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Faster train links will bind Europe closer together

The Fehmarnbelt link will shave two hours off the train journey between Copenhagen and Hamburg.

The fixed link under the Fehmarnbelt will have a decisive impact on the time it will take by train between the different areas in the Fehmarnbelt region. 

It currently takes four and a half hours by train from Hamburg to Copenhagen and ten hours by train between Stockholm and Hamburg. When the Fehmarnbelt tunnel and the upgrading of the rail infrastructure on both sides of the link are complete, the journey time will be cut by two hours. There will also be far more frequent departures on the route.  


Passenger trains will be able to drive through the tunnel at up to 200 km per hour and freight trains at 140. Transport will benefit from a modern and environmental-friendly railway based on electricity powered trains that will cross the Danish-German border without stopping. 

New opportunities

The Fehmarnbelt fixed link is part of a high priority infrastructure project in the EU, which will bind Europe together and create new opportunities for the benefit of the general public, business and industry and cultural life. 

It is well known that a new and improved transport network will enhance the opportunities for development in cities and regions and increase access to global markets and international destinations. Companies will prosper and new job opportunities will emerge.

The Fehmarnbelt fixed link is part of a high priority infrastructure project in the EU, which will bind Europe together and create new opportunities for the benefit of the general public, business and industry and cultural life.

Did you know that...

… the tunnel under the Fehmarnbelt and the upgrading of the railway on both sides of the link will also strengthen the Nordic countries’ most important hub – the metropolitan area – where European rail links and road systems will come together with those in Scandinavia

... the tunnel and an upgraded railway through East Denmark will expand Copenhagen Airport’s catchment area


The link will be constructed with funds from the EU and is one of the nine high priority infrastructure projects that will link cities, ports and production areas from northern Finland across Denmark and Germany to southern Italy. 

Read more about EU support for the Fehmarnbelt project in the Finance section here.