Driving in Copenhagen is no different from driving in any other European capital. Infrastructure is excellent and traffic conditions are generally good. The main problem is the cost for parking, therefore it is easier to leave the car at your hotel or in a garage parking and continue your journey with public transportation.
Drivers are disciplined and predictable, therefore you will not have a hard time driving in this city. As in every capital, there are traffic jams early in the morning and in the afternoon, so it is better to avoid these intervals if you can. Copenhagen has a good ring road on the western side and this is the fastest way to travel from one part of the city to another.
You have to pay for street parking in almost all the city center. There are some places that allow limited free parking and you need a parking disc to indicate the arrival time. Whenver you have to pay for parking, you buy a ticket from the machines nearby and display it on your dashboard. Even for these paid parking spots, the parking time is limited to a few hours. Any parking offence is fined with 510 DKK.
Street parking costs from 10 to 29 DKK per hour, depending on the time of the day and the city zone. Copenhagen is split into three zones with different prices. From 11 p.m. to 8 a.m., parking costs 3 DKK per hour in all the zones. Street parking is free from Saturday 5 p.m. to Sunday 12 a.m. Parking is also free on national holidays.
If you want to avoid the parking fees in the city center and you don’t have a parking option at your hotel, you can also try to leave your car at a train station. There is usually free parking at train stations in the city, but the number of places is limited, so it is not easy to find available ones.
Big parking garages are an option, but a very expensive one. Prices are around €50 per day. Due to these high costs, the safest option is to find a hotel that is also offering parking for a decent price.