Copenhagen public transport is reliable, efficient and will get you anywhere you need to go. Though there are numerous buses and trains serving multiple locations, we’d recommend sticking to the metro, which is Copenhagen’s automated underground train network.
The metro runs 24hrs a day, even to and from the airport. It only has two lines, making it easy to navigate, and stops at or nearby most of the city’s main attractions. You usually have to wait no longer than five minutes for a train, with only a couple of minutes between stations. It only takes 20 minutes from the airport to the city centre via the metro.
Should you need to travel somewhere not on the metro network, Copenhagen’s station staff are multilingual and incredibly helpful. The S-Train (overground short distance trains) network is also frequent and efficient, serving Copenhagen Central Station.
Buy City Pass – Unlimited Travel Around Copenhagen
Buying tickets for public transport in Copenhagen can be confusing, and expensive if you get it wrong. We recommend buying a City Pass, which gives you unlimited travel on metro, train and bus services. Buy tickets online from DOT, Denmark’s transport operator. They’ll be delivered to your phone, so no need to queue when you arrive.
A 24hr ticket costs 80DKK (US$13) for an adult or 40DKK (US$7.50) for a child. The 72hr option is better value, at 200DKK (US$33) for an adult and 100DKK (US$16) for a child.
Copenhagen Public Transport Tips
You can take your bike on the metro and trains, which means you can still enjoy parts of the city by bike, even if they’re a bit further away
Services can be busy during rush hour so if you prefer quieter train carriages, avoid travelling between 07:00-09:00 and 15:30-17:30. You’re not allowed to take your bike on the metro at this time.
Taxis are very expensive in Copenhagen so we’d recommend using public transport even if coming home late from restaurants and bars. The metro is 24hr and incredibly safe.
Copenhagen Public transport is free with a Copenhagen Card and is the most cost effective way to experience the city, giving you free entry to 79 attractions and unlimited travel.