Here you will find Questions & Answers about Kattegattleden
Question 2 - Where does Kattegattleden start/end?
Kattegattleden starts/ends in Helsingborg at Knutpunkten, which is Helsingborg’s central station for all buses, trains and ferries.
Kattegattleden starts/ends in Gothenburg, by Gothenburg Central Station and the start/end oint is changing due to infrastructure Projects.
New start/end point is on the Drottningtorget (Drottning Square outside the Central station) see blow map.
Informationboards of the route will be placed on the start/end point soon i each city.
Question 4 - Can you take a bicycle on the train?
Taking your bike on trains and buses – info from the Hallandstrafiken website:
You can take your bike (including electric bikes) on the Krösatågen and Västtågen trains and on regional buses if they are fitted with a special hanging system, where there is space, until 11 p.m.
On the Öresundståg trains you can take an ordinary bike where there is space. There is room for nine bikes on the train. You must always have a ticket for your bike, at the same price as a young person in full-time education. If you are buying a ticket at oresundstag.se select “Youth 16-19” to buy a bike ticket (cykelbiljett). You can also buy a ticket at the station.
Folding bikes count as hand baggage and can be taken free of charge.
Taking your bike on trains and buses – info from the Skånetrafiken website:
If you want to take your bike on a train, buy a bike ticket before boarding the train.
What to do:
• You must have a separate bike ticket for your bike. The price is the same as for a child’s ticket.
• If you are using Skånetrafiken’s ticket machines, buy the ticket called “cykelbiljett” (bike ticket). It you are using Skånetrafiken’s app, buy a child’s ticket for your bike.
• Small foldable bikes and children’s bikes count as hand baggage. You can take these with you on buses and trains free of charge.
• You cannot use a Duo/Family ticket or the Jojo Period monthly pass to pay for a bike.
• You can’t take your bike on city buses and you can only take it on regional buses at certain times of day.
• You can’t travel with a cargo bike or a bike with a trailer on our trains and buses but there are some exceptions on the Öresundstågen trains, see below.
You can take your bike on the train where space permits. It is always the guard who decides how many bikes there is room for but the general rule is:
• On the Pågatågen trains, bikes are located in the middle of the train. The maximum is six bikes per train.
• On the Krösatågen trains which run between Hässleholm and Växjö the maximum is ten bikes per train.
• On the Öresundstågen trains, bikes must be placed in the low train carriage with the bike symbol on it. The maximum is nine bikes per train. Passengers may bring one ordinary bike with them where space permits.
• Where space permits, you can bring one tandem per person on the Öresundståg trains and Pågatåg trains (not Krösatåg for safety reasons). You need to pay for two bike tickets if you are transporting a tandem.
• Cargo bikes and bike trailers can be taken on the Öresundstågen trains between the stations Malmö-Hyllie and Tårnby, Denmark where space permits.
• Replacement bus services: Bikes cannot be taken on replacement buses.
• Buses have bike holders and will take bikes where space permits. The maximum is one bike per bus.
• Bikes can be transported on weekends between 4 a.m. and 11 p.m. These times also apply every day during the summer period 15 June – 15 August.
Question 6 - Which stretches of Kattegattleden are not paved?
Stretches of Kattegattleden that are not paved
At present 6 of Kattegattleden’s 10 municipalities have at least one stretch of gravel track. You can also see these stretches on the map under “Plan your bike trip”.
Municipalities that have gravel tracks:
Municipalities that DO NOT have gravel tracks:
There are a total of 21 gravel stretches in the 6 municipalities (catalogued in the summer of 2016).
Kungsbacka has 4 such stretches
1. Vallda nature reserve at Brandhultsviken. South of Särö and in north Vallda. This stretch is about 200 metres long and has mixed traffic. The path is a driveway to some houses, which means there are very few cars. The gravel track turns into a paved road at the north end of the stretch, after a wooden bridge over the river that crosses Kattegattleden. To the south this stretch continues along a narrow gravel trail (2).
