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Take a moment to read these tips for buying European train tickets.  It answers all the usual questions, "Do I need to book in advance or can I just buy at the station?", "Can I stop off?", "Are there Senior fares?" and that old favourite, "Should I buy an $800 railpass or just buy a €35 point-to-point ticket online?".  Click here to understand how far ahead you can buy train tickets.

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Guide to Interrail passes (for Europeans)

How to check European train times

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Train seat numbering plans

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Wheelchairs & special needs

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Taking a bike by train

 

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Taking a car by train

 

Hotels & accommodation

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Taking dogs & pets by train

 

Changing stations in Paris by metro or taxi

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Maps of the European rail network

 

What to do when things go wrong...


Copenhagen to Odense, Esbjerg, Arhus & other destinations in Denmark...
Hamburg-Copenhagen train at Copenhagen station

This is a Danish IC3 at Copenhagen.  Photo courtesy of Tom Simpson...

2nd class seats on an IC3 train from Hamburg to Copenhagen   1st class seats on an IC3 train from Hamburg to Copenhagen

2nd class seats on an IC3 train.  Larger photo.

 

1st class seats on an IC3 train.  Larger photo.

Legoland...

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Copenhagen to London from €98...

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Copenhagen to Paris from €68...

Option 1, Copenhagen to Paris in a single day - a chill-out day across Europe...

Option 2, Copenhagen to Paris with overnight stop in Hamburg - a time-effective option...

Option 3, Copenhagen to Paris with overnight stop in Cologne - another time-effective option...

Hamburg-Copenhagen train at Hamburg Hbf

Step 1, Copenhagen to Hamburg by Danish IC3.  The yellow stripe above the windows indicates first class, located at one end of both 3-car units.  More information about the Copenhagen-Hamburg journey.

2nd class seats on an IC3 train from Hamburg to Copenhagen   A Danish IC3 train at Copenhagen station...

2nd class seats on a IC3 train.  Larger photo.

 

An IC3 train from Copenhagen at Hamburg.

An ICE3 (class 407) at Paris Gare de l'Est

Steps 2 & 3, Hamburg to Mannheim & Mannheim to Paris by ICE with restaurant car, power sockets at all seats & free WiFi.  This is an ICE3 (class 407) at Paris Gare de l'EstMore information about ICE trains.

Bistro-restaurant on a class 407 ICE3   Lunch in the bistro on an ICE train

Restaurant car...

Lunch in the restaurant car, with an Erdinger Weissbier.

2nd class seats on a class 407 ICE3   Class 407 ICE3 1st class seats

2nd class seats...

 

1st class seats...

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Copenhagen to Strasbourg...

Option 1, Copenhagen to Strasbourg in a single day...

Option 2, Copenhagen to Strasbourg with an overnight stop in Hamburg...

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Copenhagen to Lyon, Avignon, Nice & other French cities from €68...

Option 1, Copenhagen to Lyon, Avignon or Marseille with an overnight stop in Hamburg.  This option by-passes Paris...

Frankfurt to Marseille TGV

The TGV Duplex from Frankfurt to Lyon, Avignon & Marseille, about to leave Frankfurt (Main) Hbf...

TGV Duplex cafe-bar   TGV Duplex upper deck 2nd class seats

The cafe-bar on the upper deck in car 4, serving tea, coffee, soft drinks, wine, beer, snacks & microwave-style hot dishes...

 

2nd class seats, this is upper deck seating.  There's a mix or tables for 4 and unidirectional seating.  360º photo.

First class on board a TGV Duplex   A TGV Duplex at Frankfurt

1st class seats on the upper deck, a club duo on the left, a club quatre on the right. 360º photo.

 

The TGV to Marseille, boarding at Frankfurt am Main Hbf.  You enter on the lower deck, with 9 stairs up to top deck.

Option 2, Copenhagen to Lyon & southern France via Brussels - also avoids having to cross Paris...

Option 3, Copenhagen to Lyon & southern France via Paris - means changing trains & stations in Paris, but offers widest range of options...

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Copenhagen to Brussels & Bruges from €49.90...

Option 1, Copenhagen to Brussels in a single chill-out day...

Option 2, Copenhagen to Brussels with overnight stop in Hamburg - a time-effective option...

Option 3, Copenhagen to Brussels with overnight stop in Cologne - another time-effective option...

Hamburg-Copenhagen train at Hamburg Hbf

Step 1, Copenhagen to Hamburg by Danish IC3.  This is an IC3 at Hamburg Hbf.  The yellow stripe above the windows indicates first class, located at one end of both 3-car units.  More information about the Copenhagen-Hamburg journey.

2nd class seats on an IC3 train from Hamburg to Copenhagen   A Danish IC3 train at Copenhagen station...

2nd class seats on a IC3 train.  Larger photo.

 

An IC3 train from Copenhagen at Hamburg.

Amsterdam to Berlin InterCity train

Step 2, Hamburg to Cologne by Intercity trainMore information about German Intercity trains.

Beef ribs and Spatburgunder red wine on the Amsterdam to Berlin InterCity train   2nd class on the Intercity

Lunch in the bistro car...

 

2nd class seats...

A high-speed ICE3 train at Cologne Hbf

Step 3, Cologne to Brussels by ICE.  This is an ICE3 at Cologne Hbf.  More information about ICE trains.

2nd class on the Frankfurt-Brussels ICE3M train   1st class on the Frankfurt-Brussels ICE3M train

2nd class seats on an ICE3M.  Larger photo.

 

1st class seats on an ICE3M.  Larger photo.

Erdinger Weissbier on the Frankfurt-Brussels ICE train   Restaurant car on the Frankfurt-Brussels ICE3M train

Food is served on china with metal cutlery.  I recommend the Erdinger Weissbier!  See current month's menu.

 

Restaurant car:  This is the small 12-seat restaurant on an ICE3M.  Larger photo.

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Copenhagen to Amsterdam from €49.90...

Option 1, Copenhagen to Amsterdam in a single chill-out day from €49.90.

Option 2, Copenhagen to Amsterdam with overnight stop in Osnabruck from €49.90 - a time-effective option...

Option 3, Copenhagen to Amsterdam with overnight stop in Hamburg from €49.90 - a time-effective option...

Hamburg-Copenhagen train at Hamburg Hbf

Step 1, Copenhagen to Hamburg by Danish IC3...  This is an IC3 at Hamburg Hbf.  The yellow stripe above the windows indicates first class, located at one end of both 3-car units.  More information about the Copenhagen-Hamburg journey.

2nd class seats on an IC3 train from Hamburg to Copenhagen   A Danish IC3 train at Copenhagen station...

2nd class seats on a IC3 train.  Larger photo.

 

An IC3 train from Copenhagen at Hamburg.

A Danish IC3 train at Copenhagen station...   1st class seats on an IC3 train from Hamburg to Copenhagen

Boarding a Danish IC3 train at Hamburg Hbf...

 

1st class seats on an IC3 train.  Larger photo.

Amsterdam to Berlin InterCity train

Steps 2 & 3 Hamburg to Osnabruck & on to Amsterdam by Intercity trainMore information about German Intercity trains.

Beef ribs and Spatburgunder red wine on the Amsterdam to Berlin InterCity train   Inside the Amsterdam to Berlin bistro car

The bistro car sells tea, coffee, wine, beer, soft drinks, snacks and hot dishes served on proper china.  Larger photo.

2nd clas seats on an Amsterdam to Berlin train

2nd class seating is usually in open-plan saloons like this, most seats unidirectional, but with some tables for 4.  Larger photo.

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Copenhagen to Luxembourg...

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Copenhagen to Basel, Zurich. Geneva & Switzerland from €49.90...

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

Hamburg-Copenhagen train at Hamburg Hbf

Step 1, Copenhagen to Hamburg by Danish IC3...  This is an IC3 at Hamburg Hbf.  The yellow stripe above the windows indicates first class, located at one end of both 3-car units.  More information about the Copenhagen-Hamburg journey.

2nd class seats on an IC3 train from Hamburg to Copenhagen   A Danish IC3 train at Copenhagen station...

2nd class seats on a IC3 train.  Larger photo.

 

An IC3 train from Copenhagen at Hamburg.

Double-deck sleeping-car on a Nightjet at Zurich

Step 2, Hamburg to Switzerland by Nightjet sleeper train.  This is a double-deck sleeping-car arrived at Zurich HB. Courtesy of DiscoverbyRail.com.

   

2-berth sleeper on the lower deck...

 

Stairs down to pair of lower compartments...

 

1 or 2-bed sleeper on lower deck with washbasin, viewed through window.  Set up as 1-bed.  Note how compact the compartment is...

  6-berth couchettes   4-berth couchettes

Couchette car...

 

6-berth couchettes.

 

4-berth couchettes.

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

Hamburg-Copenhagen train at Hamburg Hbf

Step 1, Copenhagen to Hamburg by Danish IC3...  This is an IC3 at Hamburg Hbf.  The yellow stripe above the windows indicates first class, located at one end of both 3-car units.  More information about the Copenhagen-Hamburg journey.

2nd class seats on an IC3 train from Hamburg to Copenhagen   A Danish IC3 train at Copenhagen station...

2nd class seats on a IC3 train.  Larger photo.

 

An IC3 train from Copenhagen at Hamburg.

ICE4 at Zurich HB

Step 2, Hamburg to Basel by ICE4, seen here arrived at Zurich HB.  Most Hamburg-Switzerland ICEs are now ICE4.  Click on the interior images below for larger photos.

1st class on an ICE4 train   Restaurant car on an ICE4 train

1st class on an ICE4...

 

Restaurant car.  See current month's menu...

Bar counter car on an ICE4 train   2nd class on an ICE4 train

The bar counter, other end of the restaurant car.

 

2nd class seats on an ICE4...

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

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Copenhagen to Milan, Venice, Florence, Rome & Italy from €75...

Option 1, Copenhagen to Italy using the Hamburg-Zurich sleeper & the Gotthard route - the most time-effective option...

Hamburg-Copenhagen train at Hamburg Hbf

Step 1, Copenhagen to Hamburg by Danish IC3...  This is an IC3 at Hamburg Hbf.  The yellow stripe above the windows indicates first class, located at one end of both 3-car units.  More information about the Copenhagen-Hamburg journey.

2nd class seats on an IC3 train from Hamburg to Copenhagen   A Danish IC3 train at Copenhagen station...

2nd class seats on a IC3 train.  Larger photo.

 

An IC3 train from Copenhagen at Hamburg.

Double-deck sleeping-car on a Nightjet at Zurich

Step 2, Hamburg to Zurich by Nightjet sleeper train.  This is a double-deck sleeping-car arrived at Zurich HB. Courtesy of DiscoverbyRail.com.

   

2-berth sleeper on the lower deck...

 

Stairs down to pair of lower compartments...

 

1 or 2-bed sleeper on lower deck with washbasin, viewed through window.  Set up as 1-bed.  Note how compact the compartment is...

  6-berth couchettes   4-berth couchettes

Couchette car...

 

6-berth couchettes.

 

4-berth couchettes.

ETR610 EuroCity train to Milan at Zurich HB

Step 3, Zurich to Milan, Verona or Venice by EuroCity train.  This is a Swiss-owned Astoro train about to leave Zurich HB More information about Zurich-Milan trains.

1st class table for two   1st class seats on an ETR610 train

2nd class seats, arranged 2+2 across car width.

 

1st class seats, 2+1 across car width.  See larger photo.

The restaurant car on an ETR610 EuroCity train   Meal on a Swiss EuroCity train between Switzerland & Milan

The restaurant car on an ETR610...

 

Lunch in the diner?

Lake Lugano, seen from a Milan to Zurich train

Lake Lugano, seen from a Milan to Zurich train on the Gotthard route.  On the Zurich-Milan Gotthard route you'll also pass the Zugersee & the Vierwaldstattersee in Switzerland, and if it's a train routed via Como, you'll glimpse Lake Como too.

Option 2, Copenhagen to Italy using the Hamburg-Innsbruck sleeper & the Brenner route - another time-effective option...

  • Step 1, travel from Copenhagen to Hamburg by Danish IC3 intercity train leaving Copenhagen at 11:26 and arriving Hamburg Hbf 16:02.

    Fares start at €27.90 in 2nd class or €47.90 in 1st class.  Fares vary like air fares, book ahead for the cheapest prices.

  • Step 2, travel from Hamburg to Innsbruck by Nightjet sleeper train, leaving Hamburg Hbf at 20:29 and arriving Innsbruck Hbf 09:14.

    This comfortable Austrian Nightjet train has an air-conditioned Comfortline sleeping-car with nine 1, 2 & 3-berth standard compartments with washbasin and three 1, 2 or 3-berth deluxe compartments with shower & toilet. There are toilets & a shower at the end of the corridor for passengers in the regular sleepers.  The sleeping-car attendant can serve drinks, snacks & light meals from a room service menu.  The train has couchette cars with 4 & 6 berth compartments, and ordinary seats.  A light breakfast is included in sleepers & couchettes, served in your compartment.  See the Nightjet page for a guide to on-board accommodation, travel tips, photos & video.

