Copenhagen to Oslo Ferry: Why DFDS is Better Than Flying!

DFDS Ferry

Did you know that the best way to travel between Denmark and Norway isn’t actually by plane? That’s right! Instead, every traveler should check out the Copenhagen to Oslo ferry route. This summer we made the epic trip with DFDS Ferry. Here’s everything you need to know about this fun overnight cruise as well as some helpful tips from our own experience.

Our Copenhagen to Oslo Ferry 

After a summer of traveling through Europe, we were heading towards Norway to start a one-week road trip. When travel planning how to get from Copenhagen to Oslo we had heard about the popular DFDS ferry route.

While flights are quick and easy in Europe they can be one of our least favorite ways to travel… Especially in the busy summer months!

Now don’t get us wrong. We take plenty of flights around the world. Yet, if there is ever an option to take a ferry or train it’s the transportation style we much prefer. Also, we are always looking for unique ways to travel and it seemed like the overnight ferry was just that.

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From Copenhagen to Oslo Norway

Morning of Our Copenhagen to Oslo Ferry Trip

Waking up in Copenhagen, Denmark, we had all morning before heading to our boat that took off at 3pm. With the beautiful weather in early August, we jumped on a one-hour sightseeing cruise from the Nyhavn Canal. After that, we enjoyed one of the famous Dutch hot dogs and used the extra time to walk to the ferry port.

It was about a 35-minute stroll from the Nyhavn Canal. The walk took us through the Royal Palace where we witnessed the changing of the guards and the 17th century fortress of Kastellet. Thankfully, we were traveling light so we got to see a little more of the city on the way. 

Copenhagen is a place that we have found ourselves traveling through several times over the years and every visit we discover something new. Definitely take the opportunity to see it if you get the chance.

Copenhagen Canal Tour: The Fun Boat Tour No One Should Miss!

Copenhagen Ferry Guide

Boarding the DFDS Ferry

When we arrived at the boat our room was ready and we were able to get on right away. Depending on the cabin you book, you can board two hours before departure or a little earlier with Commodore Class. 

We had a Commodore Sea View with a window that looked out over the port. Having been on several cruises before, we felt the room was very comparable. This was a pleasant surprise as we had the same comforts of a week-long trip even though the DFDS ferry was just one night.

There was a small fridge, a nice-sized bathroom, and we were given all the toiletries we needed. Also, the two small bottles of sparkling wine were a fantastic touch.

Copenhagen to Oslo Boat

Departing on the Copenhagen to Oslo Ferry

It was still about an hour and a half before the ship took off so we went to explore the rest of the boat. Immediately, we noticed travelers on all the decks already hanging out and some sitting with their luggage.

The DFDS ferry makes the crossing from Oslo to Copenhagen and quickly gets ready to sail back. This means if you book a lower cabin then your room may be ready closer to the departure time and not right when you get on.

Not to worry though! One of the most fun features of the DFDS ferry is the two bars on the outdoor decks. Whether you’re waiting for your room to be ready or are looking for a cold drink to enjoy during the ride, this is the spot to be. 

Copenhagen Oslo Ferry

Which DFDS Ferry Cabin is Right For You? 

As we mentioned, we were traveling in a Commodore Class Cabin. However, there are actually a few different options to choose from. The prices will vary based on availability and how far in advance you book your trip.

Picking your room on the Copenhagen to Oslo ferry is one of the biggest pieces of advice we can share! The cabins are broken up into three different general categories. The prices then range based on the number of beds and if it has a window or is an inside cabin. 

  • Standard Cabins
  • Seaview Cabins
  • Premium Cabins

The one main difference is if you plan to book a premium cabin like the Commodore, there are more benefits that come with it. The Commodore Cabin has amenities such as unlimited wifi, sparkling wine, and a delicious buffet breakfast.

There are also a few cabins that are listed as Commodore de Luxe. This is considered the most luxurious on the ship and there is even one room that has a jacuzzi. Additionally, the de Luxe rooms have access to the special premium lounge with drinks and snacks.

When traveling on the Copenhagen to Oslo ferry route make sure to book your cabin as soon as you know the dates. This is an extremely popular way to travel and the cabin you want may sell out if you don’t plan ahead.

Copenhagen to Oslo Ferry Cabin

Sailing on the Copenhagen to Oslo Ferry

When we officially took off from Copenhagen we grabbed a spot on the top deck and watched as we pulled away from the city. It was a beautiful sunny day and the entire boat was full of travelers enjoying the warm summer weather. 

After some time taking in the view we went to explore the boat. It was then that we realized truly how big the DFDS Ferry was! Complete with over 9 floors, the boat had multiple bars, dining areas, and even a nightclub.

Around 10:30pm we watched the sunset from the window in our room as it dipped below the ocean. At night we felt the boat rock us to sleep, which was a welcomed feeling after past adventures on cruise ships. Overall, we slept extremely well and woke up refreshed to arrive in Oslo Norway.

Ferry Copenhagen to Oslo

Commodore Class Breakfast 

We got to breakfast right when it opened and the morning buffet was a highlight of our trip. There was everything from salmon and omelets to endless pastries, juices, and so much more.

If you have a Commodore Class Cabin you will have a different breakfast area from the other passengers. From what we could tell it was less crowded (we did go right when it opened) and had more extensive food options.

