Copenhagen: Local Travel Info

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Copenhagen Local Travel Info

To and From - Copenhagen Airport

Copenhagen’s airport is only 12 kilometres south of Copenhagen’s city centre. It is the biggest and busiest airport in Scandinavia and the main hub used by Scandinavia Airlines. Other airlines that fly to Copenhagen include Aer Lingus, British Airways and Maersk Air. Travel to and from Norreport Station takes about 15 minutes by train and trains run every 10 minutes. The Øresund Railway Line can be found underneath Terminal 3. Tickets cost approximately €4. If you buy the Copenhagen Card you can use that as fare. It takes about 30 minutes to go from CPH to Copenhagen Central Station, and the train leaves every 20 minutes - 04, 24, 44 (4 minutes past the hour, 24 minutes past the hour and 44 minutes past the hour).

The Metro Line M2 also links the airport with the city centre. The Metro operates at 4-6 minutes’ intervals during the day and evening hours and every 15 minutes during the night. The Metro operates from 5 am in the morning until midnight. Friday - Sunday the Metro operates round the clock. There are ticket automats at the metro station, which take coins or notes.

Busses 5A, 35, 36, 75 E and 96 N all stop at the airport. The journey takes about 45 minutes. By car follow the E20 Motorway. Customers can pre-book parking spaces online by visiting the Copenhagen Airport website.


Taxis from Copenhagen Airport

Taxis to Copenhagen’s city centre can be found outside Terminal 3. A trip from CPH to the center of Copenhagen costs about DKK 150, which is about €20. Taxis in Copenhagen are plentiful and fares are charged by the meter.

Copenhagen By Bus

Copenhagen has an efficient bus system. All normal day busses are yellow, or yellow and red (A busses) or yellow and blue (S- busses) which are express busses. Bus stops are marked with yellow signs. Night busses serve the city centre as well as surrounding towns and run from 1:00 am to 5:00 am. Copenhagen also offers a Harbour bus which runs from the Royal Library to the Little Mermaid with stops in Nyhavn and outside the Opera House. A grundbillet or ticket on a Copenhagen bus is about 2 Euros and is the most inexpensive way to travel (aside from walking or cycling). A single fare allows 1 hour of travel with unlimited transfers. A great way to get around to all parts of the city, buses can take the stress out of walking or the cost out of taxis particularly in unfavourable weather. 24 hour passes cost 10 Euros and covers over half of Zealand. Children under 6 go free. Most buses leave from Rådhuspladsen in the heart of the city.


Copenhagen By Metro

Copenhagen’s Metro is one of the top Metro’s in the world. Launched in 2002, it takes travellers from east to west across the city. All Metro stations are marked with a red M. There are two lines, M1 runs from Vanløse Station to Copenhagen Airport in East Amager, and M2 runs from Vanløse Station to Ørestad in West Amager. The trains are automatic (driverless) and operate from 5:00 am to midnight. Thursday - Sundays the Metro is 24 hours.


Copenhagen By Car

Renting a car in Copenhagen from Copenhagen International airport or any downtown hotel is easy enough but not recommended unless you are planning to drive outside the city to perhaps Roskilde or Helsingor. Walking, cycling or public transportation (bus or Metro) is the best option for getting around Copenhagen. To rent a car you need an International Driving License. Seatbelts are required, speed limits are in effect and distance/speed is measured in kilometres per hour. Danes drive on the right hand side of the road; overtake on the left and give way to traffic from the right. Most traffic signs are international signs and easy to follow. Some of the major car rental companies include, Alamo, Budget, Avis, and National.

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Hitchhiking in Copenhagen

In Copenhagen as in the rest of Denmark, it is illegal to hitchhike on the highways. However, because hitch-hiking was once common in Denmark cars will still sometimes stop.


Water Transport

Known as the “Flyvefisken” (the flying fish) Copenhagen water taxis can be found around the Copenhagen harbour. Enjoy the many attractions, like the Opera and Royal Playhouse, The little Mermaid and the Black Diamond. The area is also full of hotels, restaurants, cafes and beach bars. Water taxis can often be quicker (about 5-10 minutes) than regular busses as they do not have to navigate the streets and bridges. Water taxis in Copenhagen run all year, but in winter you must book ahead.


Cycling in Copenhagen

Copenhagen’s cycling is world famous. There are bikes everywhere; cycling is even considered a tourist attraction. In Copenhagen there are plenty of bicycle lanes and routes each marked off by green lights. Busy intersections are marked in blue. Tourists can feel assured knowing that the city is very flat. Helmets are not often worn (except by children). There is plenty of bicycle parking available throughout Copenhagen including all the train stations and transit hubs. Free city bikes are available from mid-April to mid-December at 110 special stands throughout the city.

You can also rent a bike at Københavns Cyklebors, Gothersgade 157. Depending on the bike, daily rates are about 18 euros; expect deposits. Hours are Monday to Friday 8:30 am to 5:30 pm and Saturday 10 am to 1:30 pm. See www.rentabike.dk or www.citycykler.dk for more information.


By Train

Copenhagen Central Station (Hovedbanegården) is located just across from Tivoli and is only a five minute walk to the City Hall Square. Trains run daily to all of Denmark’s main cities, Copenhagen Airport as well as to international destinations. Tickets can be bought at the station. Of special interest is the Oresund Train which connects Copenhagen and Malmö in Sweden which takes a mere 35 minutes. There is also a direct line from Switzerland which stops in Germany before reaching Copenhagen.


Copenhagen by Ferry

Copenhagen operates a regular ferry service to Norway and Poland. Danish Seaways also has a daily route to Oslo, which takes about 16 hours. The journey to Swinoujscie, Poland takes about 12 hours and departs four times a week. There is also at the southernmost tip of Denmark’s Islands on the E47, a ferry boat that connects to Northern Germany and is run by Scandlines.