The Danish railways website is www.dsb.dk

This page explains how to travel by train from Copenhagen to other cities all over Europe, and how to buy the cheapest tickets, usually online direct from the operators with print-at-home or collect-at-station tickets & few or no booking fees.  It doesn't matter where you live, in Europe, Asia, the USA or Australia, you can buy train tickets from Copenhagen as shown below and save money over expensive railpasses or travel agent mark-ups.

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       Train information is current for 2016.

Before you buy your tickets...

I recommend taking a moment to read these important tips for buying European train tickets.  It answers all the usual questions, such as "Do I need to book in advance or can I just turn up & buy at the station?", "How far ahead can I book?", "Can I stop off?", "Are there Senior fares?" and that old favourite, "Should I buy an $800 railpass or just go online & buy a €35 point-to-point ticket?".

Answering your questions about European train travel...

An introduction to European train travel

 

Senior fares (over 60)

 

Guide to Eurail passes (overseas visitors)

Important tips for buying European train tickets

Youth fares (under 26)

 

Guide to InterRail passes (for Europeans)

How to check European train times

Child fares & child age limits

 

Couchettes & sleepers on night trains

Do I need to book in advance?

Luggage on European trains

 

Train seat numbering plans

How far ahead can I book?

Luggage storage at stations

 

Wheelchairs & special needs

Can I stop off on the way?

Taking a bike by train

 

Real-time service updates

Should I travel 1st or 2nd class?

Taking a car by train

 

Hotels & accommodation

How long to allow for connections?

Taking dogs & pets by train

 

Changing stations in Paris by metro or taxi

How early to arrive at the station?

Maps of the European rail network

 

What to do when things go wrong...



Copenhagen to Odense, Esbjerg, Arhus & other destinations in Denmark...
Danish InterCity train at Copenhagen...   Inside the InterCity train from Esbjerg to Copenhagen...   InterCity train at Copenhagen about to leave for Esbjerg...

A Danish IC3 InterCity train.

 

2nd class seats...

 

Arrived at Copenhagen...


Copenhagen to Gothenburg & Malmö...
Seats on an Oresund link train to Malmo & Gothenburg   An Oresund link train from Copenhagen to Gothenburg at Malmo

An Öresund Link Train (Öresundtåg) from Copenhagen to Malmö & Gothenburg, seen at Malmö Central station.  The train crosses from Denmark to Sweden on the 1999-built Öresund Link tunnel & road/rail bridge...


Copenhagen to Stockholm from 254 SEK (€28, £20, $30)...

UPDATE:  The Swedish government introduced border controls from 4 January onwards for entering Sweden.  Although direct Copenhagen-Stockholm trains were temporarily suspended they resumed in March.  Passport control for these SJ2000 trains now takes place before boarding in Copenhagen - you are asked to arrive 30 minutes before departure.  There is no check-in requirement for southbound Stockholm to Copenhagen trains.  Öresund trains from Copenhagen to Malmo & Gothenburg require you to get off at Kastrup for passport control in the eastbound direction only, as shown in the section above.

Option 1:  Copenhagen to Stockholm by 125 mph SJ2000 daytime trains...

125 mph tilting 'X2000' from Copenhagen to Stockholm, at Copenhagen station 2nd class seats on the X2000 train from Copenhagen to Stockholm The self-service buffet on the X2000 train from Copenhagen to Stockholm...

Take a 125 mph SJ2000 train from Copenhagen to Stockholm...

 

2nd class seating on the SJ 2000.  All seats have power sockets for laptops & mobiles...

 

Self-service buffet car on the SJ 2000 to Stockholm.

More info on SJ 2000 trains

Option 2:  Copenhagen to Stockholm by time-effective overnight sleeper train... 

Sleeper train to Malmo at Stockholm   1 or 2-bed sleeper   The en suite toilet & shower

The sleeper to Malmö at Stockholm...  Photos courtesy of Andrew Henry.

 

1 or 2-bed sleeper with shower & toilet.


Copenhagen to Oslo & Norway...

Option 1, Copenhagen to Oslo by train - the overland daytime option...

Seats on an Oresund link train to Malmo & Gothenburg   An Oresund link train from Copenhagen to Gothenburg at Malmo

Step 1, take an Öresund Train from Copenhagen to Gothenburg. One is seen here at Malmö Central station.  The Öresundtåg crosses from Denmark to Sweden on the 1999-built Öresund Link tunnel & road/rail bridge...

