How to Travel from Copenhagen to Malmö (Super Easy)

One of the best parts of visiting Copenhagen is you can easily take a day trip to Sweden and explore a whole new country! One of the easiest and quickest Swedish cities to visit from Copenhagen is Malmö. The best part is that it is super easy to travel from Copenhagen to Malmö!

The most convenient way to travel from Copenhagen to Malmö is taking the train. It takes about 45 minutes, and there are three trains that leave per hour. The Copenhagen to Malmö train costs about the same as taking the bus, but the bus only leaves a few times a day. The train is the far more flexible option, and you can travel whenever works best for you rather than working around the bus schedule.

This post gives you everything you need to know about travelling from Copenhagen to Malmö.

We cover the pros and cons of each transportation method, so you can choose the one that works best for you and your travel needs.

By the end, you’ll know exactly how to travel from Copenhagen to Malmö and won’t have any stress on the day of travel!

PS- You should check out my post on travelling from Copenhagen to Lund in case you want to visit a different Swedish city.

Option One: Taking the Copenhagen to Malmö Train

There is no doubt in my mind that taking the train from Copenhagen to Malmö is the best way to travel between the two cities.

It is quick, efficient, and by far the most flexible.

The Copenhagen to Malmö train is always how I travel between the two cities, and I highly recommend it to you as well.

Copenhagen, Denmark

How Long Does the Copenhagen to Malmö Train Take?

The train ride is so short. You barely feel like you’ve gotten on the train by the time it is time to get off!

The entire journey takes about 40 minutes.

I’m never not impressed by how easy it is to travel between countries in Europe!

The train to Malmö from Copenhagen may take slightly longer than 40 minutes if there is congestion on the lines, but it will never be more than an hour!

One other thing you may run into is the Swedish authorities checking passports.

So be sure to bring your passport!

They don’t always check passports, but it is a pretty common occurrence.

The process takes about five minutes, and then you’re free to go on your merry way and explore Malmö.

How Much Does a Train Ticket Cost?

There is a wide range of prices for the Copenhagen to Malmö train.

Ticket prices vary from 43 Krone (about $7 USD) to 175 Krone (about $28 USD).

The variation in ticket price comes down to what day of the week and what time of day you leave.

Your ticket will be more expensive if you leave during a peak time on the weekend and less expensive if you leave at an off-peak time on a weekday.

But, in general, you ca expect your ticket to cost somewhere in the middle of those two extremes.

I’ve never paid more than 93 Krone (about $15 USD) for a ticket on the Copenhagen to Malmö train.

Where to Purchase Tickets

There is no need to purchase your train tickets in advance.

There are so many trains departing every hour that even if one train is full, you won’t have to wait long to get on the next.

The trains rarely fill up, so you shouldn’t have to wait.

They may be busy though, and you may have to stand. It isn’t much of an issue though since it is such a short ride!

If you don’t want to stand, I highly recommend you avoid the train during peak commuting hours since many people live in one city and commute to work in the other.

You purchase your tickets at a ticket machine at either Copenhagen Station or the Copenhagen Airport.

Both locations work equally well, and it just depends where you are departing from.

The ticketing machines accept cash or card, so you can pay with whatever is most convenient for you.

Copenhagen Station is right next to Tivoli and is the same station most people alight from when travelling from the airport to central Copenhagen.

When Does the Train Depart from in Copenhagen?

You can either catch the Copenhagen to Malmö train at Copenhagen Station is central Copenhagen or at the airport.

As mentioned in the previous section, there isn’t an advantage to departing from one station over the other.

It just depends what station is most convenient for you.

Most people will get on the train at Copenhagen Station, but some people may want to go directly to Malmö without heading into Copenhagen first.

Where Does the Train Arrive at in Malmö?

The train arrives at Malmö Central Station.

It is literally in the heart of the city and is less than a five minute walk from the central square.

It couldn’t be a more convenient place to arrive in Malmö!

Malmo Train Station
Malmö Central Station

Advantages of Taking the Copenhagen to Malmö Train

  • Departs on a very regular basis
  • Affordable
  • Departs and arrives at stations that are in the city centres

Cons of Taking the Copenhagen to Malmö Train

  • May be busy, and you may have to stand
  • Limited dedicated luggage storage room

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Option Two: Taking the Bus from Copenhagen to Malmö

The bus is slightly less expensive than the train, but it takes quite a bit longer and only has five departures a day.

