The Little Mermaind, Copenhagen.  Easy to reach by train & ferry!
 

The Little Mermaid by Edvard Eriksen.  Unveiled in the Churchill Park in 1913, it's now a symbol of Copenhagen.

London to Denmark in comfort, without flying...

It's easy to travel from the UK to Denmark without flying, either by cruise ferry across the North Sea or overland all the way by Eurostar & sleeper train.  Until September, DFDS Seaways luxurious cruise ferry Sirena Seaways sails from Harwich to Esbjerg in Denmark two to four times a week with InterCity train connections to Copenhagen.  Or take an afternoon Eurostar to Brussels and a high-speed train to Cologne, then the overnight City Night Line sleeper train Borealis to Odense & Copenhagen arriving next morning.  The choice is yours.  A great alternative to an unnecessary flight, where the journey is part of the holiday.

Train times, fares & tickets...

On this page you'll find a step-by-step guide to planning, booking & making a journey from the UK to Denmark by train or ferry, with train & ferry times, fares, and the best way to buy tickets.

  London to Copenhagen by Eurostar & Cologne-Copenhagen sleeper - daily, fastest way.

  London to Copenhagen by daytime trains with overnight stop in Cologne or Hamburg

  London to Copenhagen by Eurostar & the Paris-Hamburg City Night Line sleeper train

  London to Copenhagen by Harwich-Hoek ferry & Amsterdam-Copenhagen sleeper

  London to Copenhagen by DFDS Seaways ferry - sadly discontinued from September 2014.

  UK to other destination in Denmark:  Aarhus, Odense, Aalborg, Kolding, Legoland.

  Copenhagen main station & facilities

  Useful country information - currency, dialling code, time zone

  Hotels & accommodation in Copenhagen

On other pages...

  Trains from Copenhagen to other European cities

  Trains to Copenhagen from other European cities

  General European train travel information

  Taking bikes   Taking your dog   Luggage

  Send your luggage in advance

  Travel insurance, EU Health cards & SIM cards

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Useful country information

Train operator in Denmark:

DSB www.dsb.dk.  For any European train time: www.bahn.de.

Eurostar times & fares    All-Europe online train times

 

Ferries UK to Denmark:

www.dfdsseaways.co.uk (Harwich - Esbjerg).

Railpasses:

 

Beginner's guide to European railpasses     Buy a rail pass online

Time zone & dialling code:

GMT+1 (GMT+2 from last Sunday in March to last Saturday in October).  Dial code +45

Currency:

£1 = approx 8.5 Krone.    Currency converter

Tourist information:

www.dt.dk    Tripadvisor Denmark page   Copenhagen city tours   Legoland

Hotels:

Find a hotel in Copenhagen & Denmark

Page last updated:

5 August 2014.  Train times valid 15 June to 13 December 2014.


 London to Copenhagen by Eurostar & sleeper

Simply take a lunchtime Eurostar to Brussels, a connecting high-speed train to Cologne, then the excellent City Night Line sleeper train overnight to Copenhagen.  This is the fastest and most time-effective way to reach Denmark without flying.  It's both comfortable and affordable, too, with daily departures all year round except Christmas Day.  This is the route shown in red on the map above.

London ► Odense & Copenhagen

Copenhagen & Odense ► London

See the Eurostar page for photos & information about Eurostar on-board facilities.

On board the ICE from Brussels to Cologne...

High-speed ICE3 train from Brussels to Cologne & Frankfurt ICE3 second class ICE3 first class

An ICE to Cologne waiting to leave Brussels Midi.  More ICE information.

ICE3 2nd class.  ICEs is one of the most comfortable trains in Europe...

ICE3 1st class, with real leather seats.  All ICE seats have power sockets.

Introducing the City Night Line sleeper train Borealis from Cologne to Copenhagen...

