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.  Between Puttgarden and Rødby the Hamburg-Copenhagen trains go onto a train ferry, one of the few places in the world where this still happens, a fascinating experience in itself.  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.

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 Copenhagen via Eurostar

  London to Copenhagen via Harwich-Hoek ferry

  London to other destinations in Denmark

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 & accommodation in Copenhagen

  Copenhagen main station & facilities

  About the Hamburg-Copenhagen trains

  How to book trains within Denmark using

  General European train travel information

  Luggage   Taking bikes   Taking your dog

  Travel insurance & EU Health cards

Interactive map:  Click on a route...

Route map, London to Copenhagen & Scandinavia by train Key - Finland via ferry from Germany Key - via Harwich-Hoek Key - via Eurostar Via the Harwich-Hoek ferry Train travel in Sweden Train travel in Norway Train travel in Finland Travemunde to Helsinki by ferry Helsinki-St Petersburg by train Ferries to Tallinn Stockholm-Riga by ferry Stockholm-Helsinki by ferry London-Norway via Hirtshals London to Oslo by train London-Sweden by train London-Copenhagen by train

Useful country information

Train operator in Denmark:

DSB  For any European train time:

Eurostar times & fares    All-Europe online train times

Ferries UK to Denmark:

The DFDS ferry Harwich-Esbjerg was discontinued in September 2014. But new operator is scheduled to start from 12 March 2016.



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Time zone & dialling code:

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


£1 = approx 8.6 Krone.    Currency converter

Tourist information:    Tripadvisor Denmark page   Copenhagen city tours   Legoland


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Page last updated:

21 November 2018. Train times valid 9 Dec 2018 to 14 Dec 2019.

London to Copenhagen by train

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

Train on a ferry!  This is a Hamburg to Copenhagen IC3 train on board the Puttgarden to Rødby 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 Rødby- Puttgarden crossing takes about 50 minutes, and you must leave the train and go up into the ferry whilst it is at sea.  See photos, tips & information for the Hamburg-Copenhagen journey Photo courtesy of Tom Simpson.

You can travel from London to Copenhagen by Eurostar and comfortable German trains, leaving day 1 and arriving day 2, with a comfortable 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.  The Hamburg to Copenhagen EuroCity trains go onto a ferry for the 50-minute crossing between Puttgarden and Rødby, a unique experience.

London to Copenhagen in a single day?  Before anyone points it out, yes, it's theoretically possible to leave London on the 06:13/06:47/06:57 Eurostar and arrive in Copenhagen at 22:14 the same day - however, this involves two tight connections, one in Brussels and one in Hamburg, with no way of splitting the ticket so that both connections are protected by the CIV conditions of carriage as explained here.  So I don't recommend this option, or show it here.  You can try this if you want, but this is the difference between armchair travel thumbing through a timetable and real travel where connections have to be robust!

London ► Copenhagen with overnight stop in Brussels...

This is the most time-effective option.  You leave central London after a full working day in the evening of day 1, and arrive in central Copenhagen in time for dinner in the early evening of day 2.

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 online...

How to buy tickets by phone...

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

What's the journey like?

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

e300 power car   1st class seats

A Eurostar e300 about to leave St Pancras...


1st class (Standard Premier or Business Premier)

(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...

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

ICE3 1st class, with leather seats & power sockets...


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 EuroCity train More information

Hamburg-Copenhagen trains are operated by Danish IC3 trains like this, shown in the timetable as EC for EuroCity 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.

Train boarding ferry

The view from your seat as the IC3 train slowly runs onto the Puttgarden-Rødby ferry.  Courtesy of Adina Bogert-O'Brien.  Interior & Hamburg photos above courtesy of

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 Rødby. 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 Rødby station, then continued to Copenhagen."

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London to Copenhagen via Harwich

  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...

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...

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London to Denmark by DFDS ferry

  DFDS Seaways ferry m/v 'Dana Sirena'

No more ferries to Denmark...

After 140 years of operation, the DFDS Harwich-Esbjerg ferry was axed from the end of the summer season on 29 September 2014, a victim of the EU's new low-sulphur fuel regulations for ferries.  Incredibly, that leaves no passenger ferries between the UK and anywhere in Norway, Sweden or Denmark.

There was hope for a new ferry to Denmark - a new company, Regina Line, was due to launch a new Harwich-Esbjerg ferry three times a week from 11 March 2016, but it may now never happen.  Their site was

Pictured, right:  DFDS Seaways ferry Sirena Seaways used to link the UK with Denmark.  She is now Brittany Ferries' Baie de SeinePhoto courtesy of DFDS Seaways.

London to other cities in Denmark

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

London  ► Odense, Aarhus, Kolding with overnight stop in Cologne...

Odense, Aarhus, Kolding ► London with overnight stop in Hamburg...

Odense, Aarhus, Kolding ► London with overnight stop in Cologne...

How much does it cost?

How to buy tickets...

Legoland  (

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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Copenhagen main station...

Copenhagen H (main station)   Inside Copenhagen main station.

Copenhagen Hovedbanegård (main station) is right next door to the famous Tivoli Gardens ( 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, and it can also help to know that Copenhagen is 'Köpenhamn' in Swedish.  The station itself is typically Scandinavian in style, completed in 1911.  There are plenty of bars and restaurants 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 X2000 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 X2000 tickets in advance at for the cheapest fares!

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

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

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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 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 or (in the Netherlands) for €13 + €5.50 postage from

Find hotels in Denmark


Favourite hotel search & price comparison: checks all the main hotel booking sites at once to find the widest choice of hotels & the cheapest seller.  It's been named as the World's Leading Hotel Comparison Site in the World Travel Awards and I recommend it to find hotels in even the smallest places and to check that another retailer isn't selling the same hotel for less.

Favourite hotel booking site: is my favourite hotel booking site, and unless HotelsCombined throws up major price differences I prefer doing my bookings 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.

Other hotel sites worth trying...

  • is the place to find independent travellers' reviews of all the main hotels.

Backpacker hostels:

  •  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.

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 to compare prices & policy features across major insurance companies.

If you have a pre-existing medical condition or are over 65, see - 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  It doesn't remove the need for travel insurance, though.

Carry a spare credit card, designed for 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 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.


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