Getting from Copenhagen to Malmö

Until a couple of decades ago, crossing the water between Copenhagen and Malmö always involved a flight or ferry ride.

That all changed in 2000 with the opening of the vast Öresund Bridge, which fans of Nordic Noir know simply as The Bridge.

Copenhagen to Malmö

At almost 8km long and with an additional section that tunnels beneath the waterline, the bridge is an engineering marvel. But its wider impact on the area has been huge.

The bridge has drastically cut journey times between Sweden and Denmark, making it possible to hop from one country to another in lightning-quick time. Many locals now commute between the two countries each morning.

For tourists, there’s also an obvious advantage; day trips from Denmark to Sweden (or the other way around) are now a realistic possibility.

Indeed, local authorities are now marketing Malmö and the rest of Skåne as a part of ‘Greater Copenhagen’. Try this guided tour from Copenhagen to Sweden if you’d rather not go it alone.

The physical distance between Copenhagen and Malmö is surprisingly short – less than 30km as the crow flies. How long that journey takes depends on which of the following options you plump for:

By train
By bus
By air
By car
By taxi
What about passport checks?

Going by train

The fastest option is to go from Copenhagen to Malmö by train.

Commuter trains depart from København H (the city’s central train station) roughly every 10–20 minutes, taking around 40 minutes to get to the centre of Malmö (our guide to getting to Malmö has more on what to expect when landing at the airport).

Prices for the trains between Copenhagen and Malmö start from around 122 SEK each way.

You may be able to get across the bridge ever-so-slightly faster (like, three minutes faster) by travelling aboard one of SJ’s fast trains (snabbtåg). 

Note that these trains are less frequent, however, and the tickets are slightly more expensive at around 145 SEK.

You’ll find times for these services, and the commuter trains mentioned above, on the ACP Rail website. Just use their simple booking tool and you’ll get an e-ticket delivered right away.

Taking the bus

Taking a bus across the Öresund Bridge is almost always the cheapest option. There are a few different services to choose from.

Reliable private bus company Flixbus runs 10–15 buses across the bridge each day, with prices starting at about 79 SEK.

The buses depart from Copenhagen’s main train station, arriving at Malmö Centralstation around one hour and 15 minutes later. Tickets are available to book online in English.

There’s free wifi onboard all Flixbus services and, depending on where you sit, you might have access to a plug socket which you can use to charge your phone or laptop.

Another alternative is Nettbuss, which runs around five services a day from Copenhagen to Malmo. Prices are slightly more expensive than Flixbus, but there’s free wifi, decent legroom and electrical sockets next to every seat.

The buses leave from the Nettbuss/Bus4You stop on Ingerslevsgade, near the centre of Copenhagen, and arrive at Norra Vallgatan in central Malmö around an hour later.

The Nettbuss website loads in Swedish but you can easily translate it to English: just click the menu in the top right corner of the screen and then choose English (it’s the same process on mobile and desktop).

Many Flixbus and Nettbuss services make a brief stop at Copenhagen Airport on their way towards the bridge.

The bridge between Copenhagen and Malmö

The final option, bus-wise, is to jump aboard bus #999 (known as the Gråhundbus, or greyhound).

There are three departures per day from Copenhagen Central Station, Bådehavnsgade and Copenhagen Airport, six days a week (Mon–Sat only). The buses run all the way to Gustav Adolfs Torg in central Malmö. The timetable is here.

Day return tickets cost around 120 DKK – buy from the bus driver when you climb aboard.

Whichever bus you go with, take your passport with you just in case and keep it in an easy-to-reach place.

Flying from Copenhagen to Malmö

It isn’t possible to fly direct from Copenhagen to Malmö – and even if it were possible, doing so would be pretty pointless. You’d spend more time getting to and from the airports than it would take you to simply travel across the bridge.

Driving from Copenhagen to Malmö

If you’ve been driving in Denmark and want to take a car into Sweden (or vice versa), you could consider driving across the Öresund Bridge.

Just be aware that prices for taking vehicles across the bridge are high – around €62 for a one-way trip in a small car (or €58 if you book ahead online).

If it’s your own car you won’t have any worries but if you’re renting one then you should check with the hire company first.

Some rental agreements allow you to cross international boundaries (often for an extra fee) but others will fine you for doing so. We have more tips on renting a car in Sweden here.

You can pay in cash at yellow tollbooths at the bridge using Danish kroner, Swedish kronor or euros. Credit and debit cards are also accepted.

