A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Copenhagen vs. Malmo for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Copenhagen or Malmo?

Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel cost comparison between Copenhagen and Malmo can help. For many travelers, the cost of a destination is a primary consideration when choosing where to go.

Copenhagen

Copenhagen is the capital city of Denmark. It has a small town vibe but is still a cosmopolitan city with lots of shopping, culture, and nightlife. It's a very safe and comfortable city that is easy to explore on foot. Copenhagen is the birthplace of many old fairytales, but also has modern, world class architecture and a liberal vibe. The people of Copenhagen are diverse and international. Most residents are Danes, but some come from Germany and Sweden and there are also many Middle Eastern immigrants.

Malmo

Located on the southern tip of Sweden, in the province of Skane, Malmo is Sweden's third largest city. It has a very international population with about a third of the residents being from countries other than Sweden. This diversity is evident within Malmo, which is rich in culture, interesting food, and an array of entertainment options. Historically, Malmo was an industrial city with a ship building company, Kockums being the area's largest employer. Today, however, the city is much more economicaly diverse with many eco friendly neighborhoods and plenty of suburban style housing.

Which city is cheaper, Malmo or Copenhagen?

These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.

The average daily cost (per person) in Copenhagen is $188, while the average daily cost in Malmo is $81. These costs include accommodation (assuming double occupancy, so the traveler is sharing the room), food, transportation, and entertainment. While every person is different, these costs are an average of past travelers in each city. Below is a breakdown of travel costs for Copenhagen and Malmo in more detail.



Accommodation

Travelers usually pay around $162 for a double occupancy room in Copenhagen If you want to be in a premiere location or have high end amenities, you can expect to pay a bit more.

The prices for places to stay in Malmo can vary by date, location, and type. Generally, the average cost for accommodation per person is $48, while a typical double-occupancy hotel room for two people will cost around $96.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Copenhagen $81
    Malmo $48
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Copenhagen $162
    Malmo $96

Food

The price of a meal in Copenhagen can vary widely. However, the average price for food per day is $57 per person, and a typical meal will cost around $23 based on the spending of previous visitors. Less expensive dining options can be found by eating street food or at fast food restaurants.

On average, meal and food prices in Malmo cost around $26 per person, per day. While this price can vary widely by location, the type of restaurant, and the amount of food ordered, a typical meal often costs around $10.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Copenhagen $57
    Malmo $26
Typical Food prices in Copenhagen

For Copenhagen, here are some examples of average food and meal prices for travelers:


  • Hot Dogs
    $16

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Copenhagen

For Copenhagen, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:

  • Private Copenhagen Street Food Tour with a Local Foodie: $94
  • Traditional Nordic and Danish Cooking Class with an Expert Local: $97
  • Sweden Daytrip: Food Tour to Malmö: $1,724

Local Transportation

Public transportation tends to be much less expensive in Copenhagen than paying for a taxi or private car service, as is expected. Typically, people spend $66 on transportation in Copenhagen on average per day.

Public transportation tends to be much less expensive in Malmo than paying for a taxi or private car service, as is expected. Typically, people spend $7.94 on transportation in Malmo on average per day.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Copenhagen $66
    Malmo $7.94
Typical Local Transportation prices in Copenhagen

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for transportation costs in Copenhagen:


  • Bicycle Renting
    $68

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Copenhagen

Also for Copenhagen, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:

  • Ultra - Copenhagen Private Airport Transfer City Centre to Copenhagen Airport: $8.71
  • Round Trip Copenhagen Kastrup Airport (CPH) Transfer to Copenhagen City Center: $155
  • Private Departure Transfer from Copenhagen City to CPH Copenhagen Airport: $86
  • Private Airport Transfer: from Copenhagen to Copenhagen Airport (CPH): $86
  • Private Airport Transfer: Copenhagen to Copenhagen Airport (CPH): $136
  • Departure Private Transfer: Copenhagen to Copenhagen Airport CPH in Luxuy Van: $142
  • Departure Private Transfer: Copenhagen to Copenhagen Airport CPH in Business Car: $124
  • Departure Private Transfer: Copenhagen City to Copenhagen Airport CPH by Minibus: $266
  • Departure Private Transfer from Copenhagen City to Copenhagen Port in Minibus: $200
  • Departure Private Transfer Copenhagen to Copenhagen Port in Luxury Van: $97
  • Departure Private Transfer Copenhagen to Copenhagen Airport CPH by Luxury Car: $125
  • Departure Private Transfer Copenhagen to Copenhagen Airport CPH by Business Car: $118

