Getting from Copenhagen to Malmö

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

Copenhagen to Malmö

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

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. 

And the wider impact of the bridge between Copenhagen and Malmö has been huge, with many locals now commuting between the two countries each day.

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.

There are several different ways of getting to Malmö from Copenhagen. How long the journey takes and how much it will set you back depends on which of the following options you plump for:

By train (fastest option)
By bus (cheapest option)
By air
By car
By taxi
By ferry
What about passport checks?

The fastest option: going by train

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

Commuter trains  (Öresundståg) depart from København H (the city’s central train station) roughly every 10–20 minutes during the day (less frequently between midnight and 6am), taking around 40 minutes to get to the centre of Malmö.

Prices for the trains between Copenhagen and Malmö start from around 133 SEK each way.

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

Tickets cost around the same price as the Öresundståg, though SJ trains run less frequently. You’ll find times for both Öresundståg and SJ trains on the Omio 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 anything between 3–10 buses across the bridge each day, with prices starting at about 99 SEK.

The buses depart from Copenhagen’s main train station, arriving at Norra Vallgatan 60 near Malmö Centralstation around one hour to one hour 20 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 Vy/Bus4You, which runs four or five services a day from Copenhagen to Malmo. 

Prices are slightly more expensive than Flixbus, with fares starting at around 129 SEK,  but there’s free wifi, decent legroom and electrical sockets next to every seat.

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

The Vy/Bus4You website loads in Swedish but you can easily translate it to English: just click the menu in the top right corner of the screen where it says ‘Meny’ and then choose English (it’s the same process on mobile and desktop).

Many Flixbus and Vy/Bus4You services make a brief stop at Copenhagen Airport on their way towards the bridge.

The bridge between Copenhagen and Malmö

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 440 DKK for a one-way trip in a small car, or 880 DKK for a return journey.

If you are doing a return trip, however, it’s cheaper to buy an ØresundGO pass (see below).

You can buy tickets for the bridge in advance online, or you can pay in cash at yellow tollbooths at the bridge using Danish kroner, Swedish kronor or euros. Major credit and debit cards are also accepted.

The Øresund Bridge connects Copenhagen with Malmo
Pic: Nick-D

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 that it’s to OK to take it across the bridge and into a different country.

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.

The ØresundGO pass

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 an ØresundGO pass. 

The pass costs 349 DKK a year and cuts the price of the toll to 170 DKK 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 ØresundGO pass 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 1700 DKK / 2500 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. Note that Uber no longer operates 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.

The ferry from Sweden to Denmark
Pic: News Oresund (CC)

Passport checks between Copenhagen and Malmö

Valid ID is required to enter Sweden, so make sure you have your passport (or a valid EU ID card) with you, even if you’re only visiting for the day, and regardless of which mode of transport you use to make the crossing.

Border controls between Sweden and Denmark

Border checks for cars and coaches crossing the bridge are carried out by the Swedish police at the toll station at Lernacken in Sweden. Border control for train passengers takes place at Hyllie Station. 

Train passengers who are getting off at Hyllie will be checked on the platform, while those carrying on to Malmö will have their ID checked on the train.

Danish police also make spot ID checks on buses, cars and trains entering Denmark via the bridge, so always have your passport, or a valid ID card, with you.

Travel tips for crossing the Öresund Bridge

  • Avoid rush hour and peak holiday times. Trains can be packed in both directions and traffic jams build up during rush hours, so we suggest you travel off-peak if you can.
  • Check the traffic situation before travelling. The Øresund Bridge website has details of any traffic incidents or delays at border control.
  • Buy your ticket in advance online. Get your train or bus tickets in advance. If you’re driving, we recommend that you buy an online ticket or an ØresundGO pass in advance, so that you can save time by not having to stop at the toll booths.

FAQs

How long does it take to get from Copenhagen to Malmö?

That depends on how you travel. By car, it takes about 10 minutes to drive over the bridge from Denmark to Sweden.

The full journey from the centre of Copenhagen to the centre of Malmö, however, takes about 50 minutes depending on the time of day and the traffic.

The fastest train takes about 35 minutes from the centre of Copenhagen to the centre of Malmö, but of course, only a few minutes of the journey is spent on the actual bridge itself.

How long is the Copenhagen to Malmö bridge?

The Øresund bridge itself is about 8km long, with the suspension bridge section running for 490 metres. 

However there is a further 4km stretch that runs over the man-made island of Peberholm, plus a 4km-long tunnel that links Pederholm with the Danish mainland.

So the full road and rail link that connects Sweden and Denmark is 16 kilometres long. 

How far is it from Copenhagen to Malmö?

The Malmö to Copenhagen distance is surprisingly short – less than 30km as the crow flies. However, by road, from the centre of Copenhagen to the centre of Malmö it’s around 42km.

How far is it from Malmö to Copenhagen airport?

If you are flying to Malmö, it makes more sense in the vast majority of cases to get a flight to Copenhagen, then take the train or bus from there into Malmö.

Far larger than Malmö airport, Copenhagen’s Kastrup airport lies very close to the bridge, and is served by a much greater variety of international flights and routes than Malmö’s airport. 

Trains runs every twenty minutes or so from Kastrup into Malmö and the journey takes about twenty minutes. There are also regular buses into the city.

See our guide to getting to Malmö has more on what to expect when landing at the airport.

Can you walk from Copenhagen to Malmö?

