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(This post about how to travel from Copenhagen to Malmo was updated in March 2019)

 

HOW TO TRAVEL FROM COPENHAGEN TO MALMO

Are you considering a Copenhagen to Malmo day trip or perhaps a longer visit to this Swedish city?

 

A day trip to Malmo in Sweden from the Danish capital Copenhagen is an easy journey to organise and well worth the short train or car journey across the Øresund bridge. The distance from Copenhagen to Malmo is a mere 28 kms. If you are thinking of making this journey you may be wondering how to travel from Copenhagen to Malmo and what to do in Malmo for a day if you do go.

 

Spending a day in Malmö from Copenhagen is a really common excursion for those visiting the capital of Denmark and one I would encourage you to consider if you have the time to fit it into your itinerary.

 

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YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED

1. How to get from Copenhagen to Malmo

2. What is it like to travel across the Oresund Bridge from Copenhagen to Malmo?

3. What is there to do in Malmo for a day?

4. When is the best time to visit Malmo?

5. Essential tips for planning your day trip to Malmo from Copenhagen

 

TRANSPORT OPTIONS AVAILABLE TO TRAVEL FROM COPENHAGEN TO MALMO

 

There are a number of ways to travel between the 2 cities on a day trip to Malmo from Copenhagen.

From Copenhagen to Malmo you can travel:

 

BY CAR

It is possible to drive across (there is a toll to pay) – it is a 45 minute drive across the Øresund Bridge. Check here for up-to-date information on costs etc!

 

BY BUS

Another option (and probably the cheapest) is to travel across to Sweden from Copenhagen by bus. There are many options to catch a bus from Copenhagen to Malmo available as many companies make this trip such as FlixBus

 

Tickets can be purchased through the TrainLine on the link below which sells Flixbus tickets – you can compare prices and times for both trains and buses on their website.

 

CLICK HERE FOR BUS TIMES AND TICKETS TO MALMO »

 

There is also bus route 999 which travels from Copenhagen-Malmö from several locations in Copenhagen. You can find more information on this option here!

 

BY TRAIN – BUYING A TRAIN TICKET COPENHAGEN TO MALMO

Another way (and I think the easiest and most efficient method) is by train from between the two cities. Trains leave from København H (the city’s central train station) every 20 minutes and it takes approx 35 minutes to cross the Øresund to Sweden! We bought our tickets at the station and as the trains run so frequently I would say that you should be ok to do the same!

 

Train tickets from Copenhagen to Malmo cost from €10.

 

The quickest route is 30 minutes. The first train leaving Copenhagen is at 00:12, the last is at 23:52. There is an average of 69 trains a day between Copenhagen and Malmo, leaving approximately every 29 minutes.

  • Departure station : Koebenhavn h (Banegårdspladsen 7 1570 Copenhagen)
  • Arrival station : Malmo central (Lokgatan 5 211 20 Malmo)

 

CLICK HERE FOR TRAIN TIMES AND TICKETS TO MALMO »

 

TIP – Don’t forget to have your passport with you whichever way you choose to visit Malmo from Copenhagen!

 

 

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Malmo town hall

 

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CROSSING THE ORESUND BRIDGE FROM DENMARK TO SWEDEN

The bridge from Copenhagen to Malmo is the Oresund Bridge. It is a pretty awesome bridge to look at and spans the distance between the two countries allowing residents of either country to travel and work in the other very easily! It also makes it a lot easier for us tourists/travellers to spend a day in Malmo.

 

The Oresund bridge was opened in 2000 and is absolutely amazing – the cars run on top with the train underneath! The bridge is 8 kms long before you reach an artificial island and the line descends into a 4 km tunnel. It really is a fantastic experience!

 

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The Oresund Bridge

 

WHAT IS THERE TO DO IN MALMO FOR A DAY?

 

If you are planning a Malmo day trip rather than an extended stay I would recommend (if arriving by train) that you head to the tourist information which is next to the train station. They have maps available as well as bicycles for hire and a cycle map if you prefer to see the city on 2 wheels. There is a lot to do in day trip to Malmo from Copenhagen and you will see a lot of people cycling around even in winter!

 

This is an example of the various places to visit in Malmo. I would recommend reading my in-depth guide to Malmo for more information about what there is to do in Malmo.

 

Malmo in the evening

 

The Stortorget

The Stortorget is largest and oldest square in Malmo – you can’t really miss it is you walk straight into the centre from the train station. It was created in 1540 and has a statue of King Karl X Gustav right in the middle.

The square is surrounded by buildings dating back to the 16th century.

 

The Lilla Torg

The Lilla Torg or Little Square is a smaller cobblestone square and dates back to 1592. It has lots of coffee shops and restaurants if you (like we did) fancy a coffee and cake break!

 

St Petri Church

This is the oldest building in the city and dates back to the early 14th century. Apparently it is built in the Gothic style.

 

The Turning Torso

A slightly newer structure (2005)  in Malmo is the Turning Torso which is a neo-futuristic building and the tallest in Sweden too! I rather like it and as it is residential people actually get to live inside it!

