Grenaa Line

Grenaa Line
Native name Grenaabanen
Type Railway
System Aarhus Commuter Rail
Termini Grenaa station
Aarhus Central Station
Stations 16
Opened Ryomgård-Grenaa 26 August 1876 (1876-08-26)
Aarhus-Ryomgård 1 December 1877 (1877-12-01)
Owner Banedanmark
Operator(s) DSB
Character Local railway
Line length 68.9 kilometres (42.8 mi)[1]
Number of tracks Single
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)
Electrification None
Operating speed Aarhus-Ryomgård 100 km/h
Ryomgård-Grenaa 75 km/h[1]

The Grenaa Line (Danish: Grenaabanen) is a 68.9 km (42.8 mi)[1] long standard gauge single track railway line in Denmark which runs between Aarhus and Grenaa through the peninsula of Djursland. The railway opened in 1876-1877. It is owned and maintained by Rail Net Denmark and served with passenger trains by the Danish State Railways (DSB). It now functions as a commuter rail service in the Aarhus area and carries 1 million passengers annually.


The Grenaa Line at Risskov north of Aarhus in 1904.

The section from Ryomgård to Grenaa was opened in 1876 together with the Randers-Ryomgaard Line. The section from Aarhus to Ryomgaard was opened in 1877. The two railways were operated by the joint operating company Østjyske Jernbane (ØJJ).[2] Both lines were taken over by the Danish State Railways in 1885. Passenger traffic on the Randers-Ryomgaard Line ceased in 1971.

The Grenaa Line was around 2006 upgraded to support higher speeds. In 2012, eight new Siemens Desiro diesel trains started operation here and on the Odder Line, under the brand name Aarhus Commuter Rail (Danish: Aarhus Nærbane).


The route of Grenaabanen

Previous stations

Future propositions

The line is currently being adapted for the Aarhus Light Rail (Danish: Aarhus Letbane), an electric tram-train service scheduled for opening in 2016.[3]


  1. 1 2 3 "Line information (TIB)" (PDF) (in Danish). Banedanmark. Retrieved 2014-10-14.
  2. På sporet af Djurslands jernbaner (in Danish). Djurslands Jernbanemuseum. 2005. p. 61.
  3. "Aarhus tram-train project gets the go-ahead". Railway Gazette International. 10 May 2012.
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