Public transport - general, Copenhagen
Copenhagen has an excellent public transport system consisting of train, metro and bus. Tickets can be purchased on the bus or from kiosks and vending machines. Discount cards are available for 10 journeys (Klippkort). The tickets have to be punched and are valid for at least 1 hour.
If you need to go just about anywhere in Denmark you can do it with public transportation by train, bus and/or fairy. You might think the planning of a trip out to the countryside will be some endeavour but not so. All you need to know is where you are going from and what address you like to get to. And go to the link below you have the option of getting your direction in Danish/German/English. You also get the option to see the route your travelling on a map.
The Klippekort, or clip card (sort of), is a way to save money if you're not going to take public transportation that often. They're sold at the machines at the metro stations (possibly at the S-train stations too but I can't comment as I bought mine at a metro station) and at manned booths as well, and they can be bought for different zones.
I bought one that is good for 2 zones for 135 DKK and it has 10 clips, each clip valid for an hour. Every time you need to use a clip, you punch the card in the machines on buses, the water bus or at the platforms at the metro/train stations. With this card, you get to pay less money for the transportaton (compare 13.50 DKK with 26.00 DKK, for instance, for an adult paying for a single ticket from the airport to the city center.)
They sell cards valid for3 zones and I understand that if you don't use your whole card, you can get a refund for what's left. More info about prices and the card on the link below (10-trip card).
Copenhagen has a public transportation system, consisting of commuter trains (called "S-Trains" (S-tog)), buses, and a new but still small metro. The S-trains form the basis of the transportation network, stretching to most areas of metropolitan Copenhagen, with their main hub at Copenhagen Central Station (K?benhavn H). Some regional trains supplement the S-train services with lines extending further such as to the Copenhagen Airport, Elsinore, and Malmö. The entire system is governed by the same overall authority and tickets are transferable from one mode to another. The region is divided up into 99 zones which govern the cost of a ticket. Travelling through 2 zones is less expensive than 3, 4, or more zones. A trip of 7 or more zones costs a base rate. Ticket prices are high.
Public transport is safe, reliable, clean and inexpensive. Both trains and buses are frequent and efficient. As a city we offer the fastest and cheapest airport-to-city-centre rail link in any European capital: just a 20-minute ride at the cost of only DKK 22,50 (Remember to purchase the ticket before getting on the train).
The backbone of transportation in Copenhagen is the S-Tog regional train system, although there is metro also. Buses travel to destinations outside the train network.
All public transport in Copenhagen, as well as the rest of the country, operates on a zone system. The smallest ticket is the two-zone ticket which will cost you DKK 17, and can be purchased from ticket offices, vending machines and bus drivers. It will allow you to travel around Copenhagen proper for an hour. A ten-trip klippekort will give you a discount of around 40%, and you can also purchase a day pass starting at DKK 90.
So you think the central station si the main station in Copenhagen? Ah - you're a tourist. Everyone else knows that it really is Nørreport station. From here you can take the Metro, busses, S-trains, regional trains... the lot. Despite it's small size it is the station in Denmark that has the most travellers per day.
The site is always overgrown with bicyckles, so expect to spend some extra time finding a spot to park your bike.
The easiest and cheapest way to get around Copenhagen - outside of walking - which one can do if you stay city center - which would be the old walled city boundaries. Otherwise, I suggest get a multi-clip card (10 clips for 125 kr) which is much cheaper than the 18 kr. per trip single ticket cost. It is allowed to share the multi-card so it makes it even more reasonable and practical since it is not possible to purchase tickets on any public transportation. If you are in the city a 2-zone (blue) will get you every where you need to go. The borders for zone 2 are at Hellerup Station to the north and Valby to the south. Many stations no longer have any service but that is rare within the city limits it is easier for a tourist to go to the ticket office or the kiosk which also sells multi-clips cards but not single tickets. Beware that the ticket offices are not open late - so if you plan to be using public transportation late at night (an the rates increase for the night buses) be sure to get your tickets together before going out to party. There are automatic machines selling tickets - single & multi-clip cards but non-EU users could find it impossible to use because all credit cards require a PIN code. If you do not have that you will find it very difficult to use your card especially in smaller shops, restaurants. Having a good selection of bills & coins is a good idea.
To go around Copenhagen, you can purchase klippekort.
Copenhagen is just within 2 zones so it is best to buy the 2 Zoner klippekort, it cost 125 Danish Kroners. You can clip it on the yellow boxes located at the train station. one clip is equals to 2 zones and the time stamped on there means its good for an hour. if you're traveling with a companion, then you may have it punched in on the yellow box twice.
If you are going beyond Copenhagen it is best to buy the 3 Zoner Klippekort. It is 165 Danish kroners.
