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Train travel from UK / far western Europe

10 June 2010

For those of us wanting to get to Drupalcon in a less carbon-intensive way, here are a couple of land/sea routes that Seat 61 suggests:

  1. Eurostar to Brussels; Thalys to Cologne; sleeper to Copenhagen
  2. Train to Harwich, UK; ferry to Esbjerg; intercity to Copenhagen

Anyone any better ideas (apart from flying)? Any road trips leaving from the UK? :)

I will probably be taking the

15. June 2010 - 15:25

I will probably be taking the train to arrive for the morning of the core developer summit, the Eurostar/Thalys/sleeper route.

Someone on twitter mentioned the idea of a codesprint on the train... :)

Post-con I hope to be

17. June 2010 - 4:46

Post-con I hope to be stopping off in the UK, so I may be interested in the low-carbon option!

I've booked my train

19. June 2010 - 12:02

I've booked my train tickets!

I'm getting to Copenhagen for the core dev summit on Sunday 22.

My train times are:

  • Eurostar from London: Sat 21, 12:57
  • Thalys from Brussels: 17:28
  • sleeper train from Cologne: 21:26, getting into Copenhagen Sunday 22 11:15.

Who's up for a code sprint on the train and dinner in Cologne?


21. June 2010 - 22:58

Hey Joachim - a colleague and I are on the same train(s), so I reckon we'd be up for a travelling code sprint and dinner or whatever, sounds fun!
@ J-P: I briefly considered trying to sail there in a yacht, but it would take an awfully long time and everything would be very wet when we got there. Being on a ferry for 18 hours worries me even more than the £664 fare! So the train's got to be the way to go, better than being in a car for however many days it would take, don't you think?

I'd love to train it, but the cost is too much!

23. June 2010 - 10:41

Folks, what sort of prices are you getting for the trains! I checked and it was nearly as much as getting the ferry (which sounds amazing!) - around £300 each way from the UK! :-( I'm not sure I can justify that to my employer no matter how hard I try...

£390 each return from London to Copenhagen

25. June 2010 - 11:23

The cheap tickets had run out by the time we booked on the train, so it cost us about £390 each return from London to Copenhagen (rather than the £315 I had originally been quoted). Booked through (but I prefer to get them on the phone rather than booking online).

€214 London > Copenhagen

15. July 2010 - 11:34

Deutsche Bahn do a cheap ticket on London - Cologne ('London Spezial') which starts at €98 return. It can also be cheaper to book the sleeper straight from them. The cheapest tickets I could see just now were €214 return London - Copenhagen - that's Eurostar + ICE + reclining seat on the night train.

T6 (6 berth sleeper compartment) looks like €246, T4 - €266 and T2 - €326. These prices are very dependent on which trains you choose, I'm looking at going out Monday night and coming back Friday night here. I normally book tickets like these straight from the DB website ( which does work in English. If you do that it's best to print them from the pdfs it gives you and make sure you take the card you bought them on. DB also have a UK English speaking call centre which will charge a booking fee but a bit easier to deal with.

Is anyone else considering the Monday and Friday night sleepers, or already booked on there?