From Copenhagen in Denmark to Gothenburg in Sweden by direct train with Øresundståg via Malmö
Hello and welcome to another trip report. This time from Copenhagen in Denmark, via Malmö to Gotheborg. So from the largest city of Denmark via the second largest city of Sweden to the largest city of Sweden. I won't take the train all the way to Gothenburg though. I'll tell you more about this with the use of a voice-over. Anyway, I hope you like this video. When you do so, give me a thumbs up on YouTube.
When you like to see more train related video's, subscribe to my channel. For now, let's role the intro. Before I start this video, a quick comparison on the route Copenhagen - Gothenburg when you're travelling by train, car or plane. Of course, trains won't clean the air but the environmental impact of trains is really a lot lower.
When it comes to carbon dioxide, that's causing global warming, the train will be more than 99,75% more energy efficient than the plane. This basically means, when you're travelling 400 times up and down by train, you still haven't got the same emission as when you're travelling one time by plane. The netto travel time between train car and plane is roughly the same.
I think the train is the most relaxed way to travel, because it will take you in one go from city centre to city centre. If you're even consider flying on this route... you just haven't understand it. For now, let's continue with the video.
I arrived in Copenhagen by an intercity train from Hamburg in Germany. There will be a video about this on my channel soon, so stay tuned. When you step out of the railway station in Copenhagen, you'll be at the amusement park Tivoli right away. Since you're watching this video, you probably wont' expect a theme park guide. Besides that, I'm not that much of a theme park guy anyway.
So let's go into the railway station and stick with the themes of this video. Before I will explain you more about the railway company, the route and the trains on this route, I will first show you the railway station of Copenhagen main station. Over here you'll find a big passenger hall, from where you can enter most platforms. I say most, because some of them, you have to enter via a different way, I'll show you this in a bit. At the main centre of the passenger hall you'll find a lot of vending machines for national train tickets but also the Øresundståg, that's the company I'm taking today.
Near some exits, you'll also find vending machines for the SJ, this is the national state owned railway company of Sweden. They do run X2000 high-speed trains between here and Stockholm, at least before Covid. Now these train services has been suspended, but hopefully these train services will be extended to Copenhagen soon. Now you have to travel first to Malmö, what is very doable by the way. Of course, you'll find different entrances and exits within this railway station.
At the, I think the officially front part what is just like the main passenger hall above the platforms, you'll find a drop off and pick up zone for railway passenger by car. Near this exit, you'll find this miniature railway. When you insert a coin, a train will start to ride. And when you're feeling lucky, well you just throw in three coins, because then there will be three trains riding. This is something you'll find at bigger German railway stations as well by the way.
Let's go back to the railway station and show you the other exit. At several spots within the main hall but also near the entrances and the exits, you'll find these screens with information about arriving and departing trains. The entrance to the Vesterbro part, will be via these stairs. You can also take the elevator of course.
This part of the city has been improved a lot, since my first visit to Copenhagen. I think this was in 2009, back than this was mainly a red light district and there where quite a lot of junkies. Right now it's a hip, trendy neighbourhood.
Around the station you'll find a lot of bikes because bikes and Denmark, they go really good hand in hand. When you wan to get around, I just advise you to hire a bike. You can for example use Donkey Republic. This is a bike sharing programme that started in Denmark but can now be found in many European countries. Including the city where I live, The Hague in The Netherlands. These bikes are much more affordable than renting an electric step of electric scooter.
Apart from that, real bikes are just healthier and better for the environment. Let's go back to the main passenger hall of Copenhagen main station. At the same part as where you'll find the entrance and exit to Vestebro you'll find the booking office of DSB, the state owned railway company of Denmark. There's also a first class lounge over here but it's only open on working days. The lounge is open from 06:00 until 19:00.
When it comes to facilities, the main hall isn't just a waiting hall but it's also a market place where most things can be bought. Fresh fruit sellers, postal office, supermarket, currency exchanges and banks, fast-food places, coffee shops, restaurants and pubs and the list goes on and on. Domestic and most international trains that do depart from here, don't have a dining car.
So you can better buy some food and drinks in advance. Although the train that I took from Hamburg to here had a vending machine for cold drinks on board. For first class passengers, free coffee was provided. I will tell you more about this on the video from Hamburg in Germany to Copenhagen in Denmark. For now, let's go to the platforms.
In the main passenger hall, directions to the platforms are clearly given. Before you enter the platform, there's a screen that will give information about the next departure. Within the main hall you'll find elevators and at the side of the building you'll find escalators and stairs to the platform. At the track, you'll find obviously screens and over here you'll also find a composition of the train, so you know where you have to stand. My train was pretty tiny on this route.
