Getting around in Copenhagen: info, costs and tips

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The size of Copenhagen makes it accessible as a citizen, while boasting the characteristics of a metropolis. Avant-garde, modern architecture, design, new technologies and ecology coexist perfectly with tradition, simplicity and relaxation. The Danish capital has succeeded in maintain a human physiognomy and lifestyle despite the innovations and pressing modernities.

Built on two islands, the center is crossed by fascinating channels; from the famous Nyhavn, the old port with the colorful houses that overlook it to the very particular village of Christianshavn, a sort of "parallel reality" inhabited by the new hippye. A city that, visiting it, is a real panacea! Here is one for you guide on how to get around Copenhagen: info, costs and advice!



Index

  1. Useful Tips
  2. How to get from the airport to the center of Copenhagen
  3. How to get around on foot
  4. How to get around by bicycle
  5. Con i mezzi pubblici
  6. By car
  7. User questions and comments

Useful Tips


Copenhagen is great on foot strolling in the Strøget, the pedestrian street, and the neighborhoods around the canals. Of course, its conformation and its urban planning can be confusing at first glance, so the advice is to first take a walking tour of the old city to familiarize yourself with the city and identify the landmarks.
Copenhagen is the bike-friendly city par excellence! All the locals use bicycles, even those with a stroller attached! Also in this case, the advice is to first take a guided bike tour to acclimatise with a guide with paths and cycle paths.

That said, the city has one capillary and efficient network of means of transport: conveniently accessible trains, subways, buses and boats all with the same ticket. What you need to know when buying the ticket is the number of zones you will cross.
If you stay for several days, we recommend purchasing the Copenhagen Card which allows you to travel unlimited on all vehicles for its entire duration, as well as discounts and admissions! Finally, don't miss the experience of a canal cruise!



  • Recommended solutions and means: on foot, by bicycle, metro, train, boat
  • Solutions and means not recommended: car in the center, no one else in particular
  • City cards and season tickets recommended: Copenhagen Card (from € 56,00 -), 24h ticket (from 134,00 DKK / € 18,00), 7-day Flexcard (from 253,00DKK / € 34,00 -)

How to get from the airport to the center of Copenhagen


Copenhagen International Airport is also the country's main airport. In addition to serving the Danish capital, it is also an excellent connection to the Swedish city of Malmö, which can be reached via the Øresund Bridge. The international airport is located approximately 10 km from the city center in Kastrup.

Copenhagen Airport, Kastrup

  • Distance from the center: 10 km / travel time: 20 min;
  • By metro: line M2 / ticket cost: 38,00 DKK (€ 5,00)
  • By taxi: average cost DKK 200,00 (€ 27,00) / travel time: 20 minutes
  • By bus: line 5A / ticket cost 38,00 DKK (€ 5,00)
  • Private transfer: private transfer to the city center or airport

How to get around on foot

Copenhagen is a city that lends itself very well to be explored on foot. The historic center is rather circumscribed and can be easily explored on foot. Furthermore, the main tourist attractions are concentrated in a small area, so it is not necessary to travel far to see everything.
For a first approach, especially if you have little time, this advice is to first take a walking tour of the old city, to familiarize yourself with the city and identify the landmarks.



How to get around by bicycle

Le numerous cycle paths they can be used using the city bike sharing service, called Bycyklen. There are many stations, located near the metro stops and the most popular attractions of the city. The means available are modern, electric and equipped with GPS. They can be rented throughout the city 24/7, 365 days a year. Each bicycle is equipped with a touchscreen that acts as a navigator, payment terminal and tour guide.

On most regional trains (upon purchase of an extra ticket) it is possible load your bike, a very practical solution to explore the country on two wheels. During peak hours, however, access to bicycles in the subway is prohibited.
Also in this case, the advice is to first take a guided bike tour to settle in with a guide with paths and bike paths and explore the city exactly like a local, but in total safety!

  • Ticket / single ride cost: 30,00 DKK (approximately € 4,00) for the first 30 minutes
  • Cost of ticket booklet / season ticket: 80 DKK / € 9,40 for 2 hours, 300 DKK / € 40,00 for 600 hours, 500 DKK / € 67,00 for 1200 hours, 900 DKK / € 120,00 for 2400 hours

Con i mezzi pubblici

Copenhagen's public transport is efficient, practical and safe. Given the small size of the city, getting to any point in the urban area is very easy and won't take you too long.

Most Tickets they can be used on a variety of vehicles, including metro, trains, buses and harbor buses. If you stay for several days, the advice is to get the Copenhagen card, which will allow you to unlimited travel on all means for its entire duration. Furthermore, the public transport system is active 24 hours a day, with special trips that also cover the night time.



Metropolitan

The subway is in service 24 hours on 24, throughout the week. The wait for trains never exceeds 2/4 minutes during rush hour, and 3/6 min at the weekend. On Sundays and in the time slot between midnight and 5:00 in the morning, the rides are less frequent, approximately every 20 minutes.

  • Downloadable map: metro-map-copenaghen
  • 24 hours a day, 24 days a week
  • Ticket / single ride cost: 24,00 DKK (approximately € 3,20 for two zones)
  • Cost of ticket booklet / season ticket: ticket for all zones 108,00 DKK (€ 14,50), 24h ticket 134,00 DKK (€ 18,00), 7-day Flexcard from 253,00 DKK (€ 34,00)

Bus

The bus network is very extensive and reaches every point of the city with a fast and efficient service. Each line has in fact a well-defined route and a timetable that is respected at most with a frequency between 2 and 6 minutes.

there various types of buses that are recognized on the basis of a letter system. The main lines are the "A", the "S" indicates the express lines that serve the more peripheral districts and the "E" the express vehicles operating only during rush hour. At night, from 5:00 to 10:, the lines of the "N" network run.