The Norwegian train from Gothenburg to Oslo, arrived at Oslo Central   Komfort class (1st class) on the Norwegian Gothenburg to Oslo train

Step 2, take a Norwegian train from Gothenburg to Oslo...  This is the Norwegian train from Gothenburg to Oslo, arrived at Oslo central.  Photos courtesy of Ivor & Ines Morgan.

 

NSB 'Komfort' class on the train to Oslo.

Option 2, Copenhagen to Oslo by overnight ferry - The time-effective luxury overnight option...


Copenhagen to Helsinki & Finland...
125 mph tilting 'X2000' from Copenhagen to Stockholm, at Copenhagen station 2nd class seats on the X2000 train from Copenhagen to Stockholm The self-service buffet on the X2000 train from Copenhagen to Stockholm...

Take a 125 mph SJ2000 train from Copenhagen to Stockholm...

 

2nd class seating on the SJ 2000.  All seats have power sockets for laptops & mobiles...

 

Self-service buffet car on the SJ 2000 to Stockholm.

More info on SJ 2000 trains

Silja Line ferry from Stockholm to Helsinki   Silja Line ferry from Stockholm to Helsinki

The Stockholm-Helsinki overnight ferry...  Sail direct from Stockholm to Helsinki by overnight luxury ferry, a true floating hotel.  Above, the massive Silja Symphony towers over the Silja Line terminal in Helsinki.  Photos courtesy of www.railbookers.com


Copenhagen to Hamburg, Cologne, Berlin & Germany from €29...

Option 1, by daytime trains...

ICE3 second class ICE3 first class Copenhagen-Cologne ICE on the Rodby-Puttgarten ferry

ICE 2nd class.

ICE 1st class with leather seats.

The ICE on board the ferry.

Option 2, by Berlin Night Express sleeper train, runs on certain days and dates only...


Copenhagen to Amsterdam from €58...

Sadly, the Copenhagen-Amsterdam City Night Line sleeper was discontinued in 2014.  But here are some good daytime options...

Option 1, Copenhagen to Amsterdam by day trains in a single day from €58...

Option 2, Copenhagen to Amsterdam with overnight stop in Osnabruck from €58 - a time-effective option...

Option 3, Copenhagen to Amsterdam with overnight stop in Hamburg from €58 - another time-effective option...

ICE3 second class ICE3 first class Copenhagen-Cologne ICE on the Rodby-Puttgarten ferry

ICE 2nd class.

ICE 1st class with leather seats.

The ICE on board the ferry.


Copenhagen to Brussels & Bruges from €58...

Option 1, by daytime trains in a single day...

Option 2, by daytime trains with overnight stop in Hamburg- a time-effective option...

Option 3, by daytime trains with overnight stop in Cologne - another time-effective option...

ICE3 second class ICE3 first class Copenhagen-Cologne ICE on the Rodby-Puttgarten ferry

ICE 2nd class.

ICE 1st class with leather seats.

The ICE on board the ferry.


Copenhagen to Luxembourg...

Copenhagen to Paris from €74...

Option 1, by daytime trains in a single day...

Option 2, by daytime trains with overnight stop in Hamburg - a time-effective option...

Option 3, by daytime trains with overnight stop in Cologne - another time-effective option...

ICE3 second class ICE3 first class Copenhagen-Cologne ICE on the Rodby-Puttgarten ferry

ICE 2nd class.

ICE 1st class with leather seats.

The ICE on board the ferry.

Second class seats on board a 'Thalys' high-speed train to Cologne 1st class seats on Thalys A Thalys for Amsterdam about to leave Brussels Midi...

2nd class (Comfort 2) seats...

1st class (Comfort 1) seats...

Thalys at Brussels. See Thalys info.


Copenhagen to London from €98...

Copenhagen to Basel, Zurich. Geneva & Switzerland from €43...

Sadly, the Copenhagen-Basel City Night Line sleeper was discontinued from1 November 2014.  But here are the daytime options...

Option 1, Copenhagen to Switzerland using the Hamburg-Zurich sleeper.  The time-effective option...

ICE3 second class ICE3 first class Copenhagen-Cologne ICE on the Rodby-Puttgarten ferry

ICE 2nd class.

ICE 1st class with leather seats.

The ICE on board the ferry.

Sleeping-car room - Paris-Munich night train   4-berth couchette compartment on Paris-Munich overnight train   6-berth couchette compartment on Paris-Munich overnight train  

A sleeping-car as used on the Cologne-Copenhagen overnight train

1, 2 or 3 bed sleeper: The most comfortable option, economy with washbasin or deluxe with shower & toilet.

