Wondering how to travel around Copenhagen? Find an overview of the capital city's transport network in this article.
As the Danish capital city, Copenhagen hosts a particularly developed and dense transports network. You can thus travel around the city by choosing from various means of transport: bus, subway, taxi, etc. You can also rent or buy a bike which not only is environment friendly but will also allow you to discover the city in a unique way.
The bus is the ideal means of transport for long trips in Copenhagen. These can take you anywhere across the city and are available both during the day and at night. Buses are generally available every 10 minutes and every 3 to 7 minutes during peak hours. At night, night buses are available from 1 am to 5 am, serving some major lines. These can be distinguished by the “N” sign at the front.
Copenhagen's subway network consists of two lines, namely the M1 which is green in color and the M2 which is yellow in color. Subway is available 24/7 every 2 to 4 minutes during peak hours and every 3 to 6 minutes the rest of the day and on weekends. At night, it is available every 7 to 20 minutes.
Copenhagen also hosts a regional express train network, known as the S-tog in Danish. The S-tog consists of 7 lines serving the central Kobenhavn H station. It is available every 4 to 20 minutes as from 5 am until half past midnight. Night services are available every hour on Friday and Saturday (every half an hour on line F).
Travel tickets are valid on all Copenhagen buses, trains and subway. Less than 12 years old children accompanied by an adult can travel free of charge.
Tickets and City Pass can be purchased at vending machines at subway stations or online. Note that Copenhagen's public transport network is divided into three zones from the city-center to the airport.
The City Pass, for its part, will entitle you to unlimited travel by subway, bus or train for either 24 or 72 hours. An individual ticket generally costs around DKK 80, that is some 11 euros.
You can also purchase the Rejsekort which can be used anywhere in Denmark and can be recharged at vending machines bearing the same name at subway stations, the central station or the airport.
You will find several taxi stands across the city, but you can also hire a taxi in the streets by waving at them to stop. You can distinguish a free taxi by a lit sign on its roof. Note that most taxis accept payment by card.
Finally, as mentioned in the article Leisure in Copenhagen, biking is almost a lifestyle in Copenhagen. You are likely to find many cycling paths across the city. Bikes can be rented either at rental stations or at municipalities. Note that bikes are allowed into trains and subway outside peak hours provided you have purchased a bike ticket.