The most interesting line for tourists is 11A, the so-called CityCirkel, which follows a circular route around the center and stops near the main attractions. The buses that make this service are smaller than the traditional ones and the stops are marked by some green dots on the sidewalk.

  • Downloadable map: bus-map-copenaghen
  • 24 hours on 24
  • Ticket / single ride cost: 24,00 DKK (approximately € 3,20 for two zones)
  • Cost of ticket booklet / season ticket: ticket for all zones 108,00 DKK (€ 14,50), 24h ticket 134,00 DKK (€ 18,00), 7-day Flexcard from 253,00 DKK (€ 34,00)

trains

S-trains (s-tog) are trains that they cross the urban area reaching even the most peripheral areas with a service active 24 hours a day. The frequency of the trips varies from 5 minutes during the day to 50 minutes during the night.

At Nørreport station the trains cross the metro, so this is a strategic point for getting around the city. Fares are the same as for metro and bus.

  • Downloadable map: copenhagen-trains-map
  • 24 hours on 24
  • Ticket / single ride cost: 24,00 DKK (approximately € 3,20 for two zones)
  • Cost of ticket booklet / season ticket: ticket for all zones 108,00 DKK (€ 14,50), 24h ticket 134,00 DKK (€ 18,00), 7-day Flexcard from 253,00 DKK (€ 34,00)

Ferries and boats

Copenhagen is crossed by numerous navigable canals, one of its main features, which give it a particularly romantic atmosphere. In addition to their aesthetic function, the boats that sail them also represent a way comfortable and particular to move around the city, not only avoiding road traffic, but also to admire the city from another perspective.

There are various companies that carry out the simple transport service and tourist cruises of various kinds. The Copenhagen boat service provides two lines, one blue and one yellow, precisely 991 and 992, which lead from the Royal Library to the Little Mermaid, passing through the village of Christianshavn. DFDS Canal Tours, through "water buses", operates a hop-on hop-off service on three circular routes, connecting various areas of the city all year round. Finally, do not miss the traditional canal cruise, to admire the city in a unique way.

  • during the week from 7:00 to 20:00, on weekends from 10:00 to 20:00
  • Ticket / single ride cost: 24,00 DKK (approximately € 3,20 for two zones)
  • Cost of ticket booklet / season ticket: ticket for all zones 108,00 DKK (€ 14,50), 24h ticket 134,00 DKK (€ 18,00), 7-day Flexcard from 253,00 DKK (€ 34,00)

Taxi

Numerous and comfortable for getting around the city, taxis are very expensive. All taxis are equipped with a taximeter and the fare varies according to the time and day: on weekdays the price is 12,00 DKK (€ 1,60) per km, while in the evening and on weekends it goes up to 15,00 DKK (€ 2,00). Remember that the tip is already included in the rate. Taxis can be booked by phone or stopped directly on the street or at the appropriate stops. At night on the weekend the wait can be a bit long.

  • 24 hours on 24
  • Ticket / single ride cost: 12,00 DKK (€ 1,60) per km, in the evening and on weekends 15,00 DKK (€ 2,00)

By car

We strongly advise against driving in Copenhagen. There are many restricted traffic areas and parking is very expensive.

Considering then theefficiency of public transport and the compactness of the urban center, perfect for walking around, there is certainly no need to move with your own vehicle. If you arrive in the city with a rental car because you are planning an on the road, then the best solution is certainly to find accommodation with the parking service for their guests!

ZTL

The environmental zone Miljozone Copenhagen is the first of the environmental zones to be established in Denmark. It began in 2008 and initially only applied to vehicles registered in Germany. The environmental zone essentially affects the central Copenhagen and the municipality of Frederiksberg. In order not to hinder commercial traffic / ferry traffic to and from Copenhagen too much, a transit route runs from Nordhavnen through the environmental zone, which is not part of the zone. The vehicles affected by the restriction are diesel: minibus (M2), coach (M3), van (N1), truck (N2), heavy truck (N3).

To be able to access the Low Emission Zone, each affected vehicle needs a valid registration to enter the environmental zone. The violation is punished with a fine of up to € 1.700,00.
Specific and detailed info on the official website. To stay up to date, we recommend downloading the very useful Green-Zones app.

Stops and parking

If it is not a paid parking, it is possible park for an hour, exposing the parking disc on the dashboard. Time discs are available in banks, petrol stations and tourist offices. Paid parking spaces have rather high rates which vary by district: from 10,00 DKK (€ 1,30) to DKK 29,00 (€ 3,90) per hour. Parking is paid every day from 8:00 to 18:00, on Saturdays until 17:00. At night the rate decreases. Parking is free on Sundays and holidays. Parking meters accept cash and credit cards.

Caution: controls are frequent, strict and rigorous. There is a risk of fines starting from 510,00 DKK (€ 68,50) up to the wheel block. If you have a rental car, the fine will be taken directly from the credit card used as a deposit. The payment of the fines must take place at the same time as the finding of the infringement. If the fined person does not want to fulfill the immediate payment of the fine, in Denmark there is a risk of ending up in front of the judge and having the vehicle seized until the payment of the amount due.


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