    Fares start at €49.90 in 6-berth couchettes, €59.90 in 4-berth couchettes, €89.90 in a 3-bed sleeper, €109.90 in a 2-bed sleeper or €159.90 in a single-bed sleeper, all per person per berth.  Fares vary like air fares, so book ahead.

    Tip:  If you have a sleeper ticket and/or 1st class ticket for the onward train, you can use the ÖBB Lounge at Innsbruck Hbf between trains, with free WiFi and complimentary tea, coffee, soft drinks & snacks.

  • Step 3, travel from Innsbruck to Italy by EuroCity train, leaving Innsbruck Hbf 11:24, arriving Verona P. Nuova 14:58 & Bologna Centrale 16:20.

    The train travels through the lovely Brenner Pass, with a restaurant car for lunch, treat yourself!  See the Brenner Pass scenery video here.

    Change at Verona Porta Nuova for Venice.  Change at Bologna Centrale for Florence, Rome & Naples. 

    If you'd like a morning in Innsbruck, a later train leaves Innsbruck Hbf at 13:24 running via Verona direct to Venice Santa Lucia, arriving 18:25.

    Tip:  Don't risk a tight connection with the earlier 09:24 EuroCity to Verona, I'd play safe and stick with the 11:24.

    Fares from Innsbruck Verona or Bologna (or, on the direct train, Venice) start at €29.90 in 2nd class or €59.90 in 1st class.

    Onward fares from Bologna to Florence or Rome start at €19.90 in 2nd class or €39.90 in 1st class.  Fares vary like air fares, so book ahead.

  • How to buy tickets...

    Step 1, book the Copenhagen-Hamburg train at the German Railways website www.bahn.deBooking opens up to 6 months ahead.

    You print your own ticket or can show it on your laptop or smartphone.  I recommend registering when prompted so you can log in & check your bookings or re-print tickets at any time.

    Step 2, book the nightjet sleeper from Hamburg to Innsbruck at www.thetrainline.com (easy to use, in €, £ or $, overseas credit cards no problem, small booking fee) or at the Austrian Railways website www.oebb.at (in €, a bit more fiddly, same prices).  Look for the train marked NJ (Nightjet) with 0 changes.  Booking opens up to 6 months ahead and you print your own ticket.

    Step 3, now use www.thetrainline.com again to book from Innsbruck to Florence, Rome, Naples or anywhere in Italy.  This connects to both the German, Austrian and Italian ticketing systems so you can book this as one transaction all in one place.  You print your own ticket for the Austrian train and the Italian high-speed trains are ticketless, you just quote the reference on board.  Booking normally opens 120 days ahead, but it can vary.  There's a small booking fee.

The Nightjet sleeper at Innsbruck

Step 1, Amsterdam to Innsbruck by Nightjet sleeper train Above, a Comfortline sleeping-car on a Nightjet train at Innsbruck.  More information about Nightjet trains.

Nightjet deluxe 2-berth sleeper   Nightjet deluxe sleeper in day mode   Nightjet deluxe sleeper toilet & shower   Nightjet standard (economy) sleeper

Deluxe sleeper.  Each compartment can be used as a 1, 2 or 3-bed room.  Larger photo Video of deluxe room

 

The same deluxe sleeper in evening/morning mode with beds folded away, seats folded out.  Larger photo.

 

Deluxe rooms have a compact shower & toilet, towels & hair/body wash provided.  Larger photo.

 

Standard sleeper set up as 2-berth, washstand open.  It can be used as a 1, 2 or 3 berth.  Larger photo.

  6-berth couchettes   4-berth couchettes

Couchette car...

 

6-berth couchettes.

 

4-berth couchettes.

Step 2, Innsbruck to Verona, Bologna or Venice by Austrian EuroCity train.  This is the restaurant car on a EuroCity from Innsbruck arrived at Verona.  You don't need to book a table, just go along and sit down.  Dining on the move as the scenery glides by is one of the pleasures of travelling on trains like this...

Austrian second class seats   Austrian second class seats   Austrian first class seats

Second class seats, mostly in 6-seat compartments with side-corridor like this, but some cars are open-plan saloons...

 

First class leather seats.  On a few trains you'll find 6-seat compartments too....

Mountains on the Brenner route...

Scenery (and vineyards!) on the Brenner route   Scenery on the Brenner route

Vineyards, mountains and castles south of Brenner as the train heads for Trento & Verona...

Hilltop fortresses seen from the Brenner Pass train

Watch out for hilltop fortresses...  See the Brenner Pass scenery video here.

Option 3, Copenhagen to Italy by daytime trains via the Gotthard route, with overnight stop in Frankfurt...

  • Day 1, travel from Copenhagen to Frankfurt, leaving Copenhagen at 11:26, changing Hamburg Hbf, arriving Frankfurt (Main) Hbf at 21:00.

    You travel from Copenhagen to Hamburg by Danish IC3 intercity train with free WiFi, Hamburg to Frankfurt by high-speed ICE train with restaurant car, power sockets at all seats & free WiFi.  Departure from Copenhagen is at 11:17 on certain dates.

    Fares start at €37.90 in 2nd class or €69.90 in 1st class.  Fares vary like air fares, book ahead for the cheapest prices.

    Book at the German Railways website www.bahn.de and print your own ticket or show it on your laptop or smartphone.  I recommend registering when prompted so you can log in & check your bookings or re-print tickets at any time.

Option 4, Copenhagen to Italy by daytime trains via the Brenner route, with overnight stop in Munich...

    Stay overnight in Munich.  I suggest the Sofitel Munich Beyerpost, Eden Hotel Wolff, InterCity Hotel or (budget) the Pension Locarno, all right next to the station with good or great reviews.

  • Day 2, travel from Munich to Italy by comfortable Austrian EuroCity train, leaving Munich Hbf every couple of hours.

    The 07:34 from Munich Hbf goes to Verona Porta Nuova & Bologna Centrale on Mondays-Fridays or to Verona Porta Nuova & Venice Santa Lucia at weekends, arriving 14:25.

    The 09:34 from Munich Hbf goes to Verona Porta Nuova and Bologna Centrale every day, change in Bologna for Florence, Rome & Naples, or change in Verona for Venice arriving 16:40.

    The 11:34 from Munich Hbf goes to Verona & Venice every day, arriving Venice Santa Lucia at 18:25.

    This is a wonderful ride on a comfortable spacious Austrian train with a proper restaurant car via the wonderfully scenic Brenner Pass, see the Brenner Pass video.

    Fares start at €37.90 in 2nd class or €69.90 in 1st class.  Fares vary like air fares, book ahead for the cheapest prices.

    To buy tickets for a direct train from Munich to Verona, Bologna or Venice, use the German Railways website www.bahn.de (in €, no booking fee) or www.raileurope.com (in €, £ or $, small booking fee).  You print your own tickets.

    To buy tickets for journeys which involve a change of train (meaning any journey to Florence, Rome or Naples, or to Venice on a departure which isn't direct), use www.raileurope.com, clicking More options, entering Verona Porta Nuova (or if you want the 09:34 from Munich and you're heading for Florence, Rome or Naples, Bologna Centrale) with a stopover duration of 45 minutes to ensure a robust connection.  www.raileurope.com connects to both the Trenitalia and DB systems so can source both tickets either side of Verona or Bologna as one transaction.  You print your own tickets for the Austrian train or can show it on your smartphone, for Italian high-speed trains it's ticketless, you just quote the reference on board.  Easy!  Booking for the German/Austrian train opens up to 6 months ahead.  Onward Italian trains normally open 120 days ahead, but this can vary.

Step 2, Munich to Venice by Austrian EuroCity train.  This is the restaurant car on a EuroCity, arrived at Verona.  You don't need to book a table, just go along and sit down.  Dining on the move as the scenery glides by is one of the pleasures of travelling on trains like this.  More photos & information about these EuroCity trains.

Austrian second class seats   Austrian second class seats   Austrian first class seats

Second class seats, mostly in 6-seat compartments with side-corridor like this, but some cars are open-plan saloons...

 

First class leather seats.  On a few trains you'll find 6-seat compartments too....

Mountains on the Brenner route...

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Copenhagen to Barcelona, Madrid & Spain from €114...

Option 1, Copenhagen to Barcelona & Spain with overnight stop in Paris...

  • Day 2, now take an onwards high-speed train from Barcelona Sants to Madrid, Seville, Malaga, Valencia, Alicante or anywhere else in Spain.  Same-day connections are possible to Madrid, Valencia, Alicante, I'd allow at least 40 minutes between trains in Barcelona.

    For Cordoba, Seville & Malaga, stay overnight in Barcelona & travel onwards next day, see suggested hotels near the station.

    Fares from Barcelona to Madrid start at around €35.

    Buy onward tickets in Spain at either www.raileurope.com (easy to use, in €, £ or $, small booking fee) or Spanish Railways own site www.renfe.com (in €, much more fiddly, may reject some overseas credit cards see advice on using it first) or www.petrabax.com (easy to use, in $, small mark-up).  Booking for Spanish trains normally opens 60 days ahead, but it can vary.

Hamburg-Copenhagen train at Hamburg Hbf

Step 1, Copenhagen to Hamburg by Danish IC3.  This is an IC3 at Hamburg Hbf.  The yellow stripe above the windows indicates first class, located at one end of both 3-car units.  More about the Copenhagen-Hamburg journey.

2nd class seats on an IC3 train from Hamburg to Copenhagen   A Danish IC3 train at Copenhagen station...

2nd class seats on a IC3 train.  Larger photo.

 

An IC3 train from Copenhagen at Hamburg.

An ICE3 (class 407) at Paris Gare de l'Est

Steps 2 & 3, Hamburg to Mannheim & Mannheim to Paris by ICE with restaurant car, power sockets at all seats & free WiFi.  This is an ICE3 (class 407) at Paris Gare de l'EstMore information about ICE trains.

Bistro-restaurant on a class 407 ICE3   Lunch in the bistro on an ICE train

Restaurant car...

Lunch in the restaurant car, with an Erdinger Weissbier...

2nd class seats on a class 407 ICE3   Class 407 ICE3 1st class seats

2nd class seats...

 

1st class seats...

TGV Duplex to Barcelona at Paris Gare de Lyon

Step 4, Paris to Barcelona by TGV Duplex with cafe-bar, power sockets & free WiFi. More about Paris-Barcelona TGVs.

Cafe-bar on a Paris-Barcelona TGV train   Upper deck 2nd class seats on a Paris-Barcelona TGV train

Cafe-bar on upper deck in car 4 (or 14), serving tea, coffee, wine, beer, snacks & microwaved hot dishes.

 

2nd class seats, on upper deck with a mix of tables for 4 & unidirectional seating.  360º photo..

First class on board a Paris-Barcelona TGV train   A TGV Duplex to Paris at Barcelona Sants

1st class seats on upper deck, club duo on the left, club quatre on the right. 360º photo.

 

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, Copenhagen to Barcelona & Spain with overnight stop in Cologne...

  • Day 1, travel from Copenhagen to Cologne on one of these two departures...

    Leave Copenhagen at 07:26, change at Hamburg Hbf, and arrive Cologne Hbf at 16:50.

    Leave Copenhagen at 11:26, change at Hamburg Hbf, and arrive Cologne Hbf at 20:50.

    You travel from Copenhagen to Hamburg by Danish IC3 Intercity train with free WiFi in Denmark, no catering so bring your own food & drink, then Hamburg to Cologne by Intercity train with bistro car or ICE with restaurant car.  Departure from Copenhagen is a few minutes earlier on certain dates, at xx:17 rather than xx:26.

    An altered timetable applies from 18 June to 21 August 2022:

    Leave Copenhagen at 09:26, change at Hamburg Hbf, and arrive Cologne Hbf at 18:50.

    Leave Copenhagen at 11:26, change at Hamburg Hbf, and arrive Cologne Hbf at 20:50.

    Leave Copenhagen at 13:26, change at Hamburg Hbf, and arrive Cologne Hbf at 22:50.

    Fares start at €39.90 in 2nd class or €69.90 in 1st class.  Fares vary like air fares, book ahead for the cheapest prices.

    Book this at the German Railways website www.bahn.deBooking opens up to 6 months ahead.

    You print your own ticket or show it on your laptop or smartphone.  I recommend registering when prompted so you can log in & check your bookings or re-print tickets at any time.

  • Day 2, travel from Paris to Barcelona by high-speed TGV Duplex, leaving Paris Gare de Lyon at 15:12 & arriving Barcelona Sants at 21:54.

    This afternoon Paris-Barcelona TGV should run all year round, but due to covid-19 it will only run from 14 June to 30 September 2022.

    The 320 km/h (199 mph) double-deck TGV Duplex has a cafe-bar, power sockets at all seats & free WiFi.  Book an upper deck seat for the best views.  It's a scenic and comfortable journey, click here for the sights to see on the way.

    Fares start at €39 in 2nd class or €59 in 1st class.  Again, fares vary like air fares, so book ahead for the cheapest prices.

