This seaport is located on a cape, in the bottleneck of the Oresund passage. Swedish city Helsinborg on the opposite coast is perfectly visible from Helsingor even in bad weather.
A fine view on Swedish city Helsingborg opens from walls of the castle.
Ferries connecting the Danish and Swedish coast, ply round the clock and the ferry lasts only 20 minutes (the price of the ticket 15 kr).
Helsingør-Helsingborg: 34Euros by car
Crossing: 20 minuttes: Departure: Every 20 minutes
Check-in: No later than 15 minutes before departure
contact Scandlines at +45 33 15 15 15 for further information
It is possible to reach up Helsingør from Copenhagen by train for 55 minutes. Price of the ticket - 38.50 kr.
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Copenhagen-Helsingor by car
We reached up Helsingor from Copenhagen on highway E47 for 40 minutes. The distance is only 46 kilometers. Restriction of speed is 110 kilometers.
Unfortunately when we came to Helsingor we did not see the road-index to the Kronborg-castle. Otherwise we most likely would park our car near the castle as many tourists had made. We had to park the car in city centre. To our surprise the covered parking was free-of-charge.
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Getting to Helsingor is simple: take a train from the main station in Copenhagen (platform 4). The journey will take you about 45 minutes and there are some stops along the way, taking you through the suburbs of Copenhagen before heading out into the Danish countryside. I enjoyed them a lot, as I was able to see the different face of Denmark for the fist time.
It's more convenient to buy a 24-hours ticket card for 110 DKK, which valids for 24 hours and you can visit some other cities on your way. It valids for all kind of transport: buses, trains and metro.
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Take to the rails
You can drive north from Copenhagen along a very nice stretch of coastline, or take the train. The Öresund trains go all the way from Malmö in Sweden, across the bridge, Kastrup airport and then various Copenhagen stations on its way north. If you are already in Sweden, just take a ferry from Helsingborg for a twenty minute crossing.
Ferries and Trains
There's lots of ways to go to Helsingør, but the most common transport, I suppose is by ferry or train. Take your pick.
Ferries leave Helsingborg ( Sweden ) to Helsingør ( Denmark) every 10 to 20 minutes, nearly 24 hours a day so it's not too difficult crossing borders over here! The ferry terminal is just on the left of the train station and here's a list of ferry companies that ply the watery routes. Click for more details on price and schedule. It's roughly about 290SEK for a one way ticket and 580SEK for a return.
Phone: +46 (0)42 18 60 00
Internet: www.scandlines.se ( this websites allows you to book online)
Phone: +46 (0)42 19 80 00
Phone: +46 (0)42 21 60 60
Trains to Helsingør ply between Copenhagen ( 45km, 1¼ hours away ) and the Copenhagen Airport, Kastrup.Helsingør is also connected to other parts of Denmark like Roskilde(1hour 20min away) and Humlebaek ( 10min away) . Search http://www.dsb.dk/servlet/Satellite?pagename=Millenium/Page/MilleForsideUK&c=Page&cid=1052315773184 to plan your train routes and schedules.
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boats to Sweden
Don’t forget that you can also take the ferry and visit Sweden from here! Helsingor lies at the narrowest point between the 2 countries with its twin town Helsingborg clearly seen at the other side, on 4km away.
There are many cris-crossing ferries that offer an easy ride to the other side 24 hours a day. The ferry ride lasts 20’ (there’s one ferry every 20’, every 10’ in peak hours). Check the following companies for more information:Scandlines, HH and Sundbuserne(only for passengers, not vehicles but doesn’t run 24h).
Locals use the same ferries a lot especially the Swedish people that want to buy alcohol(it’s cheaper in Denmark). That’s why I noticed many stores selling alcohol near the port.
By the way the ferry ticket allows you to stay on board as long as you want as long as you don’t get off the ferry so many people take advantage of the bar and restaurants that the ferries offer!
how to move around
Helsingor is very small, the city centre is next to the train station and the castle is only 15’ walking away. So, you can easily walk around with no need for any vehicle.