2. Vallda nature reserve at Brandhultsviken. Ties in with the gravel stretch (1) above but is both a walking and cycle path (trail). This stretch is nearly 500 metres long and takes you past Brandshultsviken, through reeds, really close to nature. The route is more of a trail than a walking and cycle path, really close to nature – may easily become flooded and inaccessible after a lot of rain. It has been agreed that this stretch is to be raised so as to protect the path from flooding. When this is going to be carried out is unclear. It’s hoped that it won’t be paved as that would destroy too much of the feeling of proximity to nature.
3. Hanhals, Rolfs Bro (Rolfsbron) – bridge over Rolfsån. Gravel-paved older bridge, built in the late 1600s, illuminated at night. The gravel stretch is about 100 metres long. You hit upon the River Rolf and its bridge if you make your way into Kungsbacka from the south. It is located about 2-2.5 km south of central Kungsbacka. There is a road/bridge right next to it if you prefer to avoid the gravel.
The Rolf bridge
4. Löftabro/Södra Frillesås. When you cross the municipal boundary between Varberg and Kungsbacka, you go over a gravel-paved bridge – this stretch is about 30 metres long. There is an alternative bridge right alongside if you prefer to avoid the gravel. It has mixed traffic whereas the gravel track is for walking and cycling. The bridge takes you over the Löftaån. This area is more wooded.
The Löfta bridge
Alternativ bridge right next.
Varberg has 3 routes that are gravel tracks
1. Stråvalla beach, along the seashore. A little over 500 metres long walking and cycle path. Goes by the beach and harbour, beautiful natural landscape. Has excellent spots for swimming and is still quite near to facilities owing to proximity to Frillesås.
2. A longer stretch, 2.5 km, that takes you along the seashore from Hålevik, past Ekestadbukten and then inland towards Karis. Walking and cycle path with extensive views and an open landscape. First over the sea and then over meadows. This stretch also runs beside the railway line for a while.
3. From Bua towards Limabacka, next to the big Södra Cell Värö paper mill. There is a stretch of gravel track about 750 metres long that takes you over fields, alongside farms/houses and past (almost through) a grove. Most parts of this stretch have good visibility.
Laholm has 1 gravel stretches
1. Hökafältet, Högagården. Nature reserve. Forest and close to nature. Both a walking and cycle path and trail-like roads to travel on. There are certainly some tree roots and other obstacles to larger vehicles but bike trailers should be able to get through without any problems. The trails in the forest are probably best suited to mountain bikes. The stretch covers 1.5 km in a forest landscape, on gravel. The stretch continues on a paved walking and cycle path northwards and southwards.
Alternativ road parallell to the track.
Båstad has 3 stretches of gravel track
1. Through Segelstorpsstrand, from Ängelbäcksstrand to Ranarpsstrand. This stretch covers about 1.3 km. Goes through a village/residential area called Segelstorp. Good opportunities for swimming – coastal environment.
2. Båstad, Malen, beach walk on Hemmeslövsstrand. It is largely a pedestrian street but the municipality has set up cycle paths along this stretch, which is a total of 1.6 km long. Very close to the coast. Really good opportunities for swimming and proximity to excellent facilities. Båstad centre is not far away at all.
3. At Fasanvägen 300 metres away (going northwards) from stretch 2, along Hemmeslövstrand. Between a bridge and a grove there is a 220-metre-long stretch – road but with very limited traffic. The width is good so that cars can be driven there. This is also very near the sea.
Ängelholm has 5 gravel stretches
1. 2. 3. 4. There are four gravel-paved stretches with short gaps between them. North of Skälderviken they are at Skepparkroken, Björkhagen and Strandgården. The stretches are 800, 600, 500 and 70 metres long respectively, making a total of nearly 2 km. All the routes are very near the coast. All have mixed traffic except one, which is a cycle path.
5. Vejbystrand: larger village that certainly has a whole lot to offer. The gravel track itself is about 200 metres long. Runs along the coast – there are no houses or similar between you and the sea. It is a cycle path with toilet and cycle pump.
6. Vejbystrand, on the road Allmänningen, between Stora Hultsvägen och Lillahultsvägen is a stretch of ca 870 meter and goes through Stora Hults strands nature reserve.
