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Copenhagen Transportation

From: Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen bus and Metro train

ABOVE: A Copenhagen Metro train and bus. INSET BELOW: A train of the DSB national railways, and a No. 26 bus stop at Langelinie.

Central Copenhagen is more compact than megacities like Paris, London, or Rome. If you're healthy and don't mind walking, you won't need to bother with buses or trains very often.

DSB trainThe bus, Metro, and S-train systems are most useful for visits to attractions in the outlying neighborhoods and suburbs (such as Frederiksborg Castle in Hillerød and the Open-Air Museum in Lyngby). You can also use transit tickets to ride the Copenhagen Harbor Buses (Havnebussen).

No 26 bus stop at LangelinieTip: The No. 26 bus runs frequently between downtown Copenhagen and the Langelinie cruise-ship quay, with stops at popular sightseeing and shopping destinations along the way. It's a handy way to reach the waterfront areas near and north of the Little Mermaid.

Driving is easier in Copenhagen than in many European cities, at least when you get away from the center of town. The motorways, especially, are comparable to freeways in North America. U.S. suburbanites will feel at home as they watch Volvo drivers change lanes without signaling or block traffic in the far left lane.

Copenhagen public transportation

Movia: English Tourist
The Copenhagen regional transportation system's Web site provides an overview in English, with links to an English-language journey planner and other resources.

Europe Today: Denmark: Public Transportation
Select a link to get travel information for Copenhagen or other cities and towns in Denmark.


Copenhagen Airport
The international airport at Kastrup is a quick ride by Metro or train from central Copenhagen. Regional trains continue north to Helsingør or west to Funen (Fyn) and Jutland (Jylland).


The City Bike and Copenhagen
Slip a coin into the deposit slot and ride away on a bicycle. You'll get your money back when you return the bike. Caveats: The season runs from mid-April to November, and free bikes can't be taken out of the City Bike zone.

Copenhagen Cycle Chic
In Copenhagen, two-wheeled transportation isn't just for young athletes or bicycle messengers.


Visit Copenhagen: Parking
The city's official tourism site covers the basics of parking in Copenhagen.


DFDS Seaways
Take the clean and comfortable overnight ferry from Harwich, England to Esbjerg, Denmark, then continue to Copenhagen by train or car. DFDS also has overnight ferries between Copenhagen and Oslo, Norway.

Rail travel in Denmark

DSB Journey Planner
Use the Danish State Railways' domestic trip planner to organize excursions in Sjaelland and other areas of Denmark.

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