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Train Travel in Denmark

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Train Transportation in Scandinavia

Train in Scandinavia

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Train travel in Denmark is quite popular and definitely one of the most reliable forms of transport in this country. There is an environmentally diverse advantage to travelling by train. It will afford you with the opportunity to see the impressive and much talked about Denmark's fjords and travel down memory lane in the footsteps of the Viking history of the region. Train travel in Denmark is by far the most comfortable and economical option if you wish to travel to your heart's content.

The transportation hub for all of Denmark’s train travel is situated in the capital of Copenhagen at the Central Station. In fact, is it virtually impossible not to travel through the Central Station at some point during your travels to this picturesque country.

One thing that sets the station, known as Hovedbanegarden by locals, apart from other stations is the service centre designed especially for travellers. Here, you can take a nap in peace, store your luggage, and use the immaculate shower facilities to freshen up. Travellers from abroad will be particularly surprised to find the station bereft of unsavoury characters and vagrants; not so strange if you consider that even the royal family keeps an apartment here to await their personal trains. The station is ideally located in the middle f the town, close to the Tivoli Gardens, where the sound of the lolling waterfalls will greet you on arrival.

If you are planning to tour Denmark by train extensively, you will get to know this station quite well. All cross-country trains will depart from this station, as well as hourly trains that will connect you to touristy hot spots. Train travel provides a convenient and hassle free way to navigate the country side, with the exception of the remote far northern regions These regions are not accessible by rail, but do not fret; there is plenty to see and do to keep you completely occupied. There is only one minor setback against train travel here. Trains in Denmark are slower than their European neighbours, but consider this a blessing, as you’ll get to truly enjoy and absorb the sight of the country at leisure.

Train travel in Denmark is really simple, once you get your head around the basics. Let’s start with the regional trains. The train system serving the greater Copenhagen district is known as the S-Tog. These trains are easily identified by their very vibrant red and sleek carriages. S-Tog stations are marked with a large red S sign, so you can miss it. These trains stop at scheduled stops, but it does not necessarily mean it will stop at your desired destination. In some cases, you will need to flag your next stop by the push of a button. As with all things in life, when in doubt, ask. The Danes might tend to keep to themselves, but they are always willing to help a traveller in need, assuming that you make the first move. Tickets for the S-Tog can be bought directly at the station.

Then there is of course the Danish State Railways, or DSB. The DSB, along with a few private railway companies cover the biggest span of the country via a dense network of trains. In some cases, railroads might be supplemented by busses on certain stretches, but this will be included in your ticket price. The “Lyntog” high speed trains connect Copenhagen directly to the Zealand district with the towns of Funen and Jutland. Reservations are required on the Lyntog and all sleeping car trains crossing the Great Belt. DSB tickets are reservation can be done at the station, but if you wish to book your seats in advance, you can do it directly from the DSB's website.

The Eurail Pass is also worth a mention. We will not cover international rail travel extensively, but rather focus on travel inside the borders of Denmark. However, the Eurail train service serves international connections via a bridge and tunnel link to Sweden. You can also book a single Eurail pass to travel around Denmark, and it affords you a further 50% discount when you travel from Hjørring to Hirtshals and from Frederikshavn to Skagen on the private Nordjykse Jernbager line. These passes are also valid on the DSB and the local S-Tog trains. A good choice for many, therefore.

There is one small catch to the Eurail though; tickets are only available to non-European residents, so if you are a local European traveller, best make use of one of the many other equally reliable rail networks that Denmark has on offer.

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