The Cologne to Copenhagen overnight train is one of the German Railway's excellent City Night Line sleeper trains with a choice of sleepers, couchettes & seats.  The modern sleeping-car offers proper beds in 1, 2 or 3-berth deluxe compartments with shower & toilet, or 1, 2 or 3-berth economy compartments with washbasin.  All sleepers have power-points for laptop computers, hotel-style cardkey locks, and there is a shower at the end of the corridor.  The air-conditioned couchette car offers simple flat padded berths with a rug & pillow in shared 4 & 6-berth compartments.  There are also ordinary seats in 6-seater compartments, but always book a couchette.  A bistro car is attached between Hamburg and Copenhagen in both directions.  The train actually starts from Amsterdam.  More pictures & information about this City Night Line train

Dinner in Cologne before you board?  For a traditional German meal in Cologne before boarding the sleeper to Copenhagen, try the Brauhaus Sion (www.brauhaus-sion.de), 5 minutes walk from Cologne hauptbahnhof, or the Malzmuehle restaurant (www.muehlenkoelsch.de), 10-15 minutes walk from Cologne Hauptbahnhof, or there's a restaurant inside the Hauptbahnhof itself at the Schweinske, www.schweinske.deFeedback is always appreciated!

Sleeping-car room - Cologne-Copenhagen overnight train   4-berth couchette compartment on Cologne-Copenhagen overnight train   6-berth couchette compartment on Cologne-Copenhagen overnight train  

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

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

 

4-berth couchettes:  Ideal for families, much more space per person than 6-berth couchettes.

 

6-berth couchettes:  A very economical option, far better than a seat for just a few euros more...

 

A Comfortline sleeping-car used on the Cologne-Copenhagen City Night Line sleeper train Borealis.

More pictures & information about this train...

How much does it cost?

 1. London to Cologne

 by Eurostar & Thalys or ICE

 Fares for Eurostar+ICE start at €59 (£49) each way.

 Fares for Eurostar+Thalys start at £56 one-way or £103 return

 Fares vary like air fares, so book in advance to get the cheapest prices.

 Child, youth, senior Eurostar fares

   

 2. Cologne to Copenhagen

 by sleeper train, per person

In a

seat

In a couchette

Economy sleeper

Deluxe sleeper

6-berth

4-berth

3-berth

2-berth

1-berth

2-berth

1-berth

 Savings fare one-way from:

€43 (£36)

€59 (£49)

€69 (£58)

€84 (£70)

€104 (£87)

€144 (£120)

€134 (£112)

€174 (£145)

 Savings fare return from:

€86 (£72)

€118 (£98)

€138 (£116)

€168 (£140)

€208 (£174)

€288 (£240)

€268 (£224)

€348 (£290)

 Full price one-way:

€164

€179

€189

€204

€224

€264

€322

€362

 Railpass supplement*

€12

€27.50

€37.50

€55

€75

€115

€75

€115

 Child under 15**

€4

€20

€30

£71

€65

€105

€65

€105

 Child under 6 without berth:

Child under 6 sharing a berth travels free

Berths are sold individually, so one ticket means one bed.  The other beds in your compartment will be sold to other passengers.

For sole occupancy, simply book 1 ticket in a 1-berth sleeper or 2 tickets in a 2-berth sleeper or 4 tickets in a 4-berth couchette & so on.

* This is the supplement you pay if you have a railpass, a 1st class pass is required for deluxe sleepers.

** Children under 15 travel free if accompanied by a fare-paying adult, but must pay the berth supplement shown here.

Savings fare = advance-purchase fare, price varies, limited availability, no refunds, no changes to travel plans.

Full price = fully flexible, refundable, buy any time.

You can check fares for the Cologne-Copenhagen train (and book online) at www.bahn.de.

How to buy tickets online...

Anyone from any country can buy tickets this way, at the cheapest prices bought direct from the train operators.  Booking for Eurostar opens 120 days (and at times, up to 180 days) ahead, booking for all other trains opens 92 days ahead, but I strongly recommend waiting and buying all tickets together, doing a dry run first on all websites to check prices & availability before booking for real.  Hotel accommodation can be booked before booking your trains risk-free if you use a site such as www.booking.com with free cancellation.

How to buy tickets by phone...

To buy tickets by phone, call International Rail on 0844 248 248 3, lines open 09:00-17:00 Monday-Friday.  Overseas callers call +44 844 2482483.  They charge a £10 booking fee for bookings under £100, £20 for £100-£300, £30 above £300.  In many cases tickets can be emailed to you as e-tickets, so there's no postage fee or delay.

