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The most scenic journey from Copenhagen to Malmö
Getting to Sweden (Malmö) from Denmark (Copenhagen) couldn't be any easier, cheaper or more scenic than a train journey across the ØresundBridge . If you own a trainpass (scanrail pass) like me, just proceed to Copenhagen Central Station, hop unto a train owned by the Swedish State Railway Company or 'SJ' and you'll reach Malmö Central Station in 35 min flat. Along the way, the train departing Copenhagen for Malmö will speed across the beautiful Öresund Bridge so it's quite a scenic journey. Do note that these trains leave every 20min so it doesn't matter if you miss a train..
Malmö - Copenhagen
Malmö has daily train connections with Copenhagen, Oslo, Berlin and Hamburg. Öresund trains depart Malmö for Copenhagen across the Öresund Bridge every 20 minutes from 6 a.m. to 12 midnight, and then once an hour during the night. The journey time from Malmö Central Station to Copenhagen Central Station is 35 minutes. The train also stops at Copenhagen Airport. The train journey from Malmö Central Station to Copenhagen Airport takes only 20 minutes.
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The Oresund Bridge was opened on 1st July, 2000. The bridge links Denmark and Sweden together for the first time since the Ice Age. The new road and rail project covers 10.5 miles (17km) between Malmo and Copenhagen and now physically links together Sweden and the rest of Western Europe. The Oresund Bridge took four years and cost £3.3 billion to build.
You can use train, bus or drive a car yourself. The train takes about 35 minutes from Copenhagen Central Station to Malmo Central Station(via Copenhagen Airport). Bus takes a bit more time but you get a better view.
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One day - Two nation
Since the eight kilometre Öresundsbron, a two-track rail and four-lane road bridge has been completed, you can take the One day - Two nation vacation, when you are in Copenhagen! The city is separated from Malmö by the Øresund strait that is just 4km wide at it's narrowest point
Malmo is barely a 20 minute scenic ride from Copenhagen's main station to Malmö central station. Jumping on a train in the morning takes you across the Öresund Bridge.
Öresund trains depart every 20 minutes from 6am to midnight, and then once an hour during the night.
Malmo is rather small and compact; during your day trip you can visit almost all interesting sites only by walking around.
In the evening speed back to Copenhagen for your evening meal and your vacation has been successfully finished.
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Copenhagen to Malmö train
The Öresund bridge linking Copenhagen with Malmö was opened in 2000, creating a major direct rail/road link with Denmark. Trains run every 20 minutes from Copenhagen, the journey taking less than 30 mins from Kastrup airport, and a little longer to get from central Copenhagen. The one-way journey back from Malmö to Kastrup cost about 90SEK if I remember rightly.
Sadly on the journey to Malmö from Copenhagen I fell asleep, because I'd been up since 3am to get my flight, but on the journey back I was wide awake, so got to see the view. It's amazing travelling by train over the sea!
Gateway to Sweden
If you go to Sweden by train or coach from almost anywhere but Finland, Norway and Poland, Malmö is where you will first arrive unless you pick a ferry to Helsingborg instead. This is why I have yet another similar picture of the bridge here, although already mentioned as a tip as it is a sight in itself because of the impressive architecture and the fact that it merges two countries into one region (although "region" is sometimes an overstatement - at least as far as the Danes are concerned).
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Best connection to Denmark/mainland Europe
Good and fast connection - we had no waiting lines, but maybe in high season and rush hours there can be some short lines.
Price for a car trip (single fare) is 290 DKK (2006), which is around 40 Euro.
On the Malmoe side is a viewpoint, accessible from the first exit after the bridge.
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The Oresund Bridge provides a fast road and rail link between South Sweden and Denmark. I used to drink with some of the guys who helped build the bridge and the fact it is still standing suggests either their drink capacity was enormous or miracles do happen. That said, it is a fantastic structure and in order to pay for it's construction, it is a toll bridge and an expensive one. A single car journey will cost 275:- The bridge is 12km long with a further 6km in a tunnel on the Danish side. Full pricing details be found on their website. On t e down side, this has led to an increase in the amount of drugs coming into Sweden so customs (Tull) are often manning the pay points on the Swedish side.