 

Couchettes:  For sole occupancy by 4 people, simply book 5 tickets in a 5-berth compartment.

 

5-berth couchettes:  All City Night Line couchettes are now in 5-berth compartments.

 

City Night Line sleeper train  from Hamburg to Zurich...

More pictures & information about this train...

Option 2, Copenhagen to Switzerland by daytime trains in a single day...

Option 3, Copenhagen to Switzerland by daytime trains with an overnight stop...

ICE3 second class ICE3 first class Copenhagen-Cologne ICE on the Rodby-Puttgarten ferry

ICE 2nd class.

ICE 1st class with leather seats.

The ICE on board the ferry.


Copenhagen to Milan, Venice, Florence, Rome & Italy from €65...

Option 1, Copenhagen to Italy using the Hamburg-Switzerland sleeper - the most time-effective option...

ICE3 second class ICE3 first class Copenhagen-Cologne ICE on the Rodby-Puttgarten ferry

ICE 2nd class.

ICE 1st class with leather seats.

ICE train on board the ferry.

Sleeping-car room - Paris-Munich night train   4-berth couchette compartment on Paris-Munich overnight train   6-berth couchette compartment on Paris-Munich overnight train  

A sleeping-car as used on the Cologne-Copenhagen overnight train

1, 2 or 3 bed sleeper: The most comfortable option, economy with washbasin or deluxe with shower & toilet.

 

Couchettes:  For sole occupancy by 4 people, simply book 5 tickets in a 5-berth compartment.

 

5-berth couchettes:  All City Night Line couchettes are now in 5-berth compartments.

 

City Night Line sleeper train  from Hamburg to Zurich...

More pictures & information about this train...

Lake Maggiore, seen from a Milan to Basel train   Lunch in the Swiss-run restaurant car of the 11:25 Milan to Basel

EuroCity train from Basel to Milan...  You'll pass a lake or two...  This is Lake Maggiore, seen from the dining-car of a Milan to Basel EuroCity train over an excellent lunch of salmon tagliatelle & excellent (but expensive!) Swiss red wine.

ETR610 EuroCity train from Switzerland at Milan Centrale   2nd class seats on an ETR610 EuroCity train to Italy

Buongiorno Milano!  When the EuroCity from Zurich reaches Milano Centrale, you've reached Italy with no airports & no flights...

 

2nd class seats on an ETR610, all with power sockets.  See panorama photo.

Option 2, Copenhagen to Italy by daytime trains with overnight stop in Munich...

  InterCity 2nd class   InterCity 1st class (6-seat compartment type)

Step 2, Munich to Verona & Venice by EuroCity...

 

EuroCity 2nd class, mainly 6-seat compartments but some open-plan seating.  There's also a restaurant car...

 

EuroCity 1st class, open-plan.  Sometimes available in 6-seat compartments.

Mountains between Munich and Innsbruck   Scenery (and vineyards!) on the Brenner route

Vineyards & mountains...  Scenery on the Brenner route.


Copenhagen to Barcelona & Spain from €137...

Option 1, by daytime trains with overnight stop in Cologne...

ICE3 second class ICE3 first class Copenhagen-Cologne ICE on the Rodby-Puttgarten ferry

ICE 2nd class.

ICE 1st class with leather seats.

The ICE on board the ferry.

Second class seats on board a 'Thalys' high-speed train to Cologne 1st class seats on Thalys A Thalys for Amsterdam about to leave Brussels Midi...

2nd class (Comfort 2) seats...

1st class (Comfort 1) seats...

Thalys at Brussels. See Thalys info.

TGV Duplex at Paris Gare de Lyon   Upper deck second class on board a TGV Duplex.

TGV Duplex at Paris Gare de Lyon. These 200 mph double-deckers link Paris with Barcelona.  Watch TGV Duplex video.

 

2nd class table for 4 on TGV Duplex upper deck...

First class on board a TGV Duplex   An TGV Duplex at Paris Est.

1st class seats on the upper deck, with a club duo on the left, a club quatre on the right.

 

A TGV Duplex at Barcelona Sants.  The red near the door indicates 1st class, pale green indicates 2nd class.

Mt Canigou in the Pyrenees

Mt Canigou & the Pyrenees...  One of the highest peaks in the mighty Pyrenees, the 2,784m (9,137 feet) high Mt Canigou dominates the skyline on the right all the way from Perpignan to Girona, see en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CanigouMore photos of what to see on the Paris-Barcelona train journey.

