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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To Helsingor or Not To Helsingor

Two days ago, Andrew and I decided to do an overnight trip to Helsingor. I’ve always wanted to go, but could never find the time. I’ve also been traveling so much the last few weeks by myself. I just wanted to travel with Andrew for fun before another crazy amount of solo-traveling for work.

So here we are. Elsinore. Also called Helsingor; mostly known for its Kronborg Castle, where Shakespeare’s Hamlet is set. We arrived yesterday from an hour long train ride from Copenhagen, just in time for a surprisingly delicious Chinese lunch at Asia House Restaurant (click here to virtually visit the restaurant). We both had Peking Soup (which seems to be served in most Asian cuisine places in Helsingor), which came as part of the lunch menu. Andrew ordered roast duck with mushrooms. I ordered beef with vegetables. Both orders were served with rice and the servings were enough for one moderately hungry person. Both orders and the soup were quite delicious. In fact, this may be the most authentic-tasting Chinese food I’ve had in Europe since I moved; enough for me to consider taking another one-hour train ride one day just to eat Chinese food.

After lunch, visited the Kronborg Castle. The castle closes at 4pm. It was already 2pm when we got there, so we had to quickly deposit our carry-on bag into one of the castle’s free lockers and move as fast as we can so as to make our entrance well worth it. Luckily, we finished viewing all opened rooms in the castle and even spent a bit of time browsing the gift shop. Embarrassingly, we may have been the last to leave the castle premises. They had to re-open the big doors to let us out, and we had to profusely apologize for putting more work on them.

A recycled fish exhibit just right outside the Kronborg Castle

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A recycled fish exhibit right outside Kronborg Castle

My most and least favorite part of the Kronborg castle where the castle’s casemates. The casemates are gloomy, cold and dark underground passages under the castle. Some of the passages were open to the public. This is by far the longest and most complicated underground passage I’ve ever been to. But I don’t really have much to compare. My only other underground passage experience was in the old city in Accra, Israel. When I visited Accra, most of the passages were blocked, so the entire experience only took 5 minutes. But this one – in Kronborg – took a loooong time. Other than the arrows on the wall, I did not have a guide to lead me. It was eerie. And I had to freakin’ use my cellphone flashlight to help me see the way. I also had to mind my step. Not only was the ground uneven, some had cobblestones, some  were cemented, and some just had sand.

The Kronborg Castle tower offers magnificent views of the city, the Øresund Strait and Sweden at a distance. There are 145 round tower steps, which surprisingly were not as narrow as many round tower steps I’ve taken. I usually hate steps, but this one was not really much of a chore. Other than occasional dizzy spells (because I felt like I was going round in circles both going up and going down the tower), I didn’t really feel a need to stop and catch my breath. In comparison, I would say the Møns Klint staircase is far worse than this.

After 4pm, Andrew and I left the Kronborg castle, walked along the banks and caught a bus to our hotel which was 30 minutes away from the city center. It was the only hotel available at a fairly reasonable price at such a short notice. The hotel has its own restaurant and serves free breakfast.

Unfortunately, if you want to have your lunch and dinner at the hotel as well, you will need to order in advance. The nearest restaurant is 15 minutes west of the hotel (by feet). It’s called the Hamlet Asia Restaurant, an all-you-can-eat fusion Asian cuisine (I know, Asian cuisine in Denmark) for 139 DKK. Soup, main course, and desserts are all in. Drinks are 45 DKK on average.

Tomorrow, we check out of our hotel and travel back to the city center to explore some more. We are also thinking of taking the 7 EUR ferry to Helsingborg, Sweden. Perhaps go shopping at the H&M store there. We’ll see. But we look forward to more adventures. 🙂

October 08, 2016 | Helsingor, Denmark