Travelling by train in Denmark

General information

Welcome to the guide on how to save money and time and  how to avoid confusion when travelling in and from/to Denmark by train.
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Service changes in response to Covid-19.

This is the DSB Coronavirus page, DSB is the national rail operator in Denmark.

DSB has imposed a system of mandatory free seat reservations on all journeys by InterCity (IC) and Lyn (Lightning) and Regional services, which is intended to ensure that all passengers are spaced apart.


Trains in Denmark - 10 Things That Are Good To Know:

Taking the train is an ideal way to explore Denmark as the longest possible direct journeys take no more than five hours and its main islands are now connected by railway bridges and tunnels.

Express trains operate at least hourly on the routes they take, but if you want to travel by them AND save money - it pays to plan your journeys in advance.

There are a few things worth knowing before setting off to the 
station particularly if you want to travel for the cheapest possible price!

1. DSB is Denmark’s national rail operator, but it doesn’t quite operate all of the trains in Denmark, including some the branch lines in Jutland.

2. The four main train SERVICES operated by DSB are:

(i) S-tog trains – the commuter train network in Copenhagen/København.

(ii) Regiontog – regional train services that link towns

(iii) Intercity (IC) – long distance express train services
(iv) Intercitylyn (LYN) : the fastest express train service on the København – Odense – Aarhus – Aarlborg route

Note that 'Lyn' refers to the service and not the trains - 
Lyn services call at fewer stations than IC trains, particularly between Copenhagen and Odense.

The same trains tend to be used for both Lyn and the (slower) IC services.

3. Reservations are available, but optional on IC and Lyn services.

4. The majority of long distance train services operate at hourly intervals daily.

Routes with an hourly service in the normal timetable pattern are:

(i) Copehhagen/Kobenhavn – Odense – Frederica – Arhus – Aarlborg *–  by Lynn trains

(ii) Copehhagen/Kobenhavn – Roskilde - Odense – Frederica – Arhus – Aarlborg by IC trains

(iii) Copehhagen/Kobenhavn – Roskilde - Odense – Frederica – Arhus – Esbjerg by IC train

(iv) Copehhagen/Kobenhavn – Nykobing has 2 x trains per hour on Mon-Sat and at least hourly trains on Sundays.

*These train services used to continue beyond Aarlborg to and from Frederikshavn, but connections are now required in Aalborg.

6. Billund - the location of Legoland and the Lego House, is not served by trains.

7Øresundståg trains operate every 20 mins on the Helsingor - Kobenhavn - Kobenhavn Aiport - Malmo - Lund route.

1 x train per hour is extended beyond Lund to/from each of these destinations in southern Sweden – Göteborg, Kalmar and Karlskrona.

8. Swedish Snabbtåg trains provide multiple services per day on the Copenhagen – Stockholm route.

9. Daytime EC trains operate between BOTH Copenhagen/København and Arhus and Hamburg.

And in spring/summer there is now an overnight train between Copenhagen/København and Hamburg, in both directions which travels via Frederica - but the same type of train that's used for the daytime services is  provided - so no sleeping cabins are available.

A change of train is required in Hamburg when travelling during the day to any other destination in Germany - and beyond.

9. There are no sleeper trains on routes within Denmark or on the international routes.


Bikes On Trains:

10 .You need to purchase tickets for bikes before taking them on board regional and long distance - IC and Lyn train services

ShowMeTheJourney's guide to booking these bike tickets is available here

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Danish Train Tickets - 6 Things That Are Good To Know:

. DSB is Denmark’s national rail operator, but comparatively few pages on its otherwise highly efficient website appear on the English language version.

However, the ticket booking pages ARE on the English language version.

This is useful as it’s definitely worth making the effort to book tickets for express trains before you arrive in Denmark.

More info is on the green 'Tickets & Passes' button below.

2. DSB offers limited numbers of DISCOUNTED ‘Orange’ tickets on the routes taken by its long distance train services - IC and Lyn AND Regional trains

3. These 'Orange' tickets can save more than 60% off the standard ticket price – so it’s worth tracking them down, though inevitably they can sell out quickly on the most popular trains.
4. Another plus of booking tickets online is that the majority of stations in Denmark don’t have ticket offices, in many location tickets can be purchased only at machines or 7-11 stores.

So booking in advance online gives peace of mind that you won’t have encounter problems when trying to buy train tickets when you arrive in Denmark.

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

6Aside from the core ticket booking pages, virtually all of the pages with useful travel information on the DSB website are only available on the site's Danish language version - that includes ALL pages we link to below.

But use Google Translate and you shouldn't run into problems, as the pages themselves tend to be easy to use.

7Contacting DSB:

The international number is +4570131418

Opening hours:

Monday to Friday: 08:00 - 18:00
Saturday-Sunday: 08:00
- 15:00

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