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Copenhagen and Malmo

My wife and I will be in Copenhagen May 22, 2017 arriving via cruise ship at noon and departing the following day (May 23) at 5:00 pm. We've visited Copenhagen previously and visited many areas of the city. This visit we'd like to include in the two partial-days and one night we're there a visit to Christianshavn, including a canal boat ride, visit Our Savior's Church, tour the Rosenborg Castle and spend some time in Tivoli Gardens. We would also like to cross (see) the Øresund Bridge to Malmo spending several hours in Malmo including a canal boat ride before returning to Copenhagen.

Would the trip to/from Malmo (by train--or if there is a better way to see the bridge--perhaps by hydrofoil) be better done the first or second day? Note that we can visit sites in the afternoon and evening of the 22nd, but have to be back to our ship on the 23rd to be on the 5:00 pm sailing. We are early risers, so we could begin the second day as early as public transportation is available from the Cruise Terminal to the city.

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The trains cross the bridge on the lower level, so they don't offer much of a view of the bridge itself. If you want to see the bridge, consider making the trip by bus. I know there are at least a couple of bus operators that travel that route, but I don't know anything about them.

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The train across the Øresund Bridge rides underneath the roadway, so you don't actually see much of the bridge from the train, only the water. The hydrofoils to Malmø was discontinued when the bridge was opened. The best way to see the bridge is while crossing is by car. does the trip to Malmø by bus.

Another option to see the bridge is from Dragør, which is 45 min by local bus from Copenhagen (find the bus and schedules at It's a quaint old fishing village with views of the bridge in the distance. It's a nice place to spend a few hours and have lunch in the old harbour.