The quickest route from the airport to Copenhagen is via regional train or Metro. Take the train if you want to head to Copenhagen Central Station quickly, or jump on the driverless Metro system if you want to go to the equally central Nørreport Station.
The Copenhagen public transport network operates 24 hours a day, with special train, metro and bus services covering the night and early hours. The Metro runs 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.
Most ticket types can be used on all forms of public transport in and around the capital, including Metro, rail, buses and harbour buses.
Buses in Copenhagen run frequently and allow you to cover big areas of the city in relatively short time. All local transport runs on the same ticketing system, so transfers from train to bus are easy. 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.
Copenhagen City Pass and Bike Hire
If you don't want to worry about calculating zones and time, you could buy a 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. a 24-hour ticket ticket (DKK 130) covers all zones including the airport.
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.
If you want to see Copenhagen from a different perspective, you can always take the Harbour Bus. The network has three "bus" routes, serving 10 different stops around the harbour front, six on Zealand-side and four on Amager-side. These boats 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.
You can find all you need to know about Metro, train, bus and harbour bus tickets here.
If you're an avid cyclist, most trains allow you to bring your bike on board, which is handy if you want to explore on two wheels. Please note that bikes are not allowed on the Metro in Copenhagen during rush hours and that you must buy a ticket to take a bike on regional trains, otherwise, it's free.
Talking of bikes, Copenhagen's City Bike project (Bycyklen) is a network of brilliant 'intelligent' electric bikes all over the city, available 24/7, 365 days a year. Each bike has a touchscreen tablet which can be used for navigation, payment and tourist info. Find out more about Copenhagen City Bike hire right here.
Train Travel Beyond the Capital
DSB is the official Danish national rail operator but there are other now trainline companies operating such as Arriva. It's easy to travel by train beyond Copenhagen to the rest of Denmark. A train from Copenhagen to Aarhus will take three hours, to Aalborg four hours and to Odense an hour and a half.
You can see train routes, find times and book train tickets with DSB by calling +45 70 13 14 15, and there is also the option of booking via the DSB website.
InterRail and Eurail passes
Non-European travellers in Denmark can take advantage of the Eurail Denmark Pass, for cheap train travel in and around Denmark. Eurail also offers a Europe-wide Eurail pass which includes travel in Denmark.
If you are a European citizen, you can use the InterRail Denmark Pass instead for cheap rail travel around Denmark or the InterRail Pass around Europe.