The klippekort gives you a chance to save, since its cheaper than buying tickets for 20 Danish kroners everytime you ride the train. You can buy this at Kiosk, Post office or at the Central station.
This is only best if you are staying just for a couple of days. You may use this in S trains or metros and also in buses.
But if you will be staying for more than 2 weeks. It is best to buy a Bus Card, if you will just be within Copenhagen its better to inform the officer to put on your Bus Card, 1 and 2 zones. that would cost 310 Danish kroners. It is good for 30 days.
Take note, that there are inspectors checking tickets, there is a fine of 750 DAnish kroners for people who dont have tickets or travelling with incorrect punched in zones or less zones.
Be careful of your belongings in Copenhagen also your mobile phones.
It is difficult to write about trains in Copenhagen, without including international trains and metro system and all. But here is a little general tipping off. Copenhagen exists of four main transport systems. The busses, which are yellow drive almost everywhere. The metro has two lines, but will in coming years expand (in september it will be able to take the metro from the Airport). The regional trains from other parts of Zealand as well as the Øresundstog to and from Sweden stop at Østerport, Nørreport and at København H (Centralstation). The S-tog also stops here. It is the most extended network and connects the center to all suburbs excluding Amager (which is provided by metro and bus). Centralstation and Nørreport are the two biggest stations and great places to meet. At Centralstation you normally meet under the clock, which is in the center of the hall. It is easy to figure out the system at centralstation, but especially in summertime, you might wanna ask at the infodesk (next to the clock) since Denmark being such a forward running country has great difficulties with the train system. Nørreport is underground and includes both metro, S-tog and regional trains. If you wanna meet here it is called between the kiosks and is above ground at the main entrance. Nørreport can seem pretty disgusting, especially the regional part, but it is placed right at the center of shopping-Copenhagen and you will without doubt have to use this station.
The Metro, S-Train, and buses all share a common ticket. You just have to pay for the number of zones you travel in. If you stick around the inner city, you should be fine. It really adds up quick, though, if you travel to other zones. I recommend using a clip card. A little tricky at first, but you'll get the hang of it. If you have any questions, ask a Dane. They are friendly and speak English very well. Be sure to add a 'Tak!'
This card is a bargain for visitors who try to see as much Copenhagen as you can within 3 or 4 days.
It allows you free entry to most of the famous attractions, like Tivoli, Amalienborg Palace, Dansk Design Center, Copenhagen Zoo, IMAX, Copenhagen Museum, The National Museum, etc.
A 24 hrs card costs Adults DKK 199 / Euros 29
Children DKK 129 / Euros 19 (10-15 yrs)
A 72 hrs card costs Adult DKK 429 / Euros 58
Children DKK 249 / Euros 33
It allows you to travel on nearly every mode of transport (of course, not taxi!) go into almost all museums and places of interest for free or at a discounted rate.
- Free entry to more than 60 museums and attractions.
- Free transport by train, bus and Metro.
- Discounts on many attractions and on car rental.
- Includes a comprehensive guide
The Copenhagen Card can be purchased at tourist offices throughout Denmark, such as at the tourist information offices across from Tivoli, at the airport and at major train stations.
Many hotels, camping grounds and youth hostels also sell Copenhagen Cards.
Langelinie Cruise Terminal is located the north end of the city.
You can reach here by Taxi, quite an expensive way to go.
The way we came, was by Train to Osterport station, and then a Taxi for the short distance to the Terminal. It was easy and cheap!
When you visit Copenhagen and you stay in a place nearby go by train. The trainnetwork is very good here. Trains are on time and the ticket system is easy. At the platforms are machines: select the zone you are going to with your card and do the same when going back.
While you can buy single tickets on the metro, s-trains and buses, if you will be making several journeys it makes a lot more sense to by a multi-trip ticket called a klippekort.
Each klippekort is valid for 10 journeys and you have to choose how many zones you're likely to be travelling through (there are 9 zones in total) - for example if you will be travelling around the city and out to the airport, 3 zones is best, and that currently (2012) costs 190kr. You clip the card (which stamps it with date and time and removes a corner) at the entrance of buses and on the platform of metro and s-train stations. Once stamped you have an hours travel (2-3 zone card), 1.5 hours (4-6 zones) or 2 hours (7-9 zones). If you clip a card twice, you double the zones you can travel in (and get the same amount of time as you would for that zone). By clipping a card more than once, you can also have 2 or more people travelling together on the same card.
As of 2013/14, they are phasing out the klippekort and introducing oyster-style swipe cards, which frankly I feel will be of considerably less use to tourists. You can of course bear in mind that you get free transport with the Copenhagen Card, but you'll have to take into account what you want to visit to see if you'll get value for money.