Alternatively, call Deutsche Bahn's UK office on 08718 80 80 66  (lines open 09:00-20:00 Monday-Friday, 09:00-13:00 Saturday & Sunday, no booking fee, 2% credit card charge, no charge for debit cards) or www.europeanrail.com on 020 7619 1083 (lines open 08:30-17:30 Mon-Fri, 09:00-13:00 Sat, £35 booking fee).  Click here for a list of agencies and other useful information on how to book.

Tailor-made travel & hotel arrangements...

If you want a tailor-made trip with train travel, hotels & transfers all arranged for you, contact Railbookers.  Tell them what you want and they'll advise you on the best trains, routes & hotels and sort it all out.  They get positive reviews and look after their customers very well.

  UK call 020 3327 0761, www.railbookers.com

Call toll-free 1-800-408-3280 or www.us.railbookers.com.

Australia call toll-free 1300 971 526, www.railbookers.com.au

  New Zealand call toll-free 0800 002 034 or see website.


London to Copenhagen by Eurostar & day trains

  A Copenhagen to Hamburg EuroCity train on board the train ferry between Rodby & Puttgarten.
 

Train on a ferry!  This is a Hamburg to Copenhagen ICE-TD EuroCity train on board the Puttgarten to Rψdby ferry.  This is one of the few remaining routes in Europe where trains go onto ferries, the other major route being mainland Italy to Sicily.  The Rψdby-Puttgarten crossing takes about 50 minutes, and you must leave the train and go up into the ferry whilst it is at sea.  The ferry has bars, lounges restaurants & shops.  Naturally, you can leave your bags on the train...

  ICE train to Copenhagen, 1st class

First class real leather seats on the Hamburg-Copenhagen ICE train.  There's a bistro car serving drinks, snacks and meals...

  ICE train to Copenhagen, 2nd class

Second class seats on the Hamburg-Copenhagen ICE train.  All seats have power sockets for laptops & mobiles...

The journey from London to Copenhagen is too long to be done in one day, so the sleeper service shown above is ideal and the most time-effective option.  But if you prefer daytime trains and don't mind an overnight stop en route, you can travel from London to Denmark over 2 days with a hotel stop in Cologne or Hamburg.

London ► Copenhagen with overnight stop in Hamburg...

London ► Copenhagen with overnight stop in Cologne...

Copenhagen ► London with overnight stop in Hamburg...

Copenhagen ► London with overnight stop in Cologne...

How much does it cost?

 How to buy tickets...

Traveller's reports...

Traveller Ian Dow reports on a ride on a Hamburg-Copenhagen EuroCity train, which goes onto a special train ferry to cross to Denmark:  "The ferry portion is from Puttgarden to Rψdby. The ferry has already been loaded with cars and lorries, and the train is loaded last.  On our journey, the train stops at Puttgarden station and then moves on to the ferry terminal, it then slows but runs straight to the ferry, moving on board at fairly slow speed. It then stopped about half a metre from the front (in the front First class the Guard had held the door to the driver’s can open and we could see through). The train then edged slowly forward.  At the front of the ferry on the bulkhead doors is an auto-coupler and the train couples on to this to ensure it does not move during the journey. The train engines then stop, the doors open and you can get off, as there is a sort of platform step on the ferry. Once the train is docked, the ferry doors closed and we departed immediately.  The trip on the ferry is just 45 minutes, and you get off to use the ferry facilities, you can also inspect the train arrangements. The EuroCity train is designed to fit and when I was on it, there was less than a half metre at the back of the train between it and the ferry doors. The track runs through the centre of the ferry, with cars and lorries on either side. You had better make sure that you are back on board the train in time at the end of the ferry trip, as it does not hang about!  The ferry takes a little longer than a normal car ferry to line up at the destination, but once it has, the doors open, the track is locked in place, and the train engines start, and we are off, pretty fast.  We made a brief stop at the Rψdby station, then continued to Copenhagen."

Tailor-made travel & hotel arrangements...

If you want a tailor-made trip with train travel, hotels & transfers all arranged for you, contact Railbookers.  Tell them what you want and they'll advise you on the best trains, routes & hotels and sort it all out.  They get positive reviews and look after their customers very well.