We asked for a table by the window and sampled as many of the delicious items as we could. The food on the ship was so tasty and we left full and ready for a fun day.

DFDS Ferry Breakfast

Morning Cruise into Norway 

Making our way towards Oslo that morning was the most scenic part of the journey. The main reason why we went to breakfast right when it opened was so we would have time after to relax and soak in the views from the deck. 

The ferry docks in Oslo at 10am so there isn’t too much time in the morning. Still, over the next two hours we made the most of it! We walked from the left to the right side of the boat snapping photos and taking in our first impression of Norway. 

We even went as far as packing up our room early so we could stay outside longer. If you can be on the top deck when the DFDS ferry officially pulls into Oslo we highly recommend it. The view over the capital city is so beautiful! 

After getting off the boat we were surprised to see we were already basically downtown. Following the rush of travelers, we walked along the waterfront and were at our hotel in less than 15 minutes. 

Copenhagen to Oslo Cruise

Should You Take the Copenhagen to Oslo Ferry?

100% Yes! We had such a great time on our one-night cruise from Copenhagen to Oslo. Not only was it easy and practical, but it was a completely unique experience from how we would’ve traveled by plane. 

So many times when abroad we find ourselves just trying to get from point A to point B. Yet, with DFDS ferry you can enjoy cruising between two of Scandinavia’s greatest cities. On top of that, the accommodations and food feel much more luxurious than any other ship you have likely been on. 

If you have a car or campervan you can bring it on the ferry, too. This is a popular way for people with vehicles to start their road trip in Norway. Also, know that you can do the route in reverse from Oslo to Copenhagen. 

Ferry DFDS

Have any questions about the Copenhagen to Oslo ferry or want to share your own DFDS Ferry story? Let us know in the comments below! 

Safe Travels,
Brigitte & Jake

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This experience in Denmark was made possible in collaboration with the DFDS Ferry. As always, any opinions and recommendations remain our own.

Where to Stay in Oslo Norway

Ultra LuxuryAmerikalinjen – Beautiful boutique hotel named after the 19th century cruise ship line. Enjoy the spacious and luxurious rooms with a classic Norwegian touch. 

Fun VacationClarion Hotel Oslo – Located in the heart of downtown, the Clarion is a great place to stay near the waterfront. We loved the modern rooms, buffet breakfast, and being within walking distance of all the best Oslo attractions.

HostelHI Oslo Haraldsheim – As one of the hotel hostels in the city enjoy the green nature around the Grefsen neighborhood just outside the city center. Hi Oslo is a fun place to meet friends and has both private and dorm rooms available.


Copenhagen to Oslo

Norway Travel Planning 

 Flights: We always find deals using Skyscanner and Kayak. That’s how we traveled from New York to Bergen for under $200 USD!

Rental Car: Discover Cars is the best company to use for vehicles when abroad. It is especially popular to rent a car and spend one week cruising between the Fjords. 

 Accommodation: Compare competitive sites for hotels such as and Agoda.  Also, Hostelworld should be your go-to source if you’re traveling on a budget. 

Tours: Check out Get Your Guide for activities all over Norway. You can book everything from the Oslo Pass for museums, transportation to a Bergen Fjord Cruise, and even take the famous Tromsø Aurora Borealis Tour

 Travel Insurance: Never travel abroad without being covered. We’ve been using SafetyWing for the last few years on the road and they are there when we need them.

 Packing Lists: Find more travel inspiration with our Amazon packing lists! Including electronics and camera gear, must-have medical items, and long flight essentials

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  1. Jeffrey Wu
    August 23, 2023 / 4:59 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing your story! As a budget traveler, I am going to stay with an inside cabinet without any window. So your information on the best scenery hours for the route (Copenhagen – Oslo) are the first hour leaving Copenhagen and the last 2 hours of reaching Oslo, is much appreciated. I am sure I would staying on the public deck during these hours. : )

    • Brigitte & Jake
      August 24, 2023 / 12:44 am

      You’re welcome and thanks for reading! I’m sure you’ll enjoy those hours on the outdoor deck (-:

  2. Rommel
    September 7, 2022 / 6:04 pm

    Hi! Great article. Do you happen to know if there is a VAT office in the port for tax refund? I’m flying into Copenhagen from Norway but coming back I’m taking the overnight ferry. Was wondering if there is a booth or office in the port or inside the ferry. Thanks.

    • Brigitte & Jake
      September 8, 2022 / 11:16 am

      Hi Rommel. We did not see the booth or location of a VAT office. Unfortunately, we are not able to help because we don’t want to share the wrong information. You may want to contact the cruise ship directly. 🙂

  3. Dave
    August 29, 2022 / 2:36 pm

    We are considering doing the Copenhagen to Oslo route in late November of this year with 2 kids (7 and 3). My only concern is if the days are as short as I’ve read, will you get to see any scenery? Is there enough to do on the boat if there is nothing to see after sunset?

    • Brigitte & Jake
      September 6, 2022 / 6:06 pm

      Hi Dave! The best scenery was the first hour leaving Copenhagen and the last two hours of the trip pulling into Oslo! You should have some great views even in November. We saw many families and kids on the ship so it does cater to all ages. You can look up the details on the exact ship and there will be more information about what kid-friendly activities are onboard! Have fun!

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