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Danish capital to deploy security guards at train stations

A bill has been passed to deploy security guards at DSB S-train stations in Copenhagen in a bid to improve the safety of late-night passengers.

The S-tog at Østerport Station.
The S-tog at Østerport Station. Photo: Bjarke ørsted/Ritzau Scanpix

The security guards will be present from 1st August and to start with, they will be at S-train stations on the lines from Copenhagen Central Station to Høje Taastrup, Køge and Hellerup. There will also be guards on the Ring Line between the stations Ny Ellebjerg and Hellerup.

The guards will be at the stations every day of the week and their placement will be flexible, depending if there are any situations that require increased presence at any particular station.

The initiative is part of a package of proposals that were adopted on Thursday in Danish parliament, to make nightlife safer.

“Too many people feel unsafe on public transport. There have been problems with behaviour at several S-train stations, and we have unfortunately seen several examples of disgusting, violent assaults,” Justice Minister Mattias Tesfaye said in a statement. 

“It is absolutely crucial for the government to get rid of terrorising that takes place in the city areas, so that people can feel safe, when for example they take the train,” he added.

READ MORE: How to travel (almost) free on Danish trains this summer

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Where can you travel by international train from Denmark this summer?

Looking to travel outside of Denmark this summer, but want to avoid the latest flight chaos? Take advantage of Denmark's train network to explore Europe.

Where can you travel by international train from Denmark this summer?

Train travel has all sorts of advantages – it’s better for the environment and journeys usually end in the centre of the city you want to visit, rather than in an airport several kilometres away.

The journey time is of course longer, but this isn’t always a bad thing – take some time to relax, take in the view, enjoy a good book or binge on a box set and the journey becomes part of your holiday.

Copenhagen central train station has direct services to Sweden and Germany. From Germany, you will have access to the rest of Europe.

Here’s our pick of five European countries (Sweden, Norway, Germany, France and the Netherlands) that have easy train links from Denmark that you can do in a day. We’ve provided a price guide, but obviously prices change depending on when you travel and when you book.

Copenhagen to Sweden (Stockholm, Malmö, Gothenburg, Linkoping, Lund)

There are fast direct trains to Sweden departing several times a day.

Malmö

Øresund trains are the regional trains that operate from Copenhagen Central Station (København H) to the centre of Malmö every 20 minutes and take just 40 minutes over the Øresund bridge.  Malmö train station then connects you to many other Scandinavian cities to explore.

How much: Tickets can be bought through DSB, 7-eleven shops or ticket machines. A single ticket costs 91 DKK with a Rejsekort using Rejseplanen.dk

If you don’t have a Rejsekort, it’s around 12 euros using Omio.com.

There are no seat reservations on this train and your ticket is valid on any train that day.  

Stockholm

A direct train from Copenhagen Central Station to Stockholm takes around 5 hours 15 minutes. Single tickets cost between €150 to €250 depending on the time of train and if you book economy or business class.

Linkoping

A direct train from Copenhagen Central Station to Linkoping takes around 3 hours 40 minutes. Single tickets cost between €60 and €200 depending on the time of train and if you book economy or business class.

Gothenburg

A direct train from Copenhagen Central Station Gothenburg takes around 4 hours and costs around €80 for a single ticket. You can buy them through the Øresund website www.oresundstag.se 

Lund

A direct train to from Copenhagen to Lund takes just 53 minutes and costs around €30.

Copenhagen to Oslo, Norway (via Gothenburg)

It takes around 4 hours to get to Gothenburg and then 3 hours 35 minutes to get from Gothenburg to Oslo.

How much: The fare costs around €120 and you can buy tickets at www.sj.se. or www.tagbokningen.se. 

Or Seat61.com suggests splitting the booking to buy the Gothenburg to Oslo at a cheaper rate (minipris) with Norwegian trains at www.vy.no 

Copenhagen to Hamburg or Berlin, Germany overnight

Thanks to a newly launched overnight train service in 2021, you can now catch an evening train from Copenhagen and wake up in either Hamburg or Berlin.

The train stops in Høje Taastrup at 23:15. It drops off in Hamburg at 05:31 and Berlin at 08:58 the following morning, according to Snälltåget. The return trip begins from Berlin at 20:58 and Hamburg at 23:59, arriving in Høje Taastrup at 06:16 the following morning.

How much: 

For the overnight train, prices vary depending on departure and class of comfort, which can be a basic seat, shared compartment or individual compartment. One-way tickets tend to cost between 80 kroner and 2000 kroner. You can also use Interrail Global Pass along with purchasing a reservation.

READ MORE: What you need to know about the new night train from Copenhagen to Germany

Copenhagen to Hamburg or Berlin, Germany during the day

Air conditioned intercity trains also connect Copenhagen to Hamburg in around 5 hours. There are 3 trains a day in each direction all year round, but in summer 2022 this will expand to 5 trains each way. To get to Berlin during the day, you need to change at Hamburg station and then get the German ICE train which takes around 2 hours. 

How much: For the train to Hamburg during the day, fares very between €28.90 and €59.90. From Copenhagen to Berlin, fares vary between €37.90 and €69.90. You can check train times & buy tickets at the German Railways website www.bahn.de.

Copenhagen to Paris, France (via Hamburg)

You can travel from Copenhagen to Paris by train in a single day, if you change at Hamburg station and set off early.

You get from Copenhagen to Hamburg by intercity train, as mentioned above.  If you get the early morning train, you then have time to change at Hamburg and get to Paris Gare de l’Est between 21:00 and 23:00 that evening. 

There’s a slightly different timetable from 18th June to 21st August 2022 when morning trains to Hamburg depart at 05:26, 09:26 and 11:26. 

Copenhagen to Hamburg takes around 5 hours by train. Hamburg to Paris takes just over 8 hours.

How much: You can travel from Copenhagen to Hamburg for roughly between €30 and €60 and from Hamburg to Paris for roughly between €40 and €70.  You can check train times & buy tickets at www.bahn.de.

According to the website Seat.62, if you book the two trips as separate bookings on www.bahn.de,  you can get cheaper fares for each stage.

Copenhagen to Amsterdam, Netherlands (via Hamburg and Osnabruck)

You can travel from Copenhagen to Amsterdam in a single day if you get the morning train that usually sets off from Copenhagen at either 07:26 or 11:26, or if travelling up to 21st August 2022, they set off at 05:26, 09:26 and 11:26. All of these trains leave enough time to change at Hamburg train station and Osnabruck, to then get to Amsterdam.

It takes around 5 hours from Copenhagen to Hamburg and around 6 hours from Hamburg to Amsterdam with the one straight forward change at Osnabruck.

How much: Fares for a single ticket including the changes, can start between €50 and €80. You can check train times & buy tickets at  www.bahn.de.

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