Travel to Copenhagen

Flying to Copenhagen

Airlines offering flights to Copenhagen from the UK include Scandinavian Airlines, British Airways, BMI, easyjet, Lufthansa and Finnair.

Flight times

From London - 1 hour 45 minutes; New York - 8 hours 30 minutes; Seattle - 11 hours; Sydney - 24 hours.

Travel by road


The speed limit is 130kph (80mph), 110kph (68mph) on motorways, 80kph (50mph) on main roads and 50kph (31mph) in urban areas. Drivers must keep their headlights switched on at all times during the day.

An International Driving Permit is not required but may be preferable if the national driving licence is not in English. Although not necessary, Green Card insurance is recommended. The legal driving age in Denmark is 18 years.

The Danish Road Directorate operates a Traffic Information Centre (tel: 1888) offering non-stop traffic information daily. There are emergency phones along all Danish motorways at intervals of 2km (1.2 miles).

Emergency breakdown service:

Dansk Autohjælp A/S (tel: 7010 8090).


Highway E20 (with a connection to E45) crosses Denmark from west to east and intersects with E47 and E55 to the southwest of Copenhagen. The E47 runs south to Rødbyhavn, with ferry connections to Germany. There is a toll bridge across the Store Bælt between Sjælland and Fyn. If you plan to cross the 16km (10 miles) bridge and tunnel complex, between Sjælland in Denmark and Scania in Sweden, there is a £40 toll each way. Odense is located in Fyn, on the E20, connecting with the E45 highway in Jylland, which travels north to Århus and Aalborg.

Driving times:

From Odense - 1 hour 30 minutes; Århus - 3 hours; Aalborg - 3 hours 40 minutes; Malmö - 40 minutes.


There are several different coach stations. Eurolines Scandinavia (tel: (45) 3388 7000; operates bus services with connections to more than 500 European destinations, including Berlin, Frankfurt, Vienna, Paris and London.

Bus company Abildskou A/S (tel: (45) 7021 0888; runs services from Aalborg and Århus to Copenhagen and also a number of services linking the capital with other destinations in Jutland.

Travel by rail


All international trains to Copenhagen arrive and depart from Hovedbanegården central station (tel: (45) 7013 1415), located on Bernstorffsgade near the Tivoli. Facilities include currency exchange, a post office, shops, fast-food outlets and a supermarket.


Danish State Railways (DSB) (tel: (45) 7013 1415; operates punctual, clean and well-equipped trains. Direct trains run from Copenhagen to various European destinations, including Stockholm, Gothenburg, Oslo and Hamburg; all require seat reservations.

InterCity Lyn Express trains offer a direct connection between Copenhagen and other major Danish centres, such as Odense (journey time - 1 hour 15 minutes), Århus (journey time - 3 hours 30 minutes), Esbjerg (journey time - 3 hours 30 minutes) and Aalberg (journey time - 5 hours 10 minutes).

There are also frequent regional train departures to cities in the surrounding area, including three trains an hour to Helsingør (Elsinore).

Travel over water


Københavns Havn (Port of Copenhagen), Nordre Toldbod 7 (tel: (45) 3376 9800;, is Denmark's largest port and an important cruise destination. Most cruise ships dock in Copenhagen before heading for the Norwegian fjords or the Baltic. These cruise ships dock along Langelinie Pier, which is 15 minutes' walk further out from Nyhavn, where the year-round ferries listed below currently dock. The harbour area includes an information centre, telephones, lounges, shops and pierside cafes and restaurants.

Ferry services:

Services to Oslo (journey time - 16 hours) are offered by DFDS Seaways (tel: (45) 3342 3000; and to Swinoujscie, Poland (journey time - 9 hours) by Polferries (tel: (45) 3313 5223;

Bornholmstrafikken (tel: (45) 5695 1866; runs daily ferry services between Køge, 45km (28 miles) south of Copenhagen, and Rønne, on Bornholm island in the Baltic.

The closest ferry service between Denmark and Sweden runs across Øresund between Helsingør (Elsinore) and Helsinborg and is operated by Scandlines (tel: (45) 3315 1515;

Nearest port:


Transport to the city:

The port is about a 15-minute walk from the centre of Copenhagen, 4km (2.5 miles) from the central station and 15km (9 miles) from the airport. Bus 26 passes along Havnegade past the ferry terminal and taxis are readily available.

Transfer distance:

2.5km (1.5 miles).

Transfer time:

10 minutes.

Edited by Daniel Fahey