This is a very easy journey indeed.
There are frequent trains from Copenhagen's central station which serve Malmo and it's a quick trip, taking just 34 minutes. The train goes over the magnificent Oresund bridge (rail lines are underneath the road) but, given the speed at which it travels and the network of bridge supports, taking photos is very difficult. You do get some lovely sea views though!
Trains are clean, safe and comfortable although can be a bit crowded at times because they also serve Copenhagen's airport and there are plenty of commuters in both directions anyway. But it's a very short trip and I had no difficulty getting a seat in either direction.
I particularly appreciated the fact that there are racks of free streetmaps (Copenhagen and Malmo on one sheet of paper) available in the carriages. That's good planning, imo. :-)
In August 2014 I bought my round-trip ticket on the day I visited Malmo from Copenhagen station's ticket office but could (I think) have just used the ticket machines. By the time I started writing this tip I'd somehow managed to lose the ticket and couldn't remember exactly how much I'd paid for the return trip. A one-way ticket is now (February 2015) 89DKK and I don't recall there being any cheaper return-trip fares: it's just double the one-way fare. :-)
Malmo station is clean, safe and easy to negotiate...and just a few minutes' walk from the heart of the oldest part of the city.
It is very easy to get to Malmö by train, and especially since the City Tunnel opened some years ago, adding the Triangeln station as a great city centre alternative. Coming from Denmark, all you have to do is get on a train at Copenhagen Central station or even Copenhagen airport! The "Öresundståg" trains run every 20 minutes for most of the day and it takes only a little more than half an hour to Malmö Central station. The major Copenhagen stations even has Skånetrafiken ticket machines for the many travelling Swedes. Pick a "duo" ticket if you are more than one person who want to cross the bridge for a daytrip. Note that you have to have a ticket before boarding the train as they are no longer sold on board!
The Öresund trains also take you to Malmö from Kalmar/Växjö, Göteborg/Halmstad and Karlskrona, all in the south of Sweden, before continuing to Copenhagen.
Swedish SJ "high speed" trains (formerly known as X2000) can also take you from Copenhagen and its airport, but are less frequent and then you need one of their tickets instead (and does not stop at Triangeln and other local Malmö stations). These are the trains also taking you to Malmö from for instance Stockholm. From there, you can also get to Malmö with a slower budget train run by Veolia and both of these have connections to the Swedish highlands in winter.
Veolia also run night trains to/from Berlin which use the ferries between Trelleborg and Sassnitz for the crossing. These trains run most of the year but not November-March.
For going around Skåne (Scania) and some of the border towns north of it, you can also use the purple Pågatåg trains with local tickets from the machines/service centres. These tend to stop in more/smaller places than major trains of course.
My second picture in this tip is from the 150th anniversary of the Swedish railways in 2006. As Malmö-Lund was the first proper passenger stretch to open, there were celebrations with all sorts of vintage trains. See my Lund travelogue if you are interested in more pictures.
Public transport is not cheap in Skane and if you want to ride around Skane left n right for a few days the 72 hour card is good value:)
Since the completion in 2000 of the Oresund Bridge and Tunnel Malmo and Copenhagen have become almost like Siamese Twin cities and in fact many people live in one whilst working in the other. As well as the road connection the two are also linked by a regular train service which runs every 20 minutes during the day (hourly at night) with a journey time of 35 minutes.
At each end the main train stations are in the city centres (which I suppose is why both are called "Central" - HA!) and on arrival at Malmo the main pedestrianised area is just across the road from the station's front entrance with the docks in the other direction.
This is quite a spectacular journey once you emerge from the tunnel onto the bridge with its almost 8 km legnth spanning the Sound and useful to note is that the trains stop at Copenhagen's Kastrup airport.
At the time of writing (March 2012) the return fare was 164 DKK and tickets can be obtained either from the machines or the manned windows at the stations.
Malmo used to be a dead end, and its train station a terminus. That's because it was at the bottom of Sweden, and when you got here there was nowhere left to go, except the sea. But since the building of the Oresund bridge to Denmark, things changed. Now Malmo is a major stop on a train route running from the north of Sweden, through Copenhagen, Germany and into the rest of Europe. The recently built a new tunnel line linking the main station to the bridge, and now the city is a through line and not a terminal.
