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Hirtshals Line
DK 2012 Hirtshalsbanen.jpg
Native name Hirtshalsbanen
Type Railway
System Danish railways
Termini Hjørring
Stations 13
Opening 18 December 1925
Owner Nordjyske Jernbaner
Operator(s) Nordjyske Jernbaner
Character Local railway
Rolling stock Desiro
Line length 16 km (9.9 mi)
No. of tracks 1
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)
Electrification No
Operating speed 80 kilometres per hour (50 mph)

The Hirtshals Line or Hirtshals Railway (Danish: Hirtshalsbanen) is a 16.1 km (10.0 mi) long standard gauge single track railway line between Hjørring and Hirtshals, Denmark. The railway links the fishing and ferry port of Hirtshals with the Danish rail network.

The railway line opened in 1925. It is currently owned and operated by the railway company Nordjyske Jernbaner (NJ) which runs frequent local train services from Hirtshals station to Hjørring station with onward connections by DSB to the rest of Denmark.


In 1915, the Danish Parliament agreed to build a new railway line between Hjørring and Aalbæk station on the Skagen Line with a possible branch line from Vellingshøj to Hirtshals. The main line to Aalbæk was never constructed however, but the branch line to Hirtshals was built instead. Construction started in April 1924, and the railway was opened on 18 December the following year.

From the start, the railway line was operated together with the Hjørring-Løkken-Aabybro Line and the Hjørring-Hørby Line in the joint operating company Hjørring Privatbaner (HP).

In 2001, the operating company Hjørring Privatbaner A/S merged with Skagensbanen A/S (SB) to form the railway company Nordjyske Jernbaner. Headquartered in Hjørring, the company is now responsible for running the Hjørring–Hirtshals and Frederikshavn–Skagen lines.

In 2005 the current Siemens Desiro trains, which have a maximum speed of 120 km/h (75 mph), were introduced.


Local trains[edit]

An NJ Desiro DMU at the Herregårdsparken halt between Hjørring and Hirtshals.

Nordjyske Jernbaner (NJ) runs frequent local train services from Hirtshals station to Hjørring station with onward connections by DSB to the rest of Denmark.

Express service[edit]

An international passenger service, Nordpilen, between Hirtshals and Hamburg, connecting with the ferries to and from Norway, ceased many years ago.


Apart from local passenger traffic, there are transit freight trains linking Norway to the European continent. The freight cars are transferred on the railway ferry from Hirtshals to Kristiansand.


The Vendsyssel Line to Frederikshavn
0,0 Hjørring
The Vendsyssel Line to Aalborg
0,5 Kvægtorvet - opened in 2005
NJ railway depot
1,6 Teglgårdsvej
3,2 Herregårdsparken
4,0 Vellingshøj
Langholm - closed in 2003
6,9 Vidstrup
9,4 Sønderby
10,4 Tornby
Raundrup - closed in 2003
13,6 Horne
15,1 Emmersbæk
16,6 Lilleheden
Color Line - closed in 2008
17,8 Hirtshals

Previous stations[edit]

  • Color Line halt - between Lilleheden halt and Hirtshals station
  • Raundrup halt - between Horne station and Tornby station
  • Langholm - between Vellingshøj station and Vidstrup station

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