Copenhagen Airport to City Centre Transfers
Copenhagen’s public transportation network is one of the best in the world. You are planning to visit Copenhagen and looking for airport transfer to the city centre. If so, you are in the right place. You will find the best way from Copenhagen Airport to the City Centre.
Copenhagen is one of the most friendly city I ever visited in Europe. The city welcomes you and invites you to different activities. You have also plenty of options to see and explore.
Copenhagen has a lot to offer when it comes to attractions and sightseeing. During the summer, people get more friendly and open, enjoying meals and drinking outside. Copenhagen is a city which makes you want to visit again and again.
However, visiting Copenhagen can be costly. Denmark has one of the highest living standards in the world. It is the capital of Denmark. It is one of the most expensive cities in Europe.
In this article, you will learn how to transfer from Copenhagen Airport to the city centre with public transportation. You can save money by using public transport instead of a local taxi or a cruise line’s land shuttle. Cruise cheaply by organising your trip from Copenhagen Airport to City Centre.
Transport in Copenhagen
Copenhagen’s public transportation network is much advanced. The greatness of transportation is not only the system itself but also design. It’s purely pleasant to transfer from the airport and in the city.
Copenhagen has one of the largest cruise ports in Europe. The city receives a great number of international visitors. Many people set sail from Copenhagen Cruise Port for Baltic cruises. In fact, there are three large cruise ports. It is a great idea to stay over and explore the city before you sail the Baltic Sea. You can find further details of a transfer to the cruise port at an article on Copenhagen Cruise Port.
Copenhagen is also well known as one of the world’s most bicycle-friendly cities in the world (source). It is a great idea to rent a bicycle and explore the city. One thing you need to pay attention is that the locals ride a bike very fast. Some attention is required.
Train Stations in Stockholm
- Copenhagen Central Station (Danish: Københavns Hovedbanegård, abbreviated København H)
- Kastrup Lufthaven Station – airport station
- Nørreport Station
- Østerport Station
Best neighbourhoods to stay in Copenhagen
- Indre By – the best place to stay in Copenhagen for sightseeing and nightlife. Indre By is the historic centre of Copenhagen.
- Nyhaven – best place for families and tourists. Nyhavn is the most photographed neighbourhood in Copenhagen. It is one of the best areas to stay in Copenhagen.
- Nørrebro – close to Nordre Toldbod cruise terminal. For a multicultural experience.
- Christianshavn – one of the most beautiful and romantic neighbourhoods in Copenhagen. Located across the water in Indre By.
- Østerbro – close to Ocean Quay cruise terminal. Østerbro is a charming neighbourhood in the north of Indre By. Often referred to as the “Suburbs of the City,” be away from busy and lively downtown Copenhagen.
Copenhagen Airport to the City Centre
Transferring from Copenhagen Airport to the city centre is not complicated. Travelling around the city centre is also comfortable.
Copenhagen Airport, Kastrup (Københavns Lufthavn, Kastrup in Danish; IATA: CPH) is located in the 8 km southeast of Copenhagen. It takes about 15 to 20 minutes to Copenhagen city centre by Metro and National Rail (DSB).
Copenhagen Airport is the main international airport in Denmark. The airport is the largest in the Nordic countries.
Copenhagen Airport General Tips
- Get cash in advance for public transport. It is available to get it at ATM in the airport. You can purchase a train ticket over a vending machine and can use a credit card but you have to give your pin. I always prefer not to use an ATM at an airport.
- Copenhagen Airport is the busiest international airport in Scandinavia but is small. Arrival and departure terminals are not separated but in one building. When the security gets tight especially in the morning, I had to wait for long to get into the terminal. It is always good not to make a tight schedule.
- Copenhagen Airport is systematic and is well organised. Passport control, immigration and luggage collection all went smooth. One thing I noticed was the drinks and foods at the airport was super expensive. It costs more than 5 USD/EUR for one bottle of water. It is better to get them once you arrive in town.
- The airport transfer to the city centre is excellent. The airport is clean, comfortable and felt spacious more than itself. Sofas, chairs and designs all visually appealing.
What is the cheapest way from Copenhagen Airport to City Centre?
The best option is to take public transportation from the airport to the city centre. The airport is very well connected with Metro, train and bus.
You may ask which transportation is the best. Well, it depends on where your accommodation is located. Keep reading.
Which transport options are available from the airport?
- Metro – convenient for getting Nørreport Station and Christianshavn Station
- Danish State Railways (DSB) – convenient for getting København H (Copenhagen Central Station)
- Bus (5A) – convenient if your accommodation is close to the bus stops. It goes to København H
- Taxi – best convenient and comfortable way to get the city centre
Make the best on your way
When it comes to sightseeing and transportation, Copenhagen has a lot to offer you. Find the best offer for you and save money while you stay in Copenhagen.
Option 1: Copenhagen City Pass
You can combine airport transfer and sightseeing. City Pass helps you to save money on transportation. You can have unlimited travel with buses, trains and the metro in central Copenhagen. You can choose the service:
- Either validity date 24, 48, 72, 96 or 120 hours.
- Travel zones 1-4 (City Pass small)
- Travel zones 1-99 (City Pass large)
- To/from Copenhagen Airport
You can buy a City Pass ticket:
- Over the DSB ticket vending machine at the DSB train stations
- DSB Salg & Service at Copenhagen Central Train Station
- On the website CityPass through the DOT mobile app called “Mobilbilletter”. Get more information on City Pass here.