Smaller screens with basic route information about departing trains can be found at the platform as well. At the other end of the platform you'll find this bridge, where you can also park a lot of bikes and there are some bus stops along this bridge as well. When you need to go to track 26, you have to go via this bridge or you have to walk along the platform that hosts the tracks 3/5 or the platform that hosts the tracks 5/6. Track 26 is about 200 meter away from the main railway station building. Maybe it's just me, but the first I had a train that was departing from track 26, I had to look a little bit for it. I was a bit confused but that's already a long time ago.
I also didn't noticed, until I was home and started to edit this video that the Copenhagen main railway station is also located to the metro. You'll find these elevators that go down and there are stairs as well. These elevators and stairs do not only connect the metro but also the tracks that are directly located at the main railway station building. The last time I was here was in 2017, and back than there was no metro yet over here. At most platforms you'll find a small convenience store as well by the way.
Time to show you the train that I'll be taking. Like I mentioned, the train composition can be found at these displays. The composition of the train will refer to letters you can find at the platform. So you know what carriage will stop more or less where. For example, the letter "E", you can see right here in front of me.
What is a bit stupid of me, when the train was coming in to the railway station of Copenhagen, I didn't filmed it. Since I did some more trips in and around here, all international by the way. I filmed the departure of these trains here at Malmö central station. These train-sets (EMU's) do consist of three carriages that can be combined (with another train-set / EMU).
As you can see on the outside, the front one and the last one are not exactly the same. The last one is a refurbished train-set an the first one is a non-refurbished train-set. Bike, wheelchair and a buggy icon do indicate exactly where you can enter the train when you're travelling with these items.
Above the entrance door, the car number, final destination and the route have been written. I think this is very useful (best possible location). When I filmed it, at the moment I was entering the train to Gothenburg it was busy.
But I also took these trains from Helsingør in Denmark and there this train was pretty much empty (terminal station). So I could film easily on my own phase. Here I'm entering the refurbished train-set. When you enter these train sets, above the entrance doors it has been clearly market where you have to go for what seat numbers (and class).
In this video I'll show you both the refurbished and non refurbished train-sets. And I start of with the 1st class of the refurbished train sets. The first class comes, just like second class by the way, in a 2 by 2 configuration. Just like pretty much all over the train, you'll find a lot of space for your luggage in the overhead luggage racks. But in the first class you'll also find these dedicated luggage racks at the beginning of the compartment and on the other side, you'll find a coat hanger. Directly under the coat hanger, you can also place larger items.
Some seats do face each other and they do have a table in between, this table includes a cupholder as well. The other seats come in this composition, like an air-plane or long distance bus. You'll find a fold-out table a small table to hold your phone, a coat hanger, footrest and a magazine rack.
There are no garbage cans, instead of that you'll find these plastic bags, so you can take your garbage and throw it away at the railway station. All windows do have sunscreens and I really like the lay-out of these sunscreens. It's really vandalism proof. Within these trains, you'll find several (3) toilets (per train-set). This is how the regular toilets look like, they're pretty fine but nothing special. There's also a bigger toilet in the middle car, that toilet is accessible for passengers with movability problems and you can turn that toilet into nursery space for babies. Near the entrances and the exits between the compartments, there's a line map, a map of the train and you'll find some folding seats over here.
Extra luggage space for luggage in the second class can be found between the back-end of some seats so you (your luggage) don't have to occupy extra seats. Of course, you also find overhead luggage racks over here in second class. Second class come, as you can see, just like first class in a two by two configuration. The seats that do come in a long distance bus / air-plane composition do have a small fold out table and a magazine rack. The other option is having seats that do face each other. Than you find a small table at the side, near the window.
All second class seats do have an armrest between the seats and the headrest can be adjusted up and down. These seats are not reclineable (as far as I found out). Seat numbers can be found on the luggage racks. Over here there's also an indicator that says form where to where a seat has been reserved.
This counts for both first and second class. Integrated in the luggage racks there are reading lights and there's also an entertainment system. Although I didn't test the entertainment system. This is cool but a bit old fashion, you need a 3,5 mm plugin.
In the middle carriage you'll find some regular second class seats as you can see here. And over here, in this little room, you can find the railway staff. Another part that's a bit lower and also easier to access the train when you're traveling with a bike, wheelchair or when you just have a lot of luggage can be found here.