    Book this train at www.raileurope.com or www.thetrainline.com (both sites easy to use, in €, £ or $, overseas credit cards no problem, small booking fee) or using the French Railways website www.sncf-connect.com (in €, more fiddly, no fee).  Booking normally opens 120 days ahead.  You print your own ticket or can show a mobile ticket on your smartphone.  It's sometimes cheaper to split the booking at Perpignan, see the advice here.

Option 3, Copenhagen to Barcelona & Spain with overnight stops in Hamburg & Marseille - avoids the need to change trains & stations in Paris...

  • Day 2, travel from Frankfurt to Marseille by TGV Duplex, leaving Frankfurt (Main) Hbf at 13:57 every day arriving Marseille St Charles at 21:49.

    The impressive double-deck 320 km/h (199 mph) TGV Duplex has a cafe-bar, power sockets at all seats & free WiFi.  I recommend an upper deck seat for the best views, any seat number >60 is upper deck.

  • Day 3, change in Barcelona for Spanish high-speed trains to Valencia or Alicante, or the 15:45 direct AVE-S112 high-speed train to Cordoba, Malaga or Seville arriving in the evening.

  • How much does it cost?

    Copenhagen to Hamburg starts at €27.90 in 2nd class or €49.90 in 1st class.

    Hamburg to Marseille starts at €39.90 in 2nd class or €69.90 in 1st class

    Marseille to Barcelona starts at €39 in 2nd class or €59 in 1st class.

    Barcelona to Malaga or Seville starts at around €45.

    All these fares vary like air fares, book ahead for the cheapest prices.

  • How to buy tickets...

    Step 1, use the German Railways website www.bahn.de to book from Copenhagen to Hamburg.

    Booking opens up to 6 months ahead.  You print your own ticket or can show it on your laptop or smartphone.  I recommend registering when prompted so you can log in & check your bookings or re-print tickets at any time.

    Step 2, now use www.bahn.de again to book from Hamburg to Marseille.

    This is important, make sure you change Duration of transfer from standard to at least 40 minutes before running the enquiry.  If you don't do that it'll put you on the 10:24 from Hamburg with a risky 8-minute connection in Frankfurt, one simple 10-minute delay and you're toast.  So make sure it books you the 09:24 with time for a coffee at Frankfurt (Main) HbfBooking opens up to 6 months ahead.

    Step 3, now book from Marseille to Barcelona at either www.thetrainline.com (easy to use, in €, £ or $, overseas credit cards no problem, small booking fee) or the French Railways website www.sncf-connect.com (in €, more fiddly, but no fee).  Booking opens up to 4 months ahead.  You print your own ticket or can show a mobile ticket on your smartphone.

    Step 4, book from Barcelona to other Spanish destinations at either www.thetrainline.com (easy to use, in €, £ or $, overseas credit cards no problem, small booking fee) or the Spanish Railways website www.renfe.com (in €, much more fiddly, may reject some overseas credit cards, see advice on using it first).  Booking for Spanish trains normally opens 60 days ahead, but it can vary.  You print your own ticket.

Frankfurt to Marseille TGV

The TGV Duplex from Frankfurt to Lyon, Avignon & Marseille, about to leave Frankfurt (Main) Hbf...

TGV Duplex cafe-bar   TGV Duplex upper deck 2nd class seats

The cafe-bar on the upper deck in car 4, serving tea, coffee, soft drinks, wine, beer, snacks & microwave-style hot dishes...

 

2nd class seats, this is upper deck seating.  There's a mix or tables for 4 and unidirectional seating.  360º photo.

First class on board a TGV Duplex   A TGV Duplex at Frankfurt

1st class seats on the upper deck, a club duo on the left, a club quatre on the right. 360º photo.

 

The TGV to Marseille, boarding at Frankfurt am Main Hbf.  You enter on the lower deck, with 9 stairs up to top deck.

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Copenhagen to San Sebastian...
  • Day 2, travel from Paris to Hendaye by TGV Duplex Océane, leaving Paris Gare Montparnasse at 10:11 and arriving Hendaye 14:47.

    An earlier 07:11 departure is available on Mondays to Saturdays, arriving Hendaye at 11:47.

    The TGV Duplex Océane has a cafe-bar, power sockets at all seats & free WiFi.  Hendaye is on the French side of the Spanish border.

    Fares start at €25 in 2nd class or €45 in 1st class.  Fares vary like air fares, book ahead for the cheapest prices.

    Book this train at www.raileurope.com or www.thetrainline.com (both sites easy to use, in €, £ or $, overseas credit cards no problem, small booking fee) or the French Railways website www.sncf-connect.com (in €, more fiddly, no fee).  French trains open for booking up to 4 months ahead.  You print your own ticket or can show a mobile ticket on your smartphone.

  • Day 2, transfer from Hendaye to San Sebastian by Euskotren metro, every 30 minutes, journey time 37 minutes...

    Simply walk out of Hendaye station and turn right, the little Euskotren station is in a corner of the main station forecourt.  Buy a ticket for €2.75 at the Euskotren station from the machines or staffed counter and hop on the next half-hourly Euskotren metro from Hendaye to San Sebastian Amara station, journey time 37 minutes.  See the Paris to San Sebastian page for more information, photos & tips.

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Copenhagen to Lisbon, Porto & Portugal...

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Copenhagen to Andorra...

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Copenhagen to Hamburg...

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Copenhagen to Berlin...

Option 1, Copenhagen to Berlin by daytime trains...

  • Several daily departures link Copenhagen with Berlin with one easy change in Hamburg:

    Leave Copenhagen at 07:26, change at Hamburg Hbf, arriving Berlin Hbf at 14:20.

    Leave Copenhagen at 11:26, change at Hamburg Hbf, arriving Berlin Hbf at 18:20.

    Leave Copenhagen at 15:26, change at Hamburg Hbf, arriving Berlin Hbf at 22:23.

    Take a good book, sit back and enjoy the ride.  You travel from Copenhagen to Hamburg by Danish IC3 Intercity train with free WiFi whilst in Denmark, there's no catering car so bring your own food & drink. Hamburg to Berlin is by superb German ICE train with restaurant car, power sockets at all seats & free WiFi.  Departure is 9 minutes earlier on certain dates, at xx:17 rather than xx:26.

  • An altered timetable applies from 18 June to 21 August 2022:

    Leave Copenhagen at 05:26, change at Hamburg Hbf, arriving Berlin Hbf at 12:20.

    Leave Copenhagen at 09:26, change at Hamburg Hbf, arriving Berlin Hbf at 16:22.

    Leave Copenhagen at 11:26, change at Hamburg Hbf, arriving Berlin Hbf at 18:20.

    Leave Copenhagen at 13:26, change at Hamburg Hbf, arriving Berlin Hbf at 20:20.

  • Fares start at €37.90 in 2nd class or €69.90 in 1st class.  Fares vary like air fares, book ahead for the cheapest prices.

  • Book at the German Railways website www.bahn.deBooking opens up to 6 months ahead.

    In the bahn.de search results, look for options with 1 change.  You print your own ticket or show it on your laptop or smartphone.  I recommend registering when prompted so you can log in & check your bookings or re-print tickets at any time.

    Tip:  If you'd like a few hours stopover in Hamburg, click Stopover, enter Hamburg Hbf and a specify the number of hours.

Hamburg-Copenhagen train at Hamburg Hbf

Step 1, Copenhagen to Hamburg by Danish IC3...  This is an IC3 at Hamburg Hbf.  The yellow stripe above the windows indicates first class, located at one end of both 3-car units.  More information about the Copenhagen-Hamburg journey.

2nd class seats on an IC3 train from Hamburg to Copenhagen   A Danish IC3 train at Copenhagen station...

2nd class seats on a IC3 train.  Larger photo.

 

An IC3 train from Copenhagen at Hamburg.

A Danish IC3 train at Copenhagen station...   1st class seats on an IC3 train from Hamburg to Copenhagen

Boarding a Danish IC3 train at Hamburg Hbf...

 

1st class seats on an IC3 train.  Larger photo.

Frankfurt to Vienna ICE train

Step 2, Hamburg to Berlin by ICE.  Various types operate between Hamburg & Berlin, this is an ICE-T.  More information about ICE.

1st class table for two on the Berlin to Vienna ICE train   Lunch in the restaurant car on the Berlin to Vienna ICE train

Table for two in 1st class, my favourite configuration.  There are also tables for four in both classes.

 

Lunch in the restaurant.  In 1st class you can choose to be served at your seat.  I recommend the Erdinger Weissbier!

ICE-T train, driving cab   ICE-T train, 2nd class

You can see into the cab at each end of the train.

 

Comfortable 2nd class seats on an ICE-T...

Option 2, Copenhagen to Berlin by Snälltåget sleeper train, daily April to September...

  • Step 1, take a local train from Copenhagen main station to Høje-Taastrup, a local station just west of the city centre.  These run every 10 minutes or so taking 15 minutes.  Buy this ticket at the station.  Don't cut it fine when connecting with a sleeper train!

  • Step 2, travel from Høje-Taastrup to Hamburg & Berlin by Snälltåget sleeper train...

    This is a summer-only sleeper train from Stockholm, Malmo & Copenhagen to Berlin, run by private operator Snälltåget (www.snalltaget.se).

    It runs every day from 7 April to 23 September 2022.  Dates after September will be released in due course.

    It leaves Høje-Taastrup at 23:06 and arrives Hamburg Hbf at 05:31 & Berlin Hbf at 08:58. 

    Check dates & times at www.snalltaget.se.

    The train has 6-berth couchette compartments & ordinary seats.  Couchettes can be booked individually in shared compartments, or you can pay a fixed price for a whole couchette compartment for private occupancy by 1-6 people, the same price for 1 to 6 people.

    Snälltåget has run a sleeper train between Malmö & Berlin twice a week in summer in previous years, in 2021 it was expanded to run direct from Stockholm & Malmö to Hamburg & Berlin, in 2022 it's further expanded to run daily for much of the year.

    Fares start at 499 SEK (about €49) per person with a seat, 749 SEK (€74) per person with a reclining seat, or 2999 SEK (€295) for sole occupancy of a couchette compartment for any number of people between 1 & 6.

    See www.snalltaget.se for operating dates, times, fares & to buy tickets online.

The Snalltaget sleeper toHamburg & Berlin, at Stockholm Central

The Snälltåget sleeper from Stockholm & Copenhagen to Berlin.  The train is shown at Stockholm Central about to make its very first departure!  Courtesy of Robert Enskog.

Stockholm-Berlin couchette, day mode   Stockholm-Berlin couchette, night mode

The Snälltåget sleeper train uses ex-German Railways couchettes, sold as a whole private compartment for up to 6 people.  Bedding is provided, toilets & washrooms are at the end of the corridor.  Photos courtesy of Snalltaget.

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Copenhagen to Cologne & Düsseldorf...
  • Several daily departures link Copenhagen with Düsseldorf & Cologne with one easy change in Hamburg:

    Leave Copenhagen at 07:26, change at Hamburg Hbf onto an Intercity arriving Düsseldorf at 16:22 & Cologne Hbf at 16:50.

    Leave Copenhagen at 11:26, change at Hamburg Hbf onto an ICE1 train, arriving Düsseldorf at 19:22 & Cologne Hbf at 19:50.

    Leave Copenhagen at 15:26, change at Hamburg Hbf onto an ICE4 train arriving Düsseldorf at 00:22 & Cologne Hbf at 00:50.

    Take a good book, sit back and enjoy the ride.  You travel from Copenhagen to Hamburg by Danish IC3 Intercity train with free WiFi whilst in Denmark, there's no catering car so bring your own food & drink. Hamburg to Cologne is by either Intercity train with bistro car or ICE train with restaurant car, power sockets at all seats & free WiFi.  Departure is 9 minutes earlier on certain dates, at xx:17 rather than xx:26.

  • An altered timetable applies from 18 June to 21 August 2022:

    Leave Copenhagen at 05:26, change at Hamburg Hbf, arriving Düsseldorf at 14:22 & Cologne Hbf at 14:50.

    Leave Copenhagen at 09:26, change at Hamburg Hbf, arriving Düsseldorf at 18:22 & Cologne Hbf at 18:50.

    Leave Copenhagen at 11:26, change at Hamburg Hbf, arriving Düsseldorf at 19:22 & Cologne Hbf at 19:50.

    Leave Copenhagen at 13:26, change at Hamburg Hbf, arriving Düsseldorf at 22:22 & Cologne Hbf at 22:50.

  • Fares start at €37.90 in 2nd class or €69.90 in 1st class.  Fares vary like air fares, book ahead for the cheapest prices.

  • Book at the German Railways website www.bahn.deBooking opens up to 6 months ahead.

    In the bahn.de search results, look for options with 1 change.  You print your own ticket or show it on your laptop or smartphone.  I recommend registering when prompted so you can log in & check your bookings or re-print tickets at any time.

    Tip:  If you'd like a few hours stopover in Hamburg, click Stopover, enter Hamburg Hbf and a specify the number of hours.

