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How To Travel Amsterdam to Copenhagen

Copenhagen in Denmark (Kopenhagen in Dutch, København in Danish) is a popular city destination for many travellers and lies some 630km north-east from Amsterdam.

Let’s look at the options for travel between Amsterdam and Copenhagen by train, air and bus.

1. Amsterdam-Copenhagen by Train

Travel by rail between Amsterdam and Copenhagen can be done during the daytime in 10-12 hours with changes of train at Osnabrück and Hamburg in Germany. It can be easily booked via the NS International site (euros) or the Trainline site here (multi-currencies) with prices starting from €57 one-way.

amsterdam-copenhagen rail map
Amsterdam-Copenhagen rail route map
copenhagen central station
Copenhagen Central station

The Amsterdam-Copenhagen rail journey is made with the following 3 components:

1. Amsterdam-Osnabrück using the Intercity Berlin train which runs 6x daily between Amsterdam and Berlin. This takes around 3 hours.

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Intercity Berlin train at Amsterdam Central

2. Osnabrück-Hamburg by domestic German ICE train service running via Bremen which takes just under 2 hours.

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Hamburg-bound ICE train arriving at Osnabrück Hbf station

For detailed info please refer to our Amsterdam-Hamburg travel page

3. Hamburg-Copenhagen using an Intercity service jointly run by DB German Railways and DSB (Danske Statsbaner) Danish Railways. This part of the trip takes about 4 hours 40 minutes.

The train runs a longer route via Padborg, Kolding, Odense and Ringsted. Previously it ran via the Rødby-Puttgarden ferry link which is being replaced by the under construction Fehmarn Belt Fixed Link tunnel – due for completion in 2029.

hamburg-copenhagen intercity train at hamburg hbf
Hamburg-Copenhagen Intercity train at Hamburg Hbf

The Hamburg-Copenhagen train service uses older series DB Intercity train carriages similar to those in use on the Intercity Berlin. They are pulled by a Danish DSB electric locomotive. New trainsets are expected to be introduced on this route around 2024.

2nd class seats are mainly an open 2-2 configurations whilst 1st class are mostly 6 seat compartments.

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Hamburg-Copenhagen Intercity 2nd class seats
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Intercity typical 1st class seats

The trains have free WiFi and power outlets available. There is no bistro carriage available – on the Danish side of the route an attendant walks through selling hot drinks and snacks.

Hamburg-Copenhagen journey highlights

The windows on this train are large and offer good views. The journey itself has some interesting sights along the way including:

  • On the German side, the Rendsburg High Bridge and Loop offers some excellent elevated views over the Kiel canal and the surrounding countryside. You cross the bridge then loop around back to ground level passing under the bridge and then through Rendsburg station.
  • In Denmark, just past Kolding station you briefly run alongside the Kolding Fjord (views on the right-hand side) and a bit further on cross The Little Belt bridge (Den Gamle Lillebæltsbro) which connects the Danish mainland (Jutland) with the island of Funen.
  • Crossing the Great Belt which connects Funen and Zealand islands. The first part is a joint road and rail box-girder bridge; at the island of Sprogø it splits into a rail tunnel and a suspension bridge for road traffic.
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Arriving at the Great Belt road-rail bridge in Denmark

Amsterdam-Copenhagen train times

To do Amsterdam-Copenhagen in a single day you could depart Amsterdam Central at 0759 on the Intercity Berlin train, arriving in Osnabrück at 1051. From the upstairs platforms the 1223 ICE train departs to Hamburg and arrives at 1414. From Hamburg the Intercity train leaves at 1453 arriving in Copenhagen at 1934. Travel time is 11 hours 35 minutes.

There are also options for taking the ICE International train from Amsterdam to Duisburg, followed by a domestic German ICE from Duisburg to Hamburg.