Option 2: Copenhagen Card for fun and to explore
You can visit more than 87 museums and attractions for free with Copenhagen Card. You can also use public transportation for free. You do not need to worry about prices and no need to make a queue to buy a ticket for museums and galleries.
You can purchase a Copenhagen Card with:
- Either validity date 24, 48, 72, 96 or 120 hours.
- During the time you purchased, buses, trains and metro are all free for use as far as you travel within zones 1-99
Free entry ticket includes the major Copenhagen’s visiting places including Tivoli, Nordic kitchens. Check out further information at the Copenhagen Card.
Getting to the City Centre from Copenhagen Airport
Find the best transportation option for the nearest station your accommodation is located.
- All the transportation ticket is the same and costs depend on the zones. It cost 36 DDK from the Airport to the city centre for both Metro and DSB.
- Make sure you that you are buying the right ticket over a vending machine. Metro and National Rail, there are two trains.
- There is no ticket gate at the station in Copenhagen. You need to purchase a train ticket. If you are stopped without a ticket, the additional ‘expensive’ fine will be charged.
1. Copenhagen Metro
Metro is the easiest and fastest to go to Copenhagen city centre. If your hotel is located near Christianshavn Station or Nørreport Station, Metro is the best.
Copenhagen Train Map
Where can you buy a Metro ticket?
Copenhagen Airport’s Metro station is Lufthavnen. Lufthavnen is the departure station. Just get on the one arrived. You will not make a mistake. The line, M2, is departing from the airport. M1 and M2 are intersecting at Christianshavn station.
Christianshavn is the 7th and Nørreport is 9th stops from Lufthavnen.
You will not miss the signs for Metro/Train. Follow them. After the exit of Terminal 3, you can purchase a Metro ticket over a vending machine. If you arrive at the different terminal, get a free shuttle and get off at Terminal 3.
- Metro ticket fees: 36 DKK
- Travel time: 15 to 20 minutes
- Available: every less than 10 minutes at peak hours
2. National Rail (DSB)
Train in Copenhagen is comfortable and reliable. If your hotel is located nearby the central station, national rail is the best. Copenhagen Central Station is København H.
Where can you buy a DSB ticket?
Copenhagen Airport’s National Rail Station (DSB) is Lufthavnen.
Follow the signs for Metro and DSB. After the exit of Terminal 3, you can purchase a DSB train ticket over a vending machine. If you arrive at the different terminal, get a free shuttle.
- DSB ticket fees: 36 DKK
- Travel time: 15 to 20 minutes
- Available: about every 10 minutes at peak hours
DSB to København H will depart from Stop 2 at Lufthavnen Airport Station. You can make it sure with the sign, ‘København Hat’, ‘Nivå St.’ or ‘Helsingör’ on an electric board. It will go to the Central Station. København H Station is the 3rd stop from Lufthavnen.
Bus A5 go to København H and Nørreport. Bus stops are located between Terminal 2 and Terminal 3. You can purchase a bus ticket from a driver but only coins are accepted.
Taking a taxi is the best and easiest to arrive at your hotel. After a long international flight, you would be tired.
What made me surprised at Copenhagen was that taxi is typically a new Mercedes, less than a few years old. Taxies are generally new, comfortable and clean.
- Credit card is available but it is always good to make sure the availability before you get on the taxi. Let the driver know at the beginning. In Copenhagen, the driver will swipe your card before the ride.
- Unfortunately, there are illegal taxies stationed at international airports anywhere around the world. It is not a good feeling to be overcharged. Use only registered taxis. Uber is illegal in Denmark. Catch the one at the airport’s official taxi rank.
- Find out a taxi at the airport taxi rank instead of booking in advance. Otherwise, you have to pay for waiting time. If your flight arrival were earlier, you have to cancel and have to pay for it too.
How to find a taxi rank at the airport
Drop-off points are located outside Terminal 2 and Terminal 3. A pick-up point is located outside Terminal 3 (source).
Travel time: about 20 minutes to the city centre
Taxi rates: about 250-300 DKK (The rate includes a tip)
Make sure that the meter is turned on!
5. Rental Car
The Car Rental Companies are located in the Car Rental Centre, which is located near Terminal 1 building.
Opening hours: 7 a.m. – 11 p.m (source)
Bonus Tip!: Visiting Information for Copenhagen!
- Travel Visa Information Do You Need a Travel Visa?
- Currency: Denmark is not a part of the European Union. Danish krone (DKK) is the official currency. Go to a currency converter
- Internet: Free WiFi access in Stockholm Airport
- Language – Danish is the official national language. You will find many people can speak English very well. It is always nice to communicate the basic local language.
- Denmark has the highest tax (VAT) rate in Europe. It is 25 %.
- Copenhagen Weather Information
- Public Holidays in Denmark – change a year
Things to Do in Copenhagen
- Botanical Garden
- Little Mermaid statue
- Tivoli Gardens
- Rent a bicycle
- Strøget – one of the largest pedestrian malls in the world
- Nyhavn – New Harbour in English
- Rosenborg Castle
- Christiansborg Palace
- Amalienborg Palace
- Kronborg Castle
- The National Gallery of Denmark SMK
You may be interested in more articles on Copenhagen for Baltic Cruises:
Book the best hotels in the best areas of Copenhagen before your Baltic Sea cruise.
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