Hamburg-Copenhagen train at Hamburg Hbf

Step 1, Copenhagen to Hamburg by Danish IC3...  This is an IC3 at Hamburg Hbf.  The yellow stripe above the windows indicates first class, located at one end of both 3-car units.  More information about the Copenhagen-Hamburg journey.

2nd class seats on an IC3 train from Hamburg to Copenhagen   A Danish IC3 train at Copenhagen station...

2nd class seats on a IC3 train.  Larger photo.

 

An IC3 train from Copenhagen at Hamburg.

A Danish IC3 train at Copenhagen station...   1st class seats on an IC3 train from Hamburg to Copenhagen

Boarding a Danish IC3 train at Hamburg Hbf...

 

1st class seats on an IC3 train.  Larger photo.

ICE second class   High-speed ICE train from Cologne to Berlin

2nd class seats.  Larger photo.

 

Step 2, ICEMore information about ICE trains.

ICE2 restaurant car   ICE2 bar car

Restaurant car.  Larger photo.

 

Bar car.  Larger photo.

ICE2 at Berlin   ICE first class

Boarding an ICE...

 

1st class seats.  Larger photo.

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Copenhagen to Frankfurt...
  • Several daily departures link Copenhagen with Frankfurt with one easy change in Hamburg:

    Leave Copenhagen at 07:26, change at Hamburg Hbf, arriving Frankfurt (Main) Hbf at 17:00.

    Leave Copenhagen at 11:26, change at Hamburg Hbf, arriving Frankfurt (Main) Hbf at 21:00.

    Take a good book, sit back and enjoy the ride.  You travel from Copenhagen to Hamburg by Danish IC3 Intercity train with free WiFi whilst in Denmark, there's no catering car so bring your own food & drink. Hamburg to Frankfurt is by superb German ICE train with restaurant car, power sockets at all seats & free WiFi.  Departure is 9 minutes earlier on certain dates, at xx:17 rather than xx:26.

  • An altered timetable applies from 18 June to 21 August 2022:

    Leave Copenhagen at 05:26, change at Hamburg Hbf, arriving Frankfurt (Main) Hbf at 15:00.

    Leave Copenhagen at 09:26, change at Hamburg Hbf, arriving Frankfurt (Main) Hbf at 19:00.

    Leave Copenhagen at 11:26, change at Hamburg Hbf, arriving Frankfurt (Main) Hbf at 21:00.

  • Fares start at €37.90 in 2nd class or €69.90 in 1st class.  Fares vary like air fares, book ahead for the cheapest prices.

  • Book at the German Railways website www.bahn.deBooking opens up to 6 months ahead.

    In the bahn.de search results, look for options with 1 change.  You print your own ticket or show it on your laptop or smartphone.  I recommend registering when prompted so you can log in & check your bookings or re-print tickets at any time.

    Tip:  If you'd like a few hours stopover in Hamburg, click Stopover, enter Hamburg Hbf and a specify the number of hours.

Hamburg-Copenhagen train at Hamburg Hbf

Step 1, Copenhagen to Hamburg by Danish IC3...  This is an IC3 at Hamburg Hbf.  The yellow stripe above the windows indicates first class, located at one end of both 3-car units.  More information about the Copenhagen-Hamburg journey.

2nd class seats on an IC3 train from Hamburg to Copenhagen   A Danish IC3 train at Copenhagen station...

2nd class seats on a IC3 train.  Larger photo.

 

An IC3 train from Copenhagen at Hamburg.

A Danish IC3 train at Copenhagen station...   1st class seats on an IC3 train from Hamburg to Copenhagen

Boarding a Danish IC3 train at Hamburg Hbf...

 

1st class seats on an IC3 train.  Larger photo.

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Copenhagen to Munich...

Option 1, Copenhagen to Munich by daytime trains...

  • Several daily departures link Copenhagen with Munich with one easy change in Hamburg:

    Leave Copenhagen at 07:26, change at Hamburg Hbf, arriving Munich Hbf at 19:03.

    Leave Copenhagen at 11:26, change at Hamburg Hbf, arriving Munich Hbf at 23:03.

    Take a good book, sit back and enjoy the ride.  You travel from Copenhagen to Hamburg by Danish IC3 Intercity train with free WiFi whilst in Denmark, there's no catering car so bring your own food & drink. Hamburg to Munich is by superb German ICE train with restaurant car, power sockets at all seats & free WiFi.  Times may vary.  Departure is 9 minutes earlier on certain dates, at xx:17 rather than xx:26.

  • An altered timetable applies from 18 June to 21 August 2022:

    Leave Copenhagen at 05:26, change at Hamburg Hbf, arriving Munich Hbf at 17:02.

    Leave Copenhagen at 09:26, change at Hamburg Hbf, arriving Munich Hbf at 21:02.

    Leave Copenhagen at 11:26, change at Hamburg Hbf, arriving Munich Hbf at 23:03.

  • Fares start at €37.90 in 2nd class or €69.90 in 1st class.  Fares vary like air fares, book ahead for the cheapest prices.

  • Book at the German Railways website www.bahn.deBooking opens up to 6 months ahead.

    In the bahn.de search results, look for options with 1 change.  You print your own ticket or show it on your laptop or smartphone.  I recommend registering when prompted so you can log in & check your bookings or re-print tickets at any time.

    Tip:  If you'd like a few hours stopover in Hamburg, click Stopover, enter Hamburg Hbf and a specify the number of hours.

Hamburg-Copenhagen train at Hamburg Hbf

Step 1, Copenhagen to Hamburg by Danish IC3...  This is an IC3 at Hamburg Hbf.  The yellow stripe above the windows indicates first class, located at one end of both 3-car units.  More information about the Copenhagen-Hamburg journey.

2nd class seats on an IC3 train from Hamburg to Copenhagen   A Danish IC3 train at Copenhagen station...

2nd class seats on a IC3 train.  Larger photo.

 

An IC3 train from Copenhagen at Hamburg.

A Danish IC3 train at Copenhagen station...   1st class seats on an IC3 train from Hamburg to Copenhagen

Boarding a Danish IC3 train at Hamburg Hbf...

 

1st class seats on an IC3 train.  Larger photo.

Frankfurt to Vienna ICE train

Step 2, Hamburg to Munich by ICE-TMore information about ICE-T.

1st class table for two on the Berlin to Vienna ICE train   Lunch in the restaurant car on the Berlin to Vienna ICE train

Table for two in 1st class, my favourite configuration.  There are also tables for four in both classes.

 

Lunch in the restaurant.  In 1st class you can choose to be served at your seat.  I recommend the Erdinger Weissbier!

ICE-T train, driving cab   ICE-T train, 2nd class

You can see into the cab at each end of the train.

 

Comfortable 2nd class seats on an ICE-T...

Option 2, Copenhagen to Munich using the Hamburg-Munich sleeper train...

  • Step 1, travel from Copenhagen to Hamburg by Danish IC3 intercity train leaving Copenhagen at 11:26 and arriving Munich Hbf 16:02.

    A later connection is theoretically possible leaving Copenhagen at 15:26, but a 25 minute connection is too risky when catching a sleeper.

    From 18 June to 21 August 2022, a later departure is available, leaving Copenhagen at 13:26 and arriving Munich Hbf 18:02.

    Fares start at €27.90 in 2nd class or €47.90 in 1st class.  Fares vary like air fares, so book ahead.

    Book this train at the German Railways website www.bahn.de.

    Booking opens up to 6 months ahead.  You print your own ticket or show it on your laptop or smartphone.  I recommend registering when prompted so you can log in & check your bookings or re-print tickets at any time.

  • Step 2, travel from Hamburg to Munich by Nightjet sleeper train, leaving Hamburg Hbf at 20:29 & arriving Munich Hbf at 07:11 next morning.

    This comfortable Austrian Nightjet train has an air-conditioned Comfortline sleeping-car with nine 1, 2 & 3-berth standard compartments with washbasin and three 1, 2 or 3-berth deluxe compartments with shower & toilet. There are toilets & a shower at the end of the corridor for passengers in the regular sleepers.  The sleeping-car attendant can serve drinks, snacks & light meals from a room service menu.  The train has couchette cars with 4 & 6 berth compartments, and ordinary seats.  A light breakfast is included in sleepers & couchettes, served in your compartment.  See the Nightjet page for a guide to on-board accommodation, travel tips, photos & video.

    Fares start at €49.90 in 6-berth couchettes, €59.90 in 4-berth couchettes, €89.90 in a 3-bed sleeper, €109.90 in a 2-bed sleeper or €159.90 in a single-bed sleeper, all per person per berth.  Fares vary like air fares, so book ahead.

    Book this train at www.thetrainline.com (easy to use, in €, £ or $, overseas credit cards no problem, small booking fee) or at the Austrian Railways website www.oebb.at (in €, a bit more fiddly, same prices). Booking opens up to 6 months ahead and you print your own ticket.

Hamburg-Copenhagen train at Hamburg Hbf

Step 1, Copenhagen to Hamburg by Danish IC3.  This is an IC3 at Hamburg Hbf.  The yellow stripe above the windows indicates first class, located at one end of both 3-car units.  More information about the Copenhagen-Hamburg journey.

2nd class seats on an IC3 train from Hamburg to Copenhagen   A Danish IC3 train at Copenhagen station...

2nd class seats on a IC3 train.  Larger photo.

 

An IC3 train from Copenhagen at Hamburg.

A Danish IC3 train at Copenhagen station...   1st class seats on an IC3 train from Hamburg to Copenhagen

Boarding a Danish IC3 train at Hamburg Hbf...

 

1st class seats on an IC3 train.  Larger photo.

The Nightjet sleeper from Munich to Amsterdam

Step 2, Hamburg to Munich by Nightjet sleeper train, seen here at Munich Hbf.

Nightjet deluxe 2-berth sleeper   Nightjet deluxe sleeper in day mode   Nightjet deluxe sleeper toilet & shower   Nightjet standard (economy) sleeper

Deluxe sleeper.  Each compartment can be used as a 1, 2 or 3-bed room.  Larger photoVideo of deluxe room

 

The same deluxe sleeper in evening/morning mode with beds folded away, seats folded out.  Larger photo.

 

Deluxe rooms have a compact shower & toilet, towels & hair/body wash provided.  Larger photo.

 

Standard sleeper set up as 2-berth, washstand open.  It can be used as a 1, 2 or 3 berth.  Larger photo.

6-berth couchettes   4-berth couchette on Nightjet train   Couchette car on Munich-Amsterdam sleeper

6-berth couchettes...

 

4-berth couchettes...

 

Couchette car on the Munich-Amsterdam Nightjet.

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Copenhagen to anywhere else in Germany...

Option 1, Copenhagen to Germany by daytime trains...

  • Fares start at €27.90 in 2nd class or €47.90 in 1st class.  Fares vary like air fares, book ahead for the cheapest prices.

  • Check times & buy tickets at the German Railways website www.bahn.de.

    Booking opens up to 6 months ahead.  You print your own ticket or can show it on your laptop or smartphone.  I recommend registering when prompted so you can log in & check your bookings or re-print tickets at any time.

Hamburg-Copenhagen train at Hamburg Hbf

Step 1, Copenhagen to Hamburg by Danish IC3.  This is an IC3 at Hamburg Hbf.  The yellow stripe above the windows indicates first class, located at one end of both 3-car units.  More information about the Copenhagen-Hamburg journey.

2nd class seats on an IC3 train from Hamburg to Copenhagen   A Danish IC3 train at Copenhagen station...

2nd class seats on a IC3 train.  Larger photo.

 

An IC3 train from Copenhagen at Hamburg.

A Danish IC3 train at Copenhagen station...   1st class seats on an IC3 train from Hamburg to Copenhagen

Boarding a Danish IC3 train at Hamburg Hbf...

 

1st class seats on an IC3 train.  Larger photo.

Option 2, Copenhagen to Hamburg or Berlin by Snälltåget sleeper train, twice a week March-September, daily in high summer...

  • Step 1, take a local train from Copenhagen main station to Høje-Taastrup, a local station just west of the city centre.  These run every 10 minutes or so taking 15 minutes.  Buy this ticket at the station.  Don't cut it fine when connecting with a sleeper train!

  • Step 2, travel from Høje-Taastrup to Hamburg & Berlin by Snälltåget sleeper train...

    The sleeper train runs on Wednesdays & Saturdays from 5 May to 29 September 2021, and every day 11 June to 5 September 2021.

    It leaves Høje-Taastrup at 22:45 and arrives Hamburg Hbf at 05:31 & Berlin Hbf at 08:52.  Check times at www.snalltaget.se as there's a later arrival in Berlin on certain dates.

    Private operator www.snalltaget.se has run a sleeper train between Malmö & Berlin twice a week in summer in previous years, and in 2021 it is being expanded to run direct from Stockholm & Malmö to Hamburg & Berlin, and for a longer operating period, too

    The train has ordinary seats, reclining seats, and 6-berth couchettes.  A fixed price is charged for a whole couchette compartment for private occupancy, the same price for 1 person or any number of people up to 6, unlike normal overnight trains berths are not sold individually.