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Hamburg Intercity train at Copenhagen Central station
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Hamburg-Copenhagen Intercity and DSB locomotive at Copenhagen Central

If travelling Copenhagen-Amsterdam, you could for example take the Intercity from Copenhagen at 0720, arriving in Hamburg at 1206. Then take the ICE train at 1245 which gets you to Osnabrück at 1435; the Amsterdam-bound Intercity Berlin train leaves at 1506 and arrives at 1800. Total travel time for this leg is 10 hours 40 mins.

copenhagen central station hall
Copenhagen Central station hall

Amsterdam-Copenhagen train ticket fares

The cheapest one-way ticket price for Amsterdam-Copenhagen in 2nd class for the trip is €57. This is the Supersparpreis Europa fare which is only valid on the particular departure time selected and is non-changeable/non-refundable. It can be easily found if booking 2-6 months in advance.

There are more flexible fares available. The Sparpreis Europa fare from €63 one-way is changeable/refundable for a fee. The fully-flexible Flexpreis fare is priced €205 one-way.

1st class Amsterdam-Copenhagen one-way fares start from €70 (the non-changeable Supersparpreis Europa 1st class), from €76 (Sparpreis Europa 1st class, changeable/refundable for a fee) and from €339 (Flexpreis full-flex fare).

Seat reservations are an extra €4.90 per person in 2nd class for the entire trip but are included for 1st class fares. Each seat has a small display showing whether or not the seat is reserved. We always recommend reserving your seats as these services are popular.

All 1st class passengers get access to the NS International lounge at Amsterdam Centraal or the DSB 1 lounge in Copenhagen. Only those with a fully-flex 1st class ticket can access the DB Lounge at Hamburg Hbf.

dsb lounge and ticket office copenhagen central
DSB 1 lounge (upstairs) and ticket office at Copenhagen Central

Amsterdam-Copenhagen tickets can be booked at the NS International site or at the Trainline site here

You could also purchase separate Amsterdam-Hamburg and Hamburg-Copenhagen tickets if you wish to add a stopover in Hamburg.

2. Amsterdam-Copenhagen by Air

Flights between Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS) and Copenhagen Airport (CPH) take only around 1 hour 20 mins flying time – certainly the quickest way to travel.

Skyteam’s KLM has up to 7 daily non-stop flights from Amsterdam to Copenhagen using Boeing 737 aircraft or Embraer 190 (Cityhopper service). Prices start from €160 return excluding checked luggage.

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Amsterdam-bound KLM flight takes off from Copenhagen

SAS Scandinavian (Star Alliance) has up to 5 daily non-stop flights between Amsterdam and Copenhagen – it uses a mix of Airbus A320neo plus some smaller aircraft as well.

Return fares are priced from €220 without checked luggage.

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SAS aircraft at Amsterdam Schiphol airport

Other airlines on the route include Easyjet (running 1-2x daily, priced cheaper than KLM though more inconvenient flight times) and Norwegian (up to once daily).

3. Amsterdam-Copenhagen by Coach

Flixbus runs a daily overnight service between Amsterdam Sloterdijk and Copenhagen Central Station which takes around 13 hours. Singles start from €40. Flixbus also offers some longer connecting services via a change of bus in Hamburg.

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Flixbus stop at Amsterdam Sloterdijk

Amsterdam Resources

Looking for a convenient hotel near Amsterdam Central station? Check out the stylish Kimpton-De Witt which is a short walk from the station. For those on a budget the Ibis Amsterdam Centre is literally on top of the western edge of the station platforms.

The I Amsterdam City Card (1-5 days) offers free entry and discounts to numerous Amsterdam museums and attractions. It also includes a free public transport pass, a canal cruise and bike rental as well. You can order your I Amsterdam City Card online here

Copenhagen Resources

In Copenhagen you can book your hotel with here.

The Copenhagen City Card (1-5 days) includes to free entrance to 80+ attractions, free public transportation and a canal cruise. You can order your Copenhagen City Card online here

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Little Mermaid statue in Copenhagen
radhuspladsen square in copenhagen
Radhuspladsen square in Copenhagen
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Marble Church (Marmorkirken) in Copenhagen

This article was originally published in 2011 and has continuously been updated. Last update 9 February 2024.

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