The Ultimate day trip from Copenhagen to Malmo

Boat with tin tin written on it in the harbour
Red and and white lighthouse on the edge of water
Old red brick church spire

One day, two countries. Do you like ticking off countries or experiencing new cultures all the time? Then you are going to love this day trip from Copenhagen to Malmo, Sweden.

You can go from Denmark to Sweden with a short thirty minute train ride.

Yep, you can go from Copenhagen to Malmo on a train. On a bridge. Over the ocean!

Copenhagen is a gorgeous city and has plenty of things to see and do. However, one of the things you must do when you are in Copenhagen is take a trip to Malmo, if you are short on time, it doesn’t even have to be a full day trip, you can experience the best Malmo has to offer in a few short hours.

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Getting from Copenhagen to Malmo

The journey from Copenhagen to Malmo is a short 28km. Copenhagen and Malmo are joined by the Øresund bridge.

This short distance is what makes it a popular day trip from Copenhagen.

There are several options you can take to get from Copenhagen to Malmo, car, bus or train.

Driving from Copenhagen to Malmo

If you have your own car, or you would like to rent a car, you can drive from the city center of Copenhagen to the city center of Malmo.

The drive takes about 45 – 50 minutes, depending on traffic, across the Øresund bridge.

You will need to pay a toll to cross the bridge, a single trip for a regular car will cost ~63€ at the toll both or, ~58€ if you purchase online.

Online, you have the option of choosing return but it still works out to be ~58€ each way. If you are driving a regular car, you will choose price group 2.

Taking the bus from Copenhagen to Malmo

You can also take the bus from Copenhagen to Malmo, this is probably the cheapest option, tickets will cost around 4 – 6€.

The bus takes roughly one hour and buses depart from the Bus terminal Ingerslevsgade every three hours. The bus terminal is only 400 meters from the central station so it is not too hard to find.

If you are travelling on the bus, you will need to purchase your tickets before hand as you cannot buy them on the bus – we have purchased our tickets online walking up to the door of the bus, so you do not need to purchase them ages in advance.

Catching the train from Copenhagen to Malmo

I think the easiest option (and the option we took) to get to Malmo is to take the train.

Trains depart from Copenhagen central station every 20 minutes and takes about 40 minutes to get to Malmo.

Tickets range from 5 – 18€, however, we had the Eurail Pass which made our tickets free.

Train tickets can be purchased at the train station or you can purchase them online.

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Things to do in Malmo

St. Peter’s Church

St. Peter’s church was built in the 14th century as the main church in Malmo. The interior of this church is beautiful, mostly limestone and so interesting. The entry is free and highly recommended.

Copenhagen to malmo - brown church spire

Visit one of the many beautiful parks in Malmo

Malmo has many beautiful buildings and cobblestone streets but it is also filled with gorgeous parks!

If you are lucky enough to visit during autumn, these parks are filled with beautiful bright colours. Take some time out from wandering around the streets and breathe in the fresh air in the open parks.

Blue wind mill in a green park

Malmöhus Castle

Red circular building with castle behind

One of the most famous spots in Malmo is Malmöhus Castle. The castle was built in 1436 by the Danish and despite years of rivalry and struggle it is actually still part of Denmark.

Like many castles in Europe, this castle has been destroyed and rebuilt several times throughout history.

The castle is filled with history of the rivalry between Sweden and Denmark. Inside the museum is an aquarium. How cool is that?

malmo castle and bridge over water

Malmo Old Lighthouse

The Malmo Old lighthouse has been open since 1878 and was functional until 1983. Apparently, the light house was moved to its current location in the 20th century. The lighthouse and the harbour backdrop make it a nice place for a walk.

red and white light house next to harbour

Western Harbour Malmo

Admire the colour of the buildings, the view of the lighthouse and the interesting boats that line the harbour. Located close to the central train station and the bus station, it is an ideal way to end your day before heading back to Copenhagen.

colourful buildings lining a harbour
Tintin boat on harbour with coloured buildings
Circle in the middle of a stone square with a boat and lighthouse in the background

Where to stay in Copenhagen

There are many great places to stay in Copenhagen, I recommend staying as close to the center as possible. You can stay pretty close to the city center but still feel as though you are staying in a local area.