You can easily walk to the important churches of the city (St Mary and St Olai are 10’ away from the train station). A bicycle ride would be nice so you can check a bit further along the coast..
There are some locals buses(pic 1) and taxis (pic 2) but I guess tourists wont really need them.
how to go there
We travelled by train from Copenhagen Central Station. There’s one train every 20’ so you don’t even have to plan ahead. No need for seat reservation too. The ride lasts about 45’.
By the way if you have 24h pass (for all zones) or a CPH card you don’t need a ticket.
What’s more you can also stop on your way back to Hamlebaek(10’ away from Helsingor) to check Lousiana Museum too.
Helsingor is only 45kilometers away from the capital. You can easily drive from Copenhagen if you take highway E47.
If you come from Sweden just take the boat from Helsinborg
HELSINGOR TO HILLEROD
Instead of going back to Copenhagen to catch a Train to Hillerod, we caught the Train from Helsingor direct to Hillerod.
Helsingor train station has two adjacent terminals, the DSB terminal for national trains and the smaller Helsingor–Hornbæk–Gilleleje Banen (HHGB) terminal for the private railway that runs along the north coast.
Don't take the private railway, as it takes quite awhile to reach Hillerod, where-as the DSB trains to Hillerod take 30 minutes and run at least once hourly until around midnight. Check the time-table before you head to Kronborg Castle, then you know what time to be back at the station.
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From Copenhagen by Train
Trains to Helsingor run every 20 minutes from Copenhagen Central Station with a journey time of 45 minutes. The single far at the time of writing (Oct 2009) is 94.50 DKK. If you have a CPH card or a 24-hour pass then these are valid for the journey.
This is a pleasant train journey as the track pretty much follows the coast.
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A Trip to Sweden
The twin towns of Helsingor and Sweden's Helsingborg are separated by a mere 4 km of water across which ferries run 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with a peak frequency of every 10 minutes. The crossing takes 20 minutes and the ferries load and unload swiftly. Although the towns are in different countries there is no passport control and customs is usually a formality unless you have anything specific to declare.
There are three ferry companies plying the route: HH Ferries, Scandlines and the smaller (and cheaper) Sundbusserne. HH and Scandlines are the vehicle and commercial boats (though they do also transport foot passengers) and the two operate in tandem, sharing each others docking berths and their websites and booking systems are linked. Sunbusserne, operated by Acelink, provides passenger-only crossings and doesn't operate overnight.
All the ferries have bars and the larger ferries have quite plush restaurants - quite a few people use these for an evening out, crossing and recrossing whilst they enjoy a relaxed repast (the single ticket is valid for as many crossings as you wish so long as you don't get off the boat).
For timetables, fares and online bookings see websites below:
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a boattrip you wont notice
When you stand in Helsingor, you will find yourself considering the possibility of swimming to Sweden since it seems so close. But don't do that. Take the boat! It leaves every half an hour at least from Helsingor train-station and cost 40Dkr for a return.It normally takes about 20 minutes untill you can set foot on Swedish ground. A daytrip to Helsingor can surtantly include a short-trip to Helsingborg. So do it. Cross the border!
NB. Also for vehicles
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The busy strait
There are three different ways to cross the busy Öresund strait between Helsingor and Swedish Helsingborg twenty minutes away on the other side. The Scandline ferries are the most well known and big, but there is also the HH-ferries and commuters between the two cities (yep, they exist) often use Sundsbussarna, i.e. the Sound Busses" which are smaller passenger shuttle ferries. You will find all of them near Helsingor's railway station. These days, no trains use the ferries the way they did before the Öresund Bridge down in Malmö/Copenhagen existed. A bit sad for those of us who grew up with night trains boarding ferries on the way to a great adventure somewhere. Now you have to get off the train and board the ferries as a foot passenger. This is also helped by the fact that Helsingborg has built a new passenger railway terminal in the harbour.
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Travel to Sweden
The Sparkling Sound, separates Denmark and Sweden, 4 km in the narrowest point, the travel takes no more than 20 minutes to cross from one country to the other by ferry.
Is easy visit all the city and neighbour by bicycle. It is besides the foot the most used transportation in Helsingor