By | 16th January 2018

Do you need a car in Malmo?

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Do you need a car in Malmo? Introduction

Why? Why not? Ratings Comments

Although Malmo has its own small International airport which is still served by a handful of budget airlines, you are far more likely to fly into the much larger Copenhagen International airport which sits just across the Oresund belt in neighbouring Denmark.

Therefore most of our Malmo car hire advice is going to replicate what we have already said the Copenhagen in a lot greater detail. Although Malmo airport does have onward bus connections, it’s actually much quicker to transfer from Copenhagen airport to downtown Malmo anyway, using the Oresund crossing. Once you are on the Swedish side you will be greeted by a vast IKEA, at which point the rail line branches off from the road and digs into a tunnel which runs into a newly redeveloped underground Malmo central station. From here, the compact city of Malmo is inherently walkable, and as with Copenhagen, it’s also a great place to get around by bike. It also makes a lot of sense to combine a visit to Malmo with wonderful Copenhagen on the other side, and all of this adds up to the sort of double city break where a hire car makes no sense at all.

Our Copenhagen car advice actually says that despite obvious preconceptions, getting a hire car in Copenhagen might actually make a lot of sense, especially as a starting point for a Scandinavian road trip. Of course, you can also fly into Malmo and pick up a hire car here, but now that low-cost airlines like Ryanair are also using Copenhagen airport, is unlikely to make much sense, especially as other budget airlines like easyJet and Norwegian have been well established at Copenhagen for a while.

Therefore if your focus is either solely on the city of Malmo itself or in a combined city break featuring Malmo in Copenhagen, getting a hire car here really doesn’t make much sense. If you are thinking about driving beyond these 2 cities, please see our Copenhagen page.

Why should you rent a car in Malmo?

In terms of factors like the cost of the hire itself, fuel costs, road tolls and parking charges, is it worth hiring a car in Malmo?

Malmo Car hire summary

Overall drive rating



Cheapest rate for one week




How much should I expect to pay in the peak season?





Free parking score

Total 97 - of which 37 have free parking. [full notes - parking]



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Why not? Visiting Malmo without a car

Why? Why not? Ratings Comments

Malmo public transport quick facts

Train score



Water travel score


Overall public transport score


Walking and Cycling Overview

Active travel score

(walking + cycling)


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Do you need a car in Malmo? Verdict – no.


Car rental in - Malmo Need v worth & should!

Do you need a car in Malmo?

Based on comparison with transit, walking and cycling.

Is it worth hiring a car in Malmo?

Based on value for money

Should you rent a car in Malmo?

Weighing up the above, if you are asking about hiring a car, is it a good idea?

Who is travelling?

Is it worth renting a car in Malmo if I am a solo / budget traveller?

What about for 2 people travelling together?

For families?


Where are you staying?

Do you need a car in Malmo if we are staying in a central area?

What if we are staying on the edge of the city/resort?

Or in a rural area?


What is your attitude towards driving?

Should I hire a car in Malmo if I prefer not to drive?

If I am easy either way?

If I prefer to drive?



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Why? Why not? Ratings Comments

Would you hire a car in Malmo?

Have you driven in Malmo? Do you agree with our advice on whether or not it's worth hiring a car in Malmo?
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