Meeting Your Trip in ODENSE

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 Odense train station, on Sunday morning, at 10a.  We will send you details of meeting time and place with your final itinerary.

Odense is a shade under 2 hours west of Copenhagen by frequent express train.

Sunday is a full riding day... if you are travelling inter-continental, and can afford the time and funds to arrive in Denmark on Saturday, it will make your Sunday ride more pleasant.

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 January 27, 2013

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

Our “Access Package” includes a rail ticket from downtown Copenhagen, Copenhagen Airport, or Arhus, to Odense.  Our London “Access Package” includes an overnight train from London to Odense, via Brussels and Köln.

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

If your home city does not offer non-stop service to Copenhagen, and / or if you wish to combine your visit with a visit to some other part of Europe, consider reaching Odense from the south via the Saturday overnight Hotel Train.   This offers connections from Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Munich, Dusseldorf, Brussels or Paris, all of which have intercontinental air service.   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:  275 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 Odense 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):  +175 DkK.
  • Modifiable tickets:  +110 DkK from any Danish station.
    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 Odense:  685 DkK single, 795 DkK 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:  899 DkK 2nd class, 1,199 DkK 1st class.
    Add 300 DkK for modifiable tickets, 750 DkK for refundable (less 20€) tickets, in either class.
    Stop-over in Copenhagen available for an additional 100 DkK.
  • Tickets from Hamburg:  560 DkK 2nd class, 960€ 1st class.
  • Tickets from London, via overnight train departing Saturday afternoon (saves a hotel night vis-a-vis flying).  Add 1,275 DkK if you are also purchasing tickets back to London, 1,620 DkK if not, or if you prefer a changeable return.
    - These prices include a couchette on the overnight train from Kôln to Odense, and other Blue Marbles are often on board this train. Sleeping car upgrades are available on request.
    - If you wish to travel in 1st class on the daylight trip from London to Brussels and on to Köln (where you board the sleeper service to Odense), add 1,495 DkK or 1,850 DkK; 1st class tickets on the “Eurostar” include meal service.
  • Tickets on Saturday overnight trains from Paris, Amsterdam, Munich, Zurich, Vienna and other continental points:  1,375 DkK from Vienna, Zurich or Amsterdam, 1,075 DkK from Brussels, Paris, or Munich, 875 DkK from Köln.  Discount rates of 950 DkK (750 DkK from Köln) are sometimes available on all routes.
    To upgrade to 1st class for daylight portion of the ride (from Paris, or Brussels to Köln; or from Vienna or Zurich to Munich), add 160 DkK from Brussels, Amsterdam, Vienna or Zurich; 385 DkK from Paris.  195 DkK discount rate often available.  Meal service included in 1st class on Paris-Köln train.  Sleeping car upgrades available.  Discount tickets are not refundable or exchangeable once ordered.
  • Sleeping car upgrades on overnight train (from “Comfort Couchette”):
    290 DkK to double sleeping car cabin, 650 DkK to private cabin.  Deluxe cabins 450 DkK / person double, 995 DkK single.


    3. TIMING Your Trip

    The trip’s first riding day is a full one, and getting started on the first day always takes time.  Try to reach Odense early if you can (or spend the previous night there).  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 1'30".
    • From Copenhagen Kastrup Airport:  trains run hourly, at ±40" past the hour.  Trip time is a bit under 2 hours.
    • From Arhus.  Hourly service, 1'45" trip.
    • From Stockholm:
      - Daylight:  7' trip, direct trains to Copenhagen (connection there to Odense) every 2 hours, all day long. 
    • From London.  Depart Saturday 2:30p, arrive Sunday morning at 9a in Odense.  Changes of train in Brussels and in Köln.


    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 Odense, 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 1,295 DkK.

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


    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

    Odense 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 “Hotel Train” service from Continental Europe (direct trains from Köln, Munich, and Basel, Switzerland; connections from points further afield).

    Planes.  Copenhagen Kastrup is the nearest large airport.  Hourly trains run direct from Kastrup to Odense.
    In addition, Ryanair serves a regional airport in Aarhus.  Aarhus is no further afield, but you must first get to the city center rail station, so it is less convenient. Arhus offers frequent trains, making the trip to Odense in less than 2 hours.

    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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