Cheaper options – Copenhagen is an expensive city but there are still some cheaper options. One option is to stay in the Copenhagen Downtown Hostel or if you would rather a cheaper hotel instead of a hostel you could stay at the CABINN Copenhagen.

Mid range accommodation – located close to most of the main “things to do” is the gorgeous Hostel SP34 or Absalon Hotel Copenhagen which located right by the train station.

Luxury accommodation – if you prefer to treat yourself to a little luxury check out the Andersen Boutique Hotel which located 200m from the central train station.

Airbnb – another good option for accommodation is Airbnb. Airbnb is a great way to “live like a local”. We stayed in a great Airbnb in Nørrebro, it is located very close to supermarkets, restaurants and a train station. By train it is located 10 minutes from the center of Copenhagen.

Some other great neighbours to stay in are: Indre By (upmarket), Vesterbro (nightlife), Osterbro or Nyhavn (families)

Getting from Malmo to Copenhagen

The journey from Malmo to Copenhagen is pretty much the same trip as the trip from Copenhagen to Malmo.

The options to get from Malmo to Copenhagen are the same as the options from Copenhagen to Malmo.

Driving from Malmo to Copenhagen

If you have your own car, or you would like to rent a car, you can drive from the city center of Malmo to the city center of Copenhagen.

The drive takes about 45 – 50 minutes, depending on traffic, across the Øresund bridge.

You will need to pay a toll to cross the bridge, a single trip for a regular car will cost ~63€ at the toll both or ~58€ if you purchase online.

Online, you have the option of choosing return but it still works out to be ~58€ each way. If you are driving a regular car, you will choose price group 2.

Taking the bus from Malmo to Copenhagen

The bus takes roughly one hour and buses depart from Malmö Norra Vallgatan Läge K (the main bus station) and they go hourly. The bus terminal is only 200 meters from the central station across the bridge on the other side of the harbour.

Remember, if you are travelling on the bus, you will need to purchase your tickets before hand as you cannot buy them on the bus.

Catching the train from Malmo to Copenhagen

Trains depart from Malmo centeral station every 20 minutes and takes about 40 minutes to get to Copenhagen. Tickets range from 5 – 18€, however, we had the Eurail Pass which made our tickets free.

Train tickets can be purchased at the train station or you can purchase them online.

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Comments

  1. FIrst, I had no idea you could take a train from Denmark to Sweden. I’ve been trying to plan the best scandanvian euro trip and this was so helpful. Hope to fit this in next year.

    • To be honest, I had no idea either until I was looking into things to do in Copenhagen! For some reason, it was super exciting to be on a train over the ocean! I think you only need a few hours too!

  2. I’m not sure I’d want to leave Copenhagen but you have made a convincing argument to do do. It would be lovely to stroll through Malmo. Especially since the travel is so easy.

  3. Copenhagen is such a gorgeous city..it has that old Europe charm that cities like Budapest have. I especially like the boat named Tintin haha, its the cutest thing ever!

    • Malmo is lovely, it is only small but I think if you’re in Copenhagen you may as well go and visit.

    • I hadn’t heard of Malmo until I was planning our trip! I am so glad we went, I hope you get to visit one day.

  4. Both Denmark and Sweden are on my bucket list next time I go to Europe. This is a wonderful day trip and Malmo looks awesome. Definitely keeping this guide handy. 🙂

  5. Great post! I really enjoyed Malmo but I was only there for a very, very short time. We spent some time just chilling in the square with some lunch and it had a really nice atmosphere. We didn’t really do any sightseeing, although now I wish I’d explored a bit more! I did at least go to the Turning Torso building because that was on my list lol.

    • Same for us! We were only there for a few hours but I think there is still more to explore! Glad you made it to the turning torso!

  6. I had no idea this was possible! What an awesome idea. If we go to visit either country I will be sure to add this to the to do list!

    • It seems to be a relatively unknown thing, unless you’re visiting Copenhagen or Malmo! It is definitely a fun thing to do though.

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