It isn’t nearly as convenient as the train, and the train isn’t that much more expensive.

It is well worth it to pay a few extra dollars per ticket and take the train on your own schedule than save a little money and take the bus.

How Long Does the Copenhagen to Malmö Bus Take?

The bus takes 1 hour and 15 minutes to reach Malmö from Copenhagen.

It could take longer depending on traffic, but it certainly won’t take less time!

How Much Does a Bus Ticket Cost?

The good new is that bus tickets are less expensive than train tickets!

If you’re on a really tight budget, the train may be the right option for you.

A bus ticket from Copenhagen to Malmö costs between 44 Krone (about $7 USD) and 68 Krone (about $11 USD).

That’s a pretty good deal and may even be the least expensive thing you buy in a Nordic country.

Where to Purchase Bus Tickets

You have two options for purchasing your bus tickets:

  • Online in advance
  • In person right before departure

You don’t need to purchase your bus ticket in advance because they normally don’t sell out.

However, since there are so few buses departing daily, it may be in your best interests to pre-buy your ticket if there is a particular time you really want to catch the bus at.

There are three bus operators that travel to Malmö from Copenhagen:

All three operators are great so just hop on whatever bus is departing when you get to the station!

Copenhagen, Denmark

Where Does the Bus Depart from in Copenhagen?

The bus from Copenhagen to Malmö departs from Copenhagen Station.

The same station that the train departs from!

It is super central, and you’ll have no trouble finding it (especially since it is right next door to a theme park).

Where Does the Bus Arrive at in Malmö?

Just like the train, buses arrive at Malmö Central Station.

It is super convenient, and you can walk to wherever you need to go from the station with no issue!

Advantages of Taking the Bus from Copenhagen to Malmö

  • Least expensive option
  • Bus departs and arrives in city centres
  • You are guaranteed to have a seat, and there is luggage storage under the bus

Disadvantages of Taking the Bus from Copenhagen to Malmö

  • Only 5 buses depart per day
  • Takes significantly longer than the train

Option Three: Driving from Copenhagen to Malmö

The final option you have is driving to Malmö from Copenhagen.

I don’t really recommend this option unless it is part of a larger road trip around Denmark and Sweden.

It is expensive to rent a car, and while it only take 40 minutes to drive between the cities, by the time you deal with renting and returning the car, it is by far the longest way to travel from Copenhagen to Malmö.

Plus you have to deal with parking, and nobody enjoys that!

Copenhagen, Denmark

Be Internet Safe

One of the most important things you can do to protect yourself when you’re travelling is installing a VPN on your phone.

This cloaks your phone so nobody can access your online data and activity (including your banking information) while you’re using public wifi.

And when you travel, you will be using public wifi all the time!

A VPN makes using public wifi as safe and secure as using your personal home wifi where you’re the only person who knows the password.

My personal favourite VPN is NordVPN.

It is the fastest VPN on the market, and it is very affordable.

You can protect up to six devices with a singly NordVPN account, and it costs less than the price of a latte per month.

My philosophy is that if you can afford to travel, you can afford to protect your online data with a VPN.

Conclusion

As you can see, you really have two options when travelling from Copenhagen to Malmö. You can either take the train or the bus.

My personally preference is without a doubt the train.

It doesn’t get any more convenient, and it is so nice to show up at the train station basically any time of day and know there is a train departing in the next 20 minutes or less.

But the choice is yours!

Be sure you choose the option that works best for you and your travel needs.

The bus may be the better option for you if you’re on a very tight budget or want to be guaranteed a comfortable seat to relax in.

There are really no wrong answers when it comes to travelling from Copenhagen to Malmö!

The only thing I ask is that you have a great time in Malmö!

It is a really cool city and is super laid back. I highly recommend checking out the museum if you have time.

And if there is a hockey game on while you’re there, be sure to check that out too!

How to Travel from Copenhagen to Lund (Super Easy!)

