How to get there
1. Copenhagen to Malmö by Air
Malmö is located in between Malmo Sturup Airport and Copenhagen Kastrup International Airport, so flying from Copenhagen to Malmö or back doesn't really make any sense. If you want to fly directly to either Copenhagen or Malmö, compare ticket prices online to try to save money
Copenhagen Airport (Kastrup Airport) in Denmark is the region’s international airport and the best choice if you want to fly to Malmö Sweden, from any destination. From Copenhagen, there are several types of transportation you can use to get from Copenhagen, Denmark, to Malmö, Sweden, and back; the distance between the cities isn't far. Your transportation options can usually be booked in advance, but each option has pros and cons.
Here's a closer look at four ways to get between Copenhagen and Malmö.
2. Copenhagen to Malmö by Train
Taking the train from Copenhagen to Malmö is a popular option and only takes 35 minutes across the famous Oresund Bridge.
The train departs either city's central train station (København H) every 20 minutes and stops intermittently (such as at Copenhagen Kastrup Airport). The advantage here is a flexible schedule and low price since you won't have to pay a bridge toll. You can purchase your ticket locally or order flexible train passes for Denmark and Sweden at RailEurope.com before you go so you don't have to worry about getting tickets.
The guide to getting to Malmö has more on what to expect when landing at the airport. Prices for the trains between Copenhagen and Malmö are set at around 111 SEK each way.
You may be able to get a slightly cheaper ticket for the journey across the bridge by travelling aboard one of SJ’s fast trains (snabbtåg), though these also make a stop en route.
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.
All trains headed to Sweden departing from the airport, leave from platform one (upstairs), where you will see a sign asking you to get your ID ready. You may be asked to show your passport again at Hyllie (on the Swedish side of the bridge) but you won’t need to leave the train again.
3. Copenhagen to Malmö by Car
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. It's a 45-minute drive (45 kilometers or 28 miles). Simply take the E20 across the Oresund Bridge (toll required). It's a beautiful and memorable drive through the tunnel and across the bridge, but you'll pay for gas and the bridge toll.
Also, be aware that prices for taking vehicles across the bridge are high – around 52 EUR for a one-way trip in a small car. 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. For more information on the prices charged for larger vehicles, see the Öresundsbron website.
Passport controls take place on the Swedish side of the bridge.
4. Copenhagen to Malmö by Bus
Here's probably the cheapest option: Take the Flybus 737 from Copenhagen to Malmo across the Oresund Bridge. It's a direct bus line commuting between the airports of the two cities and also coincides with Ryanair flight arrivals from the UK. From Copenhagen, the bus to Malmö departs on Ingerslevsgade. In Malmö, you'll find the bus to Copenhagen right outside Malmö airport.
Private bus company Swebus runs four services a day from Copenhagen to Malmo. These leave from the Swebus stop on Ingerslevsgade, near the centre of Copenhagen. Buses take around an hour to reach Norra Vallgatan, which is just south of Malmö’s main train station. Tickets and schedules are available on the Swebus website.
Rival firm Nettbuss covers the same route with around five departures per day. Tickets and schedules for these services are also available online. As the prices charged by these two companies are so similar (around 99 SEK one way), you’re best off just choosing the departure time that suits you best. Swebus and Nettbuss services all make a brief stop at Copenhagen Airport on their way towards the bridge.
The final option, bus-wise, is to jump aboard bus #999 greyhound bus (Gråhundbus).
There are between three and six departures per day from Kongens Nytorv and Nørreport St in Copenhagen, six days a week (Mon–Sat only). The buses run all the way to Gustav Adolfs Torg in central Malmö. The timetable is here. Prices for these buses are similar to the Swebus and Nettbuss options mentioned above, with return tickets costing around 100 DKK or 125 SEK – buy from the bus driver when you climb aboard.
Whichever bus you go with, take your passport with you and keep it in an easy-to-reach place.
Taking a taxi
If you’re 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 600 DKK / 770 SEK for a one-way journey from Copenhagen Airport to Malmö – more if you’re coming from the city centre.
Passport checks between Copenhagen and Malmö
As a result of the ongoing migration crisis, border checks have been in place on the bridge since November 2015. It’s essential that you take your passport with you, even if you’re only visiting Sweden or Denmark for the day, and regardless of which mode of transport you use to make the crossing.