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One month ago I planned and booked my trip from Stockholm to Hamburg for next Monday (14/09). Stockholm -- Copenhagen (SJ) and Copenhagen -- Hamburg (DB) My trip would also include the ferry transfer often mentioned.

Due to the current refugee situation in Europe it was reported 2 days ago that Denmark shut down all trains entering/leaving the country from Germany ( news story.) I can't find anything more recent than 2 days ago.

Now I'm worried that I might get stranded in Copenhagen, with heavy luggage. I'm actually considering just buying a flight (~150€) for Tuesday from Stockholm to Berlin and just suck up the additional cost. Problem is that I have 2x luggage and hence the flight is quite expensive.

Can anyone give me some advice what to do? I have no connections in Copenhagen and with the current situation really want to avoid a lay-over. If I want to fly I need to book soon.

  • Is Copenhagen-Hamburg via Rødby (ferry) or Padborg? – gerrit Sep 11 '15 at 13:58
  • @gerrit: The regular timetabled passenger trains between Copenhagen and Hamburg all go via Rødby. – Henning Makholm Sep 11 '15 at 14:42
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    The answers provide valuable information already. In addition to the mentioned alternatives, there are a lot of direct buses from Copenhagen to Denmark. Link – Klaster Sep 11 '15 at 15:04
  • @HenningMakholm Mostly, yes. – gerrit Sep 11 '15 at 15:41
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    @Klaster: In fact most buses from Copenhagen go to Denmark ;) – MSalters Sep 11 '15 at 20:06
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The most current information is directly from DSB, Liste med trafikændringer, in particular the international page.

Today, Friday 11 September 2015, you can cross the border. DSB notes in a confusing paragraph:

International trains via Rødby F - Friday

The EuroCity trains are only in service between Copenhagen Central Station and Rødby F. Between Puttgarden and Hamburg the trains are cancelled. Please note that there are fewer trains in service between Puttgarden and Hamburg than normally, and the travel time to Hamburg will be extended.

They mean that the direct trains Copenhagen-Hamburg are cancelled between Puttgarden (the German border station) and Hamburg, but DB regional trains still operate (which explains why there are fewer trains). In the Danish text, there is the crucial addition that it is now possible to walk from Rødby F to the ferry, from the ferry to Puttgarden, and take a regional German train from there. In the past two days this was not possible. For some reason this information is missing from the English text.

This method takes more time than a regular direct train. For your reference, the regular timetables for København-Rødby and Puttgarden-Hamburg are both online as PDF. There are regular regional trains from København to Rødby (which should be unaffected) 13:43–15:35, and 17:43–19:35, and an ICE 15:43–17:35 which may either run to Rødby or not at all. On the German side, there are regular regional trains (should run normally) 17:10–19:34, 19:15–21:50 (transfer in Lubeck), 21:15–23:50 (same). Other trains there are EC/ICE and probably cancelled. For the record, the last train from Hamburg to Berlin appears to be at 22:43.

In case you have time to travelling overland via Padborg, it is even easier:

International trains via Padborg - Friday

There are no changes to the timetable on the trains between Aarhus H and Padborg. There are only regional trains in service from Flensburg to Hamburg, which means the travel time towards Hamburg will be extended.

InterCity trains between Flensburg and Copenhagen/Østerport - Friday

There are no changes to the timetable on the InterCity trains for Flensburg. From Flensburg there are regional trains in service for Hamburg.

Note that if the train is cancelled, you can get a refund even if your ticket normally does not allow this. Also, considering recent circumstances, it is very likely that train-controllers will be lenient if you take a different train than you are booked on.

Finally, some trains are replaced by buses, but this is due to track maintenance and unrelated to the refugee crisis.

  • Your first paragraph is interesting because Puttgarden is in Germany right? So the border transition would not be the issue but rather the cancellation of Puttgraden-Hamburg. Do I understand that correctly? Edit: Okay, re-read it, which makes it clear. – elfeck Sep 11 '15 at 14:12
  • @elfeck Yes, Puttgarden is Germany. As the situation is now, it is possible to travel, but it requires more walking, more changes, and more time. – gerrit Sep 11 '15 at 14:16
  • since I need to get to Berlin on the same day, Copenhagen - Flensburg - Berlin is not possible, because it would take 10hours from Flensburg onwards. Maybe I just take a flight. What an annoying situation :/ – elfeck Sep 11 '15 at 14:20
  • @elfeck Flensburg is no good when connecting to Berlin. When does your train from Stockholm arrive Copenhagen? – gerrit Sep 11 '15 at 14:28
  • around 14:00. I chose to go for the flight. It's not worth the trouble – elfeck Sep 11 '15 at 17:51
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For starters, I just had a look and found an SAS flight (ARN - TXL) using Kayak/Expedia for USD 118.29 - the second bag costs 45 Euros extra. Sounds like a fair price to me.

Then, your situation is a bit difficult as nobody knows if the border will be open on Tuesday or not. Hence, DB may not offer free-of-charge cancellation ahead of time. If you bought a DB saver fare, then you can always cancel it for a 17,50 Euro fee (before its first validity day), but your would also have to cancel the SJ trip seperately, which may also incur some fees. I am assuming that you did not buy a "regular price" ticket for the DB, which can be cancelled free of charge (before its first validity day), and you I also assume that you bought a non-transferable print-at-home ticket (which are much easier to cancel than transferable paper tickets).

Note that not all trains Denmark<->Germany seem to have stopped running! This thread at ice-treff.de (warning: in German) states that the Danish "IC3" trains are running between Flensburg and Denmark. There is also a Bus operated by DB that runs from Copenhagen to Berlin (link in German, link in English). You should be able to use your ticket on such an alternative route, but you may want to get a written confirmation in Copenhagen that your connection is not running in case you want to risk it and use your train tickets.

  • thank you for your answer! I can't refund my tickets regulary but I might call the DB support and ask (didn't have too pleasant experiances with the support though). – elfeck Sep 11 '15 at 13:43
  • @elfeck Sure. Note that I just updated my post. Please read the changes before calling them. – DCTLib Sep 11 '15 at 13:44
  • yes thank you. I'm German btw. so German/Swedish links are okay – elfeck Sep 11 '15 at 13:44

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