Airport - Transportation to Copenhagen Center, Copenhagen
The metro runs 24 hours a day 24/7. Situated in Terminal 3 and clearly signposted, it's the simplest and definitely the quickest way to get into the city. It costs 36dk and tickets are for sale in the airport or at the machines on the platform.
Copenhagen Metro is a joy to use and it's one of my favourite things about the city. The stations are sleek, clean and user friendly. As you enter, you can use coins or credit card to buy your ticket from the machines. Then take the escalator or glass fronted elevator, downstairs to wait for your train. The platforms are separated from the tracks by clear glass screens that open automatically when the train arrives. This is such an excellent safety feature and looks good too. The metros are automatic and have no drivers. I may be wrong about this but from what I could see, the metro stations seemed to be run entirely without staff. There are no offices, no shops or cafes, just purely functional transport hubs.
There are only two metro lines at present and all trains from the airport go in the same direction. This makes for very stress-free travel and you never have to wait for more then a minute or two for your train. If you're travelling at off-peak times you'll see bycicles on board, which all adds to the very Danish vibe.
Whether you take the train or Metro from the airport is likely to depend on where your accommodation is based. My hotel was just a couple of minutes' walk from Copenhagen's main station so the train was the obvious choice.
Trains are very frequent indeed and ticket machines very easy to use, with English language options. They take cards and cash and give change for notes up to (I think) 50DKK. I got my ticket from the machine in baggage reclaim which sells train, Metro and bus tickets (a very sensible place to put a machine) so I avoided queueing for machines landside. But if you do buy tickets in baggage reclaim it's best to get your bag first, because tickets are timed and only valid for a certain period. I didn't know that before i bought mine but, luckily, my bag arrived speedily enough.
Trains are comfortable and safe, with plenty of baggage storage. There are different types because the airport lies on the line which carries on into Sweden, so it is possible for them to be busy. I had no problems getting a seat when I arrived early Tuesday afternoon but my return train at midday on a Friday was very full, so I stood all the way to the airport. But the journey only takes about 15 minutes so it was no hardship.
One-way fare in August 2014 was 36 DKK, which I think is a reasonable price for the distance and the type of transport.
I have been almost always traveling to Copenhagen for a business. This way I didn't want to loose time and nerves. That's why I hired private transfer and the driver with dress code was waiting for me with my name on the sighboard. He helped me with the luggage and took me wherever I wanted. For this purpose I used services of limos4 company. You can also find nice overview of other transportation services on their page: www.limos4copenhagen.com/services/copenhagen-airport-transfer/
Also the price was almost like the taxi, unless you go for Mercedes S class. :)
When arriving to Copenhagen I chose to take the train to the city since my hotel was just across the main train station. I bought my ticket in the automatic machine, you can choose the language. The journey took me about 20 min which was great because I really wanted to get to the hotel as soon as possible after almost 10 hrs of flying.
From the airport to the city, you need to pay for 3 zones which is 36 DKK. You can either go to a counter or to a machine to buy your tickets.
I recommend that you buy a 24-hour ticket which costs 75 DKK - you can travel by bus, metro and train - the ticket covers zones 1-4. You punch it on the bus or at the station. Just remember that whenever you take the bus, you have to go to the front door and show your ticket to the driver.
If you are staying in central Copenhagen the trains from the airport run roughly every 10 minutes into Central Station with a journey time of about 12 minutes and compared to say London are relatively cheap - the equivalent of a couple of Pounds.
From Central Station you can get trains all over the country as well as Internationally. Services are frequent, the trains are clean, safe and modern and ticket prices more than reasonable.
The airport train station is located in terminal 3 and the automatic ticket machines take most credit/debit cards and have "English" language buttons. There are also manned windows where you can get train and local public transport tickets.
Came into the city on a train from Frankfurt which i will discuss in another trip. the train from central station leaves at 15,35 and 55 every hour starting around 435. cost is around 30krona and the whoel train is first class so comfortable seats. Get dropped off at terminal one but Copenhagen airport is small so easy to walk between terminals.
Public transport in Denmark is very good and easy. Unfortunatelly, it is little bit expensive. In order to get from airport to downtown you will need 3 zones ticket. Each zone costs 10 Danish kronas and you can use it for 1,5 hour. You can buy them in front of the entrance to train in an automat (accepts all cards and coins) or at information desk next to an automat. Be aware that traveling without ticket costs 750 Danish Krona. If you need to go to Osterport, Norreport or the main station you should take the train, but if you need to go to Islends brygge, Kongens Nytorv, Christianshavn take the metro. Be advised that you can use the ticket in for all public transport.