Höganäs has 4 gravel stretches
1. Between Nyhamnsläge and Lerhamn, to the north of Höganäs, there is a gravel cycle path next to a field, which has a length of just over 900 metres. There is an alternative route using a large, asphalted road a bit further away. This runs parallel to the cycle path, is called Krapperupsvägen and has mixed traffic.
2. North of Höganäs Harbour, 1-km-long road along the coast with a fantastic view!
3. 450-metre-long stretch towards Bölsåkra-Tranekärrs nature reserve at Ebbas väg (road). The northern part of Höganäs municipality, out in the open spaces. The road has mixed traffic but, with there being excellent paved roads around, the traffic along the gravel track is probably minimal.
Ebbas väg from the North.
Ebbas väg from the South.
4. On the section in Svanshall, between the Bläsingevägen and Tvättehallsvägen roads, there is a small stretch of about 150 metres on gravel through the forest. To cycle on asphalt instead, you can continue on Norra Kustvägen, which runs parallel to this.
Question 8 - What are the plans for partial stretches?
Planned roadworks on Kattegattleden
Planning actions is a complex process. This means it’s difficult to firmly state a date when work will be complete. The dates shown below are only estimates.
Höganäs – Ängelholm: partial stretch 2
Lerhamn and Skäret
Planning is underway for an intersection where the Kattegattleden crosses Krapperupsvägen east of Lerhamn, as well as traffic safety measures on Norra Kustvägen outside of Skäret. Work is expected to be complete in 2017.
Ängelholm – Båstad, partial stretch 3
Planning is underway for a new section in Båstad Municipality, from Båstad to Segeltorpsstrand via Torekov. A number of small measures are planned for the section before it can open. Work is expected to be complete in 2017.
Båstad – Laholm – Halmstad, partial stretch 4
Trönninge-Snapparp (bridge over Genevadsån)
A new bridge across Genevadsån is planned. Once the bridge is built, this section of the route will be moved closer to the sea via Laxvik and Påarp. Construction of the new bridge is expected to start in spring 2017 and the new section will open during the summer.
Halmstad – Falkenberg: partial stretch 5
A cycle path 3 kilometres long will be built along the coast road Kustvägen (road 610), between Gamla vägen/Hulabäcksvägen and Ejdervägen in Steninge. Construction of the new bike path is expected to begin in spring 2017 and to be completed during the year.
Falkenberg – Varberg, partial stretch 6
A cycle path 3 kilometres long will be built along road 735 between Steninge and Morup. Construction of the new bike path is expected to begin in spring 2017 and to be completed during the year.
A cycle path 9 kilometres long will be built along road 768 between Morup and Ås. Due to the major planning work involved and to appeals, work on the cycle path is not expected to start before 2018 at the earliest, with the path being ready for use in 2018-19.
Until the cycle path is built, the speed limit for this section of road has been lowered during the cycling season (May to October) from 70 km/h to 60 km/h. The lanes for motorised traffic have also been made narrower, allowing more space for cyclists at the side of the road in both directions. Full painted lines with rumble strips have been added to clearly mark out the part of the road reserved for cyclists. Repeated warning signs stating that this section is temporarily part of the Kattegattleden cycle path have been set up.
Varberg – Kungsbacka, partial stretch 7
A cycle path 2.5 kilometres long will be built along road 939, between Torpavägen and Torkeltorpsvägen. Construction of the new cycle path will hopefully begin in late autumn 2016 but it may take until 2017. The hope is that the cycle path will be ready for the 2017 cycling season.
Kungsbacka – Gothenburg, partial stretch 8
Guntoftavägen in Särö, Kungsbacka Municipality
Planning is in progress for construction of a separate cycle path along the road. Construction is planned to begin in 2017, with completion in the autumn.
The information above was updated in August 2016.
Question 9 - What does the no. 1 on Kattegattleden signs mean?
Kattegattleden is Sweden’s first cycle path to be designated as a national tourist cycle path – hence the no. 1 on the signs.
Question 10 - What do no motor vehicles and mixed traffic mean?
The following descriptions are used above the map of the route.
No motor vehicles = The route runs on a separate cycle path with no motor vehicles.
Mixed traffic = The route runs on a road used by cars and therefore shares the road with other motor vehicles. These sections include stretches that are good and less good in terms of road safety.
