Odense located at Funen island(between Sealand and Jutland). It’s about 160km west of Copenhagen
Visiting Odense from Copenhagen is very easy, it’s just 90’ away by train. Although you can easily find tickets on the train station we booked the ticket online (there are offers –called orange tickets- if you book in advance, we payed 99DKK for a single ticket instead of 250DKK).
We had specific seats on the train, the ride was nice and the last part was under the sea through a tunnel (Odense is located at another island than the capital)
Once in Odense Trainstation you can just walk to the center or hire a bike.
Odense Lufthavn(airport) is located 10km away from the center. I don’t know if it’s convenient to use it though, maybe some charter flights to other European cities will do the job because as I already mentioned Copenhagen is 90’ away by train.
For those that travel to Odense as a daytrip to Copenhagen you will spend most of your time in the historic center where all the sites/museums/attractions are located. We easily walked anywhere around, from the train station the Town Hall is 5’ away, and most of the museums 10-15’ away.
A nice alternative is to rent a bike, there are some outside the train station, we noticed many visitors doing the same, and of course most of the locals have a bicycle as in any other Danish city. There are many bike lines and it’s perfectly safe to cycle in Odense.
Local buses and taxi
We didn’t use any taxi but we used some local buses. Most of them pass from the train station. The tourist information near the Town Hall provided us with a small guide with all the bus routes and timetables. Although most of the attractions are located in the center you need a bus for places like Funen Village, Iron Age Village etc Some buses have free wi-fi.
The single ticket costs 19DKK, very expensive of course so you better buy from the driver a 24h pass that costs 40DKK.
We preferred to buy the City Pass from the Tourist Info because it includes free entrance to almost every attraction in the city but also unlimited use of local buses for one day. It costs 129DKK but we had 2 full days in Odense so the second day we took advantage of the pass in deep.
The train takes you right to the centre of Odense: the Trainmuseum is opposite of the station and from the station to the msuseums of H.C.Andersen you can walk about 15-20 minutes and will see some of the sights already, while walking there.
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We had a few extra days in Copenhagen and decided to go to Odense. We caught a train from the just under the airport and ran directly to Odense. On the way to Odense we had second class tickets without seat reservations, this proved a bit difficult as the train filled up. Once in Odense we obtained seat assignments for the trip back. The trip took about 90 minutes and the train runs three times an hour. Light refreshments were available for purchase on train, we had coffee.
The station is located some 3-4 km from OBC and is located between Odense University Hospital and Odense Zoo. There is a platform and a ticket vending machine. Access to the station from the O2 circular road by taking the stairs.
Trains go to Odense (OBC) and in the direction of Svendborg. No car parking is possible right by the station, but some options exist in the nearby area.
It takes 4 minutes to get to OBC.
Although its lost some of its connections as a consequence of the new bus terminal at the OBC, Flakhaven still has four bus-routes passing though, and it is the closest busstop to both the city hall and the cathedral of Saint Canute. Furthermore the south and westbound busses stop right outside the doors of Magasin one of Odenses biggest Department Stores.
There is an extensive bus service in Odense. No matter where you are going chances are there is a bus connection to the OBC. There is only one fare price and that is 16 kr. (september 2007). Buying a ticket gives you 1 hour of free bus connections in the city (if you do not get a ticket from the busdriver ask for an "omstigning").
During rushhour there are busses with 10 minutes intervals on the central lines.
Except for the circular line 71 all buses pass through the OBC where they have a 5 min. halt.
From September 2007 there is free wireless internet for the passengers and flatscreens with news and trafic information on some routes (currently only route 41 to the University has this service).
It is quite easy to drive to Odense, from Germany and also from Aarhus you may drive all of the distance on the highway. When arriving from Kopenhagen you may also take the highway and cross the sea on top of one of the largest bridges in Europe.
That was different in 1964, when we had been there with our old Ford Cortina, me and my 4 brothers in the back seat of the car and a lot of luggage, tents and camping-gear in the trailer and on top of the car....
The local airport in Odense is located some 10 km north of downtown Odense. Although the airports landing strip has recently been expanded the airport is still coming out of the mothballed state that it has been in since 1999 where Storebæltsbroen (The great belt brigde) opened, and the daily flights to Copenhagen became obsolete.
However currently there are weekly flights to Northern Italy (Umbria), Nimes in France, and Burges in Bulgaria.
And furthermore there are possibly new cheap-flights in sight, these however are still on the drawingboard.
The free Odense map shows some 20 parkings right in the center. This is the one at the end of Munkemollestr. that goes underground, with easy access to the department store attached to it. Dead center.
It's an easy train ride from Kopenhagen to Odense and it takes about 1.5 hrs.
A single trip costs about 28 euro.
The best tip is to make seat reservations (which you can do up until the train leaves) at the ticket counter. It's definitely worth the small extra cost if you want a seat.
Odense Banegård Center (OBC) is the transportation hub for Odense. Al city busses, regional busses, and trains in Odense stop at the center.
On the first floor you will find the central library in Odense, on the second floor there is a small shopping mall and on the third floor there is a big cinema complex (the biggest in Odense).
When you arrive at Copenhagen's Airport you have to take the train to arrive at Odense. It's not a long trip and it's very nice and comfortable as the trains are very good. Beside, in the last part of the travel the train directed to Odense will bring you in a tunnel under the sea! What an emotion! You'll feel it! Pay attention to your ears!!! :-)) It's funy!
Odense is well connected railwise. You can get to Copenhagen i about 1 hour and 15 min and Aarhus in approximately the same time. There is also a local line going from Odense to Svendborg that makes a couple of stops in southern Odense.
Finally there are several international connections to many major european cities.
Trains scheduals can be found, and tickets can be reserved/bought on the DSB homepage.
The regional bicycle route 35 leads from Odense to Bogense (36 km from city square to city square). If you start out from Odense the route goes down Rugårdsvej, to Tarup where it turns north through Næsby and into Søhus. From Søhus there is 4 km to the cosy village of Allesø on the outskirts of Odense. From Allesø you pass by the local airport at Beldringe and then move on to the small village of Serup. From Serup you have about 5 km to Skamby where the trial turns west towards the village of Roerslev, followed by a forrest passage that leads to the Gyldensteen gods (Gyldensteen Castle). From here there are 4 km to Bogense and about 6 km to the center of Bogense.
To follow the route you just have to follow the small blue signs that are placed at all the truns on the ways.