The fastest way to get from the airport into Copenhagen central is by train
The trains are clean, fully airconditioned & run 6 times an hour. It takes approximately 15min to get to Copenhagen Central station.
Ticket costs DKK27 & can only be purchased an hour before travel as it expires after 1 hour
The 250S bus runs from The airport to the centre of town and various stops beyond, handy if you have a hotel en-route. The cost is DKK27 & it takes about 30min depending on traffic
You can use your stip card on buses & metro so you punch in the time when you board. Stamp twice for 2 zones & travel for up to an hour on the transport.
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
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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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)
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.
From the airport you can get to Copenhagen via train. Just outside the terminal is a stand that sells the tickets. Was inexpensive compared to taxis. Make sure to buy roundtrip as you'll save some money. Train is clean and enjoyable trip.
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.
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.
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.
The best way to do that is to take Bus no. 250S Copenhagen Airport (Københavns Lufthavn) – Buddinge st. which will stop at the Main Railway station as well. From that place you can reach all city center by foot or another bus.
For those who don't speak Danish: if your luggage is taking all the place in a bus and a passanger with child's trolley wants to get in and you hear the driver angrily speaking on the microphone and the parent of child looking at you with some question, better - MOVE from your place.. Apparently the trolley must be left in the place where you ARE..:)
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.