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Transport in Copenhagen

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Copenhagen has an excellent metro system, with two lines crossing the city from side to side. The system is new, clean and punctual and trains are as frequent as every minute and a half during the rush hour. During the weekend, the metro runs all night, with a frequency of every 7-10 minutes. Bicycles are allowed on the metro outside of peak periods; see the signs (in Danish and English) in the stations for details of when carriage of bicycles is allowed.


A selection of different tickets is available for Copenhagen's public transport system. The city is divided into zones and you pay according to the number of zones that you cross on your journey, inclusding the starting and ending zone. Maps are provided in all stations and at bus stops to help you to calculate the number of zones that you should purchase a ticket for.

The following types of ticket are available:

  • Single tickets, valid for a single journey only - purchase from machines in train stations or from the driver of your bus
  • Klipkort - a strip of 10 tickets, which you use by inserting them into the yellow machines found at the entrance to all stations and at the door of buses. The machine stamps your card with the time and zone of your journey. Two and three zone klipkorts can be purchased from the ticket machines in train and metro stations and from many of the city's tobacco kiosks. Cards for higher numbers of zones are available from the DSB ticket offices ( Billetsalg) found in larger train stations
  • 30 day pass - available only from DSB ticket offices, this entitles you to unlimited travel within your selected zones

You must remember to stamp your klipkort before getting onto a train or bus. The penalty for travelling without a valid ticket is a 600 kr on the spot fine, and ticket controls are common.

If you use single tickets or a klipkort, all night travel (between 1am and 5am) is charged at double rate, so you must stamp your card twice. Holders of 30 days passes are exempt from making additional payment.



Copenhagen has an excellent public transport system, with frequent bus services running throughout the city. Many routes also offer a night bus service, which normally runs every 15 to 20 minutes throughout the night. Details of bus routes and timetables are available on the transport company's web site,

Intercity buses operate within within Denmark and also to destinations in Sweden and other European countries.


The overland trains, or S-tog, provide very good coverage of Copenhagen and the outlying suburbs. The trains are modern and spacious and services are frequent during peak periods (for most lines, trains run every 10 minutes). You can take your bicycle on the train outside peak hours. The trains stop running a little after midnight on all days of the week.



Denmark is essentially a group of islands, so there are a great many ferry services linking parts of the country together. A ferry links Helsingor, north of Copenhagen, to Helsingborg in Sweden and makes a pleasant day trip. Overnight ferries provide a daily service to Oslo, with special party/cruise offers in the summer. In the south of the country, ferries provide the link to Germany.


Copenhagen Airport, CPH (Københavns Lufthavn in Danish, also called Kastrup airport since it is located in the small town of Kastrup) is the major airport serving Copenhagen though also serving Malmö in Sweden. It is located south of Copenhagen city center, on the island Amager.

You can easily reach the airport with the metro (station Lufthavnen - M2) in zone 4 with clipping your travel card twice or buying a 4 zone ticket.

The airport is one of three main hubs for Scandinavian Airlines System, in addition to being a hub for Sterling. It has been elected best airport facility in Europe for several years.

You can also book your plane tickets with ebookers, STA Travel, TravelOnWeb (see EasyExpat Travel).


You can flag a taxi down on the street, or book by telephone. Most of a taxi will accept credit card, which is very convenient for visitors.

Taxi company:

  • City Taxi: 33141688
  • Storkobenhavns Taxinaevn: 38193820
  • Taxi Motor: 28352236
  • Dam's Limousine: 32952221
  • Copenhagen Water Taxi: 32964964
  • Codan Taxi: 70252525
  • Autolux: 33112221


All international hire companies are available in Denmark.

Car Hire Contacts:

City Map:
Road Map:

Update 17/06/2008


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