Typical Local Transportation prices in Malmo

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for transportation costs in Malmo:


  • Malmö Bus Card
    $23

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Malmo

Also for Malmo, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:

  • Private Transfer: Malmo to Malmo Airport (MMX): $622
  • Private Arrival Transfer from Malmo Airport (MMX) to Malmo City Center: $78
  • Malmö City to Kastrup hotel/address - Private Car Transfer: $97
  • Malmö City to Copenhagen hotel or address - Private Car Transfer: $91
  • Malmo Private Transfer from Central Malmo to Malmo Airport: $108
  • Malmo City Center to Malmo Airport (MMX) - Departure Private Transfer: $50
  • Low Cost Private Transfer From Malmö Sturup Airport to Malmö City - One Way: $83
  • Low Cost Private Transfer From Malmö Sturup Airport to Copenhagen City - One Way: $351
  • First Class Airport Limousine Transfer: Sturup Airport to Malmö City: $150
  • First Class Airport Limousine Transfer: Malmö City to Sturup Airport: $150
  • First Class Airport Limousine Transfer: Malmö City to Kastrup Airport: $349
  • Airport Limousine Transfer: Sturup Airport to Malmö City 1-7 passengers: $114

Is it cheaper to fly into Copenhagen or Malmo?

Prices for flights to both Malmo and Copenhagen change regularly based on dates and travel demand. We suggest you find the best prices for your next trip on Kayak, because you can compare the cost of flights across multiple airlines for your prefered dates.





Entertainment

Sightseeing expenses in Copenhagen, including the cost of admission tickets for day tours, museums, and attractions, usually cost an average of $27 per day, per person.

Sightseeing expenses in Malmo, including the cost of admission tickets for day tours, museums, and attractions, usually cost an average of $16 per day, per person.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Copenhagen $27
    Malmo $16
Typical Entertainment prices in Copenhagen

Below are a few sample prices from actual travelers for Copenhagen's activities, tours, and tickets:


  • Boat Tour
    $9.53
  • Coffee
    $15

Tours and Activities in Copenhagen

For Copenhagen, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:

  • Best of Copenhagen Private Tour: $578
  • Copenhagen 3 hrs Private Panoramic Tour: $482
  • Copenhagen City Highlights Private Tour & Christiansborg Palace: $908
  • Copenhagen Highlights and Torvehallerne Market Private Tour: $578
  • Copenhagen Old City Train Tours: $14
  • Copenhagen Private Walking Tour: $323
  • Copenhagen Self-Guided Audio Tour: $12
  • Little Mermaid Charming Game and Tour: $12
  • Experience The Little Mermaid's story in Copenhagen: $7.35
  • Explore Copenhagen - the Capital of Denmark on Private Tour!: $417
  • GAILY TOUR in COPENHAGEN - Gay & Lesbian Tour: $224
  • Grand Panoramic Private Tour in Copenhagen: $885

Tours and Activities in Malmo

For Malmo, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:

  • Skip the Line: Disgusting Food Museum Entrance Ticket: $23

Alcohol

Typically, people visiting Copenhagen spend on average $12 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.

Typically, people visiting Malmo spend on average $36 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Copenhagen $12
    Malmo $36


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Copenhagen and Malmo, we can see that Copenhagen is more expensive. And not only is Malmo much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Malmo would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Malmo and be able to afford a more luxurious travel style by staying in nicer hotels, eating at more expensive restaurants, taking tours, and experiencing more activities. The same level of travel in Copenhagen would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Copenhagen than you might in Malmo.

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