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How to visit Copenhagen and Malmö in one day

One of the coolest things about visiting Copenhagen is how simple it is to visit Sweden too! Even if you are only staying in Copenhagen for a few days, it’s still enough time to take a trip to Sweden’s Malmö and back in one day.

How to get the train from Denmark to Sweden

Thanks to the Øresund bridge, Copenhagen and Malmö, or Denmark and Sweden, are now linked. In less than 40 minutes, you can easily get from Copenhagen to Malmö and be in a brand new country. So close are Copenhagen and Malmö that people commute from one country to another in less time than it would take many of us to get to work every morning.


Tips for getting the train from Copenhagen to Malmö


getting the train from copenhagen to malmo in one day


Bring your passport!

Fairly obvious, but you are going to another country, so remember to pack your passport.

The Schengen Agreement and the Nordic Passport Union means you may not encounter any passport inspections at all, but be prepared just in case.


From Copenhagen’s Central Station, København H, you can purchase tickets to Malmö from the red machines or by going to the ticket desk. We were told that it was better value to get a family return ticket for the two of us, which cost 288 kr ($42, €39), so we did that.

Copenhagen Airport

Our train took us to Copenhagen Airport, where we had to get off and go up the escalator to the airport, then go straight back down to a the platform where trains leave for Malmö and beyond. It was very easy to find the Sweden platform, although I can’t remember the number now!

Once we came down the escalator, we had to show our passports to two guys before being able to enter the platform.

After a few moments wait, we boarded a train bound for Sweden and within minutes we were already crossing the Øresund bridge.

Oresund bridge copenhagen to malmo

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Øresund Bridge Malmö

The Øresund bridge is a train and car bridge that crosses the Øresund strait to connect Sweden and Denmark. Opened in 2000, it’s the longest road and rail bridge in Europe. It is about t8km long and has an underwater tunnel section.

Before we knew it, (35 minutes later) we were pulling into Hyllie station. As we wanted to go to Malmö centre, we stayed on the train and got off two stops later. You can stay on the train and go all the way to Stockholm and beyond if you want!


Malmo train station- Copenhagen to Malmo train day trip

We were expecting our passports to be checked once we got to Sweden, but in this case, no one came onto the train to check.

Once you arrive in Malmö, head outside and cross the river to get to a busier area of the city. Malmö is beautiful and we loved exploring on foot.

Returning to Copenhagen

On the way back from Malmö to Copenhagen, we took a train headed to Copenhagen airport again. Our passports weren’t checked at all on the way back, and we were back in our hotel in no time. That’s how simple it is to visit both Copenhagen and Malmö in one day!

copenhagen to malmo train day trip


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    May 14, 2017 at 1:49 pm

    This sounds like a great day trip and an awesome way to see another country. We did something similar when we took a day trip from Bratislava to Vienna. Such a great way to see new places when you only have a short time!
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    May 15, 2017 at 1:45 am

    Love the it’s so easy to move between the Scandinavian countries. I’ve travelled all around Sweden but still haven’t made it to Malmo. We are huge fans of Copenhagen too. Perhaps something for our next visit. Thanks for the info.

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    Elena Nemets
    May 15, 2017 at 6:59 am

    You can also take a ferry from Denmark to Sweden from Helsinor to Helsinborg – also a great option for a day trip.

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    Jade Mortimer
    May 15, 2017 at 11:22 am

    That’s amazing that it’s so close – definintely quicker than a London commute any day of the week!

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    May 15, 2017 at 3:48 pm

    I have done this a few times. The last I, too, took the train. We’ve also driven over the bridge, and in the past we took a ferry. I’m not sure if there is still one that runs. It’s a good way to day trip to either place.

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    May 15, 2017 at 4:37 pm

    This is a very easy and convenient trip. My sister lives in Sweden, a little north of Malmo, and I always get the train from Copenhagen to see her. One day I must stop and visit both Copenhagen and Malmo as so far I haven’t seen either city!

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    Carmen Edelson
    May 17, 2017 at 11:30 am

    Wow, that bridge is pretty spectacular. Thank you for the tips! I’ll definitely visit both Copenhagen and Malmo next year. Happy travels 🙂
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    Lara Dunning
    May 19, 2017 at 6:51 pm

    I haven’t been to that part of the world yet, but your description of traveling from one country to the next sounds super simple and a great alternative.

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    May 29, 2017 at 12:02 am

    This sounds like so much fun and now I feel sad that I didn’t get to do it when I was in Copenhagen.

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    Via B Design
    July 12, 2017 at 9:24 pm

    An underwater tunnel? How cool. I haven’t been on a train before, looks like fun.
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    November 14, 2017 at 12:58 am

    As a Dane that lives close to Malmö, I need to make a one day trip to Malmö soon (I have never been) 🙂

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