Lund is a cute little university town in southern Sweden. It takes about an hour to travel from Copenhagen to Lund, so it is the perfect day trip to take from Copenhagen!

You can either take a train or bus from Copenhagen to Lund. The cost is virtually the same for both the train and bus, but taking the train is the best way to travel from Copenhagen to Lund. The train leaves more often and takes significantly less time, so it can be more convenient for most travellers. One downside to taking the train is there may be limited space, and sometimes people have to stand during peak times. You also have the option to drive from Copenhagen to Lund if you rent a car.

Lund is such a cute city. You can easily see the highlights of the town in a single day, and that is what makes it such an attractive day trip from Copenhagen.

Even though you’re travelling from Denmark to Sweden, the trip is super painless and just as easy as taking public transportation within a single country.

The only thing that may be different is you may be asked to show your passport when the train arrives in Sweden.

This doesn’t happen every time a train arrives from Denmark, but you should carry your passport with you just in case the Swedish authorities board the train and check people’s passports.

The passport check doesn’t take more than a few minutes and you’re back on your way to Lund in no time!

In many instances, it is quicker and cheaper to travel from Copenhagen to Lund than it is to travel from Copenhagen to other Danish cities!

That is how easy and painless the journey from Copenhagen to Lund is!

Option One: Taking the Train from Copenhagen to Lund

Taking the Copenhagen to Lund train is the best and most convenient way to travel between the two cities.

Three trains leave per hour (excluding super off-peak hours in the middle of the night). You can basically show up at the train station at any time and get on the next train within a matter of minutes!

I love how quick, easy, and hassle free taking the train from Copenhagen to Lund is!

How Long Does the Train from Copenhagen to Lund Take?

The entire journey from the centre of Copenhagen to the centre of Lund takes less than an hour!

It can take a few minutes longer if there is congestion on the tracks or the Swedish authorities check passports, but it is never longer than 75 minutes!

As a Canadian, it never ceases to impress me that you can travel between countries so quickly in Europe! I absolutely love it.

Copenhagen, Denmark

How Much Does a Train Ticket Cost?

Ticket costs vary between 61 Krone and 122 Krone. That is approximately $10 USD to $20 USD.

In my experience, a Copenhagen to Lund train ticket cost normally costs closer to the €8 range than the €16 range.  

That can be a little bit expensive for such a short journey, but it is the Nordic countries.

Prices tend to be a bit higher in that region than other parts of Europe, but it is so worth it!

For a bit of context, it costs roughly the same to travel from the Copenhagen airport to central Copenhagen as it does to travel from Copenhagen to Lund. It isn’t really all that expensive when you compare it to other prices in Denmark and Sweden.

Where to Purchase Train Tickets

There is absolutely no need to purchase your ticket in advance!

Trains travel from Copenhagen to Lund so often that there will be a train leaving within 30 minutes of you arriving at the train station.

You’ll get on the next train even if it is busy, but is may mean you have to stand rather than have a seat.

It isn’t a big deal though since it is such a short journey. A lot of people get off the train at the Copenhagen airport as well, so you can probably snag a seat then if you do end up standing.

There are ticket machines at Copenhagen Central Station and the airport, so you can easily pick up your ticket no matter where you’re departing from.

You do have the option of purchasing a ticket in advance on the ticket machine if you want to be extra prepared or have to leave at a particular time no matter what.

Ticket machines take both cash and card, and they have an English option for tourists!

All things considered, it is one of the easiest processes for purchasing train tickets, and the entire process is smooth and fool proof.

A word of caution: there are people checking tickets on almost every train. Please always purchase a ticket and never try to catch a free ride. This advice goes for every and any public transportation you take but is especially important on the Copenhagen to Lund train.

Where Does the Train Depart from in Copenhagen?

You can get on the train from Copenhagen to Lund at two spots:

  • Copenhagen Central Station
  • Copenhagen Airport

It is a direct train from both the central train station and the airport, so you never have to worry about transferring trains.

It doesn’t really matter where you jump on the train, and it all boils down to what is most convenient for you.

Most people will get on the train at Copenhagen Central Station, but a few of you may want to go straight to Lund from Copenhagen airport. That is super easy to do as well, so that is another big plus about travelling from Copenhagen to Lund!