No. Pedestrians are not allowed to cross the bridge between Copenhagen and Malmö.

Can you cycle across the bridge from Copenhagen to Malmö?

Surprisingly for such bike-friendly cities, there is no cycle path over the bridge and bikes are definitely not allowed to use the road.

If you want to take your bike with you over th bridge, Oresundstag trains can take up to nine bikes per train, in the low-floor carriage in the middle of the train.

For the route from Copenhagen to Malmö, you have to buy an add-on Öresund cycle ticket for your bike, which costs 67.50 SEK: see the company website for full details.

SJ trains don’t take bikes unless they’re foldable or dismantled and packed into travel bags. 

Standard size bikes of up to 20kg can be transported in the luggage compartment of the bus for an extra fee of 89 SEK or 69 DKK. They must be booked in advance: see here for full details.

If you’d rather not take your bike over the bridge, we suggest that you rent a bike from one of the many outlets in both Copenhagen and Malmö

Or, we really like the idea of taking a guided bike tour, with a local guide who can give you the inside knowledge on all Copenhagen’s sights.

Are trains and buses across the bridge accessible?

Öresundståg trains have space for up to nine wheelchairs on-board.

The middle car of each train has a low floor and more space inside for wheelchairs to manoeuvre, plus an accessible toilet. Ramps can also be provided if necessary.

Wheelchair reservations are not compulsory, but we suggest you book a wheelchair seat when buying your ticket online to make sure you get a space.

Assistance and guide dogs are permitted anywhere in the train and can travel free of charge, and assistance at stations can be booked in advance.

For more information on Öresundståg trains across the bridge for those with limited mobility, click here.

SJ trains also have wheelchair spaces, and reservations are compulsory for wheelchair users: click here for details.

Wheelchair users and those with guide dogs travelling by bus need to inform the bus company in advance: check the company website for full details.

Malmö vs Copenhagen

Both Malmö and Copenhagen are likeable outdoor cities, easy to get round and well worth a visit.

Copenhagen, of course, is the capital of Denmark so has more sights, such as the Tivoli Gardens, the Amalienborg Palace and the unique free town of Christiana

We recommend buying a Copenhagen Card, which gives you free access to the Tivoli Gardens, the Amalienborg Castle, boat trips plus free public transport and loads of other fun sights and attraction in the city. 

Check out our ultimate guide to see if the Copenhagen Card can save you money.

Malmö’s attractions are more low-key but include some great vintage shops and markets plus cutting-edge architecture, such as the remarkable Turning Torso tower  – and it’s considerably cheaper than its Danish neighbour!

To see some of the city’s sights including Malmö Castle, the pretty cobbled Sodergatan Street and the historical town hall, we suggest taking a walking tour with a knowledgable local guide.

However, given the ease of travel between the two cities, you don’t have to decide which one to visit – you can easily see both, even in a short trip. 

You may also like:
The best guided tours in Copenhagen
Free things to do in Copenhagen
Malmö travel guide
Second-hand shopping in Malmö

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richard campbell
richard campbell
3 years ago

hi, are EU members still allowed to travel into malmo and back during the covid ? thanks

Sudha
5 years ago

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

sudha singh
sudha singh
5 years ago
Reply to  Routes North

Thank you. That certainly helps

Sarah Curran
Sarah Curran
5 years ago

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?

Jeff P
Jeff P
5 years ago

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
Sena Alwis
5 years ago

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

Sena Alwis
Sena Alwis
5 years ago

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
Carolyn Hatcher
5 years ago

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
Gary Spalding
5 years ago

Great guide thanks

DD
DD
5 years ago

Hi all

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

Sonya
Sonya
6 years ago

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
Emel
6 years ago

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
Brian
6 years ago

Hello Routes North,

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

Thanks

Mia
Mia
6 years ago

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
6 years ago

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
postcsaw
6 years ago

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

postcsaw
postcsaw
6 years ago
Reply to  Routes North

Thanks Routes North,

I just reached home and to share the experience, Yes, you can carry a rectactable baby stroller in bus 999 from Copenhagen to Malmo. Cheers

Maria
6 years ago

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
Daryll
6 years ago

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
Deena
7 years ago

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
Buboy
7 years ago

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
Emmanuel
7 years ago

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
Eyglo Kristjansdottir
7 years ago

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
Giannis
7 years ago

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
Maggi Czoty
7 years ago

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
michael
7 years ago

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.

michael
michael
7 years ago
Reply to  Routes North

Thanks for that. some reviews are saying you can’t see much more of the bridge from the bus than you can from train. ?

Bara brittiskt
7 years ago
Reply to  michael

Yes you see more from the road than the railway underneath it. The coaches are fine, you’ll see a lot, especially if you catch one from the Central station and get a seat at the front.

PictureBook
PictureBook
7 years ago

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
Roger Meyer
7 years ago

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

Marta
Marta
7 years ago

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

Marta
Marta
7 years ago
Reply to  Routes North

Thanks for the quick reply. Here is the link to the website I was viewing:

https://www.rome2rio.com/s/N%C3%B8rreport-Station/Malm%C3%B6

Naseer
Naseer
7 years ago

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

Eszter
Eszter
7 years ago

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

Cesar
Cesar
7 years ago
Reply to  Routes North

Thank you for the useful information 🙂

tina
tina
7 years ago

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
7 years ago

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

Peter Galton
Peter Galton
7 years ago

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.