(and what to do when you get there!)
How to get from Copenhagen to Malmö
There are a number of ways to travel between the 2 cities on a day trip to Malmo from Copenhagen and they include:
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!
Another option (and probably the cheapest) is to travel across to Sweden from Copenhagen by bus. There are many options available as many companies make this trip such as FlixBus, Swebus and Nettbuss.
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!
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! A great site to check out for further information about the train route is seat61.com
TIP – Don’t forget to have your passport with you whichever way you choose to visit Malmo from Copenhagen!
What is it like to travel across the Øresund bridge on a day trip to Malmo from Copenhagen?
Well 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 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!
What to do in Malmö 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!
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 take a day trip to Malmo from Copenhagen?
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.
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.
I have written about visits to the following European cities in winter:
Here are some of the things I never travel in Europe without!!
Postcards from Malmö
Although spending a few hours wandering around the city won’t give you an in-depth knowledge of Malmo it will give you a flavour of this Swedish city. There were lots of interesting things to photograph on our walk around!
Tips for spending a day in Malmö from Copenhagen!
- 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.
- If one day isn’t enough and you are thinking of staying in Malmö for longer then check out some great accommodation options HERE!
You may be interested in my other posts about Denmark
If you want to know more about Denmark/Sweden and the beautiful cities of Copenhagen and Malmö check out these great books!
And finally if you would rather take a tour – Viator has some great ones!
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Spending a day in Malmö from Copenhagen