Where Does the Train Arrive at in Lund?

The train arrives at Lund Central Station.

It is located in central Lund, and you’ll be able to walk pretty much anywhere in the main part of the city within 20 minutes!

Lund Central Station is perfectly located, and odds are it is easier to walk to wherever you’re staying than take the bus.

Lund, Sweden

Advantages of Taking the Train from Copenhagen to Lund

  • Trains leave 3 times an hour on average
  • Super inexpensive
  • The train stations in Copenhagen and Lund are centrally located and easy to walk to
  • Beautiful scenery

Disadvantages of Taking the Train from Copenhagen to Lund

  • You might have to stand
  • Limited dedicated luggage storage

Option Two: Taking the Bus from Copenhagen to Lund

You other option is to take a bus from Copenhagen to Lund.

This is a fine option, but it isn’t as convenient as the train. Buses don’t leave as often, and they take significantly longer than the train.

There are only six buses per day that travel from Copenhagen to Lund, so it is much more restrictive and forces you to plan more in advance.

I personally prefer the train because you know it will likely run on schedule unlike the bus that may get caught in traffic.

Plus trains are just way more fun than buses!

How Long Does the Bus from Copenhagen to Lund Take?

Unfortunately, the Copenhagen to Lund bus ride take 90 minutes!

That is basically half again as long as the Copenhagen to Lund train, so I don’t really see much of an advantage to taking the bus over the train.

How Much Does a Bus Ticket Cost?

It varies by bus company, but you can expect a bus ticket to Lund from Copenhagen to cost between 67 Krone and 110 Krone That is approximately $11 USD and $18 USD.

That’s pretty close to what a train ticket will cost, so it is pretty much a saw off between the train and bus when it comes to cost.

One thing to note is I’ve often found that the bus tickets tend to average closer to the higher end of their price range whereas train tickets tend to average out closer to the lower end of their price range.

It all depends on what company you use and when you depart though!

A ticket during the peak-time on a weekend is going to cost more than a ticket during off-peak times on a weekday.

Plan accordingly and try to find the best ticket price that suits your travel schedule!

Copenhagen, Denmark

Where to Purchase Bus Tickets

You have two options for purchasing bus tickets:

  • Online in advance
  • In person right before departure

Both options work, and it is more of a matter of preference.

The buses are rarely full because the train is so convenient and popular. You don’t really need to stress about purchasing your ticket online in advance because bus tickets don’t typically sell out.

That doesn’t mean they never sell out though!

There are three different bus providers that travel from Copenhagen to Lund.

Neither of them are any better than the rest, and it all comes down to price and departure time.

The three bus operators are:

All three providers let you purchase tickets online in advance or at the station on the day of departure.

Just be sure you get to the station early enough to have time to purchase a ticket if you don’t purchase one online in advance!

Where Does the Bus Depart from in Copenhagen?

The bus leaves Copenhagen at Copenhagen Central Station.

There is a bus station at the same spot as the train station, so it is really easy to find!

Copenhagen Central Station is located right in central Copenhagen next to Tivoli Gardens, so it is impossible to miss!

Where Does the Bus Arrive at in Lund?

Buses arrive at Lund Bangatan.

It is about 100 meters away from Lund Central Station and is super centrally located.

Just like the train station, you can walk to anywhere in central Lund in less than 20 minutes, and it is normally easier to walk to your accommodation than try to take a bus.

Lund is a super small town, so it is easy to walk around the central part of the city without getting lost!

Copenhagen, Denmark

Advantages of Taking the Bus from Copenhagen to Lund

  • You have a guaranteed seat
  • Dedicated luggage storage under the bus
  • Lovely scenery

Disadvantages of Taking the Bus from Copenhagen to Lund

  • There are only six buses that travel from Copenhagen to Lund per day
  • It takes significantly longer than the train
  • Is often more expensive than the train

Option Three: Driving from Copenhagen to Lund

Your final option is to drive from Copenhagen to Lund.

I don’t really recommend you rent a car and drive just to visit Lund from Copenhagen. It is more expensive than the bus or train, and is a headache you don’t need.

It isn’t terribly convenient to worry about navigating the roads, finding parking, and filling up on gas before you return the car.

