I have a Eurail Select Pass for Switzerland, Denmark, and Germany. I am scheduled to travel on the Copenhagen to Berlin overnight train, but just realised that this takes me through Malmo, Sweden. Will my Eurail Select Pass be sufficient for this trip? Is Malmo considered a border city for Denmark like Salzburg is for Germany?
Thanks in advance!
I cannot find any direct connections to Copenhagen. The EN goes to Malmö at which point you change into the Öresund train. Is this your connection?
If this is the case I think you need to pay for 1) the ferry journey from Sassnitz to Trelleborg and the ride from Trelleborg to Malmö and 2) for the Öresund train from Malmö to Kastrup. Ask at the train station in Berlin and buy your tickets there if necessary.
The Öresund train should not be too expensive as Copenhagen to Malmö is only 9 EUR. I would be more worried about the ferry + train from Sassnitz to Malmö.
You can also try to contact
for information for the Sassnitz-Malmö part of your journey.
According to the site you need to pay 15 EUR extra.
[ Edit: Edited on May 19, 2008, at 10:17 AM by t_maia ]
You know, you could avoid all of this if you took the ICE 37 departing 15:22 from Berlin and arriving 22:11 in Copenhagen.
The Malmö - Berlin train is slightly unusual in that (a) it goes on the ferry and (b) it has no intermediate stops for passengers, to help with pass extensions. I would thus guess that your pass would not be valid (though you would probably get a discount). Also note that it is a Swedish run train, meaning you might get discounts with a pass valid in Sweden which you won't get with a pass valid in Germany.
Malmö is also different to Salzburg and many other "border" stations included in passes, in that Salzburg is literally just across the border and walkable, whereas Malmö crosses a large tunnel/bridge. I would thus guess - but don't know - that it wouldn't count as the border. I would assume Kastrup on the Danish side and Svågertorp-Malmö Syd on the Swedish sides are the border stations for passes, and the bridge between is a dead zone. But That is just a guess.
If you will have to pay extra, the best options i can suggest are either to go by day (think the last one is 15:38, change in Hamburg, as there is no connection from the last train to Hamburg at 17:38 unless you go out of your way by a chunk) or by night on the 18:53 from Koebenhavn as far as Dortmund (04.48, wait an hour, arrive Berlin 8.30am. If you are on time, you can continue to Hagen for a shorter change). This goes a long way out of your way and adds lots of KM, but will cost you less and does at least have you travelling overnight if the aim is to avoid paying for accom. On certain nights of the week, you can change in Bielefeld at 03:35and be in Berlin about 6am (rest of the week there is no connection, so you wait in Bielefeld for over 3hours)
[ Edit: Edited on May 20, 2008, at 9:46 AM by Gelli ]