Getting to Lund
Close to Copenhagen and with easy connections to Sweden’s three biggest cities, Lund is really simple to reach. Long-distance buses and trains run straight into the city centre, and there are handy routes to the airports at Malmö and Copenhagen.
Malmö Airport is the nearest place for passenger planes to land. It’s around 30 minutes southeast of town in the countryside, and is served by a mix of domestic and international flights.
SAS and Norwegian fly to Malmö from Stockholm Arlanda, while Malmö Aviation runs routes from Stockholm Bromma and Visby (on the island of Gotland). There are occasional flights scheduled to and from Örebro, but they’re not regular enough to be of much of use to tourists.
Malmö Airport also receives Wizz Air flights from Poland, Romania, Hungary, Serbia and Lithuania, along with Swedish charter flights returning from holiday destinations in Southern Europe.
Getting to Lund from Malmö Airport
There are a few options for getting to Lund city centre from the airport:
1) The airport bus
Airport buses with the word Flygbussarna on the side wait outside the terminal’s main entrance and charge 115 SEK for a one-way trip to Lund. Open returns, which are valid for three months, cost 209 SEK. You’ll get a small discount if you buy your ticket in advance on the Flygbussarna website or through their app.
If you haven’t already got a ticket for the bus by the time you land, don’t worry – you can buy one from machines near the bus stop, or aboard the bus itself. Note that you cannot buy a ticket about the bus using cash. If you only have cash, grab your ticket from Pressbyrån or 7-Eleven (both inside the airport).
The airport buses heading for Lund make several stops along the way, including at the university, before reaching Lunds Centralstation, the city’s train station. Make sure you don’t board a bus heading for Malmö, unless that’s where you want to end up – we’ve got a guide for that journey here.
Heading from Lund city centre to the airport, just wait near the train station’s main entrance on Bangatan. There are departures every 30–60 minutes from roughly 5.15am–7.40pm.
Taxis wait outside the terminal but rides between Malmö Airport and Lund aren’t cheap. Expect to pay around 450 SEK for a trip to or from the airport if you book in advance – slightly more if you don’t. Taxi Skåne (+46 463 303 40) and Taxi Kurir (+46 407 0000) both take advance bookings. Make sure you agree the full price before getting in any taxi (or at least ask the driver to give you an idea of the total cost) and don’t be afraid to ask a few different drivers for quotes before setting off.
3) Rental car
Parking in Lund isn’t too much of a headache compared with other Swedish cities, and lots of hotels on the outskirts of town have free car parks for guests to use. You can hire a car for the 30-minute drive into Lund at Malmö Airport –there are desks for the main international hire companies, including Avis, Hertz, Budget, Sixt and Europcar. Driving in the centre of Lund isn’t too stressful traffic-wise but the winding cobbled streets can be hard to navigate without a GPS.
Getting to Lund from Copenhagen Airport
Copenhagen’s airport (Kastrup) is a lot bigger than Malmö’s and is easy enough to reach using public transport. Buses and trains run along the Öresund Bridge, which crosses the stretch of water between Copenhagen and Malmö. As both Denmark and Sweden are part of the Schengen Area, there’s no need to worry about visas or passport checks.
One or two direct Swebus services leave from outside terminal two at Kastrup each day, taking around 1hr 15min to reach Lund’s railway station. Tickets start at around 49 SEK one way – book ahead online. The faster, more frequent (and more expensive) alternative is to take the train. Öresundståg, which operates in both Denmark and Sweden, has direct shuttles across the bridge to Malmö and Lund every 20 minutes throughout the day. Services are less frequent in the early hours of the morning.
Car rental is also available at Copenhagen Airport – the pick-up desks are at terminal three.
Lund’s train station (referred to interchangeably as Lund C, Lunds Centralstation and Lunds Järnvägsstation) is right in the middle of town. The tracks actually split Lund in two, but a bridge and underpass make it easy to get from one side to the other.
Trains from Copenhagen, Copenhagen Airport, Malmö, Stockholm, Gothenburg, Helsingborg and Halmstad all stop here. Inside the main station building you’ll find convenience stores and a Skånetrafiken office, where you can pick up maps and get info on local transport – either from the big departure boards or from staff at the info desks (take a ticket and wait until your number is called).
You’ll find lockers for left luggage just behind the branch of Espresso House inside the station – they’re big enough for most backpacks and cost 60 SEK for 24hrs (or 50 SEK for 4hrs). Toilets are right beside the lockers – it’s 5 SEK to get in and you can pay with a card if you don’t have cash to hand.
As always, the best option for checking train fares and departure times remotely is SJ.se. When searching, be aware that even on the English version of the SJ site, Copenhagen’s central station is still listed as Köbenhavn H.
You can also buy train tickets at the station, if you prefer.
Buses to Lund are available from Stockholm, Gothenburg, Malmö, Copenhagen, Helsingborg and Halmstad. There are also indirect services from Oslo. There are a few main companies to check prices and timetables with: Swebus, Nettbuss and Svenska Buss (whose website is only available in Swedish).
All of the bus services mentioned above (apart from the airport buses) arrive and depart from stop ‘O’ , just north of the train station’s main entrance on Carl Bernlunds Gata – we’ve marked the correct spot on the map above.
Traffic isn’t crazy in Lund but if you’re arriving by car it’s worth booking a hotel outside the oldest part of town – you can dump the car in one of their free car parks and then borrow a bike for the trip into town. Cycling is the locals’ preferred method of inner-city transport, and you’d be wise to follow their lead.
Last updated: June 2015