- Bike commuters, Copenhagen, Amagerbrogade, morning, january 2006, perhaps longing for more global warming 😉
Should you of any reason, e.g. the weather, decide not to do Copenhagen by bike do not despair. A public transportation system is at your service 24 hours a day.
The metro runs from the airport through the center of Copenhagen connecting the airport at the south of the island Amager with surburbs at the western side of the central city area ending in the suburb of Vanløse.
The metro is forked on the island of Amager, meaning one branch, M1 are going direct to the airport along the beachfront. During the summer it gives you the great opportunity to take the metro direct to the beach, hmm, well… almost to the beach.
The other branch, M2 are connecting other parts of Amager, among them the Congress center Bella Centret, with the central Copenhagen city and the western suburbs.
During rush hours the Metro is crowded on the central part of the line, but runs with very short intervals. If it is to crowded for your taste you can always wait for the next train.
It is recommend to avoid Nørreport Station if possible as it is the most crowded station.
The Metro gives you a very fast opportunity to get around, but the comfort is limited. As an example: the seats are measured so only pygmies or children under the age of 12 could possible find them comfortable.
Visit the Metro homepage for more information
By 2018 a new metro circle line, will be opened making it even easier to get around. As you probably can imagine, until then a lot of construction work takes place.
The S-train lines are connecting all Copenhagen suburbs with each other. Most of the lines – with only one exception – are running through the central city with the Central Railway station. During weekdays the S trains operate approximately from 05:00am – 12:30pm. The trains begin to operate a little later in the morning during weekends.
The “S” in the name of the S-trains comes from German, Stadt-bahn.
Visit the the DSB homepage for more information
Where the Metro and S-trains do not fulfill your needs, a fine masked net of bus lines are covering the rest of the Copenhagen area.
The buses are yellow, yellow and red (A-buses) or yellow and blue (S-buses).
The A-buses are running continously, meaning that on a line with A-buses you should in principle only have to wait a few minutes. The S-buses do not stop at all bus stops, so be careful before entering one. You could end up somewhere else as expected.
You enter the bus at the front and find the exit in the back or in the middle of the bus.
Bus stops are marked with yellow signs, and you have to push the red stop button when you wish you get off.
Get more information about the buses on the Movia homepage.
An expensive experience
Using the public transportation system is expensive.
The Copenhagen area is separated in a system of zones and the price you have to pay depends on the number of zones you are bypassing. The cheapest ticket costs 21 dkr. for one hour in two zones (2010). The prices are usually risen with one year intervals.
“Klippekort”, i.e. prepaid card for a number of travels in a given number of zones, with a time limit, are sold at stations giving you a limited discount.
You have to stamp the card in the yellow machines on the stations before entering the trains or metro, or by entering the busses.
Metro, bus and train can be combined as much as you like for as long as your ticket is valid.
If you are staying in Copenhagen for a limited period of time another option is a 24 hour ticket or a one week card.
For tourists a special Copenhagen Card are available at the Copenhagen Tourist Information Bureau.
The card gives you free entry to about 60 museums and attractions, free transport by train, bus and Metro – also from/to the airport and some discounts on restaurants, car hire, shops and sights.
The card can be bought in 24, and 72 hours versions, an can even be bought online!.
If you need exact information about prices and connection the travel plan is the place to visit
The taxis runs on meter, the prices are regulated and the taxis licensed. The price is between approximately 12 and 16 dkr. for a km, depending on the weekday and time of the day. To the km price you have to add a start price. Also help with luggage, transport of your bike will cost extra.
If the taxi is available (i.e. the Taxi sign is lit) you can stop it on the spot by waving your hand, else there are ranks around in the city, in front of the railway stations, at the hotels etc.
Another option is of course to call by phone and order the taxi to your address. The service will as mentioned cost you a bit extra.
The taxis usually accept credit card but remember to tell the driver you want to pay by credit card at the start of your drive.
Codan Taxi, Tel.: +45 7025 2525, Hovedstadens Taxi, Tel.: +45 3877 7777, Taxa 4 x 35 Tel.: +45 3535 3535, Taxamotor A/STel.: +45 3810 1010.
(Notice I have connection of any kind with the Taxi companies mentioned here)
The Copenhagen taxi drivers are notorious for their speed and driving manners especially at night so be careful.