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 by train...

It's easy to travel from the UK to Denmark without flying.  Take Eurostar and comfortable onward trains from London to either Brussels, Cologne or Hamburg, stay overnight, then travel from Brussels, Cologne or Hamburg to Copenhagen next morning.  A great alternative to an unnecessary flight, where the journey becomes part of the holiday.  For the record, the DFDS ferry from Harwich to Esbjerg was discontinued in September 2014 after 140 years of operation, a victim of the EU's new low-sulphur fuel regulations for ferries.  Only a month or two later, the City Night Line sleeper train from Amsterdam & Cologne to Copenhagen was discontinued in November 2014.  But this page will show you the alternatives.

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Train times, fares & tickets...

Here is a step-by-step guide to train travel between the UK & Denmark, with times, fares & how to buy tickets:

  London to Odense & Copenhagen via Eurostar

  London to Aarhus, Aalborg via Eurostar

  London to Legoland via Eurostar

  London to Copenhagen & Denmark via Harwich-Hoek - the ferry alternative

International trains to & from Copenhagen...

  Trains from Copenhagen to other European cities

  Trains to Copenhagen from other European cities

Other useful information... 

  Useful country information - currency, dial code, etc

  Hotels in Copenhagen

  Copenhagen main station guide

  About the Hamburg-Copenhagen trains

  How to book trains within Denmark using dsb.dk

  General European train travel information

  Luggage   Taking bikes   Taking your dog

  Travel insurance, EU Health card, Curve card & VPN

Interactive map:  Click on a route...

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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:

The DFDS ferry Harwich-Esbjerg was discontinued in September 2014.

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 8.6 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:

2 July 2020. Train times valid 15 Dec 2019 to 12 Dec 2020.


London to Denmark by train

London to Kolding, Odense & Copenhagen

You can travel from London to Copenhagen by Eurostar and comfortable air-conditioned trains, leaving day 1 and arriving day 2, with an overnight hotel stop in either Brussels, Cologne or Hamburg.  By all means stop at one city on the outward and another on your way back.  Incidentally, the Hamburg-Copenhagen trains no longer use the Puttgarden-Rødby train ferry, but from 15 December 2019 are routed the longer way round through Kolding & Odense and the Great Belt Fixed Link.

London ► Copenhagen with overnight stop in Brussels...

This is the most time-effective option, leaving central London in the evening after a full working day, arriving in Copenhagen in the evening next day.

London ► Copenhagen with overnight stop in Cologne...

London ► Copenhagen with overnight stop in Hamburg...

Copenhagen ► London with overnight stop in Brussels...

Copenhagen ► London with overnight stop in Cologne...

Copenhagen ► London with overnight stop in Hamburg...

How much does it cost?

How to buy tickets, easiest way...

How to buy tickets online, cheaper way...

How to buy tickets by phone...

Using an InterRail pass - cheapest for a round trip at short notice...

Have your train tickets, transfers & hotels professionally arranged...

What's the journey like?

(1)  London to Brussels by Eurostar.  More information.

e300 power car   Eurostar e300 1st class seats

A Eurostar e300 about to leave St Pancras...

 

Standard Premier/Business Premier seats. Larger photo.

(2)  Brussels to Cologne by ICE3.  More information.

High-speed ICE3 train at Frankfurt   ICE2 train, 2nd class

ICE3 from Brussels to Frankfurt, seen at Frankfurt...

 

ICE3 2nd class seats.  Larger photo.

ICE3 train, 1st class   Lunch & beer on an ICE3 train

ICE3 1st class, with leather seats.  Larger photo.

 

Lunch in an ICE3 bistro car...

(3)  Cologne to Hamburg by InterCity train.  More information

Amsterdam to Berlin InterCity train

Most Cologne-Hamburg trains are InterCity trains like this one, a few are high-speed ICEs.  There's usually a bistro car serving food & drink.  Virtual tour of InterCity train...

1st class comparment on a Berlin to Amsterdam train   2nd class seats on a Berlin to Amsterdam train

1st class seats in traditional 6-seater compartments.  Some cars are open-plan.

 

2nd class seating is usually in open-plan saloons like this, although there are also cars with 2nd class 6-seat compartments.