  UK call 020 3327 0761, www.railbookers.com

Call toll-free 1-800-408-3280 or www.us.railbookers.com.

Australia call toll-free 1300 971 526, www.railbookers.com.au

  New Zealand call toll-free 0800 002 034 or see website.


London to Copenhagen via Paris & Hamburg

City Night Line reinstated a direct Paris-Hamburg sleeper train in December 2010.  You can use this to leave London in the late afternoon, reaching Copenhagen the following early evening.

London & Paris ► Copenhagen

Copenhagen ► Paris & London

Introducing the City Night Line sleeper train to Hamburg...

The Paris-Hamburg overnight train is one of the German Railway's excellent City Night Line sleeper trains.  Called the Andromeda, it has modern Comfortline sleeping-cars (1, 2 & 3-berth deluxe compartments with private shower & toilet, 1, 2 & 3-berth economy compartments with washbasin.  There is a shower at the end of the corridor for passengers in economy sleepers, and all sleepers have powerpoints for laptop computers), and modern air-conditioned couchettes (choose between a berth in a 4 or 6-berth compartment), and ordinary seats (not recommended).  Inclusive fares are charged covering travel plus sleeping accommodation.  The sleeping-car fare includes a light breakfast.  More pictures & information about this train.  Travel tip:  For a good meal in a classic Parisian brasserie before boarding the sleeper train in Paris, catch the earlier 14:02 Eurostar & dine at the Brasserie Terminus Nord directly across the road from the Gare du Nord.

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  

The sleeping-car on the Paris-Munich overnight train boarding at the Gare de l'Est

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

 

4-berth couchettes:  Ideal for families, much more space per person than 6-berth couchettes.

 

6-berth couchettes:  A very economical option, far better than a seat for just a few euros more...

 

"Night train to Hamburg":  The Comfortline sleeping-car of City Night Line sleeper train boarding at Paris Gare de l'Est...

More pictures & information about this train...

How much does it cost?

 1. London to Paris

 by Eurostar:

 From £39 one-way, £69 return 2nd class.

 From £107 one-way, £189 return 1st class.  Child, youth, senior fares 

 

 2. Paris to Hamburg by

 sleeper train (per person):

In a

seat

In a couchette

Economy sleeper

Deluxe sleeper

6-bunk 

4-bunk 

3-bed 

2-bed 

1-bed 

2-bed

1-bed

 Savings fare one-way from:

-

€59 (£49)

€69 (£58)

€84 (£70)

€104 (£87)

€144 (£120)

€134 (£112)

€174 (£145)

 Savings fare return from:

-

€118 (£98)

€138 (£116)

€158 (£140)

€198 (£174)

€278 (£240)

€258 (£224)

€338 (£290)

 Full price one-way:

-

€198

€208

€223

€243

€283

€347

€387

 Railpass supplement*

-

€27.50

€37.50

€55

€75

€115

€75

€115

 Child under 15**

-

€20

€30

£71

€65

€105

€65

€105

 Child under 6 without own berth:

Child under 6 sharing a berth travels free...

* This is the supplement you pay if you have a railpass, a 1st class pass is required for deluxe sleepers.

** Children under 15 travel free if accompanied by a fare-paying adult, but must pay the berth supplement shown here.

Savings fare = Advance-purchase fare, price varies, limited availability, no refunds, no changes to travel plans. 

Normal fare = fully flexible, refundable, buy any time.  The normal return fare shown above requires Saturday night away.

Youth fares: There is a 25% discount on normal fares for anyone under 26 years old.  Savings fares usually cheaper!

Senior fares: There is a 20% discount on normal fares for anyone over 60 years old.  Savings fares usually cheaper!

 3. Hamburg to Copenhagen:

 Savings fares start at €39 (£34) each way 2nd class, €69 1st class.

How to buy tickets using www.voyages-sncf.com...