We were staying in Denmark so we took the long bridge across the channel. It was cool because I believe it is either the longest or second longest bridge in the world. However, it wasn't cheap. It cost us almost $50 to cross over to Sweden and back to Denmark.
I parked at a large parking lot across the main train station. There will be plenty of signs directing you to the train station. When we crossed the bridge from Denmark there was a tourist information center shortly after getting off the bridge and onto the land. They gave us a map of Malmö which was very helpful, the staff there were very pleasant and helpful to all the tourists.
If you come from Copenhagen...
If you come from Copenhagen you can come by train or by boat. Both options are equally good. I went there by train (I wanted to experience the crossing of the Øresund bridge) and came back by boat. I preferred the boat, but I must say the sea was very calm that day.
Malmö is not very big and you can walk everywhere. If you want to go to the beach (not a great view except in summer), you can rent a bike.
Driving across the Öresund Bridge
The bridge links the islands of Zealand and Funen across the Storebalt. Initially it was hoped to build a bridge all the way across the Oresund. However, like the proposal to build a Channel bridge to span the 21-mile expanse of water between England and France, it was decided that this was technologically too difficult to achieve.
If driving, or taking the train across the bridge, the "Malmo Card" available at the tourist office, will give a discount off the road toll or rail fare to Copenhagen plus numerous other discounts.
Copenhagen and the Oresund
Taking about 35 minutes, and running at up to three times an hour, the new Oresund train makes a day trip to Sweden from Copenhagen a very simple proposition. Ticket information can be a little hard to come by, but it's about 12 euros each way. Tickets are much cheaper if you travel in a group - the family duo card is less than the price of two tickets, and is valid for up to five people. The train runs from Copenhagen to Malmo, stopping at the airport on the way. It does continue on in both directions, if there's anything further out that you are interested in.
It's but a 30 minute or so train ride from Malmo to Copenhagen.
I liked the bit in the middle of the bridge that delineates the sea border between the two countries.
I'm told that people even commute from Malmo to Copenhagen for work. Very quick, and scenic trip.
The Oresund Bridge (Danish Øresundsbroen, Swedish Öresundsbron, joint hybrid name Øresundsbron) is a combined two-track rail and four-lane road bridge across the Oresund strait. The bridge-tunnel is the longest combined road and rail bridge in Europe and connects the two metropolitan areas of the Oresund Region: the Danish capital of Copenhagen and the Swedish city of Malmö. The international European route E20 runs across the bridge, as does the Oresund Railway Line.
Construction began in 1995. The last section was constructed on August 14, 1999. Danish Heir Apparent Frederik and his Swedish counterpart Crown Princess Victoria met midway to celebrate its completion. The official inauguration took place on July 1, 2000, with Danish Queen Margrethe II, and her Swedish counterpart King Carl XVI Gustaf, presiding. The bridge was opened for traffic later that day. Before the inauguration 79,871 runners competed in a half distance marathon (Broloppet, the Bridge Run) from Amager (in Denmark) to Skåne (in Sweden) on June 12, 2000.
Getting to Copenhagen
When the Öresunds-bridge was built it opened an entirely new possibility for us swedes (and especially the ones living in Malmö) to travel to Copenhagen. It only takes you 20-40 minutes to get to Copenhagen depending on how you choose to travel. Here are a few ways of getting there:
The trains between Malmö-Copenhagen departures all day & all night.
During daytime, the trains to Copenhagen departure 3 times per hour, and a ticket forth & back can be bought at a price around 15 Euros ( 130-140 SEK).
Tthe journey takes 35 minutes.
The busroute 999 takes you to Copenhagen for 120 SEK fort & back. The journey takes about 1 ½ hour (because the bus stops at so many locations to pick up passangers).
Perhaps the most popular way to get to Copenhagen is by car. A forth & back-ticket costs 570 SEK (May 2005).
The cheapest alternative: By Boat:
Only during the summer (for obvious reasons..) can you go by boat to Copenhagen. The boats departue from a harbour-spot closely located to the Centralstation ( right behind it).
The journey takes 1h 20 min, and costs 50 SEK
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