    Fares start at 499 SEK (about €49) per person with a seat, 749 SEK (€74) per person with a reclining seat, or 2999 SEK (€295) for sole occupancy of a couchette compartment for any number of people between 1 & 6.

    See www.snalltaget.se for operating dates, times, fares & to buy tickets online.

  • Step 3, take an onward train from Hamburg or Berlin to anywhere in Germany.  I'd allow at least 1 hour between trains in Hamburg or Berlin, ideally a bit more.  Check times and buy a ticket at the German Railways website www.bahn.de.

The Snalltaget sleeper toHamburg & Berlin, at Stockholm Central

The Snälltåget sleeper from Stockholm & Copenhagen to Berlin.  The train is shown at Stockholm Central about to make its very first departure!  Courtesy of Robert Enskog.

Stockholm-Berlin couchette, day mode   Stockholm-Berlin couchette, night mode

The Snälltåget sleeper train uses ex-German Railways couchettes, sold as a whole private compartment for up to 6 people.  Bedding is provided, toilets & washrooms are at the end of the corridor.  Photos courtesy of Snalltaget.

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

Option 1, Copenhagen to Austria using the Hamburg-Vienna/Innsbruck sleeper train - the comfortable, time-effective option...

  • Step 1, travel from Copenhagen to Hamburg by Danish IC3 intercity train leaving Copenhagen at 11:26 and arriving Hamburg Hbf at 16:02.

    Fares start at €27.90 in 2nd class or €47.90 in 1st class.  Fares vary like air fares, book ahead for the cheapest prices.

    Book this train at the German Railways website www.bahn.de and print your own ticket or show it on your laptop or smartphone.  I recommend registering when prompted so you can log in & check your bookings or re-print tickets at any time.

  • Step 2, travel from Hamburg to Vienna, Linz or Innsbruck by Nightjet sleeper train, leaving Hamburg Hbf at 20:29 and arriving Vienna Hbf at 09:19 next morning with another portion going to Innsbruck, arriving Innsbruck Hbf at 09:14.

    Change at Wels for a railjet train to Salzburg, arriving Salzburg Hbf at 08:48.

    Each portion of this comfortable Austrian Nightjet train has an air-conditioned Comfortline sleeping-car with nine 1, 2 & 3-berth standard compartments with washbasin and three 1, 2 or 3-berth deluxe compartments with shower & toilet. There are toilets & a shower at the end of the corridor for passengers in the regular sleepers.  The sleeping-car attendant can serve drinks, snacks & light meals from a room service menu.  The train has couchette cars with 4 & 6 berth compartments, and ordinary seats.  A light breakfast is included in sleepers & couchettes, served in your compartment.  See the Nightjet page for a guide to on-board accommodation, travel tips, photos & video.

    Fares start at €49.90 in 6-berth couchettes, €59.90 in 4-berth couchettes, €89.90 in a 3-bed sleeper, €109.90 in a 2-bed sleeper or €159.90 in a single-bed sleeper, all per person per berth.

    Book this train at www.thetrainline.com (easy to use, in €, £ or $, overseas credit cards no problem, small booking fee) or at the Austrian Railways website www.oebb.at (in €, more fiddly, same prices). Booking opens up to 6 months ahead.  You print your own ticket.

Hamburg-Copenhagen train at Hamburg Hbf

Step 1, Copenhagen to Hamburg by Danish IC3...  This is an IC3 at Hamburg Hbf.  The yellow stripe above the windows indicates first class, located at one end of both 3-car units.  More information about the Copenhagen-Hamburg journey.

2nd class seats on an IC3 train from Hamburg to Copenhagen   A Danish IC3 train at Copenhagen station...

2nd class seats on a IC3 train.  Larger photo.

 

An IC3 train from Copenhagen at Hamburg.

The Nightjet sleeper at Vienna

Step 2, Hamburg to Vienna or Innsbruck by Nightjet sleeper trainMore information about Nightjet trains.

Nightjet deluxe 2-berth sleeper   Nightjet deluxe sleeper in day mode   Nightjet deluxe sleeper toilet & shower   Nightjet standard (economy) sleeper

Deluxe sleeper.  Each compartment can be used as a 1, 2 or 3-bed room.  Larger photo Video of deluxe room

 

The same deluxe sleeper in evening/morning mode with beds folded away, seats folded out.  Larger photo.

 

Deluxe rooms have a compact shower & toilet, towels & hair/body wash provided.  Larger photo.

 

Standard sleeper set up as 2-berth, washstand open.  It can be used as a 1, 2 or 3 berth.  Larger photo.

6-berth couchettes   4-berth couchettes   Couchette car on sleeper train

6-berth couchettes...

 

4-berth couchettes...

 

Couchette car on the Nightjet train...

Option 2, Copenhagen to Austria with overnight stop in Frankfurt...

  • Stay overnight in Frankfurt.  Hotels next to the station with good or great reviews include the Flemings Express Hotel & Hotel Hamburger Hof, both of which I have stayed at and can recommend.  There's also The Frankfurt and the inexpensive Hotel Topas.

  • Day 2, travel from Frankfurt to Austria on any train you like.

    The 06:21 ICE-T train from Frankfurt (Main) Hbf arrives Vienna Hbf at 12:45, but by all means enjoy a leisurely breakfast and take a later one, they run every 2 hours.

    The 06:54 from Frankfurt (Main) Hbf will get you to Salzburg Hbf at 11:59, but by all means take a later one, they leave regularly.

  • Fares from Copenhagen to Austria start at €49.90 in 2nd class or €79.90 in 1st class.  Fares vary like air fares, so book ahead.

  • Book from Copenhagen to any station in Austria at the German Railways website www.bahn.deBooking opens up to 6 months ahead.

    To build in the overnight stop in Frankfurt, click Stopover and enter Frankfurt (Main) Hbf in the via box and (say) 12:00 in the hh:mm stopover box.  Look carefully in the search results to find a journey that suits you, adjusting stopover duration to get the train you want from Frankfurt to Austria - a little trial and error is sometimes needed.  I've set up this link to bahn.de for you with the necessary parameters.

    You print your own ticket or can show it on your laptop or smartphone.  I recommend registering when prompted so you can log in & check your bookings or re-print tickets at any time.

Option 3, Copenhagen to Austria with overnight stop in Hamburg...

  • Day 2, travel from Hamburg to Vienna, Salzburg or anywhere in Austria.

    For example, a direct ICE train with restaurant car leaves Hamburg Hbf at 08:02 every day, arriving Vienna Hbf at 16:45.

  • Fares from Copenhagen to Austria start at €49.90 in 2nd class or €79.90 in 1st class.  Fares vary like air fares, so book ahead.

  • Book from Copenhagen to any station in Austria at the German Railways website www.bahn.deBooking opens up to 6 months ahead.

    To build in the overnight stop in Hamburg, click Stopover and enter Hamburg Hbf in the via box and (say) 12:00 in the hh:mm stopover box.  Look carefully in the search results to find a journey that suits you, adjusting stopover duration to get the train you want from Hamburg to Austria - a little trial and error is sometimes needed.  I've set up this link to bahn.de for you with the necessary parameters.

    You print your own ticket or can show it on your laptop or smartphone.  I recommend registering when prompted so you can log in & check your bookings or re-print tickets at any time.

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Copenhagen to Malmö & Gothenburg...
  • Copenhagen to Malmö...

    Öresund trains run from Copenhagen main station to Malmö Central every 20-30 minutes, journey time 39 minutes.

    No reservation is necessary or possible, just turn up, buy a ticket and hop on the next one.

  • Copenhagen to Gothenburg...

    An Öresund train runs from Copenhagen to Gothenburg (= Goteborg Central) every hour through the day, journey time 3h53.

    No reservation is necessary or possible for these Öresund trains, you just turn up, buy a ticket at a fixed price and hop on the next train.

    You'll also see options involving SJ fast trains with a change of train & seat reservations, but it's easiest to stick with the Öresund trains.

  • All these trains use the Öresund fixed link, a massive bridge-tunnel-bridge structure between Denmark & Sweden.  It's like flying a hundred feet above the sea, quite an experience...

  • You can check train times and (if you like, to save time buying at the station) buy tickets online at www.sj.se (Swedish Railways, no booking fee, see my advice on using it here).

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

An Öresund 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...

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Copenhagen to Stockholm from 254 SEK (€28, £22, $30)...

The Swedish government introduced border controls for entering Sweden in 2016.  Passport control for the direct Copenhagen-Stockholm X2000 trains now takes place on board the train when it enters Sweden.  However, you should still turn up at Copenhagen station in good time for your train because the X2000 trains to Stockholm leave from platform 26, accessed via platforms 5 & 6, a fair walk from the station concourse.

Option 1, Copenhagen to Stockholm by daytime train...

  • Every couple of hours, a comfortable 200 km/h (125 mph) tilting X2000 train links Copenhagen with Stockholm Central, with no check-in to worry about.  From city centre to city centre it takes little longer than flying, and it's a lot more fun & interesting.  These trains use the Öresund fixed link, a massive bridge-tunnel-bridge structure between Denmark & Sweden.  It's like flying a hundred feet above the sea, quite an experience.

  • Fares start at around 254 Swedish Krona, about €28.  Fares vary like air fares, book ahead for the cheapest prices.

  • Check times & buy tickets at one of the following websites:

    Omio.com (formerly GoEuro.com) which links directly to SJ's ticketing system, same prices as SJ, quick & easy to use, small booking fee, no problem with overseas credit cards, you can pay in various currencies including Swedish Kr, £, € and $.

    SJ's own site www.sj.se, you pay in Swedish krona, no booking fee, you can usually choose a specific seat from a seating plan, but it can sometimes reject overseas credit cards.  For advice on using sj.se, click here.

    Whichever site you use, you print your own ticket or can show it on your smartphone.

    Tip:  Booking doesn't open a set number of days ahead:  Instead, SJ releases tickets in blocks 4 times a year, for example in early December for the period from early April to mid-June, in early April for the period from mid-June to mid-August and in mid-May for the mid-August to mid-December.  You can see the exact dates on www.sj.se on their FAQ page.

125 mph tilting 'SJ2000' from Copenhagen to Stockholm, at Copenhagen station SJ2000 2nd class seats

A Copenhagen-Stockholm X2000 train boarding at Copenhagen main station...

 

2nd class seats on an X2000 train from Copenhagen to Stockholm.

SJ2000 train   SJ2000 buffet car seating area   SJ2000 self-service buffet car.

X2000 bistro car...

 

X2000 bistro car seating area...

 

Bistro self-service...

Winter scenery fro a Copenhagen-Stockholm train

Snowy scenery from a winter train between Copenhagen & Stockholm. Courtesy of Radoslav Sharapanov

Option 2, Copenhagen to Stockholm by sleeper train - the time-effective option... 

  • Step 1, take any evening Öresund train from Copenhagen to Malmö Central...

    You can take the 20:47 departure or the earlier 20:27, these trains run every 20 minutes, journey time 39 minutes.  Passport control takes place on board these trains at the first station in Sweden.  Or travel earlier and have dinner in Malmö.

    The train uses the Öresund fixed link, a massive bridge-tunnel-bridge structure between Denmark & Sweden.  It's like flying a hundred feet above the sea, quite an experience.

  • Step 2, travel from Malmö to Stockholm by sleeper, leaving Malmö Central daily except Saturdays at 22:32 arriving Stockholm Central 05:55.

    The train has 1st class sleeping-cars with private 1 & 2 bed sleeper compartments with en suite shower & toilet, 2nd class sleeping-cars with shared single-gender 3-berth sleeper compartments with washbasin, one 2nd class couchette car with shared 6-berth compartments, and a seats car.

    Times may vary slightly, and remember there's no sleeper train on Saturday nights.  Expect to board shortly after 22:00.  On arrival in Stockholm, you can remain on board until 07:00.

  • How to buy tickets...

    Buy tickets from Copenhagen to Stockholm as one transaction at the Swedish railways website www.sj.se, looking for the sleeper option.

    There are some great cheap deals available if you book in advance.  SJ.se sometimes rejects overseas credit cards, so if you can't get your credit card to work, first try alternative Swedish train booking site www.snalltaget.se, then try agency site www.acprail.com or call SJ telesales on +46 771 75 75 75 (touch tone 6 for English).

    You print your own ticket or can show it on your smartphone.  The ticket allows you to take any Öresund train from Copenhagen to Malmo, not just the one shown when you book, so by all means take an earlier one and have dinner in Malmo.

    Alternatively, you can easily book the Malmo-Stockholm sleeper train at Omio.com, overseas cards no problem, but it will only book a seat or couchette in a 6-berth compartment, not a sleeper.  You first need to book Malmo to Stockholm and look on the last page of the search results for the overnight train.  Book that, then add a Malmo to Copenhagen ticket.  You can pay in £, €, $ or Krona, there's a small booking fee, you print your own ticket or can show it on your smartphone.