The BroPas

If you are making a return trip or planning to cross the bridge more than once within a year, you’ll save money by buying a BroPas (Bridge Pass). The pass costs €43 a year and cuts the price of the toll to €23 per car per trip.

It also allows you to register your number plate in advance so that you can drive straight through the toll station. For more information on tolls, the BroPas and the prices charged for larger vehicles, see the Öresundsbron website.

Taking a taxi

If you’re really feeling flush, you can always get a taxi from Copenhagen to Malmö.

Metered cabs in downtown Copenhagen and at the airport will take you across the bridge and into central Malmö, but you should be prepared to shell out a lot for the convenience.

Expect to pay 930 DKK / 1200 SEK for a one-way journey from Copenhagen Airport to Malmö – more if you’re coming from the city centre.

If you’re stuck you may be able to team up with other passengers and split the fare. (NB Uber no longer operate in Denmark.)

A word of warning if you’re getting a taxi – either book ahead or agree the fare with the driver before you get in! We’ve had reports of tourists being overcharged by unscrupulous drivers.

By ferry

Since the opening of the bridge in 2000, the nearest ferry route between the two cities runs from Helsingør in Denmark to Helsingborg in Sweden on Forsea ferries, a 20-minute journey.

However, it’s a 45-minute train trip from Copenhagen to Helsingør, and a similar journey time from Helsingborg to Malmö, so only true ferry-fanatics would chose this option over crossing the bridge.

If you do want to take to the waters, a better bet might be to do a guided tour which includes time in Helsingør, the ferry trip, a visit to Lund in Sweden, then onto Malmö before returning to Copenhagen via the bridge.

Since bikes aren’t allowed on the bridge, a pilot ferry scheme for bikes and pedestrians was set up in 2017 from the Copenhagen suburb of Dragør, across the Öresund to Limhamn in Malmö.

Despite its success, it was not continued in 2018 due to funding issues. However, it is hoped to restart the ferry in the future: check the website for the latest updates on its progress.

Passport checks between Copenhagen and Malmö

Border controls between Sweden and Denmark

There are currently no formal border checks on the bridge, however valid ID is required to enter Sweden, so always take your passport with you, even if you’re only visiting for the day, and regardless of which mode of transport you use to make the crossing.

Swedish police still make ID checks on buses and trains entering Sweden, and do so sometimes at the bridge toll booths too, so always have your passport with you.

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Malmö travel guide
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Hi, is there a direct train connection between Helsingor, Denmark & Goteborg, Sweden

Sarah Curran
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Sarah Curran

I want to see both Copenhagen and Stockholm this summer, and from doing research online I have heard that the best way to do it is to get the train over the Oresund Bridge, with the option of stopping in Malmo for a night, and then getting the train on to Stockholm. If I buy a ticket from Copenhagen to Stockholm, will it be no problem to stop in Malmo for a night, or will I have to state that when I’m buying the ticket? And how far in advance do you recommend the tickets be bought?

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UPDATE: 12/30/18 – we spent the day in Malmo and the train stopped in Hyllie train station (the first on the Swedish side of the border). Sure enough, passport control was taking place. It was an informal process with a couple of officers waling the train and randomly asking to see them. Having read this blog, I knew to take ours. Of course, knowing to do something and remembering are two completing different things. I offered up this immediately to the police without trying to hid the fact. I also offered our US drivers licenses and other official looking IDs… Read more »

Sena Alwis
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Sena Alwis

Hi I am still awaiting for your reply my query below. Your thoughts are much appreciated

Sena Alwis
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Sena Alwis

Hi
This is a great blog. Just to make it sure would you please guide me on this . Two of us are planning to go to Malmo from Copenhagen over the Öresundståg bridge on 4 Aug 18 (Saturday) and return to Copenhagen on the same day. Where can we get the bus from Copenhagen, and from Malmo on our return. Is What are the interesting things to see in Malmo.? Thanks

Carolyn Hatcher
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Carolyn Hatcher

We booked a train ticket on SJ (Swedish rail) from Copenhgen to Stockholm, but were just informed that the train across the Oresund bridge has been cancelled and we have to take the Oresund Tram. Does anyone have any information about the tram? Detail were few in the cancellation email from SJ.

Gary Spalding
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Gary Spalding

Great guide thanks

DD
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DD

Hi all

As at May 12th Swedish Police still checks ID on buses from Copenhagen
No checks on return to Denmark

Sonya
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Sonya

Hi, this is a detailed and helpful blog. Just wanted to know if car rental is possible from Copenhagen to Malmo – one way. I will be driving the car myself and will be going ahead to Stockholm via Flight.

Emel
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Emel

hey !

