The train that goes onto a ferry...

Air-conditioned trains link Hamburg with Copenhagen, city centre to city centre up to 5 times per day in each direction, taking around 4h58.  You can easily look up train times & buy tickets at the German Railways website www.bahn.de.  Fares start at €29.90 in 2nd class or €59.90 in 1st class.  You print your own ticket.

These trains go onto a ferry for a 50-minute crossing between Puttgarden in Germany and Rødby in Denmark, one of the few places in the world where trains go onto ferries, a unique experience.  Have your camera ready!

  What's the train like?

  What the journey like?

  Travel tips - make sure you read these!

  Train times

  How much does it cost?

  How to buy tickets

What is the train like?

The direct Hamburg-Copenhagen trains are now operated by Danish IC3 trains like this, shown in the timetable as EC for EuroCity, a generic term used by many European train operators for quality trains.  The trains are air-conditioned and there's free WiFi.  There's no catering car on the train, but there's a shop, bar and self-service restaurant on the ferry.  Read more about IC3s at en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IC3.

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

A Danish IC3 train at Copenhagen station...

 

1st class seats on an IC3 train...

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

2nd class seats on a IC3 train...

 

Boarding an IC3 train to Copenhagen in Hamburg.

What's the journey like?

The highlight of the journey is of course the 50-minute ferry crossing between Puttgarden in Germany & Rødby in Denmark where the train goes onto a ship.  Northbound, about 1½ hours after leaving Hamburg the train calls briefly at Puttgarden station, then rolls slowly onto the waiting ferry a hundred yards from the station.  When the ferry arrives at Rødby it drives off almost immediately and stops at the Rødby station platform a few hundred yards beyond the ferry. 

Southbound, the train calls briefly at Rødby station about 2 hours after leaving Copenhagen, then rolls slowly onto the ferry.  At Puttgarden it drives off the ferry almost immediately and stops briefly at Puttgarden station platform a few hundred yards beyond the ferry.

Incidentally, this unique train ferry experience may not last forever.  The planned Fehmarn Belt Fixed Link will replace the ferry with a tunnel, dramatically cutting travel time between Germany and Copenhagen, perhaps as early as 2028.  So experience the train ferry while you can.

Copenhagen to Hamburg tran bioards the ferry at Rodby   Hamburg to Copenhagen train on board the train ferry

The train enters the ferry (this is a Copenhagen to Hamburg train boarding the ferry at Rødby).  Courtesy of Keith White.

 

The IC3 train, parked on the ferry's car/train deck amongst the road vehicles.  Photo courtesy of Tom Simpson.

Passengers leave the train when it goes onto the ferry

Passengers must leave the train and take the stairs or lift up to the ferry passenger decks.  You can leave your bags on the train, but should obviously take your valuables.  Photo courtesy of ...

Passing the other train ferry on the Puttgarden-Rodby route

Passing the other train ferry on the Puttgarden-Rødby route, at sea.  Photo courtesy of Nathaniel Perkins...

On deck on the Puttgarden-Rodby ferry   At sea on the Puttgarden-Rodby ferry

Sea air on deck!  Courtesy Alan Pipes Perkins...

 

At sea for 50 minutes.  Courtesy of Nathaniel Perkins.

On board the Puttgarden-Rodby ferry   Restaurant tables on the Puttgarden-Rodby ferry

On board the ferry.  Courtesy of Nathaniel Perkins...

 

Self-service restaurant tables.  Courtesy of Nathaniel Perkins...

Self-service Restaurant on the Puttgarden-Rodby ferry   Signs to the train deck on the Puttgarden-Rodby ferry

Self-service restaurant on board the ferry.  Photos courtesy of Nathaniel Perkins...

 

The sign to the train deck...

Hamburg-Copenhagen train at Copenhagen station

A Hamburg-Copenhagen IC3 at Copenhagen station.  Photo courtesy of Tom Simpson...

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