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Fyn (Funen) transportation

One question: I keep seeing on all kinds of transportation websites that a 22 minute connection is standard for getting off the train (from Copenhagen) in Odense and transferring there to the bus from Odense to Faaborg. Apparently the bus station is right in the train station, but still that seems like a tight connection to me. Since the alternative is a really long wait, I hope someone out there has had experience with this and you can tell me what you think.

Second question: we will be on bikes during our week, and we want to take the ferry from Bojden to Als. I have read in some places that that ferry allows pedestrians and cyclists, but when I attempt to use the ferry company’s website it seems to say car ferry only. Does anybody have any suggestions on how to get the facts?
Thank you!

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  1. 22 minutes is a perfectly fine connection time. It should take you no more than 5 minutes to walk from the train to the bus.
  2. On the website for the ferry to Als https://www.alslinjen.dk/priser/ pedestrians are listed as “Gående” (walking) in the Danish drop down menu.
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Clicking through the Danish version of https://www.alslinjen.dk/, it seems pretty easy to buy a ferry ticket for one walk-on passenger and one bike (added in the second step).

When arriving in Odense, be ready at the door of the train with your luggage before the train stops. That should give you the maximum connection time without getting stuck behind slower passengers.

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Hi,

Question 1: I fully agree with Morten's reply. 22 minutes is more than enough. Earlier today I had a 13-minute connection (not in Odense though - and at a station I am familiar with), and almost felt like that was a "waste" of my time.
It's a good idea to be ready to disembark before the train arrives as it may only be at the station for a couple of minutes, but with a 22-minute connection, you don't need to worry about walking behind slower passengers.

Question 2: When you book, select "Gående" (=walking) first, then you can add "cykel" (=bicycle) later in the booking process.

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Thank you all so much for these extremely helpful replies. Hooray for the Rick Steves community!

Now here are a couple of other goofy questions:

  1. This one actually is it not so goofy but pretty important: when is wasp season in Denmark, especially on Fyn? Is May too early for them? (I just found one website that said late summer is the dangerous season). For our mid-May bike trip, should my husband bring his Epi Pen?

2.What do folks think about booking second class versus first class tickets on the trains (round trip Copenhagen to & from Odense, and later a 3 1/2 hour direct trip from Copenhagen to Gothenborg, Sweden). There seems to be a pretty large price difference, and these aren’t very long trips, and will be daytime (so we don’t care about extra seat reclining), we would prefer to bring our own food (sometimes first class provides meals?), we don’t want to accidentally find ourselves in a quiet car, and we prefer “traveling with local folks,”. I think I pretty much just answered my own question, EXCPT that I would kind of like to be able to reserve seats, but I’m not sure that’s available even in first class anyway?

I’ll be appreciative of your thoughts!

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You're welcome! Happy to help out :-)

Question 1: Wasps start to die/have completed their life purpose in August, and this is when they get aggressive. They can be around in May, but it's still a bit early for them, and they are not overly aggressive at this time. If you aren't allergic, there's no need to bring medication. It's been several years since I've been stung.

Question 2: If you want to travel "with the locals", second class is the way to go. It's plenty comfortable for the trip. First class is mainly used by business travellers and people who don't pay for their own ticket (but leisure travellers are also welcome). Silence zones and seat reservation are available in both first and second class. You can select which "zone" you want to be in when you reserve your seat. There is no meal service in first class. On Danish IC/ICL trains 1st class there are complimentary self-service hot and cold beverages (and Danish newspapers - hurray!). In conclusion: Choose second class.

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Great on train info, thanks so much!

My husband is in fact severely allergic to wasps, so I guess will bring the damn thing and better safe than sorry. Thank you all so very very much!

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I only choose 1.st class when I travel for business and dont pay for my own ticket.

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I only choose 1.st class when I travel for business and dont pay for my own ticket.

Same for me. I don't think it's worth it to spend my own money on 1st class.