I went on an interrail trip together with my boyfriend for almost the entire month of September. During this interrail we traveled through Europe by train. We had 6 travel days in total during that interrail. I wanted to write about all those 6 different routes in different posts on this blog. I already told you about our first, second, third, fourth and fifth travel day. Today I’ll finish with our last travel day. On travel day 6 of our interrail, we traveled from Copenhagen to Amsterdam by train. I’ll tell you about the different route options, the costs, the journey itself and more.
Today I’ll tell you about the route options for traveling by train from Copenhagen to Amsterdam. Therefore, I want to confess something. I didn’t travel all the way to Amsterdam. I actually traveled from Copenhagen to Enschede. Enschede is an unknown city in The Netherlands, my family lives there and I went to visit them after my trip. I chose to write about the trip to Amsterdam, as I think that’ll help more people. So my actual trip was a little different, but not much. The route is almost the exact same, I just got out of the train earlier.
When it comes to traveling from Copenhagen to Amsterdam by train there’s just one route. So, it’s very simple. Here is the route:
Copenhagen to Amsterdam Route
Copenhagen – Hamburg – Osnabrück – Amsterdam. Two crossovers. But as I said, this is the only option. You can take this route twice a day. One starts in Copenhagen at 07:26 and the second option starts at 11:26. We took the latter one. Like I said last time, I am not a morning person haha.. If you start at 7:26 you arrive in at 19:00 in Amsterdam and if you take late train you arrive at 23:00. I left the train earlier so for me it didn’t really matter. This is the time table for the late option. 11:26 Copenhagen – 16:01 Hamburg – 18:35 Osnabrück – 23:00 Amsterdam. Both crossovers are really well-planned. There’s a 44 minute transit in Hamburg and you have an hour and 18 minutes in Osnabrück. Very much doable.
Prices and tickets
We paid 40 euros per person for this journey. That’s because we bought an interrail ticket for 200 euros per person. That interrail included 5 travel days, making each day cost us 40 euro. You can do it even cheaper if you buy a longer interrail ticket, for two months. Then each travel day costs about 32 euros. But then again, this option is only available if you make a long trip. If you just buy a normal ticket, so no interrail or any of that, you pay 50 euros per person for this trip. 50 euros for about 1000 kilometers, not that expensive if you’d ask me. You do have to book in advance to get such a good price. 6 months ahead to be precise. You can book the ticket at Deutsche Bahn.
This trip does not require any reservations. Which is great, because those cost extra, 16 euros per person. My advice is usually: don’t make the reservations. Most of the time there’s plenty of space to sit, so it’s just a waste of money. It may occur that you have to switch seats one or more times, but I am personally not bothered by that. During this trip, I never had to change seats.
As I said, we took the train at 11:26. I think that’s a very chill time. We arrived at the station at a little bit before 11:00. We left the our hostel at 10:30 I think, making us have to get up at 9:00 or so. That’s perfect if you’d ask me. If you take the 7:26 train, you have to get up around 5:00.. Anyway, about the train ride. The route from Copenhagen to Hamburg was the exact same as when we traveled from Warsaw to Copenhagen. There’s only one track which can take you from Hamburg to Copenhagen. It’s a really pretty trip. It’s partly near water, something I always like. And this time I got to see a lot more, because we traveled during the morning instead of the evening. This part of the trip takes 4 hours and 35 minutes.
The middle train, from Hamburg to Osnabrück, takes a lot less time, 1 hour and 50 minutes. I like longer trips better than those ‘small’ ones. I think it makes me a little nervous, not wanting to miss the crossover. 1 hour and 50 minutes seems very little if you’re used to trips that take about 6 hours haha. But other than that, the trip was totally fine. There’s wi-fi and sockets (just like in the first and last train).
Then there’s the last part. From Osnabrück to Amsterdam. This trip takes 3 hours and 7 minutes. Like I said before, I didn’t stay in this train all the way to Amsterdam. I stepped out in Hengelo, so I was only in this train for one hour. It was a pleasant trip and I expect it to be the same if you stay in the train all the way to Amsterdam.
End of the interrail
This was the last post in this series. I traveled through 6 different countries during our interrail and I loved it! Interrailing is an amazing was to see more of Europe. And all separate journeys were amazing too. I hope this series has inspired you to take the train more often.