Helsingborg is situated on the east side of the Oresund on Sweden's south-west coast. It's Sweden's 8th largest municipality with a population of about 128,000 (2009). Major businesses are service, trade, industry and tourism. In 2000 a branch of the University of Lund opened in the former Tretorn rubber factories a stone's throw from the Denmark ferries. On the opposite side of the sound in Denmark is Elsinore (Helsingør). Before the Malmö-Copenhagen Øresund bridge was finished, most of the trans-scandinavian traffic (transit and tourist) used the ferries between Helsingborg and Elsinore. There is still heavy traffic across the Sound here because of the high population density on either side of the border. In addition, the ferries are usually somewhat cheaper than the fees for the bridge and they often provide a shorter route compared to the bridge.
Helsingborg is easily reached by rail from Copenhagen airport (Kastrup). Helsingborg has good rail connections to Malmö, Lund, and Gothenburg. Stockholm-bound travellers need to change trains in Hässleholm or Lund.
There are regular bus services between Helsingborg and Stockholm, Copenhagen, Oslo, Gothenburg and other cities along the way towards these cities. The major bus companies are Bus4You, GoByBus and Swebus.
By E4 from Stockholm in the north, and E6 from Malmö in the south and from Gothenburg/Oslo in the north.
Ängelholm-Helsingborg Airport is situated approximately 40km from Helsingborg and has daily flights to Stockholm-Arlanda (SAS) and Stockholm-Bromma (Kullaflyg ), weekly flights to Visby and seasonal flights to Mora and Alicante.
Copenhagen Airport is about one hour away by train.
Practically all public transport goes through the train/ferry terminal Knutpunkten (Helsingborg C), including regional and long-distance trains and buses as well as local buses.
Skånetrafiken  runs the local and regional bus and train system, and if you intend on spending some time in the Skåne-region it is highly recommended that you get the so called Jojo-card which is a prepay card that gives you 20% off any ticket. Additionally a duo/family ticket will give you another 10% off (for up to 2 adults and 3 children).
Bus is the main means of transport in town. Buses run from early a.m. till around midnight and a little later on Fridays and Saturdays. The bus system connects most of the city and all but one (#2) stay within one fare zone. Single trip costs 19 SEK, but it's not possible to pay with cash on the buses.
Regional trains stop at Helsingborg C and has two more stops within Helsingborg, including Maria to the north and Ramlösa to the south. Generally this isn't the best option for getting around the city as these stations are mainly for daily commuters to farther destinations in Skåne and Denmark.
Taxi rides are rather expensive in Helsingborg and there is little competition. They can be found right outside Helsingborg C main entrance, next to the Marina Plaza hotel.
Dunkers Kulturhus (Dunker's Culture House)  is much more than a museum. Here you can listen to various concerts and experience art, history and crafts. You can also have lunch at the restaurant on site.
It's relaxing to take a stroll around the harbour.
Tropikariet  (Hävertgatan 21, close to Fredriksdal) is a small but interesting zoo. Some of the animals are not enclosed in cages but live among the visitors, creating an intimate feeling. The little bird that walks slowly but intently, step by step, in the same lane where the customers are supposed to walk is a little scary, though.
The Tivoli  by the sea offers good concerts with internationally and nationally known bands.
"Tura" is a Swedish expression for the local tradition of having dinner on the ferries (Scandlines). During summer and the weeks leading up to Christmas you should make reservations in advance. Quite possibly the most classic of Helsingborgian experiences.
The main shopping areas are the pedestrian streets Kullagatan, Bruksgatan and Södra Storgatan, as well as the main streets surrounding them in downtown Helsingborg.
Just outside the city there is Väla, one of Scandinavia's largest shopping centers.
The great Danish chocolaterie Peter Beier Chokolade (Södra Storgatan 5)  has a store in Helsingborg.
Helsingborg is known as somewhat the gastronomical center of Sweden, having some of the greatest chefs in the country.
Like so many other Swedish towns there's a great foreign influence which means there's an abundance of foreign fast food and take out places serving pizza, kebab, falafel, chinese, thai, middle eastern and so on.
A lot of bars can be found downtown, inside or near Knutpunkten (Train station/Ferry terminal).
During Summer, the district Norra Hamnen (North Harbour) with its marina is highly recommended.
Note that Swedish hostels in general do not include free linen and towels, but they will be supplied at an extra charge.
For Lund and Malmö, take a local train (Öresundståg).
It's possible to take a train all the way to Kastrup/Copenhagen via Malmö, which is convenient if you have luggage, but it takes a little longer and costs a little more. Most trains have Malmö as final destination, so make sure yours goes all the way.