Sleeper train to Malmo at Stockholm Central

The overnight sleeper to Malmö, about to leave Stockholm Central. Courtesy of Andrew Henry.

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

1st class sleeper with en suite shower & toilet, shown in day mode (above left) and night mode set up as a single with upper berth folded against the wall (above centre).  Courtesy of Discoverbyrail.com.  Click the images for larger photos...

6-berth couchettes on Malmo to Stockholm sleeper train   Sleeper train from Malmo to Stockholm

6-berth couchettes - the economy option.  Larger photo.

 

The sleeper at Malmo Central.  This is the sleeping-car with private 1 or 2-berth compartments with en suite shower & toilet.  Courtesy of Ivor Morgan...

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Copenhagen to Oslo & Norway...

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

  • You can travel from Copenhagen to Oslo by train with just 1 change:

    Copenhagen depart 05:27 Mondays-Fridays, change Gothenburg Central (arrive 09:20, depart 10:15) arrive Oslo Sentral 13:51.

    Copenhagen depart 09:27 daily, change Gothenburg Central (arrive 13:20, depart 14:15) arrive Oslo Sentral at 17:51.

    Copenhagen depart 13:27 daily, change Gothenburg Central (arrive 17:20, depart 18:10) arrive Oslo Sentral at 21:51.

    You travel on the hourly Öresund train from Copenhagen to Gothenburg Central, these trains use the Öresund fixed link, a massive bridge-tunnel-bridge structure between Denmark & Sweden.  It's like flying a hundred feet above the sea, quite an experience.  You then travel from Gothenburg to Oslo on a comfortable Norwegian intercity train.

    Check times for your date of travel at www.sj.se, for English change the Swedish flag to a UK flag & enter Köbenhavn H to Oslo S.

  • The fare is €79 on all departures if bought at www.sj.se.

  • Buy tickets at the Swedish railways website www.sj.se (no booking fee, see my advice on using it here) or at competing Swedish ticketing website www.tagbokningen.se (English button top right, small booking fee), or (if you have any problems) agency site www.acprail.com.

    You pay online and collect tickets from the Swedish Railways (SJ) ticket machines installed at Copenhagen main station or (for journeys involving only SJ trains) you print your own ticket.  If you can't get your credit card to work on any of these sites, simply call SJ telesales on +46 771 75 75 75.

  • Tip:  It can be cheaper to split the booking to take advantage of cheap fares for the Norwegian train when booked with the Norwegians.

    First go to the Norwegian Railways website www.vy.no and book from Goteborg C to Oslo S looking for a cheap Minipris fare.  You can choose to load your ticket into the Vy app, or download it in PDF format which you can either print out or simply show on your smartphone or laptop.

    Then go to the Swedish website www.sj.se (no booking fee, see my advice on using it here) or www.tagbokningen.se (English button top right, small booking fee) and add a ticket from Copenhagen to Gothenburg Central.  You print your own ticket.

  • Tip:  You'll also see journeys with 2 or 3 changes taking a  bit longer.  These involve SJ (Swedish Railways) trains rather than an Öresund train plus a Vy (Norwegian Railways) train, so SJ can offer cheap advance-purchase fares from as little as €20 in 2nd class or €34 in 1st class.  Check for your date of travel at www.sj.se.

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.

 

Vy Komfort class on the train to Oslo.

Option 2, Copenhagen to Oslo by ferry - the luxury overnight option...

  • A luxurious overnight cruise ferry sails from Copenhagen to Oslo every night, leaving Copenhagen at 14:15 and arriving in Oslo at 09:15.

    The ships on this route are the Crown Seaways & the Pearl Seaways, with restaurants, bars, cinema and sauna.  All passengers travel in comfortable private cabins, even the standard cabins come with en suite shower & toilet and satellite TV.  To travel in luxury, treat yourself to DFDS's famous Commodore Class, some suites with private balconies with sea view.

    Make sure you're on deck in the morning when the ferry sails up the scenic Oslo Fjord, a stunning way to arrive in Norway.  You'll see coast on either side of the ship from about 06:30 and she enters the narrow part of the fjord by about 07:00.

  • Fares start at around €120 for 1 person travelling solo including private standard cabin, or €120 for 2 people travelling together sharing a 2-berth standard cabin.  Given the cost of Scandinavian hotels, this is a bargain.

  • See www.dfds.co.uk for times, prices & to buy tickets online. 

  • In Copenhagen the ferry terminal is about 4 km (3 miles) from Copenhagen main station, see map of Copenhagen showing DFDS ferry terminal.

    Taxis are available or you can take an 8-minute suburban train ride from Copenhagen main station to Nordhavn station from where it's a 10-minute 750m walk to the ferry terminal, easy enough even with luggage.  There's also a DFDS shuttle bus from Norreport station, see www.dfds.co.uk.

    At the DFDS ferry terminal, you can check yourself in at the self-service check-in machines just inside the entrance.  You enter your booking reference, scan your passport, and it produces your boarding pass/cabin key.  You then pass through a fairly nominal customs check and walk onto the ferry.

  • In Oslo you can walk from the ferry terminal the city centre in 15-20 minutes or you can take a taxi.  I'd allow at least 90 minutes between the ferry's arrival and any onward train from Oslo Sentral.  See map of Oslo showing ferry terminal.

DFDS ferry from Copenhagen to Oslo

The huge DFDS luxury overnight cruise ferry Crown Seaways berthed at Oslo...  Courtesy of Ivor Morgan.

Atrium on the ferry from Copenhagen to Oslo   Standard cabin on the ferry from Copenhagen to Oslo

The ferry is a floating hotel, with cabins, suites, restaurants, bars and entertainment.  The Pearl Seaways even features an outdoor jacuzzi but reportedly her sister ship Crown Seaways lacks this.  Courtesy of Andrew Leo.

1, 2, 3 or 4 berth standard cabin on the Crown Seaways with shower & toilet and satellite TV.  Larger photoCourtesy of Ivor Morgan.

Suite on the ferry   Suite on the ferry

Commodore Class suite with double bed on board the DFDS superferry to Oslo.  Courtesy of Andrew Leo.

Sunset at sea on the DFDS ferry from Copenhagen to Oslo

Scenery in Oslo Fjord on the voyage to Norway...  Courtesy of Ivor Morgan.

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Copenhagen to Helsinki & Finland...
  • Step 1, travel from Copenhagen to Stockholm by fast & comfortable X2000 train...

    The journey takes around 5h and costs from €28 booked at Swedish Railways www.sj.se.  Allow plenty of time in Stockholm for transfer to the ferry terminal and for the ferry check-in, I'd start by checking ferry times first and work backwards to arrange a suitable train.

    These trains cross from Denmark to Sweden on the Öresund fixed link, a massive bridge-tunnel-bridge structure between Denmark & Sweden.  It's like flying a hundred feet above the sea, quite an experience.

    You can also travel to Stockholm overnight using the Malmo-Stockholm sleeper train, daily except Saturday nights, see above.

  • Step 2, travel from Stockholm to Helsinki by ferry...

    Two companies run overnight cruise ferries from Stockholm to Helsinki, book these online at www.tallinksilja.com or www.vikingline.com.

    However, it's cheaper to take the shorter sea crossing from Stockholm to Turku in Finland, then an Intercity train to Helsinki main station.  Silja Line & Viking Line compete on this route too, with each operator running an overnight ferry and a daytime ferry.

    Step 1, book the Stockholm-Turku daytime or overnight ferry at either www.tallinksilja.com or www.vikingline.com.

    Step 2, buy a Turku-Helsinki train ticket online at the Finnish Railways website www.vr.fi.  You'll find a train leaves Turku Harbour station (= Turku Satama) right next to the ferry terminal, shortly after the ferries arrive.

    The Stockholm to Helsinki journey is explained in more detail on the Trains from Stockholm page.

125 mph tilting 'SJ2000' from Copenhagen to Stockholm, at Copenhagen station SJ2000 2nd class seats

Step 1, Copenhagen to Stockholm by X2000 train, seen here at Copenhagen main station...

 

2nd class seats on an X2000 train from Copenhagen to Stockholm.

SJ2000 train   SJ2000 buffet car seating area   SJ2000 self-service buffet car.

X2000 bistro car...

 

X2000 bistro car seating area...

 

Bistro self-service...

Winter scenery fro a Copenhagen-Stockholm train

Snowy scenery from a winter train between Copenhagen & Stockholm. Courtesy of Radoslav Sharapanov

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

Step 2, Stockholm to Helsinki by luxurious overnight ferry...  Sail direct from Stockholm to Helsinki by overnight ferry, a true floating hotel.  Two operators, Silja Line & Viking Line compete with almost identical timings.  Above, the massive Silja Symphony towers over the Silja Line terminal in Helsinki.  Photos courtesy of Discoverbyrail.com

Viking Line ferry from Stockholm to Helsinki

Viking Line's Gabriela sails out of Stockholm en route to Helsinki.  Courtesy Jeremy Nicholls.

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Copenhagen to Prague from €37.90...

Option 1, Copenhagen to Prague in a single day...

  • Step 1, travel from Copenhagen to Berlin, leaving Copenhagen at 07:26 and arriving Hamburg Hbf at 12:04.

  • To buy tickets...

    Buy a ticket at the German Railways website www.bahn.deBooking opens up to 6 months ahead.

    You print your own ticket or can show it on your laptop or smartphone.  I recommend registering when prompted so you can log in & check your bookings or re-print tickets at any time.

    Tip:  If you'd like to stop off for a couple of hours in Hamburg or Berlin, click Stopover, enter Hamburg or Berlin and specify the number of hours.  In Berlin, the Reichstag & Brandenburg Gate are just 10-15 minutes walk from Berlin Hbf.

Option 2, Copenhagen to Prague with overnight stop in Hamburg - a time-effective option...

  • How much does it cost?

    Copenhagen to Prague starts at €37.90 in 2nd class or €69.90 in 1st class.  Fares vary like air fares, so book ahead.

  • To buy tickets...

    Book from Copenhagen to Prague or any Czech station at the German Railways website www.bahn.deBooking opens up to 6 months ahead.

    To build in the overnight stop in Hamburg, click Stopover and enter Hamburg Hbf in the via box and (say) 12:00 in the hh:mm stopover box.  Look carefully in the search results to find a journey that suits you, adjusting stopover duration to get the train you want from Hamburg to Prague - a little trial and error is sometimes needed.  I've set up this link to bahn.de for you with the necessary parameters.

    You print your own ticket or can show it on your laptop or smartphone.  I recommend registering when prompted so you can log in & check your bookings or re-print tickets at any time.

Hamburg-Copenhagen train at Hamburg Hbf

Step 1, Copenhagen to Hamburg by Danish IC3.  This is an IC3 at Hamburg Hbf.  The yellow stripe above the windows indicates first class, located at one end of both 3-car units.  More information about the Copenhagen-Hamburg journey.

2nd class seats on an IC3 train from Hamburg to Copenhagen   A Danish IC3 train at Copenhagen station...

2nd class seats on a IC3 train.  Larger photo.

 

An IC3 train from Copenhagen at Hamburg.

EuroCity train to Prague about to leave Berlin

Step 2, Hamburg to Prague by EuroCity train, seen here calling at Berlin Hbf...

2nd class compartment on Berlin to Prague traiin   First class on Berlin to Prague EuroCity traiin

2nd class seats in classic compartments...

 

1st class seats in an open-plan car...

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 ridePhoto courtesy of Philip Dyer-Perry.

Option 3, Copenhagen to Prague with overnight stop in Berlin - another time-effective option...

  • How much does it cost?

    Copenhagen to Prague starts at €37.90 in 2nd class or €69.90 in 1st class.  Fares vary like air fares, book ahead for the cheapest prices.

  • To buy tickets...

    Book from Copenhagen to Prague or any Czech station at the German Railways website www.bahn.deBooking opens up to 6 months ahead.

    To build in the overnight stop in Berlin, click Stopover and enter Berlin Hbf in the via box and (say) 12:00 in the hh:mm stopover box.  Look carefully in the search results to find a journey that suits you, adjusting stopover duration to get the train you want from Berlin to Prague - a little trial and error is sometimes needed.  I've set up this link to bahn.de for you with the necessary parameters.

    You print your own ticket or can show it on your laptop or smartphone.  I recommend registering when prompted so you can log in & check your bookings or re-print tickets at any time.

Option 4, Copenhagen to Prague using Copenhagen-Berlin sleeper - summer-only...

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Copenhagen to Bratislava & Budapest from €63...

Option 1, Copenhagen to Bratislava & Budapest with overnight stop in Berlin...

  • Day 2 until 11 December 2021 & from 1 September 2022, travel from Berlin to Bratislava or Budapest on the comfortable EuroCity train Hungaria, leaving Berlin Hbf at 09:16 and arriving Bratislava Hlavna 17:50 & Budapest Nyugati at 20:20.

    The Hungaria uses Hungarian Railways' latest air-conditioned cars with power sockets at all seats & free WiFi.  There's a Hungarian restaurant car serving inexpensive meals with beer or wine, and there's lovely scenery along the Elbe River valley between Dresden & Prague, see the photos & video here.  A day well spent!

