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Overnight train to Copenhagen

I've read in several places that the overnight train from Amsterdam to Copenhagen is one of the best overnight trips in Europe. I'm not sure the criteria for that statement, but this is an overnight that could work well for a trip we are planning next summer. However, I've tried to find timetables and to do a sample itin/reservation to get pricing but I can't actually find evidence that there is a decent overnight train. One booking that I found indicated that there were two train changes. Isn't the point of an overnight to be able to hunker down, get some sleep, and wake up (reasonably) refreshed at your destination?

I did Brussels to Munich, and Venice to Nice, in 1994. I certainly didn't sleep great, but it was a great way to save time. Any info/thoughts on the Amsterdam/Copenhagen route, or on overnights in general, would be appreciated.

Thanks!

Posted by
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Hi,

I take night trains too aside from gaining the extra day but never heard anything about Amsterdam to Copenhagen. Anyway, for that route no night train exists. None of the alternative routes look attractive. In that case, you minimize the number of changes. Most of the routes get you in Copenhagen after 2100, mostly later after spending 9-11 hrs.

I would suggest the following if you're going by train, which is what I would take: take the early morning train Amsterdam to Hannover Hbf. (almost always direct) Then Hannover Hbf to Copenhagen with one change in Hamburg Hbf on the ICE. You arrive shortly after 20:00. Changing in Hannover and Hamburg is much better than in Duisburg Hbf. (from the perspective of better eateries at the food court unless by now they are all uniform) I never liked changing at Duisburg Hbf.

Posted by
4522 posts

Overnight trains are disappearing because discount airlines have made it so much cheaper to fly. And you avoid the problem of being so groggy the next day (I suspect that very few people sleep well on overnight trains).

Posted by
12265 posts

The cities that I have found that cancelled their night train connections are Amsterdam, except for Munich to Amsterdam, Copenhagen, and Paris. But there are still plenty of night train routes. Look at how many night train routes there are and which cities are the hubs., ie Munich, Budapest, Krakow, Wien Hbf. From the evidence I've looked up those discontinued routes are in western Europe, certainly not in Central and East Central Europe when you see how many EN routes go through Warsaw, Prague, Berlin Ostbahnhof, Budapest, Wien Hbf, Krakow. We can be glad for that.

Posted by
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Thanks for the info everyone. Darn, that's disappointing. The general arc of our trip will be Paris > Amsterdam > Lubeck > Copenhagen > Points north TBD in Sweden and Norway. Maybe we can find a different overnight. Indeed, you don't sleep all that well, but I think my kids would enjoy the experience.

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Yes, it's a pity that some night routes were abolished last Nov/Dec. such as those going to Paris, ie, Berlin to Paris, Munich to Paris. If your trip in Sweden starts in the south, there are night trains going northward. Sleeping on the night train depends on the individual. As it's getting dark and the lights are turned off, there are those soon afterwards sawing wood.