The S-metro is a way to get around town quickly all stations are marked by red hexagonal signs with a yellow “S” in them – rather superman like
Trains run every 10 – 15min btw 5am & 12.30am
There is a lift for bicycles, wheelchairs & pushchairs
Routes are colour coded and for convenience of planning there is an electronic display screen that lists departures from Central station
The metro operates on a driverless system so the bonus is you can sit up front & pretend you are steering the train. Be warned though if you get motion sickness the front of the train is not for you as the train hurtles through dimly lit tunnels
1. In the Metro station at Kongens Nytorv
2. Waiting for the M1 (coming in half a minute)
3. Escalators in the Kongens Nytorv Metro station
4. Exhibition on the making of the Metro tunnels
5. Bicycle parking in the Metro station
In addition to its fantastic bicycle culture, Copenhagen also has a very fine system of public transit, the newest being the two Metro lines M1 and M2, which go together in a tunnel under the city center and then split up, the M1 going to the Ørestad and the M2 going to the airport.
Interesting state-of-the-art touches in the centrally-located Kongens Nytorv Metro station are the glass walls separating the tracks from the platforms (first and second photos) and the indoor bicycle parking garage located directly in the station, one floor below ground level (fifth photo).
The Metro trains are fully automated and run twenty-four hours a day. During peak hours there is a train every 90 seconds. In 2008 Copenhagen's Metro was awarded the title of "The World's Best Metro" -- ahead of the Metro systems in Madrid, Singapore and London, for example.
GPS 55°40'51.00" North; 12°35'11.49" East (Kongens Nytorv Metro station)
The Copenhagen metro opened recently and is a very fast and efficient way of getting around The city.
if you ever has been stuck with the slow uncomfortable busses of Copenhagen, then you will know ehat a blessing that metro is.
It is also the best way to get to the airport from central Copenhagen.
1. Metro M1 going past the new DR Concert Hall
2. People boarding the M1 at the DR Byen station
3. Metro tracks and station as seen from the concert house
Using the new Metro M1 line you can get from the city center to the new DR Concert House in just a few minutes.
The station is called DR Byen (Meaning Danish Radio City) and also serves the nearby university campus.
As you can see in the third photo, there is also an ugly parking lot on the other side of the tracks (even Copenhagen has ugly parking lots!) for those who insist on driving to the concert in their heart attack machines.
GPS 55°39'20.53" North; 12°35'19.76" East (DR Byen Metro station)
The Metro is quite a new thing in the Copenhagen transport system and still suffer from hickups now and again, requiring the assistance of the Italian constructors or American software experts. Nevertheless, it is usually a reliable system and particularly good if you need to go to the Nyhavn/Kongens Nytorv area from Copenhagen airport without using a taxi. Simply hop off the airport train at Ørestad and catch the metro straight there. In a few years time you won't need to catch the train at all as the metro will be extended to Copenhagen airport. The only bad thing now is that it doesn't stop at the Central station, but they are working on that too. Same ticket as for other public transport.
Young children are fascinated by the fact that it is a driver-less metro and often run up to the front to stand there and look. Some even play train drivers and this has become so popular that kindergardens along the metro have their own textile "drivers' panel" that they bring with them on trips. :)
Copenhagen's Metro is one of the most modern subway networks you'll find anywhere. Perfectly accessible and fully automated. Too bad so far just 2 lines exist, and at the moment they do not serve key hubs in the city. An extension will at least connect Kastrup airport by 2007.
It's very fast to get around in Copenhagen if there's a metro station nearby where you're going.
If you never tried a train without driver then try to sit on the front seat in the front car and look out the window - thats fun ;-)
For destinations and ticket system have a look at my other tip with S-train and Metro map.
At the moment they test the metro line to Kastrup airport, and they expect it to ready in end of this year.