    Fares start at €39.90 in 2nd class or €69.90 in 1st class.  Fares vary like air fares, book ahead for the cheapest prices.

    Book this train at www.bahn.deBooking opens up to 6 months ahead.  You print your own ticket, but in this case it cannot be shown on a mobile device.  I recommend registering when prompted so you can log in & check your bookings at any time.

    Tip:  It's slightly cheaper to book from Copenhagen to Budapest as one transaction from €49.90, using the Stopover feature to build in a 10-hour overnight stopover in Berlin.  However, in this case you end up with tickets by post, posted to you for a small extra fee.  they can take up to 2 weeks to arrive.  I'd book as shown above to get digital tickets that can be printed.

  • Day 2 from 12 December 2021 until 31 August 2022, travel from Berlin to Vienna by ICE-T, leaving Berlin Hbf at 10:04 and arriving Vienna Hbf at 17:45.  This is an air-conditioned German ICE-T train with restaurant car, power sockets at all seats & free WiFi.

    For Bratislava, travel from Vienna to Bratislava by hourly regional express train, leaving Vienna Hbf at 18:16 arriving Bratislava Hlavna 19:23.

    For Budapest, travel from Vienna to Budapest by railjet train, leaving Vienna Hbf at 18:42 and arriving Budapest Keleti at 21:19.  The railjet has a restaurant car, power sockets at all seats & free WiFi.  It also offers business class (= premium first).

    Tip:  If you have a 1st ticket you can use the ÖBB Lounge at Vienna Hbf between trains with complimentary tea, coffee & WiFi.

    Fares from Berlin to Bratislava or Budapest start at €46.90 in 2nd class or €59.90 in 1st class.  Fares vary like air fares so book ahead.

    Buy tickets at the German Railways website www.bahn.de.

    Booking opens up to 6 months ahead.  You print your own ticket or can show it on your laptop or smartphone.

Copenhagen to Hamburg train at Copenhagen

Step 1, Copenhagen to Hamburg by Danish IC3...  This is an IC3 at Copenhagen.  The yellow stripe above the windows indicates first class, located at one end of both 3-car units.  More information about the Copenhagen-Hamburg journey.

2nd class seats on an IC3 train from Hamburg to Copenhagen   A Danish IC3 train at Copenhagen station...

2nd class seats on a IC3 train.  Larger photo.

 

An IC3 train from Copenhagen at Hamburg.

The EuroCity train Hungaria between Berlin & Budapest

The Berlin-Budapest Hungaria. Courtesy of David Frankal. Photos below courtesy of Siddhartha Verma.

2nd class seats on the EuroCity train Hungaria Berlin-Budapest   The restaurant car of the Hungaria from Berlin to Budapest

2nd class seats on the Hungaria.  Larger photo.

 

Restaurant car on the Hungaria Larger photo.

Option 2, Copenhagen to Bratislava & Budapest using the Prague-Budapest sleeper...

  • Step 2, travel from Prague to Budapest by sleeper train, leaving Prague Hlavni 22:34, arriving Bratislava Hlavna 05:54 & Budapest Nyugati 08:20.

    This has a comfortable Czech Comfortline sleeping-car with nine 1, 2 & 3 bed compartments with washbasin and three deluxe compartments with en suite toilet & shower.  There's a shower at the end of the corridor for passengers in the regular sleepers, and morning tea or coffee is included in the fare.  There is a couchette car with 4-berth and 6-berth compartments.

    Fares start at €39 with a couchette, €49 with a bed in a 3-bed sleeper, €69 with a bed in a 2-bed sleeper or €80 in a single-bed sleeper.

    Book this train at the Czech Railways website www.cd.czBooking normally opens 90 days ahead.  You print your own ticket.

The sleeper train from Prague to Budapest, boarding in Prague

The Czech sleeping-cars from Prague to Budapest, boarding at Prague Hlavni platform 4...

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 1, 2 or 3 berth.  Enlarge photo.

 

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...

Option 3, Copenhagen to Bratislava & Budapest using the Berlin-Budapest sleeper - same timings as option 2, but with an afternoon in Berlin...

  • Step 1, travel from Copenhagen to Berlin, leaving Copenhagen at 07:26, changing at Hamburg Hbf, arriving Berlin Hbf at 14:20.

    You travel from Copenhagen to Hamburg by Danish IC3 Intercity train with free WiFi whilst in Denmark, there's no catering car so bring your own food & drink. Hamburg to Berlin is by superb German ICE train with restaurant car, power sockets at all seats & free WiFi.  Enjoy an afternoon in Berlin.  Departure is 9 minutes earlier on certain dates, at xx:17 rather than xx:26.

    An altered timetable applies from 18 June to 21 August 2022, departure from Copenhagen is at 09:26, change at Hamburg Hbf, arriving Berlin Hbf at 16:22, see the Copenhagen-Berlin section.

    Fares start at €37.90 in 2nd class or €69.90 in 1st class.  Fares vary like air fares, book ahead for the cheapest prices.

    Book this at the German Railways website www.bahn.deBooking opens up to 6 months ahead.

    You print your own ticket or can show it on your laptop or smartphone.  I recommend registering when prompted so you can log in & check your bookings or re-print tickets at any time.

  • Step 2, travel from Berlin to Budapest by sleeper train, leaving Berlin Hbf 18:43 & arriving Bratislava Hlavna 05:54 & Budapest Nyugati 08:20.

    This has a comfortable Hungarian sleeping-car with 1, 2 & 3 bed compartments with washbasin, and a couchette car with 4 & 6 berth compartments, and ordinary seats,  In sleepers, morning tea or coffee is included in the fare.

    Fares start at €49.90 with a couchette in a 6-berth, €59.90 with a couchette in a 4-berth, €69.90 with a bed in a 3-bed sleeper, €88.90 with a bed in a 2-bed sleeper or €129.90 in a single-bed sleeper, all per person per berth.

    Book this train at www.thetrainline.com (easy to use, in €, £ or $, overseas credit cards no problem, small booking fee) or at the Austrian Railways website www.oebb.at (in €, a bit more fiddly, same fares).  Booking opens up to 6 months ahead.  You print your own ticket.

Berlin to Budapest sleeping-car   2-bed sleeper on Budapest to Berlin train

A 2-bed double sleeper (above right) in the air-conditioned Hungarian sleeping-car on the Metropol from Berlin to Budapest.

Each sleeper compartment has 3 beds and can be sold as a single, double or triple.  Sleeper compartments convert to comfortable private sitting room for evening use.  A light breakfast is included in the fare.  See larger photo.  See more photos of this type of sleeping-car. Interior photo courtesy of Helmut Uttenthaler.

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Copenhagen to Brasov, Bucharest & Romania...

Option 1, Copenhagen to Romania using the Budapest-Bucharest Ister - the fastest option...

  • Step 1, travel from Copenhagen to Hamburg by Danish IC3 intercity train leaving Copenhagen at 11:26 and arriving Hamburg Hbf at 16:02.

    Fares start at €27.90 in 2nd class or €47.90 in 1st class.  Fares vary like air fares, book ahead for the cheapest prices.

    Book this at the German Railways website www.bahn.deBooking opens up to 6 months ahead.

    You print your own ticket or show it on your laptop or smartphone.  I recommend registering when prompted so you can log in & check your bookings or re-print tickets at any time.

  • Step 2, travel from Hamburg to Vienna by Nightjet sleeper train, leaving Hamburg Hbf at 20:29 and arriving Vienna Hbf at 09:19 next morning.

    This comfortable Austrian Nightjet train has an air-conditioned Comfortline sleeping-car with nine 1, 2 & 3-berth standard compartments with washbasin and three 1, 2 or 3-berth deluxe compartments with shower & toilet. There are toilets & a shower at the end of the corridor for passengers in the regular sleepers.  The sleeping-car attendant can serve drinks, snacks & light meals from a room service menu.  The train has couchette cars with 4 & 6 berth compartments, and ordinary seats.  A light breakfast is included in sleepers & couchettes, served in your compartment.  See the Nightjet page for a guide to on-board accommodation, travel tips, photos & video.

    Fares start at €49.90 in 6-berth couchettes, €59.90 in 4-berth couchettes, €89.90 in a 3-bed sleeper, €109.90 in a 2-bed sleeper or €159.90 in a single-bed sleeper, all per person per berth.  Fares vary like air fares, so book ahead.

    Book this train at www.thetrainline.com (easy to use, in €, £ or $, overseas credit cards no problem, small booking fee) or at the Austrian Railways website www.oebb.at (in €, more fiddly, same prices). Booking opens up to 6 months ahead and you print your own ticket.

  • Step 2, travel from Vienna to Budapest by EuroCity train with restaurant car, leaving Vienna Hbf at 10:42 and arriving Budapest Keleti at 13:19.  Enjoy an afternoon in Budapest.

    Fares start at €19.90 in 2nd class or €29.90 in 1st class.  Fares vary like air fares, book ahead for the cheapest prices.

    Book this train at www.thetrainline.com (easy to use, in €, £ or $, overseas credit cards no problem, small booking fee) or at the Austrian Railways website www.oebb.at (in €, a bit more fiddly, same prices).  Booking opens up to 6 months ahead.  You print your own ticket.

  • Step 3, travel from Budapest to Brasov & Bucharest by sleeper train Ister leaving Budapest Keleti at 19:10 and arriving Brasov at 09:23 & Bucharest Gara de Nord at 11:59 next day.

    This sleeper train Ister has an air-conditioned Romanian sleeping-car with 1, 2 & 3 bed compartments with washbasin and a Romanian couchette car with 4 & 6 berth compartments, and ordinary seats.  There's wonderful almost Alpine scenery through the Carpathian mountains between Brasov and Bucharest, a real treat.  Ister is the ancient name for the Danube.

    Fares start at €39 with a couchette in 6-berth, €46 with a couchette in 4-berth, €69 with a bed in a 3-bed sleeper, €84 with a bed in a 2-bed sleeper or €162 with a single-bed sleeper all to yourself.  All prices per person per berth.

    Book this train at the Romanian Railways website bileteinternationale.cfrcalatori.ro.  Click EN top right for English.  Booking opens up to 90 days ahead.  For Bucharest type Bucuresti.  You print your own ticket or can show it on your laptop or phone.

    You can also normally book at the Hungarian Railways website www.mav-start.hu, see my advice on using it.  For Bucharest type Bucuresti.  You show your ticket in the MAV app on your smartphone.  However, since MAV revamped its website in 2020, it can't book couchettes or sleepers, only seats, though this should be fixed at some point.

2-berth sleeper on the Ister   The Ister at Bucharest Nord

A 1, 2 or 3-bed sleeper with washbasin.  Larger photo.

 

The sleeping-car (vagon de dormit) on the westbound Ister at Bucharest.  Sleepers convert from beds to private sitting rooms for day use.  Courtesy of DiscoverByRail.

Couchette car on the Ister EuroNight train from Budapest to Bucharest   Romanian couchette car from Vienna to Bucharest

The vagon cuseta (couchette car) on the westbound Ister, boarding at Bucharest.  Couchettes convert from bunks at night to seats by day.  Courtesy of @AndyBTravels, DiscoverByRail.com .

 

4 or 6-berth couchettes.  Larger photo.

Option 2, Copenhagen to Romania using the Vienna-Bucharest Dacia Express...

  • Day 2, travel from Hamburg to Vienna by ICE train with restaurant car, leaving Hamburg Hbf at 08:04 every day, arriving Vienna Hbf at 17:45.

    Fares from Copenhagen to Vienna start at €49.90 in 2nd class, €79.90 in 1st class.  Fares vary like air fares, book ahead for cheapest prices.

  • Book from Copenhagen to Vienna at the German Railways website www.bahn.deBooking opens up to 6 months ahead.

    To build in the overnight stop in Hamburg, click Stopover and enter Hamburg Hbf in the via box and (say) 12:00 in the hh:mm stopover box.  Look carefully in the search results to find a journey that suits you, adjusting stopover duration to get the train you want from Hamburg to Austria - a little trial and error is sometimes needed.  I've set up this link to bahn.de for you with the necessary parameters.

    You print your own ticket or can show it on your laptop or smartphone.  I recommend registering when prompted so you can log in & check your bookings or re-print tickets at any time.

  • Day 2, travel from Vienna to Romania on the Dacia Express, leaving Vienna Hbf at 19:42 every day, and arriving next day in Simeria 07:36, Sighisoara 10:09, Braşov 13:26, Ploeşti 15:08 & Bucharest Nord at 15:47  (Day 3 from Copenhagen).

    The Dacia Express has a modern air-conditioned Romanian sleeping-car with 1, 2 & 3 berth compartments with washbasin and several deluxe compartments with en suite shower & toilet.  It has a Romanian couchette car with 4 & 6 berth compartments.

    A Hungarian restaurant car is attached between Vienna and Budapest, treat yourself to dinner with wine.  A bar-bistro is then attached in the morning between Arad & Bucharest, serving drinks, snacks and breakfast.  There's wonderful almost Alpine scenery through the Carpathian mountains between Brasov and Bucharest, a real treat...

