Denmark by train

Map with main train connections in Denmark

Your Eurail rail pass is your ticket to everything Danish. Whether you’re into vibrant cities, lovely beaches, lush forests or beautiful countryside, you’ll find everything you’re looking for when you travel by train in Denmark. And your Eurail pass will take you there, quickly and efficiently.

Denmark in images
Train types in Denmark
Places to visit in Denmark
Events in Denmark
Benefits in Denmark
More about Denmark

Denmark in images

Nyhavn, Copenhagen

Nyhavn, Copenhagen

Little mermaid, Copenhagen

Little mermaid, Copenhagen

Egeskov castle

Egeskov castle

Frederiksborg castle, Hillerod

Frederiksborg castle, Hillerod

Coastline of Skagen

Coastline of Skagen

Train types in Denmark

 

Rail network

The national railway company of Denmark is called DSB (Danish State Railways - Danske Statsbaner) Logo of DSB

 

Eurail passes valid in Denmark are also valid on trains operated by the following railway companies: Arriva, DSB S-Tog and DSB-First.

 

 

 

Hourly services of modern InterCity trains connect København (Copenhagen) and Zealand with the main towns. Furthermore a train leaves for Odense on the island Funen every half hour. The InterCityLyn trains reach Aarhus from København within 3 hours and Odense is only a 1 hour and 15 min's train journey away from København. InterCityLyn is a fast train with fewer stops.

 

The Denmark InterCity trains (day train) have 2 categories:

  • Business (former 1st class)

  • Standard (former 2nd class)

 

Private railway companies

With a Eurail pass you also receive a 50% discount on travel with the private railway company Nordjyske Jernbaner for the following routes:

  • Hjørring – Hirtshals

  • Frederikshavn – Skagen

 

Visit the Nordjyske Jernbaner website to check the timetable ('rejseplan' in Danish).

 

S-tog

Eurail passes are also valid on the S-tog or S-train, the suburban rail network of Copenhagen operated by DSB. It connects the city center with the inner suburbs of Copenhagen. The S-tog trains run partly underground. See Wikipedia for an overview of the rail network.

 

International connections

A tunnel / bridge link connects Copenhagen with Malmö in Sweden. Every 20 minutes a train service operates between Helsingør (Elsinore), Copenhagen and Malmö, and on the Swedish side of the Öresund, trains will go to Helsingborg and Kristianstad. As for connections to Gothenburg and Stockholm, there are direct trains from Copenhagen to Gothenburg. For Stockholm you have to change in Malmö.

 

Traveling by night train one can use the return service from Denmark to Germany to the following stations:

  • Köln / Dortmund (Germany)

  • Stuttgart (Germany)

  • Munich (Germany) 

 

Reservations

A Eurail pass is valid on all domestic trains within Denmark. Seat reservation is not necessary, though advance reservation is recommended on the InterCity / InterCity Lyn trains if you want to be sure of a seat.

 

Seat reservation is required for some international trains: the SJ High Speed train between Copenhagen and Stockholm (Sweden) and ICE International trains to various countries. See the reservation fees for international trains.

 

For night trains, like the CityNightLine, reservation is also compulsory. Prices depend on the type of sleeping accomodation.

 

Extra info

Airport-station link

Copenhagen Kastrup airport has a train station situated at terminal 3. There are connections to København H (main train station of Copenhagen), Malmö (Sweden) and many other destinations.

 

Eurail aid office in Denmark

For questions about Eurail, you can go to the international ticket desk at Central Station København (Copenhagen). It is open daily from 09:30am to 06:00pm. See more Eurail aid offices in Europe.

 

General train travel information

For general information about train travel in Denmark, you can contact the DSB Customer Centre: by phone +45 70 13 14 15 (daily 08:00 - 20:00, English speaking staff) or by mail: salginfo@dsb.dk.

 

Spelling of cities in Denmark

On Danish train timetables and at train stations in Denmark, you'll usually find the local spelling of Danish cities and stations.

