Q&A

Photo: Mickael Tannus

Here are answers to the most frequently asked questions about biking along Sydkustleden

- How many days does it take to bike the Sydkustleden?

Figure that an average biking distance of 30–50 kilometres per day is needed if you want to have time to do everything you want, stop for coffee, go for a quick swim, take photos, and just enjoy the experience. If you are a seasoned cyclist, however, things can go faster.

- Which direction is easiest to bike?

Either way, as Sydkustleden is an easy bike trail with the exception of certain hilly parts. You’ll see the height differences listed for each section. It’s a good idea to bike so you’ll have the wind at your back, as Sydkustleden has lots of open areas where it can be very windy.

- What does the number “3” on the bike trail signs mean?

The number 3 shows that Sydkustleden is the third national bicycle trail for tourism and recreation in Sweden. In other words, it serves that the “Road number” of this trail. Here’s how the signs look.

- Where can I find out what kind of road surface I’m biking on?

You can find out about this in the “Road surface and traffic separation” section. The upper left-hand corner of the map tool can also show you what kind of road surface you’re biking on.

 - Can I take along my own bike on the train?

Yes, you can, both on the Öresundtågen trains and the Pågatågen commuter trains. Read more about how you travel on public transportation in the “Getting here” section.

- Where is the closest bicycle air pump?

Visit www.hittacykelpump.se and you’ll see where the closest air pump is.

- Where can I charge my electric bike?

At present, there are no specific charging stations for electric bikes. We suggest that you ask in cafés and restaurants whether you can charge you battery there?

- Do I need to reserve accommodations in advance?

You should reserve your overnight accommodations in advance, especially during the months of June to August, when many places can be fully booked, so get this done early.

- Do I need to check opening hours at cafés?

Yes, it’s a good idea to do that, especially during low season, which runs from September to May. 

- Can I pitch my tent along the trail?

Yes, you can. Read more about the Right to Public access and the rules for camping out along the trail.

-Can I ride a horse on the trail?

According to the Right to public access, horseback riding is permitted on Sydkustleden. As a horseback rider, we recommend that you ride in the middle on the gravel road or on the shoulder of the road. Your right to use the trail, however, is linked to an obligation to show consideration and caution toward nature, animals, landowners and others who are out in the countryside. The Swedish Environmental Protection Agency summarizes the Right to Roam as “Don’t disturb and Don’t destroy”.

-Can I drive a moped on the trail?

According to the Swedish Transport Authority (Trafikverket),  the traffic rules for a Class II moped are the same as those for a bicycle. You should thus drive your two-wheel moped on the bicycle path, provided the bicycle path does not have an additional sign with the words “ej moped” (no mopeds) below the sign indicating a bicycle path.

If your moped can go faster than 25 km per hour, it is considered a Class I moped.

- Can I book baggage transport along the trail?

Yes, you can. Read more in the “Rent and book” section.

- Where can I hire a bicycle?

There are several places along Sydkustleden where you can hire a bicycle and associated bicycle equipment. See the bicycle equipment symbol in the map tool.

Can I reserve a complete bicycle tour package along the trail?

Of course! Read more in the “Rent and book” section.

What is the signage on the trail, and what do the various markings mean?

The signs along Sydkustleden are red and display the number “3”, but can vary a bit. Sometimes they can look like a flag that points in the direction of the trail, to show that you’re going the right way. The signs within the City of Malmö differ from those on the rest of the trail signage because they are integrated in the regular city sign system. However, they have the same familiar red colour and the number “3”. In a few places along the trail, there are large information signs that show the entire trail.