Transport in Copenhagen

Getting to and around Copenhagen is easy, fast and convenient. Buses, trains, metro, bicycles, taxis, even harbour buses - there are plenty of modes of transport to choose from when navigating across the capital. This means you can fit in many more more sights and experiences in a weekend than would be possible in many other destinations.

Getting to Copenhagen

Copenhagen Airport is modern, efficient and best of all, you can go from airport arrivals to the centre of town in less than 15 minutes!

The quickest route from the airport to the city centre is via train or metro. Take the train if you want to head to Copenhagen Central Station, or jump on the metro if you want to go to the equally central Nørreport Station. Both journeys should take around 15 minutes.

Public transport

Public transport in Copenhagen is efficient, safe and practical. Getting from A to B is easy and because of the city's relatively small size, it won't eat too much of your precious holiday time. Most ticket types can be used on all forms of public transport in and around the capital, including metro, rail, buses and harbour buses. The Copenhagen public transport network operates 24 hours a day, with special train, metro and bus services covering the night and early hours.

Train and metro tickets in Copenhagen

If you're only in Copenhagen for a few days, we recommend you purchase either single trip tickets or multicard tickets also known as "klippekort". The greater Copenhagen area is divided into zones that determine your cost of travel. With one stamp on a two-zone klippekort, for example, you may travel freely and as much as you like for one hour within two zones of your starting point. Klippekort are available in 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8 zones, each with ten stamps per card. In Copenhagen, you are unlikely to ever need a klippekort covering more than three zones.

Copenhagen city pass

If you don't want to worry about calculating zones and time, you could buy a so-called City Pass. They are available in 24-hour and 72-hour versions, and they allow for unlimited travel in zones 1 to 4 for the designated period. You simply stamp your City Pass the first time you get on public transport in Copenhagen, and it will be your valid travel ticket until the 24 hours or 72 hours have passed.

Journey Planner

Journey Planner (Rejseplanen) is by far the most effective way of getting up-to-date travel information, plan your journeys or simply find the quickest way from A to B using public transport. Access Rejseplanen any time on your computer, smartphone or tablet, or get the Rejseplan app.

Denmark's National Rail

DSB is the Danish national rail operator. It consists of an over and underground rail network that covers most of Copenhagen and can take you into the rest of the country, as well as the rest of Europe. The main central Copenhagen train stations are Copenhagen Central Station, Nørreport, Vesterport and Østerport.

Copenhagen Metro

The Metro is the latest addition to the Copenhagen transport network. The driverless trains run frequently throughout the day, sometimes as often as every three minutes. Sundays to Thursdays between midnight and 5am the metro operates a less frequent service, with trains running every 20 minutes or so. The Metro is a great and simple way to get from Copenhagen Airport, with a journey time from the airport to the centrally located Nørreport Station of about 15 minutes.

Buses

Buses in the capital run frequently and allow you to cover big areas of the city in relatively short time. If in doubt, just ask the friendly bus drivers if they are going to your destination. The buses also operate night services on certain routes.

Harbour Buses

Harbour Buses are operated by the same carrier as normal buses, and all ticket types are valid here too. Harbour buses are a great way to see Copenhagen from the various waterfronts and they go past many of the city’s well-known sights, including The Little Mermaid, Nyhavn, Christianshavn and the Royal Opera House.

Cycling

The Danes are bicycle mad and Copenhagen is an ultra-friendly bicycle city, with broad, designated bicycle lanes on most streets across the capital. You can learn more about Copenhagen as a bicycle city here. It is really a great way to see the city, and you can get around town quicker than by car in most cases.  Copenhagen has plenty of places to rent or buy bicycles. You can also hire rickshaws to take you around town. These are also considered safe and with the right driver you migt even get a small guided tour. Check with local operators for fares as the general ticket system doesn’t apply.

Further reading

Now the practicalities are sorted, get inspiration for your Copenhagen break here!

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