Here is the local spelling of some popular Danish cities:

  • København = Copenhagen

 

Places to visit in Denmark

 
West coast of Jutland
West coast of Jutland

A step between two worlds

The main ‘peninsula’ connecting Denmark to Germany offers a wide variety of sights and styles. The northernmost tip (Grenen) allows you to – literally – put one foot in the North Sea, and the other foot in the Kattegat. Don’t miss Lønstrup Cliffs (Lønstrup Klint), and the fabulous shifting sand dunes of Råbjerg Mile. The capital of Jutland, Aarhus (Arhus) and the lively city of Alborg provides a taste of the modern life, while fabulous white sand beaches dot the western coast.

The spectacular Aarhus Old Town (Den Gamle By) is a 20-minute walk, or 8-minute bus ride, from central station Aarhus H.

Vikingships in Vikingmuseum, Ribe
Vikingships in Vikingmuseum, Ribe

A walk through time

Built around 700 A.D., Ribe’s ancient architecture, old-world charm, and well-maintained cobblestone streets give the town a unique feel. The town is a living museum – complete with its own Night Watchman, who strolls the town as evening falls. The Ribe Cathedral and St. Catharinæ Church & Abbey should certainly be on your list. But there is also plenty of art and history on display in Ribe’s many museums, like the fabulous Viking Museum.

From the Ribe station, the Viking Museum is less than a 1-minute walk.

Legoland, Billund
Legoland, Billund

Building blocks of fun

Use your Eurail Denmark Pass to make your way to Billund, and discover Legoland: a theme park built with the famous, colorful interlocking plastic toy bricks. The adventure begins in Miniland, in the heart of the park, where you can see a mini Lego version of the world, including many famous landmarks, built from 20 million of the little bricks. There’s also a 4D Cinema, rides and games, and more. 

Legoland is in Billund, about 30 minutes southeast of Grindsted, in central Jutland. From Copenhagen, Billund is about 3 hours by train.

Nyhavn, Copenhagen
Nyhavn, Copenhagen

Colorful, cultural capital

Copenhagen (København) is one of Europe's oldest capitals and features dozens of museums and shops, charming canals, colorful row houses, lush parks and tranquil lakes. Its nearly two million inhabitants have created a melting pot of culture that makes this city unlike any other in the world. Don’t miss the exciting Tivoli Gardens amusement park, and be sure to stroll the Strøget, the longest pedestrian street in Europe.

Copenhagen Central Station (København H) is directly across from Tivoli Gardens.

Egeskov castle
Egeskov castle

The isle of imagination

The quaint island of Funen (Fyn) is the birthplace of storyteller Hans Christian Anderson. After walking in his footsteps and learning about the life and works of the world’s most beloved author, take time to explore the island. Among the renaissance architecture (such as the remarkable Egeskov Castle), more than 120 castles and manor houses and unique museums, you’ll find a heart rich with tradition and honor.

To reach Egeskov Castle, take the train to station Kværndrup st, and then take the bus directly to the castle grounds. The bus ride is only about 10 minutes.

Events in Denmark

 
Vikingespil, Denmark
Vikingespil, Denmark

Vikingespil

June 20 - July 13, 2015

Across the whole of the country the Danish celebrate the Vikings with the performance of traditional Viking plays.

Around Sealand Boat Race, Helsingør
Around Sealand Boat Race, Helsingør

Around Sealand Boat Race

June 26, 2015

Dates unconfirmed.

 

The boats depart from the harbor at Helsingør, and the route around the island depends upon the winds. 

Helsingør harbor can be reached by bus from the main station.

Autumn Jazz Festival in Copenhagen
Autumn Jazz Festival in Copenhagen

Copenhagen Jazz festival

July 3 - July 12, 2015

Copenhagen hosts a summer, autumn and winter version of this jazz festival. The summer edition turns Copenhagen into a jazz stronghold. Concerts are held all over the city centre and most of them are free.

The Jazz Festival takes place at venues all over Copenhagen, easily accessible with the capital’s extended public transport network.

More about Denmark

 

Quick facts

  • Capital: Copenhagen

  • Population: 5.6 million

  • Language: Danish

  • Currency: Danish krone (DKK)

  • Dialing code: +45

Benefits in Denmark

 

Get around with the S-train

Eurail pass holders can travel for free on Copenhagen's suburban rail network.

 

Bus travel to Germany

With a Eurail pass valid in Denmark you get free travel (pay only for the reservation) on the following bus route:

  • Copenhagen – Berlin

 

See all pass benefits for Denmark

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