Commuting Copenhagen to Lund

There are several ways to travel from Copenhagen to Lund and back. The prices of which depend on how fast you want to travel and what time of day your travel times are. The fastest is by rail and, depending on the the traffic, the slowest is by bus (or by foot, if you dare!). In the past, travel to Sweden could start from anywhere in Copenhagen, but due to the recent security measures that the Swedish government has put in place, there are passport controls at the Copenhagen Airport and at the Helsingør ferry terminal. This means that if you bought a rail ticket from Copenhagen Central Station to Lund, you will have go down at the Copenhagen Airport, transfer across the platform, have you documents checked by Danish immigration officials and then board the train to Sweden. Swedish immigration officials will board the train at the first stop after the Øresund Bridge to check travel documents.

NB: If you’re traveling around the Sound (and not just Copenhagen to Lund and back), it might be worthwhile to look at the Sound Card. It gives you 48 hours of transportation access for just 249 DKK. This is totally worth it if, for example, you’re thinking of going from Copenhagen to Lund to Helsingborg to Helsingør to Copenhagen. The only catch is you can either go clockwise or counter-clockwise using the Sound Card. You cannot backtrack. You can also cross from Denmark to Sweden by taking the ferry from Helsingør to Helsingborg. 

Rail

The fastest and most common way of traveling from Copenhagen to Lund and back is by rail. Rail takes around 50 minutes to an hour of travel. Tickets can be purchased on the train station (I’ve purchased tickets at the Østerport Station, Copenhagen Central Station and Copenhagen Airport) or online (check out SJ TrainsRejseplanenScandinavian Rail, ACP Rail, or Go Euro) for 15 – 20 EUR each way.

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Making sense of your online ticket, if you don’t speak Swedish

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CPH – Malmo ticket bought at Østerport Station in 2015

Bus

Several buses travel from Copenhagen to Sweden and back. Wizz Air has a transfer shuttle that goes from Copenhagen to Mälmo and back for 40EUR. Check My Bus provides comparison bus prices from Copenhagen to Lund, and if you’re lucky, you’ll find one that is 5EUR cheaper each way than by rail. Travel by bus takes around an hour and 20 minutes, longer if the buses stops by Mälmo or some other city/town on the way to Lund.

Car

Of course, there’s always the possibility of renting a car and driving all the way to Lund or carpooling. For the former, you might want to check out Drive Now or LetsGo if you don’t want to pay massively for insurance and if you’re thinking of using the car for just a few hours. For the latter, there’s Carpool World and Ride Finder.

I hope this has been helpful! 🙂

May 14, 2017 | Copenhagen, Denmark

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Papirøen, Copenhagen Street Food

After  almost 20 months of irregularly touring friends around Copenhagen, I have come to the conclusion that the one place friends will always be thankful I took them to is Papirøen. Literally translated as “paper island”, Papirøen used to be a paper factory and was the harbor’s last industrial area with no public access. At the end of 2012, the Procurement Association of the Danish Press terminated the paper factory’s contract, five years ahead of time, paving the way for exhibitions, cafés and restaurants, all on a temporary basis.

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Papirøen, shot from across the water

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A huge plywood seagull designed by landscape architect Kaare Skjerning and created by WoodCouture

Papirøen’s warehouse 7 & 8 is currently home to Copenhagen Street Food, an agglomeration of stalls selling various food and drinks (click here for a list of all stalls and their specialties). Calling the place Copenhagen Street Food, however, is a bit of a misnomer. When I think of Danish street food, I think of Danish pølser (English: Danish sausage), bøf sandwich (English: steak sandwich), and pølse i svøb (English: pigs in a blanket); but definitely not bibimbap, sushi and oysters, or butter chicken. Nevertheless, food is food, and the food here is not just good, it is also cheap(er). And to top it off, this is one of the few places in Denmark that caters to an international experience.

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Food stalls @ Copenhagen Street Food

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Eating tables inside Copenhagen Street Food

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Fish and chips from Tolbodens Fish N Chips

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Vegetarian pasta with an edible plate from Il Mattarello

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Salad with goat cheese from La Fattoria

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And if you want it simple, potatoes topped with cheese 🙂

While I unfortunately do not have photos (I was too excited to eat!),  I highly recommend Duck It’s pulled duck and Bulko’s bibimbap. 🙂

Opening Hours:
Monday – Thursday: 12.00 – 21.00
Friday – Saturday 12.00 – 22.00
Sunday: 12.00 – 21.00
(On Sundays, some stalls close at 20.00)

Address: Warehouse 7 & 8, Trangravsvej 14, 1426 Copenhagen K
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*Addendum: I learned in early May 2017 that Papirøen Copenhagen Street Food will not be at its current location for very long. There are reports that the warehouse will be torn down to make way for a residential development project on that location. So, if you’re visiting Copenhagen in the near future, you might want to make sure you go try out the street foods there before they are gone. At the time of writing, there is no news of whether the food stalls will relocate to another place.

April 1, 2017 | Copenhagen, Denmark