Getting around Copenhagen by public transport. Bus metro practical info

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Thanks to the relatively small and limited center, it is possible to move around Copenhagen quite easily, on foot or by bike. Copenhagen, moreover, is a city particularly devoted to two wheels, with many kilometers of cycle paths. The two-wheeler rental agencies are scattered everywhere, but the real gem is the free bicycle token. With a small deposit you can rent a bike at a point in the city, returning it to a later point. A bit like if you had to take a shopping cart! Obviously, the number is rather limited and finding bikes available, especially in summer, and on holidays, is quite complicated.

The city, however, has an excellent integrated transport system thanks to which you can reach every corner of the city.


Copenhagen Metro with City Circle Line

Photo ©, Arsenic

A highly efficient, modern, and active 24-hour system on 24. The metro is a great way to get around Copenhagen. Currently, the network consists of two lines (M1 and M2) and a total of 22 stations; the two lines follow the same route in the city and divide at Christianshavn into two branches, one western and one eastern. For the 2019 it is planned to expand the network with the M3 lines and M4 and 17 new stations.

All metro stops have a similar architecture and are all perfectly accessible by people with reduced mobility, thanks to the presence of elevators.

Metro trains do not have a train driver and are all operated by an automatic computerized system; inside, you will only find stewards, ticket checkers and emergency management.


The most suggestive way to get around the city? The answer is Harbor bus. These are the so-called water buses, which allow you to move around Copenhagen through the city's canals. The network consists of three lines. The 991 and 992 lines run the same route, in the opposite direction (Refshaleøen - Teglholmen); the 993 line only operates in Nyhavn, Experimentarium and Opera.

The Harbor Buses are managed by Movia and are part of the integrated city charging system.


Buses connect in a capillary way every corner of the city, from the center to the suburbs. Some lines operate night service. Remember that on the bus you always enter in front and you go down from behind and in the center.


This is the suburban railway network serving Copenhagen and its metropolitan area. The system consists of 7 lines with a frequency ranging from 10 minutes to 5 minutes for the Bx, H and F lines. The true workhorse of the S-Tog is the BICI + TRENO intermodality. The transport of the bikes, in fact, takes place at all hours, on all S-tog services; one enters from the access doors at the head and tail of the trains inside the multifunctional compartments. The bike logo is well impressed on all the rolling stock.

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Thanks to the integrated tariff, you can use the same ticket for all means of transport in the city. Metro, buses, boats, trains, all fall into the same tariff service. There are different types of tickets, suitable for all needs. Keep in mind that the tariff system varies according to the area.

Tickets from 2 and 3 ZONE are valid 60 minutes from validation and cost 24DKK and 36DKK, respectively. With a ticket from 2 zones, you can visit the whole city center; with a ticket from 3 zones, however, you can for example reach Copenhagen airport. Tickets from 4, 5 and 6 zones are valid, however, 90 minutes from validation.

Keep in mind that any ticket you purchase, you can use all means in the time span of validation. With a ticket from 2 zone, for example, you can get on and off the bus as many times as you like, within the 60 minutes from the first use. Furthermore, two children under the age of 12 travel FREE with an adult with a ticket. Large dogs can travel by metro, with a travel ticket; in this case you will have to buy a reduced ticket.

For those who are looking for an integrated ticket for transport and attractions, there is the Copenhagen Card. This card allows you to enter the city's museums and attractions for free in around 90, and to travel to Copenhagen on all means of transport. The Card is available in denominations from a minimum of 24 to a maximum of 120h.

Two children under the age of 10 travel FREE with an adult with a valid Copenhagen Card.

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