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Aeroskobing to Kalmar

The Rick Steve's itinerary of Scandanavia by train suggests going directly from Aeroskobing to Kalmar. It seems like a long and perhaps challenging train and ferry route for one day. What are people's experiences with this route? How well do I need to plan in advance to make it work? I would love input! Thank you!

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Aeroskobing-Svendborg ferry takes 75 minutes, so if you depart at 8:45 you'll arrive about 10:00; check schedules at www.aeroe-ferry.dk and re-confirm locally. Trains depart Svendborg hourly with connections at Odense and Kopenhagen (city or airport) and take under 7 hours. So yes, it is 3 connections in a day, but you should be able to get to Kalmar by 17:00. How to Look Up Train Schedules Online gives you the DB train schedule link and tips for using it.