Trains in Denmark

Train station, Denmark

DSB (Danske Statsbaner, the Danish State Railways, including the private train company Arriva) and a small number of railway companies cover the country with a dense network of train services. They are supplemented by buses on quieter stretches.

More information about trains 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.


Map with main train connections in Denmark


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).



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) 



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:


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


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