Option 2, by daytime trains with overnight stop in Paris...


Copenhagen to Lisbon, Porto & Portugal...
To Morocco by train...   En route to Morocco by train: gran classe 2-bed sleeper (day mode)   en route to Morocco by train: Gran Classes 2-bed sleeper (night mode)   Paris to Madrid & Barcelona by trainhotel: Gran Classe sleepers have a private shower and toilet

The Sud Express, about to leave Irun on the Franco-Spanish frontier, bound for Lisbon...  Courtesy of Ron Baker See panorama photo...

 

Gran Clase sleeper, in evening mode with the seats folded out...

 

....return from the bar to find the beds made up...

 

Gran Clase private toilet & shower...


Copenhagen to Vienna, Salzburg, Innsbruck & Austria from €78...

Option 1, using the Hamburg-Vienna sleeper train - the time-effective option...

ICE3 second class ICE3 first class Copenhagen-Cologne ICE on the Rodby-Puttgarten ferry

ICE 2nd class.

ICE 1st class with leather seats.

The ICE on board the ferry.

   

Double-deck sleeping-car as used Hamburg-Vienna...

 

2-berth sleeper.

 

4-berth couchettes.

Option 2, by day trains with overnight stop in Frankfurt...

Option 3, by day trains with overnight stop in Hamburg...


Copenhagen to Prague from €68...

Sadly, the Copenhagen-Prague City Night Line sleeper was discontinued in November 2014.  But you can easily travel from Copenhagen to Prague by daytime trains via Berlin...

Option 1, in a single day from €68...

Option 2, by day trains with overnight stop in Hamburg - a time-effective option...

Option 3, by day trains with overnight stop in Berlin - another time-effective option...

Czech restaurant car on a Berlin to Prague train   Lunch in the restaurant car between Berlin & Prague

So civilised!  A meal in the Czech restaurant car as the Berlin-Prague express snakes along the beautiful Elbe river south of Dresden.  Most Berlin-Prague trains use Czech carriages like this, a few use Hungarian air-conditioned carriages.  See more photos, tips & info for the Berlin to Prague train ride.  Photo courtesy of Philip Dyer-Perry.


Copenhagen to Bratislava & Budapest from €62...

Option 1, by daytime train with overnight stop...

ICE3 second class ICE3 first class Copenhagen-Cologne ICE on the Rodby-Puttgarten ferry

ICE 2nd class.

ICE 1st class with leather seats.

The ICE on board the ferry.

  Lunch in the restaurant car of the Jan Jesenius from Berlin to Prague

The Berlin-Budapest EuroCity train at Dresden...

 

The Hungarian dining-car..

Lunch in the restaurant car of the Jan Jesenius from Berlin to Prague   2nd class 6-seat compartment on the Jan Jesenius   1st class 6-seat compartment on the Jan Jesenius

Lunch in the restaurant car...

 

2nd class compartment

 

1st class compartment

Option 2, by daytime trains to Berlin then the EuroNight sleeper to Budapest...

ICE3 second class ICE3 first class Copenhagen-Cologne ICE on the Rodby-Puttgarten ferry

ICE 2nd class.

ICE 1st class with leather seats.

The ICE on board the ferry.

Stadard 2-bed sleeper on the train from Amsterdam to Prague   Standard sleeper on the train from Amsterdam to Prague, in daytime mode   Standard sleeper compartment, washstand   Deluxe sleeper en suite toilet and shower

Standard sleeper compartment, set up as a 2-berth, with the washstand open.  Each room can be used as a 1, 2 or 3 bed room.

 

The same sleeper with berths folded away & seats folded out, blind up, washstand closed.

 

Standard sleeper compartments have a washstand with hot water, fresh towels, drinking water & soap.

 

Deluxe compartments are very similar, but with small en suite toilet & shower...


Copenhagen to Ljubljana & Zagreb...
Austrian restaurant car between Munich and Villach   Scenery in the Austrian Alps between Munich & Ljubljana

An early lunch in the Austrian restaurant car as the Alpine scenery flies by.  The first stage is on a smart Austrian EuroCity train from Munich to Villach...

 

Through the Austrian Alps...  Clinging to the mountainside high in the Austrian Alps, the train snakes along between snow-capped mountains, absolutely wonderful...

  2nd class seats on the Munich-Zagreb train

...and along the Sava river in Slovenia.  Now across the border in Slovenia, the EuroCity train runs along the pretty River Sava all the way to Ljubljana and Zagreb...