Could you give information about going from copenhagen to gothenburg by the train please ? And i ve been wondering if this price is same for foreigners too? Because searching for the tickets from my country it was too expensive and somehow i am having problems to use APCRail s website and some others to get price.

Thank U, with Love.

Brian
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Brian

Hello Routes North,

Do you know if I can take my dog on the bus from Copenhagen to Malmo (day trip)?

Thanks

Mia
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Mia

Just a heads up… the border controls between Copenhagen and Malmö most definitely haven’t stopped so make sure to have your ID/ passport with you whenever you’re traveling to Sweden!

Also Flixbus has some super cheap fairs between Malmö and Copenhagen, you can get a one-way bus ticket for just 5 euros.

Michael
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I have booked hotel in malmo over Christmas, 24th December to 26th December. Got flights to Copenhagen, wondering if the trains are running over the bridge or buses over these dates. Thanks

postcsaw
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postcsaw

Good day. would like to check whether we can carry a retractable baby stroller in bus 999 from Copenhagen to Malmo ? Thanks in advance.

Maria
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Hello!
This web is SO good.
I have a doubt.
My rute is Copenhague-Malmo- Schokolm,
So…
During which hours does the train work? There are night trains or past midnight or 6 am…?

Daryll
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Daryll

I’m planning to travel from Copenhagen to Malmo on a Sunday. Are trains still running on Sunday? Will places (museums/shops) be open on Sunday? I’m asking as I used to live in Geneva and most places were closed on Sundays.
Great article btw.

Deena
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Deena

I’m travelling with a baby (10 months old) without a car seat. Do you know if she needs a car seat to travel on the bus? And can she travel for free on the train on my lap? Thank you I’m having trouble finding this info in English on the website.

Buboy
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Buboy

which type of train runs from Copenhagen airport to Malmo? is this the S-TOG or the regional train. if it is the S-TOG, can I get a two day pass that I can use in Copenhagen metro area?

Emmanuel
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Emmanuel

Can I take bus 999 going to Hyllie mall? I want to go to Hyllie mall from Copenhagen by train then go back to Copenhagen by bus. Is it possible to go back to Copenhagen by bus? If so is there a bus stop close to Emporia Mall or should I go to Malmo Central station to take the bus to Copenhagen

Eyglo Kristjansdottir
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Eyglo Kristjansdottir

Hi, I’m travelling to Copenhagen for 3 days, and I want to go over the bridge to Malmö just for a day trip.
I want to ask how much it costs to travel over the bridge beside the bus fare? Does the bus fare cover that?

Giannis
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Giannis

Hi, I’m travelling from Greece to Copenhagen only with ID and not with passport. Does the ID works fine to go from Copenhagen to Malmo?

Maggi Czoty
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Maggi Czoty

Arriving Kastrup 9/6/17 at 1:30p from USA and planning to overnight in Copenhagen near city center, walk to Tivoli, probably Roundtower but leave to cross bridge to Malmo next day. Am hearing bus is best view – 2 questions. Where do I get off the bus and where can I rent a car – I’ll be traveling to see family near Vaxjo, on to Goteborg, then into Dalarna near Varmland and to Stockholm to fly home 9/19. Thanks.

michael
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michael

hi. i want to travel over bridge in may 2017. i’m told you can’t see much of bridge from train. is there a luxury coach rather than a bus that does the trip. only going one way as want to go on to stockholm.

PictureBook
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PictureBook

Hi there,
I plan to travel to Copenhagen from Malmo by train. I`d like to stay in Copenhagen all evening and go back to Malmo in the early morning hours to sleep. Does the train timetable during night change or the trains still leave very often like during the day? Thanks!

Roger Meyer
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Roger Meyer

Can you easily buy tickets from Copenhagen to Malmo on the day of travel.

Marta
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Marta

I read that you can also catch the train to Malmö from Norreport Station. Is this true?

Naseer
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Naseer

Just arrived in Copenhagen and leaving for Malmo tomorrow. Your article is a lifesaver. Thank you!

Eszter
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Eszter

Hi, really need passport to have? Don’t enough an identity card, if you are an EU-citizen? Thank you!

tina
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tina

Hello I just checked swebus for copenhagen to malmo adult one way tkt it says sek 99 for unchangeable nonrefundable one way tkt. Havent checked nettbus though. Just fyi

Carla
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We will travel soon to Copenhagen. Your article is very helpful. Thanks

Peter Galton
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Peter Galton

I really want to visit Copenhagen and Malmo even with the £ falling into a black hole !!. The information seems to be up to date and of help.