The cheapest way to book this journey is online, but there are two ways to do this and they are very different.  You can book the Paris-Hamburg train at www.voyages-sncf.com (formerly www.raileurope.co.uk), which accesses the French reservation system.  It's the easiest website to use, you can pay for the Eurostar and the Paris-Hamburg sleeper together as one transaction, and prices are in pounds.  It often has the cheapest prices.  However, for some reason it won't book 4-berth couchettes, and also prices any child over 12 as an adult an any infant over 4 as a child, whereas www.bahn.de (which accesses the German reservation system) offers the full range of accommodation including 4-berth couchettes, allows any infant under 6 to go free, and classes any child under 14 as a child.  Try both ways of booking to see what works out cheapest for you.

How to buy tickets using www.bahn.de & www.eurostar.com.

You can also book the Paris-Hamburg sleeper train at  www.bahn.de, then use www.eurostar.com to book the Eurostar.  Do a 'dry run' first on both sites to check prices and availability before booking for real.  Anyone from any country can use this method of booking.

How to buy tickets by phone...

You can book both the Eurostar and the sleeper train by phone by calling Deutsche Bahn's UK office on 08718 80 80 66 (lines open 09:00-20:00 Monday-Friday, 09:00-13:00 Saturday & Sunday, no booking fee, 2% credit card charge but no charge for debit cards), or European Rail on 020 7619 1083 (lines open 08:30-18:00 Monday-Friday, 09:00-13:00 Saturday, £35 booking fee).


London & E Anglia to Copenhagen via Amsterdam

  Boarding the Stena Line ferry from Harwich to Hoek van Holland for Amsterdam

London to the Netherlands by Dutch Flyer train & ferry...  Take a train from London's Liverpool Street station directly to the ferry terminal at Harwich.  You walk off the train, into the terminal, get your boarding card & cabin key at the Stena Line check-in desk and walk straight onto the overnight ferry to Hoek van Holland.  The new superferry Stena Hollandica is the largest ferry of its kind in the world.  See the Netherlands page and see the video...

  Standard inside cabin on the ferry

Cosy cabins:  The overnight Harwich-Hoek ferry is a floating hotel.  All passengers travel in a cosy private cabin with en suite shower & toilet and satellite TV.  This is the cheapest 2-berth cabin...

  Captain's suite deluxe cabin on the Stena Line ferry 'Stena Hollandica'

... and this is a Captain's Class cabin with double bed & complimentary bubbly in the minibar.

The ferry to Hoek van Holland, a useful alternative to Eurostar...

With daily departures, inexpensive fares, quality private cabins with shower, toilet, free WiFi & satellite TV, the integrated train-ferry-train service between London and the Netherlands makes a useful alternative to Eurostar, shown in orange on the route map above.  It's a good option if you need to travel at short notice when Eurostar is expensive, or if you live in East Anglia, or if you want to avoid the Channel Tunnel due to an incident or because you are claustrophobic.  Indeed, you may prefer this relaxing journey to the faster Eurostar options, cruising overnight to Holland on the Stena Line superferry in a luxury en suite cabin with shower, toilet, satellite TV and free WiFi (see the video), spending a day at leisure exploring Amsterdam, then travelling to Copenhagen overnight on the direct City Night Line sleeper train Borealis.  It's a great way to reach Copenhagen with a day in Amsterdam on the way!

London, East Anglia & Harwich ► Copenhagen

Copenhagen ► Harwich, East Anglia & London

How much does it cost?

How to buy tickets online...

How to buy tickets by phone:  Special booking form


London to Copenhagen by DFDS ferry...

  DFDS Seaways ferry m/v 'Dana Sirena'

Last call for the ferry to Denmark:  DFDS Seaways ferry Sirena Seaways links the UK with Denmark.  Photo courtesy of DFDS Seaways.

 

Last call for the ferry to Denmark...

DFDS has just announced that after 140 years of operation, the Harwich-Esbjerg ferry is to be axed from the end of the summer season on 29 September.  That leaves no passenger ferries to Norway or Sweden or Denmark.

Until it ceases permanently at the end of September 2014, this is easily the most relaxing way to reach Denmark, although not the fastest or most frequent.  DFDS Seaways ferry Sirena Seaways sails 2 or 3 times a week from Harwich in Essex to Esbjerg in Denmark, with connections by InterCity train to Copenhagen.  With comfortable en suite cabins, restaurants, bars, cinema and shops on board, the voyage is a holiday in itself.  It's the route shown in yellow on the map above.  For the faster Eurostar+sleeper train option, see below.

