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Train from London to Copenhagen

Nyhavn harbour Copenhagen
Photo © Cees van Roeden / Wonderful Copenhagen


Route: London to Copenhagen via Brussels and Cologne
Journey time: from 17 hours 2 minutes
Journey highlights:

‘Wonderful, wonderful Copenhagen,’ goes the song, and maybe the famous lyrics have got it right: this is where charming, traditional Danish architecture and cobbled streets combine with cutting edge design and a forward-thinking attitude to city life and the environment. A walker and cyclists’ paradise, Copenhagen is equally brimming with design boutiques, galleries, hip cafés, and much more. From the Royal Palace and Tivoli gardens to a contemporary city beach and a full spread of museums and art collections, the Danish capital is nothing if not diverse: a bustling metropolis with friendliness and compact scale of a small town.


Detailed itinerary

Option 1: via Brussels and Cologne (sleeper)

Sample itinerary: Take the 1604 from St Pancras, arriving in Brussels at 1908, in enough time to catch the 1928 on to Cologne, giving you time to grab a bite to eat make the 2238 sleeper service to Copenhagen.
Price: From £191 return
Leg 1:

London St Pancras to Brussels Midi

First train 0650 (Mon-Fri), 0657 (Sat), 0804 (Sun).
Last train 1934 (every day).

Frequency of service: 11 trains a day (8 trains on Sunday).


Journey time: from 1 hr 55 minutes
Transfer A quick same-station change of platform at Brussels Midi station to catch the onward connection.

Change of platform

Transfer time: Allow 20 mins
Book a hotel near Brussels Midi
Leg 2:

Brussels Midi to Cologne Central Station (Köln Hbf).

First train departs at 0625.

Last train departs at 1928.

Frequency of service: 9 trains per day.

Thalys or ICE

Journey time: From 1 hr 57 mins
Transfer A quick same-station change of platform at Cologne Central Station to catch the onward connection. If you have time to spare, Cologne cathedral is next door.

Change of platform

Transfer time: Allow 20 mins
Book a hotel near Cologne Central Station
Leg 3:

Cologne to Copenhagen by sleeper.

Departs 2228 arrives next day at 1007 at Copenhagen Central Station (known as 'Kobenhavn H').

Frequency of service: Daily

City Night Line

Journey time: 11 hrs 39 mins

Velkommen til København

Copenhagen Central Station is the point of arrival for international (and most national) train services. Located by the Tivoli gardens on the southern edge of the city centre, it is within walking distance of many sights and places to stay – but is also on the S-train network (a new metro connection is under construction), and served by numerous buses.

The centre of Copenhagen is relatively compact and very pedestrian friendly (the principal shopping artery, Strøget, is one of world’s longest pedestrian streets), so exploring on foot is a viable and inviting option. However, for longer journeys, the city has an excellent integrated public transport network. A range of tickets (from single journeys, to multi-trips and day passes, for different zones) are available for use across the transport network: full ticket and fare information is available on the Visit Copenhagen website. The two principal modes of transports likely to be useful for visitors are the metro (currently two lines, with many extensions planned or under construction) and S-trains (heavy rail overground network; site in Danish includes a network map).

With such a clear and comprehensive train network, you are unlikely to need to use the city’s buses – but Movia, the bus operator offers some useful information on buses in Copenhagen in English. Perhaps less useful, but a sightseeing experience in themselves, are the four waterbus lines that run across Copenhagen’s harbour (website in Danish).

If you intend to visit many of the city’s major museums and sights, and will be travelling by public transport a lot, consider investing in a Copenhagen Card, which gives free admission to over 75 attractions, unlimited bus, train and metro travel, and various other discounts – you can choose to buy a card for 24, 48, 72, or 120 hours.

Copenhagen is famous for cycling: one of the world’s leading cycle cities, forty percent of commuters in the Danish capital travel by bike every day, on an ever expanding network of segregated cycle tracks, on-street cycle lanes, and super bikeways. Though there is currently no longer a cycle share programme, there are plenty of places to rent a bike in Copenhagen and Visit Copenhagen offers a wealth of information on cycling in Copenhagen for visitors.

Book a hotel near Copenhagen Central Station (København H)

Your route to Copenhagen

The lines on the map are for illustrative purposes only - they don't show the exact route taken by the train.