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Transport in Copenhagen

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Denmark’s capital,  is home to a well-developed transportation network. You can get around the city by bus, train, and taxi; or you can cycle, which is not only environmentally friendly, but will also allow you to discover the city in a unique way.

Rush hour is defined as 7:00–9:00 in the morning and 3:30–5:30 in the afternoon.

Buses

The bus is an ideal means of transport in Copenhagen. Numerous routes operating at all hours crisscross the city.

A-buses run frequently and make all the stops. They come every 10 minutes, or 3–7 minutes during rush hour. A-buses run at all hours.

S-buses connect suburban areas to the city. They run less frequently—every 20 minutes, or 5–10 minutes during rush hour—and make fewer stops. They operate between 6 a.m. and 1 a.m.

Night buses (e.g. 85N) run from 1 a.m. to 5 a.m.

You can find bus-route maps at the DOT website (in Danish).

Harbour buses

Harbor buses run regular routes along the harborfront, and they use the same ticket system as normal buses and trains. The route numbers are 991, 992, and 993. Using a harbor bus can be a refreshing change from other modes of transport or a cheap alternative to a canal tour.

S-tog (S-trains)

The Copenhagen city trains are known as S-tog. The system consists of lines A, B, Bx, C, E, F, and H, which serve the central and greater Copenhagen areas.

Trains run from five in the morning until half past midnight at varying intervals depending on the line. Limited night services are available. See the DSB website for the train schedule and line maps.

The metro

The Copenhagen Metro is an automated, driverless train network consisting of two lines, the M1 and the M2, which supplement the S-train system.

The metro trains run every 3–6 minutes during the day and on weekends; every 2–4 minutes during weekday rush hour; every 20 minutes after midnight (Sunday–Thursday); and every 7–15 minutes after 1:00 a.m. (Friday & Saturday).

M3 and M4 lines are under construction and are projected to open in 2019.  

Visit the Metro website for a map and timetable.

Tickets

Tickets are valid on all Copenhagen buses (including harbor buses), trains, and metro lines and can be purchased at train station vending machines, online, at certain manned locations, and via SMS or app.  

There are quite a few different types of ticket products, for example, single ticket, rejsekort, pendlerkort, City Pass, etc. Some products are good for tourists, while others are better suited to those living in Copenhagen. The DOT website has some information in English (mostly for tourists), or you can read about all the product choices in Danish at DOT or DSB. See the end of the article for more useful links.

With the exception of some of the fixed-price products, ticket prices are determined by how many zones you travel through. If you read Danish, you can read about the zone system on the DOT website. If you’re standing in front of a vending machine and find yourself confused, ask someone for help; or plan before you leave home using Rejseplanen or DSB.

Children age 12 and under travel free when with an adult. See more rules for children at the DOT website (in Danish).

Taxis

Taking a taxi in Copenhagen is reliable but definitely one of the more expensive ways of getting around in the city. You can hail a taxi on the street or at a taxi stand. A lit sign on its roof means it is available. Tips are included in the taxi fare, and cash and credit cards are accepted. Advance booking is possible for a fee.

Cycling in Copenhagen

Copenhagen is made for biking. As mentioned in the article Leisure in Copenhagen, biking is a lifestyle; and many people make the most of the bike-friendly streets to get from A to B. In a city where both cars and parking come at a premium, cycling is a cheap and practical way to get around. You can even combine transportation modes by taking your bike on the train or bus. Read the DOT website for rules and restrictions (in Danish).

You can rent bikes from shops like Baisikeli or Københavns Cykelbørs. But if you plan to stay awhile, you should buy a bike or sign up for Bycyklen, Copenhagen’s bike sharing program. 

 Useful links:

Copenhagen Metro
City Pass.dk
Rejsekort.dk
Copenhagen Airport

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