We booked a hotel near the train station so we walked a lot around the main sites of the city center. It was lovely near the canals but also on the numerous gardens/parks.
We saw them but as usual we didn’t use any of them.
Every local and almost every tourist use a bicycle in Copenhagen. They were everywhere, you can rent one or just take advantage of the ones that the local authorities rent for free (you need 20DKK for deposit), they’re not very comfortable so you cant really cover many miles on them but it will be fun for some hours to check the city on a cycle. You can’t use them after dark (they have no lights). Some popular points are next to the train station, at the city hall etc
If you plan to cycle a lot its better to rent a normal one. By the way you can take the bicycle into the S-Trains for free. There are many rental stores, check Luca’s Cykler, Copenhagen Bikes, Osterport Cykler, Cykelborsen, Baisikeli and so many others, Christiania bikes have some lovely bikes for taking the children with you.
We had a pass so we used many local buses to reach some destinations further away from the center but also just to return when we felt tired after long walks around the city. Most of them are yellow but we loved the “A” buses that run more frequent, “S” are the express buses and “N” buses that run through the night (the fare is double though). People buy tickets inside but we just used our 24h City Pass.
Metro line connects the airport to the city center but we didn’t use it much (once at Norreport we noticed it was packed with people). It runs from 5 in the morning till 1 at night.
The suburban trains (S Trains) are free if you have an interrail pass, not including the metro lines. S-Trains are great for seeing the Greater Copenhagen area. We used the 24h pass for 1-4 zones (70DKK) that covers all the trains/metro. There’s also a pass for 72hours.
Our experience in Scandinavia is that air flights need to be booked well ahead of time. Trains are usually ok to book a few days before you plan to travel. For example we landed in Copenhagen and booked our train to Stockholm for 4 days later with no problem. It's a little over 5 hours on the fast train with nice scenery enroute.
Copenhagen Airport (Kastrup) connects the capital with numerous European cities, we used British Airways from London City Airport but I noticed many low cost companies fly into Copenhagen too.
From the airport you can reach the center by taking the metro to Norreport station (15’, single ticket 30DKK)
If you want to reach the central train station its better to take a train (many of them) Single ticket 36DKK but we preferred to buy a 24h City Pass for zones1-4(70DKK) that includes the train ride from the airport. There’s also a City Pass for 72hours
If you have a Interrail pass you may come by train, you can also use it on local Danish trains (not on metro though). Malmo is a lovely Swedish town, just 30’ away by train. We travelled to Odense from Copenhagen, you many find some great offers if you book online your trainticket in advance, we payed only 98DKK for single ticket (which was half the normal price). If you just want to check cities on Zealand area you can buy a 24h City Pass for all zones (it costs 130DKK but you go up to Helsingor or west to Roskilde etc)
Eurolines operates bus service from many European cities.
Explore the sights and sounds of Copenhagen with a bus tour of the city,there are numerous stops located around most districts were you can hop on and off a bus anytime during that day.The buses go to most major attractions and the drivers are more than helpful with any information you might need.There is pre-recorded commentary is lots of languages.
Prices:Tour:125dk per adult
50dk per child(5-15 yrs)
You have 3 different airlines flying between Copenhagn and New York.
SAS, Delta and Continental.
That meas you have several flights a day to chose from and that also ,eans that the prices can be quite good from time to time because of teh competition.
These things are seen in most cities today - older tourists and children love them! I don't know how much the rides cost or where they stop so please check the tourist information website for more information.
I had some troubles this summer with a other local danish car rentel service.
The solution to the problem was the firm danskautorent.com
it only for not danes but I/we could use it as I have a friend I know from VT visiting from Athens. When we got the car it was a Hertz rental car real good had run less then 3000 K and no problems at all. I can only recommend it.
The prices are far below what you as a dane can rent a car for ("A chep" (Economy) Herze rental car will be something like 3700 kroner for a week with 700 kilometers and extra charge beon this kilometers) We got the same classe of car for 2300 kroner with free mileage.
BTW: A road trip around Denmark is about 2000 Kilometers.
