Commuting Copenhagen to Lund

There are several ways to travel from Copenhagen to Lund and back. The prices of which depend on how fast you want to travel and what time of day your travel times are. The fastest is by rail and, depending on the the traffic, the slowest is by bus (or by foot, if you dare!). In the past, travel to Sweden could start from anywhere in Copenhagen, but due to the recent security measures that the Swedish government has put in place, there are passport controls at the Copenhagen Airport and at the Helsingør ferry terminal. This means that if you bought a rail ticket from Copenhagen Central Station to Lund, you will have go down at the Copenhagen Airport, transfer across the platform, have you documents checked by Danish immigration officials and then board the train to Sweden. Swedish immigration officials will board the train at the first stop after the Øresund Bridge to check travel documents.

NB: If you’re traveling around the Sound (and not just Copenhagen to Lund and back), it might be worthwhile to look at the Sound Card. It gives you 48 hours of transportation access for just 249 DKK. This is totally worth it if, for example, you’re thinking of going from Copenhagen to Lund to Helsingborg to Helsingør to Copenhagen. The only catch is you can either go clockwise or counter-clockwise using the Sound Card. You cannot backtrack. You can also cross from Denmark to Sweden by taking the ferry from Helsingør to Helsingborg. 

Rail

The fastest and most common way of traveling from Copenhagen to Lund and back is by rail. Rail takes around 50 minutes to an hour of travel. Tickets can be purchased on the train station (I’ve purchased tickets at the Østerport Station, Copenhagen Central Station and Copenhagen Airport) or online (check out SJ TrainsRejseplanenScandinavian Rail, ACP Rail, or Go Euro) for 15 – 20 EUR each way.

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Making sense of your online ticket, if you don’t speak Swedish

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CPH – Malmo ticket bought at Østerport Station in 2015

Bus

Several buses travel from Copenhagen to Sweden and back. Wizz Air has a transfer shuttle that goes from Copenhagen to Mälmo and back for 40EUR. Check My Bus provides comparison bus prices from Copenhagen to Lund, and if you’re lucky, you’ll find one that is 5EUR cheaper each way than by rail. Travel by bus takes around an hour and 20 minutes, longer if the buses stops by Mälmo or some other city/town on the way to Lund.

Car

Of course, there’s always the possibility of renting a car and driving all the way to Lund or carpooling. For the former, you might want to check out Drive Now or LetsGo if you don’t want to pay massively for insurance and if you’re thinking of using the car for just a few hours. For the latter, there’s Carpool World and Ride Finder.

I hope this has been helpful! 🙂

May 14, 2017 | Copenhagen, Denmark

Moroccan Commute

I’ve been in Morocco for 3 days now and I’m halfway through my Moroccan trip. I should by now be able to say something about commuting in Morocco. It was something I was very afraid of. Other than “merci” and “bonjour”, I have absolutely forgotten everything I’ve learned from previous French classes. I also know no Arabic, and acting out what I need is not my best talent. But I’m pleasantly surprised that everyone in Morocco can speak enough English for tourists like me and my husband to get by. We’ve had no problems buying train and bus tickets; we’ve had no problems checking in at hotels we’ve booked online; and we’ve had no problems ordering food from restaurants (although acting out what we want + Google translate did make life easier for all parties involved).

We arrived at the Mohammad V Airport in Casablanca from Paris, France. Since we did not have any checked-in baggage, we headed directly towards the exit after immigration. Upon exiting, we found a pseudo-information booth that gave free INWI sim cards. The sim cards are preloaded with some text, call and 250MB worth of data. Since neither our Danish nor US mobile phone lines have free sms, call or data in Morocco, these free sim cards are lifesavers. It has allowed us to access Google Translate and Google Maps while on the go.

There were two immediate things that we needed to find upon arrival: an ATM and the place to buy train tickets (trains in Morocco are called ONCF). We needed tickets from the airport to Casablanca and Casablanca to Fes since Fes was our first stop and Casablanca our last.  So, we asked help from one of the airport security personnel who told us that the nearest ATM was beside a coffee shop, on the way to where the trains are. There were, in fact, two ATMs beside the said coffee shop and both worked well (except that one ran out of money when we were there). The ticketing office, on the other hand, was just right at the entrance of where the train platforms are. The salesperson speaks English, and although he gave us the wrong train time for our Casablanca to Fes trip, the guys in Casablanca were able to fix our tickets.

The difference between a first class and a second class train ticket in terms of amenities is really not much. In first class, you get reserved seating and you are placed in a compartment of 6 with overhead luggage storage. The seats are wider and there is more leg room. In second class, seats are on a first come first serve basis. Luggages can be stored a designated corner in each wagon. The seats are arranged much like the seats on busses and airplanes; so not that much leg room. In both classes, there is AC, the seats are comfortable and eating and drinking are allowed.

From Fes, we traveled through the desert by CTM bus to Chefchaouen for 4 hours. There was 25-minute lunch and toilet break after 2 hours of travel. Our bus tickets were reserved by our the manager of the riad we stayed in at Fes. We were initially thinking of just getting it ourselves the day before, but our manager offered to have his friend get it for us as long as we pay the friend’s taxi fare. The taxi fare was 40 MAD roundtrip (around 4 USD). Not a terrible price, so we agreed.

In two days time, we will be traveling by Supratours bus for 10 hours to Marrakech and then from Marrakech, a train ride back to Casablanca. So far, getting hold of tickets and the ride itself has not posed any problems for us. Hopefully this stroke of good luck continues.

November 1, 2016 | Chefchaouen, Morocco