train from Berlin to Copenhagen(ish)
Replies: 4 - Last Post: Mar 19, 2013 1:12 AM Last Post By: Nautiker
Mar 16, 2013 8:34 PM
train from Berlin to Copenhagen(ish)Hi there,
I'd like to take the train from Berlin to Copenhagen or Malmo this May, and from there head back south to Amsterdam or Koln. I'm a bit confused about the options. I see that there is an ICE train available from Berlin to Copenhagen via Hamburg, and that it involves a ferry ride. Is this the same thing as the Berlin Night Express? I get the impression that it's not. The BNE seems to take a more direct route, run to Malmo instead of Copenhagen, and -- most importantly for my purposes -- not run between May 12 and June 23.
Does the ICE train actually go on a ferry? Does it also run at night?
If I'm travelling during the day, this is a long trip. I'd like to stop at least once in each direction to break it up a bit -- perhaps in Hamburg and/or Luebeck. Is there anywhere else you recommend as worth a stop?
Thanks very much.
Mar 17, 2013 12:20 AM
1The ICE via Hamburg is run by DB, is gets ferried on the Rodby-Puttgarden train ferry, an interesting experience. You must leave the train during the crossing and go up into the ferry passenger accommodation.
Book at http://www.bahn.de/en Berlin-Copenhagen or Berlin-Malmo from €39, booking opens 92 days ahead.
If you want to stop off, but still book those cheap Spezial tickets from €39, the clever way is to click 'Add stopover", enter the location where you want to stop off in the 'via' box and any number of hours up to 24:00 or maybe now even 48:00 in the 'stopover' box, and then it'll include a stopover. Cheaper than buying separate tickets.
The BNE is run by er.. who is it this week? veolia, I think. It's a night train with couchettes but now no sleepers. This goes to Malmo via the Sassnitz-Trelleborg train ferry, though you'll be asleep. http://www.berlin-night-express.com/en/morning.html
The direct City Night Line sleeper train from Copenhagen (18:46 to Cologne (06:14) and Amsterdam (08:56) can also be booked at www.bahn.de/en from €59 with couchette, €104 with a bed in a 2-bed sleeper with washbasin, breakfast included, or from €134 in a deluxe sleeper with shower and toilet, breakfast included.
Daytime travel Copenhagen-Cologne from €39 can also be booked at www.bahn.de/en but for Copenhagen-Amsterdam you'll need to split the journey, Copenhagen-Osnabruck from €39 then Osnabruck-Amsterdam from €19.
Mar 17, 2013 12:34 AM
2as usual, the man in seat61 leaves little to add. :-)
note there are regular direct nighttrains (Prague-)Berlin-Copenhagen by DB, too, alas not starting until after midnight and arriving the late morning. these trains are routed via the mainland. same offers as indicated above apply.
Hamburg or Lübeck will do great as a stopover.
Mar 17, 2013 2:47 PM
3Thank you both! So if I have this right:
-the Berlin Night Express run by Veolia goes between Berlin and Malmo, and involves a ferry ride (but doesn't run May 12- June 23)
-DB runs ICE trains from Berlin to both Copenhagen and Malmo, via Hamburg, and they go on a ferry too
-DB also runs a night train from Berlin to Copenhagen, but it takes a mainland route
-there's a special City Night Line sleeper I can take from Copenhagen southwards, as well as DB trains that go during the day.
That's very helpful. Much appreciated!
Mar 19, 2013 1:12 AM
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