How to get around in Copenhagen
From The Airport
Copenhagen Airport has excellent connections to Copenhagen city centre, the central railway station and Sweden. The easiest and mostused method for getting to places in the town centre – for instance, Christianshavn, Kongens Nytorv or Nørreport – is the metro. The journey time is about 20 minutes. Use the regional train for connections to Sweden or Copenhagen Central Station. If nothing else, you can always find a taxi at Copenhagen Airport. A taxi from the airport to the city centre or to Ocean Kaj (Ocean Quay) costs around 300 kroner. Bear in mind that you can get Airluggage to transport your baggage.
With a Copenhagen Card in your hand you won’t have to worry about zones and ticket prices, as the card gives you access to unlimited public transport within the entire capital region (including to/from Copenhagen Airport). In addition, you’ll get free admission to more than 70 attractions and museums, as well as discounts for multiple restaurants, cafes, sightseeing activities etc.
Taxis with a green “fri” (= “for hire”) sign can be hailed on the street.
In 2017, Uber was outlawed in Denmark and therefore isn’t available.
Public transport in Copenhagen is extensive, and is quite reliable. The metro is the fastest and most reliable option, but it only serves some parts of the city. The city’s bus routes cover all of Copenhagen. The so-called ‘A buses’ (A-busserne) comprise the main service, and in the rush hour they run every 3-7 minutes. A oneway ticket from the airport to the city centre (3 zones) costs 36 kroner, while a ticket for travel within the two zones that include the city centre costs 24 kroner. A 24-hour ticket covering Copenhagen, Frederiksberg and Amager (the location of the airport) costs 80 kroner. Remember to buy your ticket before you enter the train.
You can do so using either a vending machine or the app titled “DOT mobilbilletter” (“DOT Mobile Tickets”). Of course, you’ll first need to ensure your mobile phone has sufficient juice in the battery!
3 public transport interchanges
Copenhagen Central Station
The central station (København H) has connections by regional train to the rest of the country, and is located opposite Tivoli Gardens. This year the main railway station was finally connected to the metro system, greatly simplifying and streamlining journeys within the capital. See page 8 for more details.
This is Copenhagen’s busiest station, having both metro, S-train and regional train connections. It is situated close to the Royal Gardens, Rosenborg Castle and the covered markets (Torvehallerne).
The airport has both metro and regional train connections. The train from Copenhagen Central Station to Sweden passes through the airport station.
Most of the cruise ships that arrive in Copenhagen tie up at Ocean Quay, in the northern part of the harbour. It’s a new and modern cruise terminal, but it also lies some distance from the city centre. Here’s what you need to know about the transport options to and from Ocean Quay.
It is possible to use the public car park at Ocean Quay, which lies circa 50-100 metres from the ships. There are spaces for about 200 cars. Parking is metered, with no possibility of reserving a space in advance.
08:00 – 16:00: DKK 16 per hour
16:00 – 08:00: DKK 8 per hour
Parking costs a maximum of DKK 80 per 24-hour period (i.e. from midnight to midnight) or DKK 560 per week.
Public buses serve Østerport and Nørreport.
Bus service 25 runs between Ocean Quay and Nørreport – the most centrally located station – with a stop at Østerport Station, while bus service 27 only runs as far as Østerport Station.
Bus 25 runs from Ocean Quay when a cruise ship arrives.
A taxi ride from the city centre to Ocean Quay costs around DKK 275.
AMAGER-ØBRO TAXI 4×27 – Tel: +45 27 27 27 27
DAN Taxi – Tel: +45 70 25 25 25
Taxa 4×35 – Tel: +45 35 35 35 35
To the airport
A taxi ride from Ocean Quay to Copenhagen Airport costs about DKK 450 – DKK 550, depending on the time of day.
To trim the cost, you can take a taxi to Nørreport or Kongens Nytorv and take the metro on the final stretch. In the afternoon rush hour, this is as quick as taking a taxi all the way, though the metro can be pretty full.
By bus / train
From Østerport you can also take a regional train to the airport. Bus services 25 and 27 stop at Østerport.
Cycling in Copenhagen
Copenhagen is known for being one of the world’s most cyclable cities, and in the international press the verb ‘copenhagenize’ means ‘to work towards making a city more cycling-friendly’. Getting around in Copenhagen is unquestionably fast and easy on a bike – in fact, it’s often faster than going by car. For example, the inner harbour bridge connecting Nyhavn and Christianshavn/Holmen is designated solely for pedestrians and cyclists.
Tourists often ask if it’s safe to cycle in Copenhagen’s traffic, and the short answer is ‘Yes’: 74 per cent of the city’s cyclists feel safe when they’re cycling in Copenhagen. But accidents can happen, of course; in particular, there’s the possibility that a truck making a right-hand turn can fail to spot a cyclist. So it’s definitely worth being aware of that risk.
How to experience Copenhagen on a bike:
Many hotels will be able to rent you a bike. Ask at the reception.
You can also rent an electrically-powered city bike with GPS. Read more about those here:
There are several large privately-owned bicycle hire companies, e.g. Tours Copenhagen, Nikolaj Plads 34
The comfortable solution is naturally to hire a bicycle taxi. These are often waiting at Rådhuspladsen or Amagertorv. Read more: