Getting in Copenhagen

Copenhagen is very well connected to the neighbouring countries and to the rest of Europe. Planes, trains, buses, ferries, all of them are reliable and allow you to get easily to the Danish capital. Copenhagen is also a hub for intercontinental air travel, both to North America and Asia.

The main airport is Copenhagen Airport, but many travellers arrive to Malmö Airport in Sweden. Copenhagen Airport is only 8 km away from the city, which makes it very fast to reach the center. Malmö Airport is 65 km away from Copenhagen.

Copenhagen Airport is the home base of SAS, the most important Scandinavian airline, and is open 24 hours a day. It has excellent connections to the city center by both train and underground. A ticket costs about €5, and the travel time is only 15 minutes. Tickets can be bought from the machines at the airport, which accept coins and credit cards. Trains can be also used to travel to Sweden, including nearby Malmö. The train platforms and the underground station are located in Terminal 3. The underground is also functional during the night, which is very useful to get into the city if you have a late flight. The underground station is called Lufthavnen, don’t use the Kastrup station which is close but not inside the airport.

Since the airport has more terminals and the distance between Terminal 1 and Terminal 3 is quite significant, there is a free shuttle bus connecting these two.

There are also plenty of taxis available in front of the terminals. It’s interesting that there are both Danish and Swedish taxis, each of them having their dedicated waiting areas, but Danish taxis accept anyway customers travelling to Sweden. A ride from the airport to the center of Copenhagen can cost €30 – €50, depending on your final destination.

Trains in Denmark are reliable and connect all the major cities with the capital. DSB is the state railway company. They have a route planner on their website, but unfortunately it is available only in Danish. Copenhagen is also well connected to Germany. Most of the direct trains start from Hamburg, but there are also other routes from different cities. The Central Station in Copenhagen is not directly connected to the underground network, but the S-trains which run into many parts of the city allow you to get to an underground station.

Buses are also used to get into Copenhagen from other parts of the country or from neighbouring countries. An important Danish operator is Abildskou, they are connecting the capital with many other cities. Companies like Eurolines or Berolina operate some bus routes from Germany to Copenhagen. Prices are generally lower than train or air fares, but the journey takes more.

Copenhagen has of course a port, where ferries from many European cities arrive. The most important international ferry route is probably the one connecting Copenhagen with Oslo in Norway. Some of the ferries go to Sweden, Germany, Poland or Great Britain.