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Our GUIDE to Danish train tickets and how to buy them online covers the basics of what you can expect to encounter when making bookings.

What we have set out to provide is some context for the tickets and journey options you SHOULD encounter when making a booking either online or at the station.

We have striven to ensure that the advice we present is as accurate as possible, but a guide such as this cannot cover every combination of journey options.
 

DSB is Denmark’s national rail operator and its website looks great, but it has a couple of quirks when using it to book train tickets.

One of which, is that when switching to the English language version, most of the site’s content disappears - apart from the booking path.

Our step-by-step guide to booking tickets on the DSB website (desktop version) is HERE.

However, if you're new to booking train tickets for travel in Denmark it's worth familiarising yourself with the info below.

Is it possible to save money by booking train tickets for journeys within Demark in advance?

What to look out for when searching for and buying discounted 'Orange' tickets?

How far ahead can tickets for train journeys within Demark be booked in advance?

What about seat reservations for train journeys within Demark?

What about child tickets for train journeys within Demark?

What else should I be aware of when booking tickets for train journeys within Demark online?

What are the key things to be aware of when booking international train tickets for journeys from Denmark?

What are the key things to be aware of when using rail passes within and to/from Denmark?


BOOKING TRAIN TICKETS FOR JOURNEYS WITHIN  DENMARK:

Our step-by-step guide to booking tickets on the DSB website (desktop version) is HERE

Is it possible to save money by booking train tickets for journeys within Demark in advance?

There are two main types of tickets sold online for long distance train journeys in Denmark;

(i) Standard* tickets
(ii) Orange tickets

*Something to watch out for is that 'Standard' is also the name of 2nd class on Danish trains.

Standard Tickets:

'Standard' tickets aren't discounted - the clue is in the name.

But the big plus of booking 'Standard' tickets is that they aren't train departure specific - so can be used on any departure on the date you have selected to travel by.

So if you want to make a day trip somewhere, you'll be free to return by whatever train you choose.

'Orange' Tickets:

In contrast to 'Standard' tickets 'Orange' tickets are discounted.

Limited numbers of these tickets will be made available on MOST IC (Inter City) and Regional (Regiontog) train services AND on SOME Lyn train services.

So if you want to save money and/or reserve seats when travelling by long distance express trains in Denmark, it pays off to book online in advance and seek out these 'Orange' tickets.

The most heavily discounted Orange tickets can be around 3 x cheaper than the Standard (non- discounted) price.

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What to look out for when searching for and buying 'Orange' tickets?

Our step-by-step guide to booking tickets on the DSB website (desktop version) is HERE.

Finding 'Orange' tickets:

When searching for journeys make sure the ‘Orange' tickets’ box is ticked, if it's not you won’t see any ‘Orange’ tickets at all.

Whether 'Orange' tickets are available on the departures you're looking at won't be immediately obvious.

Only ticket prices are shown in the search results and the type of ticket(s) available isn't listed.

You can only ascertain whether the ticket price is for an 'Orange' ticket by clicking on the price you will initially see.

Though prices that are 100 kr less than other departures, are a strong indicator of 'Orange' ticket availability.

‘Orange’ tickets are not available on all departures, no matter how far ahead you book - particularly on the most popular Lyn train services.

So try to be flexible re: departure/arrival times and search through the departures on the day you want to travel, no matter how far in advance you will be booking.

Some IC and Lyn departures may have Orange tickets available, even when most don’t – it can be a needle in a haystack scenario.

The pricing of 'Orange' tickets:

A sliding scale of prices is applied to ‘Orange’ tickets, you generally need to book around 6 weeks ahead to obtain the very cheapest price(s).

On your travel date some departures may have cheaper ‘Orange’ tickets available than others - another very good reason for searching through the departures.

The core terms and conditions for 'Orange' tickets:

These tickets are train specific - so Orange tickets can't be moved to a different train if you subsequently change your travel plans.

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How far ahead can tickets for train journeys within Demark be booked in advance?

Tickets are placed on sale online two months ahead of the travel date.

So the further ahead you can book, the more likely it is that discounted 'Orange' tickets will be available on a wide spread of departures.

