The shortest crossing between Denmark and Germany is the Puttgarden-Rodby connection. The ferry to Rodby only takes 45 minutes, and upon arrival, you can easily continue your journey.
Ferry Puttgarden to Rodby
Puttgarden-Rodby is a much-used crossing for those who want to travel to Copenhagen or Sweden with their own transport. The ferry sails from Germany to the Danish island of Sjælland, where Copenhagen is located and where the Oresund Bridge connects Denmark with Sweden.
The ferry shortens the route to Copenhagen and Sweden by 140 kilometers. Also a breath of fresh air on the deck is, for many, a welcome change from the long car journey.
Timetable Puttgarden – Rodby
The ferry from Puttgarden to Rodby is one of the most popular crossings in Europe. The ferry, therefore, runs with great regularity, day and night.
There isn't really a timetable needed if you have a ferry that leaves up to 45 departures per day. In terms of departures per day, this route is even busier compared with the Calais-Dover ferry.
Departure, sailing time, and arrival
Check-in at the ports of Rødby or Puttgarden is possible up to 15 minutes before the scheduled departure. For a comfortable trip, we recommend taking plenty of time for this
You arrive near the village of Puttgarden via the E37. This road ends at the departure port, so you just have to follow it. It's pretty self-explanatory.
If you come by train you need to buy a ticket for Station Puttgarden. This station is right next to the terminal.
This crossing between Germany and Sweden takes only 45 minutes.
The arrival in Denmark is very similar to the departure. You arrive at the village of Rodbyhavn where the E47 starts directly. The station is right next to the harbor.
Ferry costs Puttgarden – Rodby
The costs start at about €52 for a one-way car journey, but usually, you will end up a little higher. You no longer pay if you are in a car with several people. It is important to indicate this when booking because the shipping company wants to know how many people are on board. The costs for this crossing depend on the time of booking and the crowds on board.
If you book online, you will already save €13, which is calculated when you buy a ticket at the departure port. So that's a smart thing to do.
There are two types of tickets:
- Valid for the booked departure time or on the other boats on that day with free places on board
- Changing the booking is free of charge, but a full refund is only possible with the optional Ticket Refund Service.
- Guaranteed place on every ferry on the day of departure
- VIP country boarding
- Free cancellation
- 1 free water/coffee/tea per person
As far as we are concerned, a Standard ticket is the better choice. The high costs of a Flex ticket do not outweigh the benefits.
Frequently asked questions
There are several questions that come up more often for this route:
Which ferry companies operate the Puttgarden-Rodby route?
Where can you book this crossing?
What are good alternatives for this crossing?
What is there to do on board?
Can I bring my dog on board?