Question 11 - Is Kattegattleden Sweden’s first national tourist cycle path?
Kattegattleden was approved as a national tourist cycle path by the national reference group for cycle paths in October 2014. The decision made Kattegattleden the first national tourist cycle path in Sweden, and the path was opened on 6 June 2015. Hence the no. 1 that appears on Kattegattleden’s signs.
Region Halland is in charge of Kattegattleden. This entails responsibility for bringing together and co-ordinating any work required on the path, running the overall organisation of all regions, municipalities and collaboration partners involved in terms of quality assurance of services, infrastructure, signage, development and marketing of the path.
There is a fantastic landscape from Helsingborg, all the way through Halland and up to Gothenburg and there are masses of adventures just waiting to become accessible to bike tourists. Kattegattleden is a national pilot project to develop bike tourism in Sweden and thereby a tool for growth in the region where the path contributes to the development of commerce and industry, greater economic growth and new jobs.
Question 12 - When was Kattegattleden opened?
Sweden’s first national cycle path – Kattegattleden – was opened in the Slottsparken in Halmstad on Sweden’s National Day, 6 June 2015, by locking together two gilded bike locks.
The bike locks had been relayed from Gothenburg and Helsingborg and arrived at the Slottsparken Halmstad just after 2 pm. Bengt Olander and Dorrit von Renteln, dressed in historical attire for the day, cycled the last section and handed over the two bike locks to Ewa Östling, CEO of Visita, and Thomas Brühl, CEO of Visit Sweden, who locked them together. That was it – Kattegattleden was opened!
Question 13 - Are there height differences on the path and the sections?
Yes there are, on the whole path and on the 8 sections. Click the pictures below to enlarge them and you can browse through using the Arrows.
Elevation profile/Contour lines for the whole path
Elevation profile Helsingborg – Höganäs
Elevation profile Höganäs – Ängelholm
Elevation profile Ängelholm – Båstad
Elevation profile Båstad – (Laholm) – Halmstad
Elevation profile Halmstad – Falkenberg
Elevation profile Falkenberg – Varberg
Elevation profile Varberg – Kungsbacka
Elevation profile Kungsbacka – Göteborg
Question 15 - Which is the best direction to cycle the path in terms of the wind?
When it comes to wind direction, a professional cyclist has told us that it’s better to cycle from south to north. One of the cycling organisers contacted SMHI, the Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute, and statistics show there’s slightly more wind from the south and the south-west.
So maybe cycling from Helsingborg towards Gothenburg is slightly better, but there are no guarantees – always check the wind and weather before setting off.
Question 16 - Where can I order a map of Kattegattleden?
You can order a map with the brochure that goes with it (2 parts in a plastic pocket) in the online shop under Book & Order here on the website. This is also where you can flick through the brochures before you buy and download them as pdfs too. Maps and brochures can also be bought at all tourist information centres on Kattegattleden and in some bookshops.
Question 17 - Should I book my accommodation in advance?
Yes, we recommend booking your accommodation in advance. Some of the accommodation is open all year round while some is only available in the summer.
There is also the option of booking a cycling package including accommodation, have a look at Gyllene Turer.
Question 18 - Should I check the opening times of the destinations I’d like to visit?
Yes, we encourage you to check the opening times of the destinations/sights you want to visit. Some are open all year round while some are only open in the summer.
Question 19 - Where on the path can I charge my electric bike?
You can charge your electric bike at the following places on Kattegattleden:
The services at Hökafältet nature reserve in Mellbystrand.
There are two charging points, a bicycle pump, water and a barbecue.
There is a charging point outside the municipal offices (kommunhuset) in the centre of Båstad.
You can charge your bike at BryggCaféet in Grötvik, north of Halmstad.
Question 20 - How can I cycle from Malmö to Helsingborg?
Malmö Tourist information suggests this route:
Malmö › Arlöv › Lomma › Bjärred › Löddeköpinge › Hofterup › Saxtorpsskogen › Häljarp › Landskrona › Glumslöv › Rydebäck › Helsingborg
Much of the route is on cycle paths but there are also some minor roads. Follow the public signage for cyclists. You can buy a cycling map of South-west Skåne for SEK 175 at Malmö tourist information and other places too.
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