Train from Copenhagen to Hamburg via train ferry.

hey all, This fall im going to be in the Scandinavian countries and want to take high speed train from Copenhagen to Hamburg. from what i read somewhere it crosses the Balic Sea by train ferry. They decouple the cars and load them onto the ferry and then once across, they recouple them. I think this is so cool that i want to make sure i get the correct train. So, do all of the non stop trains from Copenhagen to Hamburg travel via ferry? I want non stop since i want to minimize my travel time. Many thanks and happy trails.

Posted by Sam
Green Bay
2253 posts

Yes, just look at the DB site and check the Hamburg to Copenhagen direct trains. Its a direct train, not a nonstop. They all have 8 stops along the way.

Posted by Hille
Midwest
157 posts

I took the train from Luebeck to Copenhagen about 12 years ago, and it was so cool! The train goes onto the ferry, and you can then get out of the train, take an elevator up to the restaurant/gift shop/observation area --- eat, drink, go outside and see the hundreds (thousands?) of high-tech windmills off in the distance. It was an awesome experience!

Posted by Christophe
Copenhagen, Denmark
265 posts

Well, this last one will disappear as well, in 2021, where it will be replaced by a tunnel. Ferries disappear for several reasons: most obviously, because bridges or tunnels are built to islands, making ferries redundant, but also because highway construction makes overland travel faster, which means that many shortcut ferries are not saving time anymore, there are several examples of this in Denmark. Lastly: City-to-city ferries such as Copenhagen-Aalborg og Copenhagen-Aarhus cannot survive because af faster train service and increased car ownership making the overland trip easier and faster.

Posted by Andreas
Frankfurt am Main, Germany
2511 posts

The entire ICE train goes on board the Scandlines ferry from Rodby to Puttgarden. It's a 45 minutes crossing but you get off the train and stay on the passenger decks. All the fast trains take the ferry. The slower ones take the bridge in Denmark.

Posted by Ray
Portland, Oregon, USA
1333 posts

to all, many thanks! coool. i cant wait! happy trails.

Posted by Christophe
Copenhagen, Denmark
265 posts

The only train that does not take the ferry is the overnight train from Basel/Amsterdam/Prague. All day connections use the ferry. BTW there are only few train ferries left in the world since many ferry routes are replaced by bridges. This one is the only one left in Denmark. There used to be 21 train ferry routes in Denmark and from Denmark to foreign countries when there where most (This includes routes only shunting freight carriages).

Posted by Ray
Portland, Oregon, USA
1333 posts

@ Christophe, Disappearing Ferrys would be a shame. There are some car/truck/buss ferrys in the Seattle Washington area, but ive never seen a train one, which is why i would love to try it. Im sure for travels over there, its not a big deal, but for me having an mechanical enginnering backgroud, i would love to see how they get the ship and dock aligned to allow it to work, yet alone in a reasonable fast fashion. I wont be going o/n on the train, so i hope to get and experienc it. worse case, i would have to go back! happy trails.

Posted by Ray
Portland, Oregon, USA
1333 posts

@ Christopher, Thats too bad, but i am happy I will be able to experience it before it happens. I can see why tho. Since we in the USA are auto dependant i think/belive its a major reasons our train infrastructure sucks! happy trails.