ABOVE: Oceania's Regatta is moored at
Langelinie as Silversea's Silver Whisper departs for Edinburgh. Shops
occupy the old stone warehouses that face the wharf.
Port of Copenhagen - Langelinie
Copenhagen's popularity as a cruise port has grown enormously in
the last few years, with more than 500 cruises and half a million passengers
visiting the city in 2008.
Most ships that visit Copenhagen during a cruise are berthed at Langelinie,
a pier just north of the Little Mermaid and about 4 km or 2.5 miles from Tivoli
and the main railroad station. (Large ships that are beginning or ending a
cruise in Copenhagen are likely to use the newer Freeport Cruise Terminal, which
is in an industrial harbor area well to the North of Langelinie and the city
Although Langelinie is sometimes referred to as the "Copenhagen Cruise Terminal,"
it's less a terminal than a long quay with shops and an information center operated
by the Copenhagen Tourist Office. Still, it's more convenient than piers in most
large cities, and you can easily walk to the major tourist sights along
Copenhagen's attractive waterfront. (Alternatively, you can use your cruise
ship's shuttle bus, public transportation, or a taxi. The local No. 26 bus will
take you from the pier to the City Hall Square, which is right next to
Tivoli Gardens, in about
If you've got an hour or two to kill before departure, or if
you'd rather not haul purchases from the city center to the ship, allow time for
a visit to the Langelinie Quay Shopping Arcade. Beneath the stone arches of
Langelinie's old warehouses, you'll find shops that sell
porcelain, amber, Danish clogs, jewelry, clothing, and other products.
Tip: The Illum department store has a small cruise lounge in its
main building on the Strøget
in central Copenhagen. You can rest your feet, get help from the on-duty
hostess, and enjoy a free cup of coffee or tea before you resume your shopping
and sightseeing. (The new lounge, which opened in 2009, is available during
store hours whenever cruise ships are in port. It replaces earlier cruise
lounges at the Royal Copenhagen and the Magasin du Nord stores that you may have
read about in out-of-date guidebooks.)
information on cruise terminals in Copenhagen, see:
This English-language Web site has useful information for cruise passengers,
including a FAQ. See the
Cruise Terminals page for advice on how to reach the piers from Copenhagen's
airport and central railroad station.
Copenhagen arrival and shore excursions