If travelling into Copenhagen from the airport and you need to pick up the Metro you'll find it easiest to take the train to the Orestad station then go upstairs to pick up the Metro. The service is fast and frequent and easier to pick up here than to navigate from one of the city railway stations. If I remember correctly you don't even need separate tickets as your train ticket is also valid on the Metro, though do check when you're buying it just in case my "goldfish brain" is its usual SNAFU self ;)
Transport from the airport to the centre of Copenhagen is real easy now buy a stamp card for 10 rides this card works for all busses, metro and trains in the greater Copenhagen area, stamp it and just jump on the Metro. In just 14 minutes you be at Kongens Nytorv station in the heart of the city.
Shiny and new, the new Copenhagen subway provides a good link from the airport to the central city. I also used it to get out to the "suburb" of Frederiksberg for a concert.
Note: central Copenhagen has two underground "systems" - the M-lines and the S-lines. The S-lines connect central Copenhagen with its outer suburbs, as well as points across the sound in Sweden. Coming into the center city from the airport to Nørreport Station, you'll be on an S-line. A new M-line extension through Christianshavn to the airport will open in late 2007.
The metro is safe, cheap and quick. What I particularly like is that the wagons are driver-less and automated/computerized, so if you sit in the seats in front you can pretend to be the train driver.
As of 2011 there are 2 lines: M1 taking you from Vestamager to Vanløse and M2 from the airport to Vanløse as well. The 2 lines converge at the stop called "Christianshavn" (where you can walk to Christiania). There's a new, circular line, currently being constructed.
Of particular interest for those who like architecture, is the M2 starting at the stop called "Islands Brygge" and all the way to Vestamager. This area here is cutting edge when it comes to architecture and it differs very much from the classic materials (if you will) that you can find in the city center, such as bricks and tiles. Here you will see a lot of glass and "lighter" materials, with shapes that are esthetically appealing (at least to me and my untrained eye).
The tickets are valid for an hour for 2 and 3 zones and 1,5 hours for 4 zones. From the airport to the city center (stops: Kongens Nytorv and Nørreport) it is 3 zones. The metro tickets are also valid if you use the bus or the S-trains, as long as you travel within the zones you purchased. At the link below you can determine which ticket is the best for you and your needs, as well as you can use their travel planner to plan your journey.
The S-Metro stations are recognisable by the hexagonal signs printed with a yellow S
Trains run every 10 – 15min from 5am & 12.30am
There is a lift for bicycles, wheelchairs & pushchairs, superb trains, clean and are automated thus require no driver.
Had to reach Arhus, so needed to catch a bus from Valby, which falls into Zone2 of Copenhagen.
You buy the tickets from the machines at floor level, then slip underground to wait for your metro.
Check out the 4th photo, with special mounts for cycles: on the left you can 'park' ordinary bikes, and on the right you have fewer for mountain bikes. So well-planned!! Don't you think?
Currently the metro system in Copenhagen has two lines, one (M2) that starts at the airport and passes through Øresund and Amager, and the other (M1) that starts at Vestamager and passes through Islands Brygge - both lines then meet at Christianshavn and go on through Kongens Nytorv, Nørreport and Frederiksberg before ending at Vanløse. Neither go to the main train station.
However, there is now a new metro line being built (and I'm part of the excavations in advance of the project!), that will be a circle line crossing the old lines at Kongens Nytorv and Frederiksberg and will also connect with the main train station, Nørrebro and Østerport stations. There will also be stops at Rådhuspladsen and Gammelstrand (where I have been working in 2012). The new line is due to be completed in 2018.
One interesting thing about the metro is that the trains are driverless - you can stand at the very front of the train and look out at the track through a large window; it's quite an odd experience and would probably fascinate children!
The brand new Copenhagen Metro has one important feature for the club head besides the cool design. It runs all night in the weekend. The numbers of stations are still limited, but it runs right through the city center and Christianshavn. Prices double at nighttime in the Copenhagen transport system, but at 38 kr. for a local ticket, it's still much cheaper than the horrendously priced taxis. Tickets are valid for all public transportation within the given zones.
Tip: In my daily commuting and occasional nightime rides on the metro I have yet to be checked for ticket, so if you are all out off cash, it might be worth taking a chance... No liabilities accepted!
Update: They have started checking peoples ticket during the day at least.