Meeting Your Trip in FREDERICIA

This page offers help (concrete or informational) on reaching your trip.  Topics include...

  1. Where you Join Your Trip (see immediately below)
  2. Our “Access Packages,” designed to help you to do so.
  3. Suggestions on how to time your trip to the trip, whether you are having us arrange your travel, or doing it yourself.
  4. Service information regarding train travel to your trip start location.
  5. Suggested pre-trip visits, especially when these are not geographically obvious, but are rendered economical and convenient by direct rail connections.
  6. Hopefully helpful hints for those setting up their own travel to the trip.

If you wish to arrange some or all of your travel through us, please tell us what by means of this response questionnaire, designed to collect all the information we need to be able to book your travel.


1. WHERE and WHEN Do You Join Your Trip?

We meet at the Fredericia train station, on Sunday at 2p.  We will send you details of meeting time and place with your final itinerary.

Fredericia is 2 hours west of Copenhagen by frequent express train.

If you wish to make your own way to the trip (in other words, not to set up your travel arrangements through us), a couple of hints on getting there are offered at the bottom of this page.


2. Our ACCESS PACKAGES
as of May 1, 2016

The closest intercontinental airport, and so easiest access point, is Copenhagen’s Kastrup Airport (CPH), a bit over 2 hours from Fredericia via a train that runs straight from the airport.

Our “Access Package” includes a rail ticket from downtown Copenhagen, Copenhagen Airport, or Arhus, to Fredericia. 

Ryanair serves a small airport in Arhus (AAR) and another in Billund.  Several airlines serve Hamburg (HAM) in northern Germany.  Train tickets from Arhus to Fredericia are available as part of the “Access Package,” tickets from Hamburg are available at modest additional cost.

There is also overnight train service from southern Europe.   This offers connections from southern Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, the south of France, or Paris (so, you could land on Saturday in any of Milan, Munich, Vienna, Zurich, Geneva, or Paris).   You will probably sleep fitfully if it is your first night off the flight (jet lag plus the movement of the train):  consider the luxury of a private cabin, so that you can crack open a book at 3a instead of listening to some guy snoring.

Base (Starting) Access Package Price:  395 DkK.
To see what this means in your currency, look here: http://www.bluemarble.org/CurrencyConv.html

Availability is not guaranteed at this price:  discount fares sell out well in advance.  If you have some flexibility in train choice, let us know:  availability of discount fares can vary from one train to the next.
Full fare tickets are reliably available until the last minute.  Even if your selected train is full, we can issue a “standing room” ticket (at full fare), allowing you to board anyway (if seats are unoccupied upon departure, you may occupy one). 

Included:

  • Train tickets to Fredericia from Copenhagen, Copenhagen’s Kastrup Airport, Arhus or Esbjerg.
    Tickets are train-specific, not refundable or exchangeable once ordered.  Changeable tickets are available for a modest additional cost (see below), and are recommended if you are making a plane - train connection.  The railroad will not give you a break just because your flight was late.....
  • A printed schedule / itinerary, highlighting any connections.
  • A seat reservation on your desired train.
  • Our “Route Sheet to the Trip,” helping you through your journey.

Options Offered at an Extra Cost (subject to availability)
Prices are in addition to the “Base” Access Package Price.  For a general discussion of train upgrades, see here.  Topics include the relative comfort of first versus second class, and different types of accommodation available on overnight train.

  • First class train tickets (in lieu of 2nd class):  +200 DkK.
  • Tickets from Hamburg:  +230 DkK 2nd class, +425 DkK1st class.
  • Modifiable tickets:  +95 DkK from any Danish station.  + 195 DkK from Hamburg.
    These tickets include a seat reservation on your first choice train, but can be used on a later train (just occupy any open seat) should you miss it, or change your plans.  A new reservation can even be made locally for 30 DkK). 
  • Saturday night hotel in Fredericia:  895 DkK single; 1,095 DkK per room, double or twin. 
    Price includes taxes, buffet breakfast, the common (in Denmark) “credit card usage charge,” and all fees.

Alternate Arrangements, in lieu of our usual packages (subject to availability)
Prices are complete (in other words, they are not in addition to the “Base” Access Package Price)
Tickets are train-specific, not refundable or exchangeable once ordered.