The fastest, cheapest and most reliable way to travel from the airport to the city is the Metro. Airport - Kongens Nytorv and back will cost you 60 DKK. Most times it's just as fast as taking a taxi. Wheel chairs are also no problem as the Metro is very handicap friendly. Just remember to buy your ticket at the airport ticket office. The fine for travelling without a ticket is 750 DKK.
If you are staying in Copenhagen for a while, you should by a 10-trip discount clip card for sliding in the clip box and getting a stamp before entering the Metro. I believe it'll cost you 150 DKK for 3 city zones coverage.
The easiest way to get from Kastrup airport to the centre is taking a train. It takes less than 15 mins and the trains run frequently.
The train station can be found under the terminal 3. When you enter the arrival hall (in terminal 3) there's a DSB desk that sells tickets for the trains. You can't miss it as it's in the middle of the hall and it says "DSB tickets" in big letters. A single ticket to the centre cost 30 DKK (~4 EUR in August 2008). If you only buy the single ticket you don't need to punch it as you do with the "clip-cards" for 10 journeys.
After purchasing your ticket just go down the stairs to platform 2 and the train takes you to the central station in 12 mins. Most of the hotels are in walking distance from the station, but of course you can also take a taxi.
Once retreiveing your baggage at the airport, go straight out the automatic doors, carry straight on past the check-in desks (on both your right and left) till you come to the rail ticket booths.
Purchase your ticket to the city and go down the escalator (the second one, I think). I don't believe that you can take just any train, however. Local trains and those from Sweden are OK but I don't think that you're allowed to take the ones that are coming up from the continent (Germany etc). Just ask someone on the platform if you're unsure.
Trains depart every 20 minutes.
I really hate arriving in a new country and finding out that the transport from the airport runs on some 'special train' that is vastly over priced. It is therefore refreshing that Copenhagen has got it's act together.
You can take either the train or the metro into the centre of Copenhagen, and both tickets are a 3-zone affair, charged at the same rate as any other public transporation in the Copenhagen area. You would have to be a complete wally to not follow the directions, but i'm sure a few still end up crossing the bridge into Sweden and end up wondering around Malmo thinking they are in Copenhagen.
The train and metro take similar times (about 15-20 mins) into the city. The train is probably more useful if you are changing to the S-Bahn network for you final destination. The Metro avoids the central station and centres on the Norrepoint station (also on the main train line)
Copenhagen’s airport is located in the town of Kastrup on the island of Amager, about 8km from the centre of Copenhagen.
Upon arriving there at the start of my visit to the city in August 2007, I decided to catch the train to the city’s central station, as this appeared to be the quickest and best value means of transport available.
The following details were correct as at August 2007:
- train tickets can be purchased from machines in the airport and from the ticket office in terminal 3 which is located just above the railway platforms. I landed at terminal 3 and found the ticket office very easily – it is pretty much straight ahead after passing through arrivals;
- tickets cost 28.5 Kr (approx 2.85 GBP) one way and the tickets purchased from the ticket office do not need to be validated in the machines on the platforms;
- trains to Copenhagen leave from platform 2, approximately every 20 minutes. Trains to Malmo in neighbouring Sweden leave from the adjacent platform 1;
- the journey from the airport to Copenhagen’s central station took about 15 minutes, via 2 or 3 other stops en route;
- despite the frequency of the trains, the train was extremely busy when I arrived (midday on a Saturday) so I found myself standing up with my luggage in the aisle;
- the arrival at Central Station was announced in both Danish and English, along with instructions for people connecting to other destinations. The other stops en route were announced only in Danish if memory serves correct;
- Copenhagen’s central station is located directly opposite the Tivoli Gardens on the edge of the Vesterbro region of the city;
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It's very easy to get to the centre of Copenhagen from the Airport. The railway station is below Terminal 3 and there are lifts if you have heavy luggage. Buy a ticket from the office in the terminal. The staff there speak excellent English and are very helpful.
Frequent trains make the 12-minute trip to the central station, which also has lifts up to street level.
A taxi to the center of town from the airport can cost you approx DKK 180-200
Tips are not required unless he helps you with your luggage
We took a taxi ride as we were late, although our hotel said it would take us 10-15min walk, the cab charged us DDK80 which I thought was a bit steep