Train or ferry between Copenhagen & Oslo?

There's no need to fly!  You can travel between Copenhagen & Oslo by train with one simple change at Gothenburg.  Or you can take the luxurious overnight ferry with restaurants, bars, entertainment and cosy private cabins, a remarkably inexpensive & time-effective option.  Or you can take a longer rail route through Sweden using comfortable SJ trains with bistro car & free WiFi with cheap advance-purchase fares from only €34.  This page explains these 3 options...

small bullet point  Copenhagen to Oslo by train - the direct & fastest route.

small bullet point  Copenhagen to Oslo by overnight ferry - the most luxurious & time-effective option.

small bullet point  Copenhagen to Oslo by SJ train - the cheapest option, from only 375 SEK (€34).

Option 1, Copenhagen to Oslo by train...

This is the fastest most direct train route, with only 1 change of train and two or three good departures every day.  You take a comfortable air-conditioned Oresund train between Copenhagen (Kobenhavn H) & Gothenburg (Göteborg Central) then an equally comfortable Norwegian train between Gothenburg & Oslo Sentral.  No bus necessary!  This is also a good route for Eurail/Interrail passholders, as no reservations are needed, just hop on!

Train times 2023

 Copenhagen ► Oslo   

 Oresund train train:

Monday-Friday

Saturday

Sunday

 Copenhagen depart:

*

05:27

09:27

13:27

*

08:27

13:27

*

09:27

13:27

 Gothenburg Central arrive:

*

09:20

13:20

17:20

*

13:20

17:20

*

13:20

17:20

 Change trains onto a Vy train:

hotel

 

 

 

hotel

 

 

hotel

 

 

 Gothenburg Central depart:

06:10

10:15

14:15

18:10

07:55

14:15

18:10

10:15

14:15

18:10

 Oslo Sentral arrive:

09:42

13:42

17:43

21:42

11:42

17:43

21:42

13:42

17:43

21:42

* Travel from Copenhagen to Gothenburg on the previous day's 17:27 departure, hotel in Gothenburg, then take the morning train to Oslo - a time-effective solution!

** Stay overnight in Gothenburg, then travel Gothenburg to Copenhagen on a morning train (trains run every hour), a time-effective solution!

Copenhagen = Kobenhavn H.  Gothenburg Central = Göteborg Central

You can check Copenhagen-Gothenburg times at www.oresundstag.se.  You can check Gothenburg-Oslo times at www.entur.no or www.vy.no.

 Oslo ► Copenhagen

 Vy train:

Monday-Friday

Saturday

Sunday

 Oslo Sentral depart:

06:08

10:10

14:10

18:10

08:08

14:10

18:10

10:10

14:10

18:10

 Gothenburg Central arrive:

09:45

13:45

17:40

21:45

11:45

17:40

21:45

13:45

17:40

21:45

 Change trains onto an Oresund train:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Gothenburg Central depart:

10:40

14:40

18:40

**

12:40

18:40

**

14:40

18:40

**

 Copenhagen arrive:

14:29

18:29

22:29

**

16:29

22:29

**

18:29

22:29

**

How much does it cost?

How to buy tickets...

What are the trains like?

You travel between Copenhagen & Gothenburg Central on the hourly Öresund train, 1st & 2nd class, free WiFi but no catering so bring your own food & drink.  It travels from Denmark to Sweden over 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 travel between Gothenburg & Oslo on a comfortable Norwegian intercity train run by Vy, 2nd class only, there are vending machines for tea, coffee, soft drinks & snacks which accept contactless cards.

Oresund train at Copenhagen

Step 1, Copenhagen to Gothenburg by Öresund train.

Oresund train 1st class seats   Oresund train 2nd class seats

1st class seats. Larger photo.

 

2nd class seats.  Larger photo.

On the Oresund link!

These Öresund trains cross the impressive Öresund bridge from Denmark to Sweden...

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

Step 2, Gothenburg to Oslo by Norwegian train seen here arrived at Oslo central. 

 

Standard class seats on the train to Oslo.  Photos courtesy of @Simply_Railway.

Scenery from the Gothenburg to Oslo train

Scenery between Gothenburg & Oslo. Photo courtesy of @Simply_Railway.

Route map...

Copenhagen to Oslo train route map

 

Click for larger map

Route map:  Copenhagen-Oslo. 

Green = scenic routes.

Reproduced from the European Rail Map with kind permission of the European Rail Timetable people.

I recommend buying a copy of the European Rail Map for your travels, www.europeanrailtimetable.eu with shipping worldwide.  More details.


Option 2, Copenhagen to Oslo by ferry...

DFDS operate a luxurious overnight ferry between Copenhagen & Oslo.  With bars, restaurant, cinema and cosy private cabins plus great scenery in Oslo Fjord, it would be my own preferred way to travel between Denmark & Norway.

Copenhagen ► Oslo

Oslo ► Copenhagen

How much does it cost?

How to buy tickets

What's the ferry like?

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.

Commodore class on the Copenhagen-Oslo ferry   Commodore class on the Copenhagen-Oslo ferry

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

Sunset at sea on the DFDS ferry from Copenhagen to Oslo

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

Option 3, Copenhagen to Oslo by SJ trains - the cheapest option...

This option takes longer than option 1 (between 11 or 12 hours compared to 8 hours for option 1) and may involve a second change of train, but it's much cheaper.  That's because the Swedish Railways offers cheap advance-purchase fares between Copenhagen & Oslo on their own trains, whereas the direct Copenhagen-Gothenburg-Oslo rail route only has full-flex standard fares (at least, for the whole journey).  This makes it the cheapest option, assuming you're able to book a few weeks in advance and commit to a specific departure.  It's a day at leisure travelling across 3 countries, on top quality trains with bistro cars & free WiFi.

Copenhagen ► Oslo

Oslo ► Copenhagen

How much does it cost?

How to buy tickets...

What are the trains like?

You leave Copenhagen on a comfortable SJ X2000 train with bistro car, power sockets at all seats & free WiFi.  This crosses from Denmark to Sweden over the Öresund fixed link, a massive bridge-tunnel-bridge structure.  You then change once or twice within Sweden onto other comfortable SJ trains, most also with bistro car, power sockets at all seats & free WiFi to reach Oslo.

An X2000 train at Stockholm Central

Copenhagen to Stockholm by tilting 200km/h X2000, seen at Stockholm CentralMore about X2000 trains.

1st class seats on a Copenhagen-Stockholm X2000 train 2nd class seats on a Copenhagen-Stockholm X2000 train

1st class on an X2000.  Larger photo.

 

2nd class on an X2000.  Larger photo.

Bistro seating area on a Copenhagen-Stockholm X2000 train   Bistro seating area on a Copenhagen-Stockholm X2000 train

Bistro seating on an X2000 train. Larger photo.

 

Bistro on an X2000 train. Larger photo.

On the Oresund link!

Crossing the impressive Öresund bridge from Denmark to Sweden...


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