This is Malmo's train station and Bus terminal but also there's a Tourist information office very handy for getting maps and useful information about Malmo.
If you want to get to Copenhagen you can buy trickets for £15 return
We used the railways to go to Lund & Copenhagen on both local & intercity trains. There are easy to use ticket machines in all stations and in Malmö Central we were given advice on what tickets to use by red coated station officials. One tip was to but a family ticket instead of 2 adult singles for a cheaper fare.
The "Påga-tåg" are the commuters that can take you around the area of Scania (The Swedish region which Malmö is located in).
They departure from the Centralstation, and the ticketprice vary depending on where you go (of course!)...but it´s not very expensive.
The cheapest & easiest way is to buy a ticket on the centralstation, but if you choose to buy one on the train keep in mind that it will cost you an extra fee (ca 5-6 Euro/50 SEK).
The commuters departure pretty often, so you can usually just go to the centralstation and catch a train.
I visited Malmo on a day trip by train from Copenhagen. The Oresund trains depart Copenhagen for Malmo across the Oresund bridge about every 20 minutes. The journey time is only 35 minutes and the train also stops at Copenhagen Airport (Kastrup). The return ticket was 140 DKK (about 18,50 EURO).
If you have been living in the European Union, Eastern Europe, Russia, Turkey, Tunisia, and Morocco Interrail tickets offer really incredible value when it comes to touring Europe by train. In fact, my economies came close to paying 5 or 6 times less than I would have had I been buying individual tickets. You buy the ticket in one of the countries it covers, and travel free in all the other countries, and with 50% discount in that country. No wonder I bought mine in Luxembourg :)))
Then you just hop on the train (fixing a seat reservation if needed), ad go - no traffic jams, (usually) timely arrivals and so on.
You can purchase the ticket for each of 8 geographic zones, or for multiple zones - for a time length of 1 week, 2 weeks, 21 days (1,2,3-zone ticket only for this last option), or a month (for 4 to 8-zone tickets). There are also discounts for those younger than 25.
Got the high-speed train between Copenhagen & Malmo C across the Oresund bridge for 124Dk return. It takes about 40 mins. There are no border or passport controls.
It's a nice experience, getting a train over water. When flying to Copenhagen from Warsaw last year, I could look down on the bridge spanning across the Oresund, it looks really cool from the air . I thought to myself 'I have to go on that!' And this year I did :) I did try taking a photo of the Swedish coast from the train but the bridge pillars have obscured the view as you can see.
Trains shuttle between the 2 cities every 20 mins. It also serves Helsingborg & Copenhagen Kastrup airport
You can just walk around the city centre. Buses go to the suburbs.
Check http://www.cph.dk/CPH/UK/main/getting+here/oeresund+bridge.htm for toll information
If you come from abroad, the easiest way to travel is to fly to Copenhagen in Denmark and then take the train into Malmö City, just make sure you step off the train at the second train station after the airport and not the first. Many are those tourists who have stepped off at Malmö Syd just to find themselves in the middle of nowhere!:-)
The best way to get around Malmö is by walking, as most tourist sites and all shopping is centralised in the heart of Malmö. If you are going to see the bridge, play on horses or do any other activity at the outskirts of Malmö bus or taxi is the only alternative. Malmö don't have any tube system, although we are planning to build one in the future.
Take the train. This is the start, or end station for the trains in Sweden. From here it's also possible to take the train over to Copenhagen in Denamrk using the newly build bridge between Sweden and Denmark. If you take the 'airport coaches' (Flygbussarna) from Malmö Sturup Airport this will be your final destination as well. One way ticket to/from the airport costs 70 SEK.
From the central station it's walking distance to the city centre.
From Copenhagen Central Station to Malmö it's only 35 minutes distance by train, across the Öresund Bridge that connects Denmark to Sweden over the sound.
Bright purple trains run from the station to Lund and Helsingborg. Buy a ticket from the machine on the platform, it speaks many languages!