London ► Esbjerg, Legoland, Odense, Copenhagen

Copenhagen, Odense, Legoland, Esbjerg ► London

Introducing DFDS Seaways ferry Sirena Seaways...

The Sirena Seaways is a modern and well-run ship, built in 2002.  All passengers travel in cabins, and all cabins have a private shower & toilet.  Facilities on board include the 7 Seas buffet restaurant, the Blue Riband ΰ la carte restaurant, Cafι Lighthouse (with WiFi access for laptops), Columbus Lounge, and shop. The ship is child-friendly, with children's play area, child restraints for cabin berths available from reception, and highchairs available in all restaurants and lounges.  Cabins come in three classes:

Crossing to Denmark aboard DFDS Seaways ferry m/v 'Dana Sirena'   Commodore Deluxe cabin on the ferry 'Dana Sirena'   Sirena class cabin on the 'Dana Sirena' to Denmark

Crossing the North Sea with DFDS Seaways aboard the Sirena Seaways...

 

Commodore class cabin with double bed, TV, shower & toilet.  Yes, that's an ice bucket on the table with a half bottle of sparkling wine....

 

Sirena class cabin with TV, shower, toilet & minibar.

Ferry to Denmark:  The Commodore Class lounge   Ferry to Denmark:  The restaurant   A lazy day at sea with DFDS Seaways

The exclusive Commodore Class lounge, with complimentary tea, coffee, wines & spirits.  If you can afford Commodore, you won't regret it!

 

The Sirena Seaways' restaurant for dinner, available to all passengers.  A world away from the budget airline experience...

 

A lazy day at sea...

On board the Danish InterCity train from Esbjerg to Copenhagen...

InterCity train at Copenhagen about to leave for Esbjerg...   Inside the InterCity train from Esbjerg to Copenhagen...   Danish InterCity train at Copenhagen...

A Danish InterCity train.

 

2nd class seats on board the InterCity train.

 

Arrived at Copenhagen...

How much does it cost?

How to buy tickets...

 
   

London to other destinations in Denmark

Odense, Kolding...

Odense is Denmark's third biggest city, Kolding its eighth biggest, and you can easily get to either city using either the DFDS ferry option via Harwich & Esbjerg or the City Night Line Sleeper option by Eurostar via Cologne, see above.  The Esbjerg-Copenhagen InterCity trains and the Cologne-Copenhagen City Night Line sleeper train all call at Kolding & Odense en route to Copenhagen.

Legoland  (www.legoland.dk)

The famous Legoland theme park, opened in 1968, is at Billund.  There is no rail station at Billund, but there are buses from Vejle, Kolding & Fredericia. 

Other towns & cities in Denmark...

If you use the DFDS Seaways ferry option, there are direct trains from Esbjerg to Kolding, Odense, Ringsted, Fredericia, Εrhus.  Change at Fredericia for Aalborg.  Simply use the journey planner at www.bahn.de to find a connection from Esbjerg to your destination departing at least an hour or two after the ferry arrives.

If you use the Eurostar and sleeper train option, the Cologne-Copenhagen sleeper train calls at Kolding, Odense and Ringsted on its way to Copenhagen.  For Fredericia, Aarhus, Aalborg & northern Denmark, change at Kolding.  Use the journey planner at www.bahn.de to find connections from Kolding to your final destination in Denmark.  Allow at least 30 minutes between trains for connections at Kolding outward, preferably an hour for safe connection with the sleeper on your return journey.


Copenhagen main station...

Copenhagen H (main station)   Inside Copenhagen main station.

Copenhagen Hovedbanegεrd (main station) is right next door to the famous Tivoli Gardens (www.tivoli.dk) and just 5 minutes walk from the city centre shopping area.  However, the seashore park with the Little Mermaid statue is a brisk 45 minutes walk away on the other side of the city centre, and the DFDS ferry terminal for Oslo is some way beyond that.  Copenhagen main station is shown as 'Kobenhavn H' in many online systems including the online timetable at www.bahn.de, and it can also help to know that Copenhagen is 'Kφpenhamn' in Swedish.  The station itself is typically Scandinavian in style, completed in 1911.  There are plenty of bars and restaurants and even an Irish Pub in the station.  As well as a ticket office, you can buy tickets to anywhere in Denmark using the self-service machines which have touch-screens and an English-language facility.  To buy tickets on the fast SJ2000 trains to Stockholm, use the two SJ (Swedish Railways) self-service machines on the left as you walk in the main entrance, which also feature touch screens and an English language facility.  But it's best to buy your SJ2000 tickets in advance at www.sj.se for the cheapest fares!

