The transport hub of Copenhagen, nextdoor to the Tivoli Gardens and 2 minutes from the Town Hall Square. Here you can buy tickets and travel on the various rail/metro networks. There are dedicated counters in the ticket office for tickets to the airport. You need to take a numbered receipt from a wall machine and wait for your number to be called.
The station has a fabulous timber roof.
There is an excellent left luggage office. As you come up from the platforms, the office is to your left, down some steps at the corner of the station. The office has long opening hours (till 1am, I think) and various sizes of lockers too.
Tourist Information is out of the station building, on the southeast side of Banegardspladsen.
Always loads and loads and loads of bicycles parked outside! There are two or three (free) City Bike points next to the station too, though they are usually the first in the city to become de-biked :-) Try the bike point on the east side of Town Hall Square.
On the picture here you can see a map of all the stations in the downtown Copenhagen area.
The light yellow and the green line is Metro lines, and all the rest is S-train lines. You can now take both metro and normal train when going to and from CPH Airport "Kastrup".
The Copenhagen area is devided into zones and you have to pay for the number of zones you travel through. If you buy zone ticket in a bus or you stamp a zone card (see below and Photo 2) it is usually valid for one hour.
If you want to save money:
Get a yellow 3-zone card or a blue 2-zone card - both with 10 stamps. Before getting in the train or bus you stamp it with a date and time in the little yellow mashine at the intrance to the train platform or at the bus door, and every stamp is vallid one hour in both trains, S-train, Metro and busses for one person.
For most distances in downtown you just need one 2 zone stamp, but from the Airport to downtown there's 3 zones.
If you're going to travel through 5 zones it's an advantage to have both a blue and a yellow card (one stamp on each).
You can bye these zone cards on train stations and in normal shops and kiosks.
The suburbian trains in Copenhagen called the "S trains" are free if you have interrail or eurail passes.
Most people don't notice that as these trains look a lot like the metro wich is not included in the rail passes, but there is a lot of money to be saved so be sure not to purchase a ticket for the S train if you have a rail pass.
As in Germany, no one in Denmark seems to know what the S stands for on the S-trains, but for English speakers it is convenient to think of them as suburban trains, which is essentially what they are.
There are seven S-train lines, most of which run every ten or twenty minutes from five in the morning until one the next morning. The train on the photo is on the B line going to Holte, a town some twenty kilometers north of Copenhagen.
The S-trains are entirely electrified and run on their own tracks, separate from the tracks used by long-distance trains.
The writing on this train says: Det er ikke at spørgsmål om grøn - men hvor grøn. Which I think must mean something like: This isn't just making an issue of being green - it is green.
(Perhaps some Danish person can provide a better translation of this? - Thanks!)
GPS 55°48'25.07"N; 12°26'53.46"E (Holte)
1. Copenhagen main station (København H)
2. In the EuroCity train to Copenhagen
I traveled to Copenhagen on a EuroCity train from Hamburg, and returned the same way the following week. Currently there are three Danish EuroCity trains per day on this route, and three German InterCityExpress trains (ICE). These are diesel trains because the route is not yet completely electrified.
The trip from Hamburg to Copenhagen takes not quite five hours, including forty-five minutes on a Scandlines ferry to cross the Fehmarn Belt from the German island of Fehmarn to the Danish island of Lolland. As I have described on my Rødbyhavn page, the train is the last vehicle to be driven onto the ferry and the first to be driven off, so the connection is fast and convenient for train passengers.
Another thing I mentioned on my Rødbyhavn page was that this was a "free" train trip for me -- free in the sense that it didn't cost me any money but only three thousand "Bonus Points" that I had accumulated as a frequent traveler on the German Railroad System. Since these "Bonus Points" are usually more or less worthless, I was amazed to discover that a mere three thousand of them would get me a first class ticket from Frankfurt am Main to Copenhagen and back.
GPS 55°40'22.72" North; 12°33'51.92" East (Copenhagen main station)
An ideal, cheap and fast way to get into Copenhagen Central from the airport is the train, not only did I find it efficient but also amazingly clean with paper bin bags provided and magazines.
It is approx. a 15 mine journey. The cost was approx. £2.70
I took the train to Rungstedlund and I am delighted to report that the journey was a pleasure. Each station we passed was clean and pretty. The train again was clean and smooth with the usual paper rubbish bag and magazines supplied. A delight to travel in.