 

 

WHEN IS THE BEST TIME OF YEAR TO TRAVEL FROM COPENHAGEN TO MALMO?

We visited Denmark in February and therefore took our day trip to Malmo from Copenhagen in the winter. Obviously winter in Europe means that the weather will be cold. There was snow and ice on the ground in Malmo and it was a little bit chilly.

 

February is the coldest month with temperatures hovering around 0 degrees so make sure you are prepared. The warmest months to visit Malmo are June/July and August.

 

If you are visiting Denmark/Sweden in winter take a look at my packing list and tips post for visiting Europe in winter. February is one of our favourite times of year to visit European countries – yes it is cold but you will find that most tourist spots are less crowded and more accessible.

 

 

If you are planning to explore more of the Scandinavia read all about exploring the West Coast of Sweden on a road trip from Gothenburg to Oslo in Norway.

 

TIPS TO MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR TRIP FROM COPENHAGEN TO MALMO

 

  • Swedish Krona is not the same as Danish Krona! Credit cards are readily accepted everywhere though so we didn’t find having not a single Swedish Krona was a problem! Luckily!!

 

  • Quite a few of the top attractions are further out than you can get to on foot so if you want to see a bit more than the city centre I would plan your trip to Malmö and familiarise yourself with the different public transport options. Obviously if you are driving this may be a little easier!

 

  • Check out the official Malmo city website before you arrive as it includes lots of great information to help plan your day trip to Malmo so you see and do all you want.

 

 

RECOMMENDED READING FOR MALMO


RECOMMENDED TOURS IN MALMO

 

If you are pushed for time or would prefer a tour from Copenhagen there are some great options available from my preferred tour company – Get Your Guide

Malmö: Small Group Walking Tour

Discover Malmö, an unhurried city that combines a medieval core with a cosmopolitan vibe. You can marvel at the many historic buildings and parks that are perfect for a walking tour, whilst learning about them from your local guide.

CLICK TO BOOK YOUR WALKING TOUR OF MALMO

 

Malmö: Rundan Sightseeing Boat Tour

See the sights of Malmö on a guided boat tour that takes you along the city’s canals and under its bridges. Learn about the city’s history, its landmarks and monuments, and important personalities on this unique sightseeing tour.

CLICK HERE TO BOOK A BOAT TOUR OF MALMO

 

Malmö: Small Group Bike Tour

See the sights of Malmo like a local on a small group 3-hour bike tour and marvel at impressive monuments such as the Turning Torso tower and 15th-century Malmö Castle

CLICK HERE TO BOOK A BIKE TOUR OF MALMO

 

RECOMMENDED ACCOMMODATION IN MALMO

If you decide to visit Malmo from Copenhagen for more than one day (perhaps on your way to Stockholm or for further explorations in Sweden) these are my recommended accommodation options in Malmo.

 

RADISSON BLU HOTEL MALMO

Situated in the heart of Malmo this modern spacious hotel offers free WiFi, gym and sauna access (perfect in the colder winter months) Sample Swedish dishes in the restaurant and bar which is located in one of Malmo’s oldest timber framed buildings.

 

The Radisson Blu Hotel in Malmo

 

CLICK HERE FOR PRICES AND AVAILABILITY AT THE RADISSON BLU MALMO

 

 

HOTEL DUXIANA MALMO

This small boutique hotel is located only 100 metres from the train station and Lilla Torg Square. Each room reflects both the historic nature of the building mixed with Scandinavian design. Comfortable beds, a great breakfast and a cosy environment make this a popular choice for visitors to Malmo.

 

Outside of the Hotel Duxiana in Malmo

 

CLICK HERE FOR PRICES AND AVAILABILITY AT THE HOTEL DUXIANA MALMO

 

Hopefully this article will have provided you with all the information you need to make a day trip to Malmo from Copenhagen. It is worth the journey – it is very easy and crossing the famous Oresund Bridge is an experience. 

There is plenty to do and see in Malmo whatever the season. If it is cold (as it was when we visited) there are lots of cafes to warm up in.

Have a great trip!

 

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Author: Tracy

Over the last 50 years I have lived and worked in 7 countries on 4 continents and travelled to many more. I enjoy exploring and learning about new places and meeting people on my travels. History, reading, photography, nature and wildlife are my interests and I am ALWAYS researching and planning my next trip (preferably by train)

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102 thoughts on “How to travel from Copenhagen to Malmo

  1. Alex says:

    Oh I wish I’d thought on to tell you about the oldest restaurant in Malmo thats in Lilla Torg – we stumbled across it and you should see inside! I know you love book shops and you’d have loved this (I’m so sorry I forgot to tell you – now you HAVE to go back!) It’s an old 2 story wooden shelved library and so beautiful. I have a picture on instagram – I’m going to tag you in it!

  2. Clare Hodson-Walker says:

    Looks beautiful – Fab photos! Denmark is definitely on my list of places to visit so this has inspired me.

