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Trains in Denmark

The Danish State Railways (DSB) has a dense network of train services connecting Copenhagen, Arhus, Alborg and much more of Denmark. Trains are the fabulous way of exploring this fascinating country and its islands!



Train types in Denmark

The railway network in Denmark is run by DSB. You can access a great deal of the country using Denmark's trains. Meanwhile, comfortable international trains connect you to cities in Sweden and Germany.

You can find Danish train times in the Interrail timetable.

Map with main train connections in Denmark

Regional trains (RØ, RV, ØR, IR)

  • Regional trains throughout Denmark


InterCity and InterCity Lyn (IC, ICL)

  • Faster than the regional trains

  • Various routes within Denmark



  • Suburban trains in Copenhagen

  • Fully included in your Interrail Pass


Nordjyske Jernbaner (NJ)

  • Fully included in your Interrail Pass


Lokaltog (RE)

  • Local trains on the island Sjælland
  • Fully included in the pass


Private railway companies in Denmark


Bicycles are permitted on the train upon purchase of a special bike ticket.
From May to August bike space must be booked in advance for IC and ICL trains.



SJ High-speed train

  • Copenhagen to Stockholm (Sweden)


Eurocity Express (EC)

  • Copenhagen – Odense – Kolding – Hamburg
  • Reservations are mandatory in the summer months (June 1st to September 1st)



  • Copenhagen Ørestad – Stockholm (Night train from Berlin and Hamburg)

SJ Euronight (EN)

  • Berlin (from 31 March) - Hamburg - Copenhagen Airport - Malmö - Stockholm 
  • Runs daily


  • Berlin - Hamburg - Copenhagen Ørestad - Malmö - Stockholm 
  • Runs daily except Saturdays
  • Also serves as a day train from Copenhagen Ørestad to Stockholm


Popular connections

These are the average travel times between the biggest cities in Denmark. Seat reservations are optional for all these train journeys.


Route Travel time
Copenhagen to Alborg 4h 45m
Copenhagen to Arhus 3h 20m
Copenhagen to Esbjerg 3h 35m
Copenhagen to Odense 1h 45m
Aalborg to Hirtshals (ferry to Norway) 1h 05m
Aalborg to Frederikshavn (Ferry to Norway and Sweden) 1h 10m
Route Which train? Travel time Reservations
Copenhagen to Hamburg (Germany) Intercity (IC) 4h 56m Optional (required June 1st until September 1st)
Copenhagen to Malmö (Sweden) Regional train (Öresundståg) 40m No reservation on Öresundståg
Copenhagen to Oslo (Norway)
(via Gothenburg, Sweden)
Regional train 8h 30m No reservation Copenhagen-Gothenburg. Optional reservation Gothenburg-Oslo.
Copenhagen to Stockholm (Sweden) High Speed Train (X2000) 5h 15m Required
Copenhagen to Berlin (Germany) Copenhagen to Berlin (Germany) 8h 55m & 9h 40m Required


From Copenhagen Central Station, trains to Sweden usually depart from platform 26, a 15 minute walk from the main platforms. There's also an ID check before boarding trains to Sweden. Therefore, it's best to arrive 30 minutes before your train departs.




How can I make reservations for trains in Denmark?

Interrail reservation self-service system

  • Interrail 
  • IC, IC-Lyn, HST (X2000), EuroNight, Snälltaget

Administration costs when booking through Interrail self-service

  • € 2,- p.p.per train
  • Additional € 9,- per order (for paper tickets)

With railway carriers

Locally at the train station


Which trains in Denmark require reservations?

  • SJ High-speed train: approximately €9 (DKK 67) in 2nd class and €18 (DKK 134) in 1st class
  • Eurocity (EC trains to and from Germany): €4,90 (DKK 33) in 2nd class and €5,90 (DKK 44) in 1st class. Required during summer season only (June 1st to September 1st)
  • SJ Euronight: fees depend on destination and type of seat/bed booked.
  • Snälltåget: fees depend on destination and type of seat/bed booked.


Reservations recommended for long journeys

  • InterCity (IC) and InterCityLyn (ICL): approximately €4 (DKK 30)


Get your Pass for Denmark

Interrail Denmark Pass

  • Travel every corner of Denmark by train.

  • Youth, senior and family discounts available.

  • Prices from € 119


View Denmark Passes 


Interrail Global Pass

  • Travel by train in Denmark and up to 32 other European countries.

  • Discounts available for youth, seniors and families.

  • Prices from € 212


View Global Passes 


Tips and tricks for Denmark

Denmark main train station

The railway hub of Denmark is in Copenhagen:

  • Københavns Hovedbanegård​ (main station).

  • Has ticket desks and information service.

  • Located only 500m from the city centre.

  • Next to the station is amusement park Tivoli.

Pass Benefits for Denmark


With your Interrail Pass, you get up to 20% discount on ferry crossings to Norway.


See all Pass benefits for Denmark

Spelling of names in Denmark

The local spelling of Danish cities can differ from the English spelling. Keep this in mind when looking up train times at stations or in timetables .

  • Copenhagen = København


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