On this page, I’ll quickly show you all the options you have for driving from Denmark to Sweden.
And how you get the best price no matter what type of transportation you choose (car or train).
I’ve lived in Copenhagen near the Swedish border most of my life, and I’ve also driven there more times than I can count. Sometimes up to several times a month when I’ve gone hiking in the Swedish forests.
Anyways, let’s get down to business.
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The 3 Best Ways To Get From Copenhagen to Sweden
Going by Car (Or Any Other Vehicle)
For this, you’ll have to cross the Öresunds bridge (Øresundsbroen).
Crossing this 10 miles (16 km) long bridge will take you around 10 min.
And if you were to drive from the center of Copenhagen to ex. Malmö in Sweden, this will take you around 45 min.
When you arrive you can pay cash or with most credit cards at the automatic payment facility.
If you’re planning on crossing the bridge more than once (for example on your way back).
You’d save money by subscribing to a BroPas for 45€ ($46) here.
Do notice that this is an annual subscription, but even though you only pay for one year, you’ll still save money on your second trip across. Just remember to cancel your subscription again.
Additionally, I suggest using their online iTICKET system when buying your ticket after acquiring your BroPas. In that way, you won’t have to think about registering license plates or waiting for the physical BroPas device to get delivered.
|Car prices (max 6 m)||BroPas||Normal|
|Single ticket||24€ ($24)||65€ ($66)|
|Return ticket||48€ ($49)||130€ ($132)|
📌 TIP: If you're flying to Copenhagen airport, just to drive to Sweden, consider taking the train and renting the car in Malmö instead. It's not only cheaper to rent cars in Sweden, but you'll also save money by not paying the bridge toll.
Going by Train
In case you don’t have a car, this is the cheapest, quickest, and easiest way to get from Denmark to Sweden.
You can take the train directly from Copenhagen central station, where it departs most of the day.
The journey to the first stop in Sweden (Hyllie) will only take you around 26 min.
While the more popular destination (Malmö), will take you around 40 min.
You can check the departure times on Skånetrafikken (remember to choose “Translate” at the top of the page).
Not only are the tickets slightly cheaper there, but you’ll also get a 20% discount if you travel with 2 people or more.
|Copenhagen to Malmö (train)||1 person||2 persons or more (-20%)|
|Adults||123 SEK ($12)||98 SEK ($10)|
|Kids||61 SEK ($6)||49 SEK ($5)|
|Bicycles||60 SEK ($6)||No discount on bikes|
NB: Skånetrafikken translates Copenhagen central station to "Köpenhamn H", and their prices are in Swedish kroner (SEK). 1 DKK = 1,4 SEK.
Going by Bus
If you’re only planning on going to one of the nearest cities in Sweden from Copenhagen, such as Malmö. Train beats bus in every way.
But if your journey is of the longer kind, and you are on a budget willing to save money for the cost of time (and most likely comfort), the bus can be the best option for you.
Let’s take the most popular bus route as an example – from Copenhagen to Stockholm (Sweden’s capital).
This journey will take around 9-10 hours, and cost around 379-559 DKK ($52-76) per person with Flixbus 🚌
|Copenhagen to Stockholm (bus)|
|Adults||379-559 DKK ($52-76)|
|Kids||319-559 DKK ($44)|
|Seat reservation||20 DKK ($3)|
|Extra luggage (20 kg – 80x50x30 cm)||39 DKK ($5)|
|Special luggage (30 kg – 240 cm in total)||49 DKK ($7)|
|Bicycles*||69 DKK ($9)|
📌 TIP: Notice that these prices are just examples - in order to get the exact prices for your departure, check the different websites linked to.
Can I Walk or Bicycle Across the Bridge Between Denmark and Sweden (Öresunds Bridge)?
Unfortunately, there are no such options.
But if you travel by bicycle, you can bring it along on the train for a small fee (remember to add it to your ticket).
And in the rare case that the water is frozen, you could technically walk (if the government approved it safe first).
Just be cautious if you’re walking your back from Sweden to Denmark.
If the sea is frozen between Denmark and Sweden, there’s an old law allowing a Dane to hit any Swedish person with a stick, if they cross the ice to Denmark on foot.
This very odd law from 1658 originates back when Sweden and Denmark were at war with each other.
And for some reason, nobody has cared to remove it (most likely because it won’t make a difference).
To me, this sounded like a myth, but I can’t find any sources debunking it, so I guess chances are it’s not.
Can You See Sweden From Denmark?
Yes, you can!
If you’re in the center of Copenhagen and find a taller building, chances are you’re able to see the west coast of south Sweden (also known as Skåne).
Another option is going by the water anywhere between the east coast of Copenhagen, all the way up to Gilleje city in the north, and you’ll be able to see Sweden from there.
But considering how easy it is to visit Sweden from Copenhagen, I still suggest adding it to your itinerary if you have the time.
It would be a shame to miss it.