Booking less than a week ahead:

A week or less ahead of the travel date and ‘Orange’ tickets will be most LIKELY sold out on Lyn train services on which they had been available.

However, it’s not unknown for additional ‘Orange’ tickets, at the cheapest possible price, to be made available for the slower IC trains a couple of days ahead.

Therefore you may be able to grab a late bargain - so it can be a good idea to hold back from paying the full (non-Orange) price for journeys by IC trains.

Keep checking as your travel date approaches, if additional Orange tickets are released the price will fall.

If you’re still seeing the full price, you may as well book at the station.

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What about seat reservations for train journeys within Demark?

Seat reservations are OPTIONAL for journeys by IC (Inter City), Regional (Regiontog) AND Lyn train services.

If you don't add a reservation when making a booking seats aren’t guaranteed.

However, when you do make a reservation, you can choose your seat(s).

Our step-by-step guide to booking tickets on the DSB website (desktop version) is HERE.

Reservations used to be automatically included when booking Orange tickets - but no longer.

When is it worth paying to add the reservation?

There are no rules around this, so these are SUGGESTIONS as to when this will be likely to be worthwhile.

We particularly recommend making reservations on:

(i) Any departure from Kobenhavn H station between 16:00 and 18:30. 

When boarding IC (Inter City) and Lyn train services at Kobenhavn H station - these trains will have previously picked up passengers at Osterport and Norreport stations

(ii) All IC and Lyn train services departing Fridays and Sundays between 14:00 and 19:30.

(iii) All journeys by Lyn services during the day from Arhus, Fredericia and Odense TO Kobenhavn (these train services can fill up on route).

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What about child tickets for train journeys within Demark?

Book discounted adult 'Orange' or non-discounted Standard' tickets and up to two children under 12 years of age, can travel with each adult ticket holder free of charge.

Adult ticket prices are charged for children aged 12 and over.

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What else should you be aware of when booking tickets for train journeys within Demark online?

Keep these things in mind.

(1) DSB uses the Danish spellings of cities/towns so use Kobenhavn for Copenhagen etc.

(2) Lyn services only operate on the Kobenhavn – Odense – Fredericia – Arhus – Aalborg – Frederikshavn route.

(3) The core difference between Lyn and IC (Inter City) services is speed.

On routes they share with IC services the Lyn departures are faster because they stop at less stations.

(4) You will receive a confirmation of your online booking by email - the ticket will be attached as a PDF - but you don't HAVE to print it. 

If you save the PDF to your smart phone/mobile device, you can show the ticket on your phone to the ticket inspector/conductor.


(5)  I.D. is required for Danish train tickets to be valid - so if when making a booking you selected 'passport', you will need to have it with you when making non-international train journeys.

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BOOKING TICKETS FOR TRAIN JOURNEYS FROM DENMARK:

What are the key things to be aware of when booking international train tickets for journeys from Denmark?

DSB sells tickets online for train journeys from Denmark to Germany, The Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, The Czech Republic and Austria.

DSB tends to have the cheapest possible tickets available from Denmark TO Germany

Though the section of its site dedicated to international booking is in Danish, so you may need to resort to Google Translate.

However, DSB does NOT sell tickets for the Snabbtåg trains from Copenhagen/København to Stockholm - you will need to use Swedish rail operator SJ’s online booking service.

Train tickets between Denmark and any other country gave have to be booked by phone, call DSB Customer International 70 13 14 18.

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USING RAIL PASSES:

What are the key things to be aware of when using rail passes within and to/from Denmark?

(i) There is no pan-Scandinavian rail pass available that Europeans can purchase.

(ii) Rail pass users can hop on any domestic train service within Denmark operated by DSB.

 However, note that seat reservations information above - seats aren't guaranteed without reservations, particularly on the Lyn train services.

(iii) Reservations are required prior to boarding if you want to take a Snabbtåg train to Sweden - and info on how these can be booked online is available on our Swedish train tickets guide.

(iv) In summer months rail pass users also have to reserve in advance on the Kobenhavn/Copenhagen to Hamburg route - and info on how these can be booked online is on our German train tickets guide.

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