It is possible to obtain a travel card which is used on each journey by inserting into machines situated onthe station platforms. However, if purchasing a ticket to return to the airport of to any other place on a single then you must use it within an hour of purchase or it will expire.
intercity trains in Denmark are very chic and modern. Many times we boarded the train and assumed we were in a first class carriage because the seats were so sumptuous. Although we were led to believe that trains run with ruthless efficiency, there were some delays, but nothing too bad. Railway stations are well equipped and modern with electronic ticket machines which work in English as well as Danish, and make the prospect of train travel comfortable and easy. As bikes are a very popular mode of transport they can be taken on Danish trains in specifically allocated carriages.
It's surprisingly easy to get around the whole of Denmark. Upon arriving in Kastrup International Airport, I took a quick train ride to Copenhagen. My scanrail ticket covered the fare and the whole journey took only 12 min or so. Also, the train runs The Central railway is smack right in the centre of town (Vesterbrogadeand) and it has ample lockers. So, if your flight was early, like mine, you can lock your stuff first and stroll around first.
Københavns Hovedbanegård (The Grand Central Station), also called København H, is the largest train station in Denmark with entrances to Bernstorffsgade (at Tivoli Gardens), Banegårdspladsen and Reventlowsgade. On the station concourse, there are small shops and fast food outlets including the obligatory MacDonalds.
The Copenhagen central station was built in the year 1911.
Not surprisingly, Copenhagen Central Station is the city's busiest traffic artery. It is estimated that as many as 100,000 people pass under the station's wooden archways on a normal day.
At the main station, nearly all the international, intercity, regional and S-trains (Copenhagen electric metropolitan railway) criss-cross in one great overlapping network. This translates into approx. 1,000 train departures per day if you include the S-trains, which is why the main station offers travellers a wide range of special services in addition to its ticket sales, coffee shops, restaurants, kiosks, bakeries, supermarkets and travel agents.
Very convenient, I took the train from the airport to spend a couple of hours in Malmö.
It is a 30 minutes trip which take you across the 'new' Oresund bridge and you are in Sweden!
You can buy your ticket from an automatic machine. It is very easy even if not that cheap though: about 17E for a return ticket!
On my way back, I have been controlled! Though luck, I had not validated my ticket! It wasn't mentioned anywhere I had to... (at least not in English)
The controller was about to make me pay for another ticket/fine but then realizing I was completely clueless, he was nice enough to "validate my ticket" on the fly...
So, before taking the train, don't forget to stamp your ticket in one of those little and easily missed yellow boxes...
There are two main routes to Copenhagen via Germany. One is from Hamburg via Lübeck and across to Denmark on the train ferry Puttgarden to Rødby. This is a short train set to fit onto the ferry in one go, so seat reservations are necessary if making the crossing. Then there are the longer trains which go from Hamburg and on to Denmark passing Jutland and Funen on their way to Copenhagen. These also include the night trains to and from Munich daily.
Apart from this, you can also reach Copenhagen by train from Sweden. There are X2000 trains all the way from Stockholm, but you can also change to the frequent commuter trains across the bridge once you get to Malmö if you are on other Swedish trains. Some trains from Göteborg or Kalmar/Växjö to Malmö continue to Copenhagen too.
From the Banegardspladsen (or main train station) next to Tivoli you can take trains all over Denmark and to other parts of Europe. We used the trains to get from the airport to the city was well as to travel to Helsingor, Hillerod, and Fredensborg.
The journey to Helsingor takes only 45 minutes and trains depart about every 10 minutes throughout the day.
The Danish State Railroad is a great way to get to Copenhagen from the airport. You can buy train tickets inside the airport. The website has an option for English (see the left side of the page). On the English page, click on "journey planner" and fill in the departure and arrival points. If you know the station names you can use them, or you can fill in streets, points of interest, etc. The site will give you options as you type. I also used the trains to travel to Helsingor and Roskilde. They are very clean and safe.
Easy way of traveling inside and outside Denmark.You can travel on a relation Malme - Copenhagen by train.It's so easy,fast and practical,specially for those who live in Sweden and work in Denmark or opposite.