Copenhagen Travel Guide
Read this travel guide to Copenhagen to discover all the secrets of one of the most visited cities in Europe! Plus, if you are planning a trip to Copenhagen, this is a great source of information!
Despite its small size, the Danish capital city is a gem with a heap of world-class museums, Michelin-starred restaurants, food markets, and attractions. Little wonder, then, if it ranks highly in surveys of the best cities in the world.
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Travel Guide to Copenhagen | Public transports
Even if the best way to get around Copenhagen is on foot or by bike, the city has a reliable public transport network.
From Copenhagen Airport to the City Center
You can reach the city center of Copenhagen either by metro or train. Tickets can be purchased from the ticket machines on the platforms or by the metro station. Learn more.
Since there are so many flights to Copenhagen, you can reach the Danish capital from Europe and the world!
The Copenhagen City Metro has three lines that operate 24/7.
During rush hour, trains run every 2-4 minutes and every 3-6 minutes off-peak and on weekends. On Friday and Saturday nights (after 1:00 a.m.), trains arrive at 7-15 minute intervals; 20-minute intervals after midnight on weekdays (Sunday through Thursday).
It’s important to have a valid ticket before boarding the train. Get more information or purchase tickets.
S trains serve the urban area of Copenhagen, except Amager.
They are in service from 05:00 AM to 00:30 AM. The F line runs every 4-5 minutes, the A, B, C, and E lines every 10 minutes, and the H and Bx lines every 20 minutes.
On Fridays and Saturdays, trains run once an hour (between 01:00 AM and 05:00 AM).
There are also other trains: Kystbanen = Coastal Line – a regional train line between Copenhagen and Elsinore on the north coast of Zealand. Find out more.
The main buses downtown are the A-buses. They run every 3-7 minutes during rush hour and every 10 minutes before and after rush hour. A-buses run at all hours.
Then the S-buses run every 5-10 minutes during rush hour and every 20 minutes at other times of the day. S-buses are faster than A-buses because they make fewer stops. They operate between 6:00 a.m. and 1:00 a.m.
Between 01:00 am and 05:00 am, night buses are in service. The stops for these buses are gray. All night buses are marked with the letter N after the number.
Get the Copenhagen Card to spare your money
buying a Copenhagen Card, you can save money on both transportation and attraction tickets. Thanks to the Copenhagen travel card, you can travel for free on all public transport in the Copenhagen region, enter 83 attractions for free, and get discounts on tours, cafes, and restaurants. See all the prices and buy the card.
Traveling to Denmark | Things to do in Copenhagen
- Tivoli Gardens – Opened in 1843, Tivoli Gardens, or simply Tivoli, is a famous amusement park in Copenhagen, Denmark. They are located in the City Center, in a strategic location: a stone’s throw from København Central Station. Purchase your ticket.
- The Little Mermaid – On a day trip to Copenhagen, you shouldn’t miss visiting the icon of the city: the Little Mermaid. This bronze statue is installed on a rock on the Langelinie waterfront and is 1.25 meters high, and weighs 175 kilograms.
- Rosenborg Castle – Rosenborg Castle is easily reachable from Nørreport metro station (also train station). The complex building includes the Royal Palace, Dutch Renaissance gardens, and a museum housing the crown jewels. You can reserve guided tours.
- Nyhavn – Nyhavn is an old quarter of the city and a place of entertainment. It features colorful row houses dating from the 17th and 18th centuries overlooking a canal. Definitely, it’s a must-see once in Copenhagen. You should find your hotel here to enjoy your Copenhagen days to the fullest. Plus, this is the place to enjoy happy hours with your friends or get some great street food.
- Amalienborg – Explore Copenhagen as much as you like, but don’t forget to book a visit to Amalienborg, home of the Danish royal family. You’ll also get to see the changing of the guard!
Shops in Copenhagen
Our travel guide to Copenhagen cannot miss the best places to purchase clothes and items of Danish design.
Although by now most people, even Danes, use Zalando or Amazon, perusing the city’s stores will have you finding unique and valuable clothes and items.
Shopping in the Copenhagen City Center
If you want to experience real shopping, we suggest you take a stroll through the old town. Here, design, fashion, and craft stores stand out over wholesale stores. A long list of independent stores and boutiques await you. Fear not, there is something for all budgets!
Recommended shopping streets are Strøget, Købmagergade or Købmagergade. If your hotel in Copenhagen is close to these streets, consider yourself very lucky!
Travel guide Copenhagen | FAQs
We have collected useful questions and answers for you to better plan your vacation or business trip to Denmark.
Is English spoken in Copenhagen?
The official language of Denmark is Danish. There are also a few minority languages spoken throughout the country, including Faeroe and Greenlandic. However, Danes learn English from an early age, and 86% of all Danes speak English as a second language.
Is food expensive?
Eating at restaurants in Copenhagen is quite expensive, but there are some inexpensive options available. You can save money by eating at the Arabic rotisseries and pizzerias scattered around the city.
Where do I find good open faced sandwiches or hot dogs in the city?
Smørrebrød (the famous open-faced sandwich) and other traditional Danish foods can be enjoyed in various parts of the city. Find the restaurant that’s right for you.
What is the best month to visit Copenhagen?
If you want to save money without missing anything, the best time to visit the city is March to May. In June, July, August, the city has higher prices but many events.
Where do I rent bikes in Copenhagen?
There are several companies in town that allow you to rent one or more bikes. Among them are CPH Bike Rental, Rentabike.dk, Bycyklen Docking Station – Bispebjerg Station, Rent a bike in Copenhagen.
Can I use euros in Copenhagen?
The official Danish currency is the Krone. However, you can pay in euros in many stores and restaurants.