Lyn (Denmark)

If you will be taking a journey by these Lyn trains our guide will tell you the key things you need to know, from booking and using tickets, to making the most of the journey experience.

There aren’t specific Lyn trains, instead the name refers to a train SERVICE that is Denmark’s fastest -  because it skips more stations than the slower IC trains.

This particularly applies to journeys between Kobenhavn and Arhus - Lyn services typically call at 6 stations when travelling between these cities, while in contrast IC services typically make 15 stops.


The same types of specific train - the IC3s, are used for these Lyn services AND the slower IC services.

DSB had introduced new IC4 trains in 2008, but they proved to be unreliable and are now rarely used on Lyn services.

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Reservations aren’t compulsory on Lyn services, so seats can be unavailable on the busiest trains, particularly in 2nd class, if you don't opt to add a reservation to your ticket booking.

Reservations are particularly recommended for journeys from Fredericia and Odense to Kobenhavn - and if you will be joining a Lyn service at Kobenhavn H (central) station

If you haven’t reserved and will be taking a Lyn service from Kobenhavn/Copenhagen - you will be more likely to find seats if you join the train at Nørreport or Østerport stations.

At busy times the 30kr reservation fee can save a lot of stress.

On particularly crowded trains the only 2nd class seats available can be the bench seats opposite the toilets (so be careful to close the toilet door after you have finished using it).

If you haven't reserved you may have to move through the train to look for spare seats, though most Lyn services are only 6 coaches long.

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On Board:

The IC3 trains aren’t the most stylish, but they ae comparatively comfortable when not overcrowded.

If you travel 1st class, jugs of boiling water are provided so that you can help yourself to a complimentary tea or coffee, cold drinks and snacks are also provided in 1st class

There are also vending machines on board for drinks that anyone can use, there is no bar/bistro coach or counter.

Something to look out for is that if you want to use the blinds on the IC3 trains that are used for Lyn services, you have to secure it in place, using the pegs attached to the window frame.

An intro to train travel in Denmark

How to buy tickets for Danish train journeys

International train routes to/from Denmark

Travelling on European daytime trains

Travelling on European overnight trains

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