Copenhagen to Oslo - ship or fly??

Mar 27th, 2007, 03:32 PM
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Mar 27th, 2007, 03:51 PM
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We took the overnight ferry from Copenhagen to Oslo last June and really enjoyed it. Very relaxing. Food was plentiful and good. Great views of the coastlines. It is more of a cruise ship than a ferry. Yes, some people were enjoying their drinks but I didn't see anyone who was drunk (and we were cruising during the world cup...we watched a game in one of the lounges). It's not a typical "booze cruise" that you find in the Carribean. We would definitely do it again.
However, if you are concerned about the price, don't do it. You'll likely think it isn't worth it. It's sort of like the saying "If you have to ask the price, you can't afford it." Take the plane.
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Mar 27th, 2007, 04:24 PM
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Last year I traveled with a EurailPass. I had a bed from Malmo d.23.08 to Oslo a.07.00. The Cabine had a shower. I was supposed to get a breakfast in Oslo but that did not materialize. The bed cost DK251. That's about $39, last year.

OTOH, I would take a ferry if I had one at hand. Go Silja or Viking. You will never regret it. Pinch your pennies and you'll pinch your enjoyment.

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Mar 28th, 2007, 05:25 AM
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I like you was debating whether to train of ferry it from Copenhagen to Oslo. The train options looked kind of difficult - you either need to go to Goteborg and then wait somewhere for two hours and then board another train OR go to Malmo and take a train from there. Either way, the trip takes about 13 hours or so when you factor in the waiting, etc. Plus, getting up and changing trains in the middle of the night is really tiring. I looked on and could not find the 23.08 train that leaves Malmo, though, perhaps they haven't updated their schedule.

I also investigated the flight options but decided against it, even though it might work out cheaper than the ferry, because you need to factor in taxes, trains to and from the airport, hauling your luggage, possible delays, extra weight charges for luggage, etc. etc.

So, after all that, I just booked a cabin on the DFDS Seaways boat from Copenhagen to Oslo - it's an 1x inside cabin (whatever that means) but it was under the "Cabins for 2 people" category so I think it's private. I am not sure what part of the boat it is on, actually, but it didn't say Deck 2, so I am hoping it's decent. It's got insuite toilet and shower, which will make my husband happy. Our price, with a railpass discount, is 73.5 euros, which would probably be a little more than reserving beds on a sleeper but worth it because we don't have to change!!! anyway, I have until April 17 to confirm. I'll be taking night trains in Norway and Sweden so the boat will be a nice change!

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Jun 12th, 2007, 11:31 AM
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My mother was Danish so I grew up spending several summers in England (my Dad is English and we live overseas) and Denmark and always took the car from England on the overnight DFDS ships to Denmark.

When I got older - late teens & early 20's I drank on the ship and went silly - the discos were great!

But now that I'm older (and have more money), I tend to go for top-priced cabins (Commodore) with all the frills (like first on (by car) and first off, larger cabin, priority seating in restaurant, free minibar, etc). The difference between high and low priced is worth the extra money! And we were away from the noisy people and places!

When we married we honeymooned in Norway, Denmark and Sweden. We took the overnight DFDS Oslo-Copenhagen and it was great - nice to have good dinner in restaurant and buffet breakfast.

The Oslo/Cphgn ships leave at 5pm and arrives at 9am the next morning (same for the return), so you eat supper in one country and breakfast in other country the next morning.

One of my Danish cousins did a stint working as cabin maid on one of the ships - cleaning vomit wasn't her favourite!

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Feb 26th, 2008, 04:12 AM
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Feb 26th, 2008, 04:45 AM
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Just to offer a refreshed viewpoint, bear in mind that the ferry will be more expensive and less convenient than flying. Heck, it is easier to get to the airport from central Copenhagen than it is to get to the ferry pier. I just don't see the point.
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Feb 26th, 2008, 05:27 AM
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There is a direct bus from the station in København to the ferry terminal, so it is just as easy as getting to the airport.
Whether it is more expensive depends on how much you'd pay for a hotel because, if you fly, you need to spend an extra night in a hotel in Oslo or København which are not cheap cities.
I wonder if "Travelgourmet" ever eats in restaurants. It's quicker and cheaper to eat in McDonalds, so what's the point? Life would be dull if every meal were the same, so why do people want every journey to be the same?
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Feb 26th, 2008, 05:53 AM
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"There is a direct bus from the station in København to the ferry terminal, so it is just as easy as getting to the airport."

I guess I just disagree that taking the bus is as convenient as either the metro or the s-tog to the airport.

Also, consider that boarding closes for the ferry at 30 minutes prior to departure, so you will save, at most 30 minutes over the "airport hassles". After that, you are looking at a 16-1/2 hour ferry ride, vs a flight that will be just over an hour.

I'm also just a little unclear about your insistence on pushing the ferry option. Heck, if one shouldn't have every meal the same way, why should everyone take the ferry to Oslo? Fine to recommend the ferry, but no need to be so hostile to those that suggest a plane might be a better way to go.
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Feb 26th, 2008, 07:46 AM
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I absolutely loved the ferry - it was such a relaxed way to travel - especially when you are jetlagged! We had fun walking from the ferry terminal to our hotel in Oslo - but we are backpackers so we are used to it. I personally am a train fanatic who hates flying so I do recommend the ferry. Our cabin cost us only 73 euros with a ScanRail discount!!!
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Feb 26th, 2008, 03:31 PM
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Overnight accommodation and disco are included in the price. You leave at 5pm, have dinner on boat, go nightclubbing or relax, and the following morning there is breakfast before the boat docks at 9am.

Don't forget hotels in Scandinavia are so expensive these days due to poor exchange rates.

We had a car and we preferred to go on that ship with car over several hours driving.

Flying is nice and quick BUT having to be at airport more than 2 hours beforehand, going thru security etc for just an hour flight ain't worth the hassle.
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