Despite its compact size, Copenhagen is overflowing with quaint cafes, chic design boutiques and fascinating museums. Travelers in Denmark can relax in Copenhagen's Tivoli Gardens, cycle by Paleis Christiansborg and Rosenborg Castle, and explore Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek's ancient wonders. Be sure to save a few Euro by visiting on a Wednesday when most of Copenhagen's top attractions are free!
Kastrup Airport is the hub for Scandinavia's largest international carrier SAS (Scandinavian Airlines) and is served by a number of low-cost airlines, including easyJet, Air Berlin and Norwegian. It takes just over 10 minutes by mainline train to get from Kastrup (Københavns Lufthavn, Kastrup Station) to the Central Station (Hovedbanegården, abbreviated København H) in the city center. You can also take the metro to or from central Copenhagen with trains leaving very regularly during the day. Copenhagen Airport is located in zone 4, which means that metro, trains and buses all require a 3 zone ticket to get to or from inner Copenhagen, and this costs 36 Kr for a single. Bus number 5A also connects the airport to Copenhagen’s Central Station and the city center. Taxis are usually waiting outside each terminal and take around 20 minutes into downtown Copenhagen.
Copenhagen Central Station is located right in the center of the city, bordering the trendy district of Vesterbro. It is the main and the largest railway station in Denmark, and it serves as a gateway to all public transportation in and out and around Copenhagen. The station is also a main hub for rail provider DSB. Though the station is not connected to the Copenhagen Metro network, all S-train services except the F-line stop at the station. Tickets for the metro and S-trains are purchased on the platform or in the train terminal, while bus tickets can be purchased on the bus.
Copenhagen still lacks an intercity bus terminal, but most national and international buses that run through Copenhagen have their main stop at Ingerslevsgade. The stop is located right beside Copenhagen's Central Station in the city center, which is connected by S-train services around the city.
Copenhagen's public transport system is very reliable, punctual and extensive. In Copenhagen the trains, metro and buses can be used with the same ticket.
Discovering Copenhagen is really best on two wheels. Copenhageners are avid cyclists, and the city is infamously cycle-friendly, making it an important means of transport and bike lanes a dominating feature of the city's infrastructure. The city itself is perfectly suited for cycling, with its dense urban proximity, short distances and flat terrain, combined with an extensive and well-designed system of bike lanes. Cycle paths in Copenhagen are one-directional, with one track on each side of street flowing the same direction as vehicular traffic. There are loads of bike rental shops all across the city, including Copenhagen Free Bike Rental which does exactly that. This project 'salvages abandoned and broken’ bicycles and offers them to visitors so they can explore Copenhagen the way it should be done.
Navigating Copenhagen by car can be quite difficult, even when using a GPS, and you have the usual challenge of finding an empty parking space in the most popular places. That being said, except for the weekday-morning and evening rush hour when traffic can bottleneck coming into the city, traffic in Copenhagen is usually quite manageable. When it comes to parking there are 3 parking zones in the city, divided into red, green, and blue. They cover Copenhagen's downtown and the inner bridge areas, known as “brokvarterer” in Danish. The closer you get to the city center, the more expensive it gets.
Copenhagen's considered one of the world's greatest pedestrian cities. It's blessed with narrow medieval streets but the city has also worked to improve the quality of its street life, for example by turning one of the main streets into a pedestrian thoroughfare. Size-wise, Copenhagen is perfect to discover on foot.