If you have already read through most of my other tips, you will know that I spent the majority of my time in Copenhagen, walking around, seeing the city on foot. Copenhagen is a very pedestrian friendly city, so I recommend that you do spend some time just strolling through the city streets.
Apart from walking you will also find many people riding around on bikes (as is common in all Nordic countries). The roads, usually, cater to people with bicycles, and there are always heaps of bike racks (places to leave your bike) around the city. For tourists they have 'Free City Bikes', just take one from any bike rack (you use a 20DKK coin to release it), then you return it to any other 'Free City Bikes' rack in the city and you will get your coin returned to you. These bikes are only available between May and December though (see the website below for more details).
As romantic as anywhere else, the horse and carriage tours starting from Klampenborg train station are mainly for taking you to the Bakken Amusement Park (see tip) five minutes trotting away, although you can also arrange for longer tours through the wonderful deer park. The trip to Bakken is of course also great (and affordable) with children.
You can also go for carriage rides from Nyhavn in the centre on warm summer afternoons, taking in some of the major city centre sights but mainly being a nice way to transport yourself.
Copenhagen's city centre is very compact and walkable. If you're still too laze, there are S-trains and a metro to help you out, as well as trams and buses.
A rental bike systems allows you to start off with a bike in one place and drop it off at another. For some reason this idea just didn't work out in Amsterdam (bike heaven!), but here it does!
There are also (tourist) ferries to help you cross the harbour so make sure to travel around town. One of the delights of Copenhagen is exploring the city by whatever means you choose!
The map attached from our friends at LP gives an overview of the inner city. Note that the Little Mermaid if just off the map, to the east of Kastellet, as is Christiania, just northeast of Torvegade.
My friends and I were able to walk the entire city. It is a good size city, but we felt it was very walkable. It is very pedestrian and bike friendly. There are also rent a bike locations that are inexpensive. They are little bike racks where you deposit some coins and it is yours for the day. We were not able to use this service as it was very popular so we just hoofed it. Another way to get around and sightsee is to take one of the double decker bus tours. They are hop on hop off and have stops all over the city. Usually the passes are good for two days and aren't terribly expensive. Just hop off when you want to see something and hop on there or somewhere else when your tired of walking.
I must say transporttation here is not a problem. Your best bet it to buy a clipping card from a mini mart. Dont buy a card with 3 zones. Two zones is all you really need. They run,and don't quote me on this..about 110 or 150 krones. They work for the train system and the busses. It's way more expensive to buy ticket to ticket. If your staying awhile then I would suggest a monthly pass. You can aquire this at a main station either train or bus. You also have bikes around town that cost like 4 krones and when you return the bike you get your money back. However, you have no idea the amount of bikers there are! So if you choose to bike it, you better know what you're doing! They will run you over and make road pizza out of ya if you don't. I like the bus and train myself. And whenever in a bind I will use a cab. But fair warning! And this is from experience. The cabbies will take you on the long rout if they know your a tourist so beware of that.
Getting around copenhagen is relatively easy, as there will always be a train, bus or metro to take you where you want to go. If you are going short distances, you may want to use a bike, as it's what most danes do. There are bikes that you can insert a coin into and ride until you're exhausted, before putting it back in a stall and getting your money back. If you prefer to ride trains, busses or metros, you should know that the ticket system is the same in all three modes of transportation, so you don't have to pay again and again. To avoid spending too much, you can buy either a copenhagen card, a clip card or a 24 hour card at all big train stations.
Don't bother about getting a rentalbike... if you don't intend to get up early in the morning you're not gonna get your hands on any bike...
If you use the metro of S-trains you're better off NOT bying a ticket because it seems that the Danish people forgot about conductors... so no ticketcontrol... We actually hopped on and off the metro and train 2 days long without being checked !
There is no guarantee however !!!
The brandnew metrosystem is a must to see. Be sure to sit in front, you'll have a rollercoasterfeeling...
About taxis : you can choose between a bicycletaxi (rather expensive but interesting) or a common taxi (there are lots of them !).
Copenhagen is easily accessible by road, air, rail and water, and once you're there getting around couldn't be easier. Most locals seem to use cars, bicycles and buses to get about.
A taxi from the airport to central Copenhagen costs around 180 DKr.
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