    Fares start at €59 with a couchette in a 6-berth compartment, €69 with a couchette in a 4-berth compartment, €79 with a bed in a 3-berth sleeper, €99 with a bed in a 3-berth sleeper or €159 with a bed in a single-berth sleeper all to yourself.  All per person per berth.

    Book this train at the Austrian Railways website www.oebb.atBooking normally opens 90 days ahead.  In the search results, look for the direct train marked D with no changes.  You collect tickets from the ÖBB ticket machines or staffed counter in Vienna.

    You can also (as of 2022) book this train at the Romanian Railways website bileteinternationale.cfrcalatori.ro.  Click EN top right for English.  Booking opens up to 90 days ahead.  For Vienna type Wien, for Bucharest type Bucuresti.  For Austria to Romania journeys you now print your own ticket or can show it on your laptop or phone..  Tip:  Prices might be cheaper than on oebb.at, so check both sites!

Dacia Express sleeping-car

The Dacia Express has one or at peak times two air-conditioned Romanian sleeping-cars, seen here at Bucharest.  You can check the train formation at www.vagonweb.cz Courtesy of @PaliparanDotCom

Washbasin   Dacia Express sleeper compartment   Romanian couchette car from Vienna to Bucharest

Sleepers:  Each compartment can be sold as a single, double (as here) or triple.  Most compartments have a washbasin as shown, two compartments have a shower & toilet.  Beds fold away to form a private sitting room for day use.  Larger photo.

 

Couchettes:  4 & 6-berth, bedding is provided.  Larger photo.

Dacia Express couchette car

The Dacia Express has one couchette car, seen here at Bucharest.  Courtesy of @PaliparanDotCom.

Scenery in Transylvania

Transylvania:  The Dacia Express crosses rural Transylvania.  Courtesy of @PaliparanDotCom.

Dacia Express bar-bistro car

The Dacia Express en route to Bucharest...  Photo courtesy of @PaliparanDotCom.

  Couchette car on the Ister EuroNight train from Budapest to Bucharest

Enjoy lunch and a beer in the bar car, as a bar-bistro is attached to the Dacia Express in Romania between Simeria & Bucharest.  Photos courtesy of @PaliparanDotCom & @_DiningCar.

Dacia Express Carpathian mountains

The Carpathian mountains:  Almost Alpine scenery between Brasov & Bucharest...  Courtesy of @PaliparanDotCom.

Option 3, Copenhagen to Romania with overnight stops in Berlin & Budapest - if you prefer daytime trains & hotels to sleepers...

The daytime train from Budapest to Bucharest

The daytime train from Budapest to Bucharest has modern air-conditioned Romanian carriages.  Three cars travel all the way, additional cars are attached whilst in Hungary, and additional cars and a bar car are attached between Drobeta Turnu Severin & Bucharest.

The 'Transylvania' train to Brasov about to leave Budapest   2nd class on the Budapest to Bucharest train

On the left, the daytime train to Bucharest is about to leave Budapest Keleti...

 

Comfortable 2nd class seats on the Budapest to Bucharest train.  There are power outlets under the tables.  Larger photo.

Bar stools on the Budapest to Bucharest train   Bar car on the Budapest to Bucharest train

A bar car is attached between Drobeta Turnu Severin & Bucharest.  Photos courtesy of @AndyBTravels, DiscoverByRail.com.

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Copenhagen to Ljubljana & Zagreb...

Option 1, Copenhagen to Ljubljana & Zagreb using the sleeper from Munich...

The 'Lisinski' sleeper train from Munic to Zagreb, boarding in Munich

Above, the air-conditioned Croatian sleeping-car from Munich to Zagreb is boarding on platform 12 at Munich Hbf.  It has 10 compartments with washbasin, each of which can be used as 1, 2 or 3 berth, with toilets at the end of the corridor.  Compartments convert to a private sitting room for evening or morning use.  A light breakfast is included in the sleeper fare.  The Croatian couchette car is the next vehicle to the right, also modern & air-conditioned with 4 & 6 bunk compartments, ideal for families.  Couchettes convert from bunks to seats for evening or morning use.

Sleeper compartment in the Croatian sleeping-car from Munich to Zagreb   Sleeper compartment in the Croatian sleeping-car from Munich to Zagreb   4 or 6-berth couchettes on train from Munich to Zagreb

1, 2 or 3 bed sleeper.

 

Set up as a single-berth.

 

4 or 6-berth couchettes. 360º photo.

Scenery between Ljubljana, Zagreb & Belgrade

Wake up to scenery like this between Ljubljana & Zagreb, along the river Sava...

Option 2, Copenhagen to Ljubljana & Zagreb with an overnight stop in Munich...

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.

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Copenhagen to Belgrade, Sofia & Montenegro...

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Copenhagen to Warsaw & Krakow from €49.90...

Option 1, Copenhagen to Warsaw in a single day...

Option 2, Copenhagen to Warsaw or Krakow with an overnight stop in Berlin...

Berlin to Warsaw train at Berlin Hbf

Berlin to Warsaw or Krakow by EuroCity train.  This is the Wawel to Krakow at Berlin Hbf...

1st class compartment on a Berlin to Warsaw train.   2nd class car on the Berlin to Warsaw train

1st class on the Wawel to Krakow...

 

2nd class.  Some seats are in compartments.

Restaurant car on the Berlin to Warsaw train

Restaurant car...

 

The bar...

 

Decent food, served on proper china...

Option 3, using the summer-only Copenhagen-Berlin sleeper...

Option 4, Copenhagen to Gdynia, Gdansk, Warsaw or Krakow by overnight ferry from Sweden to Poland...

Ferry Stena Spirit, Gdynia-Karlskrona   Cabin on the Gdynia-Karlskrona ferry

The ferry Stena Spirit, at Gdynia.  Photos courtesy of railguideeurope.com.

 

2-berth cabin.  Larger photo.

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Copenhagen to Vilnius, Riga & Tallinn

Option 1, Copenhagen to the Baltic States using a ferry from Stockholm - the fastest route to Riga or Tallinn, and in many ways the nicest...

  • Step 1, take a morning X2000 train from Copenhagen to Stockholm as shown above.

    I'd allow several hours in Stockholm between train & ferry to allow for the station-ferry transfer and ferry check-in as well as any likely delay.

Option 2, Copenhagen to the Baltic States by train all the way, with overnight stop in Warsaw...

  • Day 1, travel from Copenhagen to Warsaw, leaving Copenhagen 07:26, changing at Hamburg Hbf & Berlin Hbf arriving Warsaw Centralna 21:33.

    You take a comfortable Danish intercity train from Copenhagen to Hamburg, a superb German ICE train from Hamburg to Berlin, and a comfy Polish EuroCity train with restaurant car to Warsaw.  In Berlin you've time between trains to see the Reichstag and Brandenburg gate which are a short walk away from Berlin Hbf.

    An altered timetable applies from 18 June to 21 August 2022, see the Copenhagen to Warsaw section.

    Fares start at €49.90 in 2nd class or €79.90 in 1st class.  Fares vary like air fares, book ahead for the cheapest prices.

    Book from Copenhagen to Warsaw at the German Railways website www.bahn.de.  Booking to Poland normally opens 60 days ahead.  You print your own ticket or can show it on your laptop or smartphone.  I recommend registering when prompted so you can log in & check your bookings or re-print tickets at any time.

  • Day 2, travel from Warsaw to Kaunas & Vilnius, leaving Warsaw at lunchtime, changing at Bialystok and arriving Kaunas in Lithuania in the evening, with connections to Vilnius, see the Warsaw to Vilnius page for details.  Warsaw-Vilnius costs around €24.

  • Day 3, for onward travel from Vilnius to Riga, see here.

  • Day 4, for onward travel from Riga to Tallinn, see here.

Option 3, Copenhagen to the Baltic States with overnight stop in Berlin - Sundays-Fridays only, with a very early start from Berlin...

  • Day 1, travel from Copenhagen to Berlin in a day by Danish IC3 intercity train from Copenhagen to Hamburg and superb German ICE train from Hamburg to Berlin, as shown in the Copenhagen to Berlin section above.

  • Stay overnight in Berlin.  The 3-star InterCity Hotel (my favourite) or Meininger Hotel are right next to Berlin Hbf, a 10-minute walk from the Reichstag or 15 minutes from the Brandenburg Gate, relatively inexpensive with good reviews.  The Steigenberger Hotel is more upmarket, also right next to the station with great reviews.  If you want to push the boat out, the famous & historic Hotel Adlon Kempinski Berlin is next to the Brandenburg Gate.  If you're on a tight budget, the cheaper Motel One Berlin-Hbf is behind the station or see www.hostelworld.com.

  • Day 2, travel from Berlin to Warsaw by EuroCity train leaving Berlin Hbf at 05:43 Mondays-Saturdays only arriving Warsaw Centralna at 11:42.

    The Berlin-Warsaw EuroCity train is a comfortable air-conditioned Polish train with trolley refreshment service and a restaurant car serving drinks, snacks and meals.  Treat yourself to a cooked breakfast the restaurant car.

    Fares from Copenhagen to Warsaw start at €49.90 in 2nd class or €79.90 in 1st class.

    Buy tickets from Copenhagen to Warsaw at the German Railways website www.bahn.de.

    To get the overnight stop in Berlin, click Stopover, enter Berlin Hbf and a suitable stopover duration, say 10 hours.  Adjust departure time & stopover duration to get the trains you want either side of Berlin, a little trial & error may be needed.

    Booking to Poland normally opens 60 days ahead.  You print your own ticket or can show it on your laptop or smartphone.  I recommend registering when prompted so you can log in & check your bookings or re-print tickets at any time.

    Tip: You may be able to buy a through ticket from Copenhagen to Bialystok covering both the Copenhagen -Berlin-Warsaw & Warsaw-Bialystok trains for almost the same price as Copenhagen to Warsaw.  In which case, you just need to buy a Bialystok-Kaunas/Vilnius ticket at the station in Warsaw, or on board the train.

  • Day 2, travel from Warsaw to Kaunas & Vilnius, leaving Warsaw at lunchtime, changing at Bialystok and arriving Kaunas in Lithuania in the evening, with connections to Vilnius, see the Warsaw to Vilnius page for details.  Warsaw-Vilnius costs around €24.

  • Day 3, for onward travel from Vilnius to Riga in Latvia, see here.

  • Day 4, for onward travel from Riga to Tallinn in Estonia, see here.

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Copenhagen to Kiev & Ukraine...

Option 1, Copenhagen to Kiev using the Kiev Express sleeper train from Warsaw...

The Warsaw to Kiev train at Warsaw Centralna

The Kiev Express at Warsaw CentralnaCourtesy of DiscoverByRail.com.

1, 2 or 3 bed sleeper compartment   Each compartment has a washbasin   The Kiev Express

1, 2 or 3-bed sleeper...

 

Washbasin...

 

Kiev Express...

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Copenhagen to Moscow & St Petersburg...

Option 1, Copenhagen to Moscow via Stockholm & Helsinki - avoids Belarus so no need to get a Belarus transit visa...

Option 2, Copenhagen to Moscow via Berlin...

The Strizh sleeper train from Berlin to Moscow

The Strizh sleeper train from Berlin to Moscow.  It's a Spanish-built articulated Talgo train - note the relatively small size of each car, with just one axle between each pair of cars.  Photos courtesy of Jaap van Ginkel.

2-bed sleeper with washbasin, night   2-bed sleeper with washbasin, day mode   Complimentary toiletry pack in a Strizh sleeper

Standard 2-berth sleeper with washbasin, in night-time & daytime modes...

 

Complimentary toiletry pack...

Option 2, via Berlin & Warsaw...

The 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

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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...

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Copenhagen to Istanbul & Turkey

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bullet pointHotels in Copenhagen

Suggested Copenhagen hotel:  Axel Guldsmeden

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!

Find hotels at Booking.comMy 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.

Hotels in Copenhagen near the station...

Other hotel sites worth trying...

Backpacker hostels...

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bullet pointTravel insurance & VPN

 

Columbus direct travel insurance

 

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Always take out travel insurance...

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.

UK flagIn the UK, reliable insurers include Columbus Direct.

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

UK flagYou can use Confused.com to compare prices & policies from many different insurers.

  US flag If you live in the USA try Travel Guard USA.

A Curve card saves on foreign transaction fees...

 

Curve card

Most banks give you a poor exchange rate, then charge you a currency conversion fee.  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 at time of writing.  The balance goes straight onto one of your existing debit or credit cards.

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 - I get some commission if you sign up to Curve, but I'm recommending it here because it's great.  See details, download the app and get a Curve card - they'll give you £5 cashback through that link, too.

 

Express VPN

Get a VPN for safe browsing.  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 it myself - I've signed up as an ExpressVPN affiliate, and if you go with expressvpn.com using the links on this page, you should see a special deal, 3 months free with an annual subscription, and I get a small commission to help support this site.

 


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