(4)  Hamburg to Copenhagen by Intercity train More information

Hamburg-Copenhagen trains are operated by Danish IC3 trains like this, shown in the timetable as IC for Intercity See more photos, tips & information about the Hamburg to Copenhagen journey.

A Danish IC3 train at Copenhagen station...   1st class seats on a Danish IC3 train

A Danish IC3 train at Copenhagen station...

 

1st class seats on an IC3 train...

2nd class seats on a Danish IC3 train   IC3 train to Copenhagen at Hamburg

2nd class seats on a IC3 train...

 

Boarding an IC3 train to Copenhagen in Hamburg.

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London to Aarhus & Aalborg

London ► Aarhus, Aalborg with overnight stop in Brussels...

This is the most time-effective option, leaving central London in the evening after a full working day, arriving in Denmark in the evening next day.

London  ► Aarhus, Aalborg with overnight stop in Hamburg...

London  ► Aarhus, Aalborg with overnight stop in Cologne...

Aalborg, Aarhus ► London with overnight stop in Hamburg...

Aalborg , Aarhus ► London with overnight stop in Cologne...

How much does it cost?

How to buy tickets, easiest way...

  • Buy tickets at raileurope.co.uk This allows you to book all your tickets together in one place.

    Anyone from any country can use raileurope.co.uk, in plain English, international credit cards accepted and fares shown in multiple currencies.  A small booking fee applies.

    First book your ticket from London to wherever you plan to stay overnight (Brussels, Cologne or Hamburg).  Book this as a round trip if you're returning, because Eurostar return fares are significantly cheaper than two one-ways.  Add this to your basket. 

    Then book your trains from the overnight stopping point to Denmark one-way for the following day, add to basket, and (if returning) book from Denmark to the overnight stopping point one-way, add this to your basket and check out.

    You print your own tickets, or after booking you can load the Eurostar ticket into the Eurostar app, and load the DB ticket into the DB Navigator app, to show on your smartphone.

  • When does booking open?

    Booking for Eurostar & onward trains to Germany & Denmark opens up to 180 days ahead, but significantly less than this when the mid-December timetable change intervenes.  More about when booking opens.

  • Booking tips...

    Fares are dynamic like air fares, so book early for the cheapest prices and avoid busy days such as Fridays or Sunday afternoons.

    After booking you can use the Eurostar Manage Booking system to select an exact seat on Eurostar.

  • Seat reservations...

    A seat reservation is automatically included with every ticket on Eurostar.  However, seat reservations on German trains are usually optional, if you want a reserved seat it can be added during the booking process for fee of around €4.50 each way.  A reserved seat is a good idea, especially at busy periods, so I'd add one when prompted.

How to buy tickets online, cheaper way...

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London to 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. 

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London to Denmark by ferry

There are no direct ferries to Denmark any more...

First up, there are no longer any direct ferries from  the UK to Denmark.  DFDS axed its Harwich-Esbjerg ferry in September 2014 after 140 years of operation, a victim of new low-sulphur fuel regulations for ferries.  However, Stena Line's Harwich-Hoek route provides a useful alternative to Eurostar, read on...

Stena Line's ferry to Hoek van Holland, a useful alternative...

With daily departures, inexpensive fares, quality private cabins with shower, toilet & 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 (see the video), then travelling by daytime train to Copenhagen next day.  Why not stop off in Amsterdam on the way?

London & Harwich ► Copenhagen

Copenhagen ► Harwich & London

How much does it cost?

How to buy tickets online...

How to buy tickets by phone...

What's the journey like?

A train takes you 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 superferry Stena Britannica is the largest ferry of its kind in the world.  The journey from London to Holland is explained in detail on the Stena Line Rail & Sail page See the video...

 

Captain's Class cabin on the Harwich-Hoek ferry with double bed, complimentary minibar with sparkling wine, tea & coffee making facilities, hairdryer.  Larger photo.

 

Boarding the Stena Britannica at Harwich.  She's a floating hotel to Hoek van Holland, with easy rail connections on either side of the Channel.  Restaurants, bars, shop, kennels, cinema...

 

Dinner before bed?  Metropolitan à la carte restaurant.

 

Standard outside cabin, 1 or 2 berth.  Larger photo.  360º photo.