 

Comfortable seats:  The 2nd class seats in the Slovenian cars are arranged 2+1 abreast, the same as 1st class!

The EuroCity train 'Sava' from Munich to Ljubljana & Zagreb  

The EuroCity train Sava, arrived at Zagreb.

 

More scenery along the Sava between Ljubljana & Zagreb.


Copenhagen to Belgrade, Sofia & Montenegro...

Copenhagen to Warsaw & Krakow from €68...

Option 1, in a single day...

Option 2, with overnight stop in Berlin...

ICE3 second class ICE3 first class Copenhagen-Cologne ICE on the Rodby-Puttgarten ferry

ICE 2nd class.

ICE 1st class with leather seats.

The ICE on board the ferry.

The Berlin-Warsaw Express train   2nd class seating compartment on the Berlin to Warsaw Express train

The Berlin-Warszawa Express has modern air-conditioned 1st & 2nd class coaches, most with compartments and side corridor like this, others with open-plan seating.

Bistro car on the Berlin-Warszawa Express train   Sausage soup on the Berlin-Warszawa Express   A main course schnitzel in the bistro-restaurant on the Berlin to Warsaw Express train

Copenhagen to Moscow & St Petersburg...

Option 1, via Stockholm & Helsinki...

Option 2, via Berlin & Warsaw...

The Polonez train from Warsaw to Moscow uses Russian air-conditioned sleeping-cars, pictured below, with compartments which can be used as 1st class 2-berth or 2nd class 4-berth (shown below right), with a shower & toilets at the end of the corridor.  See panorama photo inside one of the new Russian sleepers.

A modern Russian sleeping-car of the sort used on the Polonez   A 2-berth or 4-berth compartment in daytime mode

Copenhagen to Kiev & Ukraine...
The Kiev Express   1, 2 or 3 bed sleeper compartment   Each compartment has a washbasin

Boarding in Warsaw...

 

A sleeper compartment...

 

...with washbasin.


Copenhagen to Athens & Greece...

Option 1, Copenhagen to Athens by train & ferry via Italy, the leisurely way...

A 2 or 4 berth cabin on the Italy-Greece ferry  

2 or 4-berth cabin with private toilet & shower.

 

Relaxing on deck...

The ferry from Bari to Greece at sea

At sea, passing Cephalonia & Ithaca.  This is what travel to Greece should be like!

Option 2, Copenhagen to Athens overland by train via Munich & Belgrade...


Copenhagen to Istanbul & Turkey

Find hotels in Copenhagen & other cities

 

◄◄ Hotel search & price comparison.

www.hotelscombined.com checks all the main hotel booking sites at once to find the widest choice of hotels & the cheapest seller.  It was named as the World's Leading Hotel Comparison Site at the World Travel Awards 2013 and I highly recommend it, both to find hotels in even the smallest places and to check that another retailer isn't selling your hotel for less!

www.booking.com is my favourite booking site.  It's really clear and you can usually book with free cancellation and so confirm your accommodation at no risk months before train booking opens.

Other hotel sites worth trying...

Backpacker hostels...


Travel insurance & health card...

 

 

Columbus direct travel insurance

Take out decent travel insurance, it's essential...

Never travel overseas without travel insurance from a reliable insurer, with at least £1m or preferably £5m medical cover.  It should also cover cancellation and loss of cash and belongings, up to a sensible limit.  An annual multi-trip policy is usually cheaper than several single-trip policies even for just 2 or 3 trips a year, I have an annual policy myself.  Here are some suggested insurers.  Seat61 gets a small commission if you buy through these links.

In the UK, try Columbus Direct or use Confused.com to compare prices & policies from many different insurers.

If you have a pre-existing medical condition or are over 65, see www.JustTravelCover.com - 10% discount with code seat61.

        If you live in Australia, New Zealand, Ireland or the EU, try Columbus Direct's other websites.

  If you live in the USA try Travel Guard USA.

Carry a spare credit card, designed for foreign travel with no currency exchange loading & low or no ATM fees...

It costs nothing to take out an extra credit card.  If you keep it in a different part of your luggage so you're not left stranded if your wallet gets stolen, this is a form of extra travel insurance in itself.  In addition, some credit cards are significantly better for overseas travel than others.  Martin Lewis's www.moneysavingexpert.com/travel/cheap-travel-money explains which UK credit cards have the lowest currency exchange commission loadings when you buy something overseas, and the lowest cash withdrawal fees when you use an ATM abroad.  Taking this advice can save you quite a lot on each trip compared to using your normal high-street bank credit card!

 


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