CZ/SK verze

TRAVELOGUE: Cars and Trains Coexist on the Iconic Öresund Bridge

TRAVELOGUE: Cars and Trains Coexist on the Iconic Öresund Bridge
photo: RAILTARGET/TRAVELOGUE: Cars and Trains Coexist on the Iconic Öresund Bridge
26 / 10 / 2023

RAILTARGET brings you the twelfth edition of our Nordic railway travelogue. This Thursday, we journeyed to the last destination on our list - Denmark, traveling across the iconic Öresund Bridge that connects Copenhagen and Malmö.

Our Swedish adventure has come full circle. Today marked our last train ride from a Swedish station, departing specifically from Malmö. At 1:23 p.m., we boarded the train, opting once again for the X31 service operated by Öresundståg. Intriguingly, even with trains traveling between Copenhagen and Malmö four times hourly during the day, every hour at night, and even peaking at six times an hour during rush hours, the train was still packed to capacity.


The journey took us over the Öresund Bridge to cross the sea. Halfway across, we transitioned from a tunnel to the bridge. Given the need to accommodate passing ships, a continuous railway bridge wasn't feasible for the entire stretch. Conversely, the road for cars spans the entire length of the bridge, as they can ascend to greater heights with ease. In sections where both railways and roads traverse the waters, the bridge is dual-layered. It's noteworthy to mention that the land connection between Copenhagen and Malmö via this bridge has greatly boosted Copenhagen's prosperity over the past century.

By 1:51 p.m., we reached Copenhagen's Oerestad station. Our train pressed on to the Copenhagen Central Station, where we sought accommodation. The central station also houses a DSB lounge, accessible to first-class ticket holders of DSB long-distance trains. Other amenities include an array of dining options, food outlets, restrooms, luggage lockers, ticket machines, and an adjoining subway station. Conveniently located in the heart of the city, there's also a police precinct within the station complexRAILTARGET

Here's a brief recap of our time in Sweden: While international network tickets are honored by the operator SJ, employee travel benefits aren't. The SJ system allows for ticket purchases across all carriers. Interestingly, starting from September, SJ will phase out ticket machines at stations, shifting exclusively to online and mobile app sales. Alternatively, tickets can be procured at select travel agencies or specific food retailers like Pressbyrån. Traditional ticket counters at Swedish railway stations are now a relic of the past. In my experience, the Swedes generally maintain a more punctual train schedule than the Norwegians. However, the signal coverage along the tracks in Sweden wasn't as robust as what we found in Norway.

Travel Tip: If you hold a valid ticket, take advantage of the DSB lounge at Copenhagen's station to maximize your time.