Travel to Copenhagen

Flying to Copenhagen

Airlines offering flights to Copenhagen from the UK include British Airways, easyjet, Norwegian Air and Scandinavian Airlines. It’s cheapest to fly to Copenhagen in the winter (December to February) as the weather is much colder. Flights are more expensive in the summer (June to August), especially in July when the Danes tend to holiday themselves.

Flight times

From London - 1 hour 40 minutes; New York - 7 hours 35 minutes; Los Angeles – 10 hours 50 minutes; Toronto - 7 hours 35 minutes; Sydney - 23 hours 10 minutes.

Travel by road

Summary:

The legal driving age in Denmark is 18 years. The speed limit in Denmark is 130kph (80mph) on motorways, 80kph (50mph) on main roads and 50kph (31mph) in urban areas. Traffic drives on the right hand side. Drivers must keep their headlights switched on at all times, including 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. 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).

Routes:

Highway E20 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 and the E55 heads north towards Helsingor. Tolls apply across the Storebaelt bridge between Sjælland and Fyn, and the Øresund Bridge between Sjælland in Denmark and Scania in Sweden.

Driving times:

Stockholm – 6 hours 21 minutes; Gothenburg – 3 hours 10 minutes; Hamburg - 4 hours 30 minutes; Odense - 1 hour 55 minutes; Aarhus - 3 hours 10 minutes; Esbjerg - 3 hours; Helsingør (Elsinore) - 45 minutes.

Coaches:

Eurolines Scandinavia (tel: (45) 3388 7000; www.eurolines.dk) operates bus services with connections to more than 500 European destinations, including Amsterdam, Berlin, Frankfurt, London, Oslo, Paris, Stockholm and Vienna.

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

Travel by rail

Services:

Sticking to all the Scandinavian clichés, the rail service in Denmark is clean, slick and reliable. In Copenhagen, all international and urban S-trains arrive and depart from Københavns Hovedbanegård (Copenhagen Central Station), which is located on Bernstorffsgade near the Tivoli. Facilities include a post office, shops, fast-food outlets and a supermarket.

Operators:

Danish State Railways (DSB) (tel: (45) 7013 1415; www.dsb.dk) operates punctual, clean and well-equipped trains. Direct trains run from Copenhagen to various European destinations, including Stockholm, Gothenburg and Hamburg. Some routes require seat reservations, so check before you travel.

InterCity Lyn Express trains offer a direct connection between Copenhagen and other major Danish centres, such as Odense, Aarhus and Esbjerg.

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

Journey times:

Stockholm – 5 hours; Gothenburg – 3 hours 20 minutes; Hamburg - 4 hours 35 minutes; Odense - 1 hour 15 minutes; Aarhus - 3 hours; Esbjerg - 3 hours; Aalberg - 5 hours 5 minutes; Helsingør (Elsinore) - 45 minutes.

Travel over water

Summary:

Københavns Havn (Port of Copenhagen) (tel: (45) 3376 9800; www.byoghavn.dk), at Nordre Toldbod 7, 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.

The majority of cruise ships now stop at Ocean Quay in Nordhavn, with others docking along Langelinie Pier, which is 15 minutes' walk further out from Nyhavn, where the year-round ferries currently dock. The harbour area includes an information centre, telephones, lounges, shops, cafés and restaurants.

Ferry services:

Services to Oslo are offered by DFDS Seaways (tel: (45) 3342 3342; www.dfdsseaways.com) and to Swinoujscie, Poland by Polferries (tel: (45) 4445 1280; www.polferries.com).

Bornholmstrafikken (tel: (45) 7023 1515; www.bornholmstrafikken.dk) runs daily ferry services between Køge, 45km (28 miles) south of Copenhagen, and Rønne, on Bornholm island in the Baltic.

Nearest port:

Copenhagen.

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 serves all ferry and cruise terminals and goes into the city centre. Taxis are readily available too.

Transfer distance:

2.5km (1.5 miles).

Transfer time:

10 minutes.




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