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Portugal Rail Travel

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About Rail Travel in Portugal

Portugal trains might not enjoy the best reputation, but well deserve a second look. Though its network has historically not developed as fast as its European counterparts, Portugal (like its neighbor Spain) has recently launched state-of-the-art services on the main line linking Lisbon to Faro in the south (Algarve) and Porto in the north.

It’s also worth exploring off-the-beaten-track Portugal, and that’s what often makes train travel a journey all its own. Apart from the Alfa Pendular, Portuguese trains are relatively slow but offer a good level of comfort. Morever, they provide a unique opportunity to experience a true luxury – taking time to watch the landscape pass by, while getting to know your fellow travelers. Most Portuguese speak several languages (the elderly tend to speak French, younger generations all speak English), so conversation is easy. But, if a lunch-time snooze seems more your style, by all means. The trains are quiet and folks very much respect each other’s wishes.



Romania Rail Travel

Eurail Passes for Romania:

About Rail Travel in Romania

Romania is still a hidden gem in Eastern Europe: a gem as it offers some of the most glorious landscapes on the continent; hidden, as it is still quite difficult to roam around the country.

Romanian villages and smaller towns are incredibly beautiful, and everything in between is too. True, some areas in bigger cities like Bucharest might have been spoiled by decades of voluntarism in industrial development, leading to some atrocities, but the rest of the country is largely unspoiled and a real delight for travelers. The train network is quite dense, giving access to virtually anywhere in the country. Train rides across Transylvania are a unique experience.



Scandinavia Rail Travel

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About Rail Travel in Scandinavia



Sweden Rail Travel

Eurail Passes for Sweden:

About Rail Travel in Sweden

Sweden sits on the northern edge of Europe, and although it requires some effort for the train traveler to get here (though easier now, thanks to the Oresund Bridge linking Denmark and Sweden), it’s definitely worth the trip. Stockholm and Gothenburg are increasingly fashionable, offering up plenty of urban delights—bars, galleries, first-class restaurants, clubs, and so on. But urban areas only take up a little more than 1% of the country, and travel beyond that features a wonderfully varied landscape of mountainous Arctic reaches in northern Lapland to the sandy white beaches of Skåne in the south.

Plus, the good news for rail travelers is that Sweden’s trains are among the most efficient and high tech in Europe, with easy rail access to all the top sights, along mostly scenic routes in a country that is relatively underpopulated compared to the rest of Europe. If you have a choice, come here in summer when the Midnight Sun extends the days in June and July. The climate is generally cool during this brief summer period, except on the southern coast, which can heat up like the Mediterranean.



Denmark Rail Travel

Denmark rail travel

With one of Europe’s best rail networks, the maritime nation of Denmark is easily viewed from the window of a train. It may not offer the dramatic and often hair-raising train trips of nearby Norway, but you’ll pass by sweet fishing villages, rustic hamlets with half timbered houses, Renaissance castles, Viking ruins, and gorgeous dune backed beaches along the North Sea.

Available Rail Passes for Denmark :

  1. Eurail Denmark Pass
    Train travel throughout Denmark.
  2. Eurail Denmark-Germany Pass
    Travel by Train in Denmark and Germany.
  3. Eurail Denmark-Sweden Pass
    Travel by Train in Denmark and Sweden.
  4. Eurail Select Pass
    Travel by Train in up to 5 European Countries, you choose which ones.
  5. Eurail Global Pass
    The Premier European Rail Pass traveling in 21 countries!
  6. Eurail Scandinavia Pass
    Travel on the national rail networks of Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden.
  7. Eurail Drive Pass
    The Premier European Rail Pass traveling in 21 countries + Car rental!
  8. Eurail Select Pass & Drive
    Travel by Train in up to 5 European Countries + Car rental, you choose which ones.


Point to Point Denmark Train Ticket Prices

If you are looking for city to city train ticket in Denmark, please check the prices and schedule from here.


Trains Schedule & Travel Times in Denmark

From To Type of Train # of Trains Frequency Travel Time
Copenhagen Odense Intercity Every 30 min Daily 1 hr, 30 min
Copenhagen Odense Lyntog Every hour Daily 1 hr, 19 min
Copenhagen Åhus Intercity Every hour Daily 3 hr, 15 min
Copenhagen Åhus Lyntog Every hour Daily 3 hr, 01 min
Copenhagen Helsingør Regional Every 30 min Daily 1 hr, 04 min
Åhus Aalborg Intercity Every hour Daily 1 hr, 35 min
Åhus Aalborg lyntog Every hour Daily 1 hr, 23 min
Åhus Aalborg Regional 3 Mon-Sat 1 hr, 42 min
Åhus Frederikshavn Regional 12 (9 on Sun) Daily 1 hr, 20 min
Åhus Frederikshavn Lyntog 10 (6 on Sun) Daily 1 hr, 11 min


Practical Train Information in Denmark:

Touring Denmark by rail has been made easier in the last decade, thanks to the tunnel and bridge crossing the Great Belt. Nowadays, high speed diesel trains link the major cities of Denmark such as Copenhagen and Arhus, at faster speeds than ever before.

Though Denmark is a very expensive destination for the rail traveler, its small size and extensive and efficient rail system mean you’ll only need 3 to 4 days to take in its scenic highlights.

Flat, low lying Denmark, with its hundreds of bridges and absence of mountains, has a large network of railway lines connecting virtually every hamlet with the largest city, Copenhagen.

A word you’re likely to see and hear frequently is Lyntog (Express Trains), which are the fastest trains presently operational in Denmark. Be warned in advance that the most crowded times on Danish trains are Friday, Sundays, and national holidays, so plan your reservations accordingly. Note: Aside from lyntog, Danish “train lingo” is hardly a consideration in a nation where English is so widely spoken.

The Danish government offers dozens of discounts on the country’s rail network, depending on the age of a traveler, days or hours traveled, and destination. On any train within Denmark, children between the ages of 12 and 15 are charged half price if they’re accompanied by an adult and up to two children under 12 can travel for free with any adult on any train in Denmark. Seniors (age 65 and older) receive a discount of between 25% for travel on Friday, Sundays and holiday and discount of 50% every other day of the week.


Reservations

The Danish State Railways (DSB) runs all train services except for a few private lines and the outfit is one of the best and most reliable in Europe. Reservations are strongly recommended on the new sleek InterCity (IC) trains unless you board after 8pm or are traveling on the line from Aalborg to Frederikshavn, where overnight ferries leave for Norway.

You can reserve both first class or second class cars on all IC trains. In Denmark, second class travel is generally quite comfortable, so you may not want to pay the extra money for a first class seat.

The other major type of train, the Regional (R), is upgrading its cars, and aims to replace all the older ones by the time you are reading this. The trains are a bit slower and there is no first class section. Seat reservations are optional on these trains, which don’t tend to be crowded except at major holidays or during peak travel periods, especially July, the single biggest travel month in Denmark. Note that reservation fees aren’t covered by railpasses, so you’ll have to pay extra for them.

Service & Amenities

Because Denmark is so small, long overnight hauls aren’t a factor. There are also no dining cars on trains though most trains do have carts selling snacks and drinks.