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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 set up a private venture and resumed publication of the famous European Rail Timetable in March 2014.  You can buy it online with worldwide shipping at either www.stanfords.co.uk or 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.  Buy it online for £14.50 + postage worldwide (UK addresses £2.80) at www.stanfords.co.uk/Continents/Europe-A-Travellers-Railway-Map_9789077899090.htm or (in the Netherlands) for €13 + €5.50 postage from www.treinreiswinkel.nl.

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Hotels in Denmark

Suggested Copenhagen hotel:  Axel Guldsmeden Hotel

The Axel Guldsmeden Hotel is a stone's throw from Copenhagen main station, so handy for arrivals and departures, and has been descibed as 'cool but not pretentions' by travellers - worth taking a look!

My favourite hotel search site: www.booking.com

www.booking.com is my favourite hotel booking site and I generally prefer booking my hotels all in one place here.  You can usually book with free cancellation - this allows you to confirm your accommodation at no risk before train booking opens.  It also means you can hold accommodation while you finalise your itinerary, and alter your plans as they evolve - a feature I use all the time when putting a trip together.  I never book hotels non-refundably.  I have also come to trust their review scores - you won't be disappointed with anything over 8.0.

Tip:  It can pay to compare prices across multiple hotel sites:  HotelsCombined.com is a price comparison site which compares hotel prices on Booking.com, Hotels.com, Expedia, Accor, Agoda and many others.  Though if there's not much in it, I prefer keeping all my bookings together in one place at www.booking.com.

Other hotel sites worth trying...

www.tripadvisor.com is the place to find independent travellers' reviews of all the main hotels.

Backpacker hostels: www.hostelworld.com...

www.hostelworld.com:  If you're on a tight budget, don't forget about backpacker hostels.  Hostelworld offers online booking of cheap private rooms or dorm beds in backpacker hostels in Paris and most other European cities at rock-bottom prices.

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Travel insurance & health card

 

 

Columbus direct travel insurance

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

Never travel without proper travel insurance from a reliable insurer with at least £1m or preferably £5m medical cover.  It should also cover loss of cash & belongings (up to a limit), and trip cancellation.  An annual multi-trip policy is usually cheapest even for just 2 or 3 trips a year - I have an annual policy myself.  However, don't expect travel insurance to bail you out of every missed connection, 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, 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.

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 ww.nhs.uk.  It doesn't remove the need for travel insurance, though.

 

Curve card

Get a free Curve card to save on exchange rates & foreign transaction fees...

Banks often give you a poor exchange rate, then charge you a currency conversion fee on top.  A Curve MasterCard means no foreign transaction fees and gives you the mid-market exchange rate, at least up to a certain limit, £500 per month as I write this.  The balance goes straight onto one of your existing debit or credit cards.  And you can get a Curve card for free.

How it works:  1. Download the app for iPhone or Android.  2. Enter your details & they'll send you a Curve MasterCard - they send to most European addresses including the UK.  3. Link your existing credit & debit cards to the app.  4. Now use the Curve MasterCard to buy things online or in person or take cash from ATMs, just like a normal MasterCard. Curve does the currency conversion and puts the balance onto whichever of your debit or credit cards you choose.  You can even change your mind about which card it goes onto, within 14 days of the transaction.

I have a Curve Blue card myself and it's great - I get some commission if you sign up to Curve, but I only recommend such things when I've read up on reviews and tried it myself.  See details, download the app and get a Curve card. Use code MAN61 to get £5 cashback after signing up and using your Curve card the first time.

 

Express VPN

Get a VPN for safe browsing when you travel.  VPNs & why you need one explained...

When you're travelling you often use free WiFi in public places which may not be secure.  A VPN means your connection to the internet is encrypted & always secure, even using unsecured WiFi.  In countries such as China where access to Twitter & Facebook is restricted, a VPN gets around these restrictions.  And lastly, you can select the geographic location of the IP address you browse with, to get around geographic restrictions which some websites apply - for example one booking site charges a booking fee to non-European visitors but none to European visitors, so if you're not located in Europe you can avoid this fee by browsing with a UK IP address using a VPN.  VPNs & why you need one explainedExpressVPN is a best buy and I use them myself.

 


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