Hej hej, it’s me again! Since my first blog entry was about my trip to Norway during my Erasmus exchange studies, you could guess which topic I’m going to talk about today…
This time it’s not too far away and partially in Sweden. For those of you who are here for a limited time only and want to see and experience as much as they can, this mini guide will hopefully be a nice contribution to your bucket list. We all know that studying abroad can be expensive and yet most of us want to have the full study abroad experience, so it is wise to set aside a little bit of money in order to get on the road aaaand travel!
Have you ever been to Malmö? It’s a popular destination so I wanted to see it first-hand. So, I went on the Internet and did my research on how to get there and, most importantly, the expenses linked to my trip.
If you are staying in Uppsala, you have two options: you either go by plane or you take the train or bus to Malmö.
There are some cheap flight tickets by RyanAir from Arlanda to Malmö airport for roughly 40 € for a roundtrip; however, do keep in mind that you need to get to Arlanda and back and from Malmö airport to Malmö city and back. RyanAir mostly departs to Malmö in the early morning hours, so busses like those from FlixBus or FlixTrain are most likely not your option, as the cheap ones depart from 11 am onwards. So, if you decide on going by plane, you will most likely need to go there by UL/SJ train or UL bus (keep in mind that you need to pay an extra fee to enter Arlanda Airport).
Your second option includes a train ride or bus ride from Uppsala to Malmö. Both will stop in Stockholm, so maybe you can have a small breakfast (depending on the time of the day of course). I decided on FlixBus as it was the cheapest and most comfortable way.
I only had to go to Uppsala Central and then had a 1,5-hour layover in Stockholm, during which I treated myself to a nice brunch. After that, I hopped on the bus again and arrived in Malmö central station. The downside of taking the bus is the long hours. It took me roughly 12 hours, including the layover in Stockholm, to get from one central station to another. However, if you like to get mesmerized by the beautiful sceneries of Sweden, this shouldn’t be
too much of a problem for you. The round trip cost me 69€.
However, the issue is not the transportation, it is the accommodation. Hotels can be very expensive in Malmö, and I wanted to have a decent place to stay. It was important for me to have a separate bathroom and a room to myself. If there was breakfast included, that would be a bonus, but not a must. So, after a long search on different websites, I decided on First Hotel Jörgen Kock. It was near the central station and cost 140 € for three nights.
Having the opportunity to see Copenhagen, I added a day trip, which cost me around 16 € to Copenhagen central station and back to Malmö central station (I used FlixBus again).
I have never talked about this during my takeovers, but me and my partner do collaborations with photographers. We did some collaborations with Swedish photographers already, and we wanted to expand our portfolio a bit, so we did a collaboration with a photographer in Copenhagen. It was so much fun and super nice to get insights from a local!
Now to the fun part! What can one expect of Malmö and Copenhagen?
A lot of seagulls, delicious pastries, and the big city experience!
If you plan to go to Copenhagen, I totally recommend going to Strøget, which is the main shopping street and has a lot of attractions. Watch out for seagulls when you’re eating, as they will try to steal your food! And of course, Nyhavn, which is the most touristy thing one can think of, but it’s so colorful and lively to be there and to take in all those impressions.
Malmö is Sweden’s third-biggest city, so it’s different from Uppsala. You must visit Ribersborgs Kallbadhus, which has a beautiful café and an amazing view! You can also go swimming there or treat yourself to a massage – just check out their homepage. Öppen Famn is a big and cheap second-hand shop that you must see if you’re into second-hand shopping. If you’re looking for a good vegan and gluten-free fika, you must go to Bageri Leve! I mean, just look at this tasty passionfruit white chocolate cake…
If you’ve read this far, you’re more than welcome to watch the Reel I made during my stay, so you can see more of my trip. Do you feel inspired to go to Malmö or Copenhagen?