Map showing location of Copenhagen main station     Left luggage information    Hotels in Copenhagen

The official Copenhagen tourist information website is www.visitcopenhagen.com, and there's a tourist office just across the road from the station.


Send your luggage in advance

Ride the trains without heavy luggage... 

Send your suitcase ahead by Luggage Mule from around £30 each way.


The European Rail Timetable & maps

Thomas Cook European Timetable -  click to buy onlineTraveller's Railway Map of Europe - buy onlineThe European Rail Timetable (formerly the Thomas Cook European Timetable) has train & ferry times for every country in Europe plus currency & climate information.  It is essential for regular European train travellers and an inspiration for armchair travellers.  Published since 1873, it had just celebrated 140 years of publication when Thomas Cook decided to pull the plug on their entire publishing department, but the dedicated ex-Thomas Cook team have set up a private venture and published the first edition of a reborn European Rail Timetable in March 2014.  You can buy it online with worldwide shipping at www.europeanrailtimetable.euMore information on what the European Rail Timetable contains.

A Traveller's Railway Map of Europe covers the whole of Europe from Portugal in the west to Moscow & Istanbul in the east, Finland in the north to Sicily & Athens in the south.  On the back are detailed maps of Switzerland, Benelux & Germany, plus city plans showing stations in major cities.  Scenic & high-speed routes highlighted.  Click to see sample.  Buy online for €13 + €5.50 postage worldwide at www.treinreiswinkel.nl/railway_map_of_europe.

 


Find hotels in Copenhagen & Denmark...

 

◄◄ 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

Get travel insurance, it's essential...

Never travel without insurance from a reliable travel insurer with at least £1m or preferably £5m medical cover.  It should also cover loss of cash (up to a limit) & belongings, and cancellation. An annual multi-trip policy is usually cheapest even for just 2 or 3 trips a year (I have an annual policy myself).  Don't expect travel insurance to bail you out of every missed connection, though, see the advice on missed connections here.  Here are some suggested insurers, Seat61 gets a little commission if you buy through these links, and feedback from using insurance for rail & ferry travel is always welcome.

In the UK, use www.confused.com to compare prices & policy features across major insurance companies.

If you have a pre-existing medical condition or are over 65 (no age limit), see www.JustTravelCover.com.

        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.

Get an EU health card, it's free...

If you're a UK citizen travelling in Europe, you should apply for a free European Health Insurance Card, which entitles you to free or reduced rate health care if you become ill or get injured in many European countries, under a reciprocal arrangement with the NHS.  This replaced the old E111 forms as from January 2006.  The EHIC card is available from www.ehic.org.uk.  It doesn't remove the need for travel insurance, though.

Get a spare credit card, designed for foreign travel with no currency exchange loading & low/no ATM fees

Taking out an extra credit card costs nothing, but if you keep it in a different part of your luggage you won't be left stranded if your wallet gets stolen.  In addition, some credit cards are 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.

You can avoid ATM charges and expensive exchange rates with a Caxton FX euro currency Visa Card, or their multi-currency 'Global Traveller' Visa Card, see www.caxtonfx.com for info.

Get an international SIM card to save on calls & mobile data...

Mobile phones can cost a fortune to use abroad, so consider getting a global pre-paid SIM card for your mobile phone which can cut call & data costs by up to 90%.  At the time of writing, www.roamsure.com claims a definite 25% saving within the EU and up to 90% saving in the rest of the world.  Incoming calls are free in 73 countries, including all of the EU, the USA, Australia & South Africa.  There's no contract or commitment, and at time I write this Roamsure is offering a global SIM card for free when you buy £20 of call credit.  Seat61 gets some commission to support the site if you buy airtime from Roamsure.

 


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