“Travel, in the younger sort, is a part of education; in the elder, a part of experience.” – Fitzhugh Mullan
Learning about the ins and outs of Copenhagen is not complete without finding the various modes of transport in the city.
If you are one of those who are not comfortable on the thought of commuting in the Danish capital, you might just need to think again. Copenhagen’s public transport infrastructure is considered to be among the world’s most reliable and most efficient (and still continues to be developed and improved), which promises commuters a very comfortable ride around the city.
The public transport in the city will take you to anywhere you wish to be in the capital. To help you understand the routes of these modes of transportation, here’s an idea:
The greater part of Copenhagen is divided into zones. If you are not sure about the direction of the place you want to go to, the bus stops and stations in the city have coloured zone maps which you can check for directions. These maps will also allow you to calculte the fare you will pay for your journey.
Fares for trains, buses, and metro can be combined so long as your ticket allows it (you’ll find that at the back of your ticket). Tickets can be bought at machines inside train or metro stations or at ticket offices around the city. For buses, tickets can be bought from the driver – bring coins instead of notes to save you time!
Being one of the greenest cities in the world, the people in Copenhagen have made riding bikes as a lifestyle. Thus, if you want to truly experience what it is being in Copenhagen, then you should really try riding a bike in the city. It’s healthy, economical, and environment-friendly.
Copenhagen is easily accessible via train. If you are travelling from any parts of Europe, there is no way you cannot get to this beautiful Danish capital. Unlike planes, trains in Copenhagen are of lesser stress and hassle to take. It is a fast, affordable, and fun way to get to the city.
Below is the typical route from London to Copenhagen:
First leg would be from London to Brussels via Eurostar which will take about 2 hours and 1 minute. The next leg will be from Brussels to Cologne via Thalys for 1 hour and 47 minutes. The last leg is from Cologne to Copenhagen via City Night Line for 11 hours and 30 minutes. All in all, it will take 15 hours and 19 minutes to get to Copenhagen from London.
This route may not be the fastest to get to the Danish capital, but it is the most cost-effective.
About the Trains
Checking in 30 minutes before your train schedule, Eurostar allows you to stretch out and relax in its spacious cabin. You can stroll around the buffet cars that are all well-stocked. If you upgrade to Standard Premier, you can also enjoy an extra personal space inside and a tasty light meal. If you go for the Business Premier, you’ll get to enjoy 3 course meals and an access to the business lounge.
Thalys is a stylish and comfortable train that run up to 26 times everyday between Brussels and Paris. It has two classes, first class and standard class to give you a choice of the comfort you need. The first class though is will give you more space, a seat meal service, and a Wifi access.
City Night Line
This train is ideal for those who want to get to their destination quickly without having to spend a lot. Its facilities and accommodation are comfortable enough to give you a luxurious train ride experience going to Copenhagen.
Aside from trains, Copenhagen is also easily accessible via buses. As it sits on Seeland, the largest island of Denmark, the city is being connected by the modern Öresund Bridge to the Swedish town of Malmö. Common bus trips to the Danish capital with information about its corresponding starting fares are as follows:
Berlin – Copenhagen (22.00 €)
Bremen – Copenhagen (42.50 €)
Dortmund – Copenhagen (59.30 €)
Dusseldorf – Copenhagen (62.80 €)
Frankfurt am Main – Copenhagen (73.30 €)
Hamburg – Copenhagen (37.60 €)
Hanover – Copenhagen (49.50 €)
Kassel – Copenhagen (57.90 €)
Mannheim – Copenhagen (76.80 €)
Rostock – Copenhagen (22.00 €)
In Copenhagen, one of the main bus service provider is Movia, which also operates much of the areas in North Sealand. The daytime buses are painted in yellow and yellow-and-red, they are also known as A-buses; those painted in blue are called S-buses which are also the fastest buses in the city. Entrance to these buses is always in the front side, while exits are in the back and middle sides. Bus stops are marked with signs in yellow. For those who wish to get off the bus, they will just have to press the red stop button. In Copenhagen, riding the bus will not take people to fall in very long lines, which is quite unlike many other countries in Europe.
Buses in Copenhagen are comfortable and convenient to take to and around the city. They will make the rides to the Danish capital an even more enjoyable experience.
Although trains in Copenhagen are the most preferred means to reach the Danish capital, those who are coming from outside Europe would still prefer to take planes to get to the city faster. As a major tourist hub, the main airport in Copenhagen cater to many flights everyday, which makes picking the right flight – in terms of convenience and price – even more convenient. This airport is Kastrup.
The largest airport in Scandinavia, Kastrup flies more than 21 million passengers coming from various parts of the globe every year from its three modern and stylish terminals. From the airport, the central part of the city can be accessed by train or metro for just about 15 minutes.
Other airport information
There are five grades of parking spaces in Kastrup, both for short- and long-stay parking. These grades vary from price and convenience; the cheapest are those located on the outdoor spaces, while the pricier ones are those located next to the terminals. These parking spaces can be booked in advance in the airport’s website; they are free of charge if you intend to park less than 15 minutes.
The airport has three terminals. Terminal 1 is where domestic flights depart from and arrive at. Terminal 2 is where international flights depart from, while Terminal 3 serves as the arrival area for all the international flights coming to the city. There are a number of international flights that depart from this terminal.
Checking in at Kastrup is self-service. You can also do it online to save yourself from long queues.
Although bikes are the most preferred mode of transportation in Copenhagen, those who’d like the comfort and luxury of a car can have so by renting cars in the city. The Danish capital, whilst being a green city, is also a place where you can find many well-known cars from international brands. Here are some companies in the city that offer car rental services:
Gammel Kongevej 13A
Tel.: +45 7011 3355
This company has an international reputation for offering a line of luxurious cars for rent. The pick-up and drop-off location is located near Vesterport Station.
Tel.: +45 5 7024 7700
Avis allows you to explore the cities outside the Danish capital with ease and convenience, thanks to its offered cars for rent.
Tel.: +45 7025 2670
Denmark’s largest second-hand car rental company, Autorental is the best place to find low-cost car rental service. Its fleet range from small cars to vans to busses to give you a wider range of choice.
Sixt Car Rental
Tel.: +45 3248 1100
If you want the convenience of car but are conscious of the environment, this company offers you an opportunity to rent an electric car in the city for just about $20 a day. This budget-friendly car rental company is the ideal transport for a green city such as Copenhagen. Electric Cars can be charged for free at all of the city’s public charging stations. Additionally, these cars can be parked for free in the car parks owned by the Municipality of Copenhagen.
Car rental in Copenhagen is not just convenient, it is also flexible.