The only time I recommend you driving from Copenhagen to Lund is if it is part of a larger road trip through Denmark and Sweden.

If you do choose to drive, it will take a little over an hour to reach Lund from Copenhagen.

Conclusion

There you have it! You now know everything you need to in order to decide how to travel from Copenhagen to Lund!

My preference is to take the Copenhagen to Lund train because it is faster and less expensive. But it all comes down to what works best for you and your travel needs.

You can technically also take a taxi from Copenhagen to Lund, but it is extremely expensive and not worth the additional price since it takes about the same amount of time as the train.

A taxi from Copenhagen to Lund will set you back at least 600 Krone or approximately $100 USD!

That is absurdly expensive!

Stick to public transportation. It is quick, effective, and convenient.

Nordic countries know how to do public transportation right, and you’ll have a lovely journey no matter if you take the train or bus.

Everything You Need to Know Before You Visit Tivoli

Tivoli should be on your must-do list when you’re in Copenhagen. It is an amusement park located in the centre of the Copenhagen. It is a lot of fun and is the perfect way to spend part of a day in Copenhagen.

History of Tivoli

Tivoli is the second oldest amusement park in the world and was opened in 1843. It had 4.6 million visitors in 2017 and is the second most popular seasonal theme park in Europe (Europa-Park in Germany is the most popular).

In 1943, Nazi sympathizers burnt down portions of Tivoli including the concert hall. Temporary buildings were built, and the amusement park was up and running again in just a few short weeks.

Walt Disney visited Tivoli when he was planning and designing Disneyland. He loved Tivoli and was so inspired that you can see many similar attractions from Tivoli at Disneyland.

Tivoli Copenhagen Everything You Need to Know to Visit Tivoli

Getting There

From City Centre

If you are staying in the centre of Copenhagen, you will be able to walk to (and possible see) Tivoli from your hotel. It is centrally-located and is impossible to miss if you’re walking around the city centre.

Great Hotels in the City Centre

From Outside the City Centre

You can easily get to Tivoli from outside the city centre by taking the train to Copenhagen Central Station. When you get off the train, you will be able to see Tivoli. You just need to walk to the entrance, and you’re good to go!

Great Hotels Outside the City Centre

Opening Times

Tivoli has 3 different seasons: Winter, Summer, and Halloween.

  • Winter: February 1 to February 24
  • Summer: April 4 to September 22
  • Halloween: October 11 to November 3

Each season has the same operating time:

  • Sunday to Thursday: 11am to 10pm
  • Friday to Saturday: 11am to 11pm

Cost

  • Adult Entrance Fee: $18USD
  • Child (0-7) Entrance Fee: $8USD
  • One Ride Ticket: $3.75USD
  • Entrance and Unlimited Rides: $54.50USD

Rides cost anywhere between 1 and 3 tickets to ride, so you should purchase an unlimited ride pass if you want to go on multiple rides.

Things to do at Tivoli

Rides

Tivoli has a wide range of rides. There are kiddie rides all the way up to adult thrill rides, so everybody in your party will be able to find something they enjoy.

It is most well known for Rutschebanen. It is the oldest wooden rollercoaster in the world and was built in 1914. You board the train and ride through a mountain. There is a conductor onboard the train with you that has a brake s/he can use to control the speed of the train. It is a lot of fun and everybody should ride it at least once.

The Demon is one of the newest addition to Tivoli. It is a rollercoaster that has 3 loops and a few drops all in just over 60 seconds. It is the most thrilling ride in the park. There is the option to wear VR goggles while riding that amps up the thrill level even more.

To get a panoramic view of Copenhagen, you should ride The Star Flyer. It is a flying swing rides just like the ones found in nearly every other theme park, but it is special because you get an unbeatable view of Copenhagen from the sky. You should ride it at night for the best view.

You should not miss The Flying Trunk while at Tivoli. It is a slow-moving ride that takes you through Hans Christian Andersen’s story. It is 7 minutes long, but it is a lot of fun for anybody who grew up reading his work.

