These trains provide the only year round service from the Danish capital to northern Germany.
So for most of the year if you want to travel entirely by train from Norway or Sweden to continental Europe, this is the route to take.
Though early booking is recommended, particularly during June to September, when some departures can sell out days in advance!
Though there is now a direct overnight train from Stockholm and on to Berlin via Hamburg.
It will also call at a station in the Kobenhavn suburbs, so will provide an overnight alternative to these IC trains.
Final Destination: Hamburg
Until June 17th and from Aug 22nd:
The train to Hamburg are scheduled to depart from Kobenhavn at 07:26; 11:26 and 15:26.
June 18th to Aug 21st:
The number of trains will be doubled with departures at 05:17, 07:39; 09:17; 11:17; 13:17 and 17:17.
Onward connections from Hamburg:
The 07:26 train is typically due into Hamburg at 12:04 and these connections are usually available:
The 11:26 train is typically due into Hamburg at 16:02 and these connections are usually available:
The 15:26 train is typically due into Hamburg at 20:02 and these connections are usually available:
3 - 6 x trains per day
Book early and save: Yes
Online bookings open: 3 months ahead of the travel date.
Book 1st class ticket journey tickets and your seat reservation is included - but they're usually optional* when booking 2nd class tickets, or if you will be travelling with a 1st or 2nd class rail pass.
If you won't be purchasing 1st class tickets, reservations are highly recommended; particularly on Friday and Sunday afternoons.
Travelling Between June 18tth and Aug 21st: which is when the summer timetable is operating.
During this time rail pass users will need to pay a reservation fee prior to boarding - €5.90 1st class, €4.50 2nd class; though reservations are recommended at any time, these can be popular trains.
Rail pass reservations can be booked through the DSB website (the tech is provided by the B-Europe reservation system); 30kr = approx €4.
When booking 1st AND 2nd class tickets between these dates, your seat(s) will be automatically assigned.
If you will be using DB to book tickets, enter KOBENHAVN- in the 'from' box and look for journeys that have '0' in the Chg. column
Trains departing at different times can be cheaper than others leaving on the same day,
|Ticket Provider||Approximate Cost|
|DSB||from €29 (in kr.)|
This train, which is direct to Berlin, will typically due to arrive in Hamburg at around 05:30, but it will usually offer these onward connections:
These trains used to be shunted on to a ferry for a sea crossing between Denmark, but the Danish part of that route is being affected by engineering works in preparation for the opening of the Fehmarn Fixed Link tunnel in around 2028.
Hence this train service between the Danish capital and Hamburg has been re-routed to travel overland
via the Jutland peninsular.
So a less fascinating journey than the previous route and this route is scenically uninteresting too, but it does have three highlights, which you can't miss if you will be travelling when it's daylight.
(1) Around 15 mins after departing Ringsted, the train will cross the Great Belt Fixed Link between Zealand and the island of Funen.
(2) After departure from Odense he train will cross the Little Belt Bridge, which connects the island of Funen to Jutland.
(3) The spectacular crossing of the Kiel Canal on the Rendsburg High Bridge - the corkscrew ascent from the town and its station is quite something.Though the video was filmed from a train travelling in the opposite direction.
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