  • Tickets from Stockholm:  1,050 DkK 2nd class, 1,399 DkK 1st class.
    Add 320 DkK for modifiable tickets, 780 DkK for refundable (less 150 DkK) tickets, in either class.
    Stop-over in Copenhagen available for an additional 110 DkK.
  • Tickets on Saturday overnight trains from Paris, Munich, Zurich, Vienna, Milan and other continental points:  1,375 DkK from Paris, Vienna or Milan.  1,075 DkK from Munich or Zurich.  Discount rates of 950 DkK are sometimes available on all routes.
    To upgrade to 1st class for daylight portion of the ride (from Paris to Germany; from Vienna to Munich, and from Hamburg to Fredericia in the morning), add 385 DkK.  195 DkK discount rate often available.  Meal service included in 1st class on Paris-Germany train.  Sleeping car upgrades available.  Discount tickets are not refundable or exchangeable once ordered.
  • Sleeping car upgrades on overnight train (from “Comfort Couchette”):
    345 DkK to double sleeping car cabin, 690 DkK to private cabin.  Deluxe cabins 490 DkK / person double, 1,095 DkK single.


    3. TIMING Your Trip

    The trip’s first riding day is a short one, but getting started on the first day always takes time.  Try to have lunch early, before we meet.  We can help with the hotel reservation if you wish.


    4. Service Information
    Schedules are approximate – exact timetables can be consulted at
    http://www.raileurope.com/index.html.
    Best trains are mentioned. Others are slower or have multiple connections.

    • From Copenhagen, Sunday trains run every half hour.  Journey time is a bit over 2 hours.
    • From Copenhagen Kastrup Airport:  trains run hourly, at ±40" past the hour.  Trip time is 2.5 hours.
    • From Arhus.  Hourly service, 1'20" trip.
    • From Hamburg.  Express trains at 10:30a and 1:30p, 3.5 hour trip.  Later trains with connections.
    • From Stockholm:
      7' trip, direct trains to Copenhagen (connection there to Fredericia) every 2 hours, all day long. 
    • From London.  All day trip on Saturday, depart early morning, arrive late at night.


    5. Suggested PRE-TRIP VISITS

    Obvious choices are the Scandinavian capitals.  If you are thinking of Oslo, though, we advise a post-trip visit, as this will typically give you people to travel with.

    Pre-trip, visit the Rhine Valley, in Germany.  Take a boat cruise down the river past the castles and vineyards, then travel by overnight “Hotel Train” to Denmark (you will typically be aboard the train with several other Marbles).  We offer this package: 

    • Saturday Rhine cruise, on a comfortable vessel equipped with café and restaurant, along the most beautiful stretch of the river at the heart of German mythology (Rudisheim / Bingen to Koblenz).
    • Saturday evening / overnight train to Fredericia, couchette provided aboard (sleeping car upgrades are available, see above). 
    • Our “route sheet” from the dock to the station in Koblenz (Rudisheim and Bingen are tiny:  you won’t need help to find the dock.
    • A Blue Marble Trip Coordinator will be aboard the overnight train with you. 
    • Cost is 1,550 DkK.

    Paris, Alsace, the Black Forest, anywhere in Switzerlandand, Bavaria...  are also easy pre-trip visits, because of particularly high-quality “Hotel Trains” which link these regions with Fredericia.


    6. Hints on TRAVELLING INDEPENDENTLY to the Trip
    Guests subscribing to an “Access Package” need not read this section.

    See also “Timing Your Trip” and “Service Information,” above, as either of these may additionally help.

    We gladly provide travel consulting (schedule or routing information) concerning pre-trip individual travel.  In particular, we have invested a great deal to become railway experts.  Our service fees are reasonable: a 20€ charge for all but the most complex projects – or the most simple (for instance, only a 10€ charge applies if the service is limited to the preparation of a routine rail ticket).  You will generally find them well-justified by the time they will save you in research, standing on line, overpaying for your tickets, or all three.

    But, for some, this type of research is fun.  So, here are some hints, intended to start off hardened “do-it-yourselfers.”

    Trains. Schedules for all routes can be consulted on this web site:
    http://www.raileurope.com/us/rail/point_to_point/triprequest.htm

    Fredericia is on the main line from Copenhagen to the west coast of Denmark.  In addition to a frequent pattern of domestic train services from all over, it has occasional trains from the south, including a Sunday morning service that connects from the “Hotel Train” service from southern Europe (Munich, and Basel, Switzerland; connections from points further afield).

    Planes.  Copenhagen Kastrup is the nearest large airport.  Hourly trains run direct from Kastrup to Fredericia.
    In addition, low-cost airlines serve regional airports in Aarhus and Billund.  These are no further afield, but you must first get to the city center rail station, so they are less convenient.  Arhus offers frequent trains, making the trip to Fredericia in an hour.  The bus from Billund Airport to the nearest rail station in Veijle takes an hour, but the train trip on to Fredericia is then only 30 minutes.

    If you wish to arrange some or all of your travel through us, please tell us what by means of this response questionnaire, designed to collect all the information we need to be able to book your travel.

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