The Øresund bridge-tunnel, linking Malmö in Sweden to Copenhagenin Denmark, is a feat of modern engineering that stretches its steel and concrete arms over the Øresund.
So how do you get there? How much does the crossing cost? We’ll answer all your questions in this article, and we’ll even give you a tip on how to save on the price of your crossing!
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Oresundsbron: Bridge history and design
We’ve learned a lot to write this article, which we share with you below.
The Malmö-Copenhagen Bridge, theØresund Bridge or Oresundsbron, is not only a marvel of modern engineering, it is also the fruit of an ambitious vision born of the desire to bring two nations closer together.
The idea for the bridge dates back several decades, symbolizing a dream of connectivity and cooperation between Sweden and Denmark. Designed to withstand the region’s harsh climatic conditions, this architectural masterpiece required meticulous planning and state-of-the-art engineering.
The project began in the 1990s, marked by daring technical challenges. The bridge is a blend of suspension bridge, cable-stayed bridge and underwater tunnel, a unique combination adapted to the specific needs of the site. This design not only met the navigational requirements of the strait, but also minimized environmental impact, making theOresundsbron Bridge an outstanding example of sustainable development.
Why this multi-named bridge? You’re wondering, and so are we. The strait between Sweden and Denmark is called the Orseund, with a crossed-out Ø in Danish and an Ö with umlaut in Swedish. Bridge is called bro in Danish and Bron Swedish. The name of this pharaonic project is the Øresundsbron .
Voyage sur le Pont – Tunel: From Sweden to Denmark
We crossed the bridge with our camper van, which was a really great experience on our Scandinavian trip, even though we were in the middle of a storm.
We took it from Sweden to Denmark. From Malmö in Sweden, the bridge rises gently, offering a panoramic view of the Øresund, before plunging into the underwater tunnel to Denmark. The exit is located right next to Copenhagen airport. This 16-kilometre crossing can be made by car, train or bus.
For our part, we preferred to wait 2 days before taking the bridge, as the area was hit by a major storm (the bridge was still open). Even though it was still raining and the wind was still blowing, we decided to take to the bridge in the grayish weather.
A word of advice: of course, if you have the chance, take it on a clear day, and why not at the end of the day, at sunset, when the sky turns bright colors.
The bridge in figures its length a marvel of engineering
The Malmö-Copenhagen Bridge is a colossus in the world of engineering. To fully grasp its scope, a few figures speak for themselves: with a total length of 16 kilometers, including 8 kilometers of suspension bridge and 4 kilometers of underwater tunnel, this giant is one of the longest combined bridge-tunnel structures in the world. Its tallest tower rises to 204 meters, dominating the seascape.
These spectacular dimensions place the Øresund among the world’s great bridges, comparing it to such iconic structures as San Francisco’s Golden Gate or Istanbul’s Bosphorus Bridge.
What to do around Øresund?
The Malmö-Copenhagen Bridge is an ideal starting point for exploring the riches of the two cities it links, both of which we visited.
On the Swedish side, Malmö is a city worth a quick visit, with its charming cobbled streets, modern architecture like the Turning Torso, and large green spaces, offering a typically Swedish experience.
➡ We’ve written an article to help you organize your visit to Malmö and Lund, located 20 kilometers to the east! From Malmö beach, you can take some cool photos of the bridge. Obviously, with the storm, we weren’t able to do any.
From Malmö, you can drive along the west coast, a 15-day Swedish road trip that we loved!
On the other hand, Copenhagen, the Danish capital, is famous for its design, culture, cafés and historic sites such as Christiansborg Palace and the Little Mermaid. It’s one of our favorite European capitals. Our blog posts are coming fast!
In addition to the cities themselves, a number of tourist activities enhance the experience. Cruises around the bridge allow you to admire the structure from every angle, while guided tours provide fascinating information on its history and construction.
➡ Day trips are organized from Copenhagen in Denmark, tovisit Malmö in Sweden, crossing the bridge of course.
Øresund rates and timetable
To make the most of your Øresund crossing, a few practical tips are in order. Fares vary according to the mode of transport chosen:
- Car (approx. €60 per crossing)
- Campervans and vans (up to 10m, approx. €122 per crossing – it’s a bit steep, we’ll tell you how to save below)
Of course, we recommend that you check current fares and timetables online on the official websitebefore you travel.
➡ A little trick to save on the price of your crossing. Passes and subscriptions are available to make the journey more economical for frequent or occasional travellers.
With our motorhome, we opted for the ØresundGO annual pass, which cost around €48 and gave us a 60% discount on our one-way ticket. We saved €28 on our one-way ticket.
The procedure is very simple, and is carried out directly online on the official website. The other advantage is that your plate will be recognized at the counter and you’ll be able to pass through without stopping. Remember to set an alert to cancel the subscription as soon as you return to France. If you use this tip, don’t hesitate to leave us a comment!
For the one-way crossing by car, it’s not worth buying a pass.
Economic and cultural impact
The Malmö-Copenhagen Tunnel Bridge has had a profound impact on the economies and cultures of Sweden and Denmark. Since its opening, it has stimulated trade and tourism in the region, making travel and trade between the two countries smoother and more frequent. This structure has not only fostered economic growth, but also encouraged greater cultural and social integration between Swedes and Danes.
The bridge has also strengthened Øresund’s regional identity, creating a unique metropolitan dynamic. It has served as a catalyst for numerous urban development projects and has become a symbol of cross-border cooperation. This integration has opened up unprecedented opportunities for residents and businesses on both sides, enriching the region’s cultural and economic life. Today, Malmö is considered a suburb of Copenhagen.
We hope this article will help you organize your crossing and save you a few dozen euros! If you have any other suggestions, please don’t hesitate to leave a comment below.
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