 10am to 4pm; October to April Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm, Saturday and Sunday 10am to 3pm.
It's easy to walk around the city center, although you may need to rely on public transport if you're branching out to sights on the periphery. An individual bus ticket costs 16SEK ($3.20/£1.60) and is valid for 1 hour. For rail information within Sweden call tel. 771/757-575. Individual tickets are sold aboard the bus by the driver. Discount cards can be bought or refilled at the automated vending machines in the Central Station and at other strategic transport junctions throughout the city.