Near this spot there's also a toilet that is accessible for people traveling in a wheelchair or you can turn into a nursery space for babies. LED screens that will provide basic route information, can be found at the end of each compartment. Power plugs and also coat hangers can be found, integrated within the luggage racks. The coolest part, at least when you ask me, when you combine these train-sets (EMU's) you can walk from one train-set to the other one. When you saw some previous videos of mine, you saw trains that do look very much like this in Belgium (and just just across the border in France). In Belgium, these trains do have the nickname "Danish nose" because you find a lot of these trains in Denmark.
I think this is really cool, you can really see the driver cabin and from the outside it almost looks like it's just one train-set. For now I will show you very briefly the non-refurbished train-sets. When you take the great picture, they are basically the same This is how the first class looks like in these older train-sets. It's a little more old-fashion but still fine. In the middle carriage, this is where you find the biggest transformation. Over here there is less space for luggage, instead of that you'll find vending machines over here.
I don't know what I prefer more. On a long journey, I think I like these vending machines more but a lot of people just use these trains for commuting. Besides that, these vending machines where not working at the moment I was here. When you really want to have a dining car on this route you better change trains in Malmö from where you can take a X2000 train to Gothenburg, that does have a dining car. Free WiFi is available in these trains and the speed... it's just really good! The top speed is 180 km/h on the Swedish section. Therefore, between Malmö and Gothenburg these trains are a bit slower than the high-speed trains of the Swedish state owned railway compamy SJ, that also makes less stops.
Øresundståg is a cooperation of two railway companies. In Denmark, the DSB, the state owned railway company of Denmark is responsible and in Sweden, Veolia transport Sweden is responsible. Trains do operate between every 10 minutes and every hour, the frequency depends on the time of the day and the route of course. Due to the complicity of this network, because of different countries and different way these trains will be used, because in Sweden this are much more long distance trains than in Denmark. From December 2021, this will be split up into 2 concessions. The Danish state owned railway company will take over the part Helsingør - Copenhagen...
A Swedish operator will take over the international part from Copenhagen and of course the Swedish part. For this journey, I traveled with an Interrail (/ Eurail) ticket, you can just hop on any train. As far as I found out, regular ticket prices are fixed. Of course, a lot of people use these trains to commute. So therefore I expect there are also special fares for when you use these trains very frequently.
In Sweden you'll find on the route Malmö - Gothenburg also another railway company, that's the state owned railway company SJ. If you're traveling with SJ on this route, there will be X2000 high-speed trains, these are a bit faster and do have an onboard restaurant like I mentioned earlier... ... but these tickets are not transmitable (between Øresundståg and X2000 trains of SJ). When you have a ticket for the Øresundståg, you can just take any Øresundståg on this route. It's possible to make a seat reservation, but it's not obligated.
When you want to travel to Norway by train, these trains also play a crucial role. From Copenhagen, there are trains to Germany and from Gothenburg, there are trains to Norway. But of course, you can also take the ferry.
Sweden has a good privatized railway system (like Switzerland). There are lot's of railway companies, and you find SJ, the state owned railway company for important national connections. On popular routes in Sweden, mainly between the biggest cities, there are also commercial train operators. One of my favorite commercial train companies is Snälltåget. Snälltåget also runs a sleeper train between Stockholm and Berlin. These sleeper trains also call at the railway stations of Malmö and Copenhagen. By the way, I do know a way how to get cheaper tickets! I don't know if this rule still applies after December 2021 so I'll be sure there will be a new video, where I'll explain you more about this.
When I have uploaded that video, probably at the beginning of 2022, there will be a link to that video in the description of this video. Another nice and fun way of a ticket, is a "round the sound ticket". This is not being advertised very well but you can buy this for example at the ticket desk of Skanetrafiken at Malmö central station and I think you can also buy it at Copenhagen. It gives you unlimited access in only one direction and one way for this circle. It's by train and between Helsingborg and Helsingør, there's a ferry. These ferries are electric by the way.
There is definitely a lot more I'd like to tell you, but I already gave you a lot of information. When you have any questions, just leave a comment. Also when you just want to say hello, feel free to leave a comment. For now, I'll show you some views from the train between Copenhagen and Helsingborg.
Because I didn't took this train all the way to Gothenburg. So that's (almost) it for this video. The train will continue to Göteborg or Gothenburg, I don't know how to pronounce it. I'm right now at the railway station of Helsingborg, from here on I will take a ferry back to Denmark where I will take a train to Copenhagen again. There will be another video about that as well.
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