Tivoli Copenhagen Everything You Need to Know Before You Visit Tivoli

Other Attractions Not to Miss:

  • The Ferris Wheel (a classic!)
  • The Mine (a boat ride with a small drop)
  • The Caravan (a rollercoaster for small children)
  • Aquila (a ride that flips you upside down then back upright over and over)
  • The Carousel (another classic)
  • The Lighthouse (great for young children that like a bit of a thrill)
  • Fantamorgana (a 3-in-1 ride that lets you choose your thrill experience)

Entertainment

Tivoli has a wide range of entertainment options. There are a number of shows each day, so you will be able to find a show that interests you.

The most iconic shows take place at The Pantomime Theatre. Here you can watch classic Italian pantomime shows that are led by a live pit orchestra. It is a unique show and is worth watching if you’re able to.

During special events and occasions, you are able to see The Tivoli Youth Guard. This band is made up of girls and boys aged 8-16 in uniforms that are similar to the Danish Royal Guard. The Youth Guard was founded in 1844, and the children in the guard represent Tivoli in any parades and local events.

If you’re lucky, you may be at Tivoli to attend a Fredagsrock concert. These concerts happen on select Friday nights during the summer season, and they are free to attend with the cost of admission. You should check Tivoli’s website to see if you’re in Copenhagen during a concert!

Paid Extras

You have the option to pay for additional activities at Tivoli that are not included in the price of admission.

You can pay $3.75USD to go to the aquarium. It opens at 12:30pm each day the park is open. The aquarium is small, but you are able to see many different fish species as well as a number of small aquatic animals such as octopi and moray eels.

There is an arcade that costs extra. You can play games and win prizes!

There is also a concert hall where you can pay to see various artists perform. This hall is used during the Copenhagen Jazz Festival as one of the main locations. The list of concerts and performers can be found on the Tivoli website.

Food

There are many restaurants in Tivoli; however, I recommend eating at a local restaurant before heading to the park. You will be able to get less expensive and better food that way.

If you get hungry when you’re in the park, there are a number of fast food and junk food options to choose from.

In general, the food at Tivoli isn’t the best. Since the park is in the middle of city centre, you will be able to find food outside the park that you will probably enjoy more.

Note: You are not able to leave and reenter Tivoli. Once you are inside the park, you must remain inside. If you leave, you will have to pay the entrance fee again if you want to go back to the park.

Tivoli Copenhagen Everything You Need to Know Before You Visit Tivoli

When is the Best Time to go to Tivoli?

The best time to go to Tivoli is during the week if you can. It is busiest on the weekend- especially in the evening.

Similarly, the summer is the busiest time of year. That is when Copenhagen sees the most tourists, and the weather is the nicest, which brings the locals to the park as well.

In the winter, there are a number of rides that are not operating due to the weather, so be sure to check to see what rides are closed before you go to the park. This way you will be able to avoid any disappointment if the ride you wanted to ride the most is closed.

How Long Do I Need in the Park?

If you are visiting Tivoli on a weekday during a less busy time of year (April, for example), you will be able to see and do everything in 4-5 hours. This means you could sightsee in the morning, have an early dinner, and then spend the rest of the evening in Tivoli. You won’t have more than a couple minutes of wait time during a slower time of year.

If you are going in the summer, you may want to spend a half day at the park. You will have longer wait times and more crowds in the summer months than in the Winter and Spring.

You will want to budget an extra hour or two if you are going on a Friday or Saturday night as lots of locals go to Tivoli during that time.

In Closing

Tivoli is a fun way to spend a few hours while in Copenhagen. It is incredibly easy to get to because it is located in the city centre, so you don’t have to worry about going a long distance to get there.

Tivoli is a historical park, and one any theme park enthusiast will love. It has a variety of rides that appeal to both old and young as well as thrill seekers. It is a special amusement park because it has kept its history intact by preserving its most iconic classic rides while adding new, modern attractions to attract new visitors.

You will be able to have unlimited fun if you purchase the ride pass, and I highly recommend you doing so. Buying tickets for each individual ride is not cost effective, and it limits the amount of fun you have. You will have made up the cost of your unlimited ride pass after riding 6 rides, and that is really easy to do.

I hope you have a great time at Tivoli! It is definitely one of the most fun things you can do on your Copenhagen vacation.