How to Get to Copenhagen, Denmark
Residents of Russia mostly get to the Danish capital by air: this is the fastest and cheapest option. Muscovites have more opportunities: about 20 flights per day. Residents of the Northern capital can only fly with connections. All planes arrive at the international airport of Kastrup. There is no direct rail or bus connection between Russian cities and Copenhagen, but you can get from Moscow by train with a change in one of the European capitals. This option will be more costly both in time and money.
Note: according to allcitypopulation, the population of Denmark is 5.857 million (2021).
Districts of Copenhagen
The city is divided into districts, of which tourists are primarily interested in Old Copenhagen (Indre Bai, a medieval city or simply the Center) with its church spiers, historic buildings and narrow alleys. Christianshavn was originally a working-class district, and is now famous for its canals and Christiania – the Free City, located in its eastern part, next to trendy Holmen.
The most colorful area of Copenhagen – Nyhavn (New Harbor) – a favorite place for artists, writers, journalists and tourists.
Vesterbro is one of the hippest places with an abundance of cafes and bars scattered along its main artery – Istedgade. Friederiksberg surrounds the castle of the same name; Nørrebro is a very lively part of Copenhagen (students, immigrants and the working class live here). Osterbro is notable for the “home” of the famous Little Mermaid, the Kastellet citadel and numerous piers for cruise liners and yachts.
As in most major cities, many hotels in Copenhagen are located near the railway station. You can close your eyes to the minuses like train noise, as the rooms here are cheaper than in the historical center, the infrastructure is well developed, and shops are open longer. A standard room in a two-star hotel costs from 600 DKK. Accommodation in a 3 * hotel will cost 900-1200 DKK per day. Prices for four- and five-star hotels start from 1600 DKK.
The second most popular accommodation option in Copenhagen is apartments. An apartment with its own kitchen and bathroom in the center costs from 800 DKK for two.
The hostels are located in the districts of Norrebro and Vesterbro, a little further from the center. A bed in a dormitory will cost 130-260 DKK. In more expensive accommodation options, a buffet breakfast is included in the price.
It is not recommended to settle in the free city of Christiania. In the 70s. it was proclaimed a hippie commune, and is now known as one of the disadvantaged areas of Copenhagen.
For some reason, the Danish capital has not acquired trams popular in Europe, but the rest of the public transport is in order here. It is represented by metro, buses, water buses and the S-tog rail network. Fares vary by zone and distance. The city has a system of single tickets: a ticket bought in the metro is valid on a bus or train. You can purchase a daily pass for all types of transport City Pass – for an adult it will cost 80 DKK. If you do not plan to actively use public transport, then it is reasonable to buy single tickets. Fare within one or two zones – 24 DKK. You can pay in transport with a bank card or coins – drivers do not accept banknotes. For free riders, a colossal fine by Russian standards is provided – 750 DKK.
The central bus station of the city is located on the Town Hall Square. Bus stops are marked with yellow signs, so finding them is not difficult. The buses, mostly owned by the transport company Movia, differ in color and schedule. Day buses running from 5:00 to 1:00 are yellow. Among them there are cars with a red mark, carrying passengers around the center and the surrounding area (A-bus), and with a blue mark, departing for the suburbs (S-bus). Night buses start at 1:00 am and run until 5:00 am. They can be recognized by their gray coloration and the letter N in the name of the route.
“Water buses” carry passengers around the city’s main harbour. Transfer from the metro or bus to such a ferry is free. Trams can be used as an alternative to expensive excursions around the bay: for example, take a ride from the New Harbor to the Nordre Toldbod pier, next to which there is a statue of the Little Mermaid.
The Copenhagen subway is one of the youngest in the world, it opened in 2002 and after 6 years was recognized as the best in Europe. This is the first and only subway in the country. It operates around the clock, and the trains are controlled by an autopilot. A network of two branches connects the municipalities of Copenhagen, Törnby and Frederiksenburg. Intervals of train traffic during the day are on average 5 minutes, at night – 15-20.
Suburban trains S-tog
They are very popular with local residents and replace trams. Trains pass through the Central Railway Station and serve the city center and the surrounding area. Opening hours – from 5:00 to 0:30. On Fridays and Saturdays, S-togs also run once an hour at night.
Taxi in Copenhagen is considered the most expensive in Europe. Billing goes on the counter. 1 km of run costs 22 DKK. If you order a car by phone, landing will cost 37 DKK, and if you catch on the street – 24 DKK. Free cars can be identified by the illuminated Taxi sign on the roof. In all cars of taxi companies you can pay for the fare with a bank card.
Bicycle for rent
The most popular form of transport in Copenhagen is a bicycle. There are more than 10 bike rentals in the city, the most popular is the round-the-clock Copenhagen City Bike (off. site with English version). This is the city’s calling card: in 1997, it was this bureau that designed the bicycle that the city authorities presented to Bill Clinton in honor of his visit. If you are in the city for several days and rarely plan to drive around on two wheels, it is more economical to choose the “prepaid” option. The cost of an hour of rental is 25 DKK. You can buy a monthly subscription for 70 DKK. Return of the bike – at any rental station.
There are rules for cyclists in Denmark: you can’t ride “without hands”, two on the same bike, talk on a mobile, cross pedestrian roads. Violators face a fine of 700 to 1000 DKK.
Rent a Car
The main attractions of Copenhagen are compactly located in the center: you can get around them on foot or move between them by bicycle or public transport. Renting a car is worth taking only if you are planning a long trip to the Danish islands or are going to visit the Scandinavian countries.
Traveling around the city by car is complicated by traffic jams, an abundance of one-way streets and bike paths, as well as a lack of parking spaces. Parking is paid – from 11 to 30 DKK per hour, and the closer to the center, the more expensive. You can park your car free of charge on the street only on public holidays. European car rental networks Sixt, Hertz, Europcar operate in Copenhagen, and Danskautorent is the most popular local service. The car can be issued and picked up both at the airport and in the city. The cost of renting a four-seater sedan is from 600 DKK per day.
In Denmark, there are speed limits: you can drive no faster than 50 km/h in the city, up to 80 km/h on country roads, and 110 km/h on motorways.