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Ferry to Helsingor?

We’ll be driving to Copenhagen from Stockholm and are wondering about taking the ferry from Helsingborg to Helsingor to see Kronburg Slot and then south to Copenhagen instead of driving down to Malmo and over the bridge. It’s a little bit longer time-wise, but not enough that we’re worried about it. Does this plan make sense?

Two notes - (1) we’ll have already done the bridge at the start of the trip; and (2) we may not make in to Kronburg before it closes at 5pm - so we may only be doing this for a picture from the parking lot.

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I believe you need reservations for the car. I assume that would be for a specific sailing time, but don't know. I have only done the ferry as a walker. We were there a couple weeks ago and noticed long car lines for the ferry, but I don't know if that is typical. Should be easy to check the requirements online.

Helsingor has a charming central city area. Probably you could park and have a walk around. I'm trying to remember how impressive or non-impressive Kronborg was from the parking lot. I think it is probably worth passing by, especially if you stop in town for a short stroll. If you happen to get there quite early, we were surprised by how much we enjoyed the Maritime Museum which is right next to the castle. We stopped in only because we had the Copenhagen Card so it was free for us. We ended up staying 90 minutes and wishing we had longer.

Not much help from direct personal experience, I'm afraid! I think if you find the ferry reservations easy (or that there is no need for reservations), it might be fun to do something different than the bridge. I don't know when you are traveling - perhaps the situation is different outside of summer travel time.

Posted by
131 posts

I think it makes sense. There are also nice views of Kronborg from the ferry.

I've taken the ferry lots of times, and you don't need to pre-book. The ferries depart every 20 minutes, so even if there is a que it moves fairly quick. Prices are a bit lower online, especially if you can commit to a 2-hour depature window. Book directly with the operator on

On the way to Copenhagen, you can also consider a stop at Louisiana MOMA, which is often open late. If you're into castles, you shouldn't miss Frederiksborg Castle in nearby Hillerød.

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Sounds like a good idea to get some variety.

There are also nice views of Kronborg from the ferry.

I agree, visit the sundeck for the best view.