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
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.
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.
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!
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!
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