  3. Phoebe | Lou Messugo says:

    I totally get the need to just pop into another country because you can and to add it to the list, even though slow travel and in-depth exploring is more what you’re into…it would be too tempting not to, and after all if it was another Danish city you wouldn’t hesitate to visit it just for a few hours. It just happens to be in a neighbouring country!! Malmö looks absolutely lovely and I’d definitely pop over that bridge if I was in Copenhagen too. #citytripping

  4. Elizabeth (Wander Mum) says:

    We did this very same trip when we were in Copenhagen. Loved ticking off another country and rather enjoyed Malmo – was far better than I was expecting. We have since gone back to Sweden and done the country properly!

  5. Melbtravel says:

    I have been to both places separately but I never knew that they were so close to each other. Great post and lovely pictures. I would love to go back to both places.

  6. Elizabeth Newcamp says:

    We loved our visit to Malmo, but spent most of our time on the incredible collection of playgrounds there. Each one was more fascinating then the next and the kids just could not get enough. We missed quite a few fun things in the city it looks like, but still enjoyed ourselves. Something to look forward to on our next trip. #CityTripping

  7. jo says:

    I’m kicking myself because when we went to Copenhagen, we didn’t pop across the bridge to Malmo! #EpicFail
    Next time!
    #WanderfulWednesday

  8. Van says:

    You should have totally stayed longer and explore the beach and Turning Torso tower! Oh and the castle and gardens. There’s just so much I love about Malmö!!

  9. Katherine says:

    Great idea for a day trip, and you get to hit two countries in the one trip! I’ve never been to either place, so I should probably amongst it. Did you feel like you had enough time in Malmo? #WanderfulWednesday

  10. Corey @ fifi + hop says:

    I’ve been coming across Malmo a lot recently – looks utterly charming and like the perfect place for a day trip. And I hear you on slow travel, but how nice it’s in another country! #citytripping

  11. Megan Jerrard says:

    Sounds like a wonderful day trip – I’ve been to Copenhagen a couple of times though have never made it out of the city to explore the surrounds – will start this trend with Malmo on our next visit 🙂 Thanks for the tip to take the train – glad you enjoyed your time!

  12. Indrani says:

    Knowing about Malmo for the first time. I like venturing in to such offbeat little known places. It does have plenty to keep the photographer in me happy. 🙂 Thanks for the details on transport.

  13. Anna says:

    Such a cute little town. I’m always up for a cake + drink break, and what a pretty square to have it in! I love short little day trips like this where you can explore a new city (or even a new country!) and then go back to your own comfy place.

  14. Rob+Ann @TravelLatte(.net) says:

    What a great day trip! Malmo looks beautiful, just the sort of place we like to wander and explore. And the cathedral is gorgeous – we are constantly amazed by the beauty found in churches. Thanks for sharing! #FeetDoTravel

  15. Travel Lexx says:

    Looks like you guys had an awesome day. I almost ended up in Malmo by mistake as it’s quite easy to hop on the wrong train from Copenhagen airport! I would love to visit it though and will definitely look to go there when I find myself in Sweden! Looks like a great place to wander and enjoy some fika!

  16. Erin Klema | The Epicurean Traveler says:

    I also am all for slow travel but would love to add a passport stamp from Sweden — or at least cross it off my bucket list. I’m planning a trip to Europe for this fall, and I was contemplating both Copenhagen and Sweden. I didn’t realize how easily I could do both! A day trip to wander, eat, and take a coffee break might be perfect.

  17. Angie (FeetDoTravel) says:

    Reading your post and looking at your photos reminds me of my trip to Malmo visiting my friend – great memories. It’s such a lovely, relaxed place to visit and the Swede’s cycle around quite a bit which surprised me so a cycling tour suggestion is a great idea. #feetdotravel

  18. Lara Dunning says:

    I’m always up for a tea and cake break, especially when it has views of a square from 1592. This looks like a great day trip with things I like to see, like historic churches and sculptures. Thanks for sharing!

  19. Jessi (Two Feet, One World) says:

    Wow what a beautiful day you had for your trip! I love a cheeky trip across a border in a day – while I was in the Czech Republic staying at Cesky Krumlov we “nipped” over to Salzburg for the day, so fun! #wanderfulwednesday

  20. Annalise says:

    I only found out recently in a blog about Copenhagen that you can do a day trip to Sweden but they didn’t say much about Malmö so thank you for filling in the gap for me! Your pictures look amazing and make me really want to do this trip one day!

  21. Oana says:

    Your post brings back some memories. We took the train to Malmo on our visit to Copenhagen and we had more than 8 hours to discover the city. It’s definitely worth a visit if you have time to spare.

  22. Jane @ Raincity Librarian says:

    It’s always fascinating to me to imagine just taking a train or driving across a bridge into another country, easy peasy – the only country I can drive to is the US of A, and as you might imagine it’s definitely not that easy to simply drive across the border… 😉

  23. Sarah Christie says:

    Oh wow it looks so scenic and historic I would just love this, we were meant to go this year and it got cancelled but I am sure I would get another chance. Thanks so much for linking up #MondayEscapes x

    • Tracy Collins says:

      I guess it depends on the season you visit – we visited in winter and it was a bit chilly and icy to do much more than wander around the city and have a hot chocolate – I would say pop into the visitor’s centre and they will give you loads of options – enjoy! 🙂

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