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Copenhagen connections

Two Questions: Currently one total, combined ticket can be bought for train from Copenhagen to Odense and for immediate transfer to the bus from there to Faaborg. However if one wants to stop and sightsee in Odense, two separate tickets have to be bought… When doing that is one ticket bought from the train company and the other ticket from a bus company?

Most important question, in coming back from Odense by Danish Railways and transferring to a Swedish Railways train from Copenhagen to Stockholm, how much connection time to allow between those two trains… distance to walk in station? Any security to clear? How early can we board the Stockholm train ahead of its departure?

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Standard tickets are valid for the day, but not specific departures, so you could spend a few hours sight seeing in Odense before jumping on the bus to Faaborg.

In Copenhagen there is no security, so you can jump on the train to Stockholm right before departure. There should not be any significant distance to walk, but sometime i have experienced that the train from Stockholm has arrived on the distant track 26, so if it departs from there as well, be sure to include at least an extra 15 minutes to find the track and get there.

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Hi,

1st question:
You could also buy one of the discounted "Orange" or "Orange Fri" tickets from Copenhagen to Odense and buy a bus ticket to Fåborg from there ( the bus ticket from Odense to Fåborg cost DKK 62). Depending on the availability of discounted tickets this could be cheaper for you.

2nd question:
SJ has a bad habit of cancelling their trains between Copenhagen and Malmö if the train is late when it's arriving from Stockholm. So, give yourself a bit of extra time, in case you need to take the regional train to Malmö and catch the SJ train there.
Naturally, the majority of trains run according to schedule, but as someone who regularly (several times a week) travels to/from Copenhagen Central Station, I've witnessed this happen before.

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Thank you all! Morten, Just to be sure, someone at Danish railways emailed me that I could not “interrupt the trip “in Odense without buying a separate train and bus ticket… Maybe that was just a language barrier? Also, in response to your allowing 15 extra minutes in Copenhagen, that is 15 extra minutes on top of what? (What is the usual baseline connection time that could should be allowed… One hour? One and a half hours? (Including allowing time to buy food or whatever……)?

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If DSB has emailled you saying you need two separate tickets, I would take their word for it. Standard train tickets are not time specific, but the discounted Orange and Fri tickets are, as Brocollihår also writes.
The extre 15 minutes are on top of what you are comfortable with, getting from one track to another could take under 5 minutes, but you might want a little extra for peace of mind.

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Thanks. So far, so good. Have been reading, though, that sometimes that Stockholm train can be at a platform way out of the main station (where I assume the train from Odense probably arrives), so how long might that extra trek be? And how far ahead of departure can we board the Stockholm train? (I guess this isn’t going to be like Schipol Airport where if you don’t build in a two hour connection, you may just miss your flight)

While we’re at it, does anyone know how much time to allow for connection at Odense when coming in from Ringe and changing for train to Copenhagen? (This is all part of a ridiculously long travel day I’ve stuck us with)

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Yes, I remember the rules about interrupting the trip were like that once, but I didn't know it was still like that. It's good that I've been updated on that :-)

The platform you've read about is track 26, the track Morten mentioned in his first reply. You access it via the Tietgensgade Bridge. There are signs at Copenhagen Central Station showing the way to track 26.

You can usually board the train somewhere around 5-15 minutes prior to departure. It depends on several things, like the cleaning of the train, the availability of tracks at the station, etc.

DSB doesn't offer connections of less than 5 minutes in Odense, but if your connection to the train to Stockholm depends on it, I would provide more time to change in Odense.